KILLJOYS – Season 1 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
HOGAN: “Every day he’d ask me the same question. Red 17. And when I didn’t answer…”
D’AVIN: “Could you at least tell me what Red 17 is?”
HOGAN: “Oh, I have no idea. Need to know basis. Way beyond my clearance level.”
D’AVIN: “They never told you what they’re looking for?”
HOGAN: “Shouldn’t matter. Program’ll know. Program has to know. I mean, when it knew I didn’t have the answer, one day it just stopped askin. Rejected me. But I’m a good soldier. I knew the mission wasn’t over. So I set up a beacon for the curious, the greedy, the lost like you.”
D’AVIN: “Why did you keep doing this?”
HOGAN: “Why? I guess I just had faith, son.”
Even though the above dialog is the most important in the story, this episode is all Hannah John-Kamen. Her character Dutch is constantly in flux, adapting seamlessly to rapidly changing situations, and eventually using Aegir‘s technology to her own advantage with a calculated, nanite-assisted dive through the vacuum of space. Dutch seems infinitely adaptable, and Hannah John-Kamen plays her brilliantly.
In Asteroid Belt Sector DX-012 somewhere near Arkyn (whose rings look a bit twisty from this close) the Killjoys locate what appears to be a derelict cargo vessel and decide on a salvage operation. D’Avin shows off his knowledge of the RAC rulebook by quoting the applicable section: “Claim and Clear. Any abandoned vessel found in non-territorial space can be boarded by any RAC agent in good standing. Any and all items found on said ship can be claimed by said agent.”
Once on board the other ship, John powers up its systems and Lucy immediately detects a hazard and goes into quarantine mode. She retracts the connecting bridge between the ships and pulls away to a distance of about 50 meters. The ship, they find out, was a spaceborne Gitmo disguised as a cargo vessel, where nanites were used to extract information from prisoners by torture. D’Avin gets captured by the only surviving crew member, a fellow named Hogan (Richard Clarkin), who gets the nanites into D’Avin’s system. The little beasties are programmed to deconstruct a portion of the subject’s body, causing great pain, and then to repair the damage, so the subject never is in any danger of dying from the procedure. Because of a system glitch, their program is on infinite repeat. They can’t be turned off. D’Avin lasts about three minutes and then spills his guts to Hogan about his deep dark secret. (He believes that he killed all the men in his squad, but remembers no details.)
Ironically, D’Avin was supposed to be in a session with Pawter Sims (Sarah Power) to find out just what was causing his nightmares. Malfunctioning nanites did her job for her.
Elsewhere in the ship, Dutch and Johnny have come up with a plan. Dutch makes her way to where D’Avin is imprisoned and allows herself to be captured. After she inhales the nanites, they open a wound on her forearm, (they did the same to D’Avin) but Dutch controls (and perhaps even enjoys) the pain. She plants a directed charge on the glass between herself and Hogan. When it blows, Hogan looks very dead. (He isn’t.) Dutch heads for the airlock. D’Avin, who is a bit slow on the uptake, tries to stop her.
To his credit, author Adam Barkin had Dutch rely on science to extract the Killjoys from their dire situation (something rare in TV science fiction these days). Dutch opens the airlock without pummping out the air, and the explosive decompression propels her toward Lucy. The vacuum of space causes the capillaries in her skin to burst and her blood to boil, but the nanites continually execute repairs. Dutch did not pass out, so the trip between ships must have taken less than 15 seconds. (It is unlikely the nanites could manufacture oxygen.)
D’Avin does finally see Doc Sims. She discovers that the nanites have repaired the bruising of his cortex (that she had previously observed) but have not touched memory blockers that had earlier been implanted in his brain. The presence of those devices indicate that someone doesn’t want him to remember what happened, which probably means he wasn’t responsible for the deaths of his men. Question: If D’Avin’s bruised brain was repaired, were Dutch’s scars, which were mentioned in The Harvest, removed? It seems logical that they should have been.
All three Killjoys had to go through a decontamination procedure involving some sort of penetrating gas. If the decon gas can penetrate skin and reach everywhere that the nanites could reach, then it is clearly unnecessary to undress for the procedure as the gas could penetrate clothing as well, but they all took their clothes off.
Almost every example of the written word (and number) we have seen in KILLJOYS used some sort of ideographic alphabet. (The writing inside the red box that Khlyen delivered to Dutch was in a different script, similar to the Greek alphabet.) But in the infirmary of the derelict ship, words such as “liar” and “Red 17” were scrawled in English. Why?
Sarah Stunt (first torture victim) will be Jessica in the Trudy Sargent film THE LONG WAY, about an idealistic writer (Chadwick Hopson) who tries to rationalize his move to Los Angeles as he drives there with his overly cautious girlfriend (Katie Kusiciel). The film was shot in Oregon last June and should be released in a few months. Stunt was also the teenaged Bethany in the 2011 short film PATCH TOWN. (Zoie Palmer played the adult Bethany in the 2014 feature film version.)
SyFy (US) has ordered 13 episodes of WYNONNA EARP, which is based on a graphic novel by Beau Smith. Filming will begin in September in and around Calgary, and the series will air next April. KILLJOYS writer Emily Andras developed the show for television and will serve as Executive Producer and Showrunner. Melanie Scrofano will star as Wynonna Earp (Wyatt’s great-granddaughter). Tim Rozon (Massimo) will be Doc Holliday, and Shamier Anderson will be Agent Dolls. Andras described the show as: “…a female-led supernatural series with grand themes of redemption, honor, and the struggle to define good vs. evil. Not to mention, a kickass biker babe fighting demon outlaws”. According to the Calgary Herald, the show will also air in Canada, although a broadcaster has not yet been named.