Dark Matter “We Were Family” Review (Season 2, Episode 4)

We Were Family

The crew of the Raza have become like a family, on the Syfy series Dark Matter, since they woke up from stasis without their memories, but in Friday night’s new episode Three (series regular Anthony Lemke) learned that he had another family outside of the spaceship they have been calling home for the past 14 months or so.

That family – as it turned out – was Larcan Tanner (guest star Nigel Bennett), who claimed that he was a drifter hired by Three’s parents – when Three was a little boy – but when his parents were killed Tanner took Three in, adopting him as his own. This was the man who basically turned Three into the man he became. I can’t say if that is something to boast about, but on with the rest of the story.

Since the crew finally came upon a space outpost, they were able to not only get some much needed supplies – thanks to the money that Five was able to squirrel away from the GA – but also allowed Two to do some research on a building from her past that turns out to exist on Earth Prime. The supplies they picked up, of course, were primarily medical, allowing new crew member Devon to operate on Six. It was also a revelation that there is more to Devon than meets the up when he juiced himself up on some kind of medication. Given that he had an arm tremor during Six’s surgery, there is something serious going on with him.

The more surprising scenes were related to the Android, who requested to go along with Five and Devon on their shopping excursion, as “she” wanted the opportunity to student human behavior. While at one of the shops on the outpost, she caught the eye of a fellow shopper, who turned out to be much more like the Android than like us humans.

Right after meeting the Android, Victor invited her to go with him and without a thought the Android consented. Granted we know she is basically a machine, but it was still a little startling to see her go with him without any reluctance. Thankfully, Victor took the Android to meet other androids who were hiding in plain sight within the human world; and he invited her to join them. How about that Pretty Woman moment with the Android too?

We also found out that Arax was ordered by Alicia to find “the package” – that turned out to be hidden in Five’s room. The package was actually some type of key that caused the death of Five’s friends prior to her stowing away on the Raza. But the key that Arax thought he was able to pilfer turned out to be a fake because Five was keeping an eye on Arax (as instructed by Two) and she got it back from him without his knowledge (she is a pretty good pick-pocket). The big problem with that slight of hand, though, is that the key is very important to someone in the military who told Alicia that a war is coming and the Raza crew holds the key to victory. This can’t possibly end well.

What did you think of Friday night’s episode? Can you imagine what that key might open? Will Two insist the Raza venture to Earth Prime to learn the truth about that building from her past? Now that Six is on the mend, do you think the team will forgive him? And, most of all, how long do you think it will take for the team to go over Jace Corso for killing One? Please share them in our comments section below.

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