Iâ€™m on episode three of season one of Killjoys, a Syfy original about interplanetary bounty hunters. Itâ€™s interplanetary rather than interstellar because these bounty hunters work a collection of four planets known as the Quad or the J Colonies. Itâ€™s obviously inspired by Firefly without being a slavish imitation of it. Thereâ€™s also a hint of Cowboy Bebop, though moreso just the idea of sci fi bounty hunters than characters or feel,
Given that this is a Syfy original, I had very low expectations. So far, the series has exceeded them. The SFX are fine and the cast does a pretty credible job of providing believable characters. Itâ€™s not top tier film-making, but I think thereâ€™s a lot to enjoy and a lot of inspiration. There are some good ideas along with some groaners â€“ the conglomerate that runs the colonies is know as . . . â€œthe Company,â€ . . . wow, must have reached deep for that one. Thereâ€™s nothing here, though, that wouldnâ€™t be out of place at a game table, so I think RPGers will have some patience for it.
I give Killjoys (so far) 3.5 locked and served warrants out of 5. This isnâ€™t prestige TV, but if you have a chance, give it an eyeball.