KILLJOYS – Season 2 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
While D’Avin is flirting with Sabine at the Royale, Khlyen uses the green goo to make contact with him, and D’Avin falls off his stool in mid-flirt. Pawter and her family are attacked by fog laced with a virus that freezes everything it touches, but Johnny is there to stop it. Khlyen and D’Avin switch bodies for a while. Pawter’s dad (Andrew Gillies) give Johnny some advice, causing the Killjoy to make a questionable decision.
After the body switch, Khlyen needs to tell Fancy Lee to get him back in his own body before the Black Root arrive. He asks Dutch: “What about an FTL transmission? What are the protocols on this vessel?” Dutch replies: “Faster than light communication is impossible.” Khlyen responds: “With your technology, maybe.”
— Kimberly-Sue Murray (@KSueMurray) August 1, 2016
Let’s contemplate the implications of that exchange between Dutch and Khlyen. If faster than light communications are impossible in most parts of the KILLJOYS universe, then FTL travel is similarly impossible. (But the ability to send information faster than light does not necessarily imply that one can travel that fast.) The J must be a densely packed star cluster in which star systems are close enough to make sub-light interstellar travel practical. The Khlyen/D’Avin body switch proves that FTL data transmission is possible. Khlyen is on Telen which must be at least light-weeks away from The Quad, and he switched bodies with D’Avin, and then switched back. Dutch witnesses the immediate return of D’Avin’s mind to his body, so it must have traveled faster than light to get there.
An airborne virus that freezes whatever it infects threatens all life on Qresh. The bug was created by the otherwise idle mind of Pawter’s mother (Jayne Lewis). Her intent was to “freeze land and water”, but, before its release, (it is implied) all Qreshi were supposed to be immune to the thing, or to have left the planet. A potential conqueror would inherit a frozen, unusable world. Pawter’s sister’s fiance was paid by someone to release the virus prematurely.
Who woud pay Hank (Marco Grazzini) to do this? One of the other eight ruling families? Delle Seyah Kendry used a genetically targeted bomb to attack a rival family in episode 1.6. Westerlyns would have motive, but how would any of them know about the virus? The bug causes everything to freeze, but the heat has to go somewhere. The heat from living creatures could be locked into some chemical compound created inside the cell, but the virus sucks heat from non-living materials as well.
Pawter saves the day for her sister Louella by chopping off her hand (which had become infected) with a ceremonial sword. Louella (Kimberly-Sue Murray) then demonstrates that she is not stupid by suggesting that Johnny use a diving suit to protect himself against the fog. (She has to repeat herself several times since no one pays any attention to what she says.) It seems reasonable to speculate that Louella resents Pawter’s return, will stage a coup, and become head of the family.
Louella’s was the first hand to be chopped off on KILLJOYS. Michelle Lovretta‘s other show, LOST GIRL had three amputated hands (two of which were restored). Emily Andras has thus far lopped off only one hand on WYNONNA EARP.
Khlyen learns of D’Avin’s brain surgeries, correctly blames them for his immunity to the green goo, and sets out to track down those responsible for it (which would be what’s left of Pim Jaegar), and to discover the reasons for D’Avin’s physiological contrariness. The green goo might restore Jaegar’s memories.
Luke Macfarlane (D’Avin) will star in the TV movie MISTLETOE PROMISE, which is about a chance meeting between two strangers who share a disdain for Christmas. The two make a pact to help each other navigate holiday complications together. As they spend more time doing this, they begin to develop feelings for one another. The film is based on the 2014 novel by Richard Paul Adams. It will premiere on the Hallmark Channel on 6 November at 9pm. Macfarlane is also Gabe in THE MEMORY BOOK, a 2014 drama that will repeat on The Hallmark Channel on 11 August at 1pm.
Marco Grazzini (Hank) will be Victor in HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL, a film about an autistic man (James Frecheville) who travels a long way to persuade a has-been country singer (Bruce Campbell) to return with him and perform for his dying guardian. Filmed in Gallup, New Mexico and Ottawa, Ontario, HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL will be released in the US on 6 September.
The song playing while D’Avin flirts with Sabine at the Royale is Sw, cut number three on the album GEIST by Vancouver band Gang Signs (Peter Ricq, Adam Fink & Matea Sarenac). Seattle’s KEXP (90.3 FM) will air an exclusive in-studio session from Gang Signs on 24 September at 8:30pm.