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I think it's interesting how Dark Matter seems to be going for this very deliberately nineties vibe: the title card and font, the costuming, even the cast photo. It's also very Firefly reminiscent (which certainly can't be accidental).

The other thing I find amusing is their 'throw every trope at the wall, see what sticks' approach. I mean. Spaceships, evil corporations, memory loss, mercenary crew, tech genius girl, clones, zombies, brain sharing, cyborgs (possibly evil).

So yeah. It's sort of terrible. The acting is mostly by numbers, as is characterisation and plot. The aesthetic is definitely a Firefly rip off, and nothing else stands out particularly.

And yet, it's quite fun really. Definitely easy watching. TV to cook to. That kind of thing.

Faint praise I guess... I does have the merit of still being the only spaceship on TV, y/y? Unless I'm missing something? Defiance does still exist. But that's aliens, no Spaceships right?

I may end up rewatching Farscape or SGU if this doesn't pick up though. For quality traumatic angst times.

Date: 2015-08-03 04:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] charloween
Hee! I watched Dark Matter and Killjoys on the same day (new space shows yay!) and Killjoys came off far better - I abandoned Dark Matter, but Killjoys is still watchable. I don't know how DM expanded its world from the first ep, but in Killjoys they bounce between planets, have a defined social structure, and a spaceship AI which claims not to have favourites amongst the crew but clearly does.

Plus: WOC as the MC, though the show seems more interested in white boy angst as of ep 6. Also it's shot in Toronto area and has already used the same building as two different locations, bless.

Date: 2015-08-04 01:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] charloween
I think I was put off by DM's grimdark seriousness, whereas Killjoys offered Aaron Ashmore being a dork. (The opening scene of Killjoys sold me, and they basically do a Fury Road episode. And they're doing the low-budget CG thing of location shoots because they only built a tiny set... <3)

Genre blindness is a good way to put it - it felt (from the pilot, anyway) that everything was being played tropey and straight, without a hint of possible subversion. Sometimes I can roll with that, but I just wasn't in the mood.

Which isn't to say Killjoys is perfect (awkward white boys, why) but idk you might like it!

Date: 2015-08-12 06:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] charloween
*hand-waving caveat* Killjoys 1x07 went off the rails re: excusing DV if tall white boy gets remotely triggered because he didn't mean it. Ugh.

OTOH it had Amanda Tapping playing evil and prime kick-the-woobie trope action for Ashmore's character.

*shakes fist at TV* I just want a fun unproblematic space show. SIGH. Still tentatively recommended though, for its adorably 90s everything, if nothing else.

Date: 2015-08-08 10:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amnisias
I've checked out both Dark Matter & Killjoys as new spaceship shows, and while I'm still watching both, I am enjoying Killjoys way more than Dark Matter. The initial premise (amnisia in space!) sounded intriging, but that was kind of the high light of the show. It's got so much Firefly potential, so maybe I'm a bit harsh because it's so much NOT delivering on that, but I find the characters rather one dimentional, there's no real world building, and the AI, bless her, is starting to get on my nerves (well, her voice, anyways). Also, all of the big reveals kinda happen by virtue of space googeling and GNN news clips. Saving grace is the boss lady, who is competently in charge of ship and crew...(othere that the rahter tiresome love triangle).

Not sure that Killjoys IS actually any better, but I find it so much more enjoyable and compelling. There is a whole lot of world building, I am interested in the characters and it's got Lucy, the board computer instead of an AI, and she's totally dead-pan. And it has the Lesser Ashmore, and Luke McFarlan. And Dutch, the boss lady, is just as awesome than her counterpart on DM:

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