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Dark Matter (2024) Series: An Alternate Reality Series That Will Leave You Questioning Every Life Choice: Early Review

A man is abducted into an alternate version of his life. Amid the mind-bending landscape of lives he could've lived, he embarks on a harrowing journey to get back to his true family and save them from a most terrifying foe: himself.




Ah, the multiverse. That delightful concept that lets you fantasize about alternate lives where you didn’t quit guitar lessons in high school or decided to pursue your dream of becoming a professional bubble-wrap popper. In Dark Matter, Apple TV takes this idea and turns it into a mind-bending, life-altering adventure that’ll have you reevaluating every “What if?” moment you’ve ever had.


Dark Matter, based on Blake Crouch’s book, stars Joel Edgerton as Jason Dessen, a brilliant physicist who’s about to discover just how mind-blowing and terrifying alternate realities can be. With Jennifer Connelly and Oakes Fegley joining the cast, this series brings together some big names to navigate through a labyrinth of alternate realities, moral dilemmas, and existential crises.


Jason Dessen (Joel Edgerton) is living the picture-perfect life: happily married to Daniela (Jennifer Connelly), raising a teenage son Charlie (Oakes Fegley), and teaching at a local university. But when Jason is abducted into an alternate version of his life, things quickly take a turn for the weird. As he navigates the mind-bending landscape of possibilities, he must find his way back to his true family while facing the most terrifying foe imaginable: himself.


Sci-Fi Shows Are My Jam: Dark Matter is my kind of series, hands down. Alternate realities, parallel universes, and questions of destiny versus choice? Count me in. The show nails that eerie, Twilight Zone-esque vibe, leaving you just the right amount of creeped out.


The added sound effects when characters shift between alternate realities give each jump a suspenseful, almost unsettling vibe. It’s the kind of audio design that makes you want to double-check your closet just to make sure there's not an alternate version of you lurking around. Reminded me of the sounds from Law and Order when the clues are revealed.


Apple TV Shows Always Start Slow, But This One Picks Up: Like many Apple TV series, Dark Matter starts off slow. Episode 1 is more of a leisurely stroll than a sprint, but by Episode 2, you're in for a rollercoaster ride. Once Jason starts piecing together what's happening and realizing that alternate versions of himself are out there, things get intense. If you're into slow-burning suspense, you'll be hooked.


Feels Like “Constellation” Lite: If you’ve seen Constellation, also on Apple TV, you’ll notice a lot of similarities with Dark Matter. It’s a bit annoying to have two similar series released at the same time, but hey, maybe the multiverse isn't big enough for both of them.


Scientist, Put the Pieces Together Already: For a guy who works with probabilities and quantum mechanics, Jason sure takes his sweet time figuring out what's going on. I get it, the man’s under a lot of stress, but you'd think he could connect the dots a little faster. It’s like watching Sherlock Holmes struggle to solve a Sudoku puzzle.


The series is based on Blake Crouch’s book Dark Matter, which explores similar themes of alternate realities and how one decision can change the course of your entire life.


Dark Matter is a solid entry into the multiverse craze. It’s a bit slow out of the gate, but once Jason starts unraveling the alternate realities, the show picks up pace. The blend of sci-fi, psychological thriller, and family drama makes for an intriguing mix. If you’re into multiverse theory or just want to see Joel Edgerton play more versions of himself than you thought possible, this is your show.


My early rating? 7.2/10. Not groundbreaking, but it’s a solid series worth checking out if you’re into sci-fi thrillers. Being only 2 episodes in, I will be following this one for sure.



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