Last night saw the season two premiere of KILLJOYS, SyFy’s Canadian import about space bounty hunters. Killjoys follows a team of three pals, ranked here from weirdest to most normal name: Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), and the brothers D’avin (Luke MacFarlane) and Johnny Jacobi (Aaron Ashmore), as they travel on their spaceship named Lucy to complete “warrants” for the mysterious Reclamation Apprehension Coalition (RAC) and bring in their targets. Simple enough. For the majority of last season, the team did just that, zipping through space with cheesy quips and cool space guns. Though the situations they were in were often matters of life and death, it still felt very low stakes compared to most other genre TV out there. It was just three buds having fun, and an enjoyable break in the era of “Prestige TV.” However, things got a little more intense in the towards the end of season one, when D’avin was kidnapped by the shady Khylen (Rob Stewart) and was taken hostage by the RAC on a super sinister, super rocky, super evil planet called Arkyn.
“Dutch and the Real Girl” picks up a few days after season one left off, with a good old fashioned fantasy D’avin has of Johnny and Dutch breaking him out, and of course some making out with Dutch, just to remind everyone that the romance plots are all back in play this time around. Of course, it’s then revealed that he is just having a dream while being low key tortured with green goop (you just gotta go with it.) D’avin also has a bunch more dreams/memories while under the influence of the green goop that prove as a way for us to get a sneaky look into what the rest of the season has in store.
Meanwhile, Dutch and Johnny are searching all over the Quad (the four planets that make up this system, you know, space stuff) to figure out where D’avin could be. They figure out relatively quickly that he is on Arkyn and that this is a world where Y’s replace I’s to make places sound more SciFi. Dutch and Johnny are joined by Pree (Thom Allison) who used to be their sassy bartender until his bar got blown up last season, and now he’s just hanging. There is surprisingly little time spent on the fact that his bar/most of a city was destroyed last season, but there are more important things at stake, apparently. Pree joins the duo as they go chase after some technology that can get them to land on Arkyn. They do this by finding a warrant and going to a black market trading port called Eulogy, which, plot twist, is a little dark.
The team going into Eulogy captures what’s best about Killjoys: the fun and adventure of going on missions. Unlike many other shows, Killjoys is at its best when it is episodic. “Dutch and the Real Girl,” being the season premiere, was highly serialized, but this one snippet on Eulogy played to the show’s strength of having a good time and working together as a team. They sneak Dutch in through a giant case, gamble a little bit, and just engage in all around hijinks. After some more sneaking around, Dutch finally finds the tech they have been looking for. It just happens to be a human/cyborg named Clara (Stephanie Leonidas) who had been modified by a gang called the Connavers to as a weapon/guard/shield-lifter. Clara has a pretty badass space gun for an arm, and she also can somehow get the shields off of Arkyn. After a classic Killjoys rescue, they bring Clara back onto the ship so they can finally reach D’avin.
Good ol’ D’av, meanwhile, has somehow resisted the green goo, and is saved by Khylen, of all people, the man who put him there in the first place. Khylen betrays his own people at RAC to get D’avin out of there, causing D’avin and the viewers at home to wonder who the villain really is. Before we can ponder it too much, though, Johnny and Dutch show up to the rescue, and grab D’avin from Arkyn to take him back to Lucy where he belongs. D’avin now has a lot of questions, like “what made me special enough to resist the goo?” “who is the real enemy here?” and “why couldn’t my name just be Gavin or Devin?” At least two of these questions will be answered throughout the season, and until then we can only wait.
Though the team managed to rescue D’avin and do just about everything right, there has still got to be a cliffhanger at the end. Once everyone is back together, D’avin reveals that in his memory-dreams, he saw people being killed on Arkyn, and one of the killers was Dutch herself. Dutch claims she’s never been to Arkyn before, so she was either memory wiped (a recurring theme in this show), is lying, or D’avin’s memory-dream wasn’t accurate. Either way, hopefully Killjoys doesn’t live up to it’s title by spending too much time of the dark plot-driven seriousness, and can allow itself to have a little fun again. Going into season two, let’s strive for putting the “joy” back in Killjoy.
Raina Deerwater | Contributor