Killjoys S02E01 “Dutch And The Real Girl” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- We open with a flashback to the end of season one: Dutch on Lucy’s bridge, swearing to the missing D’avin, “I will find you!”
- Cut to Dutch, John and D’avin on Arkyn moon, breaking into the Red 17 facility.
- Fancy Lee joins the group as they get further into the facility. D’avin kisses Dutch, fireworks spark in the background and we hear a pretty melody…
- …Cut to D’avin humming in his sleep, hooked up to all kinds of machinery, deep within Red 17…
- …cut to Dutch aboard Lucy, waking from a dream about D’avin.
- D’avin has been missing for five days. Dutch, Johnny and Pree are trying to get onto Arkyn moon, but it has some kind of defence shield that Lucy can’t break through.
- Bellus – who knows about everything – has heard of a gang who used some kind of shield to get through the defences and hide out on Arkyn.
- The gang head to Eulogy, to Barter Town, where convicted criminals trade in illicit goods. It turns out Pree can get them in, he has a criminal record.
- Dutch hides in a box while Lucy hacks the network to give them access to restricted areas.
- The shield they’re looking for turns out to be a person. Well, inside a person: Clara.
- Clara is heavily modified, which is illegal in The Quad.
- Back inside Red 17, D’avin is dreaming again; he sees Khlyen fighting on the surface of the moon against what looks like a group of Scarback monks.
- D’avin is able to resist the Level six induction; not only is he immune to the green goop they’re trying to fill him with, he can somehow control it.
- Khlyen kills all the Arkyn medical techs and frees D’avin. This doesn’t go unnoticed however, and someone sends in The Black Root.
- The Black Root seems to be a mysterious organisation above the RAC. They subdue and take away Khlyen (which is no mean feat).
- With the help of Clara’s shield tech, Dutch and co are able to get onto Arkyn and rescue D’avin and Fancy Lee.
- D’avin shoots Fancy Lee, suspecting him of already being a Level Six. He’s right and Fancy is summarily ejected from Lucy.
- There’s a shield around what’s left of Old Town; we don’t know who survived the Company bombing raids.
- Fancy Lee goes after Khlyen before The Black Root can take him out of The Quad.
- D’avin remembers seeing Dutch fighting on Arkyn in one of his dreams/flashbacks.
Season two of Killjoys isn’t messing about, dropping us back pretty much exactly where we left off from season one, with Dutch promising to rescue D’avin, then going straight into an abortive rescue attempt.
The opening scenes with Dutch, D’avin and Johnny in the Red 17 facility on Arkyn are an excellent reminder of what’s great about this show. The Inception-style dream mechanics and mysterious flashbacks give us action and tension, but all the while there’s an undercurrent of humour: like D’avin happily humming to himself while surrounded by green goop.
Things continue in much the same vein for the rest of the episode, and the familiar balance of action and humour works as well as it always has. Newcomer Clara (although she leaves at the end of this episode, hopefully we’ll get to see more of her), is really fun. “We can’t go without Alice,” she says to Dutch whilst being rescued; turns out Alice is her good arm, the one with all the guns in it… cue Dutch and Clara in a bullet ballet as they flee from the bad guys.
With D’avin out of action on Arkyn, Pree steps in to make up the numbers, which he more than capably does. Thom Allison dials the campness up to 11 and the ex-bartender has all the best comeback lines: “Let’s give these bitches some stitches,” he cries as he and Johnny emerge from a lift all guns blazing. Apparently he starts to rhyme when he’s stressed.
British actress Stephanie Leonidas (of Defiance fame) as Clara shows it’s not all about action, injecting some pathos into the heavily-modded character. It turns out her modifications are killing her, and she was kept as a slave by the Connaver Gang until they lost her in a bet in barter town, where she’s been locked up since. Even though going back to Arkyn may kill her, at least it’s her choice this time.
D’avin and Khlyen are continuing to get to know each other better, Khlyen seeming genuinely interested in D’avin for the first time when he finds out D’avin is seemingly able to control the green goop. Speaking of goop, this green ooze seems to be the lifeblood of Level Six, not only converting and presumably healing, but running the strange plasma computers which we’ve seen before in the RAC.
Khlyen’s intentions are still up for debate; he tells D’avin he wanted a Level Six close to Dutch to keep her safe, but safe from what? The introduction of the mysterious Black Root adds more questions to the mix, they seem to be the only thing Khlyen is scared of, and as Johnny says, “What the Hells would Khlyen be scared of?”
All in all this is a very strong series opener. It’s nice to be back in The Quad, and, as D’avin says, “Missed you bastards.”
- Fancy new titles!
- Fancy Lee is a Level Six!
- D’avin seems to have weird powers.
- Pree and Johnny make a great pretend couple.
- Lucy and Clara’s flirting.
- Nothing really, except that for every answered question, there’s a new unanswered one!
And The Random:
- Pree and his dodgy criminal past, especially his noms de plume: Big Daddy Scrimshaw and Paris O’Malley.
- D’avin stabs Khlyen’s hand with the green goop connector he pulls out of his own back; Khlyen’s hand doesn’t heal (which it should as he’s a Level 6). Even if D’avin is special this doesn’t really explain why Khlyen doesn’t heal.
- We aren’t sure whether D’avin’s dreams are actually dreams, or flashbacks to his or someone else’s memories. Khlyen talks to him directly during one dream sequence, saying that he shouldn’t be there yet. Curiouser and curiouser…
Review by Arthur Scott