Killjoys, the latest show from SYFY, arrives in the UK on Monday 25th January and we take a look to see if it is a success for the channel and us wonderful geeks.
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. They have sworn amongst themselves to remain neutral during a bloody, multi-planetary class war that threatens to destroy the Quad.
For a while the SYFY channel went a little off track with its programming but these days it seems to hitting its stride with shows like Dark Matter, The Expanse and now Killjoys.
Killjoys stars Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch / Yalena, Aaron Ashmore as John Jaqobis, Luke Macfarlane as D’avin Jaqobis. The show is firmly set in scifi territory with its premise of bounty hunters working in the fringe area of space called the Quad. Within the first episode we find out about the universe the characters inhabit and it is a harsh one. Our team start off as a crew of two until something happens and they end up bringing John’s brother into the fold.
Throughout the episode we learn about the three crew members especially the team leader Dutch played by the lovely Hannah John-Kamen. Dutch has a hidden past that will have an impact on the show long term with quite a few mysteries to be solved. John seems to have the least developed back story so far but I am guessing that will change over time while his brother D’avin seems to have been involved in a violent past that he does not want to talk about.
The three leads seem to be very comfortable in their roles and looks like the chemistry between will only grow.
We also get to meet some supporting characters that help with the world building of this first episode. The universe has a very similar feel to the Firefly universe which is not a bad thing at all. The special effects are solid and the humour is slightly stiff so far but am sure it will get better as the show grows.
Overall Killjoys is a show that will be great geeky viewing and fingers crossed for at least 5 seasons on this one.