Interview with Killjoys’ Aaron Ashmore and producers Michelle Lovretta and Emily Andras.
How long have we been fiending over the loss of Firefly? It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? And yet something about that series, about a group of outcasts just trying to make it out there in space spoke to us nerds and made us always want more. Syfy is counting on that and recently introduced new series Killjoys which will certainly scratch that space drama itch.
Killjoys, though, is not a Firefly clone and it comes with some heavy hitters. Not only does the series star Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13), but it also has the creative power of Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta, along with the producing know-how of Orphan Black producer Emily Andras. This is one space drama that isn’t messing around.
At the recent Syfy digital press tour, Ashomre, Lovretta and Andras sat down and spoke about the series. So how did Killjoys begin?
“The show kind of originated with me trying to figure out what I wanted to see,” said Lovretta. “I’ve done a lot of fantasy and really enjoy it, but I was interested in getting into other areas of the science fiction world, and I thought having fun in space was something that was long overdue, and that’s something that Killjoys offers: a lot of fun, a lot of space.”
Most science fiction fans know Ashmore as Steve Jinks from Warehouse 13. However, his new role in Killjoys is a departure from that. “I think John is sort of the opposite of that,” Ashmore said while comparing the two roles. “He sort of wears his heart on his sleeve and is very direct and very out there. I think Steve was the butt of a lot of jokes because he was so buttoned up and serious, and I think John is the first one to make a joke .”
Killjoys has two other lead characters, in addition to Ashmore’s John. There’s Dutch, played by Hannah John-Kamen, who has a history in assassination. There is also D’Avin, John’s estranged brother, portrayed by Luke Macfarlane.
“John and Dutch have been partners for about six years when John’s estranged brother, D’Avin, comes back in the fold,” said Lovretta. “And it sort of makes what otherwise had been a very solid duo and forces them to sort of navigate how to become a trio.”
According to Andras, that trio is key in compelling Killjoys‘ viewers. “I think the makeup of the team and the characters as well will resonate with the viewers,” she said. “It feels quite fresh, actually. You may be surprised at the way the team interacts. I think it’s unexpected, but feels really grounded and fun. And as they try to find their way, I think that’s a great journey to go on, as they try to find their way, working together as killjoys, it’s a gas.”
As a show set in space, viewers are bound to be wowed by what Ashmore calls “techie things.” But perhaps the most amazing technical thing on the series is a character named Lucy, the trio’s ship. “In a lot of ways, she is the fourth character in our group,” said Ashmore. “So I really enjoy that, that idea of the ship, of Lucy, and sort of seeing where that can go and then working with her. And it looks amazing, too, the spaceship, like when you get to sit in the chair, and I get to fly it most of the time, too. So, the first time I did that was pretty incredible. I felt like — like, you know, a space captain, which is pretty sweet.”