KILLJOYS – Season 2 Episode 1 – SPOILERS
Pree (Thom Allison) joins Lucy’s crew, Dutch conceals herself inside a large false-bottomed suitcase, John meets a cyborg, and D’Avin sees things he’s not supposed to (yet).
The cyborg is Claire (Stephanie Leonidas), and a device that Lucy needs to get through the Arkyn defense barrier is implanted in her chest. (A gang of pirates put the device in her to make it both portable and secure. Arkyn was a good place to hide out after a heist.) Claire has many mechanical modifications, too many to be a legal person in The Quad, but although she does think of herself as separate and distinct from unmodified humans (she calls them ‘basics’), she has no Borg-like superiority complex. Claire is a fairly well-adjusted, working-class cyborg with anger issues. She has a bit of a crush on Johnny, and has managed to get Lucy to like her. Claire’s brain remains unmodified. She’s a ‘real girl’ even if the company
doesn’t think so. It seems likely that she will make another appearance later in the season.
Level 6 Killjoys are another sort of modified human. The possibly intelligent green liquid that altered Fancy Lee (Sean Baek) appears to be either artificial or alien. When injected into a living thing, it seems to rewrite the existing DNA. The subject retains its basic form, but acquires new characteristics. Green goo has memories from long ago and elsewhere, and these are passed on to the subject as well. D’Avin sees visions of, among other things, attacks on Scarbacks, and Dutch wearing furs and slitting a bald guy’s throat. He also sees Khlyen, who tells him he isn’t supposed to be seeing this stuff yet.
Much to Khlyen’s surprise, D’Avin is immune to the Level 6 conversion process. D’Avin’s brain is unique because of what Dr. Jaeger (Amanda Tapping) did to it with her experiments (see episode 1.7, Kiss Kiss Bye Bye), and that could explain his immunity. Was Jaeger’s work intended to counter the effects of the green goo? Or was D’Avin’s immunity an accidental side effect?
It is worth reviewing what Jaeger told Dutch about her research in episode 7. “Our mandate was to turn soldiers against their own forces,” she said. “And i assure you we succeeded. If it makes you feel any better, it was only supposed to be a proof of concept demonstration. No casualties.” And Jaeger also cautioned: “My work is important. You have no idea what’s coming to The Quad. What it could mean for all of us.”
Much to D’Avin’s surprise, Khlyen kills everyone who had direct contact with him in Red 17 (except for Fancy Lee) and erases all memory of D’Avin from the system. (It is possible that the green goo can also invade and modify non-living systems. That capability would explain the bowl of liquid computer Khlyen is always sticking his hands into.) As alarms sound, and Khlyen literally kicks D’Avin out the door, there is this exchange:
KHLYEN: “Would you die for her?”
D’AVIN: “For Dutch and Johnny, if that’s what it takes.”
KHLYEN: “Good. Do it another day. Yala is on her way to you. Find her and get her away from Arkin. I’ll deal with the Black Root.”
D’AVIN: “If she thinks you’re here, she won’t leave until she finds you.”
KHLYEN: “Then do what I’ve always done. Lie to her.”
Four guys from Black Root subdue Khlyen. (Level 6 folk, it seems, can be immobilized by prolonged electric shock.) He is put in a container to be shipped to The Lady, a being who, we are given to understand, is very far away. We are left to wonder if The Lady is using the RAC as an agency of revolution in the sector, and whether Khlyen might be a counter agent working against her from within.
Pree, we find out, has a last name (Medez) and at least two aliases in his past (Big Daddy Scrimshaw and Paris O’Malley). He did time for some crime or other, and won’t tell anybody about it, but Bellus knows.
Stephanie Leonidas (Claire) will be Katie in TOMORROW, a film about the difficulties faced by a soldier returning to the UK after serving in Afganistan. It will be the first feature film for director Martha Pinson, who was Martin Scorsese’s long time script supervisor. The film stars Stuart Brennan and Sebastian Street, and the two of them also wrote the screenplay. No release date has been set.
Rob Stewart (Khlyen) is Winston Berlin in the made-for-TV movie KILLING MOMMY, which first aired on the Lifetime Movie Network in the US last June. The film is about the different reactions of twin sisters (both played by Yvonne Zima) to their mother’s decision to remarry. There is unconfirmed suspicion that Trent Haaga’s screenplay is based on a true story. Filmed in Ottawa, KILLING MOMMY will air in Canada for the first time on 10 October.
Robert Clarke (Senior Techie) will next appear on television in episode six of FOUR IN THE MORNING, a half-hour dramedy about four twenty-something friends navigating life at the boundary between last night and tomorrow. (There is also a talking pig.) The eight episode series stars Daniel Maslany (brother of Tatiana), Michelle Mylett (Maggie in LOST GIRL episode 5.4), Lola Tash, and Mazin Elsadig. Set in Toronto, FOUR IN THE MORNING will have its debut on CBC on 28 August.