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'Killjoys' premiere fan recap: 'The warrant is all'

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “Bangarang” | Aired June 19, 2015

From the beginning, Killjoys enjoys taking the tropes you see in sci-fi and flipping them upside down. In the first four minutes, we meet John Jacobis (Aaron Ashmore), a cocky space pirate who seems to have gotten himself caught. He’s stalling for time until Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) can rescue him, but Dutch gets caught. Oh no, what will our dashing space pirate do now? Especially when the bad guys look ready to take advantage of the beautiful Dutch.

Suddenly, helpless Dutch has fired a blaster (from between her legs), the bad guys are down, and John is free. The head bad guy who was so cocky a minute ago? As Dutch informs him, he’s been Locked and Served by the the RAC (Reclamation Apprehension Coalition) because he’s got a warrant out. When it comes to Killjoys, ‘The warrant is all.’

Dutch and John also have a very cool ship named Lucy. Lucy is not just a ship, she’s an AI with a very distinct personality (and voiced by Tamsen McDonough). I love Lucy. She’s awesome.

Once they turn the prisoner in, Dutch and John plan to spend their payday on some new toys down in the Bazaar, but a new warrant comes in and John begs off, leaving Dutch a little confused.

Now, normally I don’t reveal things out of order, but in this case, I’m making an exception. The new warrant is a Level Five (Kill) warrant. John (a Level 3 Killjoy) just accepted the warrant on behalf of the team without telling Dutch, who is a Level 5 Killjoy. Problem is, Dutch doesn’t usually accept Kill warrants (you’ll learn why later). But once a warrant is accepted, it has to be carried out. Basically, John is about to illegally tackle a warrant and screw Dutch over in the process. Considering how close he and Dutch seem to be, that’s really out of his character.

Why did he accept the warrant? It’s for his brother, D’avin Jacobis (Luke Macfarlane). D’avin may be going under a different name, but he and John accepted the warrant so that another Killjoy wouldn’t. Sure, it’s been eight years since John saw his brother, but how did he end up with a Kill warrant?

Hello, Fight Club! D’avin has ended up on a slaver ship fighting in cage matches for show. John talks the organizer into putting him in the ring with D’avin. The brothers clearly have some issues to work out, which they do during a great brother-to-brother chat/fight. Dutch manages to get there before they kill each other, and trank-darts D’avin to get the three of them out of there without anyone the wiser.

Well, save for a guy who was watching and figures out that it was a trank dart and not a Kill shot. Who’s he? You’ll find out later.

D’avin (and we) get a quick rundown on The Quad. Run by The Company, The Quad consists of a planet, Qresh, and its three moons; Westerley, Leith, and Arkyn. Killjoys work independently from the Company. D’avin thinks he can just get dropped off somewhere, but the Kill warrant is serious business. Thus, Dutch goes to her handler, Bellus (Nora McLellan), to see if they can do anything to fix it. Bellus tells Dutch the warrant was written by The Company. It’s a start.

Dutch’s plan is this: 1) The Company has been cracking down recently, and Dutch figures they’re looking for someone. 2) She and Johnny find them and trade to get D’avin’s warrant canceled. She talks to Alvis (Morgan Kelly), the leader of the Scarback monks and a Resistance fighter. Alvis tells them The Company wants Rolly Desh (Jason Jazrawy), who’s stolen valuable information from them.

Back on Lucy, D’avin is having nightmares. He’s ex-military, but this seems to be more than Battle Brain (as he calls it). It also means he can help on the mission. He may not think he’s worth saving, but he’s not going to let his brother go down for this.

The mission is easy. Rolly is supposed to be on Qresh to help in a Garden Blessing. Uh, a what now? Qresh land is rare, which is why many populated the moons, but those who own land get stakes in The Company and, as such, are very, very rich. Dutch and John are dressed to blend in. In fact, Dutch looks very at home.

Dutch On Killjoys

However, time is running out, and Killjoy Fancy Lee (Sean Baek) just showed up to take the warrant by shooting a poison dart at Dutch. D’avin saved her from a direct hit, but she’s been grazed. Yep, if a Killjoy fails on a Kill warrant, they become the target. Plus, the guy who was following her on the slave ship is here—and it seems he and Dutch have history. As the poison takes effect, we hear him call her by a different name, then flash back to him handing a red box to a younger girl. The box contains an ornate blade; he tells her that anytime she is presented with a red box, she has a duty to perform. In this case, that duty looks a lot like killing a man.

The good news is that D’avin and Johnny got Rolly and retrieved the information that The Company wants. The bad news is, they’re pinned down by the house guards. The better news is that Dutch is back in the fight … and those black pearls she’s wearing (and Dutch herself) do a lot more than look pretty.

So, yay, the warrant on D’avin is canceled. However, the RAC (Reclamation Apprehension Coalition) is seriously pissed at Dutch; they would have punished her if someone higher up hadn’t demanded she be cleared. Who? No idea.

Actually, as a conversation between Johnny and D’avin shows, there’s a lot we don’t know about Dutch. There’s a lot she doesn’t say and a lot Johnny doesn’t ask. And there’s a lot I’m sure we’re about to find out as Killjoys continues this season.

I do know one thing: Dutch just got a red box.

See you next week, citizens.

Killjoys airs Fridays 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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