Rose (Laura Vandervoort) begins the film as a timid fashion worker scarred by a car accident in her youth.
The Soska Sisters‘ re-imagining of the 1977 Cronenberg classic looks at the story from a very different perspective. Rather than focusing (as the original film did) on the response to the outbreak by government agencies and the general population, this movie concerns itself mainly with Rose’s transformation, both physical and mental, and tries to explain that transformation scientifically. Effects of the disease on the general population are mentioned only in passing. Also, the new film seems to be set in some unspecified American city. The original story took place in or near Montreal. Continue reading →
The Reverend Doctor Anna Volovodov (Elizabeth Mitchell), an old friend of the dangerously weak Secretary-General Gillis (Jonathan Whittaker) is summoned to the UN to help Gillis write a speech. (And possibly because the Secretary-General suspects that his grasp of the situation leaves something to be desired and needs someone around that he can trust to help him figure things out.) The first thing we see Volovodov do is take a billy club to the head while protecting an anti-war protester. When Errinwright and Gillis start talking about making Mao cooperate by threatening action against his family, Volovodov reminds them that “collective punishment is still a war crime”. It is good to know that the Geneva Accords are still in force in this future.
Dr. Volovodov on the phone with her wife Namono (Raven Dauda) and her daughter Nami (Loreva Joy).
The Rocinante (alias Pinus Contorta) receives an anonymous Martian distress call, prompting a philosophical debate among the crew. Holden says ignore it, because “people are dying all over the system”, and they need to head for Io to rescue Prax’s daughter. Alex, himself a Martian, is not happy with the decision, and says that he swore an oath and just because he’s not in uniform anymore doesn’t change that. Naomi (Dominique Tipper) sides with Alex with hopes of ending her political isolation, and the cynical Amos (“You can’t save everybody. It’s a waste of time to try.”) allies himself with Holden and his new obsession. Prax (Terry Chen), perhaps remembering when his fellow refugees were ruthlessly spaced in Episode 2.8, casts the deciding vote in favour of responding to the distress call.
On Io, Prax’s daughter Mei (Leah Madison Jung) is alive, and (at least physically) well. Because she is an important part of Dr. Strickland’s experiments, she seems to be in no immediate danger. Errinwright (Shawn Doyle) wants the weapon that Jules Pierre Mao (François Chau) promised him, and the Hybrid pods are ready to launch, but Mao will not give them to Errinwright until his family is released from custody and his accounts are unfrozen. Mao suggests that the hybrids should be dismantled, but Strickland (Ted Atherton) disagrees. Continue reading →
Gander (Ted Atherton), Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) and Aneela (Hannah John-Kamen) just before Kendry reveals to Aneela that Khlyen is dead. . .
From last episode, we know what year it is in the KILLJOYS universe. It is six years after 10-5-6, and the date looks to be structured like dates in the Mayan Calendar. If so, then six years later would be 10-5-12. If one assumes that it is actually the Mayan calendar being used, and zero out the month and date, Mayan 10-5-6-0-0 converts to the Gregorian date 4 September 934 C.E. Which would mean that events in the KILLJOYS Universe actually transpire in Earth’s past.
ANEELA:“I’m so pleased you survived the transfusion. I upgraded you from whatever gutter green that was inside of you.” SEYAH KENDRY:“What do you mean?” ANEELA:“Well, there are two strains of Hullen. Some were made to take orders. Some were born to give them. I made sure you played for my team.”
Some Hullen are, apparently, superior to others. Since Seyah Kendry now has the high-octane green goo in her veins, does that mean that she now has physical strength similar to that of Aneela and Gander?
Kendry goes against the advice of First Officer (?) Gander (Ted Atherton), and tells Aneela that Khlyen is dead. Both Kendry and Gander are spared in the murderous rampage that follows (indicating that, however self-indulgently violent Aneela may become in times of stress, she always retains some degree of self-control). After the bodies are removed, Gander tries to teach Kendry a lesson by forcing her to clean up the blood. One imagines that he will live to regret that action.
130 year old Hullen reintegration camp
Aneela is quite upset by the news of her father’s death, and at the end of the episode, seems about ready to give up. It is Seyah Kendry’s pep talk that inspires Aneela to carry on, and, given her past, it seems likely that Kendry could be moving into position for an attempted coup. Right now, Seyah Kendry and Aneela need one another.
Meanwhile, Dutch, D’Avin, Johnny and Zeph board one of those fancy Hullen spacecraft, and we get more historical information. The autopilot takes them to a snowy planet. Near their landing site, D’Avin and Dutch encounter a village which Dutch describes as a “time capsule from the first colonies”. (This is an indication that humans are not native to The J, but colonized the place in the fairly recent past.) The planet is subject to bursts of radiation from its primary. Populating the place are the Unseeing (human slaves of the Hullen (who have gone blind because of the radiation), and the Last Seer, a Hullen who was left behind by Khlyen to protect The Remnant. Both are waiting for The Undying (The Hullen) to return. What is this Remnant? The Last Seer implies that he knows, but won’t tell Dutch because, since she doesn’t know, The Remnant is not meant for her. The Last Seer does make this very revealing statement.
“Khlyen. That’s what he called himself anyway. I’d been running this reintegration camp for 100 years and along he comes to shut it down. Took the recruits. Left the human slaves and me…I’ve been waiting here for 30 years.”
From all that we can assume that the Hullen arrived in The J about 130 years previously. They constructed training facilities to enable them to learn how to behave like humans. Khlyen’s rebellion began about thirty years ago, or about the time Dutch was born.
SEYAH KENDRY: “I know what it’s like to have power fail you. To be betrayed. To lose everything you love. Everything falls, Aneela, from fathers to empires, but we are queens. And Queens rise.”
Could this be a clue as to why Dutch and Aneela are physically identical? Sian Alexis Young asked Michelle Lovretta on twitter: “Can you tell us when we find out why Dutch & Aneela look like twins?! Even down to their age?! Is it this season?!” Lovretta responded: “Yuuuuup. And ain’t nobody guessed.”
Zeph and Johnny do not get along. John is irrationally upset at Zeph for leaving the rest of them on the snowy planet with the unseeing ones and the holographic teacher. (She did the logical thing, of course. There was no point in everyone’s being captured.) In the end, John hands Zeph The Remnant and tells her: “Put your ego aside, and figure out how to open this for the team.”
LUCY:“I’ve missed your way with smart women, John.” JOHN:“I’ve missed you too, Luce. Wait, is that sarcasm?”
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