Killjoys - Re-watch BLOG
Killjoys - Rewatch BLOG

February 26, 2017

 

Syfy has done a great job last few years in bringing back sci-fi back to the small screen. Two out of the three actually mostly are in space, Dark Matter & The Expanse, the third one, Killjoys, is mostly on solid ground, especially the first season, but is more and more flying into space in it's second season, with even some space battles during the last episode of season two.

 

To be honest, before I started my re-watch of the first season of The Expanse, my preference was: 1. Dark Matter, 2. The Expanse & 3. Killjoys.

 

Of course I still have to do a re-watch of Dark Matter, but it's clear to me now that Killjoys is just as much fun and is a story with at least as much of a rich serialization than Dark Matter or The Expanse.

 

Although after watching The Expanse & Killjoys again, I know for sure, far superior, in my opinion, is The Expanse, but Killjoys is no longer the "sure to be" number 3 on this list! I really, really enjoyed myself a lot with this re-watch, makes me wonder if I weren't a sleep most of the time during my first watch!

Killjoys - Rewatch BLOG

Shorter seasons means less filler episodes, more story-arc episodes, which I definitely prefer, so for me, 10-13 episodes is perfect, I prefer 13, but if have to choose between 10 or 22, I'd rather have 10, it's easier to create 10 good heavily arced episodes than to create 22.

 

The premise of the show (taken from wiki) - Killjoys follows a trio of hard-living bounty hunters – Dutch, John, and D'avin. Working for the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition (RAC), they work in a four planet system known as the Quad. Taking on warrants to apprehend people or property, RAC Agents are given high authority by their agency. As part of their job, they swear to remain neutral in conflicts and owe no allegiance to any system, government, or other organizations. With their pasts coming back to haunt them, the trio will have to work hard to keep themselves, and their friends, alive.

Killjoys - Rewatch BLOG

Spoiler alert! - If you haven't watched an episode of Killjoys and you are planning to do so and you don't want any info beforehand, please don't read any further!

 

While the premise looks simple, the story luckily isn't, Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) aka Yalena "Yala" Yardeen, is a level 5 RAC agent. Dutch has a secret history, when she was young, she was homeless and Khylen (Rob Stewart) takes her in but begins to train her as an assassin, so at a very young age she learns how to kill. Later we learn that it's a bit more complicated than that.

 

Dutch teamed up about six years ago with Johnny Jaqobis (Aaron Ashmore), a level 3 RAC agent, he's the nerd, he loves computers, is very technical and is, imo, is the one which the viewer can mostly identify with in terms of excitement, wonder, joy as we join the RAC agents on their adventures. For example, when they fly into a asteroid, which in fact is a spaceship (2x06 I Love Lucy), he is just as excited as the viewers who, like him, love space and spaceships!

Killjoys - Rewatch BLOG

D'Avin (Luke Macfarlane) is Johnny's older brother who ran away from home at an early age, because of their abusive father, he joined the military and still has nightmares about that time, he joins his brother and Dutch as a level 4 RAC agent, which is a bit hard to grasp for Johnny who is just level 3.

 

Of course it's mainly about these 3 characters but there also are a number of interesting recurring characters like Pawter Simms (Sarah Power), who has been exiled by her mother, she is a doctor and she lives on Westerley above the bar where the Killjoys trio frequently hang out. The bar owner is Pree (Thom Allison), someone who apparently also has a secret (criminal) past. The ship Lucy (Tamsen McDonough) which is definitely a character on the show who has a special relationship with Johnny. Fancy (Sean Baek), also a Killjoy, Alvis Akari (Morgan Kelly), a monk, and of course the earlier mentioned Khylen (Rob Stewart), Dutch' former surrogate parent who raised her as a killing machine.

Killjoys - Rewatch BLOG

The first seasons main focus is the relationship between Dutch & Khylen. Dutch thinks she got away from him, still always looking over her shoulder but in reality he is always been near her, as he says it, to protect her.

 

At first the viewer, as well as the lead characters, see Khylen as an enemy of Dutch but with every episode you see that changing bit by bit. Not to say that Khylen is a "good" character, but he does everything to protect Dutch at all costs. The seasons ends with Khylen kidnap D'Avin.

 

The first season best episodes for me are:

 

  • Episode 5 - A Glitch in the System - Where we finally find out D'avins secret, he murdered his own platoon but he doesn't know why, Khylen is waiting for Dutch when they come back with a dramatic twist, by having laid a severed hand of the man Dutch let go in the third
  • Episode 6 - One Blood - Where Dutch and Khlyen are linked by a device inserted in Dutch' neck, where they find a weapon who can kill on specific DNA.
  • Episode 7 - Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye - Guest role for Amanda Tapping as Doctor Yeager who is responsible for D'Avin's condition and Yeager triggers D'Avin so that he almost kills Dutch and his brother Johnny.
  • Episode 9 - Enemy Khlyen - Where the Killjoys go after Khylen, only to discover the shocking truth behind his presence in the Quad, leaving Dutch to wonder: was she ever really free?

The first season for me does not really have weak episodes, only with the first 4 episodes it has to gel first, the characters, the stories, it first has to build up to get something interesting.

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The second season is slightly more enjoyable, with the knowledge we gained from the first season about this universe, about the characters and the story.

 

Khylen more and more seems to becoming an ally instead of the enemy, the Killjoys trio's bond is under more pressure this season, with Johnny helping his girlfriend Pawter Simms figuring out who is responsible for the wall around Westerley he does not tell Dutch about his arrangement with Pawter.

 

Recurring characters like Pree, Pawter Simms, Fancy, Alvis have a bigger part of the story, which makes this universe even richer. So quite enjoyable, both seasons, shows which heavily arced stories can be best watched in a short period of time, because then you really connect the dots, instead of having to watch it over 10-15 weeks.

 

The second season best episodes for me are:

 

  • Episode 1 - Dutch and the Real Girl - with guest star Stephanie Leonidas as Clara (Irisa, Defiance) - Dutch and Johnny are going to save D'avin, who has been kidnapped by Khylen, D'Avin tells Dutch he has seen her in a dream which happened long ago! And he also suggests that Khylen is perhaps not Dutch' enemy but an ally, after D'Avin is saved by Khylen.
  • Episode 4 - Schooled - Where the team goes to a school in space (!) but they find it empty. Where Dell Seyah and Dutch work together and become an allied force. Khylen and Fancy go to D'avin & Johnny's homeplanet, Telen, to figure out why D'Avin is immune to the green plasma.
  • Episode 5 - Meet the Parents - Where we meet Pawter's family, Johnny accompanies her to her home. Khylen connects with D'Avins mind to find his father. Johnny makes a secret deal with Pawter, to help her bring down the wall on Westerley and make sure it does not happen in other towns.
  • Episode 6 - I Love Lucy - The team goes to an eccentric trader who lives in a asteroid which in fact is a spaceship!
  • Episode 7 - Heart Shaped Box - The team are tested to the core as tensions rise while Dutch interrogates a lethal Level Six agent he captured and Johnny secretly investigates Jelco's wall for Pawter.
  • Episode 9 - Johnny be good - Dutch and D'Avin save Johnny and Pawter, the wall comes down but the means to do it are horrible, Delle Seyah arrives and negotiates with Pawter for Westerly independence but then something terrible happens.
  • Episode 10 - How to Kill Friends and Influence People - Dutch and Khylen work together to kill the Hullen, Khylen tells the team that the plasma is sentient when bonded with a human and then they come the Hullen. Johnny shoots Delle Seyah and leaves Lucy and the others because he does not want his actions coming down on them. Lucy has retrieved Clara who joins Johnny.
Killjoys - Rewatch BLOG

Season 2 does not have really bad episodes but there are two which I found less entertaining, episode 3 - Shaft & episode 8 - Full Metal Monk.

 

I really enjoyed this re-watch, appreciate it much more than after it's first viewing, but as I said earlier, better to watch it in a short period of time so you really get into the story.

 

My favourite character is Johnny Jaqobis, his way of looking at the universe (like us viewers do), his humor, nerd- iness is really fun to experience as a viewer. Another favourite of mine is of course Khylen. A character which is an enemy and an ally, you never know what his plans are.

 

Bring on season 3!

Killjoys - Rewatch BLOG
Screencaps taken from http://screencapped.net/tv/killjoys/

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