Dark Matter: new Apple TV scifi series (1st trailer).

Ready your quantum calculators and brush up on your alternate realities, folks. Apple TV+’s latest sci-fi saga, Dark Matter, is here to scramble your brains and possibly ruin every life decision you’ve ever made. This new show, created by Blake Crouch (yes, that guy who keeps making you question reality with his books), stars Joel Edgerton, who has traded his lightsaber from “Obi-Wan Kenobi” for a slide rule and a hefty dose of existential dread.

The premise is as simple as quantum mechanics gets: Jason Dessen, a physicist and family man (Edgerton), takes a wrong turn into the multiverse during what should have been a routine stroll through Chicago. Suddenly, he’s plunged into an alternate version of his life, sparking the ultimate “grass is always greener” scenario—except this lawn is overrun with danger and existential crises.

As Jason stumbles through the cosmic possibilities of what his life could have been, viewers are treated to a buffet of alternate Dessens—each version more disheveled and distressed than the last. Imagine waking up and realizing you’re not the cool, successful version of yourself but are instead stuck in a reality where your doppelgänger is out to ruin your life. Talk about sibling rivalry!

Joining Edgerton are Jennifer Connelly as Daniela, the quantum-suffering wife who’s had to deal with more versions of her husband than she has shoes; Alice Braga as Amanda, the mysterious figure who might hold the ticket back to reality (or just another ticket to Crazytown); and Jimmi Simpson as Ryan, who we’re guessing spends a lot of time being confused in various dimensions.

The show promises a thrilling ride through what Crouch calls a “labyrinth of mind-bending realities.” It’s like that dream where you’re late for an exam in a class you never attended, but here the exam could literally erase you from existence.

“Dark Matter” aims to be the perfect blend of “Inception” meets “Groundhog Day,” with a dash of family drama—because nothing says “relatable content” like battling an evil version of yourself while trying to make it back in time for your kid’s piano recital. So, mark your calendars for May 8th 2024. Get ready to dive headfirst into a world where every episode leaves you questioning: What if? And for all you physics nerds out there, keep those theoretical dissertations handy. You’ll need them to navigate the wild, wacky, and wonderfully weird waters of “Dark Matter.” Just remember, in the multiverse, every watch party counts as studying.


Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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