Killjoys is a Romping Adventure You Won’t Want to Miss
Killjoys, Syfy’s latest original series, premieres tonight at 9/8c, and if you like your scifi to be of the fun, cheeky and easily accessible variety then you should probably tune in for this one because it doesn’t disappoint.
Set in a comfortably familiar dystopian landscape, the series follows a trio of kick-ass bounty hunters known as Killjoys as they track down the scum of the Quad (a planetary system of 4 worlds) and bring them to justice. And frankly, if that image fails to put a smile on your face then you’re probably a little dead inside.
Our trio is headed up by Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) a deadly, top level Killjoy with a surprising past, shown at intervals through a series of flashbacks that don’t detract from the action (by the way, there’s a lot of action). John-Kamen is clearly having fun in this role and brings a touch of class, charm and sophistication to what could otherwise have been a rather two dimensional hard as nails get-the-job-done bounty hunter trope.
Dutch’s partner is John Jaqobis (Aaron Ashmore) the brains – and heart – of the operation, and in our opinion, of the show itself. If you loved Ashmore as Steve Jinks in Warehouse 13, then you’re sure to love him again now. Aaron Ashmore, why are you so adorable?
Lovable Aaron Ashmore, sorry John Jaqobis, may only be a lowly level 3 Killjoy, but his smarts, his fast-talking and ability to complete ship repairs under extreme pressure generally save the day when Dutch’s head-on collision style fails. Think Firefly’s Kaylee meets Star Wars’ Han Solo and you get the idea.
Rounding out the trio is John’s big brother D’avin Jaqobis (Luke Macfarlane), a handsome, serious, and at times snarky ex-soldier haunted by his past and harboring a big secret from his little brother. He’s got troubled hero written all over him and we find ourselves wanting to crack him open like an egg to know more.
Syfy sent us the first four episodes for review a little earlier this month, and having watched through all 4, we’re giving the show our stamp of approval, for what it’s worth.
There’s just a lot here to love – strongly written and easily accessible characters we all want to root for (each with complicated messy pasts which are sure to turn over new plot lines as the series progresses), and a fast paced, action-adventure style plot flavored with simmering tensions between the three leads (and no, it’s not all mindless love triangle stuff either).
The series comes from the producers of Orphan Black (Temple Street Productions) and the creator of Lost Girl (Michelle Lovretta). The 10 episode first season has a 9 pm time slot, sandwiched between Defiance at 8pm and Dark Matter at 10 pm. There’s a little bit of swearing, and some sexy shenanigans in a couple of episodes, but no more than you might expect to find in Defiance, airing an hour previously.
Please don’t miss the premiere tonight Friday June 19 at 9 pm on Syfy.
Oh, and one last thing. Syfy has let us know the official @Killjoys Twitter will be live tweeting tonight. It’s good to be prepared.