Posts Tagged ‘Killjoys’

Killjoys S1E10 Review: Escape Velocity

S1E9 Enemy Khlyen || S1E10 Escape Velocity || Season 2 (??)

The Company frames Alvis Akari for a massacre on Leith, while all hell breaks loose in the Quad. Image Source: "Killjoys", Escape Velocity. Copyright SyFy.

The Company frames Alvis Akari for a massacre on Leith, while all hell breaks loose in the Quad. Image Source: “Killjoys”, Escape Velocity. Copyright SyFy.

Each episode of Killjoys builds upon the past, layering and layering themes repeated throughout the season. The finale of Killjoys was no different. “Escape Velocity” finally answered some of our lingering questions about Khlyen and Red 17, in ways foreshadowed by previous episodes. Yet, we are still left wanting. We need more episodes to learn about the Killjoys universe – not just to uncover one more mystery about Dutch’s past – but also because we care about what is going to happen to all of the characters. Killjoys has done a fantastic job of fleshing out the characters’ relationships with one another, and revealing the motivations behind their actions. So this post will focus on the growth of our characters, the ABC building blocks of the entire Killjoys series. (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!) (more…)

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Killjoys S1E9 Review: Enemy Khlyen

S1E8 Come the Rain || S1E9 Enemy Khlyen || S1E10 Escape Velocity

Dutch uncovers Khlyen's location, and he is closer than she thinks. Image Source: "Killjoys", Enemy Khlyen. Copyright SyFy.

Dutch uncovers Khlyen’s location, and he is closer than she thinks. Image Source: “Killjoys”, Enemy Khlyen. Copyright SyFy.

As soon as I found out the title for this episode, Enemy Khlyen, I was excited. What revelations would we have about Dutch’s former mentor, captor, and father-figure? Though not all was revealed, Enemy Khlyen gave us further clues to Khlyen and Dutch’s past. Now, we have enough information to at least fuel some speculation about the origins of the Level 6 RAC, Red 17, and the imminent Quad class war. (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!) (more…)

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Killjoys S1E8 Review: Come the Rain

S1E7 Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye || S1E8 Come the Rain || S1E9 Enemy Khlyen

A storm is brewing in Westerley. Toxic rain hails from the badlands. Image Source: "Killjoys", Come the Rain. Copyright SyFy.

A storm is brewing in Westerley. Toxic rain hails from the badlands. Image Source: “Killjoys”, Come the Rain. Copyright SyFy.

Compared to the dramatic revelations of the last episode, Killjoys “Come the Rain” takes a slower approach, as the characters come to terms with their changing relationships to one another. Dutch and D’Avin go through Jenga-inspired trust exercises, while Johnny and Pawter Simms conduct trust exercises of their own – all while a deadly poisonous storm brews across Westerley. (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!) (more…)

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Killjoys S1E7 Review: Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye

S1E6 One Blood || S1E7 Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye || S1E8 Come the Rain

Dutch, D'Avin and Johnny visit "Utopia" - a space port dedicated to all that is techie and illegal in the Quad. Image Source: "Killjoys", Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye. Copyright SyFy.

Dutch, D’Avin and Johnny visit “Utopia” – a space port dedicated to all that is techie and illegal in the Quad. Image Source: “Killjoys”, Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye. Copyright SyFy.

In this episode of Killjoys, the team goes on a rip-roaring ride through Utopia – a mecca of extreme tech, drugs, and sex set adrift in space. Dutch gets a new haircut, a new outfit, and a new love interest. But how long can utopia really last? Especially when the team meets the real Dr. Pim Jaeger? (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!)  (more…)

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Killjoys S1E6 Review: One Blood

S1E5 A Glitch in the System || S1E6 One Blood || S1E7 Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye

In Episode 6 of Killjoys, Dutch receives a "black warrant" for her friend and former mentor, Big Joe. Image Source: Killjoys, One Blood. Copyright SyFy.

In Episode 6 of Killjoys, Dutch receives a “black warrant” for her friend and former mentor, Big Joe. Image Source: Killjoys, “One Blood”. Copyright SyFy.

The title for this Killjoys episode – “One Blood” – is both fitting and ironic at the same time. Though the episode delves into Quad bloodline politics (and the specter of racism-based civil war), the true focus of this episode is divided familial loyalty. The question becomes – what happens when your family is the RAC, your crew, your mentors, or all of the above? Dutch, despite having no traditional family and a past she would rather forget, arguably has the strongest – and most divided – ties in this show. From Dutch’s creepy-a** trainer Khlyen and her mentor Big Joe, to her brothers of the RAC, this episode explores the ends people will go to protect their family. (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!). (more…)

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Killjoys S1E5 Review: A Glitch in the System

S1E4 The Vessel || S1E5 A Glitch in the System || S1E6 One Blood

Every space-faring series has an obligatory abandoned spacecraft episode, and Killjoys is no exception. In episode 5 of Killjoys, Dutch and the Jaqobis brothers stage a salvage operation of a ship, stranded and seemingly crewless in the middle of an asteroid field. They gleefully go after the free cargo – almost absentmindedly – as if there were no mortal dangers around each and every corner. Of course, as all avid scifi watchers know, spacecraft with “no life signs” are the scourge of mankind. They are filled with man-eating space zombie-like Reavers, aliens that explode out of your chest, and deadly viruses that cause lust-filled hysteria (TNG anyone?).

Dutch and the Jaqobis brother salvage a stranded ship with "no life signs". Image Source: Killjoys, "A Glitch in the System". Copyright SyFy.

Dutch and the Jaqobis brother salvage a stranded ship with “no life signs”. Image Source: Killjoys, “A Glitch in the System”. Copyright SyFy.

During Dutch, D’Avin and Johnny’s pretty harrowing salvage mission, we learn a lot about the insidiousness of The Company. We also learn more about the nature of D’Avin’s PTSD symptoms, and the doctor behind it all. (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!)

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Killjoys S1E4 Review: The Vessel

S1E3 The Harvest || S1E4 The Vessel || S1E5 A Glitch in the System

The fourth installment of Killjoys is all about politics, politics, and land. In this episode, we see how the nine noble houses of Qresh use dirty tactics to vie for Qreshi soil. This inter-family conflict amongst the Qreshi households is set against the mounting tensions of a potential Quad class war, hinted strongly at throughout the episode.

Qresh nobility use women from Leith as surrogates. Dutch must track down one that has gone missing. Image Source: Killjoys, "The Vessel". Copyright SyFy.

Qresh nobility use women from Leith as surrogates. Dutch must track down one that has gone missing. Image Source: Killjoys, “The Vessel”. Copyright SyFy.

I’m a huge fan of Frank Herbert’s Dune, and the political intrigue that underlie its plot. The shifting power struggles in Killjoys “The Vessel” pay strong homage to Dune. If Killjoys is reading from the same playbook as Dune – this little foray into class politics will ultimately explode into a crazy intergenerational and interstellar war. (Caution – Spoilers Ahead!)

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