Dark Matter Review: Built, Not Born (Season 3 Episode 10)

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Dark Matter Season 3 Episode 10, “Built, Not Born,” finally gave us a look into the history of Two and Android with a major twist no one saw coming. This intense change of events could have some major impacts for our crew and their journey.

DARK MATTER — “Built, Not Born” Episode 310 — Pictured: Melissa O’Neil as Two — (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)

Melissa O’Neil and Zoie Palmer are radiant as their characters face a remarkable turn of events and we learn about the history of these two complex characters. Not to the mention the chemistry between these two is what steals our hearts.

Victor calls on Android for help after an incident where a human has been killed and Android asks to bring them on board for their safety. Once on board, Victor asks if they can help him find their creator, and with some hesitation and eye-rolling comments from Three, the Raza Crew embark on this journey.

Three- “You have robot friends?”

This journey turns out to reveal one of the most important side characters in Dr Irena Shaw (Zoie Palmer) and how she is the single reason why Two and Android even exist. Shaw is the reason why Rebecca escaped from Dwarf Star and is also the reason why Android came to be.

Android – “Well this is a little awkward.”

DARK MATTER Screenshot — “Built, Not Born” Episode 310 — Pictured: Zoie Palmer as ‘Dr. Irena Shaw’

Shaw is in stasis when Two, Android, Victor, and Six meet Chase and through his POV flashbacks, we find out a lot of background on Rebecca and the evolution of androids. We get to find out a lot of information through flashbacks this time, even seeing the progression of Portia/Rebecca and how she became the boss lady on the Raza.

Two (in flashback)- “But I want you to know this means a lot to me.”

This is the first time we see Two really struggle with not having her memory. She has a connection with Shaw that she can’t remember or explain it, so she jumps at the chance to donate her nanoblood in hopes to give her more time to do the work she’s been doing with Chase before the brain tumor takes her.

DARK MATTER Screenshot — “Built, Not Born” Episode 310 — Pictured: Melissa O’Neil as ‘Rebecca’ and Zoie Palmer as ‘Dr. Irena Shaw’

Meanwhile, Android is struggling with her own identity after finding out that she was initially made to help Rebecca grieve and move on. But one thing we know about our crew, is they all love and support their Android and Six and Five make it a point to remind her of that.

Five – “Sorry to be selfish, but I like this version better.”

The icing on the cake turns out that Shaw can help Three and Sarah, taking her consciousness and putting it into an android body. The irony isn’t lost on Three after he spends time talking to her about not trusting them, but this is the only way to get Sarah back to the reality they live in.

DARK MATTER — “Built, Not Born” Episode 310 — Pictured: (l-r) Anthony Lemke as Three, Zoie Palmer as The Android — (Photo by: Stephen Scott/Dark Matter Series 3/Syfy)

Turns out the Galactic Alliance has the ability to track Victor and shows up before the process to put Sarah in the body is complete. The Raza crew splits with Shaw, Chase and Victor to finish the process, which guarantees that we will get to see reunions and hopefully even more backstory of this great love story between Shaw and Rebecca that Chase describes.

Stray thoughts:
  • It was a clever choice to have Zoie Palmer play Shaw because the chemistry was already there between  Zoie and Melissa since they have built this friendship and rapport after working together for these past few years.
  • What happens if Portia finds Shaw first?
  • Shaw gives Two a program for a back door built into Dwarf Star technologies – will she be able to finally take them down?
  • Joseph Mallozzi, the Co-Creator/Executive Producer, is playing to each actresses and actors strengths – well done, sir!

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Dark Matter airs Fridays at 9/8c on Syfy.

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