Another science fiction show that’s come out at the same time as Dark Matter, but this one is a little different, Killjoys follows a trio of hard-living but fun-loving bounty hunters – Dutch, John, and D’avin– taking on interplanetary missions, chasing and capturing deadly criminals throughout a distant system named the Quad. Like Dark Matter Killjoys does have a traditional science fiction feel to it reminding me heavily of Firefly and Farscape but it defiantly leans more towards Cowboy Bebop on the scale of things. Our intrepid heroes, if you can call them that, work as RAC agents, otherwise known as Killjoys, they work as a neutral interplanetary police force who are more akin to bounty hunters than cops.
The series revolves around the lives of its three main characters.
- Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch
The unofficial leader of the group Dutch is a true bad ass and one with a mysterious past. This deadly women is confident in every situation never seeing fear and always finding a way out. Once again science fiction television makes a great move by not having a white guy play the lead role, in all fairness Dutch could have been played by a man and it would still work, bar a few random comments. She is one of the best draws for the show, her cool demeanor and mysterious back story are the highlights of each episode.
- Aaron Ashmore as John Jaqobis
John is the nice guy of the group. He is witty, funny, smart, the sweet guy of the group and Dutch’s best friend. John works as the tech and brains but he does have his moments and I am sure plenty of the female fans will find him easy on the eyes.
- Luke Macfarlane as D’avin Jaqobis
The ex soldier with a troubled past D’avin is Johns big brother who is searching for something. Though we don’t know what he wants but I’m sure it’s going to be a major driving force for the series as a whole.
Together they have sworn among themselves to remain neutral during a bloody, multi-planetary class war that threatens to destroy the quadrant.
Our protagonists find themselves in a disparate world, with huge economical differences between the rich and the poor, they themselves spend most of their down time in a lower class area hanging out in what appears to be a brothel, because why not. In what I’ve seen of the series so far, it’s a lot of the surface, there is so much more that they have not shown yet. The surface I speak of contains beautiful fertile worlds, wastelands, massive space stations, self hurting priests, nuns with guns, assassins, an elite royal class, corporate armies and street gangs that run entire cities, it’s a big world that the show has brought us and it’s one that could easily suck you in.
It’s a much more lighthearted show than Dark Matter, which has lead to a major split between fans but it has potential to go much darker. So far I am enjoying the varied action and loving the cast, so as TV goes this one is pretty good and I am looking forward to seeing more.