Dutch and John. The duo haven't shared many alone-scenes together this season that had warmed me up to their sibling-like bond, which is a shame, but John-Kamen and Ashmore know how to bring it when the time calls.
Pascal Langdale continues to be breathtakingly slappable.
"What makes me happy is to live in a world where I can have my Dutch & eat my Pawter too." – Johnny (i.e. what makes us happy is that we live in a world where lines like this exist!)
I've enjoyed the largely plot-heavy corkscrew 'Killjoys' has hurled us into this season, though I feel as if plot-points such as the Black Root, the plasma, Khlyen—could all have done with more time in the season.
I'm tempted to wish for more history with the Scarbacks (and thus more Morgan Kelly) too—the aura of mythology surrounding the Scarbacks is very interesting.
Jump on board the always-thrilling ‘Killjoys’ joyride as we’re lambasted towards the season finale with a devastating set-up.
‘Killjoys’ just veered sharply down into darkness, and we’re still clawing away at our television screens in despair.
Dutch’s (Hannah John-Kamen) hunt for mysterious twin/clone Aneela cranks up this week. Meanwhile, D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) is no closer to any level six answers. Pawter (Sarah Power) and John (Aaron Ashmore) dangerously toe the Company line in their hot-headed quest to save Oldtown. It’s all been leading to this Clash of Titans by recruiting a fantastically evil team-up of Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) and Liam Jelco (Pascal Langdale), as ‘Killjoys’ launched a noble siege upon the walls of evil. If any history book told you good ever triumphed, they lied.
The sick purpose of The Company’s wall was revealed, as we got a glimpse into the greedy power struggles at the top. Scrabbling to save the Westerlyns was a Pawter who’d painstakingly sacrifice lives—and much of her humanitarian belief—for the greater good. Dutch’s mission to dig into Khlyen’s closet of truths crashed and collided with Pawter and John’s bigger story as an old Red 17 lab was uncovered beneath Spring Hill, Lucy (Tamsen McDonough) faced her sassy match, and just when we thought of catching our breath back, Michelle Lovretta body-slammed us with that Delle/Pawter scene. The message is clear: this is a war. There will be blood. And no-one, not even our heroic doctor and perhaps Westerley’s saviour, is safe from the dooming trail of disaster scattering from its trail in this juggernaut of a story.
No, we’re not over it.
This entire season has set Pawter Simms up for a heroic fall—and fall she did.
In our review of ‘Heart Shaped Box‘, we discussed the theme of humanity lacing the season. Arguably, there was no one more painfully human than Pawter Simms. The problem’s this: Jelco and Delle don’t care for humanitarianism. The problem’s this: they’re holding all the cards, and they aren’t folding—so it’s down to Pawter and John for an unwitting sacrifice.
As the widely-shamed doctor, Sarah Power dug her heels into this conflicted soul. Pawter grew from a quiet backdoor saviour into a commanding player of the game. And she would’ve won, if this game allowed for human decency.
‘Killjoys’ reminded us that you can’t be a political spearhead and a bleeding heart at the same time. The mighty decision Pawter made to sacrifice all those Westerlyns to overthrow the oppressive wall was the showcase for that. Unfortunately, while it may have saved many Westerlyn lives, it couldn’t save Pawter Simms’.
Pawter was maybe always going to die a hero for her people, once her murky past had paved way for this gigantic story arc. We hope it’s all been worth it. Because if there’s someone within the ‘Killjoys’-verse that doesn’t deserve to die in vain, it’s Dr. Pawter Simms. Like the rest of the fanbase, we’ll probably silently pray for a bizarre twist of fate that returns her to us, alive. But for now we can only applaud Sarah Power for her immensely affable portrayal of a doctor who’ll be seen as a hero by everyone except herself.
Aneela continues to leave a trail of bodies in her wake, as Dutch and D’Avin scour space and time for her.
Hannah John-Kamen continued to be the glue of the cast with her riveting performance this week. As the Killjoys edge towards their stack of answers, they’re inadvertently spilling a whole new chapter. Dutch’s counterpart Aneela has been a mystery—Khlyen’s mystery—from the very beginning. D’Avin’s been embroiled in this too, and his returning bursts of memory may hold some insight. However this resolves, this is the first time Dutch questions her kill order. It could, by a stretch, lead to a very Agent May-like moment. John-Kamen’s no stranger to buffaloing our brains out with her strong fight choreography, so really, what could be more exciting than fighting herself?
Enticingly, it’s juicy material for John-Kamen to sink her teeth into. John-Kamen has soared as the show’s lead, especially with the heavy weight Dutch bears this season. Particularly in her difficult scenes with John (John-Kamen and Ashmore have often stolen the show with their brief, intensely concentrated moments this season) and her continual struggle with all things Khlyen, it’s been a rickety old year for Dutch.
Not for one moment have we stopped rooting for her; we won’t stop now. And we get the feeling that it’ll hurt a lot.
The big players mystify us from within the shadows.
Scarily like Delle, Rob Stewart’s Khlyen has operated mostly in secret this season. While this has disappointingly wasted much opportunity to show off a seriously swaggy team-up between Fancy Lee (Sean Baek) and Khlyen, we’ve still got the finale for some answers.
What Lovretta’s quick-witted ‘Killjoys’ is always good at is enveloping us with its insatiable cast. There isn’t really a character we don’t want to see more of. Naturally that’s difficult given the fact that we’d happily settle down for a whole hour of Delle, or Fancy Lee, or Bellus (Nora Mcllelan)! But it also means that aside from our principal trio, screen-time doesn’t dictate their participation in the bigger arc. There is no doubt that Khlyen is a major piece in this. Even better, we can say the same for Delle. Mayko Nguyen’s delicious whirlwind of regal poison has always been a joy to watch. With Delle proving herself to be integral to the Company’s ant-farm sub-plot, does this mean—season three a-given—that we’re going to see more of Nguyen’s mighty villainess? Is anyone ready for that?!
Lastly: whatever happened to the Khlyen/Fancy foray into the Jaqobis’ family tree? Did they ever find Mrs. Jaqobis? Did they ever find the answers to D’Avin’s peculiar mastery of The Green Goo?
Final Verdict: ‘Killjoys’ took a sombre, introspective look into its unfolding plot. What we got with ‘Johnny Be Good’ was a heavy, spine-tingling set-up for what looks to be a massive final two episodes.
‘Killjoys’ didn’t just set the sturdy foundations for an epic finale: it’s set up a solid premise for another season, too. After showering us with that monster of an episode, it’s difficult to not internally scream at Syfy for an instant renewal.
While ‘Full Metal Monk’ somewhat lagged in pace, ‘Johnny Be Good’ zoomed past that. The post-Pawter fallout will definitely be interesting to observe next episode, especially from John. Special props to Stefan Pleszczynski’s lovely direction this episode—sensitive yet hard-hitting at the same time. Adam Barken’s script was just right. Balancing the tragedy of Pawter’s demise with some genuinely laugh-out-loud lines (Lucy’s lack of pants wins all), Barken kept us afloat. It would’ve been easy to just douse us in darkness, but in seesawing between that and its trademark snippy humour, ‘Killjoys’ refrains from losing itself.
With the mystery unravelling, there’s one location that could’ve been explored more: Arkyn. Is the epicentre of this mess going to prove itself to be a potential place for a final showdown? Just how epic will Fancy/Khlyen’s return be? Are we going to get the whole story behind Aneela?
We can’t wait.
Questions and Comments:
- Not to be lost in the review: Sean Baek is back! We’re still nursing a Pawter-shaped hole in our chest but we can’t wait to see what Fancy and Rob Stewart’s Khlyen has in store for us. The dastardly duo are going to give Delle and Jelco a run for their evil money.
- What’s the lead theory on Aneela thus far? I wonder, if by some long stretch, there were a [hypothetical] army of Dutches and Khlyen managed to get his hands on two prized killers before he bolted from Arkyn. And somehow (insert cryo-green-goo-science here) managed to preserve them both, or they don’t age because of something within them. Long way off?!
- The scene between Dutch and Johnny made me realise how much I longed for some more material between Ashmore and John-Kamen, exclusively. The deal with Ashmore and John-Kamen this season has been ‘short and sweet’.
- ..is Delle a level six?
- Is that a thing? She sure went through a long-winded process to avoid bleeding—mind you, have we ever seen Delle bleed? (We get the impression that she’d rather eat her own hat than have us mere mortals watch her bleed).
- Man, losing Pawter hurts. I fell madly in love with her well-intentioned mission for redemption this season. Sarah Power has done a brilliant job this season with Pawter Simms. She was always a hero. I’m glad she went out like one.
- If you held it together as John begged Pawter to tell him how to save her, you are cold.
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Killjoys Review [2×09]: “Johnny Be Good”