We’ve know all about “pulling a rabbit out of the hat” or “snatching victory from the jaws of defeat,” but now we can add “pulling your younger self from the green goo” to the collection of catchy sayings.
And that was only one of several potential game-changing moments that emerged from “Killjoys” Episode 307, “The Wolf You Feed.” At long last, the mystery of why Aneela and Dutch are virtual copies of each other was revealed – they are the same person.
And while that revelation is a big one and shoved our heroine onto a course that proved very disconcerting for her by the end of the episode, I don’t consider it the biggest development that occurred. I think that D’Avin’s eventual rise to presumptive leader of the army, and how he got there, was very revealing. And completely out of the blue.
D’Avin, it would seem, has earned the respect of those he’ll be fighting with, and via Dutch’s decision to reboot life after the revelation that she was pulled from the green goo by Aneela years ago — he’s the man. Oh Aneela, the ripples your impetuous acts from long ago have created are quite the tidal wave. The green plasma truly giveth, doesn’t it?
Dutch and Zeph’s use of the mental cortex shards from the “remnant” to “take a trip and never leave the farm” pushed Dutch into not only Aneela’s memories, but her own. Looking for a weakness in Aneela that she could exploit in the war to come, she instead stared straight into the question we’ve all asked ourselves – why do they look alike? At times, it was almost painful to watch.
Turns out, Aneela can do some pretty amazing things with the green plasma (aside from repeatedly impaling herself to drip the green into a tub that she bathes in — ooh). Deeply rooted in a happy memory of her childhood, she was able to physicallly pull that younger “her” back to the present through the powers of the green. It’s an amazing development that obviously tossed a grenade into Dutch’s emotional stability.
“How is this possible,” Khlyen asks Aneela after discovering the young child. “We put memories into the green, we can’t take them out.”
“I can,” Aneela replies.
Aneela’s matter-of-fact statement was also a warning. Aneela isn’t like the other Hullen. Time has proven that to be true, right? I wonder what the extent of her powers are, to be honest. And if D’Avin has some of that kind of vibe, too. Time, I assume, will tell.
This development was truly a moment that changed the way we look at Dutch and Aneela. They are more than sisters, they are the same person, but on different paths. Honestly, wasn’t that a little mind-blowing. There were lots of theories floating around about these two, but a product of the green and Aneela’s own power to believe and desire for the happiness of the past took us somewhere else, didn’t it? Wild stuff
As wild a ride as that was, D’Avin’s ascension up the ladder to leadership may have a bigger impact down the road.
I was pretty disappointed with Turin’s ploy to use D’Avin and Fancy Lee to find and detain “the cleansed.” Thanks to info by Fancy, the keys to piloting the found Hullen spacecraft likely rest with the cleansed. Without them, the war was doomed before it started. Sadly, Turin was playing a far different game, a game that D’Avin felt honor-bound to stand against.
What I didn’t see coming was D’Avin’s absolute defiance of Turin’s tactics and his complete commitment to the Farran and the cleansed. Turin’s turn as a military leader was much shorter than I’d expected and when D’Avin released the cleansed (essentially going full mutiny on Turin), then watched everyone swear allegiance to him, it was a good moment. Though, I have to admit that having Turin grabbed and locked up was also a rewarding scene.
In that moment, you knew that D’Avin had risen above the base soldier he kind of often portrays himself to be and become something more. What that more was, however, wasn’t clear until he and Dutch met in that hallway for a little chit-chat. I enjoyed seeing D’Avin making a stand for honor and integrity when so little had been displayed by Turin. A good turn for the big guy. Now we’ll see what he’s got as a leader.
I don’t know if Dutch is going on walk-about or will be on the fringes for a while, but she made it clear that the gathering army is now in D’Avin’s charge, not hers. She handed the keys over to D’Avin and walked away. It was a powerful scene. This episode, for me, was worthy of a season-finale cliff-hanger, not just a mid-season stop in the series. It feels as though everyone and everything took a big hop to the left and where they go from here is really now the big question.
The Cleansed need to dial into the Hullen ships, D’Avin needs to embrace the leader within him, Johnny needs to continue to be the cool dude he always is, and Dutch needs to find herself and her place in the scheme of things. Aneela is coming. Face-to-face time with “herself” approaches soon. And for the pantheon of passionate Pree supporters out there, we’re ready for him to show up big-time again — soon.
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