Summer Review: Dark Matter & Humans

Sorry for my brief absence, but I had to study for my final exams and now I officially have a Bachelor degree of arts in business (*doing a little victory dance through the apartment right now*). Never thought that would happen so fast, but now it’s over and I have to figure out what to do next. In order to “celebrate” I’ll review not just one but two new Science Fiction TV shows that started airing this month. Enjoy and beware of Spoilers!

Dark Matter

Dark Matter is a show based on a comic book series of the same title that started airing on Syfy last week. It follows the six members of a space ship, who awaken from stasis just to find that they have lost their memory. In order to find out information on who they are and what they were about to do, they try to find the ship’s original destination.

I think the show started deliberately slow in order for the audience to get used to the different characters and show the confusion that they must have felt. It takes the entire first episode for them to find out who they are and leaves us right at the most exciting moment. It turns out they weren’t supposed to help the people on the planet the ship brought them to, but instead five of the crew members are murderers and they were meant to kill them. That was the point at which I was most invested in the show, just to get ripped out of it and told to wait another week. It’s smart really, but also highly annoying.
Somehow I was reminded of Firefly and several other shows set in space, simply for the reason that everyone and everything has a very familiar feel to it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because I liked all those shows, but it also doesn’t give it that vibe of excitement that comes with new things. Lastly, it doesn’t look like it had the biggest budget, but it definitely has potential. I will make sure to check out a couple more episodes!

Humans

Humans is based on the Swedish drama Real Humans and follows several storylines throughout a universe that has developed artificial intelligence in the shape of Synths. They are programmed to be humanity’s slaves, but things get interesting when some of them develop feelings and a consciousness of their own.

I originally started watching this show because of Colin Morgan (previously known from Merlin, Doctor Who and Testament of Youth), but I got hooked right after the first episode. The three main storylines are very diverse and therefore cover all sorts of emotions. On the one hand you have a family where the arrival of a new Synth threatens the mother of the household since she feels she’s loosing her place in the family. And on the other hand, you have an elderly man who’s created a father-son-relationship with his Synth and doesn’t want to get him upgraded in order not to loose him. Lastly, there’s Morgan’s storyline which is too complex to fully comprehend after just one episode. Let’s just say he is pro-Synth and wants to protect the ones who have a mind of their own.
The whole dilemma of whether artificial intelligence is a danger to humanity or not and if they deserve to live their life as they wish to if they have feelings and emotions like us is extremely intriguing to me. I hope the show will continue to have a controversial point of view on the topic and show both sides of the story.

So, the reviews were pretty short, but could I spark your interest in the shows nonetheless? I’d love to talk in the comments!

14 thoughts on “Summer Review: Dark Matter & Humans

    • Thank you! And good question!
      Weirdly, the graduation ceremony isn’t until July 10, so not much until then, mostly getting my CV ready for job applications. Then I’m heading of to Wales for a couple of weeks and hope to find a job that will sustain me afterwards. I need a break first though hahaha

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      • Wales?! If you meet anyone associated with Doctor Who, make sure to take a photograph and blog all about it! Also visit the Doctor Who Experience and visit where the Torchwood base is hidden. And good luck with graduation and job hunting. It’s a lot of work landing your first job (I know that for a fact!).

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      • I do plan on staying in Cardiff, so everything Doctor Who-related is already taken into consideration! I doubt that I’ll meet actors or so, but one never knows 🙂
        And thank you! I know it can be really tough and I hope that it pays off that I made sure to get a lot of different work experience during my studies.

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