KILLJOYS – Season 1 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
Alvis the Monk and Johnny Jaqobis walk through the old access tunnels under Old Town. Johnny talks about how he likes to fix things, and that is a fitting subject because they are down there looking for a fix for Pawter who has turned out to be a Jack addict. (That was why she was exiled from Qresh. She operated while stoned and killed a patient.)
JOHN: “You give people false hope.”
ALVIS: “You don’t respect faith?”
JOHN: “I’d respect you if you actually believed what you’re selling. But you use
religion to play politics.”
ALVIS: “You can believe in more than one thing at a time.”
Alvis tells John he’s either a masochist or a martyr. John knows it’s true and doesn’t like it. The details of the Scarback religion remain vague. We know the monks inflict pain on themselves to atone for the sins of others, and recieve offerings in payment. Many of the Scarbacks are involved in politics and opposed to The Company, though not overtly. One wonders what the underlying tenets of that religion might be, and where its origins lie.
What sent them into the tunnels was the hostage situation at the Royale.
Let’s say you’re a cop. You’re stuck in a bar with a bunch of people because of a severe weather event (electro-acid rain), and you identify someone in the crowd as a dangerous wanted criminal. No one can leave the premises for the duration of the storm. Do you attempt to arrest the guy immediately and hold him prisoner until the storm clears, or do you wait until after the storm to make the arrest, avoiding a potential shootout that might injure innocent civilians?
Hector Feraanz (Dewshane Williams) chose the former alternative and his choice makes even less sense when we learn that he was at the Royale to meet Alvis the Monk and deliver information about the company’s plans to him. Playing it safe might have been a better idea. Had he been killed, the company might have learned that he was working with the rebels, and Alvis might never have gotten the message.
Kal Csoort (Dru Viergever), the original hostage taker, got shot almost immediately and spent the rest of the episode on Pawter Sims’ operating table. His second in command (Surja, played by Dwain Murphy) ends up getting killed when Johnny gets fed up with fixing things.
The Royale is a bar, not a diner, but the Royale’s hostage situation is somewhat similar to the one in Robert E. Sherwood‘s play THE PETRIFIED FOREST, though the philosophical discussions are moved underground into the tunnels, and Alvis and Johnny become opportunistic alter-egos of Surja and Hector (Squier and Mantee).
After the storm, Hector the Company Guy asks ‘Uncle’ Alvis for a blessing as he waits for transport to the hospital. He slips the monk a data card and tells him that The company is stockpiling arms on Westerley, preparing for something big.
Meanwhile, in orbit, one of Johnny’s fix-it operations has Dutch and D’Avin attempting to resolve their trust issues. Johnny has arranged for them to be stranded on Lucy with a lie detector and forced to answer questions to regain control of the ship. Dutch eventually proves to herself that she does not trust D’Avin, but on the way to that they dance to Love Song by Caveboy, and we get to hear a lot more of the song than we did last episode.
From above, the storm looks like a sulphurous hurricane. When Johnny ventures outside to save Hector from the rain, we see that on the ground there is little wind and the rain is steady, but not driving. The magnetic effects are severe enough to pull a ship from orbit, but no magnetic effects are observable on the ground. Perhaps the buildings and tunnels are insulated against it.
Morgan Kelly (Alvis the Penitent) will be Tommy in RUPTURE, a science fiction film about a single mom with a genetic abnormality that can cause her to release her alien nature. ORPHAN BLACK’s Ari Millen is also in the cast. RUPTURE will be released sometime next year.
Dru Viergever (Kal Csoort) will be a prison guard in PRISONER X, a science fiction thriller about a time traveller who is imprisoned and branded a terrorist by the CIA. The film is based on the 2008 Hugo-nominated novella Truth by Robert Reed.
Simon Northwood (one of the staked prisoners) plays a mob buyer in the film HACKER, about a fellow from Ukraine who comes to Canada and becomes involved with an online criminal organization called Darkweb. The film was based on real events and should be released later this year. Northwood was the Key Guardian in LOST GIRL episode 3.10 The Ceremony, and he was one of Roman’s henchmen in LG episode 3.5.
Dwain Murphy (Surja) is Jojo in THE MASKED SAINT, which will have its North American release on 8 January. It is Roddy Piper’s last film and is based on the true story of a wrestler who became a small town pastor who moonlights as a masked vigilante. Murphy was Clay, the quarterback in LOST GIRL episode 5.6 Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts.