SYFY's DARK MATTER & KILLJOYS Reviews and Renewal News

Review of Syfy's Dark Matter and Killjoys.

I just finished up my DVR'd versions of Syfy's Dark Matter and Killjoys. Both impressive in their own ways, yet standing apart, despite both being sci-fi space-based series. And one of them stems from the mind of the Stargate TV series showrunners.

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Killjoys review

In Killjoys, this is a show about space-faring bounty hunters, a team of three who take on interplanetary missions, chasing and capturing deadly criminals throughout a distant system named the Quad and are a part of a larger organization. The series stars the sultry Hannah John-Kamen (Dark Souls) as the team leader, Dutch, Aaron Ashmore (Smallville) as John and Luke Macfarlane (The Memory Book) as D'avan, John's brother.

Killjoys is created & produced by Michelle Lovretta, whose resume includes Lost Girl, Instant Star and Mutant X.

In Killjoys we've learned about each of the team members ideologies and demons, who they work for, and who their primary nemesis is, who turns out to be Dutch's trainer from her youth. His name is Khylen, played by Rob Stewart (The Memory Keeper's Daughter), who is always one step ahead of the team or more specifically, Dutch.

The first season of Killjoys ended on one hell of a dark and scary cliffhanger of a sorts, having you wonder about the future of this team, considering events from the last two episodes of the season.

After having a good first ten-episode season, Killjoys has been renewed by Syfy for a ten-episode second season.

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Dark Matter is produced by Prodigy Pictures and based on the novel by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, and follows six people who wake up on a derelict spaceship with no memories of who they were before they woke up in their stasis pods on this ship.

Mallozzi and Mullie both brought us the expansive Stargate television franchise and like they did in Stargate, they've hit upon a good group dynamic in this new series. But in a different way from Stargate.

The cast includes:

Marc Bendavid (Her Husband's Betrayal) as One,
Melissa O'Neil (This Life) plays Two,
Anthony Lemke (White House Down) as Three,
Alex Mallari Jr. (RoboCop) as Four,
Jodelle Ferland (The Cabin in the Woods) as Five
Roger R. Cross (24, Continuum and many more) as Six
and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl, Patch Town) plays The Android.

Others who have graced the sets of Dark Matter include SG alumni like David Hewlett and Torri Higginson. Plus we have Syfy's favorite man-child, Wil Wheaton.

This show has a fascinating set of intricacies of six people who wake up and name themselves in the order that they wake up with no memories of who they are or what they are, and the season is permeated with the need to trust each other while always never trusting each other.

It's complicated and frustrating because you want to like everyone, you want everyone to like and trust each other, and yet, as we learn more and more about the characters as the learn about themselves, it becomes apparent they should never trust each other.

But this blank memory state they've woken up with gives them all a chance at a clean slate. Even if the rest of the galaxy not only knows a lot about them, but also seems to be looking for them.

There's that and the mysterious vault in the ship that has all kinds of goodies in it.

This show too ended on a cliffhanger of a note and to be honest, the last two episodes really hit home some great engaging plot lines that kept the viewer wondering, guessing and hating. That last episode kept us on edge, and did not reveal the culprit until the very last second, all while watching the crew...  well, I'll leave that for you to see yourself.

And the great news about this show is that it too was renewed by Syfy for a thirteen episode second season.

I am more happy this show was renewed than Killjoys but glad both were renewed, for what I presume was next summer's time frame.


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