Given the enormous popularity of Cowboy Bebop and Star Wars‘ Boba Fett, one would think pop culture would be up to its rocket packs in space bounty hunters. But somehow these interplanetary antiheroes have yet to become the Next Big Thing. That might change, however, with the premiere of Syfy’s Killjoys on June 19 at 9/8c. The show’s ten-episode first season comes courtesy of Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta and Temple Street Productions, the folks behind BBC America’s hugely successful Orphan Black. With a pedigree like that, expect Killjoys to couple smart humor with cutting-edge thrills as it tells the story of three badass bounty hunters chasing their warrants throughout “the Quad,” a star system poised on the edge of a class war. Is it Firefly for the Occupy Movement? Take a look at the show’s first trailer and see for yourself:
Killjoys features English actress Hannah John-Kamen (best known as Sweet Shalquoir in the Dark Souls II video game) as the cunning, flirtatious Dutch, whose wisecracking exterior is said to mask a mysterious past. Warehouse 13 vet Aaron Ashmore plays Hannah’s goodnatured colleague John Jaqobis, the pacifist of the group who apparently still proves pretty handy in a fight. And look out, Han Solo and Mal Reynolds–Brothers & Sisters‘ Luke Macfarlane rounds out the team as the cynical heartthrob and ex-GI D’avin, an expert tactician and two-fisted fighting man.
If Killjoys finds the right mix of interstellar hijinks and real-world gravitas, Syfy may finally have a space series on its hands to rival such fondly remembered shows as Farscape and Battlestar Galactica.
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