There are some good things about Killjoys and some not so good things. I thought the first season, which focused on this team of bounty hunters, was pretty well done. Not perfect, but it had an interesting idea and I thought they carried it out decently.
But as they moved into the second season, I admit I got a little lost because the series seemed a bit unfocused. So let’s see what happened as I take a look at the second season of Killjoys.We again get to see our team being on the leading edge of exposing the evils of the Killjoys, this time, pretty much everyone is evil, or at least seems that way, from the head of the organization to Dutch’s former father-figure and mentor, who we’ve been led to think runs the Sixes, the next “evolution” of humanity. But from there, we devolve into so many different storylines that I think the whole point gets lost. You get John, who gets involved with former Westerly doctor Pawter, who just so happens to be the daughter of one of the leaders of the Nine Houses and who just so happens to succeed her mother into a major leadership role, dragging Johnny along into that success. Then we find that Dutch is an identical match to her mentor’s long lost and completely evil daughter Aneela. And you have the whole Old Town wall story, where, for some reason, the company built an energy wall around Old Town and planned to do the same for the rest of Westerly. And then you had the green goo and the Sixes story, the romance between Dutch and the Scarback cleric and all of this in just 10 episodes. It was just too much IMO.
That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a fun ride, it was just too much to try to pack into such a short season. I wish they had focused on one aspect and gone into more detail instead of half-assing it on every storyline they touched on. I spent a lot of time wondering what was going on because there wasn’t a single defining thread for the season. The story of the Sixes was fine but not quite as detailed as it needed to be. I know that Pawter had to die because the actress is going off to do another show, but the whole romance with Johnny seemed a bit too sudden, even though they had hinted on it previously. They spent a lot of time this season making sure that everyone knew that the Nine Houses were just evil, which I think is kind of cliche and even though the idea of Dutch and Aneela might be somewhat interesting, I’ll be honest and say it smacks a lot of Orphan Black. We don’t need one actress playing multiple roles, it’s been done.
I’m hoping that somehow, they manage to tie all of these plot threads together in the next season. I don’t think it’s necessary for every government to be totally corrupt and uncaring, often to the point of being a parody. In fact, everyone in power is horribly corrupt in this show, without exception. Every company, every government, every group, their upper management is always mustache-twistingly evil. Come on guys, enough is enough. I love the cast, especially Aaron Ashmore, I just want to see a more cohesive story, especially with these short seasons. You don’t have time to explore a dozen stories. Do one. Do it well. Have it make sense. You’ll have my vote.