Synopsis: Killjoys Dutch and John are in serious need of R&R after capturing a dangerous smuggler in the badlands of Westerley. But when a death warrant is posted for D’avin, John secretly takes the job to save his estranged brother.
Review: After what has been nearly a six month wait. The UK finally got to see the first episode of ‘Killjoys’ last night and were treated to a fairly strong opening episode.
The characters are established pretty quickly and Hannah John Kamen in the lead role of Dutch is convincingly dangerous and sexy.
The first episode both focuses on family and loyalty as John Jaqobis (Aaron Ashmore) risks his friendship with Dutch and his life to try and save his older brother who has been marked for death by someone high up in the corporate higherarchy that operates the triad system of planets that the series is based within.
This pilot episode does a fantastic job of setting up the world that the Killjoys operate in and the dialogue is fast and breezy. Luke Macfarlane and Ashmore are pretty convincing as the two brothers. I liked the fact that the older brother questions John’s loyalty and friendship toward Dutch, which is a theme that will most likely be carried through over the course of the first few episodes.
What’s really cool is the fact that we are already being teased with hints about Dutch’s murky past, which goes some way to explain why she refuses level 5 kill orders.
Devised by ‘Lost Girl’ creator Michelle Lovretta ‘Killjoys’ seems to have gotten off to a promising start. Its to bad Syfy UK couldn’t have shown the series a bit closer to the US and Canadian broadcasts though. I’m pretty sure it would have had a much better reception in general had they done so.
- CGI And FX9.5
- Incidental Music9.0