Ever since classic sci-fi series such as Stargate, Firefly, and Farscape went off the air, there hasn’t been much in the way of a good, fun space show. I remember a friend telling me about a show called Dark Matter and how much he enjoyed it, but I never got around to checking it out until now. Thanks to my friends at Funimation, I was able to watch the Dark Matter: Season One Blu-ray set. Featuring all thirteen action-packed episodes on three discs, it looks like space just became awesome again.
Based off the comic book series created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, the series kicks off with six people just waking up from being in suspended animation aboard a starship named “The Raza”. The six of them have no memory of who they are or how they came to be on the ship and decide to name themselves in the order they woke up from “One“ to “Six“. Without giving anything away, some of them come to realize they’re not model citizens and are being hunted down by the Galactic Authority for some serious crimes they may have committed. Despite this, they decide to stick together and discover what really happened for themselves, which takes them to various places and planets throughout space. As they get closer to the truth, it threatens to not only tear them apart, but the quite possibly the entire galaxy as well.
Not since the aforementioned shows I brought up earlier have I seen a fun and addictive sci-fi action/drama such as this one. Fans of those series are sure to eat this one up as I did, thanks to its great cast, stories and action. It’s one of those shows they has you hooked from the very start and will tempt you to binge watch it until the shocking finale. This set also comes around at the perfect time as the second season is already airing and gives potential fans a chance to catch up in time. As with their anime releases, Funimation has done a great job with the high definition transfer of the show, as every detail and special effect pops off the screen as intended. Sadly outside of some trailers, there aren’t any special features here, but the episodes themselves are special enough to entice multiple viewings.
Dark Matter: Season One is a sci-fi action/drama that comes highly recommended for those who miss the fun of shows such Farscape and Firefly. It’s been a long time coming, and I’m glad to say that having adventures in outer space is great again. You’ll want to hop in your ship and dock this set into your collection, and check out the second season that’s airing now.