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'Dark Matter' Trailer: Space, Swords, and Amnesia

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | April 13, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | April 13, 2015 |

Once upon a time, SyFy broadcast science fiction instead of reality television and wrestling. It also didn’t have all those fucking y’s in its name. So it’s nice to see a trailer for an actual honest science fiction show, with spaceships and all that jazz.

It’s called Dark Matter and is vaguely about a crew who wakes up in an abandoned spaceship without their memories. Hijinks ensue, as they do. I imagine that when we do run into alien civilizations, our decades of entertainment broadcast in their direction will lead to our species’ nickname just being a translation of “hijinks”.

Ugh. There are swords for no apparent reason. How trite.

Obligatory plot summary:

In Dark Matter, the crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets. The cast includes Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl), Roger Cross (The Strain), Marc Bendavid (Bitten), Anthony Lemke (White House Down), Melissa O’Neil (Les Miserables), Joelle Ferland (Twilight) and Alex Mallari, Jr (Robocop).

Dark Matter premieres June 12th. Don’t worry, you’ll forget. But then you’ll enjoy the 12 episodes they do broadcast six years from now on Netflix, and then forget about them soon after. You’ll also die alone, but that has very little to do with this show.

(source: Blastr)

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.