Killjoys: Full Metal Monk – What a Beautiful Day (Recap/Review)

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After Sabine exited Killjoys last week, courtesy of Dutch, “Full Metal Monk” surpasses that action with a real  eye popping episode. (Sorry.)  D’Avin’s new ability to “control” the plasma in Level Sixes,  which seems to be pretty messy, opens the show.  Johnny and Simms end the show in trouble. “What a beautiful day,”  Pawter says as the fence around Old Town continues to affect them.

“Full Metal Monk” opens with Johnny still behind bars.  Dutch visits him but she is not there to release him. She calls Simms for that. Before leaving, Dutch tells Johnny he has split the team apart. Jaqobis explains that he loves Pawter and that is why he is helping her.

D’Avin and Turrin go to question a Level Six on the list and things get out of hand. D’Av is being choked by the man when the Six’s eyes pop out of his head. D’Avin is, understandably, freaked out by this turn of events.

Dutch and D’Avin team together allowing Johnny time to help Simms.  Dutch’s main objective is to find her “twin” Aneela.  Pawter and her Jaqobis brother try to find out how half of Old Town is going to die. Jelco contacts Seyah Kendry who orders him to activate the wall and to “handle’ Simms and Johnny.

(Kendry gets one of the best lines of the episode: “They’re like particularly stupid  children all sticky fingers and stubbornness.”)

Jelco does as she asks. Dutch and D’Av head to Leith to speak with Olan (Ricardo Hoyos). Unfortunately the student is, according to Alvis, broken.  The night before the lad tried to stab his little brother in the head. 

When Dutch mentions Aneela, Olan becomes wildly agitated. He has flashbacks and then  draws a map leading to Dutch’s twin. Alvis, D’Av and Dutch head to Arkyn, where Aneela is supposed to be.

Johnny and Pawter realize that the residents of Old Town have lost no weight. After Pree is mildly insulted by this line of reasoning,  the couple track down blackmarket food. They bump into Carl; the lone survivor from the prison.  He reveals that a “special” shipment of Company food is to be delivered  very shortly.

Simms’ only ally, Arun (played by Wynonna Earp’s Shamier Anderson) shows up to find out if Pawter has proof of the wide scale massacre planned in Old Town. By the time he arrives Johnny and Simms have been affected by the wall. Both appear intoxicated or high and Arun gets angry.

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Jelco arrives and shortly after shoots Arun dead. He then places the gun in Pawter’s hand and takes a picture of the two drugged lovers with Arun’s body.

At Arkyn, the monk and the Killjoys find another Khlyen cube. They enter and the cube plunges through the ground. When “the world’s worst elevator” stops they find a lot of corpses and a live monk.

Alvis puts it all together. There are 11 bodies and with the one live holy man, he realizes that these are the 12 monks who went to fight the devil. The monk is imprisoned behind a wall similar to the one around Old Town. Once he is released, the last holy man attacks Dutch.

It turns out that the devil fought by those 12 monks “back in the day”  was actually Aneela. The trio have to control the old monk and they explain that Dutch is not Aneela.  With Alvis’ help they learn that Aneela is Khlyen’s daughter. The old man asks to be killed and Dutch plunges the barbed spear into the old Six’s head.

Back in Old Town, Pree sings on as Jelco frames Pawter and Johnny for Arun’s murder. He also confirms that the food will poison at least half the population.  He also shows them that  the effect of the wall is counteracted by a device on the neck.

Johnny appears to be fighting the wall but he cannot sustain the battle.  Jelco takes his picture, along with Simms, in front of Arun’s body. Pawter holds the gun.

Jelco reveals that Seyah Kendry is behind what is happening in Old Town. D’Avin and Dutch learn that the wall makes people complacent. Johnny and Pawter walk through the streets of Old Town. A man has tried to fly and a girl dances barefoot on broken glass. Jelco announces that the Company is sending food.

Pawter says it is a beautiful day and she kisses Johnny in front of the wall.

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This episode started with Johnny behind bars and ended with him, and Pawter,  in danger of being poisoned or drunkenly hurting themselves.

Dutch is terrified that she really is Aneela and plans to kill her “twin” and Khlyen.  It will be interesting to see how Simms and Johnny get out of this one. Seyah Kendry is a nasty bit of work and there is no way that Jelco will not obey her orders.

Now that D’Av and Dutch know what the wall does, they will, no doubt head toward Westerly and Old Town to rescue Johnny and Simms.

The biggest question is why does Khlyen want Dutch to kill his daughter.  We may find out, but first there a rescue to attend to.

(On a sidenote, it was lovely to see Shamier Anderson from Wynonna Earp appear as Arun. Sadly, he did not last very long at all in Old Town. It was also a pleasure to see Julien Richings as the last monk on Arkyn.  The prolific character actor always brings much to any show he is on.)

Killjoys airs Fridays on SyFy and Space. Tune in and see what happens next in Old Town. Will Dutch and D’Avin arrive in time?

CAST:

Guest starring  Pascal Langdale as Jelco,  Mayko Nguyen as Seyah Kendry and Patrick Garrow as Turin.

Killjoys: Shaft – Green Goo and Monks (Review)

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Killjoys starts  with Dutch confronting Khlyen. He responds to her questions about “green sh*t”  by cutting her stomach and letting the green stuff out.  The episode then goes back to the meeting with Turin at Westerly where he brought their ship.  He sends them to collect a salvage warrant and to rescue  another team of Killjoys who went down in the Northern Badlands.

“Shaft” features some killer moss, filled with green goo and another bit of history about those Scarback  monks that D’Avin saw in his “memory” back at Red 17. Pawter Simms proves once again that she is not above ignoring the hippocratic oath when it suits and Alvis has a  crisis of faith.

This episode shows more sides to each character and Alvis has a chance to show what he is made of. Even Lucy has a chance to show another layer.

(Lucy has a chance to show her more “human” side when she offers some soil sample analysis information to Johnny and he says to wait. “Fine,” Lucy replies snappily for a great comic moment done as an aside.)

The mission is to rescue a husband wife team who sent out an evacuation request that Khylen covered up. They find the downed ship in the Badlands and the interior is covered with  moss. After several questions  about the stuff from D’Av and Dutch, Johnny asks if they think he is a “moss-ologist.”

Back at the ship he calls Pawter who cuts their conversion short.  Alvis  borrows a shirt from D’Avin and he tells Dutch that he may leave the order. On the planet, D’Av asks how long Alvis will be staying with them

They are interrupted by Tanya (Lina Roesslerone of the Killjoy’s who sent out the evacuation message.  Tanya asks them to come down into the mine and save Deena from Paulo who has gone crazy. The Killjoys get Alvis to help  with the mine.

Alvis asks about the fancy gear they use and Dutch replies that it is part of being a Killjoy, “Like the fancy jackets and early death.”    Alvis reveals that he was a miner and D’Av is surprised.  Dutch explains that is why they have him in the mine.  D’Avin replies, “Here I thought it was ‘bring a monk to work day.'”

Back at Westerly Jellco tries to ingratiate himself with Pawter and reminds her that he is in charge.  In the mine, the walls are draped with moss and Johnny can get no readings on his instruments.

D’Av worries about breathing in moss spores.  Johnny asks Alvis how they can “salvage” a monk and he replies that they are very recyclable.  Jellco explains that he wants Pawter to drain his heart and he will help her in return.

In the mine Alvis finds messages scratched in the walls by Scarback miners.  D’Avin finds a deep hole and Tanya sees Paulo. She chases after him and the team lose her momentarily. She shoots at her husband and he runs off.

Dutch demands that Tanya be sent back to the ship.  Tanya  shoots at Paulo again and causes part of the  mine to collapse. Johnny is trapped on the other side and  must work out another way to rejoin the Killjoys and Alvis.

Pawter operates on Jellco and nicks his heart after he  passes out. The guard steps in and Simms takes him out. She now has the DNA needed to send out file to her mother. The one  showing Jellico murdering Healy.

Lucy tells Johnny that  a massive microwave message was sent from Red 17  just before it exploded. In the mine the Killjoys find an underground tree and a lot of skeletons that are picked clean.  They find a Scarback story scratched on the mine floor. It is, Alvis says, a tale of 12 monks who fought the devil at Arkyn.

As Johnny returns to  open another way out of the mine, Tanya shouts for her sister and Dutch follows. Tanya bumps into Paulo again and falls into a deep pit.  Dutch tries to save the other Killjoy but the moss kills  Tanya.

The killer moss turns out to be killer bugs. Johnny examines one and tells the others that the bug looks like a vagina.   The bugs are closing in on Alvis, D’Avin and Dutch.  Pawter gets a message from Lucy and she opens the data jack. Simms finds the plans for the wall around Old Town and a lot of others.

Alvis and D’av split up and leave Dutch on post. Johnny discovers that if the bugs are cut in half both ends live. D’Avin stomps on one and learns  that the things are full of green goo like the stuff Level 6 Khylen used on D’Avin.

Alvis finds a dead monk hidden behind a mine wall. Dutch sees Khylen and chases him.  As Johnny cuts through the mine wall, Dutch falls into a hole in the mine floor.  She confronts Khylen and he tells her that she is already a level 6. He cuts into Dutch’s stomach to show she has the green goo inside her.

It is an illusion and Dutch is cutting herself.  Khylen vanishes to be replaced by Dutch, like the mirror image in last week’s episode.  Alvis gets through to the hallucinating Dutch.

D’Avin discovers that the killer moss bugs are afraid of him and they  move away  when he approaches. Dutch makes it back to the ship for treatment. Johnny keeps one of the bugs to study and the Killjoys head to Spring Hill to rescue Pawter.

The doctor actually leaves on her own. She has attached her explosive device on Jellco’s heart so he cannot leave the facility.  Simm’s gets the line of the episode when she tells her jailer not to push it too far, “or else the little prick will go boom.”

Pawter is attacked as soon as she leaves Jellco and Alvis makes a connection with Dutch. He reveals that out of the 12 monks who fought the devil on Arkyn one returned. This is what D’Avin saw in his memory.

Alvis says he will go to Leith for answers. Dutch visits Turin  and changes the rules of engagement. She now calls the shots.  Turin agrees.

As Dutch points out to Alvis, there is a lot of unexplained things going on in the Quad. The green goo and Level 6 for starters. D’Avin still repels the moss bugs and the RAC is apparently still corrupted.

In this second season of Killjoys show creator Michelle Lovretta has upped the stakes and added new layers of mystery and allowed the characters to evolve further; even Lucy.  

(On a sidenote: Did this episode of Killjoys make anyone else think of “The Ruins” with its killer plants?)

Killjoys airs Fridays on SyFy and Space. Tune in and catch the mystery, the humor  and the action.

CAST:

Guest Starring: Pascal Langdale as Jellco 

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

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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. 

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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.

CAST:

Guest starring: Stephanie Leonidas  as Clara