This week, Killjoys Season 1 Episode 2 dropped us at Sugar Point and the worldbuilding resumed. I already feel at home in the Quad!
The humor (Johnny's one liners) is what separates this series from a show like Dark Matter. Killjoys is action-packed and grim at times sure, but the tone is generally lighter. It's much more Star Wars than Star Trek, with a dash of Blade Runner.
Even when Dutch puts her foot down, she's still endearing in a Princess Leia sort of way. Hannah John-Kamen does a terrific job bringing Dutch to life.
How about the visual effects in that opening sequence? Keep in mind, this is television and the budget is generally peanuts compared to feature films.
Lucy has quickly become a fan favorite, and Tamsen McDonough's delivery is brilliant. One last Star Wars reference, she's our C-3PO only less annoying and our heroes travel inside her. The team's dynamic is familial, Dutch and Johnny are like brother and sister bickering. Naturally, D'avin fits right in and though Dutch wanted him gone early in the episode I'm glad she changed her tune.
Back at the prisoner intake facility, we learned what the Killjoys' latest warrant is all about.
Hills Oonan: Hostage situation, she got nabbed last night. Piece of work holding her is named R'yo.
Dutch: Let me guess, the brother's the freak on my ship?
Hills Oonan: Simon Muraayn, been cooling his jets in Westol prison the past three years on attempt theft; company gear. We bought a hostage exchange warrant with the RAC. You give Simon to his sister. Bring Vena home safe.
Dutch nailed it when she called this operation "sneaky." The more we learn about The Company and the RAC, the more it feels like they're one and the same. At the very least, the RAC is simply a division within The Company.
When Simon complained of a bad gut, I instantly thought of Lucy (the movie not the ship) starring Scarlett Johansson. In the film, Lucy's abducted and used as a drug mule. The baddies implant this chemical that soon begins to leak giving her superpowers. It's a fun flick, check it out if you like good sci-fi.
Anyway, nothing that cool happened to Simon, but I figured he was carrying something inside for his warlord sister. The barfing was nasty, but wasn't Lucy's "biohazard detected" line just priceless?
Again, Johnny explaining the history of Sugar Point was a nice way of delivering all that exposition. I didn't mind it at all. Then, Lucy crash-landed and the real fun began.
D'avin: What are we carrying?
D'avin: Weapons? Shields? We're sitting ducks here. Whoever shot us down is gonna come after us.
John: Yeah yeah, about that who did shoot us down? What do they want? We're the ones here to do the exchange.
Dutch: John? Why are you opening the cargo door?
John: I'm not... Simon? Why would he do that? We had a gentleman's agreement.
Dutch: Remind me to shoot one of you geniuses later.
I love Johnny and Lucy's rapport. It's no wonder he's her favorite. Leaving him behind to fix the ship was the perfect way for Dutch and D'avin to bond. He certainly proved his worth, didn't he? Well, up until Dutch knocked him on his ass. You've got to love Dutch, there's no question who wears the pants in this family.
It was scary to see all those scavengers surrounding Lucy. While I was expecting Dutch and D'avin to see some action, it was actually John that had his hands full at the ship. Still, brains over brawn triumphed in the end. Wasn't it clever the way Johnny locked those scavengers in the ship and had her purge the oxygen? He grabbed the power supply he needed far easier than I expected, and messed the big guy up bad. Yeah, Johnny's the man!
Elsewhere, Dutch figured out that Simon had a smugglers nut in his gut. Say that three times fast haha. Anyway, it contained missle launch codes which is what R'yo was really after. The shoot out that followed was pretty intense and again D'av stole the show. There's no question he's an asset to the team.
Speaking of assets, John arrived just in time to save the day.
D'avin: Smart and punctual, two hours on the dot.
John: Would you look at that. You guys didn't kill each other after all.
Dutch: Glad you made it to the party.
We were given another red box flashback and learned young Dutch killed her mark as requested. She was clearly uncomfortable with her training, but it did make her the badass Killjoys she is today. I'm curious to explore more of this storyline.
I was surprised Dutch lied to John about Khlyen boarding the ship. You know at some point they're all going to have to work together to stop him. Do you think she killed her latest target? If she didn't, Khlyen will definitely come for her.
D'avin didn't need much time to consider becoming a Killjoy, did he? Will he pass the tests? I mean, the guy is good but he has that battle-brain issue. There's no doubt that's going to come up. Will he need to find that doctor before becoming a Killjoy? Does this doctor hold the answers to why that original kill warrant was issued for D'avin by The Company? I'm betting it's something along those lines.
What did you think of "The Sugar Point Run"? Who is you favorite Killjoy? Will D'avin join their ranks next week? You're up folks, go ahead and sound off in the comments below.
NOTE: Killjoys Season 1 Episode 3 is titled “The Harvest” and airs on Friday, July 3.