KILLJOYS – Season 4 Episode 10 – SPOILERS
Aneela, John, and D’Avin re-enter the green to free Dutch. It is understandable why Aneela needs D’Avin on the mission, because he has a unique ability to repel the green goo. And she does try (unsuccessfully) to persuade John to stay behind. (John is quite vulnerable to manipulation from The Lady and therefore completely useless in greenspace.) Remember back in Episode 3.2 when Zeph was the only one to figure out that “fake fire doesn’t burn”? One can’t help thinking that Zeph is the only one who could entirely refuse to accept The Lady’s artificial reality. John almost succumbed to a facsimile of Pawter. Zeph would never believe an artificial-Pip.
But Zeph stayed behind. The children kidnapped from Westerley returned home carrying a virus that rapidly infected the entire population of the moon. Zeph finds a cure, but everyone is left with complete amnesia, including Zeph, who explains, right before she loses her own memories: “The children were carrying the virus. The virus was carrying something that attacked the cerebral cortex.” It makes sense. Once outside the green, The Lady still needs storage space. Clearing the cerebral cortices of large numbers of humans on Westerley is one way to get it. But how does the Lady connect the brains she controls?
Dutch throws the spore into the fountain of green in a greenspace analog of the place where Aneela’s mother is hidden. This seems to destroy the greenspace, but not before Dutch and the Jaqobis brothers make it out. But the spore that she threw and the fountain she threw it into were all green-generated memories. Turin (Patrick Garrow) has the actual spore container, and it is doubtful that anyone besides Zeph (and the ghost of Khlyen) knows enough detail about the substance to imagine it into existence.
Turin gets control of the spore after a delightful exchange between Aneela and Zeph that happens while Turin is threatening to shoot Aneela and the Jaqobis brothers threaten to shoot him if he does.
ZEPH: “Has the testosterone made you guys all into raging assholes, or did I just miss something?”
ANEELA: “Men need to fight. It gives them meaning. And us entertainment.”
ZEPH: “Well, I am not entertained. Wait. If you’re Aneela in Dutch’s body, how can you physically bring anyone into the green?”
TURIN: “Hey, we’re having a standoff over here.”
ANEELA: “It has nothing to do with the physical properties. The plasma operates on a subatomic frequency more akin to radio waves.”
ZEPH: “That makes no sense. Radio waves don’t exist on a subatomic frequency.”
JOHN: “Guys. Seriously. Lot of guns here.”
ANEELA: “Which is why I said ‘akin to’. I can manipluate the frequency mentally.”
After greenspace is apparently destroyed, the pool through which they entered and exited turns transparent. Dutch sees what she believes to be Aneela beneath the surface and reaches her hand into the clear liquid. Something (either Aneela or The Lady) grabs her arm and then…
John and Dutch are married and run the Royale. D’Avin is still a Killjoy, pursuing Jaq on a Level Two Escort Warrant. (That’s probably The Lady’s way of making him find Jaq for her.) Everyone seems to be living in a dark blend of American sitcoms from the past. (The Honeymooners meets Cheers and The Andy Griffith Show?) It’s a fair bet that Zeph will be the one to see through this artificial reality. (We haven’t been shown what role The Lady has created for Zeph in the Alt-Westerley reality.)
The song playing in the background at the end of the episode is “Daydream” by Milk & Bone, and that might offer a clue of some sort to what’s going on. The Lady is apparently out of the green, and the cause of all this, and here’s what she has to say: “My father told me a story once, about a family that got lost in the woods. They left bread crumbs to mark their path, so they’d never forget their way home. But a monster lived in those woods, and, one by one, it ate everything they left behind. Memories aren’t where you’ve been, they’re who you are. And if I own that, I own you. And now that I’m out, I will own everyone.”
Is the green really dead, and, if so, did Aneela die with it? Dutch found one of Khlyen’s red boxes and it contained what looked like an apple. Could the apple be an antidote to the spore that enabled Aneela to survive the destruction? Or Khylen might have devised an escape route for Aneela and the apple is a weapon designed to kill The Lady. (The red boxes normally contain a weapon and an assassination assignment.) Is the alternate reality at the end of the episode a daydream shared by everyone who lost their memory after contracting the virus? Do Jaq and Delle Seyah, safe on Arkyn, have any notion of what’s going on? And what is The Lady’s ultimate goal? “My race was ancient before I was even born,” she told Aneela, “spreading to every corner of space. Driven by instinct, by nature, to dominate and rule, until I was the last of us.” Is it possible that The Lady is a micro-organism?
Lara Jean Chorostecki (Sheriff Charlie Volford in “It Takes A Pillage“) stars as Chloe, the know-it-all sidekick of an abrasive, arrogant, but talented chef in NOSE TO TAIL. The film follows Chef Daniel (Aaron Abrams) as he strugles to keep his failing restaurant afloat over the course of one day and one night. Jesse Zigelstein’s debut feature is now shooting in Toronto. Others in the cast are Ennis Esmer, Carolina Bartczak, and Lauren Collins. NOSE TO TAIL will premiere at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival (28 November-2 December) in British Columbia.
Chorostecki will also be Debbie in HAMMER, a film written and directed by Christian Sparkes. The crime drama explores the lives of friends who move out west and become involved with drug gangs in Vancouver and Seattle. Dayle McLeod (Jenny in “Vessel“) and Mark O’Brien (Grayson in “Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye“) are also in the cast. HAMMER is currently filming in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Aaron Ashmore (John Jaqobis) will be Randal Wishart in the third season of CARDINAL, which will be inspired by the fourth and fifth novels in the John Cardinal series of mysteries (written by Giles Blunt). In the fourth novel, “By the Time You Read This”, Lise Delorme investigates the trading of unspeakable photos of a young girl (believed to be living in Algonquin Bay) being traded online, and Cardinal receives a string of hateful anonymous notes about his wife’s death. In the fifth novel, “Crime Machine”, the decapitated bodies of two Russians (in town for the annual fur auction) are found in a summer home on Trout Lake. The six-episode third season of CARDINAL is currently being filmed in North Bay, Ontario and in Toronto. The first two seasons of CARDINAL can be streamed on HULU. CTV has yet to announce a premiere date for Season 3.
Olunike Adeliyi (Artura Senbek in “Heart-Shaped Box“) will be Sue in THE PARTING GLASS, a film that follows three Irish-American siblings (played by Denis O’Hare, Cynthia Nixon, and Melissa Leo) as they reminisce about their deceased younger sister (played by Anna Paquin) who is believed to have killed herself. Asked how she approached playing a character who only exists in people’s memories, Paquin told Christopher O’Keefe of Screen Anarchy: “Well, basically each little individual vignette is its own person that has integrity and truth in that scene and it doesn’t have to have anything to do with what’s playing in any of the other scenes. There’s actually something really freeing and wonderful about that because obviously you can’t erase knowing what you did in some other scene but being allowed to just respond to the sibling whose memory it is and not actually trying to fit them altogether in one piece of a puzzle…as an acting exercise that’s quite interesting.” THE PARTING GLASS premiered at the 2018 Edinburgh Film Festival, and will be screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival in San Rafael, California on 6 October. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Luke MacFarlane (D’Avin Jaqobis) will be a “handsome, Christmas-loving firefighter” in A SHOE ADDICT’S CHRISTMAS . Noelle (Candace Cameron Bure) works late at her department store job on a snowy Christmas Eve and accidentally gets locked in after closing. A strange woman appears out of thin air in the shoe department, claims to be Noelle’s guardian angel, and causes Noelle to visit Christmases past, present, and future. (MacFarlane’s character is Noelle’s neighbor, with whom she must work to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala.) A SHOE ADDICT’S CHRISTMAS premieres Sunday, 25 November at 8/7c on The Hallmark Channel.