KILLJOYS – Season 5 Episode 1 – SPOILERS
Westerly has succumbed to a complex, shared delusion, designed to turn its population into a workforce to terraform the moon. An alien program has hijacked people’s brains, but only the cerebral cortex seems to be affected by it. The limbic system is still functioning normally. (Proof of this is that Gared and Pree are still in love, and Zeph still has a crush on Dutch.) This has been happening for forty-three days, according to Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) who is holed up on Arkyn with her son Jaq (Jaeden Noel). Kendry has retained her fighting skills, and uses them effectively against The Lady’s minions. (Johnny has lost such skills because his new personna has no need for them. He can’t even figure out how to fire the type of gun he once carried as a Killjoy.)
Somewhere on Westerly there is at least one person who is unaffected by the collective delusion, because that someone contrived to lock Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) in her bedroom with a red box like the ones Khlyen once used to assign her assassination targets. Isolated with a powerful trigger, Dutch regains her memories. The locked door keeps her from responding to her alert bracelet and losing her memories again. (Whenever anyone begins to realize the unreality of their situation, they are alerted to take a decontamination shower by a bracelet that — unknown to them — measures stress levels instead of toxins. The shower contains chemicals that restore the delusion.)
We see Khlyen (who died a long time ago) on a ship above the moon with the current body inhabited by The Lady, so he could not have locked Dutch in that room. But then again, he should not be alive at all. (One of the guards strikes him with a rifle butt and he actually bleeds a little from the lip, which seems to confirm his corporeality.)
On Arkyn, Jaq is busy devising a plan to thwart The Lady. D’Avin (Luke MacFarlane) and Dutch fly to Arkyn in an effort to save Jaq from the clutches of imagined Qreshi, and Jaq predicts their arrival. Once they get there, Kendry kisses Dutch to get her DNA. Apparently Jaq’s plan, whatever it might be, requires that DNA, as well as Dutch’s fingerprints. (One theory might be is that Jaq has developed a way to read the program controlling everyone on Westerly, making him able to predict what those participating in it will do next. If he has Dutch’s fingerprints and DNA, it might enable him to break into the program and make modifications. This might also mean that Aneela, who is the mirror of Dutch, DNA-wise, is somehow involved, and is still alive.)
The only character with a radically transformed physical appearance is Pree, who is now head Killjoy on Westerly, and is still romantically involved with Gared (Gavin Fox), whose last name (we discover) is Douleheny. The new Gared is engaged to Cindy (Lucy Winkle) and tells Pree that he plans to break off his engagement to her soon. But Pree knows he’s lying.
It’s complicated, but Zeph and Dutch end up fleeing for their lives after failing to bring anyone else back to their senses, and Zeph is severely wounded in the process. Will it be Jaq and Kendry who rescue them? Or will that mysterious person who earlier locked Dutch in her bedroom with the red box come to their aid?
Nora McLellan (Bellus Haardy) won a Jessie Award for her role as Miss Flora Van Huysen in an Arts Club Theatre production of Thornton Wilder’s THE MATCHMAKER. McLellan is currently Park Ranger Dogberry in a modernized Canadian Stage production of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, set in Ontario cottage country in the late 1990s. Performances will continue through 1 September at the High Park Amphitheatre in Toronto.
Lily Gail Reid (The Little Lady) is Lily in the horror/comedy CHERRYPICKER, which is set in Tobermory, Ontario, and stars Zion Forest Lee as retired hockey player Sean Chase. Sean is dating Laura (Marianthi Evans), who has four young daughters (one of whom is Lily). He invites the five of them to his cottage for the summer and quickly discovers that the girls don’t like him. The girls’ pranks get progressively more dangerous, and Sean begins to fear for his life. CHERRYPICKER will be released in Canada on 16 September. A trailer is available on Vimeo.
Rob Stewart (Khlyen) will be Ava’s as-yet-unnamed husband in the comedy-drama A GRAND ROMANTIC GESTURE, which will star Gina McKee as Ava, who, after she loses her job, is encouraged by her husband and pregnant daughter (Rose Reynolds) to take up gourmet cooking and prepare to be a grandmother. Instead she joins a drama class, where she is cast as Juliet, and begins to fall in love with her Romeo (Douglas Hodge). Linda Kash (Kenzi’s mom on LOST GIRL) also appears in the film. Directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin, A GRAND ROMANTIC GESTURE recently began production in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.