Published: Wednesday, 17 June 2015 | Written by SciFi Vision
In the future, the planetary unit of the Quad, made up of the planet Qresh and its three moons, is on the verge of an interplanetary war. When someone wants someone arrested or killed, they use the Company to hire what are known as Killjoys, non-biased bounty hunters who hold no allegiance to any government, only the Company.
Killjoys compete for specific types of warrants to earn "joy," their form of currency. They only abide by their code: "The Warrant is All."
Two bounty hunters by the names of Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) and John Jaqobis (Aaron Ashmore) pilot The Lucy (voice of Tamsen McDonough), a space craft with a snarky attitude, as they pursue warrants across the Quad, docking on the moon of Westerley, the more run down and lower class of the moons, where they frequent the bar, The Royale. They are eventually joined by John's estranged brother, D'Avin (Luke Macfarlane).
From the start of the premiere episode, it's easy to see the potential in Killjoys. It's a fun sci-fi space adventure, which has been missing from Syfy for a while. Some people have been comparing it to the cult classic Firefly, but although a bit of the main plot sounds similar, it's really its own unique show.
The cast is phenomenal and the three leads have an easy chemistry from the get-go. It's also interesting to see a strong partnership and friendship between two leads (Ashmore and John-Kamen) that is not (and not meant to be) romantic. It's a nice change of pace.
All three characters are standouts in their own way. John is more of the pacifist of the bunch, the tech guy who would rather talk things out. His brother D'Avin is at times the opposite of John, wanting to do things on his own and reluctant to take help. Dutch, a skilled fighter, is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Her mysterious past propels a lot on intrigue in the story.
While the series has procedural elements - the team goes after warrants each week - it also has an overarching story. And the "case of the week" points are definitely not boring. The warrant may be all, but it's never that simple.
The writing is also top-notch and keeps you coming back. I was hooked by the end of episode one, even though there were four episodes sent in the press kit.
Killjoys brings something to the network that Syfy has been missing. It has its own unique universe and smart scripts, rounded off with kick-ass action scenes (with great accompanying music), awesome sets, and fantastic special effects. Science fiction fans will easily find multiple reasons to love this new series.