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Killjoys: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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From the producers of Orphan Black and the creator of Lost Girl comes Killjoys. This sci-fi adventure follows a fun-loving, hard living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters (a.k.a. Killjoys) sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants around the Quad, a system of planets on the brink of revolution. A motley crew that always has each other's back, until a dark secret threatens to tear apart their trio for good. Follow their adventures and discover their secrets with all 10 episodes back-to-back and uninterrupted.
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Killjoys is an action-oriented space opera with a political backdrop; it holds promise in delivering an expansive story, with the season premiere just barely setting the stage. Hannah John-Kamen is easy to like as Dutch, a mysterious woman in a trio that includes two brothers. Dutch has a complex backstory, as shown in a flashback slightly reminiscent of Kung Fu (if Master Po had been a white dude teaching Grasshopper how to use a blade for torture).
Staying on the topic of comparing with old shows, it'd be irresponsible to not mention that at least to some degree, the odd Toronto-produced serial Starhunter /Starhunter 2300 may have been used as a template for the Toronto-produced Killjoys. In addition to the bounty hunter angle, parallels between Dutch from Killjoys and Lucretia from Starhunter are more than skin deep. "As I search, there are signs that something is happening..."
One negative, although it may not bother you: too often the music is inappropriate. Do we really need rock/pop music *with vocals* during episodes? This trend is becoming endemic in sci-fi serials aired by SyFy, and more often than not these sonic assaults come across as pandering that detracts from the atmosphere rather than enhancing it.
Killjoys looks to be a winner. I bought a Season Pass for both it and Dark Matter... studio execs watch the numbers since sci-fi is an expensive genre to produce; hopefully enough people will show their support to ensure more than one season of both.
A few bits did annoy me. For one, I can do without the semi-sentient AI controlling their ship. Also, I felt the guns in the show are ambiguous as to their function. Are they projectile weapons or are they firing some kind of energy pulse? It seems like they do both at different times. Energy weapons feel too space opera for me. In fact, both of those dislikes seem to come from that genre. Finally, I didn't care for the way the writers try to create a feeling of distance (in both space and time) by spelling seemingly random words oddly (when you hear a name spoken "Potter" in the show, it's spelled "Pawter", likewise when you hear "Cline" it's "Khlyen"). It's a feature I dislike in a lot of written SF material and I never thought it'd show up in a TV show.
10 episodes makes for a short season. I'm hoping season 2 is longer. We already have the plot in mind as that's basically what the entire season 1 arc was setting up.
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