Killjoys

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"Killjoys" follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters - or Killjoys - as they chase deadly Warrants (fugitives) throughout the Quad, a distant planetary system on the brink of a bloody class war.
Starring
Aaron AshmoreHannah John-KamenLuke MacFarlane
Genres
Science FictionSuspenseActionAdventure
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Bangarang
    June 18, 2015
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Dutch and John are in a race against time, and a competing Killjoy, to save D'avin's life and clear their names.
  2. 2. The Sugar Point Run
    June 25, 2015
    43min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A hostage exchange turns deadly for the Killjoys when they are stranded in a restricted, bombed-out city ruled by a vengeful warlord.
  3. 3. Killjoys
    July 2, 2015
    43min
    TV-MA
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A warrant to retrieve a missing migrant worker on Leith isn't as simple as it seems when the Killjoys discover a dark secret lurking beyond the edge of the farm.
  4. 4. Vessel
    July 9, 2015
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The Killjoys navigate the ugly side of Qreshi politics as they transport priceless cargo in a bullet-riddled ride from a badlands fortress.
  5. 5. A Glitch in the System
    July 16, 2015
    43min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A treasure hunting, salvage job aboard an abandoned spaceship takes an insidious turn when the Killjoys confront their deepest, darkest secrets.
  6. 6. One Blood
    July 23, 2015
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Top Killjoys are pitted against one another in a race to find Big Joe, a legendary Killjoy gone rogue.
  7. 7. Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye
    July 30, 2015
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The search to uncover the mystery behind D'avin's missing memories triggers a shocking incident that will haunt the team.
  8. 8. Come the Rain
    August 6, 2015
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    A toxic Black Rain storm over Westerly forces John and Pawter to take shelter in the Royale overrun with a gang of dangerous criminals.
  9. 9. Enemy Khlyen
    August 13, 2015
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The Killjoys finally turn the tables on Khlyen, only to discover the shocking truth behind his presence in the Quad.
  10. 10. Escape Velocity
    August 20, 2015
    43min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    As peace in the Quad hangs in the balance, our Killjoys are finally compelled to choose a side.

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Directors
Stefan PleszczynskiPaolo BarzmanPeter StebbingsChris GrismerSamir RehemAndy MikitaApril MullenRuba NaddaJeff RenfroeMartin Wood
Season year
2015
Network
Syfy
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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A. PelletierReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Highly enjoyable show that has me looking forward to the second season
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I tend to read the negative reviews in order to make a decision. Basically, if the vast majority of the negative reviews are painfully stupid, I am willing to give something like this series a chance.

I enjoyed the series and found the characters and the plots and subplots very engaging. I am looking forward to the second season to find out how my friends in the series fare. Some people seem to feel that some of the "reveals" in the show have happened to slowly, however like that there is a slower build up and also that there is a level of opacity to the story line so that I am not having my hand held every step of the way.

Another complaint was the production values. If that is the case, don't watch TV science fiction shows. Farscape and Firefly were both invoked and I would suggest that anyone who was complaining about the relative visual effects really needs to review these other shows and maybe also take a check on their expectations.

Lastly, there were some complaints about language and the "family friendliness" of the series. If you are more worried about the occasional bad word used in front of your kid while they are watching people kill and beat the crap out of each other, I strongly suggest you re-examine your priorities.
15 people found this helpful
Mike Billington author of Murder in the Rainy SeasonReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A great start to a really entertaining series - 4.5 stars
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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.
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BookBuilderReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent concept, good production value - highly enjoyable and just plain FUN - Very recommended.
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Good fast moving science fiction in the space opera genre. Like many have said, brings some feelings of Firefly et al. Like Firefly you begin developing affection for characters from the first episode. I like the concept of the Quad - a planet with terraformed moons (terraformed with various levels of success) with the all powerful Company. Reminds me of various science fiction novels and memes. The RACs and Killjoys are an interesting creation.
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Dutch's dark past is a real treat for those of us who like complex characters with both good and bad parts. Definitely 3 dimensional, not to mention one of the sexiest women in video/film. Hannah John-Kamen is a very gifted talented actor with an incredible range. Her portrayal of tough, very competent Team Commander who her team would (and does) follow her to hells and back, sultry vixen, soft caring partner, and occasional damaged and scared girl shows her incredible range. She is a talent to be watched and followed. She and her team (Aaron Ashmore and Luke MacFarlane) achieve suspension of disbelief and draw you in - Ashmore and MacFarland are completely believable as brothers with a strained and abusive past. Rob Stewart as Khylen is truly terrifying.
4 people found this helpful
Todd StephensReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Needs polishing, but so does my car and it runs just fine.
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I enjoyed this show. It picks and chooses bits from other SF "properties" - and that is not a bad thing. I'm not really sure what people want when they cry out for originality. There's really only two or three original stories. Everything else is just a remix. This show borrows a lot from "Firefly", with our gritty, cynical mercenary protagonists inhabiting a neo-Western cyberpunk atmosphere while navigating more traditional space opera plots. You've got a revolution a-brewing against tyrannical corporate overlords. You've got a dark conspiracy haunting 2/3 of the lead characters, centered around the RAC - an organization that I feel takes some cues from the Mandalorian culture of the Star Wars mythos.

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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wisdomstarReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A cautionary tale
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It seems that Syfy and many other series ( such as Arrow) predict a future for us that is gloomy and where there is little hope. I am in my seventies, but I wonder how those in their teens and twenties have any hope for where our world is going with a steady diet of depressing series to watch. So my first reaction was 'oh, another one of those'. Second was plot:(spoiler) soldier who was tampered with by his own military (Captain America, Agents of Shield). That's been around the block since the forties. "Oh, no, another one of those." I'm sure fans could come up with more examples of borrowed plots (Firefly). But I hung in there because of the three leads - Hannah John-Kamen especially, Johnny is also one you root for all the time, d'Avin sometimes. Peripheral actors such as Pree, a character who you have to love, and the villians who you have to hate - no heart of gold there - provide the larger world. Plus the plot has secrets, twists and politics galore. I wound up watching all ten episodes in one day, and ordering Season 2. I also recommended this set to my son, who will probably like it more than me. I would say this is a cautionary tale of where we'll end up if we aren't careful.
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Steven HaynesReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Cast! Great Ship! Great Premise! GREAT SHOW!!!
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Okay, just when I was beginning to wonder if the SyFy Channel was changing to an all paranormal reality TV show coupled with horror movies; they greenlight and produce Killjoys. What an amazing show! The cast is great. Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane, Hanna John-Kamen, Thom Allison, Morgan Kelly, and all the rest work so well in their respective parts. The scripts have a flow that is timed to perfection. The actors sense of timing is such that it should be studied in acting classes. There is another great character, Lucy- the Ship. There is finally another science fiction series that uses the ship as a major character and does it well.
I am in a medically dark and depressing place right now in my life and this show is giving me something I desperately need, one hour per week of absolute entertainment and excitement. I don't really like recommending shows, movies, music, or food to people; because people can be stupid, and taste is a personal and subjective thing. That said, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Killjoys! Buy it! Buy it! Buy it! Watch it! Watch it! Watch it!
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Timothy L NuttingReviewed in the United States on March 30, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Deceptively Smart and Worth Your Time
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Killjoys starts out as banal fanservice SF, but it gets much better by the end of the season. For the first several episodes I had trouble in my mind separating "Dutch" from "One" on Dark Matter, but with further development we see that they are very different characters. Additionaly, while Killjoys may be full of all sorts of tropes, it graciously avoids several of the more onerous ones that DM falls prey to (most perniciously, Every Asian Knows Martial Arts... WTF DM... Seriously?)

In addition, the relationships /feel/ like relationships. They break down and don't get a reset switch. Choices have lasting effects. Etc. And, at the end, they even tie several threads off that I had dismissed as "monster of the week" moments.

I consider Killjoys S1 a diamond in the rough that gets cut to a clean, beautiful gem by the end of the season.

There are, still, rough patches and moments where they don't earn the emotion they want you to have, but the last three episodes really do such a great job of pulling it together.
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Daniel K. WordenReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hasn't killed my Joy
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Decent science fiction fare with it's own mythology not heavily burdened at the start but also enjoyably being unveiled as the episodes progress.

I do like how they have used some actors to portray side characters in the series true to form from other series they have starred in.

Rob Stewart plays Khylen in Killjoys and he's supposed to be a super assassin mentor type fellow and he used to play Roane from Nikita (Maggie Q's version) so as soon as I saw him I felt the bad-mofo vibe. Nice casting.

Lisa Ryder plays a higher up in the RAC (the series bounty hunter organization) and she used to play Beka Valentine in the Andromeda (science fiction spaceships etc.) series. Again Nice casting.

And there may be others I missed, or more to come (only 6 episodes out as I write this).

A friend of mine said to me when I asked him if he liked it; "It's no Firefly but good so far." and while I agree I'll also post my reply to him; "Nothing's going to be Firefly again, but Firefly is over and this is just starting so If it can be compared to that show even slightly favorably then I'll take a chance on watching it."

I did and so should you.
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