RogerBW's Blog

Killjoys season 3 17 January 2020

2017 science fiction, 10 episodes. The space bounty hunters rapidly shift into preparations for all-out war.

The key difference between something like this and something like Dark Matter, I think, is that while Dark Matter is spackle that will conform round anything it's given, while this show started that way it's found a voice and an idiom of its own. Even if it's one that changes a lot: the Nine Families who were so important in the first two seasons are largely missing here, because the role of the opposition has shifted to the aliens who've previously been infiltrating by taking over humans, and apparently they have a fleet.

But the great big battle only happens in the last episode; the rest is setting things up for that battle, which means recruiting allies who don't necessarily believe how high the stakes are. So while there's plenty of people arguing on a spaceship there are also important recurring characters, some of them returning from earlier seasons, some introduced here, and the stories are very much more about the people than they are about the zoomy spaceships.

I was particularly impressed by Kelly McCormack, as a technician who's allowed to be not only clever but clever in a different way from the character of Johnny who's usually the scripts' mouthpiece for sciencey stuff. Too many writers have only one mode of "smart person" available to them (just as too many regard "the girl" as a character definition), and it's pleasing to see that some people here realise that there's more than one way of doing that.

Yes, most things will get resolved by the end of the episode and every planet looks like the Canadian forest, but this show has shed much of its generic skin and moved into something distinctly more interesting.

The series returned for two more seasons.

[Buy this at Amazon] and help support the blog. ["As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases."]

  1. Posted by Ashley R Pollard at 09:48pm on 17 January 2020

    With season four due now on disc, we've started rewatching from season one, and it is remarkably good.

    Dark MAtter season one was better, but it didn't manage to keep the story going, while Killjoys is a delight.

    Definitely recommended.

Comments on this post are now closed. If you have particular grounds for adding a late comment, comment on a more recent post quoting the URL of this one.

Tags 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 3d printing action advent of code aeronautics aikakirja anecdote animation anime army astronomy audio audio tech aviation base commerce battletech beer boardgaming book of the week bookmonth chain of command children chris chronicle church of no redeeming virtues cold war comedy computing contemporary cornish smuggler cosmic encounter coup covid-19 crime cthulhu eternal cycling dead of winter doctor who documentary drama driving drone ecchi economics en garde espionage essen 2015 essen 2016 essen 2017 essen 2018 essen 2019 essen 2022 essen 2023 existential risk falklands war fandom fanfic fantasy feminism film firefly first world war flash point flight simulation food garmin drive gazebo genesys geocaching geodata gin gkp gurps gurps 101 gus harpoon historical history horror hugo 2014 hugo 2015 hugo 2016 hugo 2017 hugo 2018 hugo 2019 hugo 2020 hugo 2022 hugo-nebula reread in brief avoid instrumented life javascript julian simpson julie enfield kickstarter kotlin learn to play leaving earth linux liquor lovecraftiana lua mecha men with beards mpd museum music mystery naval noir non-fiction one for the brow opera parody paul temple perl perl weekly challenge photography podcast politics postscript powers prediction privacy project woolsack pyracantha python quantum rail raku ranting raspberry pi reading reading boardgames social real life restaurant reviews romance rpg a day rpgs ruby rust scala science fiction scythe second world war security shipwreck simutrans smartphone south atlantic war squaddies stationery steampunk stuarts suburbia superheroes suspense television the resistance the weekly challenge thirsty meeples thriller tin soldier torg toys trailers travel type 26 type 31 type 45 vietnam war war wargaming weather wives and sweethearts writing about writing x-wing young adult
Special All book reviews, All film reviews
Produced by aikakirja v0.1