Killjoys is a show about a team of intergalactic bounty hunters. In case you missed the first season (seriously, we feel bad for you if you did because it was pretty awesome), here’s a primer on the who, the where and the wtf so you can get caught up to speed.
This is Dutch. She’s a whole lot of woman and a killjoy (space bounty hunter) with a complicated past that involves a crazy ass father figure named Khlyen, who stalks her most of the season and creeps us out in the process. Whenever Dutch receives a red box and a weapon she knows she has an order from Khlyen to kill someone - no questions asked. Also, there’s levels to bounty hunting and Dutch is Level 5, which is nothing to sneeze at. Dutch bounty hunts alongside her best friend, John.
This is John (and yes, this is the same guy who played “Steve” on Warehouse 13. We like to keep it in the family here at Syfy). John is super into tech and tricks out their ship, Lucy. John is cute and Dutch is cute but it’s totally not that type of party. Dutch and John get along like brother and sister and everything was going dangerously swell for the two team adventurers until…
The introduction of John’s delinquent brother D’avin, who made three an awkward (yet gorgeous looking) crowd. D’avin is suffering from some pretty advanced PTSD and a case of the emos but despite his flaws, even Dutch couldn’t resist that jaw line. Eventually D’avin and Dutch blur the lines - against John’s pleas not to - and have sex. And as one might expect, it gets complicated afterwards.
D’avin has unwittingly been turned into a killing machine by an evil scientist, played by Amanda Tapping. He goes berzerk and has a fist fight with Dutch that was pretty gruesome and uncomfortable to watch.If you’re curious about it, you can see it here.
Killjoys are also known as Reclamation Agents and they work for Reclamation Apprehension Coalition (RAC or The Rack for short), which is an indie company that operates throughout the Quad and issues warrants for people’s arrests/or captures/or kills - same thing. And then there’s Bellus, shown here, who’s something of a mentor to Dutch and assigns her team’s warrants.
A little about the setting of Killjoys. There are four moons in The Quad, where the show is set: Qresh (for the rich), Leith (an exile for people who aren’t rich enough to live on Qresh), Westerley (where the poor and working class live) and Arkyn, which is the smallest of the moons and hasn’t been colonized - or so people think. We have more detail on all these places here.
This is Delle Seyah Kendry. She’s deeply embroiled in the politics of The Nine. She is without morals, really admires (read: uses) Dutch’s moxie and loves bordeaux lipstick. Johnny describes her as “So rich. So bitch.” So there you have it.
Oh and this is doctor Pawter. She had a one time (okay more than one time) tryst with D’avin but he’s just not that into her. Pawter is a Simms (one of The Nine) but she shamed her family when she accidentally killed a man during surgery because she was high on Jakk (that’s drugs, kids). Forced to leave the lush life of Qresh, Pawter is now living among common folks on Westerley, but she’s not mad about it. Pawter is nobody’s classist.
Outside of class and bounty hunting, religion also plays an important role in The Quad. Alvis Akari is leader of the Scarbacks and a resistance fighter against The Company. The Scarbacks are called such because they believe in the practice of suspension where one suspends their body from hooks- think: temporary body piercings. Also, members address one another as “uncle” or “aunt”.
This is Khylen, Dutch’s crazy stalker/father figure we mentioned ealier. He doesn’t own a smile and trained Dutch since she was a young girl to be a killing machine but we still don’t know exactly why he did this and neither does she. It seems that he’s preparing her for a higher purpose.
Alvis and other rebel fighters are blamed for the attack, so in retaliation The Company starts bombing Old Town, a neighborhood in Westerely. Pree, Pawter, Alvis, the Scarbacks and a group of survivors take refuge in the tunnel system. Dutch and Johnny take off aboard their ship, Lucy.
The biggest doozie of them all is that during their last encounter, Khylen revealed to Dutch that he’s a Level 6 Killjoy (Dutch, remember, is Level 5). Up until this point, it was assumed Level 6 was a myth. Ultimately, this just left more questions: What's the deal with being a Level 6? What does Khylen want with D'Avin? Will Dutch and D'Avin get back together? Why does Dutch have a british accent? Inquiring minds want to know.