A few years ago the TV space opera was a moribund genre indeed. With the demise of Stargate: Universe there are were no new spaceships shows on US TV at all for the first time since Star Trek: The Next Generation had launched.
Then Syfy came to the rescue, with not one but two shows that happily embraced deep space action, AIs and spaceships: Killjoys and Dark Matter. They were shown the back-to-back on the same night and they became solid cult hits. And shows that live together, it seems, get recommissioned together.
Syfy has given the green light for third seasons of both shows to air in 2017, just as their second seasons are drawing to a close in the States. Both shows air on the UK Syfy channel over here.
Killjoys is pretty much the natural heir to Farscape, a bonkers, sci-fi romp about three bounty hunters, from Lost Girl creator Michelle Lovretta (and it sometimes shares Lost Girl’s love of perversity). It stars Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch, and Aaron Ashmore and Luke Macfarlane as brothers John and D’avin. And it’s huge fun – you should see the stars BUZZ’s reviewer has been heaping on it this season.
Dark Matter is the natural heir to both Stargate, mainly because it comes from the same creative team (and often guests stars many Stargate regulars) but there’s also a hint of Blake’s Seven in there too. The show’s about a misfit bunch with shady pasts in control of a spaceship and falling foul of the authorities. The difference here is that in the first episode they all woke up on the ship with no memories of their previous lives, and as the show goes on we and they are learning more about their past lives. Read our reviews of season two here.