We’re talking a major character death from the first two episodes of Dark Matter season 2 so obviously there are some spoilers. FYI.
The first two episodes of Dark Matter’s second season have been BANANAS. I’ve been critical of some aspects of the show in the past but I’m afraid if it continues in its current direction, I’ll have to eat my shirt. Dark Matter is amazing sci-fi television, full of suspense, action, and really, really good characters. However, there’s one numbered character whose time on the show might have been cut short.
In the first episode of the season, One, Derrick Moss, was given a reprieve from jail time due to the fact that he’s not the criminal Jace Corso (despite his changed face) and because he’s CEO to his father’s corporation, CoreLactic Industries, so he’s got them good lawyers and shit. However, at the end of the episode, One was acting a bit paranoid, concerned that someone, like the acting CEO of his company, wanted him dead and he didn’t know who he could trust. He tells Six:
“If anything it’s woken me up. It made me realize the danger of being too trusting.”
Understandable, especially given that Six is responsible for the crew of the Raza’s newfound Prison Break scenario. One is determined to find out what really happened in the murder of his wife while being more skeptical of those around him. And yet, despite his stirring revelation, at the end of episode one, One opens the door to his cushy rental room and in walks Jace Corso, set on murder and revenge. Pew pew. One is dead. Long live Her Majesty Two.
But is One really dead? Is that the last we’ve seen of the whiny Derrick Moss?
In an interview with showrunner Joseph Mallozzi, The TV Fanatics had this to say:
The TV Junkies: A gunshot wound to the head seems pretty definitive, but can you officially confirm that One, at least as we know him, has died?
Joseph Mallozzi: I can confirm that.
With controversies over dead characters on TV shows in the past, and with Game of Thrones straight up lying to us for like nine months, I’m a little skeptical of when a showrunner “confirms” a character’s death. Because I’m obsessively thorough when it comes to the media I consume, let’s go over the possibilities for One’s death:
There are a few arguments to be made here for what could have happened to Derrick Moss. A clone seems like too easy a way out and even with Moss’s money, we know that the technology for long-term clones just isn’t available. As we saw last season with Six, when killed, clones simply explode into a pile of glitter dust.
This doesn’t happen with Moss, but with camera angle trickery and deception, maybe it occurs later and we, as viewers, don’t see it. It does take a few moments for Six’s clone in season one to completely disintegrate. Moss making use of a clone is a slight possibility but one that seems too obvious for a show that has stated it isn’t afraid to kill off its main characters. However, the option is still there, which could make for an interesting stand-off should One/Corso try to return to the Raza.
Then there’s the possibility of a role reversal. Could it be that Moss somehow tricked Corso into breaking into his room to steal goods and then showed up as Corso to kill him? Therefore setting the stage for his own escape from the corporation that also wants him dead? It’s a plot that would take a lot of fast ingenuity on the part of Moss and frankly, I don’t think he has that kind of wit in him. Moreover, given that Moss is dressed in the same outfit between scenes and his demeanor is similar to the one we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from Moss, I think it’s clear that he was the one killed.
So we’re left with one real possibility: One is dead.
But what does this mean for Dark Matter? After episode two the crew of the Raza has escaped imprisonment and they’ve picked up a few new members, but what will they do once they’ve learned the fate of One?
Joseph Mallozzi has said:
“You’re going to have to wait another four episodes or so. They’re not going to let that lie. The first step is that they have to find out that One is dead. Next they have to find out the circumstances of his death, who did it and then they have to go after that person. All of that will happen in Season 2.”
So then the big question here, if we truly the believe the “he’s dead statement, why have One make a grand revelation about who to trust and moving forward?
Because of who he talks to: Six.
Six is a character struggling with loyalties and as we saw in episode two, he doesn’t know quite who to trust, but ultimately decides on helping the crew of the Raza, and he gets fatally wounded for it. However, putting him in stasis keeps away the only person who could call Corso’s inevitable bluff to get back on the crew. If I had to guess, I’d say that Corso is about to become a villain for the crew and the only one who could prove that he isn’t One is sleeping away his injuries.
RIP One. I can’t say I’m all that sad to see you go, but I am interested in watching how your death affects the other characters on Dark Matter, especially Three. Even more, I’m over-the-moon excited to see Marc Bendavid play more Jace Corso, whatever that might mean for crew of the Raza.
Just keep my baby Five safe, OK? (And I’m really digging newcomer Nyx, so keep her safe too, kthxbai.)
Dark Matter airs Fridays on Syfy at 10pm EST.