Spoiler Alert: Either you’ve already seen the most recent episode of Killjoys or you’re here to find out what happened. If neither of those things is true, go watch the episode and come back. I can wait.
Before I start this, I have to say that this episode blew my mind in several ways. So much so that I'm not really sure how I'm supposed to process and distill it down into some form of cohesive writing. But I'm going to give it a shot. Wish me luck.
If you thought you were going to get a little breathing room after last week, sorry Charlie. It's all fast and furious now. No time for grieving. Oldtown's in trouble. I will, however, pause to thank Adam Barken for Lucy's "I don't wear pants, John. I'm a spaceship!". Something tells me her short time as a fembot has lingering effects.
While the episode was written as a flashback, let's skip the linear recap option and go right to the major plot developments because, man oh man, there were some developments.
1) Don't make promises unless you're willing to deal with the consequences.
Remember John and Pawter telling Jelco they were going to stop him and save Oldtown in the last episode? They may have been zapped by the wall, but they weren't wrong. They got that wall down. Sure, Eleanor Pawter Seyah Simms had to manipulate the people of Oldtown into throwing themselves at the wall to do it, but she got it done.
Of course, her death is going to leave a very different John Jacobis in its wake. John said that he wanted to be more than just a Killjoy. That he wanted to take sides. He chose a side. He won the bigger fight, but he lost what he really wanted and what some of us realized too late he was never going to get; a life where he could settle down with someone and live out his days in peace. John also promises Dutch that everything is going to be okay. Sadly, that may be a promise he can't keep, at least not in the short term.
2) Your fun sci-fi show is darker than you think and isn't about to apologize.
It's been easy to think of Killjoys as a buddy cop story with some dark elements, but this episode was a chilling reminder of just who's in charge, here. The darkness at the heart of this story is very real and it's done hiding in the shadows. The Company, The Nine, and the overall plan for Oldtown, Westerley, and much of The J is coldly revealed and it's ugly as all hell in the daylight –– kill the weak and old, cull the herd, and keep the herd passive and happy as you essentially push them into the slaughterhouse to be turned into something that ultimately benefits those in charge.
Pree pouring drinks merrily at a bar populated by dead people is pretty apt, if you ask me. No matter how bad it gets, we all try to smile through it. I mean, Dutch has had Khlyen after her for close to two seasons. D'avin's been operated on and turned into something he never asked for, and John Jacobis' been trying to have his own life while looking out for his best friend and brother. Things have gotten real and I'm thinking we're not going to see a happy ending to the season.
3) Dutch talks about her "Big Girl feelings".
Am I the only one who was in tears for that entire conversation between Dutch and Johnny at The Royale? She might blame massive blood loss and nerve cuffs for the unexpected honesty, but we all know this was a long time coming. Dutch has been dealing with so many things since the beginning and she's had to be strong. She's literally willing to kill herself lying to give D'avin the time he needs to blow up Spring Hill and it's hardly the first time she's put herself on the line for others. Every conversation she has in this episode feels a little like she's making her peace for...something. Is Dutch worried she'll die trying to figure out what's really going on? She knows she still has to face Aneela.
4) Eleanor Pawter Seyah Simms
You know that someone like Pawter doesn't get to just kill people, no matter how good a reason she had. One of the rules of storytelling (at least when it's done well) is, when good people do morally unconscionable things they're going to seek redemption or face consequences. In this case, Pawter does both. She asked Oldtown to give their lives. Quid Pro Quo means she gives her life for Oldtown. However, she does fully come into her own as both her Westerlan and Qreshi selves in her face to face with Delle Seyah Kendry. She may ultimately have lost the battle, but she put up one hell of a fight. I'm going to miss her.
5) Delle Seyah Kendry
Where do I even start? I mentioned last week that I think DSK is the Big Bad and it sure looks like she's right up there in terms of the head villain, but is she really? Is there someone over her? The woman I once dismissed as a typical royal bitch has been revealed as the architect of The Nine's destruction and the one overseeing the Level Six transition program. Nothing gets in her way for long and anyone who tries to stop her ends up dead. When Pawter reveals the plan for Oldtown, Delle Seyah pivots and promises a truce right before she stabs Pawter in front of a room full of people. That's cold. Every move against her is counteracted with cool, calculated, deadly precision and she finds a way to make any defeat into an opportunity.
6) OK, so we're allowed to have a little fun.
For all its seriousness, this episode offered some pretty great banter. The Jacobis brothers have such a great rhythm, banter-wise, and Lucy vs. Julian the Spring Hill computer was grade-A awesome. You also have to appreciate a well-shot and executed fight scene. Little tidbits like D'avin's "Gun on stun. Tunes for fun." and "Don't be so needy, woman." got actual out loud chuckles, which were sorely needed at that point. Gallows humor. Gotta love it. Hat tip, also, to deciding to film it like a video game.
I've said it before, but let me reiterate...I love Pascal Langdale as Liam Jelco and I hate Liam Jelco so much I love it. The character has gone from someone I thought would be toast in the first episode to someone I hope lives long enough to make it to Season 3 (if we get one, which I sincerely hope we do). Why? Because Jelco's the one hope we have of figuring out what's really going on. He's the perfect self-serving mole who will do enough to stay alive, including sell out The Company and Delle Seyah Kendry. The scene with Jelco, Davin, and Big Borna (Natasha Bromfield) is a delicious taste of what I'm hoping is coming. Fancy Lee may have let him go, but I have a feeling we'll see him again soon.
There's a certain kind of poetry in Khlyen ending up being the best chance at figuring out what's really going on and stopping it. Our Killjoys have gathered a lot of information, but they'll need Khlyen if they're going to see the bigger picture. Sabine said Khlyen was actively working to protect Dutch and we know Khlyen wants Dutch to kill Aneela. What we don't know is the "why" and he's the only person who can explain.
One more episode left. It's going to be a loooooong week.
Oh and, because it's fun, I have another theory shared below.
Delle Seyah Kendry has been revealed as a sociopath and she killed Pawter instead of cutting her hand to seal the document. Considering she planned to switch any documents out anyway, why not cut her hand? I think DSK is a Level Six and we're just not supposed to know that quite yet. Again, I could be wrong, but it makes a certain kind of sense, doesn't it?
Part of me wanted to think that DSK was Aneela with a new face, but I can't believe Aneela wouldn't have recognized Dutch as more than just a Killjoy who seems to be a real fly in the ointment. So I'll stick with a Six for now.
What do you think? (Please put a spoiler warning in any of your theories for those who want to remain unspoiled.)