Killjoys is a Canadian space adventure drama series that aired on CTV Sci-Fi Channel (formerly Space) in Canada. The show was officially ordered to series on October 7, 2013, with a 10-episode pick-up. In April 2014, it was announced that Syfy would co-produce the series, and the first season premiered June 19, 2015. Killjoys follows a trio of hard-living bounty hunters – Dutch, John, and D'avin.
Title card since the second season
|Created by||Michelle Lovretta|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||50 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original release||June 19, 2015 –|
September 20, 2019
|Website at Space|
|Website at Syfy|
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-and-moon 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.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||June 19, 2015||August 21, 2015|
|2||10||July 1, 2016||September 2, 2016|
|3||10||June 30, 2017||September 1, 2017|
|4||10||July 20, 2018||September 21, 2018|
|5||10||July 19, 2019||September 20, 2019|
- Hannah John-Kamen as Yalena "Dutch" Yardeen, a level five RAC agent with a secret history who was raised by RAC officer Khlyen.
- Also as Aneela Kin Rit, Khlyen's daughter, initially seen as a prisoner of the Hullen who mysteriously is physically identical to Dutch, later revealed to have created Dutch from the Green Plasma (which she also uses to control the Hullen) with her own DNA – naming her Yalena after their mother. (seasons 2–5)
- Aaron Ashmore as John Andras "Johnny" Jaqobis, a level three (later five) RAC agent. Dutch's RAC partner of six years and her best friend, he handles the technical aspects of their missions.
- Luke Macfarlane as D'avin Jaqobis, Johnny's older brother, a former soldier and indentured fighter who becomes a RAC bounty hunter to join and help his brother and Dutch.
- Thom Allison as Prima "Pree" Dezz, a former warlord who owns the Royale bar
- Nora McLellan as Bellus Haardy, a former RAC agent who works as a warrant broker (seasons 1–2)
- Frank Moore as Hillary "Hills" Oonan, a senior Company Security Force Officer in Old Town on Westerly (seasons 1–2, 4)
- Sean Baek as Fancy Lee, a RAC agent and previously a Hullen who served as Khlyen's right-hand man before he was cleansed
- Morgan Kelly as Alvis Akari, a rebel organizer and Scarback monk (seasons 1–3)
- Tamsen McDonough as Lucy, the artificial intelligence that runs Dutch's ship
- Patrick Garrow as Turin, a high ranking RAC officer who is highly suspicious of Dutch and her team
- Rob Stewart as Khlyen Kin Rit, RAC agent, Dutch's former mentor, and her and Aneela's father
- Sarah Power as Illenore Pawter Seyah Simms, also known as Pawter Simms, an heir to one of the nine royal Qreshi families who works as a doctor living in Old Town on Westerley (seasons 1–2, 4)
- Mayko Nguyen as Delle Seyah Kendry, a member of the Nine Families' aristocracy
- Tori Anderson as Sabine, a bartender at the Royale bar (season 2)
- Pascal Langdale as Liam Jelco, a Company Officer (seasons 2–3)
- Stephanie Leonidas and Tommie-Amber Pirie as Clara/Olli, a human with extensive cybernetic modifications (seasons 2–3)
- Gavin Fox as Gared, who works in Pree's bar and becomes his lover (season 2–5)
- Ted Atherton as Gander, Aneela's second-in-command (season 3)
- Kelly McCormack as Zephyr "Zeph" Vos, a highly intelligent RAC technician who often assists the team (season 3–5)
- Atticus Mitchell as Pippin "Pip" Foster, a man with many contacts who assists the Killjoys, for a price (seasons 3–5)
- Jaeden Noel as Jaq, Aneela's and D'avin's preternaturally aged son, who also possesses special abilities, and who is feared by the Lady (seasons 4–5)
- Alanna Bale as the Lady (season 5)
On September 1, 2015, Syfy announced it would renew Killjoys for a second season of 10 episodes. Bill McGoldrick, Syfy's executive VP of original content was quoted as saying "With exciting space-based action, deep world building, and a standout cast, Killjoys has struck a nerve with viewers and critics alike. We can't wait to see what adventures Michelle Lovretta and Temple Street take Dutch, John and D'avin on in season two." David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, the executive producers of the show, were quoted as saying "We couldn't be more excited to bring back Killjoys and its stellar cast to audiences across the U.S. We look forward to working with the team at Syfy for a thrilling second season."
Starting with the fourth season, Adam Barken became the showrunner of the series, with Michelle Lovretta remaining with the production as an executive producer and writer.
Killjoys premiered June 19, 2015, in both Canada and the United States, and episodes aired simultaneously on the two channels each Friday. It premiered in UK on January 25, 2016, and in Australia on January 30, 2016. In July 2018, Ellation announced that the first through third seasons would stream exclusively on its VRV subscription service.
If wanting to watch fun, quippy characters get into scrapes and survive by the skin of their teeth, on spaceships and alien planets, is wrong, I don't want to be right. Killjoys has just the right mix of guns, high-tech knives, assassins, cage fights, missions to hostile planets, dark secrets, tiny robot weapons and general space headbutting thrills to be the perfect treat for Friday nights.
Noting others' negative reviews, she went on to state "[w]e don't need every television show to be True Detective or even Battlestar Galactica." Writing for Forbes.com, Merrill Barr reviewed the first four episodes in a review titled "Sci-Fi Fun With Nothing Else To Offer", opining that though enjoyable for sci-fi fans, it featured "sci-fi archetypes that aren't bringing anything new to the table", an "overly complicated" fictional universe, and was "extremely light on depth and character intrigue". Rotten Tomatoes gave Season 1 a score of 80% based on reviews from 15 critics.
Awards and nominations
|2015||IGN Awards||Best TV Sci-Fi Series||Killjoys||Nominated|
|2016||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Achievement in Makeup||Colin Penman, Ryan Reed||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Krista Allain, Igor Avdyushin, Jason Gougeon, Ran Long Wen, Ben Mossman, Yuhay-Ray Ng, Chris Ross, Kyle Sim, Somboun Souannhaphanh, Edward J. Taylor IV||Nominated|
|Prix Aurora Awards||Best Visual Presentation||Killjoys||Nominated|
|2017||Prix Aurora Awards||Best Visual Presentation||Michelle Lovretta||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor||Jack Fulton||Nominated|
|2018||Prix Aurora Awards||Best Visual Presentation||Michelle Lovretta||Nominated|
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