Dark Matter (2024): TV series review

Bramwel Oloo
Bramwel Oloo

Dark Matter is an American science fiction television 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.

The Plot

Joel Edgerton outsmarts himself in this sci-fi suspense series as Jason Dessen, a Chicago physics professor who brilliantly invents a box that allows him to enter parallel worlds where there are alternate versions of him.

When he is kidnapped into a strange other world and wants to come home to his wife (Jennifer Connelly) and son, his parallel self is determined to stop him.

Dark Matter premiered on Apple TV+ on 08 May, 2024

Blake Crouch, who created the show based on his 2016 novel, told Vanity Fair, “There are real, concrete, scientific concepts being presented, and I always wanted those to feel true“.

Fortunately, he has Edgerton to ground the mind-bending story about an ordinary man second-guessing his life choices. “We’ll throw a bit of word soup at you of science,” Edgerton said, then it’s up to the audience to “agree to agree to it” as a drama about paths not taken.

Of course, most of us have never been forcibly taken to a parallel world and wondered, as Jason does, “What if the person who abducted me is me?” 

Production

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. The series was officially greenlit in March 2022, with Apple ordering 9 episodes and Joel Edgerton cast to star.

Dark Matter premiered 8 May on Apple TV+ internationally.

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