Killjoys airs at 9pm and Dark Matter airs at 10pm, Friday nights on Syfy.
What a great night was this tonight??
This episode really opened up the world! There were all these other Killjoys, some of which got stories of their own and all of which had history and rivalry with our team. There was a subplot for Pawter that was mostly her working on her own, and resulted in her getting arrested, which should be interesting. There were conversations between the bossmen that didn’t feature our core three at all. There was more than one scene with Fancy and the pretty bartender.
And with Dutch working with her former mentor, we learned SO MUCH. She’s trying to be a new person, explicitly, and considers her old self dead–but she’s also bound Khyten and can’t just ditch him, partly out of what seems to be long history, and part because he won’t let her. He has tech and info she doesn’t even start to know about, and it seems like he’s got a boss who has some other plan for all of them. He’s also apparently immune to multiple stab wounds, seems to have actual affection for her even if he has no idea how to show that the way normal human beings do, and he seems to have a plan.
On top of that, we learned that Johnny knows who he is and knows how terrible he was in Dutch’s past, so his volunteering of support is expected–but we learned also that Dav takes his life-debt to her seriously enough that he’s willing to sign on with no idea of what he’s getting into, too. That fragile bond they’re forming looks like it just got a little closer.
And the A-plot, that they had a competitive high-class bounty on someone that Dutch was close to when she was starting out, also turned out to be involved with a planetary inheritance-and-race war that’s brewing (and how many planetary rebellions is that now?), and a weapon that kills everyone in a sample’s bloodline that the Company created and immediately had stolen.
This is a lot of information that just blew out the sides of the world a lot more than one episode would have been expected to do, but it was handled very well. It didn’t sound info-dumpy, it didn’t clash or conflict or steal space from the actual story, and it was all grounded in well-performed emotional truth so that even though it was fast, it was understandable and believable! And here, in the second half of the season, it brings up a lot of storylines and plot points that could easily lead to an amazing game-changing end of the season when even just some of these points start getting connected together.
I can’t wait.
And over here in what could really be the same galaxy, though they haven’t linked up yet, the team manages to get the Vault open because Five’s subconscious remembered something Six had said in the memories last week. They found some random bits of tech that are still unidentified. They found a box of that awesome card-shaped money they use, which, considering how poor they’ve been, should come in handy. They found a woman in a cryo box. And they found a disassembled “entertainment droid” that they promptly put back together and activated.
Ruby Rose was great as Wendy. She cooked, she cleaned, she gave massages, she “relieved tension”, she stole guns, she accessed and locked out the computer, she shot Anne Droid three times in the chest. It was a rollercoaster. It turns out that she was planted in their last haul before they lost their memories by someone who had a beef with them big enough that he had his droid pilot the ship into the nearest sun–which they, of course, saved themselves from. There was even a one-liner about how she found their “views on androids antiquated and offensive”–which was great, because she was too biddable before.
Meanwhile, the woman in the box has her memories, and she knows Three by name. Apparently, she was his lady–she’d saved him from bleeding out in the woods after some failed heist or such, and they fell in love. When she got sick from the mining that happens all over her planet, he put her in stasis to save her and take her somewhere where she could be helped. And, of course, because of thawing her out, she got sick again. And then died in the siege with Wendy. But not before she got through to Three and he started feeling feelings, and it was amazing seeing him be something other than a total self-interested jerk.
And whatever was going on with Two, it seems like that ended when he turned her away at the door last episode. Which led to another instance of crossed messages with One. Which then led to a last-scene uncrossing that made this reviewer happy, at least, because he seems to be genuinely sweet and she could use a little sweet.
And probably the best part of the episode was Anne Droid. She’s so sweet and looks so lonely all the time anyway, and everyone continues to not ever act like she’s one of them–despite Five’s assurances that everyone values her–but as soon as Wendy woke up and had an accent and some cleavage and everyone loved her, it became both giggle-worthy and heartbreaking. She tried the cleavage. She tried telling everyone how useful she was. She tried a selection of potential accents that was hilariously done entirely straight-faced.
And then Wendy came onto the bridge right when Anne Droid was being called away to help the unfrozen lady, and she tries to make friends and apologizes for being rude–and then Wendy shoots her and she goes down and now the crew will have to realize exactly how useful she is and how much she does to keep the ship upright and functional, because she’s blacked out.
This episode had a lot of the team working together as a team, as well as everyone being kind and respectful to each other, and as the world around them gets more hostile and they keep running into more and more of their past exploits that they don’t know to look our for, that teamwork will be useful. This week we got One and Two–ahem–bonding, Three and Six running interference and backing each other up, Five helping Anne Droid understand people, and so much Three being a human. It was great!
How long will it keep up, though?
How did you guys like this week?
Samantha tweets along with TV and gets dreamy-eyed whenever she thinks of actual scifi being back on Syfy.