The worst news of all has come for the crew of the Raza.
After three seasons, one alternate reality, a corporate war and Six’s identity crisis, Dark Matter has been cancelled by Syfy. According to TVLine, last week’s season three finale serves as its series conclusion. The show was one of several Canadian imports Syfy helped finance. It, along with Killjoys and Wynonna Earp, helped the network successfully rebrand itself as a cable outlet for sci-fi shows. An image they lost following the end of Battlestar Galactica and the arrival of a number of dubiously off-brand programs in a bid for the generalized 18-49 male demographic.
Based on the comic book by series creators Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, it featured a female lead, a diverse cast and surprisingly strong production values. Dark Matter also presented an intriguing future in which people eked out meager lives while massive corporations battled out their differences in the stars.
Meanwhile, the crew of the smuggler ship Raza wake up to discover their memories have been erased. In the search to learn their identities, they became part of the tensions between three corporate entities and the discovery of the Blink Drive; an instantaneous form of interstellar transportation that could prove to be the upper hand in the on-going conflict. And with a number of compelling characters, it was everything you wanted those poorly made sci-fi shows from the 1990s to be.
In a statement on his blog, Mallozzi said, “I just want to extend a heartfelt thanks to my amazing crew, my wonderful cast, and to all of you, our incredible fans. You all deserved better.”
Curiously, the comic book began as a rejected television pitch. Perhaps it can return to that format again. Or, much like the crew of the Raza, the show can find a way to defy death.