KILLJOYS – Season 2 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
For the second straight episode, Dutch kills someone who wants to die. Arune Hyponia (Shamier Anderson) gets shot trying to help Pawter. Pree (all too briefly) sings. Johnny and Pawter wander the streets of Old Town, pantsless and stoned.
The wall around Old Town emits a signal that suppresses fear and induces euphoria. EM waves can be jammed, so one way to counter the effect would be for Lucy to broadcast a set of cancelling waves nullifying the wall’s effects. Old Town is open to the sky, and it might work long enough to get Johnny and Pawter out of there (before Jelco figures out what’s happening and opens fire on Lucy). It is also possible that the tunnels under Old Town might provide protection against the wall’s broadcast.
This is second-guessing, but had Johnny not gone to Westerley, but instead traveled with Dutch to Arkyn, he would have learned how the wall around Old Town works without subjecting himself and Pawter to its effects. Dutch, D’Avin, and Alvis discover a much older version of the wall deep below Arkyn‘s surface. (Another of Khlyen’s cubes there turned out to be an elevator.) They also discover that one of the twelve monks who went to fight the devil is still alive, and that the devil they went to fight was Aneela. The centuries old monk (Julian Richings) mistakes Dutch for Aneela, and we know that the green goo prevents aging so Dutch’s double is likely still alive.
The old monk expresses a desire to die. Dutch is reluctant to grant his wish, because he probably has useful information, and D’Avin is, once again, the voice of ethical conduct, telling Dutch, “He gets to decide how much pain is too much. Not us.”
Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) is one of those responsible for the wall. She was also behind the illegally modified school for bright young Westerlyns (episode 2.4), and the genetic bomb attack against another of the Nine Families (episode 1.6). Despite her aggressive Qreshi-supremacist approach to things, she is regularly in touch with Khlyen, and seems to be an ally of his. (When Dutch asked her why Khlyen kept in touch with her, she answered “I guess daddy likes me best.” In the light of the monk’s revelation that Aneela called Khlyen “father”, one might consider taking her statement literally. It is possible that Seyah Kendry is Aneela’s sister (or her sister’s clone). Dutch and Delle seem to be about the same age.
Pawter mentions that the sort of eugenics The Company is planning to employ in Old Town was used years ago on livestock. “It’s something The Company did way back in the early colony days with animals,” she tells Johnny. “First, contain them, then introduce a biological contaminant that will wipe out the weak and leave only the strongest stock.” It isn’t clear just what The Company was trying to achieve with those unspecified animals, but doing what Pawter described will only result in animals that are resistant to that particular contaminant.
Her statement about eugenics does indicate that, at least in the “early colonial days” of The Quad, large numbers of animals were present. Pree, whose reaction to fence-induced euphoria is to sing, also tells us that the residents of Old Town has been eating rats and cats since the wall went up. We have not seen a live cat or rat on KILLJOYS, not even in the underground tunnels.
SOME QUESTIONS THAT REMAIN — If there are cubes on Leith and on Arkyn, might there also be cubes on Westerley and Qresh? Does the wall’s broadcast affect Sixes the same way it affects normal folk? What will Louella Simms do, now that Jelco has sent that incriminating photo of her sister to the leaders of the Nine Families?
Shamier Anderson (Arune Hyponia) will be Trevor Davis in episode three of PITCH, a series about the (fictional) first woman to play major league baseball. (An optimistic person might hope that this series is a device to prepare the way for Mo’ne Davis, or someone like her, to be signed to a professional contract.) It will be the first scripted TV show officially associated with major league baseball, and the pilot is being screened at ball parks all over the US this summer. The show, starring Kylie Bunbury, will premiere on FOX on 22 September.
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Julian Richings (ancient Scarback) will be Stash in the comedy THE SPACE BETWEEN, about a new father who learns that he is infertile, and that his child’s real father is a 19-year old university student, whom he immediately sets out to find. During his quest, he falls for a troubled young woman who just escaped rehab, and the last half of the movie takes place at a burlesque festival. THE SPACE BETWEEN was written and directed by Amy Jo Johnson (who was Jules Callahan on the CBS/CTV series FLASHPOINT), and had its world premiere at the 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival in June.
The song playing when the ancient monk pleads with Dutch to kill him is Forgotten, track seven on the album MOUTH FULL OF TEETH by Animalia. Animalia is Jill Krasnicki, who is originally from Hobart, Australia, but currently resides in Toronto. Another of her songs, Firebug (from the same album) was playing while Westerley was being bombed in the final episode of KILLJOYS Season One. Krasnicki is part of Killjoys Collective, which describes itself as a group of “Southern Ontario musicians who focus on dark electro music and other weirdness.” (The collective was started in 2014, so the name Killjoys is most likely a coincidence.)