One thing I have to give the Killjoys producers credit for is the nice world building they’re doing. This was the thing I liked the best about Lost Girl when Michelle Lovretta worked on it, because she started to develop a sense of the fae world, their good and bad customs, which lent a richness to the world that got lost when she left. I’m delighted she’s doing the same thing with Killjoys, because I think world-building should be an ongoing part of any series, not something you do in the first season, then drop, or only do when it’s convenient. Part of the reasons why the Harry Potter books work so well is that Rowling made the magical world developed and real from beginning to end. She gave it a sense of place and history, and that’s very important, even for character-driven series. In this episode, we learn a little bit more about Dutch, and about Killjoy culture, which I really enjoyed.
It seems everyone in this episode is after a Killjoy named Joe. Khlyen, Dutch’s mentor, forces her to go after him on her own because he’s desperate to retrieve the weapon that Joe stole. The rest of the Killjoys are merely told that there’s a “black warrant” out on Joe. The episode focuses mostly on our group, and Fancy Lee (a character I love, love, love!), so we didn’t quite get the It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World mayhem of a bunch of ruthless people after something that I was hoping for. Joe is a mentor for many Killjoys, and he and Dutch have an interesting relationship. There’s a great wrestling scene between them when she catches up with him.
Dutch’s main thing in this episode is sparring with Khlyen, who has outfitted her with a neural link so he can advise her throughout the mission. Their interactions are intense, with a creepy dangerous edge. Dutch is clearly afraid of him, and he has some power over her that we’ve yet to see. He’s also unnerved by the end, by the weapon, and that marks a turning point for both him and Dutch I think. I find him a frustrating character, and that’s probably my own biases–I hate characters who manipulate others to act on their own agenda but refuse to share any information with them. Television is full of this type of character, usually men, because it creates drama. It just really rubs me the wrong way because it smacks of someone making decisions for someone else, and forcing them to go along with it. Khlyen isn’t meant to be a good guy, obviously, but I somehow doubt he’s meant to be all bad either, and that’ll be used to excuse his behavior.
Still, Dutch looked pretty fed up with Khlyen by the end of the episode, so that’s good. She appeared tired of the hold he has over her, tired of his manipulation. And given that he physically hurt her this time, which is new, she realizes she needs to get the upper hand. What I especially loved was that she told John and D’Avin about it, and enlisted their help. Fancy Lee made it pretty clear that trios of Killjoys don’t work, because two of them end up screwing (which is exactly where this series is headed to create drama). So that’s an interesting tidbit to keep in mind as we move forward, and just a bit more Killjoy lore (along with the fact that there’s an urban legend about Level 6 killjoys). Poor Johnny is going to get so third-wheeled.
I am annoyed that the doctor who was treating D’Avin, whom I very much liked last week, came across as deceitful and needy this week. And unethical and kind of dumb. It was a weird reversal to watch her throw herself at D’Avin in the guise of treating him. I didn’t so much mind her flirting with the military guy to get information, since we saw Dutch do essentially the same thing and more a few episodes ago. But it was irksome that she was dumb enough to get caught and arrested, unless that’s what she wanted. I can’t figure it out. Maybe the doctor D’Avin is looking for is in prison somewhere. She clearly has some designs on D’Avin, however, and not just to treat him. I hope it’s not just the writers making her bad to make room for Dutch and D’Avin.
The weapon they retrieved is interesting, a sort of DNA bomb. It seems like the perfect weapon to do some major damage to a culture ruled by families, if you ask me. That’s assuming you can get a sample of their DNA, and can get them in a room together. This discovery should have interesting repercussions going forward–we’ve had a hint that Dutch may be a member of one of those families, even though she was raised in a harem (a harem?).
All in all, a very enjoyable episode that opened up the universe a little more, and set some future plots in motion for the last half of the season. They toned down Pree (thank you), and I hope they keep Fancy Lee around (because he’s right, sometimes you need that asshole who will do the thing others can’t, which he proved at the end of the episode). Hell, I’d take him over boring D’Avin to have on Dutch’s team, and he works well with Johnny. Looking forward to where this is going (except the Dutch/D’Avin crap I know is coming). This show should be a good ride over the next couple of weeks.