Both Killjoys and Dark Matter just finished up their seasons on Syfy. But even though the two shows have similar ratings, only one show which involves a rag tag spaceship crew led by a woman with a mysterious past with a snarky ship’s AI in a dystopian corporate run future trying to stop an alien menace which takes over people is going to live to see another day.
I’m not saying these are the same show at all, but they are definitely what happens when two very different creators try to execute the same premise.
Both shows are three seasons in, and the end is in sight for both of them. For Killjoys, this isn’t really bad news — the show is being given two more ten episode seasons. That means the show will have a five season run, and the writers will have two years to finish up their story. Five seasons is a solid run for a show on Syfy.
Dark Matter on the other hand is being shown the door. A show that ironically had a five season plan won’t continue any further, as Syfy has opted to outright cancel it. Honestly, it makes sense — Dark Matter is more effects intensive and has a larger cast. The show’s just more expensive to make in general, and with the same ratings it probably isn’t worth the money.
I mean, especially since Killjoys is a better version of the same show.
The third series on Syfy’s summer lineup, Wynonna Earp, was already renewed for a third season back in July — so it’s not like the landscape will change all that much. I liked Dark Matter, but it was a show mostly carried by the charm of its cast. Frankly, there were several “plot twists” spoiled by series star Melissa O’Neil being too good of an actress for the material provided to her by the writers.
Too bad it ended on a cliff hanger, though that was pretty much the way every episode of Dark Matter ended.
Syfy brought back Sci Fi/Syfy Friday this year, and it featured two new shows, Killjoys and Dark Matter (alongside returning series Defiance). Well, the two freshman shows seem to have done pretty well (or at least well enough), as Syfy has renewed both of them.
It’s interesting, because while I have developed a deep love of Dark Matter, none of it is because I think the show is any good. It’s writing is fairly weak, and continues to prove that series co-creator Joe Mallozzi hasn’t met a sci fi cliche he didn’t like. What’s saved the show for me is the performance of the cast.
Killjoys fairs better plot wise (and I’m actually very interested to find out where it’s going), but the characterization is only saved by Aaron Ashmore’s innate charm. I think Killjoy‘s would actually be more enjoyable for me if it were a worse show.
…wow, that sounded really negative. Especially since I go out of my way to watch the shows every week.
No word yet on whether or not Defiance will receive a fourth season, but it would be a shame if it didn’t. I argue that Defiance is actually the strongest series on the network right now, and it would be a shame to see it go. Hopefully we’ll get word soon.
One of the best programming blocks on cable television was the Syfy’s (well, SciFi Channel’s) SciFi Fridays — where the channel would showcase their original programming (and occasionally some Canadian show they bought and pretended that they made themselves).
But then wrestling happened, and it all went away.
The best night in television got transformed into… well… the not even the best night in television for Wrestling fans (as a friend of mine made a point to tell me Smackdown is far inferior to RAW – and I’ll take his word for it). But earlier this month we got some good news: Syfy was ditching the WWE. We had hopes that the night would return to it’s old SciFi/Syfy Friday roots…
..and for once I wasn’t disappointed by a major media company.
On June 12th, the block returns as SyfyFriday — with a two hour season premiere of Defiance followed by the series premiere of Dark Matter. Both of these shows sit nicely in the realm of actual science fiction, so I think that’s pretty exciting. Defiance (which will be starting its third season) is, of course, about a post-Alien invasion/settlement Earth, and Dark Matter tells the story of a group of strangers who wake up on a spaceship with no memories and no idea why they’re there.
And it looks really cool.
It’s so nice to see Syfy return to its roots, and I for one welcome this move by the network. Hopefully the ratings end up supporting the decision so we can see a block like this continue for years to come.