It’s a tough road to walk when you overcome long odds, death and betrayal to claim an apparent victory, only to see that victory swirl down the drain in a shower of explosions, fire and the hoped-for chance to change your fortunes. It’s so gut-wrenching, isn’t it?
In Ep. 305 of Killjoys, “Attack The Rack,” Dutch, D’Avin and Johnny run through a gamut of emotions and physical peril to finally and fully clean out their own RAC of the Hullen presence. The excitement and hope they had for a RAC cleansing throughout the Quad would not last – ending in a ball of flames. Reinforcements, it seems, will be harder to come by.
Aneela certainly isn’t playing nice as she sets a rendezvous with Dutch to settle things once and for all.
The finale of this episode was a total gut-punch for us all. After watching a mole betray our intrepid crew during their infiltration and gassing of the RAC, we all had to wonder if it was game over. But Dutch and the gang are resourceful, aren’t they?
I have to admit I was peeved that one of the new nerds was the first to learn that the Hullen had been tipped about the RAC gambit and was subsequently choked to death by a “dead” Hullen suddenly come to life. The ploy worked and the Hullen were not neutralized, as our poor lad discovered too late.
It was also sad to see that our second nerd turned out to be the mole who betrayed the mission and wound up dead as well. Classic “reap what you sow” moment, I suppose. Several weeks ago I had sung the praises of the addition of a new nerd herd, but after this episode, only Zephyr remains from the three recruits. An unfortunate development in my eyes, but one that demonstrates just how formidable the Hullen are and that surprises are around every potential corner. Immortality, young man? I think not.
I found it interesting that while Delle Seyah Kendry made a play to capture Johnny a week ago, Aneela sees D’Avin as the key to Dutch, going so far as to tell Kendry she’s gone “for the wrong brother.” After Aneela and D’Avin had that goo-inspired collective consciousness moment in the last episode, it would seem that our evil “Commander” values his particular skill set on a much higher level. We also find that D’Avin, who has a nice moment of anger while Johnny is getting “the chair treatment,” can do things with his Hullen influences that are, shall we say, eye-popping.
D’Avin’s role in all this is becoming more and more intriguing. What are the extent of his powers? Only Aneela has shown similar ability, so what does that mean? And if she gets him, what then? The two seem to have more in common than animosity. Will D’Avin be the showdown instead of Dutch?
I’m going to admit right here that I found it fairly satisfying to see Dutch gut Banyon Grey in the armory, but less so when we discovered that the new RAC antagonist was not Hullen. I was surprised by that little revelation and was gratified to see Dutch really exude a feeling of regret and worry about what she’d done. She was wrong and it bothered her. A good reminder that in this battle, many things simply aren’t what they appear, right? And sometimes mistakes are made that cost lives. We see poor decisions leading to dire consequences in this episode. The best laid plans, eh?
Once again, it felt as though for every victory on the road to war, there is a defeat of mind or body that simply takes the wind out of the sails a bit. We see that scenario play itself out with Fancy Lee during his interrogation of a Hullen captive. Things are going to crap on the RAC, so with the collective consciousness aspect in play, Lee is enlisted to enter the “box” and see if he can elicit answers from Turin’s “guest.” He’s been Hullen, so perhaps he can relate? Mmm, not so much as it turns out.
What happens instead for Fancy is a war of the mind that seems to leave Lee unsure of himself, unsure of his cleansing of the Hullen parasite and more than a little introspective about where he is and where he is going. Is he still Hullen, but only in remission? Is he completely cleansed? Does he still yearn to be Hullen?
So many questions slapped Fancy across the cranium that came with no immediate answers. Got to give props to actor Sean Baek who did a marvelous job painting the pain and confusion of those questions across his face and through his body language. He doesn’t say so in words, but his mental (and eventual physical) battle with the Hullen captive had him questioning himself on many levels. Great to see Fancy with a little arc all his own. Where this leads him will be more than a tad interesting. And hey, you don’t belong in Asshole Corner, Fancy. Turin? Well, perhaps moreso.
Sadly, through all the fighting, capturing, kidnapping, escaping and killing, any thought of overall victory after using Turin’s miracle weapon seemed to be wiped away as we learn the majority of the RACs went up in a fiery blaze. “What the hells,” said Johnny as the RAC exploded in front of them. Dutch needs an army and a golden opportunity went up in flames. Where does she turn now? That’s a huge question moving forward.
Aneela once again has demonstrated her cunning by pitting others in her immediate retinue against each other while she (hopefully) tightens the noose around Dutch. By keeping jealousy raging and animosity in play with her advisers, she’s able to quietly prepare each RAC for demolition. She wants to isolate Dutch, to leave her feeling as lonely as she apparently felt. Boy, there’s a coldness to her maneuvers.
It has been interesting the last couple of episodes to watch Aneela at work. Earlier, she seemed to just be kind of a looney-bird with delusions of grandeur and conquest. But we see now that there’s a high intellectual capacity at play here, perhaps enhanced by the Hullen goo? So, she’s not only got the crazy going on, she’s intelligent and fully committed. That’s a pretty potent combination in anyone’s sci-fi drama. I like it, but worry for Dutch.
And surprise, surprise, an unexpected relationship may have just broken out between a surprise couple. Did you see that one coming?
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