Dark Matter

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Mysterious sci-fi thriller full of guns and surprises.

Syfy Drama 2015

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 18+

Overall Disappointing

If you want to sample the series, I’d say the best episodes are "We Voted Not to Space You", "Isn't That a Paradox?", and "The Dwarf Star Conspiracy". In short it’s disappointing largely because it hooks poorly. Like all shows it teaches you to care about the characters, even the mission. Like life, it is full of hooks. The key is offering twists and turns in a way that is enjoyable for the audience. Comedians understand this best. The viewer is left perplexed and disappointed. On the upside I’d say that it does have a cool android and Three’s character does have a moment of authenticity, see episodes listed above. Content: mostly sci-fi violence, but some moments are gory to include a couple of suicides. Relationally it does push the moral of friendships but the examples of stability (Threes childhood, Six’s past family) was glossed over. Every other interaction is sexual in nature to include several examples of homosexuality. Some profanity.
age 15+

I enjoyed it

It's too bad it got cancelled. As for the content, here's what you need to know: The first season has a fair amount of sexual content. Both the first and second seasons contain a lot of unnecessary violence that did bother me. The show becomes more moral as the characters develop. In my opinion, the third season is the best in every way. Something I personally value is that this show allows characters to make choices that sacrifice some lives to save more. This is contrary to a weakness I find in some shows that rule against killing at all, at the expense of some dumb outcomes. Disclaimer: I don't have any kids.

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