Killjoys S02E06 “I Love Lucy” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- Dutch has decided that Adaline Simms had the right idea infecting herself with the pathogen last episode. She wants to learn more about the green plasma, by experimenting with it. Johnny’s pet mossipede, Mossy, proves to be a ready source of plasma.
- D’avin can now attract and repel the plasma at will, but as soon as it touches him things get a little weird and he ends up mind-linking with Mossy.
- The Killjoys decide they need plasma from a different source. Handily Pree knows a collector who just may have some for trade. Handy that.
- Johnny holo-calls Pawter, who’s getting ready for council meetings. She’s been doing some digging about the plight of Westerley, and come up with the phrase “afferent teleplasticity”.
- Pree’s co-ordinates for the collector – San Romwell – lead the gang to an asteroid field, but there’s no sign of Romwell’s ship, only asteroids. Because his ship is an asteroid, which makes Johnny very excited.
- Romwell appears with three female bodyguards in tow. He has some plasma, but it’s stored in a key as a recipe; he doesn’t keep any of his trades in storage, instead re-creating them with a molecular printer. Johnny gets even more excited.
- Romwell comes aboard Lucy to see if the Killjoys have anything he wants to trade for the plasma. He decides he wants Mossy.
- As Mossy is self-healing, Johnny can give half to Romwell and still keep a living half for himself.
- Romwell tries to game the Killjoys by offering them plasma from Mossy as his part of the trade. Dutch doesn’t take kindly to this, and draws her weapon, at which point all three of Romwell’s bodyguards pull guns from their thighs – actually inside their thighs. Turns out they’re all androids. Johnny’s excitement levels reach fever pitch.
- Romwell finds Dutch’s Sitara, and offers to trade it for Dutch’s freedom. He wants the Jaqobis for his collection though.
- The androids take the Jaqobis away for sterilization.
- As part of a trade, Romwell likes to hear the story of how an item came into someone’s possession. He has a device that can create a temporary link between visual cortexes, so that as Dutch tells her story, he experiences it for himself.
- Dutch tells him how she came from a wealthy family, but they lost everything. Dutch was chosen to go to a royal harem on a nearby planet. The girls of the harem had to compete for the Prince’s affections, and his hand in marriage. To give her the edge, Dutch’s tutor taught her how to beguile the Prince with the sitara.
- To continue her story, Dutch wants something in return; she gets Romwell to tell her how he obtained the plasma. He tells her of “visitors” to his home planet, who arrived in an organic ship powered by the plasma. He traded with them to obtain some plasma.
- D’avin distracts Romwell’s androids, by letting them kick his ass, while Johnny sticks his data device onto one, and manages to sync it with Lucy. Which means the android is now Lucy, most of her anyway. The Lucy droid manages to subdue the other androids, saving D’avin and Johnny.
- D’avin finds some Leithian Vale peaches, just what Sabine has been looking for.
- Dutch’s sitara tutor taught her a special song for the Prince, one that she would sing, whilst the Prince accompanied her on the sitara. Romwell and Dutch re-enact the song, Romwell playing the sitara and Dutch singing (!).
- As they play together, we see Dutch’s story unfold, and then change into a shared dream, of Dutch and her prince (Romwell at this point), getting married, having children and growing old together. Romwell is transfixed by the vision, literally: the sitara string contains a paralytic agent. Dutch removes a string from the sitara, and garrottes Romwell with it. Guess who taught Dutch the sitara? Khlyen!
- D’avin John and Lucy-droid escape, but are pursued by the other androids. However, as Romwell dies, the other bots power down.
- Dutch goes back to the collection to print the plasma they came for. As she’s about to leave, Romwell appears, very much alive. It seems that the people who came to Romwell’s planet came to conquer it. They abducted and tortured him for information. He told them everything, and in return they took him to an outlaw hospital ship, who fixed him up with overzealous nanites. They’ve been healing him for centuries – he’s now 432 years old.
- Dutch and her story have had such a profound effect on Romwell that he wants her to stay with him. Even though she refuses, he still decides to help her.
- Romwell’s other androids are powered back up, and they aren’t happy. They’re stuck in kill mode and continue to pursue D’avin, John and Lucy-droid. After a brief frisson with Johnny, Lucy-droid stays behind to take on the two killer bots, allowing Johnny and D’avin to escape, which they do, but Lucy-droid is destroyed in the process.
- Everyone makes it back to Lucy (the ship), but she needs time to blast open the landing bay doors, which are sealed shut. The killer bots are closing in.
- D’avin takes the plasma Dutch printed and coats a photonic crystal with it. He controls it with his mind, turning it on the bots, but it goes a little wild, turning into a powerful grenade.
- Lucy shoots a way out of the asteroid, just before it explodes.
- Belish gives Romwell a new identity and passage out of the Quad. Before he left Romwell printed more plasma, which he gives to Dutch.
- Dutch goes to visit Alvis; something about her meeting with Romwell has made her… amorous.
- Johnny has been doing some research on “afferent teleplasticity”. He thinks it’s to do with the ability to disrupt thought patterns. He’s discovered someone in Old Town who may have been working on it.
- Pawter visits Johnny, in person this time. Apparently she also was feeling amorous.
- Alvis has been studying the Old Word, in the hope of unlocking the secret of the Scarback Poem they discovered in the mines. He’s been reading a story about the sap of life, a green elixir that confers eternal life. He thinks that the Scarback cutting tradition grew out of a need for them to prove they weren’t infected with the plasma themselves.
- D’avin takes Sabine the Leithian peaches and she’s very appreciative. She also seems to be feeling amorous (maybe it was the peaches)
- Just as things are getting really steamy, Sabine starts to cry green tears. She convulses as green plasma oozes from every orifice. She ends up unconscious on the floor, surrounded by a puddle of green goo.
So, episode sex… sorry six. Then again, as Freudian slips go, episode sex is spot on. This is less I Love Lucy and more Carry On Emmanuelle. By the end of the episode, pretty much everybody is hooking up. But there’s more to this episode than just sex, with some particularly enlightening scenes of Dutch’s mysterious upbringing.
While the magical trader Romwell may be something of a plot device, he’s at least an interesting one. Keon Alexander plays the part with a kind of overzealous glee, although his switch from crafty killer collector to melancholic collaborator is a little odd. Maybe Dutch just has that effect on people (or maybe it was her singing). Interestingly while Khlyen told Dutch that it wasn’t her on Arkyn, leading us to believe it may have been some kind of clone, Romwell tells her he’s never met anyone like her in all his centuries.
The storytelling scenes between Romwell and Dutch are particularly pretty. The idea of a device which can create a shared consciousness is a neat idea, and the story has an ethereal dream-like quality to it, moving hypnotically between scenes of Dutch and Romwell in the dream, and in the present day, all interwoven with the sitara melody and Dutch’s singing. Okay Hannah John-Kamen might not be about to win a Grammy, but she carries the melody of the song convincingly enough. Her shared story turns into a shared dream, of a normal life together, having children, growing old. Something neither of them can really look forward to at this point. A shame really that the song ends with him being garrotted…
The pair turn out to have a fair amount in common though, both having traded something for their supposed freedom, neither having really obtained what they were looking for. Romwell survives the episode, and it would be nice to see him again at some point.
The other major event this episode is, of course, Lucy given flesh. Well synthetic flesh, at least. Tamsin McDonagh finally gets some well-deserved screen time after only being heard previously, and she and Aaron Ashmore certainly make the most of it. Their flirting and eventual kiss is great fun, especially Lucy’s firework sparking finger.
And then there’s the sex. Lots of it. We previously proposed that Lucy’s engines may be powered by the sexual frustration rife in her corridors. If that’s the case, then she’s going to be grounded for a while. By the end of the episode, everyone is at it. A real-life Pawter (as opposed to a holo-version), comes to visit Johnny aboard Lucy. Dutch goes to visit Alvis (aren’t monks supposed to have vows or something?) and D’avin takes Sabine some peaches. All of this has been some time coming of course, and Pawter and Johnny are going steady now, so that’s okay.
Romwell seems to have had some effect on Dutch, although to his disappointment it isn’t him she seeks solace in, but the moody monk Alvis. We think the pair have history, and we don’t really know all the Scarback traditions. The real shock comes from D’avin and Sabine, not the fact that they have sex – that’s been on the cards for a while – but the actual sex. It’s all going so well, some peaches, some booze, nice lighting, a gentle build up, Sabine takes charge, seems to become both sad and happy at the same time, then starts to ooze green plasma from her every orifice and spasm uncontrollably, ending up in a pool of green gunk on the floor. Now, that we were not expecting.
D’avin’s condition continues to develop, and along with it his character. Just as he’d started dealing with his unusual ability, he seems to have inadvertently killed someone with it, by sleeping with them. So all the Killjoys need to do now to get rid of Khlyen is send him on a date with D’avin…
- Lucy gets a body, and it’s Tamsen McDonagh’s!
- Romwell the collector turns out to be a great character.
- Pawter and Johnny get some sexy time.
- Dutch and Alvis get some sexy time.
- D’avin and Sabine get some sexy time, but it doesn’t end well…
- Dutch sings!
- There’s no need for Romwell’s bait-and-switch with the plasma from Mossy, as he can print new original plasma whenever he wants. Although the episode would probably have been a lot shorter if he’d just gone, plasma, oh okay, I’ll take half a Mossy, thanks much, bye then.
- Dutch sings!
And The Random:
- Pree’s call with Mrgly, which ends with, “may you cut off Death’s balls” teases Pree’s warlord past.
- Pree knows someone who has all the things, again.
- Afferent is to do with conductivity, usually towards the centre of something; tele means distance; and plasticity is the ability to mould or shape something. So we can put it all together and deduce that afferent teleplasticity actually means squashing people from a distance. Probably.