After becoming famous for their “crazy animal hybrids fighting” movies or the “some sort of natural disaster made worse by vicious animals” movies, Syfy is going back to their roots with some good, old-fashioned science fiction thanks to the new series ‘Killjoys.’ Unfortunately, it’s not an adaptation of Gerard Way’s awesome Dark Horse comic, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. From the mind of ‘Lost Girl’ creator Michelle Lovretta and Temple Street Productions (the company behind BBC America’s ‘Orphan Black’), this show follows three intergalactic bounty hunters (or “Killjoys”) as they take down fugitives throughout the Quad. And before it premieres on SyFy and Canda’s Space, we have a preview of the season premiere’s opening moments.
In anticipation of the show’s debut next week, TV Line has posted the first four or so minutes of episode one. This cold open introduces us to the corner of the galaxy where this show takes place, then shows us ‘Smallville’ star Aaron Ashmore as John, who happens to be in a less than ideal situation as he’s being tortured for information. You can check out the clip below, followed by a description of the characters that you will find in this 10-part series:
Leading the Killjoys team is Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), a gorgeous, former assassin with a complicated past; her loyal partner John (Aaron Ashmore), a witty, technical wizard with a vulnerable heart; and his estranged brother D’avin (Luke Macfarlane), an elite soldier with an expertise in combat tactics. Together, the three Killjoys form a highly accomplished team of bounty hunters, each with distinct and valuable specialties to offer as they navigate the culturally rich, politically complex, and economically polarized worlds of The Quad.
As an added bonus, Spoiler TV has a first-look featurette that gives us more information about the Killjoys’ world while showing us some of the cool gadgets, people, and action that we’ll encounter along the way:
Based on those two videos, it seems like Syfy is looking to do their own version of ‘Firefly.’ From the humor to the action to the different cultures represented in the Verse… I mean, the Quad, there are similarities for sure. But we’ll see how ‘Killjoys’ measures up to the beloved cult classic series when it premieres later this month.
What are your first impressions of ‘Killjoys’? Will you be tuning in to see Syfy actually give us some sci-fi for once? And am I the only one getting the ‘Firefly’ vibe? Share your thoughts in the comments.
‘Killjoys’ starring Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, and Luke Macfarlane premieres on Syfy at 9:00pm EST on June 19, 2015.