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Dark Matter Review: A Sci-Fi Trip Where Your Mind Holds the Key

Dark Matter Review: A Sci-Fi Trip Where Your Mind Holds the Key

Calling all “manifestation girlies”! Apple TV+’s new sci-fi series, Dark Matter, isn’t your average space adventure. Based on Blake Crouch‘s hit novel, it dives into the mind-bending world of parallel universes and asks a question close to your hearts: can our thoughts truly shape our destiny?

Joel Edgerton stars as Jason Dessen, a regular guy with a physics degree. His life takes a wild turn when he’s abducted and wakes up in a reality almost identical to his own, but oh so different. His wife, Daniela (Jennifer Connelly), is a famous physicist, they have no son, and his career path went down a completely unexpected road.

As Jason navigates this alternate life, the weight of his past choices (and the choices he could have made) becomes a real force. The show explores the “many-worlds interpretation” of quantum mechanics, suggesting every decision we make creates a new timeline, leading to countless versions of ourselves living out the consequences.

Being a “manifestation girlie” myself, here’s where Dark Matter clicked with me. It doesn’t just show the impact of choices, it portrays the power of manifesting your desires. Every decision Jason made in his original life shapes the reality he finds himself in. The show subtly emphasizes the importance of focusing your thoughts. Jason’s regrets and longing for a different path are mirrored in the alternate reality, highlighting the power of intention in shaping our experiences.

Dark Matter shines in how it connects the mind and reality. Edgerton delivers a fantastic performance, switching seamlessly between the confident Jason of his original life and the confused, out-of-place version in the alternate world. The show tackles the emotional turmoil of confronting “what ifs” – the missed opportunities and the yearning for a different path.

Visually, Dark Matter is stunning, taking viewers from sleek, futuristic worlds to the familiar comfort of suburban homes. The soundtrack adds another layer, perfectly capturing the tension and emotional weight of Jason’s journey.

Now, no show is perfect. Dark Matter‘s strength lies in exploring the philosophical themes of choice and parallel realities. While the first episodes build suspense brilliantly, the final one feels a bit rushed. The convergence of multiple Jasons in his original reality, though visually impressive, leaves some questions unanswered about the lives of these other versions.

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Apple TV+ Dark Matter Review

Despite this minor misstep, Dark Matter remains a thought-provoking exploration of fate, free will, and the power of choice. It inspires viewers to examine their own decisions and contemplate the endless possibilities that lie beyond them. And for those who believe in manifestation, Dark Matter serves as a powerful reminder: our thoughts can indeed shape our reality, but it all comes down to focusing our intentions and taking action to create the life we desire.

As a bonus for me, a Chicago native, the series was filmed right here in my hometown! Seeing the familiar streets and locations added another layer of enjoyment as I watched Jason navigate his alternate reality. It was a fun way to connect with the show on a personal level.

Dark Matter is currently streaming on Apple TV+. If you want to change your way of thinking, I highly recommend it.


Unique exploration of parallel universes and the "many-worlds interpretation" of quantum mechanics.

Intriguing concept of manifesting your reality through choices and intention.

Strong performances by Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Connelly.

Visually stunning, blending futuristic settings with familiar locations.

Compelling story that builds suspense and explores philosophical themes.

Appeals to fans of "manifestation" and the power of the mind.

Bonus for Chicago residents: filmed on location, adding a layer of familiarity.


Slightly rushed ending with unanswered questions about alternate versions of Jason.

For those craving a traditional space adventure, this might not be appealing to you since it focuses more on philosophical ideas.

There isn't going to be another season

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