Friday, July 3, 2015

Round Two: Killjoys

Killjoys: Season 1, Episode 2 “The Sugar Point Run” (C+)

I opted to check in with this show to see how it would do in episode two, and while I do think that it has some merits – primarily its interesting main characters – it’s a bit too ambitious in terms of the many worlds its protagonists visit in search of their bounties and other such pursuits. I thought that I had mentioned last week that I keep hoping that the cast of “Firefly” will show up since this seems very much like a universe where they could exist, but instead it’s just our three friends and the multitude of enemies they’ve made. Getting stranded in enemy territory while pursuing an entirely separate enemy was awfully drastic for episode two given that this show theoretically has plenty of time to puts its characters into life-or-death situations, and D’Avin offering to stay behind and draw fire so that the others could escape is the kind of moment we might expect from a season finale or episode many years down the road for this show. Instead, this show is intent on putting it all out there at the start, ready to go for broke and see what happens. There’s something admirable in that, and there’s no denying that everyone on this show is having a great time. Dutch’s mysterious murderous part definitely appears to be juicy, and it’s going to make her a dangerous force to be reckoned with over the course of the show, especially as D’Avin keeps poking around and trying to figure her out.

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