Friday, September 8, 2017

Dark Matter Season 4 petition

So, for anyone that isn't aware and is currently enjoying the show on a streaming service (such as on Netflix), the SyFy channel cancelled Dark Matter after its third season... and pretty much on the mother of all cliffhangers.

Melissa O'Neil, Marc Bendavid, Jodelle Ferland, Zoie Palmer, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari, Jr., Robert Cross have built this space drama up from the bare bones of amnesiac characters struggling to find their place in the galaxy, to a close-knit crew that puts themselves on the line to save it. The show even adds chemistry from such talent as Stargate alumi David Hewlett, Torri Higgenson, and even Star Trek and Eureka actor, Wil Wheaton, who nails it as an evil genius leading a nefarious corporation.

However, with Syfy, all good things must end if the audience likes it too much. Showrunner Joseph Mallozzi explained that he was informed by Syfy that their decision wasn't over creativity (i.e. how good the show was or how well it was doing). Though SyFy is notorious for cancelling good content for seemingly arbitrary reasons, as is usually is the case, this one came down to money.

Dark Matter, it seems, having been brought in from an outside company for distribution prevents Syfy from directly benefitting fully from its financial value. So, while Syfy began to turn their attention to more "Syfy original content," this left little room for Dark Matter to stay on the schedule.

In any case, Elise Cochrane started a petition with that you can go and sign to let the world know how much this show needs a resolution. As of this post, the petition has nearly reached its 35,000 supporters goal: petition: We want Dark Matter Season 4

Why sign the petition if Syfy has no intention of making room for it? Well, it provides a record for any production house to see the popularity of the franchise. This intelligently crafted show starred several outstanding actors that made this great show even that much greater. Hopefully, the quality science fiction of Dark Matter can then get picked up and continue under a new license.