Third-episode verdict: Killjoys (Canada: Space; US: Syfy)

The BarrometerA Barrometer rating of 5

In Canada: Fridays, some time or other, Space
In the US: Fridays, 9/8c, Syfy
In the UK: Not yet acquired

I said on Friday that I was quitting Killjoys but I had some spare time on Saturday so I thought I’d give it one last chance. I really should have followed my own advice, since although episode three was marginally better than its predecessors, that still didn’t lift the show into the heady realms of ‘average’, let alone ‘good’.

The show is about as generic as it comes, seeing three ‘killjoys’ (bounty hunters) who work for the RAC (ha ha ha!) having to chase after criminals in outer space, usually with some shooting or fighting involved. The first episode introduced us to the three killjoys – well, technically two killjoys at that point (Hannah John-Kaman and Aaron Ashmore) who are joined by Ashmore’s soldier-boy brother with PTSD Luke Macfarlane. Episode two then gave us a bonding exercise between the three that ended with Mafarlane being recruited to the killjoys in lieu of a proper job, with episode three being his first ‘mission’.

All the time, they bicker and squabble with each other, either suggestively or like siblings, depending on the pairings.

And that’s about it. John-Kaman has ‘raised from birth to be an assassin’ secrets she’s keeping from the others; Macfarlane has ‘I was in a secret war’ secrets he’s keeping from the others; Ashmore just wishes people would take him seriously.

To its credit, Killjoys tries very hard to world-build and create an SF society on the four worlds in its solar system. Trouble is it’s still very, very boring and its action sequences are hopelessly generic. Although they all have a certain je ne sais quoi, the leads take it in turn to pass round the acting talent between episodes, yet it’s never quite enough to fill any of them up to the brim.

By the end of it, you probably won’t care what anyone’s secrets are and you might as well just watch Guardians of the Galaxy instead.

Barrometer rating: 5
TMINE prediction: Cancelled by the end of the season at the latest




  • Andy Butcher

    Haven't managed to get around to the third episode yet… Not sure I'll bother. It's a shame, because the core cast clearly has talent, but none of them are remotely believable as these characters.

  • JustStark

    Cancelled by the end of the season at the latest

    'But this says…'

    'Happiness Patrol, undercover!'

  • They are badly miscast and while they do have talent, it clearly doesn't stretch far enough to encompass the roles they've been given, which means their acting is very variable. Shame, really

  • Nice. I'd been trying to work out what killjoys was reminding me of, too, so thanks for the prompt!