Killjoys Season 4 Premiere “The Warrior Princess Bride” Review


KILLJOYS — “The Warrior Princess Bride” Episode 401 — Pictured: (l-r) Aaron Ashmore as John, Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch — (Photo by: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY)

One of the things that Syfy has done right in the past year is making sure that at the very least some of the shows like Killjoys had room to see their story through to the end. To get both a season 4 and 5 was an absolute treat. Especially when nearing the end of season 3 was when they really started breaking boundaries for this sci-fi series. I do recall saying that it was a bit disappointing that they were trying to use a whole season for set-up rather than execution, but feelings do change when that season is last year, and this season is now. This season starts us off in a peculiar way when our trio is split up, and each handling their part in this war against the Hullen.

On Dutch’s end, peculiar felt like the better word. Especially when the scene we start on also springs us into what is essentially another flashback to the early days of Dutch and John. Some viewers might find this troublesome considering we have done this dance a number of times, but this far in the series in general it doesn’t hurt to have that reminder of where they came from. Especially when there’s an actual story to take from their early adventures. Their first experiences together were entertaining. This was all before they became the badass Killjoys with a reputation to match. Plenty of trial and error to take advantage of during these times and honestly I didn’t mind actually getting to know how these two ended up with the RAC. The how made sense for who they were at that time and how they clearly were not up to date with how things worked in the Quad/Westerly.

Dutch’s personality in the beginning was very fun. She was someone with less responsibility and that meant she could get away with a lot more than she did now. Being a no one also helped just as much. As for John, It felt nice to see him and not be too overcome by the nonsense he was always into in the present. There was no denying that he was a problem to himself and others at the worst of times. However, back to this time he was the excitement when everything was winging it and hoping for the best outcome. There was heart at the best of times, and he created a good balance when things began to run serious. For both of them, it was a point of interest to understand where their connection truly found value. They had each other for a while, but they still lacked the glue that would make them inseparable.

KILLJOYS — “The Warrior Princess Bride” Episode 401 — Pictured: (l-r) Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch, Aaron Ashmore as John — (Photo by: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY)

Their first mission was not at all what you imagined for them. They had time together leading up to this, but an actual mission put what both of them were good at to the test. It really didn’t take too long to see how the mission would lead them on the path they are on now, but it was the journey that grabs our attention more than the destination. Particularly when there was an expectation to this that they couldn’t help but fulfill considering nothing ever goes perfectly. How they saved each other was familiar, and so was the feeling of suspense despite knowing that they both see this through to the end.

The meaning for the story told you had to wait for till the very end. Some of it made sense, but I feel like we are going to need another episode to get back to this moment in the present to understand what exactly it is that these three need to do to have a fighting chance against The Lady. The way we jumped back into their story, it definitely leaves us wondering what we might have missed between the end of the third season and now. There was an assumption that we would face someone with a form, that we would see those weapons of their actually used for something, that it wouldn’t just be a consistent state of panic experienced when there’s no actual threat in sight. Hopefully they will remedy this soon when the time for questions should be passing at this point.

Overall, this Killjoys season 4 premiere was worth the wait to remember what these people are fighting for against The Lady. The war is the main attraction, but it is the characters and discovery that keep us coming back for more. Now that we have caught up with Dutch, for the most part, now it is time to look towards next week when the Jaqobis brothers still have their part to play.

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