[Header Image: Kelly McCormack as Zeph, Thom Allison as Pree, Mayko Nguyen as Delle Seyah Kendry | Syfy/Space]
This is probably the longest review I’ve written for Killjoys so far and it’s all positive. I really loved this episode. The pacing and structure were well done and it had the perfect balance of funny moments and serious moments.
At the start of the episode, we see that D’avin has been going to see Dutch and keeps talking to her. He lies about how well Johnny is doing and begs for her to wake up. During all of this Johnny is still chained up and is constantly banging his head against the wall. He is one of my absolute favourite characters in this show and I hated seeing him hurt himself. It didn’t help that Zeph revealed he was only banging his head so he could relieve the pressure that’s on his brain. Not exactly positive but at least we didn’t have to see him go through being half Hullen for much longer.
Another positive is that Dutch finally woke up. At first, she’s not allowed to leave her room under D’avin’s orders and when that fails, she wastes no time in looking for Johnny. The scenes between Dutch and Johnny were so good in this episode. You could really feel Dutch’s emotions whenever she spoke with Johnny. The pain she felt when she realised all of the green plasma was gone and she might not be able to help him. I did appreciate that D’avin stood up for himself and told her that she had no right to judge his actions. The slap allowed for us to see just how much Dutch was affected by seeing Johnny in that state.
Prior to getting Johnny back to normal, things do change with him. Suddenly he was tired and frustrated. It was so vivid when he tells them that he doesn’t care whether he’s Hullen or human anymore but he can’t be stuck in the middle. He talks so passionately about having that feeling of losing D’avin and Dutch over and over again as his heart switches between human and Hullen. You can really hear our Johnny at that moment and it was honestly a little gut-wrenching.
[Aaron Ashmore as John Jaqobis, and Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch | Syfy/Space]
In the end, we do get him back. That moment between Dutch and Johnny was so perfect and needed. The two of them leaning on each other once again. They’ve been through so much together and this season continues to put emphasis on how important their friendship is.
I thought the method of getting Johnny back was interesting and a smart way to get around the fact that all the green had solidified (and the fact it needed to be in order to keep the Lady trapped). I never had any fear that Johnny would actually die but for a hot second there I was concerned that they wouldn’t be able to revive him again. Luckily, all ended well AND they were able to use the same method in order to help Delle Seyah Kendry deliver her baby.
The fact that there were complications was unsurprising and it was really fun to see them try to find a solution. Kendry was hilarious throughout the start of her labour, feeling no pain, even reading a comic book at one point. I loved the natural progression they had from her feeling calm to being scared and concerned. Even during the transfusion with D’avin, Kendry is still calm. She’s bossy and visibly irritated by everyone around her, which is very much normal. However, by the end of the episode, she’s clearly scared, even going so far as to corner Dutch and demand to know where Aneela us.
That little moment between them all was really important. D’avin and Johnny have been stuck in a small space with Kendry for a while and the three of them have had a chance to get used to each other. Talking about Aneela, allowed for Dutch and Kendry to get to know each other a little bit as well. We’ll need a lot more but it was very much needed, especially considering it wasn’t that long ago that Kendry and Aneela were trying to kill the team.
Delle Seyah Kendry has had one of the biggest character developments, along with Aneela. Pree threatened Kendry’s life earlier in the episode but then was willing to give her a break later. He smiled to the point that he most likely won’t try to kill her (unless she tries something first of course). I love the changes Kendry has gone through and I hope she remains a big part of the team and continues on this really well-done character development. Especially now that she’s human again and can feel everything.
Like I said, we’ve also seen Aneela change a lot since we first met her, as well as her relationship with Dutch. It was such a touching moment when Dutch said she was going to get Aneela back and she seemed to genuinely care. We can also see that Aneela genuinely cares as she risks being stuck in the green to keep Dutch safe and the Lady trapped. All of these changes almost guarantees that Kendry and Aneela really are going to be a part of the team.
[Luke Macfarlane as D’avin Jaqobis, Kelly McCormack as Zeph, Mayko Nguyen as Delle Seyah Kendry,
and Thom Allison as Pree | Syfy/Space]
Throughout the episode, we get to see what happened to Dutch while she was in the green. I really appreciated that we didn’t see the Lady’s true form. I suspect that we’ll get that reveal when she finally comes out of the green because let’s face it, she probably will. For now, it’s pretty cool that her look keeps changing in the meantime to try and weaken Dutch (and later Aneela).
It worked really well that Dutch’s time in the green was put throughout the episode and none of it ever dragged on too long. The scenes where the Lady was trying to force information out of Dutch was really powerful because they weren’t always intense. Sometimes we saw them fighting, other times the Lady was hurting Dutch, and other times they’re simply talking.
We also found out that the Lady isn’t Hullen but something much older and she refers to the Hullen as her tools. This episode did a great job of telling us something about the Lady while also keeping her shrouded in mystery. Killjoys knows exactly when to tell us something and just how much information should be given.
[Robert Stewart as the Lady (appearing as Khlyen, and Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch | Syfy/Space]
It made the reveal of what Dutch will face when she leaves the green even more powerful. That scene where everyone is dead at Pree’s bar and Johnny is holding a gun to Dutch’s head was so shocking because we had no idea. We knew something was coming but we didn’t know what it was exactly. The final hit was when Johnny said “who the hells is Johnny?” We’re going to have to wait a little while for that conclusion I bet, but something I did notice was that Pree seemed to look the same way he did in the flashback episode (episode 1 of this season). So I wonder if there’s going to be some sort of time travel involved? I honestly don’t like to guess much with Killjoys because everything they do is always better than I could ever imagine.
Either way, it was really reassuring to see them all back together again. They’re all willing to fight alongside Dutch to defeat the Lady like the little family they are but there’s plenty of other stuff to deal with at the same time. As we saw, the soldiers on the Armada are starting to wake up (or at least they’re more alert). This could be connected to the fact that Pip has a spider in him and is beginning to hear whispers. The Lady could be using Pip to spy on the team and the soldiers in the Armada to spy on the others.
It seems a little obvious but sometimes simplicity is all you need. Sooner or later Pip’s spider and the soldiers are going to make a move. We now know that the Lady wants Aneela, Kendry, and D’avin’s baby and with all the other information we got this episode, it’s more likely than not that everything is connected at this point. So the simple idea of the Lady using the Hullen and Pip as tools to spy and help her escape doesn’t seem so unlikely to me.
Overall, the episode was really a lot of fun and I’m really excited to see where we go from here. If the vision comes true, it’s not going to be fun for long. I would normally be unconcerned, doubting that they will kill all of these characters, perhaps one or even two, but considering season 5 is confirmed to be the last I feel like no character is safe in this season or the next.