For a few years now there has been some great Sci-fi coming out of Canada; Lost Girl, Continuum, Defiance, Orphan Black and before that Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis. It's time to add two more shows to the list that if you are not watching, you should be.
Up first is Killjoys, created by Lost Girl writer/producer Michelle Lovretta and co-produced by Orphan Black alum, this show centers around a trio of bounty hunters who work in a sector of space known as The Quad. With some kick-ass action and humor reminiscent in some ways of Firefly, this show, after only 2 episodes is quickly becoming one of my favorite things on TV right now. That's not just because the main characters is a beautiful, tough ass-kicking woman... but it helps.
Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), John (Aaron Ashmore) and D'Avin (Luke Macfarlane) attempt to remain impartial and do their jobs in a system moving closer and closer to civil unrest. Will they be forced to take sides? Will Dutch reveal her mysterious past to her teammates?
Dark Matter, brought to us by the show-runners of Stargate Atlantis, stars former Canadian Idol champion Melissa O'Neil (speaking of beautiful, tough, ass-kicking women) and a group of intergalactic bad-asses who wake up from cryo-stasis to find their memories have been wiped clean of who they are. They find themselves on a damaged ship with no idea how they got there, who attacked them or why. Thrust into the politics and intrigues of warring corporations they have to decide what side they are on while trying to unravel the mystery of their collective past.
The show also stars Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl), Marc Bendavid (Bitten, Degrassi), Anthony Lemke (Lost Girl), Alex Mallari Jr. (True Justice, Robocop), Jodelle Ferland (The Cabin in the Woods) and Roger R. Cross (Arrow, Continuum, Riddick, Eureka).
On top of being well written and produced, both shows have a very strong female lead who, in both cases is the one in charge. As a fan of strong female characters this makes me particularly happy.
I am hoping that both shows survive to go on for several years. So far of late Canadian Sci-fi has done pretty well with Lost Girl, Continuum and Defiance all going on for several seasons. Hopefully these shows will have a similar, or greater success.
Killjoys and Dark Matter air at 9pm and 10pm EST on the Space Network in Canada and the Syfy channel in the USA.