Killjoys: Dutch and the Real Girl (Recap & Review) [Update]

Killjoys - Season 2
Dutch and Johnny

[UPDATE] The actress playing Clara in this episode is Stephanie Leonidas and not Allie MacDonald, who was a different Clara from Season one. Mike’s Film Talk apologizes to Stephanie (who kicked arse in the role) and we have changed the information to reflect the correct performer.

Killjoys opens with “Dutch and the Real Girl.” The episode starts with D’Avin heading to Red 17 with Dutch and Johnny. They enter the facility and join up with Fancy. Fighting their way to where D’Av was kept by Khlyen,  Dutch tells him that he is to stay behind and “get her back.”  D’Avin stops and starts kissing his boss as music plays and sparks literally fly.

It is not real. D’Av is going through a scenario powered by Khlyen’s green goo. A technician gives him more of the stuff through a “Matrix” port in his back. D’Avin screams.

Dutch wakes as D’Av cries out.

Johnny, Pree and Dutch attempt to land on Arkyn after a probe is destroyed by a defense measure.  The ship almost joins the drone but Lucy turns the ship around before the radiation kills everyone on board.

The two Killjoys talk about some way to penetrate the security measures and Dutch tells Johnny he is looking “think-y.” He responds with a suggestion of how they can land on Arkyn.  The Connaver gang used the planet as their home base.  They go to see Bellus (Nora McLellan) who tells them a story about a stolen device. 

The tech was used by the Connaver’s to access Arkyn.

Haardy then gives them a warrant to collect the tech and the person who stole it. They then head to Eulogy on Westerly. It is a “Barter Town” sort of place where known criminals can bet and barter their stolen goods. Only criminals are allowed in and (surprise, surprise) Pree has a record.

Johnny and Pree pose as a couple and they smuggle in Dutch via the case “full” of their stolen booty. Johnny really want to know details about Pree’s past and he is not talking.  The men and Dutch get into Eulogy.

As Dutch begins looking for the tech, the two men begin to gamble. D’Av is still in Red 17 and he is in another scenario.  The guys are winning and Dutch requires a little guidance on how to use the lens in her eye. Johnny tells her that Pree is having too much fun and then he explains that the lens will see something red.

It does.

Lucy unlocks the door after Johnny gets her into the system. A one armed woman named Clara.  Back at Red 17 D’Av takes himself out of the scenario.

Dutch finds the tech but it is embedded in the one armed guard. The two women come to an understanding and Dutch offers to get Clara out of her Connaver prison.  Clara tells Dutch that she cannot leave without Alice, her “real” arm.  “Alice”  is a weaponized appendage that is kick arse.

As the two women negotiate, Johnny and Pree head down the elevator to join up with Dutch. Pree gets the line of the episode with his “I did not wear my dying underwear” line.  Clara and Dutch undertake an excellent firefight with the men of Eulogy. Pree then ets the second best line of the episode:

“Let’s give these b*tches some stitches.” (Johnny looks at Pree.) “What? I rhyme when I’m nervous.”

Pree and Johnny join the women and Clara is injured in the shoot out as she takes out the last few guards.

D’Avin cannot be turned into a Level 6, which was Khlyen’s plan. He rescues the older Jaqobis brother because he wants to know why D’Av cannot be turned. Khlyen also explains that the scenarios were really memories.

Clara explains her backstory. She explains how the tech was inserted into her body and that the gang cut off her arm and gave her Alice. Johnny suggests she should have killed them with her new arm. “Death by irony,” says Jaqobis.

Dutch shares her backstory with Clara and explains about Khlyen and D’Avin.  The weaponized woman offers to help and takes them onto Arkyn. The entry through the defense measure  injures Clara.  Pree stays with the wounded woman and Johnny leaves with Dutch to get his brother.

Back at Red 17 D’Av learns of a group even more powerful than Level 6.  Khlyen removes Jaqobis from the data base and as this new group arrive (The Black Root) Khlyen kicks D’Av out of the fight.  Dutch and Johnny find Fancy Lee (Sean Baek) and release him. 

Killjoys - Season 2
D’Avin and Fancy Lee

The Black Root capture Khlyen telling him it is time to go home. D’Avin meets up with Dutch and Johnny. She goes to get Khlyen and D’Av tells her he is not there. As the Killjoys arrive at the ship, Fancy joins them and D’Avin shoots the other Lee. He explains that Fancy is already a Level 6.

They cut D’Avin’s hand to see if he still bleeds. He does and it proves to them he has not been turned. They head to Old Town to find Pawter and see that the bombed out city is surrounded by a wall. They decide the next step is to rescue Alvis (Morgan Kellyand Pawter.

Johnny Jaqobis and Clara share a moment and he reveals that since she is so modified she cannot have the warrant used against her. Clara is grateful and she tells Johnny that Alice has a crush on him. She asks Lucy to call her if the Killjoys ever need her help as she leaves.

D’Avin reveals to his brother and Dutch that he lied about Khlyen and she explains that she knew  already. He tells the other two about the more powerful group. In the meantime  Fancy rescues Khlyen from The Black Root.

Dutch argues that Khlyen is still the bad guy and D’Av explains that he saw Dutch on Arkyn in a memory.

This was  a great opening episode for the second season of Killjoys. It had  plenty of action, amusing quips and included some impressive intrigue.  The actors have all returned to prove that taking a break has not lessened their ability to bring their characters to life.

Kudos to Thom Allison who plays Pree. His character, with his bad boy background, appears to be taking an even bigger part in the proceedings this year.  It will be exciting to see more of these “aliases.”

Killjoys airs Fridays on SyFy. Tune in and see what the gang are up to this season. It looks like the next stop will be Old Town.


Guest starring: Stephanie Leonidas  as Clara

Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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