Into Pitch Black is a Sci-Fi channel special which aired before Pitch Black, and was about lawmen investigating Riddick's past as well as an investigation into the crash of the Hunter Gratzner. A physical copy is very hard to find, and is only available on Region 2 copies of the Pitch Black DVD. The special can, however, be seen on YouTube. It shows several inconsistencies with the official storyline, and might be possibly retconned by the other movies and video games. There are five different sequences, that of the investigator, a psychiatrist evaluating Riddick, the alleged doctor who gave Riddick his trademark eyeshine, the team that investigated the disappearance of the Hunter Gratzner, as well as various clips of the actual movie Pitch Black.

The Recovery TeamEdit

19 weeks after the Hunter Gratzner crash a Rescue Vessel Alpha 1 went to planet M6-117. The team located the remains of the ship. Very few bodies were found, most having been consumed by the Bioraptors. They eventually found the remains of Zeke and having no knowledge of the creatures, assumed that Riddick had cannibalized Zeke. A sandstorm eventually overtakes the recovery team, burying them, as well as the wreckage of the Hunter Gratzner.

The InvestigationEdit

6 months after the crash, a lawman is assigned by his superior officer to find and apprehend escaped convict Richard B. Riddick, Riddick was being transported on-board space transport vessel Hunter Gratzner carrying 40 people, where a bounty hunter named William J. Johns who captured him was escorting him to the Tangiers Penal Colony and claim the bounty on his head. But the "Hunter-Gratzner" was struck by a meteor shower and crashed on planet M6-117, where Riddick and 10 survivors were marooned.

The policeman decides to hire a female bounty hunter to track down and capture Riddick alive. The female bounty hunter begins to suspect there is something more behind the Hunter Gratzner incident and learns one of the survivors, Paris P. Ogilvie was carrying a priceless collection of artifacts on-board Hunter Gratzner and learns the back-stories of the 10 survivors as well as Riddick. The bounty hunter eventually betrays the policeman, kidnaps him and attempts to find Ogilvie's fortune herself. The end shows her viewing a clip of the Bioraptors, noticeably startled.

Riddick's Psych ProfileEdit

Riddick's psych profile includes a psychiatrist, Dr. Snyder attempting to have Riddick draw his earliest memory, only for him to first draw the prison layout including an escape route and then later a seemingly random assortment of shapes. When the doctor prescribes that Riddick undergo a severe treatment, Riddick kills 5 guards, whose bodies fall into the same pattern as the previously drawn shapes, and then proceeds to escape exactly on the path that he had drawn.

The Origin of the EyeshineEdit

The interview with the doctor, Cutter, would seem to be retconned, as it is during his stay in Butcher Bay Correctional Facility that Riddick actually receives his eye shine.


  • Vin Diesel as Richard B. Riddick
  • Lisa Saum as Femme-Merc
  • Brian Gant as Lawman
  • Kevin Burnett as Cutter
  • Markus Hamilton as Mr. Kammal
  • Robert W. Richards as Dr. Snyder
  • Danny Stark as Law Officer
  • Heather Waters as Bartender
  • Danny Miller as Danny Miller, Computer (voice)
  • Andrew Nelson Bernard as Search and Rescue Lead
  • M. David Melvin as Search and Rescue Pilot
  • Joe Russo as Search and Rescue #2
  • Clint McKinney as Search and Rescue #3
  • Mark Ribbins as Lead Guard
  • Jorge Berrio as Prison Guard #1
  • Alastair Love as Prison Guard #2
  • Robert Ahola as Guard #4 / Slam City guard


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