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5 Things We Learned About Killjoys at Toronto Comicon

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On Saturday afternoon, InnerSpace hosts Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson hosted a panel discussion with Killjoys executive producer Michelle Lovretta (Lost Girl) and star Aaron Ashmore at Toronto Comicon.

This series about interplanetary bounty hunters premieres on Space later this year, but Saturday’s panel gave us a better sense of what to expect. Here are 5 things we learned about Killjoys at Toronto Comicon.

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Lovretta didn’t expect success

A longtime genre fan, Lovretta was excited by the idea for Killjoys, but she was surprised to learn that others shared her enthusiasm. “When I first came to Space with the concept, I again thought, ‘Well, no one’s going to do that. They aren’t going to let me do bounty hunters in space.’ So I kind of pitched it without thinking that they were going to say yes—and then they did and it’s been kind of a non-stop fun ride since.”

It only took Ashmore one scene to get excited

When Aaron Ashmore first heard about the project, it didn’t occur to him that he could be involved. That immediately changed when he read the first scene in the pilot script. “I was like, ‘I think I like this guy. I think I want to play this guy.’ Even from the very, very beginning, the sense of humour and the action… I could just tell that there was going to be something interesting about these characters. After just reading that first scene, I was very intrigued.”

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John has a special relationship with his spaceship

The spaceship in Killjoys has artificial intelligence, causing Lovretta to describe it as “a sassy HAL.” When Teddy asked if there’s any sexual tension between Lucy and Ashmore’s character John, the actor confirmed that this angle has been discussed. “Before we really started shooting, we sort of talked about that—joking about it sort of—but also the fact that there is sort of a relationship there, there’s a respect, they rely on each other, so we kind of goofed on it a little bit. The other two would come back and I’d be, you know, fondling the spaceship or something.”

Ashmore is a big fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation

After Lovretta discussed the show’s debt to old school sci-fi TV, Ashmore noted the influence of a popular favourite that is far more acceptable today than it was in the ’90s. “I was a big Star Trek: The Next Generation fan. It’s funny because when I was watching it—I don’t know how old I was; young high school probably, that age—I remember loving it so much, but also not wanting to be like, ‘I’m super into Star Trek.’ But it’s so amazing because now that’s completely changed.”

Ashmore feels right at home in the world of sci-fi

While Ashmore claims he would be interested in roles outside the realm of science fiction, he’s perfectly happy to continue in his current direction. “If you have the opportunity to do sci-fi, why would you want to do anything else? You still get to do all the drama, love stories, all that stuff—stuff that you would do in any other medical drama or cop show or whatever—but you get to do it in this world where probably most of us will never get to.”

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