[Header Image: Luke Macfarlane as D’avin Jaqobis, Aaron Ashmore as John Jaqobis, and Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch | Syfy/Space]
The closer we get to the end of this final season the more emotional I get. We’re more than halfway through at this point so I’m pretty confident that every review is probably going to involve me gushing over how good Killjoys is because every episode so far in season five has been satisfying to some degree. This one was no different.
Last week, the prison ship was taken over by some of the inmates, Aneela finally returned to us, and Gared was approached by Khlyen and we pick up all of those things in this episode.
When it comes to the prison, I was really happy that we got to see Team Awesome Force working separately but then also together. It was a really great balance and really fun to watch. D’avin is stuck with two Qreshis who want to kill one another. It honestly felt so fitting that he would be the one in that situation. At this point I feel like it’s just typical of him to be the member of Team Awesome Force to end up in that type of comical situation. He handles it fairly well though and there was a really great balance with making the entire thing funny without taking away from the seriousness of the situation.
Elsewhere, Dutch has to dress up as the Warden in order to try and broker a deal with the Qreshi guards that have shown up. I fully appreciate how Killjoys continues to show us just how great Dutch is. Not only do we see her thinking fast to deescalate the situation when Sparlow and Calvert point guns at one another as well as figuring out the Qreshi guards are up to no good, but we also get to see her opening up to Johnny. She has also been feeling the effects of their fake life and she’s clearly hurt from him icing her out ever since they got their memories back.
In fact, the scenes between the two of them were so good. We got that confirmation that Johnny does in fact love Dutch but not like that, it’s strictly platonic. It seems that maybe his mind was a little muddled at first but more and more it’s become clear to him that he needs something else. I truly hope that by the end of the show Johnny gets his farm and his new life with Dutch and D’avin still a part of it even if the two of them remain Killjoys while Johnny leaves for good. Actually, the one year sabbatical thing has me wondering if there will be a time jump at the end of the series. Don’t get me wrong, with this being the final season it’s entirely possible that anyone could die but I’d like to think Team Awesome Force will all come out of it alive though so here’s to hoping that if we do get a time jump, it leads to something good.
Speaking of Johnny, in this episode we see him teaming up with the Warden and I’ve never been happier. They’re a dynamic that’s very different in a lot of ways but also incredibly similar at the same time. It was also great to see more of the Warden. She was really funny and I may have fallen a little in love with her. It seems that she’s willing to work with Team Awesome Force and that should mean that we’ll get to see more of her which I hope lasts. By the end of the episode, the team have managed to effectively trick the Lady into thinking that they’ve been killed in an explosion so now they have the prison ship at their disposable and are finally one step ahead of her (also, one of Johnny’s plans actually worked!). I’m also curious to see if they actually utilise the prisoners considering they cheered for Team Awesome Force.
When it comes to the Lady, we don’t really see too much of her, instead we spent a lot of time with Khlyen. He manages to convince Gared to plant a device on Pree which he then uses to spy on them and get information. Luckily, he does delete the recordings so it doesn’t seem like he’s trying to deliberately hurt Pree and the others, however, by the end of the episode Old Town seems to be taken over. With Team Awesome Force believed to be dead, it makes sense that the Lady would go after Old Town especially considering Khlyen revealed he has a spy. No doubt she’ll go down hard on the people rebelling against her now that she believes Dutch, D’avin, and Johnny to be dead. She might have been several steps ahead of them but we’ve gradually seen her crumble, even leaning on Khlyen more than she ever intended to. It does feel like we’re building to a confrontation but also the downfall of the Lady.
With the rebels in Old Town, we didn’t see Turin this episode but we did keep up with Zeph and Pree. There wasn’t too much to catch up on although it’s clear they both still have their memories and they’re make headway with their plans to fight back. We also finally got the return of Fancy! His was very comical with Zeph messing with him a little because she had figured out how to use a protein to alter a person’s memory (or wipe it entirely) based on the Lady’s water-based delivery system so she had to test it out. However, when we do get him back, that’s when Old Town seems to be overrun again and he’s seemingly captured. I’m intrigued to know what will happen to him as well as Pree, Zeph, and even Gared. The fact that we haven’t seen Turin makes me hopeful that he might be able to get away so fingers crossed things aren’t completely hopeless for our rebels.
While all of this is going on, we also have Aneela, Kendry, and Jaq. The three of them have seemingly slipped into some kind of family format. I may have screamed a little when both Aneela and Kendry asked “which one?” when Jaq calls out, “mom?” She’s hasn’t been back for long and already Aneela is assuming her role. However, the bit that made me even happier was when Jaq proudly said “that’s my mom!” after he witnesses her kicking ass. I’m so here for this little family dynamic and I have everything crossed that they find their happy ending. Both Aneela and Kendry had their doubts but ultimately they seemed to find their balance again. There’s clearly going to be a bit of learning curve but by the end of the episode, Jaq is left behind in one of the cubes while the two of them plan to go after the Lady.
Right now everyone is split up into groups but there are only four episodes left so they have to come back together at some point. While it’s been really great to see each group of characters take steps towards taking down the Lady (and I will continue to enjoy those scenes), I’m ecstatic to see everyone working together as one giant team for the final confrontation.