Killjoys Season 5 Episode 9: ‘Terraformance Anxiety’ Review

[Header Image: Thom Allison as Pree | Syfy/Space]

We’re reached the penultimate episode of Killjoys and I don’t know know what to do with myself. It was definitely a build up to the finale but still managed to avoid being a filler episode which was great. There was just enough action and wonderful scenes between various character to make the whole thing interesting and to get us invested but not too much to overshadow the upcoming final episode. In short, Terraformance Anxiety was really enjoyable (like the rest of season 5 so far) but waiting for the finale is intense.

There’s still no cause for concern and it seems like the show still has an excellent chance of ending well. The season has been pretty well paced and has fairly good structure so far which makes me think the next episode won’t be much different. Of course, there is always going to be that worry that perhaps things could go wrong at the last minute. I’ve got everything crossed and although I don’t want to say goodbye to Killjoys, I can’t wait for the relief of finally seeing how they’ve chosen to end this beautiful show.

[Aaron Ashmore as John Jaqobis, Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch, and Luke Macfarlane as D’avin Jaqobis | Syfy/Space]

Speaking specifically about this episode, we find the characters all finally coming together to work on taking down the Lady. In Old Town, Pree and Gared find Turin which was honestly a relief. While the latter was pretty beaten, he was okay, and the three of them had each other to lean on. Between them, they manage to hide out and even gather as many residents of Old Town as they could. The scene where the three of them realise that Team Awesome Force are actually alive was hilarious and I’ll be so happy when the whole family are in the same room again.

Although, talking about family, it was lovely to see the Old Town residences singing together. None of them (other than Turin and Pree) could remember who they were but you could see that sense of unity between them. In the end, they do all get their memories back and I’m intrigued to see if they get involved in the final showdown considering their home has been destroyed.

[Thom Allison as Pree and Patrick Garrow as Turin Syfy/Space]

I won’t say the missiles hitting Old Town was surprising. There was some decent focus on how much Dutch wants to save it (along with the rest of Westerly) because she thinks of it as her home. That, along with the fully grown hatchlings running around, it seemed inevitable that something was going to happen. The scene of Team Awesome Force watching the explosions was beautifully done. You can see that it’s not an easy decision for them and no doubt, those emotions will only add to the fuel of fighting the Lady.

But that’s not the only thing that happens with them. Johnny and Zeph have some fun prepping for their mission, he is teased by Dutch for potentially having a crush on the Warden, D’avin declares his love for Dutch (and she seems to take it seriously in the end but hasn’t said it back), however, the best thing of all was Aneela and Kendry finally returning!

The scenes between D’avin and Kendry were surprisingly sweet and I’m hoping we’ll get a glimpse of them co-parenting considering they both (but especially her) have changed and grown quite a bit. The reunion of Aneela and Dutch was also super sweet. There was so much emotion when they first saw each other and I appreciate that despite her tries to apologise, Aneela assured that her being left in the green wasn’t Dutch’s fault. These reunions were so perfect and while I do wish they had happened slightly earlier, it was still amazing to watch.

The next reunion is, of course, with Khlyen. He finally knows that Dutch didn’t die in the explosion he saw and she ends up taking him back to the prison ship. Considering, he tried to hide the fact that information was being falsely fed through Gared, it seems he’s still on Dutch’s side, however, there was definitely some kind of connection with the Lady, even if only on a subconscious level for him. I think it’ll be interesting to see how that relationship plays into the finale.

[Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch | Syfy/Space]

In the end, everyone had a part to play this episode (some bigger than others) but we really got that strong, beautiful connection between the various characters as well as their individual strengths and personalities shining through. There’s so much to love about this show and how these characters are written and how they interact is a huge part of it. All that being said, we do end on a bit of a cliffhanger as the Lady finds the cube that Jaq is hiding in. For now, it doesn’t seem like she can get inside (and it doesn’t appear that Jaq is aware of anything just yet) but it is the final ever episode next so anything could happen. I might be a little nervous about how Killjoys might end but I’m also excited to see how everything gets closed up.

Back tracking ever so slightly, I want to say that Gared did so good! He’s such a funny, adorable, and soft character. Him wanting to save the day and kissing Pree until he lost his breath were amazing moments. The conversation he had with Fancy was also really insightful as well (plus hilarious and oddly sweet) and while the two of them haven’t had many scenes this season, it’s been nice to see them get some appreciation so to have them share a scene like that was wonderful.

Also, I do want to finally add that the scenes of them storming the factory and parts of the fighting being in slow motion was beautiful to watch. I would like to see more of that in the finale.

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