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Like Han Solo? How about Malcolm Reynolds? Then meet sarcastic John ( Aaron Ashmore), his damaged ex- GI brother D’Avin ( Luke Macfarlane), and the beautiful but deadly Dutch ( Hannah John- Kamen) — three fun- loving bounty hunters just trying to make a living in a galaxy teetering on the brink of war. “It’s a show about a sort of family,” says Macfarlane, “because we all do travel around together on this spaceship. And we have very different personalities, but we also interact like a family. John’s my brother, we fight. Like every good family, it’s totally dysfunctional. There’s a comedy or a humanness to that part of the show. It’s not all just us stabbing and killing and shooting people.”
governing body called the Rack. That’s the people who will license them, make sure that they are following their warrants, and escalating them as they get higher. When you are a Level 2, there’s certain warrants you can do. When you’re a Level 3, you can do more. When you’re 4 and 5 – so it goes up. 4 is ‘ live and dead’, which means you bring someone in and ideally you bring them in alive, but if they happen to die en route… Meh. You have a licence, it’s fine. So it allows us, every week, to have a different story and a different sort of warrant.” “We’ve all seen a lot of shows where you get on a ship and every week is a new civilisation,” says Lovretta. “We explore a more confined universe. We have a neighbourhood that our people patrol, which is a planet called Kresh and her three moons. So as we explore those areas, we meet new people. But it’s all used to build a larger world that we get to go to and meet people again and
sci- fact! again. So we retain the novelty of where you go on a mission, but we have now added a different sense of world‑building to it and a sense of community that, through these great characters, we get to explore.” Lovretta hastens to remark, “It would be incorrect for us to paint it as a space Western. It does have Western elements because [ like] all things that have a sense of adventure and size and romp factor to them, you can correlate a little bit with that sort of world. But it has more of a science fiction bent to it. So it’s more towards Blade Runner than it would be towards the Western… There’s a lot of comment on class because often the thing that distinguishes one country or one planet from another is their level of wealth.”
“I promise zero succubi and zero vampires,” laughs Lovretta, who also created Lost Girl. “It’s all about space. Space is an adventure because it’s limitless… We don’t take the world too seriously, but we take the audience very seriously. And we want them to feel respected – their intelligence, their sense of fun, their understanding of tropes that exist in the genre. We have fun with them, and we make them our own.”
Killjoys airs from Friday 19 June on Syfy US. A UK airdate is TBC.
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