Oh, I have watched plenty of sci-fi and am well aware of reliance on tropes (or in any other genre for that matter). Dark Matter just struck me as extraordinarily derivative and uninspired. To each their own, I'm not trying to pick a fight with people who liked it - I myself have plenty of guilty pleasures. I'll take the recommendation and finish the season after summer and see if it improves. It did have some redeeming features.
Back on topic: I've also considered some of the shows mentioned by Cormac, and the feedback here is useful to metoo.
I saw Ascension, and I agree that it is a bit to soapy. Interesting premise, bit the show didn't really do enough with it. It's not many episodes, though.
I bounced of Killjoys as well after some episodes, but it has been recommended to me by friends and I'll forward it. Apparently the main charactets have chemistry and it is sort-of Firefly-ish if you squint you eyes and blink a lot (I know, high praise).
I'll also add Almost Human to the list. It stumbled a bit and has some of the usual trouble, but it seemed to me like it really tried. Cancelled after half a season, as it started to come into its own.