KILLJOYS – Season 2 Episode 7 – SPOILERS
Sabine is able to feel again after sex with D’Avin, but it won’t last forever. She’s like Charly in Flowers for Algernon but it is her emotions that are artificially heightened, and doomed to eventually diminish. And apparently the medicinal effect of Sabine/D’Avin eroticism works both ways. Back in episode 1.4, Dutch called D’Av a “big muscle-y distraction” and since he arrived on Lucy, that has been an apt description of him. He’s been a nice, pretty, but not too bright Jaqobis brother. After Sabine, D’Avin finds the ability to criticize Dutch’s methods.
He convinces Dutch to let Turin conduct Sabine’s interrogation. (When Dutch asserts that she is an “expert on torture”, his reaction is “ewww”.) And when Dutch tells him “She’s not some wounded animal we found by the side of the road. You don’t get to fix her and keep her. She is a weapon meant to be used against us. And once we get what we can out of her, we’re getting rid of her.” This exchange follows:
D’AVIN: “You want to go back to being Yela? Red Boxes and assassinations? You’re better than that. We’re not murderers.”
DUTCH: “We’re at war.”
D’AVIN: “With who?”
DUTCH: “I don’t know because your little bang buddy won’t tell me.”
D’AVIN: “Then treat her like an enemy combatant. There are conventions, and you don’t get to break them. Find another way.”
With Sabine gone, will D’Avin’s new clarity of purpose diminish over time like Sabine’s emotions?
Up till now, Johnny has been the bright brother, but he’s busy doing stupid things in Old Town. He takes out a solitary warrant (over the objections of Bellus) and after failing to exercise caution in his investigations, he gets busted breaking into secret stuff in Jelco’s private office. He is put on display in what looks like a high-tech cage in Spring Hill.
Besides a new and improved D’Avin, other things the Killjoys acquired from Sabine are a brain-stabbing device (called a dreadnought) that effectively kills Sixes by causing instantaneous massive brain death. (Dutch sticks a Black Root dude in the ear with it), and a very long list of undercover Sixes in The Quad.
After all this we still are not sure just what Sabine is about. She’s Black Root, for sure, but is she working for or against Khlyen? She leads Dutch to a safe house on Leith (a mirror cube standing on it’s corner) prepared for Dutch by Khlyen. It contains a heart-shaped silver box with a single piece of jewellery in it, weapons, memorablila from Dutch’s youth. and a red box identifying another assassination target. Since Dutch most likely wasn’t supposed to find that red box just yet, killing the target it identifies (Aneela) would probably be premature. Why does Dutch leap to the idea that Aneela might be the other version of her that D’Avin saw on Arkyn? Green goo memories?
The first thought that came to mind after seeing that cubic safe house was a Tony Rosenthal sculpture, but the first relevant thought was Heinlein’s short story “-And He Built a Crooked House-“. This is wild speculation, but what if that cube is a multi-dimensional structure that enables Dutch to step between worlds? What if it takes her to the homeworld of the Creatures of the Green Goo?
Dutch goes full Wynonna Earp on Sabine, dropping her with one bullet to the center of the forehead. She could have used the dreadnought on her to make certain she was dead, but did not because she “deserved a fighting chance”. Sabine will most likely be back, but maybe not this season.
April Mullen directed this episode. Her most recent film, 88, can be streamed on Netflix (US). Her next feature will be BELOW HER MOUTH, which stars Erika Linder and WYNONNA EARP’s Natalie Krill as Dallas and Bridget, who have a weekend fling that quickly escalates into a life-altering relationship. Mayko Nguyen (Delle Seyah Kendry) is also in the cast. “It was very sexual,” Mullen said, describing the making of BELOW HER MOUTH. “The women who were involved in the film had to be very brave and for that we got an all-female crew top to bottom to help with the honesty and the raw connection that they had to find with each other, so I was constantly searching for those really frenetic moments, and for them to feel comfortable enough and let their guards down enough so that I could capture them on film.” BELOW HER MOUTH will have its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
One of the songs playing while D’Avin and Sabine drink and share stories is In the Grottos, track two on CAVEBOY‘s self-titled EP. CAVEBOY’s next live appearance will be at the Rifflandia Festival in Victoria, B.C. on 15 September.
Oluniké Adeliyi (Artura Senbek) will be Amina Nour in BOOST, a film that describes a critical 72 hours in the lives of two teenage boys (Hakeem and A-Mac, from Montreal’s Little India neighborhood) after a car they are stealing for the mob is involved in a fatal accident. The film should be released sometime later this year.
Adeliyi also has a role in the indie horror film DARKEN, in which a young woman is accosted in the street and given an incantation that opens a doorway and propels her through it into a violent, oppressive, maze-like world. In her attempts to escape, she finds allies in people rebelling against the religious despot Mother Darken. The cast also includes Christine Horne, who was Dr. Lyra Grange in KILLJOYS episode 1.5. DARKEN is slated for release in 2017, and can be pre-ordered online.