KILLJOYS – Season 4 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
Dutch consults Zeph (Kelly McCormack) about the stuff that her mother told her would destroy the green and anything connected to it. Dutch is orbiting Telen, a long way from Zeph’s lab in The Quad, so Zeph appears on Lucy as a fairly sophisticated hologram. She can see what’s around her on Lucy (she points out a centrifuge to Dutch), and can also physically interact (in a limited way) with her remote surroundings. Unlike STAR TREK: VOYAGER’s Emergency Medical Hologram, she has no solidity, but the EMH had a limited range. Zeph is being transmitted across quite a lot of space, and the conversation between her and Dutch is not encumbered by any noticeable time delay, so transmission must be happening at faster than light speeds. Zeph must be using Hullen tech to accomplish this. In Episode 2.5, Dutch told Khlyen that faster-than-light transmissions are impossible, and Khlyen responded “only with your technology”.
Zeph scans the alien substance and discovers that it is rapidly breaking down, so Zeph needs to replicate it. For her to determine its components, she needs an abnormally powerful centrifuge, so Dutch needs to turn Lucy into one.
Lucy is apparently not capable of such acceleration on her own. After (presumably) disengaging the inertial dampers, Dutch engages manual control, mutes holographic Zeph (who vehemently objects to what Dutch is doing), and sets a course for a slingshot maneuver around Telen‘s sun. It works. Zeph somehow manages to stay in continuous contact with her holographic self despite the acceleration. She completes her analysis, and manages to rescue Dutch from disaster.
To rescue Dutch, Zeph intensifies the light coming from the arms of of her holographic projection and burns a control panel. That she could do this means that such a hologram could (theoretically) become a lethal weapon.
Meanwhile, D’Avin and Jaq are visiting D’Avin’s father, Marris (Ron Lea), who tells them he has turned over a new leaf. “Two thaws ago, I woke up drunk as a Lord,” he says. “You were there. But you weren’t you. You were this – I don’t know – some kind of silver-haired scientist experimenting on me. Ended up in a cave at Lake Rounder. Haven’t touched a drop since.” Marris is referencing events from “Meet the Parents” in which Khlyen injected the elder Jaqobis with green goo in an effort to figure out D’Avin’s immunity to the stuff, and then Khlyen and D’Avin inadvertently switched bodies. It is unclear whether Marris was frightened into sobriety by the incident, or if the green goo was responsible for the change in him.
D’Avin’s dad attempts to explain why his cabin looks more like a bunker. “You see, due to the tidal effect of the of the planet’s rings, and what with the harsh winters and massive storms…” (At this point he is interrupted by D’Avin.) There is a large blue object in Telen‘s sky that seems much more likely to be responsible for tidal effects.
The Black Root locates Jaq and D’Avin. Soon after, one of the Black Root soldiers is captured, and D’Avin decides to torture him for information. (He doesn’t want Jaq to see the torture, but the bunker’s walls are thin, and apparently it is all right for the kid to hear it.) The local sheriff on Telen turns out to be John’s childhood sweetheart Charlie Volford (Lara Jean Chorostecki). Initially, she seems friendly enough, but she secretly betrays the Jaqobis to the Hullen. One suspects Charlie never got over Johnny’s abrupt departure.
Jaq uses a technique called the “spider twist” (which he learned from Dutch) to escape his Black Root captors. (What is it with KILLJOYS and arachnid references?) Once everyone is back on Lucy, Jaq decides that maybe it would be better if he was somewhere else. It is possible that he misses his mother.
JAQ: “Why are the Hullen hunting me?”
JOHN: “We know The Lady wants you, we just don’t know why. But we’re going to keep fighting her until she stops.”
JAQ: “But you can’t fight her if dad’s always trying to protect me. Before she left, Delle Seyah gave me this device so I could find her. I think I could be safe there, with her.”
Elsewhere on the ship, Dutch and D’Avin are talking things out. Suddenly, Dutch screams in pain, and the tattoo of an insignia (or rune?) begins to painfully appear on her upper back.
Lara Jean Chorostecki (Charlie Volford) will be Suzie in DEFINING MOMENTS, a comedy that writer/director Stephen Wallis says is about “that one single moment in time that changes you from who you were to who you’ll be”. The film follows the intertwining stories of several families when faced with the most important moment in their lives. Burt Reynolds makes his final film appearance as Chester, a man who is hoping to make amends before he dies, especially with his daughter. Also in the cast are Sienna Guillory and Tammy Blanchard. Filmed in Unionville, Ontario, DEFINING MOMENTS will be released in the US on 12 April.
This episode of KILLJOYS was directed by Stephanie Morgenstern, co-creator (with Mark Ellis) of the CBC series X-COMPANY. Morgenstern also directed the final two episodes of that series. In the US, X COMPANY can be streamed on OvationTV.
Kelly McCormack (Zeph) will be Betty-Anne in Season Five of LETTERKENNY. McCormack tweeted on 9 July: “I promise you, the nastiest shit ever said on TV is delivered by these two gnarly bitches. Meet Betty-Anne & Mary Anne (Jess Salgueiro), #Letterkenny’s new trash talking hockey players.” Season Five is available on CraveTV Canada. So far, only the first two seasons of LETTERKENNY are available on HULU.