If you’re gonna channel your inner Darth Vader, you might as well channel it big-time, right? We learned a little more about Aneela in Episode 306 of “Killjoys” this week and one of the things we discovered was, thanks to the Hullen influence, she’s got some pretty impressive powers – like levitate her disloyal commander, crush his windpipe with a clenched fist and lay waste to support guards rushing to the fray… kind of powers. Seemed as though this episode, “Necropolis Now,” dealt more than a little with betrayal.
Aneela, who appears to be dealing with some abandonment issues anyway, thought things were looking up after her intimate interlude with Delle Seyah Kendry. Not so for our resident baddie. Betrayal by Gander, the slimey second-in-command who always seemed to have more up his sleeve than simply condescension, who forcefully plucked Delle Seyah from the bed she and Aneela had made love in only hours before. It was a bold move that didn’t end well for him, obviously. Instead, it pushed Aneela to a wonderfully Vader-like blind fury and that’s when things got nasty. And Gander paid for it. Snap! Gurgle! Pop!
I’m not sad to see Gander go, though there was always something kind of endearing about the smarmy, know-more-than-I’m-telling little smirk he seemed to wear constantly.
Aneela has been a really enjoyable antagonist for me so far, but this episode offered a little deeper look into the soul (is that even a thing for her right now?) of what motivates her — even as Hullen. You had to kind of feel bad for her on some level upon the realization that being alone, or feeling alone, for most of her life has been a burden for her. Now, when she crushes Gander’s treacherous throat in a fit of rage, it felt right and just. Enjoyable moment, that.
One wonders what exactly she’s cooking up in those Red-17 experiments and what breakthrough occurred with the Jaqobis sample she acquired? “Dutch, we have movement, we have movement and solidity.” But what does it really mean? And where does Aneela go from here? Is this kind of the last straw for her emotionally? Are the gloves off as she comes to grips with her grief and pain? Seemed like she was able to give form to the Hullen goo. And that was weird.
As an aside, I admit to enjoying the sight of Delle Seyah Kendry becoming what, a human/hullen breeding project for who knows what? I’m not sure how to read that little shot of her at the end, but with a distended belly, there would appear to be something brewing in the realm of reproduction. Excited to see where that goes. Hybrid species, anyone?
Johnny had a nice take on it when he said, “I still want to punish Delle Seyah, but the only true vengeance would be for her to feel my pain. That she would never love or be loved by anyone enough for that to happen.” Oh, the cruel, ironic twist those words have as Delle Seyah hangs helpless from the birthing area? If that truly was what we saw?
Meanwhile, in the midst of an honors ceremony for fallen RAC admirals, we have Dutch trying to recruit support from The Nine, the revelation that The Nine have no interest in helping the Quad defend itself, and a fun little quirky twist on deadly poison tropes.
It appears Pawter’s sister isn’t the forgiving type, is she? Her play to seek some revenge on The Nine was sweetly concocted and executed, but certainly dealt a tough blow to Dutch’s efforts to recruit financial resources for the coming fight. The revelation that The Nine had planned to simply run off to save their own asses didn’t play well. It’s still a little up in the air about where those resources will eventually come from, though I have confidence Dutch is going to make it happen. She laid it on the line at the bar, so hopefully what’s left of The Nine will step up. Love Dutch’s “all in” mentality for this war. She “feels” it deep down.
Though we didn’t get our coveted Pree time in this EP, I’m intrigued by the continued development of Zephyr, the last of our new Nerd Herd. She cracked the “remnant” and what she finds within offers up some intriguing possibilities.
“I just figured out what Khlyen was protecting in the remnant — brains, micro-slices of neo-cortexes. It’s where memories are stored — from what I can tell, it’s a close match to you,” Zephyr tells Dutch in a dark alleyway.
Hold it, hold it, what’s going on here? Let me just say that anytime Zeph shows up in a scene, I’m pretty delighted. But her revelation that micro-slices of Dutch’s memories may be contained within the remnant could be a game-changer. I don’t know what it means moving forward, but I’m willing to bet there’s some correlation between that and Aneela’s goo-inspired trip down memory lane in this episode.
The plot seemingly thickens for our intrepid heroes as Aneela moves ever forward, though in what mental shape we shall have to see. And Dutch runs off with Zeph for a little nerd interlude while D’Avin stands confused in the alley holding a bottle of potential delights. Things are heating up as we enter the second half of the season.
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