One of the reasons for looking forward to the summer will be the return of the Canadian-produced science fiction dramas “Killjoys” and “Dark Matter” to the SyFy Channel this July 1. Both series were fun Space adventures that are filled with action and intrigue during the first seasons last year.

“Killjoys” depicts a trio of interstellar bounty hunters who were assigned to recover people and objects, as well as assassinate targets on occasion, at the best of the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition (RAC).

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The adventures of Dutch, John, and D’avin took place against the backdrop of a threatened civil war in a star system known as the “Quad.” Though they were supposed to remain neutral, events and their own pasts threaten to get them involved. As season two opens, the three begin to delve into the secrets of a man named Khlyen, Dutch’s mysterious childhood mentor.

“Dark Matter” started its first season when a crew of people with a particular set of skills awoke on a starship headed for an unknown destination without any of memory of who they are and what their purpose is.

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They each know themselves by a designated number “One”, “Two” and so on. As time went on, they became aware that they were mercenaries involved in a corporation inspired interstellar war. But their lack of memories had freed them to pursue their own agendas and to try to discover the truth behind their lost memories. As season two opens, the crew is on a quest for a mysterious device that may hold the key to victory in the war they are involved in.

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Both series have similar backgrounds and themes. “Killjoys” and “Dark Matter” depict groups of people who are essentially pawns in the plots and schemes of others who manage to break free of the role assigned to them. Both involve quests for the truth and ultimately a resolve against an authority that seeks to dominate the universe and the people living within it. The shows are sophisticated space operas with fascinating, believable characters with a certain sense of both fun and drama.

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