Killjoys: Dutch’s Discovery, Hope & ‘My Guys’ — Review, EP. 407

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Well, our beloved Dutch has the tools to deal with The Lady, and we know she has the talents. But does she have the time? That’s yet to be determined, but one thing’s for sure in this week’s episode of Killjoys, The Lady is on the move and there’s still plenty left to do to stop her. That’s something that EP. 407, “O Mother, Where Art Thou?” makes starkly clear.

Dutch has the compound, but how or when to use it seems to be a question that still seeks answers. However, first things first — she’s got something that will kill the green and The Lady. So let’s remain optimistic, shall we?

I’m a self-confessed lover of backstory. I enjoy flashbacks that give us a bigger glimpse into a character or a storyline. Fortunately, EP. 407 delivered a nice dose of flashback while paralleling it with Dutch’s search for answers. I though the dual timelines of Khlyen 250 years before attached to the current story of Dutch looking for answers in the pulsar, was extremely well done and edited with pinpoint accuracy.

I never got lost, never was unsure of what was related to what — just two stories unfolding together (Even a little dialog sharing). One setting the stage for the other. Really well-crafted by the writers and put together by the crew. I thought it was tremendously effective running the two storylines together to answer some intriguing questions. Bravo!

We got a look at Khlyen’s wife and she said something very prophetic 250 years before, something we keep finding out is very true — Khlyen seems to be 10 steps ahead of everyone else, even on his worst days. And that cleverness was on full display as he set events in motion more than two centuries before that Dutch will (hopefully) bring to fruition now. I enjoyed getting a glimpse of where the green kind of got its start and the part it played in Aneela’s development (crazy as it was) and Khlyen’s realization that it was “alien” and “evil.”

KILLJOYS — “O Mother, Where Art Thou?” Episode 407 — Pictured: Rob Stewart as Khlyen — (Photo by: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY)

Of course, this all could have been solved it Khlyen’s wife had just let him introduce the cure into the green all those years before, but a mother’s love for her daughter talked him out of it. So now we’re here. Mom back in the cryogenic chamber, vainly hoping Khlyen will come for her, and Dutch with a viable weapon for defeating The Lady. Clever, clever Khlyen, indeed.

I’ve really enjoyed the work of Hannah John-Kamen over these past two episodes. She’s almost been manic in her drive to find this particular moment, willing to walk a ruthless and intense line, while still holding onto her humanity a bit. She’s been focused and determined, even as things haven’t always gone to plan. Loved the intensity and commitment to the struggle that HJK has brought to the role of Dutch as the tension has ramped up of late. It has been really entertaining to see.

I think the fact she can still feel the pain being inflicted on Aneela in the green is a nice little reminder that she’s not in this alone. Aneela is paying the price for this precious time she and the others are getting. It’s cruel, yet effective. And, it’s serious motivation.

One of the things that just keep calling to me about Killjoys is that at it’s core, there’s a family-oriented vibe from the show. Yes, Dutch, D’Avin and Johnny (as well a Jaq) are an obvious family unit, but that family feel extends beyond those main players. The characters in Killjoys feel like this wonderfully interconnected, dysfunctional, caring family that has each other’s back even in the most unusual or dangerous of circumstances.

There’s an underlying vibe of “you matter” and hope within this cast of characters — from Turin to Pree to Fancy to Gared to Zeph to Pip and beyond…Killjoys delivers a family dynamic that is very interesting and exciting. Sometimes it’s ugly, but it’s always underpinning each endeavor. It’s an important vibe for this show.

KILLJOYS — “O Mother, Where Art Thou?” Episode 407 — Pictured: (l-r) Thom Allison as Pree, Patrick Garrow as Turin, Kelly McCormack as Zeph — (Photo by: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY)

And what Killjoys has done skillfully is incorporate new members into this odd family. I loved the addition of Zeph a year ago and really am liking the potential of both Weej and Jaq this year. It’s funny, but Weej and Jaq have a lot in common. Jaq is a young boy thrust into his teenage years while Weej is a recovering Hullen trying to figure out some of the same types of things Jaq is. Despite the age difference, the two characters are traveling similar paths to (likely) very different conclusions.

I thought this week’s little running arc of Weej pestering Turin with basic questions about humanity was really enjoyable (We’ll have human class later). The concept of “My guys” was fun and in the end offered a little pathway for Weej to walk.

Weej has a wonderful naivete’ that Turin may find annoying, but is also a blank canvass that Turin is (unknowingly) filling in with color. I like that Turin, who detested this person a short time ago, admits that Weej is “one of his guys.” And in turn, Weej makes the ultimate decision to keep Turin safe (while knocking him out) and boarding the RAC to save Pree and Gared.

Gotta give  high marks to Ishan Morris for filling the role of Weej with an understated sense of confusion and discovery. I like this character a lot and am interested to see how he impacts the show (and Turin) moving forward. The “What is love?” question was hilariously out-of-the-blue and I loved it.

KILLJOYS — “O Mother, Where Art Thou?” Episode 407 — Pictured: Thom Allison as Pree — (Photo by: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY)

There’s always something mystically satisfying about seeing some combination of Pree, Turin, and Fancy getting involved in a plan. They just have a wonderful sense of individuality and panache’ that I find enjoyable.

In this episode, Pree makes the bold play to get Gared out of confinement aboard the RAC. I’d been calling for a Pree retribution arc since the Hullen absconded with his hubby, so it was somewhat satisfying to see Pree show up in the cell Gared was being held in, while two rough-and-tumble scumbags were attempting the theft of Gared’s boots. In the immortal words of The Grinch — “Wrong-oh.”

Pree: “Oh, I don’t think so. We’re not gonna take those boots away from that jacket.”
Gared: “You have no idea how much shit you’re in, but it’s a lot.”

I felt this surge of sublime satisfaction when Pree calmly removed his earrings with that assured, “I’m a warlord and you’re not” menace slowly working its way across his face. It’s the classic, “you called down the thunder” look that Thom Allison seems so built to deliver unto us, the huddled masses of Killjoys fans. I mean, there’s badassery and then there’s Pree’s level of “I got this” badassery. It’s a tingle-inducer. Thom Allison has got acting game. And we’re the better for it, right?

There was a funny scene as Turin and Weej view the battle in the cell through Pree’s special contact lens and they place a quick bet on the outcome. In the end, the toughs are vanquished, a pair of earrings are missing, and a man and his missing husband have been found. Oh, there’s other stuff, too. You know, getting dialed into the RACs camera system, etc. Pree and Gared accomplish that and then, with the help of “their guy” Weej, managed to make their escape.

KILLJOYS — “O Mother, Where Art Thou?” Episode 407 — Pictured: Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch — (Photo by: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY)

Again, we see a bit into Gared’s heart as he gets a glimpse of the abducted children on the screen and immediately wants to get to them. There’s an intensity to this scene that serves Gared well and it takes Pree’s calm and measured reassurances that they’ll be back for the kids to calm Gared down. I like this part of Gared and the work Gavin Fox is doing.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about “Gare-bear,” but little nuances slip out occasionally and this is one that I like. The children matter greatly to him and he won’t be satisfied with merely saving his neck — he wants to save them. I think Pree picked a good one.

With all that went on in the episode, one of the final scenes may have been the most telling. Pree, Turin, Gared, etc., viewing the RAC from the safety of the armada, see bodies being hung upside down and plasma being drained from them. Now, the plasma wasn’t green, so I don’t think that’s what we’re seeing. I think The Lady is creating a new plasma pool that will allow her to enter this domain. That’s the only thing that makes sense when seeing that scene. So, given that (if it is accurate), the race to stop The Lady is truly on.

Dutch has the compound needed to stop her, but The Lady is moving her pieces into place for the ultimate gambit. Who will win the race and how does Jaq figure in? I’m still a little fuzzy on that aspect, but I’m sure all will be revealed. Right now he’s en route to D’Avin and Johnny’s home planet, so I’m expecting some action there. They’ll need to go get those two at some point, so who knows who we will run into when Johnny and Dutch reunite with D’Avin. With the Hullen in hot pursuit, my guess is we’re going to have some action in the next episode.

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John Baker