Killjoys S02E09 “Johnny Be Good” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- In Old Town, people are dead, bodies piled up. We see Dutch in nerve cuffs, somebody’s prisoner. Someone arrives to bring her a drink of water, and take her to The Royal.
- Outside The Royal, there’s an angry mob, being kept at bay by a group of Scarback Monks. Dutch is inside with her captor: Herin. Herin wants to know where Jelco is.
- Outside Old Town, D’avin has Jelco; looks like they’re headed somewhere specific.
- Herin says he saw Dutch and D’avin save Jelco, which Dutch denies. As she does, she starts to cough up blood. Herin put something in her water: micro leeches, tiny creatures that feed off enzymes secreted when you lie.
- Herin wants someone to answer for all the deaths in Old Town. He wants Jelco to hang, but if he can’t have him, Dutch will do.
- “LAST NIGHT”: now we get to see the events leading up to all this.
- Dutch and D’avin enter The Royal, where everybody is happy. Or dead.
- They find Johnny and Pawter (who’ve just got engaged) and shoot them.
- Aboard Lucy, Johnny wakes up with a headache (the guns were only set on stun). The wall uses high frequency audio to control people’s moods. Dutch and D’avin had audio scramblers to block out the effects.
- The company rations contain poison which targets the old and frail, leaving only the strong.
- The team decides to take action, bring down the wall and then bring down Jelco.
- Inside the Spring Hill bunker it’s pretty quiet; there doesn’t seem to be anybody around.
- D’avin and Johnny find the wall controls, but they’re controlled by a fancy computer called Julian. Johnny tries to outsmart Julian to get access to the wall, and fails.
- Dutch and Pawter are in Jelco’s office; Pawter finds the mood controls for the wall, but trips some security, summoning a holo Jelco, who summons some guards. Spring Hill is in the middle of a Company hand over, hence the lack of staff.
- In Old Town, people are still happy, and eating the rations… and dying.
- Johnny manages to give Pawter access to the wall’s mood controls. She turns them off, and addresses the people of Old Town, telling them that the food is poisoned.
- Jelco doesn’t have clearance to switch off the wall; they need a Qreshi master code, so Pawter holo calls Delle Seyah Kendry.
- Delle Seyah won’t give Pawter the code. She tells her that things have been in motion since before they were born, and she’s planning on installing walls across the whole of Westerley.
- Underneath Spring Hill, Dutch is in search of Jelco, but finds a lot of plasma and injectors instead.
- Pawter talks to the people of Old Town, and broadcasts the transmission across the whole Quad. She tells Old Town that it’s all a lie, that they need to fight, to bring down the wall. She uses the mood controls to make them angry, to rage against the wall.
- The people throw themselves at the wall. Most of them are killed, but eventually the wall is overloaded and shuts down.
- Dutch finds Jelco; he tells her that Old Town is just the first, that there’s a whole store of plasma ready to create an army of Sixes on Westerley.
- With the wall now down, the angry mob descends on Spring Hill.
- Jelco bargains for his life. He knows where the plasma is kept; in return for saving his life, he’ll tell Dutch where it is. Old Towners are out for his blood, though.
- Dutch distracts the mob (by getting captured) while Jelco and D’avin make their escape.
- Now we’re back to where we came in at the start of the episode, with Dutch and Herin in The Royal.
- D’avin has gone to see Big Borna in Salt Plains (where Pawter was recently held captive). He knows she has weaponry powerful enough to destroy Spring Hill, and Jelco has the codes for the shields, and plenty of Company money.
- Dutch tells Herin she was stalling to buy D’avin enough time to blow up Spring Hill, because it was being used to turn the Old Town survivors into immortal killing machines (he doesn’t believe her, but she doesn’t cough up blood…).
- D’avin blows up Spring Hill.
- Herin wants to hang Dutch, to pacify the angry mob.
- Delle Seyah Kendry turns up, to negotiate for Westerley’s independence. Pawter’s broadcast caused something of a stir with the rest of Westerley.
- Delle Seyah’s condition for granting Westerley independence is Pawter’s title, her lands, and her position in the Company.
- It’s an old custom to sign an agreement in blood, so Herin and Pawter sign the accord, and then cut themselves and add their blood to the document.
- When it’s Delle Seyah’s turn, instead of cutting herself with the knife, she stabs Pawter, and tells the Scarbacks to kill everyone.
- Not only are the Scarbacks Delle Seyah’s guards, they’re also Sixes.
- Pawter dies from her stab wound. A distraught Johnny has to be knocked out by D’avin and dragged back to Lucy.
- Delle Seyah swaps the signed accord for a different one, and adds Herin and Pawter’s blood to it. She then addresses Old Town, telling them that before Pawter died, she signed a Qreshi peace agreement for Westerley.
- Back aboard Lucy, Fancy Lee appears. He wants them to come and see Khlyen, who’s waiting for them.
What starts out as a run-of-the-mill episode turns up a few surprises, and not nice surprises either. We really didn’t see Pawter’s death coming, and it’s both shocking and tragic.
Having everyone sign in blood looked like a great opportunity to show someone up as a Six, specifically Delle Seyah, but we didn’t get that far, as, of course, Delle Seyah didn’t cut herself, she stabbed Pawter instead…
Starting out as ditzy Doctor Pawter, and ending up as Illenore Seyah Simms of Land Simms, our good doctor has grown up a lot over the course of the last two seasons. Going from shooting up Jakk to keep herself “steady” during operations to making the choice to use the people of Old Town as a human battering ram to overload and bring down the wall is a big jump in anyone’s books. And that last can’t have been an easy decision to make. Pawter was right when she said that politics didn’t agree with her; it got her family, and then her killed. Sarah Power’s portrayal of Pawter has always been strong, but she’s had a bit more substance to work with in this second season, and has not only show herself to be a great actress, but brought a great sense of fun to the role.
Johnny and Pawter had just gotten together, and it seems like last episode’s drug-induced euphoria is as good as it’s going to get for John Jaqobis. Now he’s on his own again, and we wouldn’t want to be in Delle Seyah’s shoes when he comes to.
Speaking of Delle Seyah, she’s proven herself to be absolutely ruthless and untrustworthy (well, she is the villain of the piece). She now has a cadre of Level Six Scarback Monks as her personal guard, and the means to create more.
The end of the episode brings another surprise, except this time it is a nice one, with Fancy Lee appearing in his inimitable enigmatic style, heralding the arrival of Khlyen with a wry smile and a bloody knife. Next episode is the season finale, and with Khlyen already waiting for us, we have high expectations. Perhaps we’ll even get to meet the mysterious Aneela…
- Micro Leeches!
- Fancy Lee, which means Khlyen can’t be far behind…
- Big Borna is back, and she has big guns!
- No more Dr Pawter (well, with the plasma around, never say never).
And The Random:
- Lucy gets her best comeback line yet:
Johnny: “Lucy, put on your analysis pants.”
Lucy: “I don’t wear pants John, I’m a spaceship.”
- And D’avin gets his worst:
Johnny: “Whoever programmed this is an asshole.”
D’avin: “Well, my asshole’s bigger than his asshole.”