Few things are as humbling as having that moment of complete clarity come over you during a bad situation. It brings a calmness and serenity to the mind and heart, something we seemed to see manifest itself in Dutch this week in Killjoys Ep. 308, “Heist, Heist Baby.”
While D’Avin and Johnny saw Dutch’s suddenly calm disposition as odd (Cue the melodic humming), it made perfect sense to Dutch. She realized that after the reveal about her unique relationship to Aneela, there was only one thing to do – and it would cost her own life to make it happen. That, my friends, is a sobering moment. But once accepted, as Dutch obviously has, the calm cometh.
Hannah John-Kamen not only plays the parts of Dutch and Aneela so oppositely well, she just infuses them with a quality that was so uniquely emotional this week. We saw both characters as we’ve not seen them before. Really interesting stuff. Thanks, Hannah, for delivering a bravo performance with each. You’ve got mad skills, my dear.
To kill Aneela and possibly win the war, she’ll have to sacrifice herself, which brings all sorts of possibilities into play. In the end, I suspect Johnny, D’Avin and the mighty Zeph will find a way off this particular path. But the way Dutch delivered the news to D’Avin – it was quite a gut punch to think about.
Episode 308 went down a couple different roads, but my particular favorite was seeing Aneela get her playmate, Delle Seyah Kendry, back from the experimental impregnation station (or whatever that was). So, Kendry has “something” growing inside her and certainly was glad to see that Aneela still cared about her. Strange to think that Aneela, who seemed devoid of the ability to feel for others, should be able to dial into Kendry on such a personal and intimate way. But Kendry, what’s the protruding belly mean? Hybrid Hullen/Human, perhaps? The mind dances with the possibilities.
Aneela called Kendry her “tether” and opened up in a wonderfully revealing way. In her own Hullen-hazed way we see a sadness and pain from Aneela that’s very different. Kendry, I think, is touched by the revelations and you see these two women’s bond grow more solid. As Aneels goes, so goes Kendry, it would seem — though we shall see.
And the fact that Gander wasn’t dead was a surprise — pleasantly so. I assumed when Aneela went all Darth Vader on his ass last episode that the windpipe was done and gone. But no, there’s life in that Hullen-infested body and Aneela gets to torturing the traitorous dog at length. He won’t talk and Aneela seemed to find a bit of joyful release in the cycle of torture, kill, heal, repeat.
Ted Atherton is a messy green delight as Gander — always ready with a quip or mocking couple of words as the torture continues. Always a bit of a smirk on the lips, too. He kills this role — while being killed.
It’s a funny moment when Kendry and Aneela are reunited and Aneela says “Okay, let’s go and torture Gander for a bit.”
Kendry replies, “Like, a lot of torture – and ice cream.” Hey, she’s preggers and some Pralines ‘N Cream probably would go well with a little slice and split of Gander’s rib cage.
Now the question is – who or what is the “Lady” that’s in the green? And why does she want to get out? It’s clear the Hullen have a leader that’s been lurking in a sea of green plasma – never seen, ever noticed, and influencing everything the Hullen plan. This will be an interesting arc to see just what the power struggle between Aneela and “the lady” evolves into. Aneela demonstrated her power in the infamous “battle of the green goo,” but that seems to likely be only the preseason game. The regular season is about to start. Higher stakes would appear to be on the table, right?
“Heist, Heist Baby,” in addition to being a fun riff on Vanilla Ice’s lone mega-hit (Nice touch writers, producers and assorted lovers of one-hit wonders), features some positive vibes for our burgeoning army. Johnny, Zeph and Dutch discover possible ways to disrupt the Hullen, but need to find the right tool for the job. Well, find is not quite the right word. Steal is much more in-tune with what is required.
Honestly, it was hard to find any emotion for the Moles but contempt, but that was a fun story arc. Dutch figures she and the boys can handle things, “Just us assholes saving the day while we’re stealing a shiny weapon,” but they do enlist some help to rip-off the mole folks. As always, the plan goes to shit, someone double-deals, and everyone needs to fight their way clear – to fight another day.
It was a good old-fashioned plan gone awry that required some fun improvisation and no small amount of luck – and our crew has plenty of both. And I need to say right here, the humor in this show is very nicely done. The moments don’t slap you in the face, but come in measured bits and pieces at moments that aren’t always obvious. Those moments, even under duress or danger, deliver a reminder of just how valuable this show is in the sci-fi realm. It’s got its niche and it fills it very well in terms of storytelling and vibe. That’s a testament to the people in front of the cameras and those working behind the scenes.
There’s nothing like a well-timed little quip during a serious moment that can’t help but make you smile. Gander had several in this episode, as does D’Avin (Nice vibrator line). Zeph and Pree. Treasure troves of delight in this area. Speaking of Pree, that was quite the look he was sporting in the bar, wasn’t it? The head, the eyes — the man works it with style and ferocity. Fierce, my friend. So, time for backstory on Fancy Lee and Zeph, right. I mean, Pree’s warlord backstory was stellar. So, let’s see what the writers can dish up for those two. Friendly challenge delivered.
What’s important from this episode is that after struggling to find a foothold of positivity in the coming war, the good guys may have found themselves a little bit of an edge. That’s been one of the down notes of the show — outmanned and outgunned, our terrific trio couldn’t gain any traction in putting together a reasonable defense. Now, with The Nine financing and groups like The Cleansed and Farran joining their fight – and a new potential weapon in their possession – there’s little more of an optimistic vibe at play here. Keep an eye on Dutch, though. Where she’s headed, no one could understand.
Shoujd be fun. We are in the season 3 homestretch.
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