KILLJOYS – Season 5 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
Cage fighting and Corin Jeers, two things that were a part of the very first episode of KILLJOYS (Bangarang) are also part of this one. Jeers was the first person to be “locked and served” by Dutch and Johnny on KILLJOYS. In Bangarang, the fight was between D’Avin and John. In this one, Dutch gets entered into a prison fight tournament called the Bellaxion.
Originally ten families controlled Qresh. When Khylen and the Yardeens left Qresh for Arkyn (see Episode 3.7), the family lost all of its lands and power, leaving The Nine to rule. We know the names of the nine familes of Qresh from previous episodes (mostly from Necropolis Now, which was written by Andrew de Angelis, who also wrote this episode). They are: Derrish, Hyponia, Kendry, Lahani, Nenodall, Rinn, Simms, Trus, and Traclus. The Bellaxion is being run by Evi and Sylas of Land Robbel, so either one of the families has been renamed, or there is a new clan on Qresh.
Evi (played by Clare McConnell, who was the vampire Petra in Episode 3.1 of WYNONNA EARP) hires D’Avin to kill her brother Sylas (Kjartan Hewitt) because (she says) he plans to kill her. That is not particularly unusual behaviour for a Qreshi, but she tells D’Avin: “Things on Qresh have gotten complicated since we lost Westerley. Power struggles are worse than ever, to say nothing of the food shortages.” Westerley, with its occasional bouts of extreme acid rain, does not seem a likely candidate for agricultural activity. The food Qresh imports must mostly come from Leith. (Johnny, in fact, owns a farm there, complete with robot goats.)
Julie Puckrin, who wrote the previous episode “Ship Outta Luck”, gets a DDX Capacitor named after her as Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) successfully confuses the prison tech he is supposed to advise on debugging the prison’s computer system. (John and Newcy planted a virus in it earlier in the episode.) DDX capacitors are used as partial discharge or radio interference detectors.
Meanwhile, on an unidentified planet outside The Quad, Kendry (Mayko Nguyen) and Jaq (Jaeden Noel) are searching for one of Khlyen’s mirror cubes. Jaq is uncertain if he should trust his birth mother. He asks her: “What about us? What are we?” and Kendry answers, impatiently, with what has to be the best line of the episode: “Well sometimes, when a woman loves another woman very much, she keeps the human/hybrid baby an evil man put inside her and promises to protect that boy forever, okay?” That still doesn’t make Jaq trust her entirely, because when they find the cube, he makes her promise to help his father (D’Avin) before he uses Dutch’s DNA to open the cube. When he does, Aneela steps out. (It seems like Jaq had a pretty good idea that this would happen. He didn’t look at all surprised.)
Kendry is clearly overwhelmed to see Aneela, whom she had given up for dead. Words fail her and she falls to her knees. It is the best scene of the episode and is frustratingly placed at the very end.
Dutch and Johnny’s attempt to take over the prison ship is hijacked by an unexpected alliance between Sparlo (Alain Goulem) and Corin Jeers (Dmitry Chopovetsky). Johnny finds The Warden (Rachael Ancheril) wounded in one of the corridors and decides to stop and help her. It seems possible that Johnny and Dutch might form an alliance with The Warden to retake the ship and fight The Lady.
Kjartan Hewitt (Silas) is Jade’s boyfriend Toby Hunter in Alexandre Carrière‘s experimental fantasy/horror film JADE’S ASYLUM (aka “The Feet Collectors”). Jade (Morgan Kohan) is on vacation with Toby in Costa Rica when she has a psychotic episode while at a housewarming party. Her behaviour might have something to do with her delusional jealousy disorder, but it could also be connected to the building where the party was happening, which was built on what some considered sacred ground. Toby, his brother Wesley (Jeff Teravainen), and four of their friends refer to themselves as “The Magnificent Six”. Jared Mobarak of Film Stage, wrote: “It’s as though Carrière has created a fever dream of a bad trip so that we can be in the same headspace as the Magnificent Six after imbibing to excess and losing their way on the long road towards hedonistic delights.” JADE’S ASYLUM had its premiere at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Sean Baek (Fancy Lee) is Ryden in at least one episode of UTOPIA FALLS, an adaptation of the 2013 British thriller “Utopia“. The series will follow a group of young adults who are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy state organization after they come into possession of an almost mythical underground graphic novel. (The UK series was based on a graphic novel called The Utopia Experiment about a guy who, along with an assortment of volunteers, attempted to live out a scenario of global collapse in the Scottish highlands.) The comic helps them uncover an archive of historical and musical relics, and they discover that some conspiracy theories may actually be real. The ten episode series should be available on Amazon Prime early next year.