KILLJOYS- Season 4 Episode 9 – SPOILERS
John and D’Avin leave young Jaq (aka Ozzie) in the care of his mother, who is hiding out on Arkyn in Red 9 (presumably down the block from Red 17), drinking a purple bottle of hokk, and reviewing Khlyen’s research into the nature of The Green. (She knew about the weapon that Khlyen devised to destroy The Lady before D’Avin mentioned it.) Khlyen must have told her how to access Red 9. Delle Seyah is also aware of the locations of Khlyen’s other safe houses in The Quad.
D’Avin, John, and Dutch return to the Armada where Turin (Patrick Garrow) is plotting to retake the RAC and free the kidnapped children being held there (as well as capture the only liquid pool of green in The J). Turin’s plan does not work. Weej and the undercover Killjoys with him are killed when their ship encounters a hitherto undetected biophasic shield.
Once the defensive mechanism around the RAC is detected, it falls to John and Zeph to figure a way around it. John explains how such a shield works: “It scans your ship. If it reads you as a virus, bye bye, go boom.” Dutch suggests that the shield must have been put in place after Weej’s previous successful mission to rescue Pree and Gavin.
ZEPH: “We ran these symbols through every archival database. The closest match was Scarback.”
FAIRUZA: “This is a shadow scar. It’s the language of our dead. Every Scarback creates their own to be carved on their body at death.”
ZEPH: “These were carved on Dutch from the inside. We think The Lady is sending some sort of message.”
PIP: “And using the Scarback’s language as a Speak-And-Slice feels like The Lady’s wheelhouse.”
ZEPH: “Ugh. Why are the ancient entities so stabbily-ever-after? It’s never an equation or a clean line of code.”
FAIRUZA: “A story is powerful. It’s how we make memories. How we shape desires. Why I have clients. Even shadow symbols are stories. Each symbol is one of three, see? This one is ‘ascend’. This one is ‘elixir’. This one is ‘disappear’ or ‘dissolve’. Together they form a new meaning, but whatever it was died with the Scarback.”
ZEPH: “A cryptic crossword. Goodie.”
Zeph doesn’t solve the puzzle, Dutch does. But before that happens, John manages to disable the Hullen shield with the aid of a “crypto-cellular converter“, a device that connects the user to mitochondrial memory, somehow enabling them to consciously control their DNA. John uses this device to temporarily disable the biophasic shield. Pree and Gavin rescue the children, but (for complex reasons) it becomes necessary to cause the RAC to self-destruct. Already doomed by the spiderbot in his brain, Pip volunteers for the suicide mission, and stays behind to enter the codes (it cannot be done remotely), while the others escape.
After Pip’s death, a disheartened Zeph gives Dutch the puzzle to solve, and walks away. Armed with Fairuza’s translation of the symbols, Dutch immediately recognizes what Aneela wants her to do. She takes a swig from a flask of Green Goo and switches bodies with Aneela, so next week’s Season Four finale will see Hannah John-Kamen as Aneela in Dutch’s body rescuing Aneela’s body (currently inhabited by Dutch) from the clutches of The Lady. The situation will force D’Avin and John to work with Aneela. It’s going to be a fascinating finale.
Mark O’Brien (Grayson Hicks in “Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye“) has an as yet unspecified role in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE a film about seven strangers who meet at a rundown hotel in Lake Tahoe that has a dark past. Each of the seven has a secret to bury, and during one fateful night, each will have one final shot at redemption. Among others in the cast are Katherine Isabelle, Dakota Johnson, and Chris Hemsworth. Directed by Drew Goddard, and filmed in Vancouver, BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE will premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas on 27 September, and will be in US theatres on 12 October. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Frank Moore (Hills Oonan in “Wild, Wild, Westerley“) is Rob in TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN (originally titled “Historic Homes of the Future”), which stars Cara Gee as Raven, a radical eco-activist, who is jailed for protesting development on disputed indigenous land. After her brother (John Cor) bails her out, she discovers that he is working as a real estate agent, pre-selling houses on the very land she’s been trying to save. TROUBLE IN THE GARDEN, written and directed by Roz Owen (best known for her documentaries), recently had its premiere at Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival.
Craig Burnatowski (Reiner in “Johnny Be Good“) will be Santa in in Jonas Åkerlund’s POLAR, a film adaptation of the graphic novel “Polar: Came From the Cold” by Jayson Rothwell. The film stars Mads Mikkelsen as Duncan Visla (aka the Black Kaiser) a master assassin who is attempting to retire, but finds himself marked for death by a former employer. Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, Maria Nash (who plays one of the kidnapped children on KILLJOYS), and LOST GIRL’s Inga Cadranel are also in the cast. Filmed in Orono, Ontario (just east of Toronto), POLAR is set to premiere on Netflix (everywhere except Canada, Germany, and China) in 2019.