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The case for 'Killjoys': Why you'll love it and what it means for Syfy

If you’ve heard about Killjoys and you’re intrigued but not sure what you think yet, I’m going to ask you do something for me. Set your DVR to record the first episode. Just trust me on this.

If you haven’t heard about Killjoys or you’ve heard a bit but don’t know much, let me tell you why I think Killjoys—and much of the other new programming that Syfy is announcing—make me very hopeful for the network’s future.

What makes Killjoys work, first and foremost, is the world-building. Like some of my favorite sci-fi properties (namely Firefly and Star Wars), there’s no big preamble or introduction. You’re pretty much dropped into the world and expected to hit the ground running, which I personally love. The world of Killjoys, which takes place within The Quad, is already realized, so all you need to do is step in with the characters and inhabit it.

As to what Killjoys is about? Well, here’s the official trailer.

Let’s be honest: You grabbed my interest at bounty hunters. Add in a lady-kicking ass and some banter and I’m already mostly in your pocket. Plus, it’s from Orphan Black‘s Temple Street Productions; I’m a fan of Michelle Lovreta and her approach to female characters. I’ll admit that the trailer (and Lovreta’s sexy Lost Girl series) made me worry that Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) was going to be the kind of girl who frequently uses sex as a weapon, but watching the first four episodes pretty much knocked that worry out for the count. Dutch is a fighter first.

Oh, right, you haven’t officially met Dutch. Here’s a quick rundown on the characters in Killjoys.

You already know why I like Dutch. Aaron Ashmore says John Jacobis is more of the geek, but he’s a lot more than that: smart, funny, a fighter. As for Luke Macfarlane’s D’avin, he’s grown on me. I was worried he’d be all cocksure, but the writers have given him a backstory that makes him much more interesting and likable. Oh, and the ship? Her name is Lucy (voiced by Tamsen McDonough), and she’s my favorite.

All of the above said, there’s one thing I’ll mention because I think it’s worth a reminder. Killjoys is a new show, and, like all new shows, it needs some time to find its footing. The fight sequences could use a little tightening up, there’s still some tweaking that could be done in a few places. That said, I think this show has a ton of potential, and I hope people give it the time it deserves.

I’ve been describing the show as Firefly meets Dark Angel. A space-cowboy frontier with a futuristic feel, and, yay, bounty hunters. I also think that this show, along with new shows like Dark Matter, The Expanse, and The Magicians, leaves me feeling even more assured about Syfy’s commitment to new and original content.

If you’d like, you can check out the first four-plus minutes of the Killjoys premiere over at TV Line. This opening is pretty much what sold me on the show when I watched the pilot.

Or you could just trust me and plan to watch it. I mean, one episode … you can do that, right?

Killjoys premieres Friday, June 19, at 9/8C on Syfy.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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