One of those fun SyFy/Canadian TV shows that everyone loves, but it’s just plain weird and ends up canceled too soon, Dark Matter is a ye olde trope show.
One day, a bunch of attractive individuals wake up on a space ship and have no memory of who they are, or what they’re doing. They do remember how to pilot the ship and shoot things, which is good, because it turns out they’re actually renown space pirates and pretty evil people.
For much of the first season, the crew stumbled along hitting up every possible space trope they could. In season two, they figured out a lot more about who they were, decided to keep their rebooted memories, and went the lovable-rogue path instead of the evil-killers one. Season three, the last season, had a full on Groundhog’s Day episode and a time travel one … and then …
Surprise! Two used to be in love with the woman who created her, and had the Android built to look just like her. Then she lost all her memories of the event. Well, as the Android said. This is awkward.
The series ends on a crazy cliffhanger, because SyFy is mean.
Queer Plotline Timeline
While the whole show tends to skew to subtext, with Two being ‘very close’ to her progenitor (she’s a robohuman, just run with it). In season three, we learn that Two, before she was mind-wiped, had a ‘relationship’ with Dr. Shaw and created the android to look like her. Because that isn’t creepy. They don’t outright say “Oh look! She’s gay!” but it’s pretty clear what happened.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- Season 3: “All The Time In The World” – Three is stuck in a time loop and has to save everyone from their former crew member who wants to murder them all. This involves learning weird secrets about the crew.
- Season 3: “Built, Not Born” – Two learns her creator, Dr. Shaw, as also her lover. Well that was awkward.