Backstory on our favorite characters is one of those things viewers tend to secretly crave. When we get it, it’s a bit of a thrill, isn’t it? And let’s face it, it’s even more enjoyable to find that the backstory reveals something that seems to run completely counter to that character’s current incarnation. We get that and more in Killjoys Ep. 304, “The Lion, The Witch & The Warlord.”
Holy cow, Pree as a former warlord? Who saw that coming? While there were other interesting developments in this episode of Killjoys, Pree’s arc as the former leader of the mercenary horde called the Farran was delightfully fascinating. From mild-manner barkeep to shot-caller of a band of badass mercenaries. What a fun, yet twisted path. Who knew?
I’m all for saving Johnny’s skin after the black warrant came down, but when Pree tosses out the idea of heading to Ohron and having a talk with the Farran, you knew something fun was in the offing, While the revelation that he was a former warlord was great, I think the whole arc was cemented as a “classic” when our bold warrior strode the landscape of Ohron with those freshly-grown, long flowing locks of white hair. Think Lucius Malfoy with a longer, shaggier look. Thom Allison’s work as Pree in this arc is so on-point that after the initial surprise, it kind of felt natural. I loved it. Pree’s secret was a biggie and the arc featured a reunion with a former lover (Lachlan), now the leader of the Farran, as well as some fun competition and honesty between Dutch and Johnny.
Dutch had blocked Johnny from getting his level 5 Killjoys designation because she didn’t want him to be eligible to execute kill warrants. The pair were forced to compete for Pree’s life and the Farran’s allegiance in the coming war, and in the midst of that were taken captive by a slick Killjoy named Flik. It’s here we got a peek into how really deep their relationship goes and the care and compassion each has for the other. They give a damn about each other. Cool moments, that.
You know, it’s easy to get caught up in the sci-fi action and adventure of a show like Killjoys, but it’s always good to be reminded that there are stories at work here telling us a little bit more about each character. In Ep. 304, it felt like we got a lot of that dealt to us. Pree, Johnny, Dutch, and Lachlan (the Farran leader whose heart Pree broke years before) were provided an opportunity to offer a little more about themselves from the past, which helps us see into the present. I enjoyed it.
The upshot of Pree’s re-emergence in the Farran world is that Dutch, with Pree’s help (“I had to put out, a lot.”), now has the beginnings of the army she so covets. “When the Hullen come, the Farran will answer,” Lachlan tells them at the end. Was that a look of satisfaction on his face, Pree?
I think we all knew that this black warrant scheme was the brainchild of Delle Seyah Kendry. She didn’t want Johnny killed, but captured and sent to her via cryogenic process aboard Aneela’s ship. It harkens back to the last episode when she told Aneela that she knew how to hurt Dutch. Well, nice try, but in the end the capture didn’t come off and Aneela decided to cancel the black warrant, anyway. Why? We don’t really know, but our evil lady seems to have a plan for just about everything she does.
So, we’ll have to wait and see how it plays out. I get the feeling she doesn’t want some backdoor type of plan, but prefers to meet Dutch straight-on, head-to-head. How that will manifest itself moving forward will be interesting to see. I’m sort of eagerly anticipating Aneela and Dutch getting after each other on a personally violent level. I don’t think Dutch would shy away from dispensing a few knuckle sandwiches to her doppelganger.
And what about the “remnant” from last episode? Well, our new nerd Zephyr has been working on it and in the end opens it in quite a simple, almost absent-minded way. In a show with a lot of new questions to be answered, I suspect the “What is that thing?” question about the remnant will be a big one. It’s becoming clear that D’Avin will have a big part to play in what’s coming and seeing him tap into the Hullen green goo (with a little help from a drink that, shall we say, “cleared” his mind) was intriguing. He’s connected to the Hullen goo, so where will that lead? He seems to be coming more to the forefront of things with his “special” vibe with the goo.
Zephyr definitely sees things differently than fellow nerd Johnny, so she offers a new perspective. She seems to have the golden touch via accidental discovery, which has potential.
D’avin’s Hullen goo (reminds me of the old Palmolive commercials) trip allowed for a collective consciousness visit that ends up on Aneela’s ship. Love the fact that she can see him while others can’t. Very powerful when she walks right past Delle Seyah and comes face to face with D’Avin and gives him a message for Dutch. Yes, she’s a looney bird, but there’s plenty of cunning and perception with Aneela and that makes her very dangerous. Crazy like a fox, perhaps?
In the end, the plan to wage war on the Hullen is starting to come into a little sharper focus. The first “remnants” of an army has been dialed into place and now Dutch has set her sights on cleaning out the Hullen influence “RAC by RAC.” This episode seemed to offer up a little more hope for our struggling Killjoys. At last, some troops on the ground ready to fight, a clear plan to take the Quad’s RACs back from the Hullen…and the remnant opened at last. Things feel like they are starting to heat up. What do you think?
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