Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a phone press conference to promote the season finale of Dark Matter, which airs this Friday on Syfy. Attendance for the press conference included Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi, and cast members Melissa O’Neil (Two), Jodelle Ferland (Five), Roger Cross (Six), and Alex Mallari Jr (Four).
Those of us who participated were given early access to the season finale so some of the questions involved major spoilers – those questions I will be leaving out of this coverage.
Highlights of the event included:
- Ferland was asked about the changes her character of Five underwent over the course of the season, and talked about how the character was initially underestimated but gradually demonstrated that she had a lot to contribute to the crew
- Mallozzi indicated they knew from the beginning certain details revealed in the finale, and started dropping clues back in Episode Eight
- the question was asked about identity, how no one has turned out to be who they thought, and if that will continue into next season – Mallozzi indicated that while second season will continue to reveal more about the characters, there will also be more world-building
- O’Neil was asked about the experience of this being her first tv project and said what surprised her the most was getting to have so many new friends among the cast and crew
- in discussing how they are and are not like their characters, Mallari stated that he’s nothing like Four at all, that the character is much more serious than he is; Ferland said she’s similar to Five in terms of the quirkiness and weirdness
- asked about favorite physical part of the set, cast members discussed how the corridors really sell the industrial and utilitarian feel of the ship
- discussion from a question asked about the strong use of female characters – O’Neil said she hopes to one day stop needing to qualify good characters as ‘female’ or ‘male’ and Ferland said she appreciates that Five has bravery in spite of perceived emotional immaturity
- from a question contrasting the experience with Stargate: Universe (a previous series from Mallozzi), he commented that the production company has given them great amounts of leeway, and how he’s been sitting on this idea for years
- discussion of how they still go by number rather than name – cast talked about how the names aren’t who they are anymore, that they’re trying to be better people and put the past behind them
- there’s potential for the tension and paranoia to carry over into season 2, and figuring out how the cast can forgive and can work together again
Check out the Dark Matter season finale (last two episodes airing back-to-back) on Syfy this Friday August 28 at 9 pm and 10 pm ET.