Killjoys S02E10 “How to Kill Friends And Influence People” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- “When the nights were long, and the days were deep, there lived a girl…” Khlyen is telling young Yalena a story, of how it all began, the origins of the plasma. We see Aneela eat the fruit from a tree grown in plasma, see her running from something, crying green tears.
- Back in the present day aboard Lucy, Dutch and D’avin wake up a still-unconscious Johnny, who immediately wants to go back to Old Town for Pawter. But Lucy has been tracking the Doctor’s vital signs, and she’s gone.
- Fancy Lee is still aboard Lucy; D’avin is trying not to explode his head.
- Three Black Root soldiers appear; they’ve come for Khlyen.
- Khlyen appears, and shoots the soldiers with a dart gun, which initially has no effect, but ends up with all three of them convulsing on the floor leaking black goo. The darts contain a toxin he developed; it poisons the plasma.
- After Dutch shows Khlyen the red box with Aneela’s name in it, Khlyen tells her that Aneela was too young and didn’t take the transition well; she’s now quite insane.
- Khlyen tells the Killjoys about the plasma – called “Hullen” – an invasive neural parasite which binds with a host, creating a hybrid human/Hullen; this is what Sixes actually are.
- Khlyen’s people gave the ancestors of The Nine Families a choice – eventual assimilation or instant annihilation. The Nine have been leaching The Quad dry for ten generations. Now the handover has begun.
- The Hullen want all the plasma in The Quad – if that is destroyed, they’ll have no reason to invade, and Khlyen has a plan to destroy the plasma.
- Khlyen tells them that pure plasma retains a bond with its source; poison the parent, and the spawn dies.
- They can’t get to Arkyn as it’s crawling with Sixes, but Khlyen knows of a pure source which came from Arkyn.
- Centuries ago, Scarback Monks raided Arkyn, and stole a tree growing in a pool of original Arkyn plasma. Aneela has been trying to get the tree back ever since.
- Dutch goes to visit Alvis at the Scarback monastery. The scriptures tell them that Aneela took back the tree, and the Scarbacks were on a holy mission to retrieve it. Dutch sees holes in the story – literally, not plot holes, none of them here, no sir. As she holds the scriptures up to the light it reveals a star chart, pointing them to Archive – an ultra high security storage facility.
- In Old Town, Delle Seyah receives a call from Khlyen. He wants her to take care of the Killjoys, in return she will finally get her “reward”.
- The Killjoys, plus Khlyen and Fancy Lee travel to Archive. Dutch presents herself as Yalena Yardene, of Family Yardene (which as far as we know is true). She has a trinket she wishes to store. While her “bodymen” (D’avin and Fancy) wait behind as she and Khlyen go with Dej Sarafan to talk about opening an account.
- Dutch gives a blood sample to add her DNA to her new account.
- D’avin and Fancy take out all the guards, then go in search of Archive’s controls so Johnny can get access. Lucy finds Aneela’s account and substitutes Dutch’s DNA for Aneela’s.
- Sarafan becomes suspicious of Dutch and Khlyen, and summons the guards.
- Dutch deals with the guards while Khlyen and the Dej make tea. Sarafan has a high explosive linked to his heart rate, so Khlyen can’t kill him.
- Khlyen helps Dutch deal with the guards while Sarafan drinks his tea.
- Two Black Root ships arrive at Archive, Johnny takes off in Lucy to deal with them.
- Dutch and Khlyen find Annela’s vault. Inside is a tree. Aneela paid for the “Gold Package” – as an extra security feature the vault has warped itself next to a sun, and it’s on a collision course. Things are getting hot.
- D’avin and Fancy are pinned down by Archive guards, until D’avin remembers that Fancy can heal himself. Human shield time!
- Khlyen manages to destroy the security console in the vault, closing the windows and cooling things down somewhat.
- Dutch pours Khlyen’s toxin into the plasma surrounding the tree, but it has no effect.
- Johnny and Lucy manage to outmanoeuvre the Black Root ships, which get taken out by the Archive turrets.
- Lucy analyses the black goo which came out of the Black Root when they were poisoned by Khlyen’s toxin; she determines that while pure plasma is immune to the toxin, it isn’t immune to the black goo.
- To destroy the plasma, Khlyen must infect himself with the toxin. Dutch doesn’t want him to sacrifice himself.
- Khlyen injects himself with the toxin. As the black goo oozes out of him, he drips it into the pool of plasma around the tree. As Khlyen dies, so does the plasma beneath the tree, and on Arkyn.
- The vault docks back at Archive; D’avin takes Dutch back aboard Lucy.
- Dutch is sleeping, we see Aneela enter her room and touch her arm, Dutch wakes up.
- Dutch, D’avin and Johnny go to The Royal for a drink, but Johnny needs some space and goes out for some air.
- Delle Seyah is in Old Town, waiting for Khlyen, but it wasn’t Khlyen that called her – it was Johnny. Johnny shoots Delle Seyah.
- Back aboard Lucy, Johnny is packing, preparing to leave, but Lucy doesn’t want him to go without saying goodbye. Johnny tells her he’s done something bad, people will be coming after him and he doesn’t want to bring that on Dutch and D’avin. So he has to leave.
- As he leaves, he sees Clara (the girl with the gun for an arm, from episode one). Lucy called her to be John’s wingman.
- Back at The Royal, a newly “cured” Fancy Lee arrives. He’s no longer a Six, just a regular asshole again.
- Johnny and Clara steal Khlyen and Fancy Lee’s fancy ship.
- We see Aneela drinking what looks like a glass of plasma. She’s in a really really fancy green-hued space ship.
- Dutch, D’avin and Fancy decide to continue the fight, make the deaths count and to go after Aneela and The Hullen.
Series creator Michelle Lovretta is pulling out all the stops for this episode, treating us to a season finale that certainly sees things off with a bang. But as Khlyen tells a young Yalena, every gift comes with a price, and the price here is pretty steep, as we lose another series favourite: Khlyen himself.
Khlyen has been a dominating force in Killjoys throughout two seasons, going from series villain to hero along the way. And even though Dutch may have a hard time viewing him as a friend, his influence on her life can’t be understated, and we think she’s going to have just as hard a time letting him go. Rob Stewart has been an absolute standout throughout, bringing just the right amount of humour to what could have been a fairly standard bad guy piece. This episode is no different; we especially like Khlyen and Dej Sarafan making tea while watching Dutch dispatch the Archive guards.
So the plasma now has a name – “Hullen” – and more than that it has a purpose: the assimilation of the galaxy (that sounds a little familiar…). The fairy-tale opening with Khlyen telling young Yalena the plasma origin story is a really nice touch, and helps bring everything together, as we also get to see the origins of Aneela as she is now.
Finally we get a space ship action sequence! The Black Root has some fancy technology but it’s no match for Lucy with her dancing shoes on; we even get a Top Gun reference thrown in for good measure! And considering this is a show that can sometimes look like it’s on a tight budget (we didn’t mention that Archive looked like RAC headquarters which looked like the Arkyn facility etc…), the dogfighting scenes around Archive look totally awesome, putting a lot of other shows with higher budgets to shame.
Light relief this episode comes in the pairing of Fancy and D’avin, who have some great banter together. Now that Fancy is just a regular asshole at least D’avin won’t be able to use him as a human shield anymore.
We’d only just about come to terms with the loss of Dr Pawter, and now we have another casualty to deal with (maybe two but we don’t trust Delle Seyah not to have some tricksy way of escaping death…). Plus we also have Johnny flying off into the sunset with Clara.
Throughout two seasons now, Killjoys has proven itself to be a fast-action and even faster-quipping show, with an emphasis on fun. But all the while it’s been steadily bringing the bigger picture into focus, building worlds and stories, to finally reveal the mysteries of the green plasma. Season three has already been green-lit, and the promise of Aneela in that great green space ship is so tantalising, it can’t come soon enough.
- Spaceship action sequence!
- D’avin and Fancy make a great team; using Fancy as a shield is genius! “Human Shield Bitches!”
- “When the nights were long, and the days were deep” – some nice fairy tale story telling.
- RIP Khlyen.
- RIP Delle Seyah?
- Goodbye Johnny?
And The Random:
- There’s a Spotify playlist with all the great music from season two available at: https://open.spotify.com/user/boatrockermusic/playlist/09ANDXB4DsJcnX8kYw8rLe
- Lucy’s response to Johnny’s tower buzzing: “Negative John, the pattern is full,” is a neat Top Gun reference.
- We’d love to see a Johnny and Clara spin-off where they roam the J in that fancy space ship they stole from Khlyen.
- We now have the whole Scarback poem: “Twelve went to fight the Devil on Arkyn, and one came back. With a tree.” Not quite what we were expecting.
- We love Pree’s eulogy for Pawter: “May we all be so lovely, may we all be so loved.”
Review by Arthur Scott