To say Killjoys Season 1 Episode 10 delivered the goods is an understatement.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Killjoys star Aaron Ashmore yesterday for a Fan Q&A, and confessed that though the show had me at "Space Bounty Hunters," I really had no idea how deeply I'd come to fall in love with this world.
These first 10 episodes had everything I look for in a television series. It was well-written, fun, had tons of action, and I connected with the entire cast. As I mentioned to Aaron over the phone, Killjoys is one of my favorite shows this year.
It's interesting that Alvis was framed for the Leith Bazaar massacre in Killjoys Season 1 Episode 9 yet we never saw it. Opening the finale 18 hours earlier and allowing us to witness the devastation first hand was a brilliant way of kick-starting the season finale.
It not only set the tone for the hour, but instilled a real sense of dread regarding the "event" Khlyen alluded to.
Clearly we were meant to believe Alvis was going down for his revolution. I was relieved the "freaky little bastard" as D'avin called him, survived to fight another day. There's still so much to learn about the scarbacks and Alvis is our guide through that intricate world.
By the way, I realize I've overused the word "worldbuilding" in my reviews, but I just love the universe Michelle Lovretta has created. Her vision for the Quad and its inhabitants is the true lifeblood of Killjoys.
When Dutch mentioned her little chat with Khlyen, D'avin brought up Red 17.
Dutch: Khlyen told me something when I was leaving. He said I needed my team, that something was coming. I think he meant to the Quad.
John: Like what?
Dutch: That's all he said.
D'avin: I think maybe you should leave.
John: Maybe. You. Should. Leave.
D'avin: No... I mean both of you. Take Lucy, be a moving target. You stole his shit, he's gonna come looking for you.
Dutch: So we better make sure we're ready for when he does.
Dutch: Well first, I need to know everything about Khlyen, Level 6...
D'avin: Red 17?
D'avin: Turin brought it up. He said you're on some kind of a list.
I've got to hand it to the Killjoys writers, the little breadcrumbs they had been dropping really paid off in a big way. 12 Monkeys Season 1 is another series I fell in love with this year where the attention to detail was mind-blowing. The showrunners of both these shows understand their audience, and the fact nerd's like myself dig those little puzzles/mysteries. Not only was Level 6 totally a thing, but Red 17 came back into play as well. That reveal at the end left me gobsmacked.
The trio's toast made me slightly uneasy. As of this writing, the series has not been renewed for a second season. Hopefully Dutch's words "one last play," don't apply to this wonderful series as well. I think Syfy and Space understand that in order to build brand loyalty, they've got to give new shows a shot. It's no secret the ratings system is broken, so let's not treat those numbers as gospel guys.
Anyway, Alvis' confession came as a bit of a surprise. I was curious as to why he'd confess (not to mention die for) something he didn't orchestrate. Yet a part of me knew he had set a plan in motion. It was nice to hear Dutch say "we've got to get Alvis out." He's had their backs on several occasions, it was without a doubt the right thing to do. Those little prayer beads were his ticket out and his mention of the self-sustaining bunkers told us where he was going.
It was wonderful to see Bellus again. Actually, I loved that all the supporting cast made an appearance in the finale. Poor Carleen was our first casualty, damn that Khlyen. Bellus gave us our first solid clues about what takes place on Arkyn by mentioning gene splicing, reanimation and Killjoys being forced into Level 6. If that doesn't sound like juicy material for Season 2, I don't know what does.
D'avin facing Khlyen was just a bad idea. In retrospect, how sad that that final scene together was goodbye.
D'avin: Okay, what if we say screw all this, get on Lucy and don't look back?
Dutch: The three of us?
D'avin: Yeah, the three of us.
Dutch: I can't, not until I'm done with Khlyen.
D'avin: I know.
Johnny saved the day praising the trees, didn't he? He's such a good guy, I wasn't surprised he tried to come clean with the rat king about his blessing. Wasn't it amusing how D'avin teased his little brother about his "scarback fetish"? Their relationship feels so authentic to me. I hope we get some flashbacks to their childhood next season.
Delle Seyah Kendry rang, forcing Dutch and John to head to Qresh while D'av stayed behind to provide Hills with proof of Alvis' innocence.
Hills Oonan was a hardass, but he never came across as heartless. If he perished at the Royale, he definitely died a hero. Delle Seyah's another beast altogether and I knew Dutch's debt to her would come back to haunt her. Interesting though that Khlyen was responsible for Dutch being at the Ancestral Hall. He's always looking after his "little bird," isn't he? D'avin, on the other hand, took a massive beating.
Yeah Khlyen is a total badass and though fans wanted him taken out, I'm glad he's sticking around. The guy is such a wonderfully complicated villain.
Delle Seyah's actions weren't a shocker, but again it was so cool to see the genetic bomb resurface. Her coup d'état was pretty damn efficient.
Pawter's mother was awfully harsh, and though Johnny tried to soften the blow the doctor knew better. I like Pawter and I think she made the right decision to stay with Alvis' people. Good thing the bunker doors opened.
One finale fight scene for Dutch was a must, and who better to take her on than a Level 6 mutant Killjoy. I will say, the pin in the eye thing was pretty nasty. The Red 17/nanite connection makes me wonder if Level 6 Killjoys heal. That would explain how Khlyen survived Dutch stabbing him.
Back in Killjoys Season 1 Episode 2 we learned The Company bombed Sugar Point. That was the same fate Old-Town suffered here. Pree saying goodbye to the Royale was devastating. Yeah Thom Allison made me tear up, such a great moment.
Everyone met up in the tunnels, including Alvis, but Dutch refused to take sides.
Alvis: What are you doing down here?
Dutch: Coming to break you out.
Alvis: I thought you didn't believe in picking sides?
Dutch: I'm not picking sides, I'm picking my team.
Alvis: It's a start.
Dutch gave Hills a piece of her mind, and we learned he's the one that pulled the alarm. The folks that made it underground have him to thank. Watching the annihilation of Old Town was overwhelming, and I just want to give one last shout out to Mr.X, Inc. whose work on Killjoys this season was outstanding. It's no surprise really, they're also responsible for the visual effects for shows like The Strain, Penny Dreadful, and Vikings. All shows I happen to cover here at TV Fanatic.
"Khlyen's got him" Dutch told Johnny. D'avin mentioned in his final chat with her that Khlyen was turning over his room at the Royale. While I wasn't sure what the "evil ass clown" had planned for D'av, I honestly didn't see the Arkyn reveal coming. Nor that Fancy Lee would be there too. I mean, I always hoped we'd visit the mysterious moon and the creative team definitely came through.
How impressive was that skyline as D'avin sees Qresh, Leith, Westerley and realizes he's on Arkyn? Wowza! Plus, that wide-shot as the camera pulls out to reveal the base is Red 17 and Carleen's final transmission verifying Khlyen was Level 6 was badass. Everything just clicked so nicely into place. I can't imagine a better ending. Bravo guys, seriously... job very well done.
Now we wait for the big renewal news and I've got a good feeling Syfy & Space are going to do right by us. Don't let me down guys, please.
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What did you think of the Killjoys Season Finale "Escape Velocity"? Were you expecting D'avin to end up on Arkyn? Did the destruction of Old Town shock you? Will we get a Season 2? You're up Killjoys fanatics, sound off on the finale in the comments below.