KILLJOYS – Season 5 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
The Lady (Alanna Bale) is pursuing Jaq (Jaeden Noel) because her hatchlings (as she calls her offspring) can only live in specific environments, while Jaq’s body has Hullen genes and can survive in a much broader range of conditions. The term “hatchlings” suggests creatures born of an egg-laying species. According to Lucy’s DNA analysis, it is a 97% probability that the dead hatchling given to her for analysis is a clone. (Many Earth species have the ability to reproduce by parthenogenesis, and The Lady might also have this ability. Offspring produced by apomictic parthenogenesis are full clones of their mother.)
It seems that The Lady does not feel the pain of the host body. At one point, one of her fingernails is somehow torn out (something which should be quite painful), and she calmly remarks on the fragility of the human form. She also enjoys a drink while speaking to Khlyen (Rob Stewart), which seems to indicate that sensory input from the host body is selectively filtered, and only the good stuff is allowed through.
John (Aaron Ashmore) is unlucky in love. Pawter (Sarah Power), the love of his life, met an untimely demise at the hands of Kendry in Episode 2.9. More recently, under the influence of The Lady, John believed (for a month and a half) that he was married to his best friend, Dutch, and it begins to look like he enjoyed that delusion more than he is willing to admit, and is not entirely happy with a return to reality.
Then there’s Lucy (Tamsen McDonough). The only thing that seemed to keep John from becoming involved with the ship’s AI was her lack of a physical body. (When she had one temporarily in Episode 2.6, they did kiss.) After Lucy is infected by The Lady, John is forced to delete her consciousness, but it is not a certainty that Lucy is entirely gone. She tells John that “All the data from the sample [of the hatchling] is on my 7-epsilon point 2-0 chip. You need to take it and shut me down before the virus begins to replicate again.” Could Lucy have somehow stored herself, or at least a link to an offsite backup of herself, on that chip?
At the end of the episode, The Lady is drinking hokk and taking advice from Khlyen. (One wonders if the alcohol affects not only the host body, but the parasite as well.) He tells her an old Leithian saying: “If you cannot hunt, perhaps you’re a fisherman.” The Lady takes this to heart, and, at Khlyen’s suggestion, has Dutch and John and D’Avin sent to a maximum security prison as bait in hopes that Jaq and Kendry will attempt to break them out.
Sara Waisglass (Quin in “The Hullen Have Eyes“) will be Madison St. Claire in OCTOBER FACTION, an eleven-episode series based on the 2015 graphic novel by Steve Niles and Damien Worm, and starring J.C. MacKenzie and Tamara Taylor as Fred and Deloris Allen, members of a secret global organization that hunts “monsters”. After the death of Fred’s father, they try to retire to their upstate New York hometown with their teenage children, but that doesn’t work out so well. Maxim Roy will recur as Alice Harlow, the world’s last surviving warlock, and two episodes will be directed by Megan Follows (who also appears in the show as Edith Mooreland). OCTOBER FACTION should be on Netflix later this year.
Stephanie Leonidas (Clara in “Dutch and the Real Girl“) will be Eva Meisner in the first episode of VAN DER VALK, a remake of the 70s British detective series that starred Barry Foster. (The series was brought back in the 90s for seven TV movies.) The reboot has Marc Warren as Detective Simon Van Der Valk and Maimie McCoy as his partner Lucienne Hassell, and the show will be set in (and filmed in) modern-day Amsterdam. Three 90 minute episodes will air in December of this year on ITV (which aired the original series), NPO Netherlands, and France Télévisions.
Athena Park (Kerrigan in “Schooled“) is Savannah Rigg in seven episodes of HOLLY HOBBIE, a modern interpretation of the classic character created by Denise Holly Ulinskas in the 1960s. The series stars Ruby Jay as 14-year-old Holly, a small-town singer-songwriter who (in the first season) saves her grandmother’s café by performing her original songs at open mic nights. Season one is currently available on HULU in the US, CBBC in the UK, and on Family Channel in Canada. The show has been renewed for a ten-episode second season (in which Holly will be cast in a musical and come in conflict with its director).