Science fiction has been a television staple since... well, almost since television began.
Shows like "Space Rangers" and "Tom Corbett: Space Cadet" gave way to "Flash Gordon," which, in turn, gave way to "Star Trek" and its many incarnations followed by a host of others. Sadly, the genre was overrun in the late 90s and the early part of this century with also-ran productions featuring unknown (and often unskilled) actors, cheesy special effects, and bad writing.
Lately, however, that's changed. Shows such as "Orphan Black" and "The Expanse" have introduced new story lines, intriguing characters, and some extremely interesting villains into the mix.
"Killjoys" ranks high on this list of "new" science fiction programming in my opinion. The premise - bounty hunters who hunt a wide assortment of interstellar criminals - isn't terribly new but the writing is fresh, the special effects are good (not great, but good), and the characters are interesting.
Oh, and these actors are very good.
Hannah John-Kamen stars as "Dutch," the leader of a trio of bounty hunters. She is beautiful, smart, and knows how to fight. Her partners are a pair of brothers played by Aaron Ashmore as John Jaqobis and Luke MacFarlane as D'avin Jaqobis. Although they are nominally secondary characters, I have to say that they are as interesting as Dutch, with well-thought-out back stories. The writers have also taken pains to provide some interesting recurring characters ranging from the mysterious Khlyen - Dutch's mentor, who may or may not be a really bad guy - to Pawter Simms, a disgraced doctor who runs her practice from the back room of a bar. The settings are also interesting, ranging from the slums of "Old Town" to the gracious estates of "The Nine," a group of families that runs the four inhabited planets where the action takes place. It's a setting we are familiar with here on 21st Century Earth where the uber-wealthy live lives of excess while the working class has trouble paying its bills. That parallel makes "Killjoys" a very accessible series.
The verdict: A really interesting series with dynamic story lines, intriguing characters, and just enough levity to lighten the tone without spoiling the drama. I give it 4.5 stars and can't wait to see the second season.