Killjoys: Escape Velocity Season Finale Review

Dutch, D'Av and Johnny Three Monks So, the last episode of Killjoys, season one, Escape Velocity, shows us that, if nothing else, Khylen was telling the truth about level six. We also learn that, despite his claims to the contrary, Dutch’s old tutor is not a good guy, no white hat here at all. Before the end of the episode, Dutch meets another level six, D’Avin meets Khlyen and Johnny meets Pawter’s mother.

This last look at Killjoys, while the SyFy jury is still out on whether the show will be renewed or not, brings a lot of threads together. It still manages to leave much unanswered as well as bringing up new information which will hopefully be addressed in the next season. (If there is one.)

Memorable Moments:

Carleen: “Gonna be a long night, I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hammered…” Great almost last words from the gal who gets her throat cut by Khlyen. It seems that her last word was actually “please,” as the level six begins to make her final moments on Westerly painful as possible. Khlyen as boogeyman works very well, this guy is more than scary and cold blooded.

Johnny Jacobi: “I’m freezing my monk-junk” (“Eweh!” Is Dutch’s response.) This scene shows a John that is not afraid to step up and stand out. His “And the roots grew” blessing for the “soon to be doomed” sister of the Rat King, was lump inducing. Despite the fact that this mumbo jumbo only exists in the Killjoy verse, Ashmore makes it sound real and moving. Great stuff…Uncle.

Delle Seyah Kendry: Mayko Nguyen was brilliant as the conniving (Lovestruck?) Nine who flirts with Dutch at the voting ceremony while simultaneously staging her “Nine coup.” Nguyen is spot on as the Seyah with a devious not so hidden political agenda. The fact that she also knows, and is working with Khlyen, speaks volumes of the evil undercurrents in this world. Best line? Cooing seductively to Dutch, “My little killjoy…” sees Johnny, “Oh, you came too.”

Dutch: Meeting another level six at the voting ceremony. This steroidal mutant kicks the leader of the killjoys ragged and until John puts a bullet in the guys head, looked ready to send Dutch to Killjoy heaven. This RAC urban myth, is not a rumor, but real. The guy, who obviously missed the memo from fellow level six member Khlyen, tells Dutch as he begins to strangle her to death, that she never stood a chance. Presumably because he has been “upgraded.”

Hills: Frank Moore gives a command performance and has one stand out moment in Pree’s bar. This character was in the periphery throughout the season and after setting up Alvis as scapegoat as well as the excuse the company needed to blow Old Town off the map, had time to let Dutch go and toast his lineage before being blown off his feet.

Alvis: Morgan Kelly rocks it as Alvis. The Uncle tells Dutch that the prayer beads are just that. Apparently, despite the fact that Alvis is one of the “good guys” monks are not afraid to lie. Later the scene where he uses the beads to escape his own “personal” execution and his cell is brilliant. D’Av may not be too keen on the masochistic monk, “Freaky little dude,” he says at one point, but as an Uncle of the faith and revolutionary, Alvis is a great character.

The episode runs two distinct threads. Khlyen searching for, and finding, his stolen property and the Nine plot. As Dutch is put out of harm’s way yet again by her old tutor’s influence, Old Town is doomed. Seyah Kendry uses the DNA weapon to blast most of the Nines out of existence, and their lineage…if any. This was her plan all along.

Standout Moment:

Dutch is fighting the level six. He calls her Khlyen’s pet and says he is disappointed. The two fight and Dutch is losing. The level six is tough, he survives a long pin being shoved in his eye by the killjoy leader. “Don’t be ashamed,” he says as he bends down to lick Dutch’s face, “You’re just a girl. I’m level six.”

A shot rings out and blood spatters onto Dutch’s face.

“I’m Johnny Jacobis. Stop licking my partner,” John says as he approaches the now immobile level six. “You think guns can kill those things,” Johnny asks Dutch. She takes John’s gun and fires four rounds into the level six. “I don’t know,” she says.

Honorable Mention: D’avin has been soundly defeated by Khlyen. As he lays bloody and beaten on the floor, Khlyen leans over and tells him about Dutch, “She needs me back in her life,” he raises D’Av’s head, “to protect her from the mediocrity of you.” D’Avin responds by spitting in the level six’s face. This has to be one of the best insults ever. “The mediocrity of you…” Ouch.

Not only do we learn the significance of red 17 but we find out that Arkyn is not a desolate moon something lives there after all. D’Av wakes up after his fight with Khlyen and the first thing he sees is Fancy Lee on the bed next to his. He stumbles out and sees Westerly and Leith. Men in plastic biohazard suits come out and drag the elder Jacobi back inside the tall building with a giant red 17 on its side situated on the Arkyn moon.

Show creator Michelle Lovretta , who is also the show creator for Lost Girl wrote this episode and it shows. Everything comes together yet leaves much unanswered a clever and brilliant end to a great show.

Before the end credits roll, Pree leaves his beloved bar and boards the ship with Johnny and Dutch. Pawter Simms opts to stay with Alvis and head to the bunkers where, as they enter, Alvis tells her, “Welcome home doctor.” D’Avin wakes up in the big red 17 tower on Arkyn. He is being prepped for something, the implication is that he will be made into a level six and so will Fancy Lee. Kendra has wiped out all her opposition on the Nines and Old Town is being bombed into oblivion.

There is much left to learn. Who was Dutch’s husband, that Khlyen admits to killing, and what did Pree mean in his short exchange with Dutch. As they head into the tunnels beneath the bar, Pree hesitates. “It’s just a bar,” Dutch tells him. “Oh honey, you know that’s not true,” he tells her. While this could be the man mourning his livelihood, it sounds like Pree is much more than the sum of his parts.

Kudos to the cast and the writers, in this case writer, who put together this episode. Until SyFy steps up to obligate to a second season, fans will have to wait anxiously to see if we ever learn the secrets behind Killjoys.

Killjoys: Enemy Khylen (Recap and Review)

Dutch tracking Khylen in Killjoys
Killjoys started out as a action packed, pretty much straight forward, space opera with a hint of back story and mystery. As the season progresses, the action has not been dialed down but the backstory has shifted into high gear and moved into first place as main motivator for the show’s storyline. Khylen who remained in the shadows, emerged to become an issue and this episode reveals that Dutch’s former tutor and protector is either better than she has given him credit for, or worse.

By the end of the episode the killjoys learn that nothing is what it seems. Khylen is not the “big bad” he first appeared to be, the killjoy trio is disbanded, RAC may be a cover for something else, D’Avin and Johnny get separated from Dutch, and there may really be a level six.

While Enemy Khylen was intense, thrilling and had one great reveal, there were several stand out moments, lines of snappy clever dialogue and a reference to the nanites/torture episode and “red 17.” These back references, there are more than just red 17, show that Khylen has been doing a lot of behind the scene orchestrating. When Dutch asks him why he suddenly showed up after so many years, he responds that it was her taking of a level five warrant, a kill warrant.

“You proved you were done running,” he says. For those who can remember, the level five was taken in episode one so Dutch could save D’Avin, Johnny’s brother who had a kill order placed on him. The first in a, presumably, long line of coincidences (not) that run underneath the main storyline of each episode. The reference to red 17, which should have shocked us as much as it did D’Av, (unless the rest of the viewing audience are much cleverer than I am) was the piece of information that fired off an epiphany.

Once again, looking back at a previous episode A Glitch in the System, the reference to a seemingly unconnected bit of information appears to have much significance. Turin (Patrick Garrow) interrogates D’Avin and asks about red 17. The older Jacobi is surprised and then suspicious. How does Turin know about what was written on the prison ship’s wall in red?

*Sidenote* What was the significance of Dutch’s naming Lucy’s program Freebird? The first thing that springs to mind is the epic ending to Rob Zombies House of a 1000 Corpses sequel, The Devil’s Rejects. The 2005 horror film has the trio, Baby, Otis and Captain Spaulding drive to their deaths with the Lynyrd Skynyrd anthem playing majestically as backdrop. The killjoys are a trio…is this a “nudge nudge, wink wink homage to Zombie’s film and its ending? A hidden message? Answers, not on a postcard please, but in the comment section below.

Hidden messages, or homages, aside despite the intense reveals this week, i.e. that seemingly everything that has happened thus far has somehow been orchestrated by Khylen, the series’ humor continues to impress.

From the very first episode, Johnny Jacobi has been a smart-arse who will quip at the drop of a hat. “Coming in here took big balls,” says a villain at the start of episode one, “There is some chaffing,” replies Johnny. Although things were a bit tense in Enemy Khylen, both Johnny and D’Av took some time to compete for  the “best line” award of the episode.

D’Av’s Groucho Marx-ish quip to Turner who wants answers from the latest addition to, and now divorced member of,  Dutch’s team at the end of their Q&A session:

“You got nothing,” says D’Av. “I got a stick that goes zap,” Turin replies. “Yeah and a fine set of hair. After you’ve just got rumors and theories. Sad.”

Booya!

Johnny’s line after copying Khylen’s voice “I am Khylen the evil a**clown.” The magic of this line has to do with the a**clown finish. Not evil a** clown, but a**clown… his variation of a**hat and it works beautifully. (For those who do not get the difference, meet me at the comment section, I will explain further.)

D’Avin does get more than his fair share of chuckle worthy lines though. Earlier, at Pree’s establishment, he tells Alvis (Morgan Kelly) during their little conversation about Johnny, what he really thinks of the monk. “We [Johnny and Alvis] spent some time together in the Black Rain. He, uh, seemed into sacrifice,” Alvis says. D’Av looks at Alvis and is  a little lost for words. “You’re a creepy little dude,” D’Av finally says. “Thank you,” Alvis whispers.

Plot lines this week deal with who Khylen really is, or at least what he claims to be, and the resistance that Alvis and his people are helping along. The two merge at one point, D’Av keeps the “Little Commander” a targeted pulse grenade that provides further comic relief later in RAC headquarters.

D’Av sets the “bomb” off and lays it on the floor. Dutch and Johnny have a little freak out and all three move away from the device, fingers in ears. The pulse grenade flashes blue and makes a clicking noise. “Anyone else think that would be cooler,” asks D’Av. Nice touch of humor before the climatic second half of the show.

The last of the show deals with Dutch heading up to level 71…The place where Khylen, as a level six (he says) hangs out. With the show’s reference to red 17, it is obvious that Khylen is a part of all this. 17 is 71 backwards and vice versa. The connection is there for all to see and it seems that his “surrogate” father is a bit like “that man behind the curtain” in The Wizard of Oz. Not just smoke and mirrors but someone who really is the” great and terrible Oz.”

He tells Dutch, as he puts her in the escape pod, that their team are still together, “you’ll need each other for what is coming up,” he says.

Here is that bad undercurrent that has been running underneath the good old fashioned action oriented show from day one. Something pretty awful  is coming to Weatherly. By the end of the episode, it seems as though it has already arrived.

Pree is turning out to be a lot more than the guy who pours the drinks. He tries to help Alvis and this is just the latest task this bartender sets himself.  What will he do next to help the killjoys? Stay tuned to see, as his role in the show’s verse gets bigger.

Despite Pree’s best efforts, Alvis is beaten in the street. Turin, who managed to survive  having a sword run through his stomach manages to put on a good show, accusing Khylen  of doing something naughty up there in level 71.

“I know who you are,” he says to Khylen, “I know what you do up there.”

“Really,” replies Khylen as he bends down,  grabs Turin’s collar and  drags him across the floor,

“Let’s chat about that, shall we?” Cue an involuntary shudder and the feeling  that Turin will not survive his second encounter with Khylen.

The feeling at the end of Killjoys is a mixed one of relief; it really does look like the trio are back together, and trepidation. Khylen may not be what Dutch thought he was but this is one dangerous individual with enormous power at his fingertips. While there is something bad slinking its way to Weatherly, Khylen may still prove to be worse than the predicted “dark days” ahead.

Killjoys is part of SyFy Fridays and fans of science fiction should be watching this brilliant blend of action and mystery…and clever, witty dialogue.

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