Title: One More Card To Play
Director: Gail Harvey
Writers: Create by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie. Written by Alison Hepburn
Starring: Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, Zoie Palmer, Ayisha Issa, Misha Thebaud
Episode length: 42 minutes
Network: Syfy

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It’s a case of mistaken identity as some very familiar faces return and complicate things for the Raza’s crew.

Dark Matter has done it again, another great episode in a season that has only stumbled once so far. This series has found a way to keep coming up with stories that are a fun mix of what it does best, action, adventure, mystery, suspense and thrills that provide opportunities for its excellent cast to shine. This series is something I look forward to on a weekly basis without fail. It’s also a series clearly in transition.

There were more cast changes this week that left me wondering what do Mallozzi and Mullie have up their sleeves for the future of the show? They have reached a point where they cannot lose any more of the ship’s crew making it implicit that replacements of some kind must be on the way in some form or another. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see. It’s a task I don’t mind since watching the show has consistently been one of the high points of my viewing week for some time and shows no signs of that coming to an end.

(*warning spoilers follow*)

There are several stories I am familiar with that revolve around mistaken identities and imposters posing as someone else, stories like Prisoner Of Zenda and the Man In The Iron Mask have made the device a near trope. It’s surprising it’s not used more because it works so well and has the natural ability to add suspense when it is well done.

I don’t mind admitting being a little confused when this week;’s episode began, but in my defense, I did catch on pretty quickly to what was going on at least partially. Still One Card To Play starts out with Three and Two offering to help some captive prisoners of the Ishida Empire to escape the ship they are on, only to betray and kill them as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal the ship for themselves. I knew right away, of course, this had to be the Three and Two from the alternate universe, But I was slow to figure out the rest of the puzzle that the entire other crew had crossed over from that other reality to the one occupied by our gang.

The mystery of who was on the Marauder when it hitched a ride back from the other reality is finally solved. It was all of them except for Jake Corso, and now they are here pretending to be our Raza crew and up to no good. They are carrying on in their usual villainous manner with the blame for their activity being placed squarely on the gang they are pretending to be. We get another glimpse of just how bad these guys were before being put into stasis. They were awful people.

There are several people upset at the Raza crew’s wrongdoing, including the former Four Ryo Ishida who is quite upset at being targeted by his old shipmates. I found his tantrum quite amusing partially due to his stature. It conjured the image of an angry little person with a huge chip on his shoulder. Ryo is finding it hard not to lose his cool.

Another victim is Commander Truffault (Torri Higginson) of the Nikkei Corporation who go conned out of some state of the art missiles and is hopping mad. Both crews, the authentic and the other one end up capturing members of the other’s teams, and it finally comes down to both versions Android to make peace between the two crews before they kill each other.Once again Android stands out as one of my favorite characters on the show. I have mentioned before how much I enjoy Zoie Palmer’s portrayal, and I just find her charming.

It looks like we will see more of the crew’s evil counterparts because the episode ends with the two crews going their separate ways. Alternate Portia (Two) is later seen meeting with the head of the Ferrous Corporation and hatching a plan that I am sure is nothing pleasant.

Speaking of separate, Adrian and Solara bid farewell to their stay on the Raza because he feels it doesn’t suit him. He has a tender moment with Five, which made me wonder when will see her get romantically involved with someone.

Three is seen spending some time with Sara in the holographic reality she occupies. It seems he has come to terms with their relationship.

The episode ends with the discovery that the colony Six left the ship to help suffered some unpleasantness. A look at the place reveals some bodies scattered on the ground.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xveThUsw9wI

Our Score
C

By Craig Suide

A genuine (OCD) enthusiast of Sci-FI and fantasy. Addicted to stories. a life-long fan of movies, TV, and pop culture in general. Purchased first comic book at age five, and never stopped. Began reading a lot early on, and discovered ancient mythology, and began reading science fiction around the same time. Made first attempts at writing genre fiction around age 12 Freelance writer for Sci-Fi Nerd (Facebook), retired professional gourmet chef. ex-musician, and illustrator

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