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Dark Matter Is Allowing 1 Director To Explore A Sci-Fi Trope Ignored By Her Most Famous Project


Summary

  • The
    Dark Matter
    TV show gives
    Star Trek
    actor/director Roxann Dawson the chance to explore a new sci-fi trope.
  • The well-loved sci-fi actor-turned-director has an impressive TV directing resume, including episodes of
    Lost
    and
    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Despite missing out on multiverse stories in
    Star Trek
    , Roxann Dawson’s involvement in
    Dark Matter
    promises exciting and well-directed episodes.



There’s a director attached to Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter TV show who’s being given the chance to be involved with a well-loved sci-fi trope that she missed in her most well-known production. This member of Crouch’s creative team has a storied history within the genre, but her most famous project never explored one of the most fun but overused science-fiction tropes during her time on the iconic show.

Dark Matter is adapted from a novel of the same name and was also written by Blake Crouch. The author serves as showrunner for the Apple adaptation as well as penning most of the show’s scripts himself. The first look at Dark Matter makes the project look very promising. The show follows Joel Edgerton as Jason Dessen as he takes a trip through the multiverse to save his family. The mind-bending story will be directed by an array of people, but one of Dark Matter‘s directors is particularly well suited to the role due to her history in the industry.


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Dark Matter Director Roxann Dawson Has A History With Star Trek (But Not The Multiverse)

Dawson played B’Elanna Torres in all seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager (& directed episodes of Enterprise)

Roxann Dawson will be among the directing credits for the Dark Matter TV show, and her name may be familiar to Star Trek fans. Dawson is most known in the Star Trek fandom for her role as B’Elanna Torres in Star Trek: Voyager. As a key member of the Star Trek: Voyager cast, Dawson portrayed the human/Klingon hybrid in all seven seasons of the Star Trek spinoff show. However, throughout her spell as the USS Voyager’s chief engineer, Torres never featured in a multiverse story. So, Dark Matter finally gives Dawson the chance to tick off that box.


Star Trek: Voyager
was the only classic
Star Trek
show not to visit the franchise’s “Mirror Universe.”

Embodying B’Elanna Torres isn’t Roxann Dawson’s only connection to the Star Trek universe. The actor also began her directing career with Voyager during her time on the show, leading the production for 2 episodes. Dawson’s relationship with the franchise didn’t end when Voyager aired its finale. Instead, she returned to direct the Star Trek: Enterprise cast for 10 installments of the show, which began just four months after its predecessor finished. Although Enterprise did have a Mirror Universe arc, Dawson was not in the director’s chair, an unfortunate fact that extended her multiversal dry spell.


Roxann Dawson’s Directorial Past Shows Dark Matter Is In Good Hands

The former Star Trek actor has directed some other huge shows

Dawson’s directing career has continued to flourish in the wake of her Star Trek fame. While she has been involved with projects of various genres, some of her most high-profile shows have been science-fiction and part of adjacent categories. As well as directing episodes of Lost, Dawson has been in charge of installments of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and even Foundation – another Apple TV+ sci-fi production.


Roxann Dawson’s TV Show Directing Highlights

Show Name

Number of Episodes

Star Trek: Voyager

2

Charmed

1

Star Trek: Enterprise

10

Lost

1

The O.C.

1

Heroes

3

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

3

House of Cards

2

Foundation

4

Although she did continue to act alongside her budding directing career, Dawson’s focus has now shifted to a life behind the camera. Her impressive directing résumé in and out of the sci-fi genre is cause for great optimism when it comes to her role in bringing Blake Crouch’s new Apple TV+ show to life. So, although Dawson missed out on multiverse stories during her Star Trek tenure, her episodes of Dark Matter are sure to be brilliantly directed anyway.


Dark Matter
begins on May 8, 2024, with a two-episode premiere on Apple TV+.



This story originally appeared on Screenrant

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