the End of Dark Matter (01)
I’m going into this out of order, but we’ll just first say that one of my favorite series that my brain says is currently in production but really isn’t, Dark Matter, is not really in production.
So Dark Matter is now on the list of series that I enjoyed but would still enjoy except the series is prematurely discontinued. I despise that list.
Right now, I’ll touch on why the series could not be rescued from the SyFy Channel: essentially the agencies and entities that had the capacity to bring the series to life on a different medium or broadcast network failed to finalize the necessary financial deals before the contracts that maintained the Dark Matter production as a legal entity had dissolved.
Following the show’s cancelation, Mallozzi noted that MGM approached him with the aim of bringing the show to its new streaming service, Stargate Command, which launched last month. The service is billed as an online destination for Stargate fans, allowing them to stream every episode and movie from the franchise. To help promote the platform, MGM announced it was filming a prequel web series, Stargate: Origins. In an e-mail to The Verge, Mallozzi said the platform would have “afforded us a host of possibilities, from 20-minute installments to a full series.”
Mallozzi is no stranger to Stargate: he was the executive producer on Stargate SG-1,Stargate: Atlantis, and Stargate Universe. The plan, he explained on his blog, “would have seen Dark Matter’s fourth season premiere on MGM’s streaming platform, Stargate Command, alongside the upcoming Stargate: Origins series,” which is currently in production. He told The Verge that he and MGM discussed a couple of scenarios, but the most realistic one included a six-to-eight-episode miniseries “that would have allowed us to wrap up the series and give the fans closure Syfy denied us.”
Another scenario included a potential crossover with Stargate. “It was pitched as an opportunity to reward some of the longstanding Stargate fans with a return visit from some familiar faces,” Mallozzi says. “If the notion had gained traction, next step would have been dialing Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper into the mix, since they were the creative forces behind the [Stargate] television franchise, and I couldn’t imagine returning to that world without them.”
The crossover is an intriguing idea. Stargate SG-1 is about a military unit on Earth that uses an alien technology to transport themselves from planet to planet. As the show progresses, they come into contact with other human civilizations scattered around the galaxy. It’s certainly possible that Dark Matter could fit into that part of the story. “The Blink Drive offered a convenient door in,” Mallozzi mused…. That plan didn’t come to fruition, sadly: while several parties were interested in reviving the show, Mallozzi says time ran out on the contracts for the production’s sets and cast members, so there’s no chance of a fourth season at this point. He does say he’s “still holding out hope that somehow, some way, we can find a way to give fans that series-ending miniseries.”
I’m actually disappointed about this because despite its origins as a comic book, I can’t help but view the primary intended media for this particular story is television and I specifically want to see what happens next… but this sort of thing is about paying people more than it is about entertaining me and that’s a practical reality to my escapism.
More on why SyFy cancels my series… next year.