KILLJOYS – Season 3 Episode 7 – SPOILERS
Dutch takes off with Lucy and Zeph to have Aneela’ neurons injected into her brain. For this purpose, Zeph uses an abandoned Company lab. Since Zeph knew where the old Company lab was, and knew her way around it, it seems likely she once worked for the Company. While Dutch is gone, D’Avin takes command of the war effort, and successfully enlists the formerly Hullen RAC agents in the cause. Former Hullen Fancy Lee (Sean Baek) and D’Avin have a dialogue about loyalty and trust, and it’s nice to see Fancy in the role of leader, instead of as a lone wolf. (We still know very little about Fancy’s personal history.)
Here’s what Dutch finds out.
Khlyen was the head of the Yardeen clan, one of the ten ruling families of Qresh. But the seas on that planet began to rise, and, forseeing the conflict that would bring about, Khlyen and his daughter left Qresh for Arkyn. (Aneela’s mother, being less adventurous, remained behind.) The Yardeen family was removed from the list of ruling families. The remaining families became The Nine.
Khlyen made a deal with The Hullen, who promised to (with Khlyen’s help) conquer The Quad and restore his family’s honour. Some ten or fifteen years later (judging by Aneela’s apparent age), Aneela kills all her human test subjects on Arkyn. When Khlyen discovers this, he imprisons her in a mirrored cube to keep her away from contact with the green. When she is alone, Aneela does a spinal tap on herself, and regularly drains the green from inside her into a tub. She hides this from Khlyen. When there is sufficient green she submerges in it.
Immersed in the green, Aneela thought hard and long about her happy times as a child with pre-Hullen Khlyen, and the green gave birth to Yala, an incarnation of her former self. With Yala’s help, Aneela escapes from the cube. (The name Yalena and the nickname Yala are first used by Khlyen. We only hear Aneela call the child “little bird”. Did Aneela name Yalena, or did Khlyen?)
When Khlyen finds out about Yala, he tells Aneela “I have to remove your memories to keep them out of the green. No one can ever know what you’ve done, or she will come for you.” He also says: “The Lady must never know what you’ve done.” Back in Episode 2.1, the black root were taking Khlyen to see someone they call The Lady. When Khlyen uses ‘it’ to describe the green, Aneela corrects him, and asserts that the green is female. Does The Lady rule The Hullen? Or is The Lady a personification of the green.
On one of his visits to Aneela when she is imprisoned in the cube, Khlyen notices a piece of fruit.
KHLYEN: “Where did you get that peach? Who’s been visiting you?”
ANEELA: “You’re not the only one with secrets.”
Dutch was able to enter the cube in Episode 2.7, presumably because of her genetic similarity to Aneela. Her father, Khlyen, is also able to enter. It seems at least possible that the mysterious peach-bearing visitor was Aneela’s mother.
Isys Alexis (pilot #1) also sings. Her hip-hop EP, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, is available on iTunes and Amazon. Alexis also appeared in the 12 MONKEYS episode Memory of Tomorrow (Episode 2.13) as “Daughter Isys”.
Ain’t Nobody Home, track four on the album Rock and Roll Fever, a collection of songs recorded in the 1970’s by the Lenny Mack Band is the song playing in the flashback to the night when Yala discovers Johnny trying to steal Lucy.
Asked about Dutch’s strange connection to Aneela, showrunner Michelle Lovretta told Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies: “In 208 after they escape from Aneela’s lab, Dutch asked D’avin her deepest fear: ‘what if I’m her?’ I was really interested in exploring that dual identity conflict, but I wanted to do it through something deeper and messier emotionally than a clone or twin. Science fiction provided me the option of doing it in a fresh new (if slightly bonkers) way. Dutch isn’t a separate, cold genetic copy of Aneela – she *is* Aneela… but after being put through the blender of entirely different life experiences she’s also entirely her own person. It’s complicated and I love that: nature versus nurture writ large, I guess. There’s also something really compelling and sad and beautiful to me about looking at this person who you assumed was a simple villain, a monster, and realizing you’re looking at yourself.”