Killjoys S01E09 “Enemy Khlyen” Review
Airing in the UK on SyFy, Mondays, 8pm
Writer: Emily Andras
Director: Paolo Barzman
Essential Arc Plot Developments:
- Khlyen is a Level 6 Killjoy working for the RAC.
- Dutch is being prepped for Red-17.
- Alvis is arrested for allegedly orchestrating the Leith Bazaar massacre – the people of Westerley are not happy seeing a monk getting beaten down and arrested.
- Ousted from the team for now, D’Avin is living above Pree’s bar and taking on low-level warrants.
- Carlene (the girl from Utopia who John gave the neural link to) has fixed the neural link.
- Dutch uses the neural link to get close to Khlyen and find out where he is: he’s in the RAC.
- Dutch, John and a mostly forgiven D’Avin come up with a plan to get to Khlyen.
- Dutch dreams of her younger self – Yalena – and of Khlyen being nice to her.
- The trio go to the RAC under the premise of getting a divorce, removing D’Avin from the team for real.
- Turin (top Killjoy, Dutch’s boss) interrupts proceedings, he’s suspicious and wants to know what’’s really going on.
- D’Avin confesses to beating up Dutch and stabbing John. Turin dissolves the partnership but wants to question D’Avin about assaulting a fellow RAC agent.
- D’Avin triggers the “Little Colonel”, an EMP device, knocking out power across the entire RAC ship.
- While John and Dutch make their way up to Khlyen’s level, Turin questions D’Avin about Dutch. He wants to know who’s protecting her, and why. He also mentions Red-17.
- Dutch gets to Khlyen; they spar a little (with non-pointed sticks), then Khlyen makes tea.
- Dutch uses herself as leverage to get Khlyen to talk, by injecting herself with a poison.
- Khlyen tells Dutch he has always been a part of the RAC, her undertaking a Level 5 kill warrant (for D’Avin) was what renewed his interest in her.
- John uses a plasma processor computer to get info on Khlyen, but sets off an alarm in the process.
- Dutch wasn’t really poisoned, she manages to steal Khlyen’s gun and heads back to Lucy; most of her questions still unanswered, and Khlyen unharmed.
- John and D’Avin make it back to Lucy, but the RAC is under lockdown and she needs to be released manually from inside the RAC.
- Dutch stays behind to release Lucy, sending John and D’Avin back to Westerley (by overriding Lucy, John and D’Avin don’t want to leave her there).
- Turin finds and shoots Dutch.
- Khlyen stabs Turin, rescuing Dutch and sending her back to Westerley…
- …but not before telling her he’s a Level 6 Killjoy.
- Hills arrests Alvis for orchestrating the Leith bazaar massacre (no, we don’t know what that is either).
As you might expect with a title like “Enemy Khlyen”, this episode heavily features our mysterious mentor (although maybe not quite in the way you might think – see Random below). And as far as we’re concerned, that is a very good thing. He absolutely steals the show this time around, with all the best scenes, including an absolute jaw dropper near the end when he admits to being a Level 6 Killjoy.
Khlyen is undoubtedly a badass, but he isn’t necessarily a “bad” badass. His intentions still aren’t really clear. Sure he likes to kill people (and he’s very good at it), but he’s been looking out for Dutch since the beginning. In Dutch’s dream/flashback we see the first time they met, him offering her food and sympathising with her being bullied. Even though Dutch set out to kill Khlyen, and she has a chance at it, she can’t bring herself to actually pull the trigger.
It turns out the reason Khlyen is back in the Quad and on Dutch’s case is that she took a Level 5 kill warrant, signalling she was ready for “the next level” (which seems to have something to do with Red-17). That Level 5 warrant just happened to be for D’Avin, which in turn was triggered by Dr Jaeger when he re-entered the Quad. So everything’s coming full circle, and it’s all D’Avins fault.
Elsewhere the trio are back together again for an all-out assault on the RAC itself, and they’re in fine form for it. There’s plenty of banter, some good action and some nice camera work. Turin (Patrick Morrow) and D’Avin have some particularly fun dialogue together.
Dutch and Khlyen have something of a set to with some sticks, after which Khlyen casually asks if she’d like some tea (we told you he was too cool for school). Dutch has worked out the only leverage she has over him is her, and proceeds to poison herself. Except it’s not really poison, and there’s a neat turn around where she finally gets the better of Khlyen, although as we said she does’t really use it to her advantage.
John smuggles Dutch’s (fake) poison needle under fake post-op stitches. When she asks for the needle and he opens his shirt to reveal his stitches we had visions of him hiding the needle inside his stomach à la Videodrome, but it was just a false
Red-17 is mentioned again this episode, by Turin. So we still don’t know what it is, but we know that it’s a thing. Turin’s intentions, much like Khlyens, aren’t clear either. However in this case we’ll probably never get the chance to find out whether they were good or bad. The episode ends with Khlyen dragging a wounded Turin off for “a little chat”.
Also, at the end of the episode Khlyen sends Dutch back to Westerley and tells her she’ll need all her little friends for the coming storm. We didn’t think that storm had broken quite yet, despite last episode’s Black Rain. It’s the finale next episode; we have no idea where it’s going and that’s a good thing. We’re just excited to see it.
- Red-17 is mentioned again, from episode five’s “A Glitch In The System”.
- Khlyen is too cool for school.
- The plasma processor computer is like a non-Newtonian fluid drum and bass synthesiser.
- D’Avin escaping his electro-handcuffs by spitting water on them is neat.
- Level 6 Killjoys exist!
- Maybe needed a bit more action, but it’s a very minor point.
And The Random:
- The episode title “Enemy Khlyen” takes its name from the “Enemy Mine” TV trope which has been used in many many TV shows over the years. The premise being the enemy of my enemy is my friend, forcing two opponents to work together in some way, but it doesn’t really play out like that here.
- Why do the people of Westerley need such massive wrenches?
- The song which is used to great effect at the end of the episode is “I’ve Rationed Well” by July Talk.
- Quotes of the Week:
• Johnny impersonating Khlyen for the computer voice print: “I’m Khylen the evil ass clown.”
• Turin to a tied up D’Avin: “I’ve got a stick that goes zap.” D’Avins retort: “Yeah and a fine set of hair.”
• Alvis the monk: “Peace is a dangerous business.
Review by Arthur Scott