Roshaun Akeem Page
Roshaun Akeem Page
"Trail of Dark Matter" is a five-part series that deals with human connection ... and disconnection. Episode 1: Old Flame starts off with two old lovers talking in a living room. They are very cordial, but an underlying tension permeates the room. The lady wants to know why he left her and feels she doesn't have closure. The man is now married and goes on to explain all the reasons they broke up. As is often the case, no one is a winner here, and something just doesn't feel right.
Episode Two: Strangers introduces two women, Candace and Aslin, who meet in a laundromat. They strike up a conversation after one of them warns against using one of the machines. Aslin, who has returned from L.A., dreams of an acting career, but in reality, it has soured. Candace works as a waitress in a strip joint. They discuss life and relationships. Clearly, Candace is carrying heavy baggage - there's that darkness again. At this point, I'm beginning to think it runs through every episode.
Episode Three: Kindred. A brother and sister are setting up a game night for family and friends. The brother has just split up with his girlfriend, and his sister is surprised to hear this news. Apparently, only family from the Mother's side is invited; Dad's side is all crazy, and so is Daddy himself. So imagine their surprise when their father shows up. He's preaching about forgiveness and blah blah blah, and remember that darkness I mentioned? Hmmmm...
Episode Four: Blood Relations. This episode sees some familiar faces from previous episodes. Another brother and sister meet their father in a restaurant. Seems that the lad has been keeping a secret from his father, and his father doesn't take it too well. Now the brother and sister from the previous episode come in - just as the other two receive a disturbing phone call. Oh, and the actor girl from two episodes back pops in and asks for a job delivering for the restaurant. Let me just say that her first delivery is pretty interesting.
Episode five begins with a real turn of events. I am not going to discuss this one at all except to say there seems to be a common thread when it comes to the men and women within this show. What I will go on to write is that writer/director Roshaun Akeen Page has put together a really cool series here. I might even use the words somewhat unique. Every aspect of the project is totally professional - which is always a great pleasure. From a technical perspective, acting, directing, writing, editing, and sound - it's all pretty top-notch. Again, much better than I anticipated. I predict, sorry, hope that there will be more of this series to come but as it site right now, on the whole? I have no problem awarding "Trail of Dark Matter" with four solid stars. Well done.