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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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Bruce Willis – Science Fiction’s Greatest Action Hero

Bruce Willis stars in 'Twelve Monkeys', one of his many science fiction features. Image source: IMDb.com

Bruce Willis stars in ‘Twelve Monkeys’, one of his many science fiction features. Image source: IMDb.com

Though better known for his action thriller Die Hard movies, Bruce Willis is at his best in science fiction. Whether he is a hero, father, cop, or lover – Bruce Willis brings an element of the everyman into worlds both strange and dystopian. His ability to bridge the gap between action and sensitivity is unusual for most actors, and adds a necessary dimension to his sci-fi features. After all, the real test for good science fiction is its ability to showcase human behavior when faced with advanced technologies or alien environments. Epic battles in space and time are just the icing on the cake.

Twelve Monkeys (1995) – Everyman Stuck in Time

  • “Cassandra in Greek legend, you recall, was condemned to know the future but to be disbelieved when she foretold it. Hence the agony of foreknowledge combined with the impotence to do anything about it.” – Dr. Kathryn Railly
  • “Oh, wouldn’t it be great if I *was* crazy? Then the world would be okay.” – James Cole

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