Dark Matter (2024 TV series)

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Dark Matter
Genre
Created byBlake Crouch
Based onDark Matter
by Blake Crouch
Starring
Theme music composerJason Hill
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Production
Executive producers
  • Blake Crouch
  • Joel Edgerton
  • Jakob Verbruggen
  • Don Kurt
  • David Manpearl
  • Matt Tolmach
Producers
  • Dustin Bernard
  • Jacquelyn Ben-Zekry
  • Jeff MacVittie
CinematographyJohn Lindley
Jeffrey Greeley
Running time46–53 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkApple TV+
ReleaseMay 7, 2024 (2024-05-07) –
present (present)

Dark Matter is an American science fiction limited series created by Blake Crouch, based on his 2016 novel of the same name. It premiered on Apple TV+ on May 8, 2024, with two episodes.[1]

Premise[edit]

A physicist in Chicago is warped into an alternate version of his life, leaving him to fight to return to his life to prevent the alternate version of himself from harming his family.

Cast[edit]

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Episodes[edit]

No.Title [2]Directed byTeleplay by [2]Original release date [3]
1"Are You Happy in Your Life?"Jakob VerbruggenBlake CrouchMay 8, 2024 (2024-05-08)
Physics professor Jason Dessen lives with his wife Daniela and son Charlie in Chicago. When his friend Ryan wins a prestigious science prize, Jason attends his celebration at a local bar. As he leaves to return home, he is abducted by a masked man who injects him with an unknown drug that renders him unconscious. When he awakes, Jason finds himself in a laboratory facility where he meets Amanda and Leighton who are delighted that he has "returned". Unsure about what is happening, Jason escapes the lab and returns to his home, where he encounters Amanda who says she lives there with him—the decor of the house is completely different, and there is no sign of Daniela and Charlie. Meanwhile, Jason's abductor is revealed to be a version of himself, who enters his house and seduces Daniela.
2"Trip of a Lifetime"Jakob VerbruggenBlake CrouchMay 8, 2024 (2024-05-08)
3"The Box"Jakob VerbruggenBlake CrouchMay 15, 2024 (2024-05-15)
4"The Corridor"Celine Held & Logan GeorgeBlake CrouchMay 22, 2024 (2024-05-22)
5"Dark Velocity"TBAMegan McDonnellMay 29, 2024 (2024-05-29)
6"Fucking Married People"TBAMegan McDonnellJune 5, 2024 (2024-06-05)
7"In the Fires of Dead Stars"TBABlake Crouch & Jacquelyn Ben-ZekryJune 12, 2024 (2024-06-12)
8"Jupiter"TBAIhuoma Ofordire and Megan McDonnellJune 19, 2024 (2024-06-19)
9"Entanglement[4]"TBATBAJune 26, 2024 (2024-06-26)

Logan George & Celine Held, Alik Sakharov, and Roxann Dawson directed episodes.[5]

Production[edit]

It was first announced in December 2020 that Apple TV+ had entered into development of a series adaptation of Blake Crouch's novel, with Crouch set to write and act as showrunner.[6] The series was officially greenlit in March 2022, with Apple ordering 9 episodes and Joel Edgerton cast to star. Louis Leterrier was set to direct the first four episodes.[7] By September 2022, Jennifer Connelly, Alice Braga, Jimmi Simpson, Oakes Fegley and Dayo Okeniyi joined the cast.[8][9][10] In December, Amanda Brugel would join the cast in a recurring role.[11]

Production began in Chicago on October 4, 2022, and was expected to wrap by April 2023.[12]

Apple TV announced that the series will premiere on May 8, 2024.[13]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 78% approval rating with an average rating of 6.8/10, based on 46 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Dark Matter's intriguing ideas are spread a tad thin over its season-long runtime, but fans of foreboding sci-fi will find its residue addictively sticky."[14] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 63 out of 100 based on 21 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McPherson, Chris (February 5, 2024). "Joel Edgerton & Jennifer Connelly Bend Reality in First 'Dark Matter' Images". Collider. Retrieved February 5, 2024.
  2. ^ a b "Dark Matter (2023)". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved May 26, 2023.
  3. ^ "Shows A-Z - dark matter on apple tv plus". The Futon Critic. Retrieved February 5, 2024.
  4. ^ "'Dark Matter' Release Schedule: When Do New Episodes Stream?". The Wrap. Retrieved May 12, 2024.
  5. ^ "Dark Matter - Cast and Crew". Apple TV+ Press. Retrieved February 5, 2024.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 8, 2020). "Apple Developing Dark Matter Novel As Series With Matt Tolmach Producing". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 9 December 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (March 29, 2022). "Joel Edgerton To Star In Dark Matter Sci-Fi Series Adaptation At Apple TV+; Blake Crouch To Showrun". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 22 October 2022. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  8. ^ White, Peter (August 29, 2022). "Jennifer Connelly To Star Alongside Joel Edgerton In Apple Sci-Fi Series Dark Matter". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 6 March 2023. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  9. ^ Otterson, Joe (September 29, 2022). "Alice Braga, Jimmi Simpson Join Sci-Fi Series Dark Matter at Apple". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on March 15, 2023. Retrieved September 30, 2022.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (September 30, 2022). "Dark Matter: Oakes Fegley & Dayo Okeniyi Join Joel Edgerton & Jennifer Connelly In Apple TV+ Series". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on January 16, 2023. Retrieved September 30, 2022.
  11. ^ Cordero, Rosy (December 15, 2022). "Dark Matter Adds The Handmaid's Tale Actress Amanda Brugel". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 4 January 2023. Retrieved 16 December 2022.
  12. ^ "Filming in Chicago Underway for AppleTV Sci-Fi Dark Matter Starring Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Connelly". Screen Magazine. October 4, 2022. Archived from the original on 29 November 2022. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  13. ^ "Dark Matter". Apple TV+ Press. Retrieved 2024-02-05.
  14. ^ "Dark Matter: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 12, 2024.
  15. ^ "Dark Matter: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved May 8, 2024.

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