I recently interviewed Joe Mallozzi for an article in the Deseret News. Mallozzi was the showrunner of “Dark Matter” and a prolific producer of “Stargate” franchise TV episodes.
Mallozzi shared thoughts on his decision to breakdown what would be (and may yet be) the first episode of a fourth season of “Dark Matter.” He also commented on the status of the effort to revive “Stargate” and shared his thoughts on fan reactions to sci-fi cancellations.
The entirety of his comments are provided below.
Tell us about the “Dark Matter” tweets you are posting.
The tweets I was posting last night were a rundown of what I had planned to kick off “Dark Matter’s” fourth season. Specifically, last night’s tweets covered the first act of Episode 4.01.
— Joseph Mallozzi (@BaronDestructo) May 18, 2018
Why are you posting these scene breakdowns on Twitter?
To be honest, it’s a form of therapy for me to finally be able to reveal what I had planned. It was incredibly frustrating not to be able to finish my story and revisit these characters. I’m sure plenty of fans shared this frustration so these rundowns are a small way of offering everyone some form of closure.
Do you have any hopes that fan responses to the Tweets could lead to a “Dark Matter” revival?
There is always that hope but, realistically, it gets harder and harder as more time passes. But who knows? Perhaps the renewed online interest will spur some studio executive to reach out.
What do “Dark Matter” fans means to you?
At the heart of “Dark Matter,” like the “Stargates,” is the notion of family, the idea that, despite disparate views and conflict, your family members have your back. Fandom is an extension of that idea, something that was fully realized with the incredible support the series received both during its run and following its cancellation.
Sci-fi has been a hot topic of late, with recent attempts to revive “Stargate” and last week’s cancellation announcement of “The Expanse.” Do you feel networks are transparent and honest with their fans? Similarly do you think fans have fair expectations when it comes to the business realities behind their favorite shows?
I think fans have perfectly fair expectations. If they support a show and that support translates into viewers, then they should be rewarded with further seasons. In the case of “Dark Matter” fans, we weren’t. In the case of The Expanse fans, it looks like they may not either – but who knows. As a sci-fi fan, I’m rooting for them.
What is the status of the effort to revive “Stargate”? Do you anticipate another social media event? If so, do you know approximately when it will take place?
The revive “Stargate” campaign is on hold. Really, it was a campaign to let MGM know that whatever form that new fourth “Stargate” series takes, it should not be a reboot that dismisses 17 years of television fans have supported over these many years. It wouldn’t be that hard to create a new series that offers a jumping on point for new fans while rewarding longtime fans as well.
The fact that the studio didn’t even acknowledge the fan efforts was disappointing and, I think, will make a lot of the existing Stargate fanbase particularly critical when that fourth series is released. A blown opportunity.