Dark Matter “Welcome to Your New Home” Review (Season 2, Episode 1)

Season 2

Friday night on Syfy went out with a bang – literally! – finding the man viewers of the space drama Dark Matter came to know as “1” (aka Jace Corso, aka Derrick Moss) losing his life to the real Jace Caruso.

Confused?

That makes sense since the six main characters in the series – all known by the number in which they awoke from stasis – spent most of the show’s first season not knowing who they were or why they were on The Raza, a faster-than-light armed space transport that was their home until they were turned in by one of their own.

That is where the storyline picked up in the second season premiere that aired on Friday night with “2” (aka Portia), “3” (aka Marcus) and “4” (aka Ryo) waking up in a decontamination room with several other people; and when they were permitted to leave that cramped room, they discovered they were in the general population of a detention center. Truth be told they were in an “inescapable prison on a moon with no atmosphere.”

Great, huh?

But where were “1” and “5?” Well, they were in the same detention center, but in the staff wing with “6,” who was revealed to actually be an undercover cop for the Galactic Authority – what stands as the governing force of that world. It was because of “6” – aka Kal – that the other five were in that detention center.

All I can say is it’s not going to be pretty once Portia, Marcus and Ryo find out what Kal has done especially given just how upset “5” (aka Emily) was and she’s a 16-year-old runaway, not a universally-known criminal.

All that being said, it was the demise of Derrick that totally took viewers by surprise. SPOILER ALERT!!! [If you haven’t watched the season premiere, turn back now!!]

This is your last chance!!

The real Jace Corso showed up at Derrick’s door, taking aim with a silencer, shooting him in the chest three times and then shooting him in the head one final time. It was a horrible way to see the moral compass of that make-shift crew fall!!

It is evident that there is a lot more going on than the criminals of The Raza simply being brought to justice. The warden of the detention center wanted to see Emily end up in general population along with Portia, Marcus and Ryo – but why? He told one of the guards, he got a call and “it’s on.” What is that all about?

What’s more what is the deal with that Commander, the Chief Inspector (it’s freaking Franka Potente, guys, how cool is that?!) who stopped Kal from taking Emily to a transport that would take her to group home. Why would this inspector want Emily?

What are your thoughts on the season premiere of ‘Dark Matter’? Did you see the demise of Derrick before it happened? Do you think Portia, Marcus and Ryo can escape the detention center? Please share your thoughts in our comments section below.

The next new episode of the second season of ‘Dark Matter’ will air on Syfy on Friday, July 8 at 10/9c.