Killjoys airs at 9pm and Dark Matter at 10pm on Syfy Friday.
So much happened this week!
Dav is off the ship, and the team is divorced–all three of them–though that’s at least half subterfuge to get into the big RAC base to track down Khlyen so Dutch can finally get the answers she needs from him. She found that he was there by using that fried neural link widget, with the help of Carleen the cyberpunk hacker, who was amazing to see back on the show! They’re really building a nice set of characters, and it’s great when they come back, even if they don’t build a proper crew for the ship.
Dav also found out about Alvis’s work with the rebellion, and since he’s a bounty hunter and not a cop, he doesn’t care–until he needs one of those untraceable EMPs for their attack on the RAC. But while they’re off getting interrogated (Red 17 comes up again, still with no answer about what it is) with a zap-stick, interfacing with a liquid neural-interface computer full of secrets, and poisoning herself to get the answers she needs, respectively, that leaves their home base bar unprotected. Alvis runs afoul of the law and gets himself arrested, which is sure to totally not affect the rebellion at all. No, wait, the opposite of that.
And then, in the last act, everything goes crazy(er than usual):
- Johnny decides to–what, steal? sample?–the liquid computer and sets off an alarm
- He and Dav get back to the ship, but she’s in lockdown with the rest of the station, so when Dutch gets there–after getting nothing other than “you’re asking the wrong questions” from Khlyen, she stays behind to undo the lock on her ship and execute a master command that stops the boys from coming back for her.
- Their boss, who has always had a bad attitude about them, tries to take her into custody by shooting her in the leg–and Khlyen stabs him through the chest, carries off Dutch, says some cryptic stuff, and puts her in an escape hatch for the boys to find.
- Then he goes back, and the dude isn’t dead yet, so Khlyen drags him off as if he weighs nothing, with that perfect calm that always means people on TV are in for a bad torture session.
- But not before he tells Dutch “I’m level six”–which is unclear whether he means he’s at that level, or he’s the entirety of that level.
The best parts of the episode, however, were the quiet parts. The part where Dutch and Johnny were sitting on the bridge and he says “if you fight, I’ve got your back; if you run, I call shotgun” and the part after the creepy blue-lit brain-scan-machine where Johnny pulls dutch out of it and she just clings to him, but somehow she doesn’t seem weak for it and he doesn’t seem infantilizing. Those two are so good at that–a partnership of equals! Or, later, when Dutch is back on the ship and Dav vows to pay Khylen back for everything he’s done and she makes it very clear that she doesn’t need him to fight her battles. Or any of the stuff with Pree being annoyed and trying to keep his bar safe and up and running while there’s soldiers and revolutionaries and Killjoys with divided loyalties all in and out of it.
And next week is the finale! Everything is drifting toward a big show down, Dutch and her past, the team dynamic, the rivalry between the planets (and possibly whatever is beyond them, if we’re lucky, since interstellar stuff was mentioned this ep), the rebellion, and now, what’s going on with the previously trustworthy RAC, all of it. Next week should be epic.
This one is still three episodes away from the finale after tonight, but still has a lot of stuff going on!
The showdown and the nuke at the end of last episode is quickly put to bed by quick thinking and the convenient interference of Tori Higginson and her big battle ships! And she has a job for them. She’s got a crew of thieves who need transport and maybe some other help, and it would be in their best interests to take it. There’s a little waffling, and Two thinks it’s a bad idea, but she gets outvoted by all the guys who are thinking about money.
The heist team is full of crazies, and things go almost immediately wrong. Two breaks the safe-cracker’s arm when he gets all gross on her, so they have to replace him with Five, who everyone thinks is two young for everything, even though they don’t know for sure if she’s fifteen or twenty or older. But she doesn’t have a fake ID and they don’t have time to make a new one (which, you’d think, they’d have tech to do quickly, since it’s the future, but it’s kind of a low-tech future, so whatevs), so they have to smuggle her in with their tools. They get her in, but when the others cut the power it activates a Mandroid that sees they’re intruders and attacks, so she has to use their locked-door-opening box to zap him–which means it’s useless and they have to jury-rig the Mandroid’s battery to do the same thing, while on a clock.
All of which she does, because despite all the action in this show, it usually comes down to brains over brawn and she’s all brain (and awesome goggles).
They finally get the door open, steal their mysterious widget, and Four takes out all the poor guards who were not evil and were just doing their jobs, and I hope they had good insurance to take care of their families. Because that’s one of the places where the moral ambiguity made me come down on the other side for a minute.
Back on the ship, half the heisties are drinking and dining with the numbers, and Five is finally feeling like part of the team, while their busted-arm boss gets a zap-stick from his psycho bud and takes out Anne Droid who was ONCE AGAIN caught off guard by trying to be kind to the humans and if she doesn’t start defending herself soon, it’s gonna be real sad because she’s the sweetest one and she’s only been active again for like an episode after getting shot.
Then he takes out Two. She wakes up in the airlock, and they’re using her as leverage to get the others to give up the code to the vault. It looks like it’s going to be One (who she just broke up with) or Five (who is like her little sister), but it’s Three who cracks first. So the psycho baddies get their mystery widget–but they shoot her out the airlock anyway.
She’s probably going to be alright, since she’s got that Wolverine healing factor, and they’ll all know about it then, but what a place to put the cliffhanger ending! The preview for next week looks crazy, and the slide down to the finale should be pretty sweet.
Before her attack, though, Anne Droid was still concerned about her “faulty programming” so she’s made a holographic other self based on her factory default programming, with the purpose of monitoring her so that she knows whether she’s being emotional or otherwise compromised. Effectively, she made herself an alternate personality that no one else can see–and it’s unclear whether she was active during the attack. Or whether that will matter to the plot, like, say, she takes over when Anne is compromised?
This show is getting tighter, and is at it’s best when the crew is working together and getting each other’s backs, and the addition of these obviously bad thieves and criminals has given them the contrast they didn’t have on their own to basically prove that whatever they all were before? They’re not bad now. They just make a lot of weird choices since they have no previous examples of behavior or choices to draw on.
Who else can’t wait to see how those last few episodes go?
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