June 22 2024


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Wheaton In Dark Matter

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Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Wil Wheaton is working on a new show, Dark Matter.

According to Wheaton, “The basic premise of the show is: some people wake up from stasis on a space ship, and they have no memories of who they are or why they are there.”

Dark Matter is based on a comic book series of the same name, written by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie. Dark Matter was published in 2012.

Wheaton will play Alexander Rook, President and CEO of Dwarf Star Technologies,” said Mallozzi, co-creator of the series. “Suffice it to say, you’ll love him in the role because Wil is positively tearing it up, delivering a performance that is cool, controlled, compassionate, canny, confident, with a touch of creepiness and a dash of Angostura bitters. I was truly heartened by the fact that he clearly gave it a lot of thought prior to his arrival, crafting a charmingly nuanced character in preparation for his scenes and then positively wowing us with his take. He’s been great – and, yesterday, outright outstanding as he served up a three page scene of complex dialogue, maintaining professional focus despite the incessant interruptions of airplanes flying overhead (Yes, we were shooting by the airport).”

“I have had an absolutely wonderful time bringing Alexander Rook to life,” said Wheaton. “In fact, yesterday was the most satisfying dramatic, on-camera acting work I’ve done in years.”

The thirteen one-hour episodes will debut this June on SyFy.

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5 thoughts on “Wheaton In Dark Matter

  1. > The basic premise of the show is: some people wake up from stasis on a space ship, and they have no memories of who they are or why they are there

    Uh, what?

    If someone’s gonna go through the expense of sending people on a space ship, you’re probably not gonna (intentionally) wipe their memories. So the only reasonable explanation I can see is that this is an unintended consequence of putting people in stasis. So then, you’d think they’d be able to find something like a ship’s roster or passenger manifest somewhere that would identify who they are and where they’re going and why…end of mystery.

    Seriously, I’m so sick of movies and series with a premise that’s *so* easy to pick major holes into–without even trying.

    It’s probably unfair of me to come to a conclusion like this without knowing *anything* more than this (it honestly isn’t, I realize it), but when this is the best you can put together to try to sell me the idea, you’ve failed to even get me interested enough to watch and find out. Not a good place to start.

  2. Every astronaut I know has at one point been menaced or felt threatened by a stasis pod.

  3. Yeah, pretty unfair. Be careful or people will start picking holes in you!

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