KILLJOYS – Season 5 Episode 2 – SPOILERS
The Lady takes a new body, discarding the one she previously inhabited. Khlyen (Rob Stewart) asks her why, but she does not say. Apparently the process is fatal to the host, and Khlyen seems genuinely horrified, so it seems that The Lady completely de-Hullenized him when she pulled him from the Green. We learn a few things about The Lady. She enters and leaves host bodies via a circular pattern of small holes. She leaves (at least this time) through the wrist of her old host, and enters the new body through the neck of the new one. (The entry and exit patterns are not quite the same.) And she is in telepathic contact with others of her species. (When Dutch conveniently finds a flamethrower and incinerates a bunch of those snake-like things being stored on Westerly, The Lady experiences pain, though she is many kilometers above the moon’s atmosphere.) Unlike the Hullen, The Lady has no difficulty expressing emotion. We also learn that what she really wants is Jaq.
There are other interesting, but completely unrelated things that happen. D’Avin (Luke McFarlane) identifies himself as a Level 6 Killjoy, when in real life, he was immune to the Green and never achieved that level. Dutch needs to get Zeph a data key so she picks the pocket of Fancy Lee (Sean Baek), who promptly accuses his partner (Chris Violette) of grabbing his ass. (His partner says “You’re not even my type, man.” and Fancy borrows a line from Doc Holliday in Episode Two of WYNONNA EARP, responding: “I’m everybody’s type.”) D’Avin, searching for Yala (before he knows she’s Dutch), stops the wrong woman (Brianna Goldie) on the street. Goldie was stunt double for Melanie Liburd on DARK MATTER, and also doubled for Dominique Tipper on THE EXPANSE.
The episode’s best scenes are:
— Zeph stoned on painkillers, being operated on by Dutch (who can’t sew, and uses duct tape to close the incision).
— Zeph terrified of the memories she might regain when she tests the protein inhibitor she (somehow) synthesized.
— Zeph getting caught in the rain, knowing she is about to lose her past again, and carving a note on her wrist to help her remember.
One does wonder how Stinky Zeph accumulated all that gadgetry in the six weeks since The Lady took over. Was the underground lair actually built by the real Zeph for purposes unknown?
Kelly McCormack told Bridget Liscewski of The TV Junkies: “The challenge, and quite frankly the joy, of playing Stinky Zeph is that the only thing that really changed was how she viewed herself. A nice lesson on how powerful someone believing in you can be. But also, side note HAVE YOU SEEN MY LAIR!?!?! I have to give a shoutout to the art department. They made a playpen of wonder that I got to call my own and I was in HEAVEN. Plus the hair/make-up team had so much fun making me look disgusting. It was the best. Costumes also nailed it. At one point I asked if Stinky could have a weird collectible pouch of nicknacks and found treasures like Hoggle from the Labyrinth and the next day I had the most insane bundle of junk hanging from my belt which included a greasy rabbits foot, a pocket laser, a ruler and a toothbrush.”
Previous seasons of KILLJOYS can be streamed on VRV, which is (mostly) a niche streaming site for anime/animation. KILLJOYS is the only live-action science fiction show on VRV, but there are a few other things of interest, including James Cameron’s STORY OF SCIENCE FICTION, and Guillermo del Toro’s 1997 film MIMIC. (After a 30 day free trial period, the service is $10/month.)
Kelly McCormack wrote, directed, and starred (along with Erin Marguerite Carter and Austin Ball) in the short film SIR LUDWIG’S DUCLAUDIAN TWINS ARE ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN THE SAME BUILDING. The entire film is available on Vimeo.
Alanna Bale (The Lady) will be Joanne in THE MARIJUANA CHRONICLES, a story (optioned from investigative reporter Diana Zlomislic) that discusses the scientific, social and physical effects of Marijuana use during an all-female group study that was conducted in Toronto over a period of 98 days in 1972. Writer/director Craig Pryce said in a press release: “After discovering Diana’s fascinating research on the bizarre and unethical experiments…I knew it would make for a fascinating movie. I’m very excited to tell this true story that focuses on five young women and how they used their unique strengths, resilience and friendship to overcome adversity despite several agendas imposed on them during their days in virtual captivity.” Among others in the cast are Marie Ward, Luke Bilyk, and Paulino Nunes (all of whom appeared on LOST GIRL). THE MARIJUANA CHRONICLES has completed filming in Toronto. No release date has been announced.