Killjoys S02E04 “Schooled” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- Somebody wakes up screaming, trapped in a cryo pod.
- Aboard Lucy, Dutch and D’avin are sparring, or flirting, or both.
- Turin interrupts them with a call. He knows where the encrypted transmission from Red-17 went: Prodigy School, a school for gifted children from Westerley. He has an escort warrant for the Killjoys to take some new children to school.
- Johhny tracks Pawter’s signal to the Salt Plains, where she’s now a captive. According to Salt Plains law, any captive can wrestle Big Borna for their freedom. Arm wrestle that is. Pawter wins (with the help of a sneaky nerve pinch), but the locals aren’t keen on giving up their new doctor. Johnny instigates a bar fight and the pair escape.
- Pawter is on a solo mission to save Westerley from the Company’s plans to encircle all of its cities within a wall, much like Old Town. Johnny persuades her to hole up in Lucy ’til she figures out her next move.
- Dutch and D’avin find the first child on the transport list, Jake. His father isn’t keen on him going, his older son Olen went to Prodigy school three years ago and hasn’t been back since.
- Back aboard Lucy, Dutch isn’t particularly amused that Pawter seems to have joined the crew. She’s worried about Johnny getting involved with her.
- They arrive at the school – a space station. It seems deserted.
- Someone appears on a screen to welcome the new children to school: it’s Delle Seyah Kendry.
- An alarm sounds, signalling a breach in classroom A. Dutch and Johnny investigate but the only things in Classroom A are a few cryo pods.
- Delle Seyah appears, with a single bodyguard in tow.
- The pods are empty, the children missing. But there’s a bloody handprint on the wall.
- Delle Seyah locks down the school, securing Lucy and preventing her from leaving.
- Malta Chambers, the class guardian, was the only other person on board the station.
- Delle Seyah’s bodyguard is a bit keen; he wanted to be a Killjoy but has a heart condition. He lets slip that the kids, including Jake’s brother, are missing.
- Pawter and Johnny “science the shit out of” the cryo pods, to try and find a clue as to the missing kids’ whereabouts.
- Pawter discovers that these aren’t standard cryo pods, since they have neural interfaces. Delle Seyah has been neuro-feeding the kids in their sleep: a form of compressed learning.
- Chambers appears. Delle Seyah’s bodyguard goes after her, but gets electrocuted in the process.
- Pawter discovers that the other kids aren’t missing; they’re still in the pods, but they’ve been liquified.
- Lucy finds the transmission Khlyen sent from Red-17; it was re-routed to classroom A overloading the system.
- Chambers appears on a screen. She wants Delle Seyah to meet her alone and unarmed. Delle Seyah isn’t keen, so Dutch persuades her… by shooting her in the leg.
- Delle Seyah meets Chambers, who turns out to be a holo projection.
- The kids all leave Lucy, much to D’avin’s confusion. They heard an announcement to meet in the airlock bay, broadcast on a frequency which only they could hear.
- D’avin follows the kids, but a small robot appears and gives him an electric shock.
- Pawter has checked all the pods; Chambers is dead along with them. But Jake’s brother, Olen, survived; it’s he who is behind the goings-on at the station since the Killjoys arrived.
- Olen takes Jake aboard Lucy and cuts life support to the space station. He wants Lucy released or everyone on board the station will suffocate.
- Olen has been getting headaches and seeing things, including flashbacks to Khlyen on Arkyn.
- Oxygen levels are dropping on the station. Dutch and Delle Seyah are trying to get to the control room to override the systems.
- Delle Seyah tells Dutch that the prodigy program is a living human seedbank to protect Qreshi culture.
- Jake leaves Lucy to get Johnny’s help.
- Olen absorbed Khlyen’s last transmission; the data is now all in his head.
- Dutch gets Delle Seyah to the control room, but she’s just about passed out.
- Delle Seyah kisses Dutch so Dutch can activate the biometric scanner with her breath, and restore life support.
- Johnny boards Lucy and manages to talk Olen down.
- Delle Seyah wants the information in Olen’s head, but so does Dutch.
- Delle Seyah and Dutch make a deal, to share any information they find in Olen.
- On Leith, Dutch takes Olen and Jake to the Scarback monastery, to get Alvis’s help to unlock the data stored in Olen’s head.
- Alvis has been trying to decipher the text from the dead monks skin (from last episode), but it’s encrypted and he needs the key.
- Aboard the ship taking Khlyen out of The Quad, Fancy Lee kills all the guards, and then wakes up Khlyen.
- They set a course for Telen – the Jaqobis home planet – to try and find out why D’avin is immune to the Level 6 green goo.
The Killjoys are going back to school this episode – Prodigy School no less, where they are to learn how to start fires, abuse women and cross the road. Wait, what now? Oh, apparently it isn’t that kind of prodigy school; it’s a school for gifted children, much less interesting…
While this episode does have its own story to tell, it’s pretty much incidental to progressing the ongoing character interactions and relationships.
Dutch and Delle Seyah continue their “hate flirting”, which reaches a climax when they kiss. Of course Delle Seyah only does this so that Dutch can activate the biometric scanner (which is breath activated? Yeah, right!). Of course, this is the only reason; neither of them enjoyed it in the slightest.
Delle Seyah is good value as always; her game of two lies one truth includes the line, “I drink the blood of the innocent”. To be honest we were more inclined to believe this than the fact that she’s creating some sort of human seedbank to protect Qreshi culture and knowledge. Dutch plays along as well, most likely her truth is that she didn’t hate the kiss, we can’t see her willingly sharing information with Delle Seyah anytime soon.
Johnny and D’avin’s relationship is mirrored in that of Olen and Jake, Olen having left Jake with a none too fatherly father to join Prodigy School, much like D’avin left Johnny at home to pursue his military career. At least Olen doesn’t end up stabbing Jake… although he does come pretty close to blowing everyone up. At one point D’avin goes to comfort Jake when they think Olen is dead, Johnny telling D’avin to, “Go easy on him, he’s just lost a brother – we know what that’s like.” Is he referring to D’avin being missing for so long? Or was there another Jaqobis we don’t know about? Perhaps Khlyen and Fancy Lee’s road trip to the Jaqobis’ home planet might turn up some more skeletons. And it’s nice to see the return of Fancy Lee, now Khlyen’s pet killing machine it would seem.
We’re not too sure where the whole Prodigy School fits into the grand scheme of things in The Quad, but if nothing else it’s proof that Delle Seyah doesn’t play well with others and is keeping things from the rest of the Nine. Much like her and Dutch’s mutual frenemy in fact, Khlyen, who also seems to have gone rogue in pursuit of his own agenda. Maybe in fact the same agenda that Delle Seyah is pursuing? They’re both using people as lab rats to further their experiments, so they already have a fair amount in common.
The episode could have done with a bit more action, but the interplay and chemistry between the characters makes up for it. Although Killjoys is still adept at taking a talented group of actors and throwing them into interesting scenarios, it can sometimes feel like we never actually reach the payoff. Johnny and Pawter, and Dutch and well, just about everybody else, continue to dance around each other without actually getting anywhere. Lucy must positively crackle with sexual frustration;perhaps she actually uses it to power her engines?
- Delle Seyah Kendry is back, still rich, still bitch.
- Dutch and Delle Seyah ramp up the hate flirting, until they finally kiss.
- Fancy Lee and Khlyen are going on a road trip together.
- The set for the school space station looks very much like the inside of the RAC, which in turn looks quite like the prison ship from season one.
- Johnny and Pawter continue to dance around each other.
And The Random:
- Dutch and Delle Seyah both play two lies, one truth, but we reckon that there could be truth in everything they say… especially Delle Seyah liking Dutch’s hair.
- Delle Seyah calls Dutch “Yalena”, a moniker usually reserved for Khlyen.
- Apparently Pawter and Delle Seyah grew up together; we don’t think they were bff’s though.
Review by Arthur Scott