OK, It’s 2018 and life goes on. Part of embracing a new year is being able to forgive and forget, but there’s still one thing that sticks in my throat and leaves a bad taste in my mouth from last year. The sudden and inexplicable cancellation of one of my favorite shows – Dark Matter.

I know, it always comes down to money and covering the bottom line, but some things are just unforgivable. It wasn’t only as much about how they cancelled the series as it was that they cancelled it at all. Syfy when you assume a name like yours that acts as a title for what you are about, you enter into a pact with your viewers an agreement that includes trust and a specific understanding that you are expected to uphold. We have been here before when you went off the rails with programming choices that were poorly advised, but we forgave you, and you seemed to learn your lesson. Obviously, that’s not the case.

Ar we supposed to believe you have anything else in mind beyond padding your profits when you behave in this manner? Following that news,  Syfy announced the series KIlljoys, which airs its Season 3 finale on Friday, has been renewed for two more seasons, which will be the show’s last. The network announced that “Killjoys” will return for a fourth season in 2018, and the sci-fi action hour will end after Season 5. The two seasons will round out the “Killjoys” saga with 20 additional episodes. Are we supposed to believe you are sincere in wanting to bring the best science fiction available when you make decisions like this to support mediocrity?

Shame on you Syfy.Years from now when you ponder what happened and when it all started to go wrong remember the trust you betrayed and sold out for a pair of imported Italian loafers or moving to that new more fashionably located condo that was more important than keeping up your end of a pact with your fanbase. Now more than ever it becomes obvious you do not deserve to be able to call your self the Syfy channel, you haven’t earned the right.

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

12 thought on “In Memoriam: 2017 Dark Matter: The Loss Of A Show We Cannot Forgive Or Forget”
  1. Mallozzi needs to explore other avenues to bring this back. Makes me feel bad just like when The Sarah Connor Chronicles was cancelled. It was just starting to get good. Killjoys and The Expanse are good, but DM is so much better. Has Mallozzi gone to AMC/TNT/name any other network????????????????
    I don’t understand the problem with producers that don’t fight for their shows. HULU/Amazon Prime????

    1. Joseph Mallozzi did indeed try very hard to save the series by going to others in the hopes of being picked up by one of them, and actually had something worked out as he was able to demonstrate huge interest on the part of the fanbase – but some kind of contractual issue ruined it. He hasn’t, from what I’ve seen, elaborated on what it was, but reading between the lines, SyFy still had rights that they wouldn’t give up.

      And then time ran out because the people involved in the series couldn’t be held indefinitely – which, only fair, people have to make a living.

  2. Why is there a prerequisite of hating on Killjoys in order to like Dark Matter? Dark Matter was a great show. I’ll still be tuning into Killjoys every week for next two seasons. Killjoys is science fiction. You might like Dark Matter better but it was not a choose one or the other. If they were doing wrestling instead you would have a argument.

    But saying I like one science fiction program over another science fiction so SYFY is bad is just asinine.

  3. Biggest programming blunder since FOX cancelled Firefly. What’s worse is that Dark Matter had the numbers and a rabidly loyal following. A real shame that NetFlix didn’t pick it up when it became available. I’m sure that those involved with the show will go on to create other amazing shows, but damn! It was magic while it lasted…

  4. Just found out about the Dark Matter series cancellation. Very disappointed. Goodbye SyFy – I’ve no reason to watch your channel anymore.

  5. I agree with the author of this this article.. this cancellation leaves a bad and bitter taste. I can’t ever trust Sy-fy to do right by its viewers again. I’m really hoping the channel goes belly-up.

  6. agreed, super pissed about both cancellations. the holy trinity of Wynonna Earp, Dark Matter and Killjoys was the best thing SyFy did in a long while. they could have at least not ended Dark Matter on such a cliffhanger. give me back my Raza family, SyFy

  7. Look I agree that SyFy failed us all when they cancelled Dark Matter, but don’t hate on Killjoys in your anger. While Dark Matter was unquestionably the better show, Killjoys is still good fun. Just because one show is better doesn’t meant we can’t enjoy both. And we can certainly all still hate SyFy for cancelling Dark Matter.

  8. A perfect description of SYFY. It all started to fall apart when it changed it’s name from SciFi, it was the harbinger of it’s move away from the genre.

    Cancelling Dark Matter was a travesty.

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