The Two Baddest Ladies of Stargate Have Joined Syfy’s New Show Dark Matter
Syfy’s newest space opera Dark Matter is loading up with kick-ass women, so you can sign us right up, thanks.
Based on a 2012 Dark Horse limited comic series of the same name, Dark Matter is about the six-member crew of a starship that wakes up from stasis with no idea of who they are or where they’re going. Both the show and the comic are written and created by Stargate (SG-1, Atlantis, and SGU) veterans Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie—and they’re bringing some of the best Gate ladies along for the ride.
Higginson, who played the no-nonsense civilian leader of Atlantis, will guest star in an early episode of Dark Matter as Commander Delaney Truffault, but Mallozzi says he has “a feeling we’ll be seeing her again in the not too distant future.”
Tapping, who played astrophysicist and Air Force Colonel Sam Carter on SG-1 and later replaced Higginson on Atlantis, will be joining Dark Matter behind the camera. Directing the fourth episode of the season, it seems like Tapping will take the crew off-ship to “S-CYGNI-4, a remote way station renown for its sketchy entertainment district and signature cosmic croissants.” Tapping has previously directed several episodes of Syfy’s Sanctuary, Continuum, and Primeval: New World, as well as Arctic Air and Strange Empire for the CBC. She’s also an incredible role model for women in Hollywood.
Dark Matter already includes Lost Girl‘s Zoie Palmer, Broadway actress Melissa O’Neil, and Twilight‘s Jodelle Ferland, as well as some dudes, I guess. The show will premiere next summer, adding to Syfy’s roster of lady-led shows like Lost Girl, Bitten, Haven, and Continuum.
We haven’t had a really solid space show on Syfy since the BSG days, but I have high hopes for Dark Matter. As I’ve said before, Mallozzi and Mullie wrote some of my favorite Stargate episodes of all time, but are at their best when they’re able to inject a certain relatable humor into their episodes. I know Syfy wants to move away from their “light” programming, but these guys are essentially Lost in Space. Not taking yourself too seriously can’t steer you wrong.