Comic Con 2016 Report: Dark Matter

Dark Matter Season 2

One of the final panels of the night during day one of Comic Con 2016 was the Syfy series Dark Matter, which featured cast members Melissa O’Neill, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland and Melanie Liburd as well as executive producer Jay Firestone. A video message from cast member Roger Cross – who was unable to attend the convention – was also screened before the panel got underway.

In what turned out to be a very energetic and exciting panel, each of the cast members showed their comedic style and just how close a cast they have become over the short time the series has been on the air especially Alex, who is dramatically different from his stoic character of Four (Ryo) and Melissa (Two aka Portia), who freely admitted that she “is a big nerd.”

When asked, Melissa shared that the “sign of a good leader is being able to juggle everything and see the big picture,” but Two will “lean on (the rest of) the crew members this season.” Anthony was then asked about his character Three being the comedic relief in the show to which he answered, “Yes, it’s one of the most fun things about him.” He further elaborated that it’s a “dream role to play.” Alex then shared that he would like to see his character “break out of his shell” and that should be “shown later this season.”

Jodelle then shared that her character Five “finally feels like part of the crew and that (she) loves the direction (the show is going, getting) darker and Five getting stronger.” And as to how Five feels toward Six, she shared that “it’s hard to say, but she does feel betrayed.” And, Melanie was asked what it was like joining the show in its second season, she commented that it’s “been most enjoyable” and she shared she was thrown right into it as her first scene to film was the opening of the premiere where she had to strip down to her underwear, do a fight scene and get sprayed with dry ice.”

Jay was then asked what the greatest challenge was bringing the show to the small screen; and he shared that it was actually the Raza ship itself. “It was a tough sell because the spaceship made everyone scared” and Syfy was the only network willing to move forward with the show.

One of the best questions during the audience Q&A was when the panelists were asked how it feels to represent a cast that reflects the diversity of America. Anthony immediately chimed in that “the higher- ups made that happen” and Jay joined in saying that “we kept (an) open mind during the audition (process).”

They were also asked what the on-set vibe is like with all of them saying that Roger is silly; Alex will break into song and dance and Melissa and Zoie cannot do a scene with each other without laughing. And with that being said, they showed a blooper reel from the show that clearly showed just how silly Roger is on set and just how much Zoie and Melissa laugh while trying to film.

The next new episode of the second season of ‘Dark Matter’ will air on Syfy on Friday, July 29 at 10/9c.