Matt has an exceptional brain and works at NASA in the problem-solving department. His job is primarily how to figure out how to fix things from thousands of miles away. He’s into engineering and can stare at schematics and consider what objects the crew has on hand in the space station, to figure out how they can improvise and find a way around whatever has gone wrong. He often invents and comes up with strange solutions that others would not think of, such as when he builds a machine that would allow them to harvest ice particles from space and shepherd them into the ship, to solve their water problems. He often has hunches that turn out to be correct, about what NASA is keeping from him and the problems his wife is facing in space. Matt can keep the big picture in focus better than most people – even after his stroke, when she worries about being “emotionally compromised,” Matt insists she go anyway and not return to take care of him. She has worked for this, it is going to be the mission of a lifetime, and he does not want to steal that from her. His ideas are unorthodox and out of the box, but not oblivious to the potential dangers involved. Matt is incredibly methodical, willing to pore over each detail to figure out how to save, protect, or rescue the astronauts from difficult situations. He also believes in the “law of repeats,” and cautions his daughter against riding motorcycles, since she could get hurt or killed on one (he has seen it happen; his friend in the hospital was paralyzed riding bikes). Matt is logical and focused, but also feels a need to be true to his daughter, there for her when he needs to be, and present in his family. He is not fully capable of doing this, and doesn’t really understand his daughter or her feelings.

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Matt has a warm side to his nature that likes to connect to his daughter, is good at gathering people around him, and isn’t afraid to diffuse his work and hand off the credit to someone else in the office, so long as he gets the work done. He is somewhat easily influenced by other people, in terms of his need to get better – when his friend at the hospital tells him his chances of full bodily recovery go down once he “passes his tests” and gets out of the hospital, Matt considers faking them to stay under supervised training; but then when his daughter needs him, because she is skipping school, he passes his tests and knows he must go home for her. He often knows when something has gone wrong, and tries to think his way around worst-case scenarios. He is cautious and distrustful, warning his daughter to stay off those bikes, but also skilled at creative thinking and remaining pragmatic in a dangerous situation.