Killjoys 3.9 recap: Reckoning with babies, memories, and knives

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Aug 25, 2017

Spoiler Alert: Either you’ve already seen the most recent episode of Killjoys, or you’re here to find out what happened. If neither of those things is true, go watch the episode and come back. I can wait.

Based on the past, we know things get serious in the last couple of episodes of a Killjoys season, and here we are with Episode 9, and the death of another major character. I should have guessed this was coming. Khlyen "killed" Turin in Season 1, Episode 9, and Hills Oonan sacrificed himself in Episode 10. In Season 2, we lost Pawter in Episode 9, and Delle Seyah Kendry was left for dead in 10. So Alvis being dead would be a continuation of that pattern.

Alvis started as a mysterious monk from a religion that looked more like a cult. We watch both his and the Scarback Monks' stories unfold as something ancient, mystical, and protective of the Quad. Their overall mission to save Westerly from The Devil. Aneela. Could we have truly understood the depth of Aneela's power without the lore the monks kept and their part in the story? Honestly, I don't think so. They made us fear her before we ever met her.

Alvis introduced us to Aneela for all intents and purposes. It makes sense that she'd be the one to end his life.

It certainly doesn't mean we have to like it.

Reckoning Night may be called different things in different cultures, but the need to settle accounts, speak words that have gone unspoken, confess whatever transgressions you think need confessing, even the idea of getting stinking drunk -- those are concepts understood almost universally.

If you're looking at the possible end of life as you know it, you say things. Or, in Pree's case, you don't, because it's not what you say when you go but what happens when you come back. Either way, you know you might not come back. With Killjoys one episode from Season 3 being over, and with no Season 4 announcement yet, we may be looking at an end. Not that I know anything, but if this is it, at least we know people are squared away.

Dutch

Talk about a reckoning. Dutch has lost every single f**k she has by this point. She has one goal. Kill Aneela. Period. It motivates everything she does in the episode, and it's a side of Dutch we really haven't seen. Because she stopped fighting the path she's been on this whole season. It's sad and scary and heartbreaking all at the same time.

To some extent, while D'avin said what he said out of anger, he's right about Dutch being selfish. I think she makes decisions for both John and D'avin sometimes that rightfully should be decisions they're part of. If we get a fourth season, and I hope we do, I'm really hoping she learns how to let the boys carry some of the load.

Parlay with DSK

Never say Kendry doesn't know how to make an entrance. Never. It's also nice of her to drop the first mention of Aneela's (and maybe Khlyen's?) last name: Kin Ritt (forgive any spelling errors). Whether that's her Qreshi name or the name Khlyen gave the family after he struck their Qreshi family name from the records remains to be seen, but now we know something.

It's also the best baby bomb drop I've seen in a long time, complete with D'avin looking totally confused and Johnny asking, "What did you do?"

Seriously, though. As evil as she is, DSK is always interesting, and this episode is a great example of just how interesting she can be.

Johnny

Can you imagine being forced to parley with the person who killed your newly wedded wife/woman you really thought would change your life for the better? John Jaqobis is a better person than I am. I'd have shot her. Again.

But if there's one thing John can't resist, it's someone being vulnerable. Especially when that person finally shows some actual humanity. Oh, and science. Kendry's request for a scan of her baby fits neatly into both categories. Plus, it answers the question we all had.

I do wonder, however, how much of what we saw was actually Kendry being honest. Does she want to know about the baby? Or did she want our Killjoys to know? And what does she think about Aneela being the mother of said baby?

D'avin

Finding out you're a baby daddy with your mortal enemy will really take the shine off your day, but D'avin Jaqobis knows how to stay on task. He's also the one who does the dirty work. He shoots Kitaan out of an airlock knowing she can't actually die. But she will die. Over and over and over. Forever.

And we know why he did it. Why he does so much of what he does now. Love.

I could say a whole lot more and make cheek-pinchingly cute noises about it, but I won't. You're welcome.

Pip and the Hullen mindswap

Hey, Pip! Nice to see you again. You may have some really out-there taste in porn, but you know bad acting when you see it, and you're not afraid to tell it like it is. I like this about you. However, I do think we need to discuss your inability to ask for help in dangerous situations.

Lucy

Lucy, girl, you were so amazing in this episode and I love you and I really don't say it often enough. There is no Killjoys without you. Because they'd all be dead a thousand times over. If you had a body, I'd kiss you.

The baby

I have questions about you, little human-Hullen hybrid nugget. You're only three weeks old and you've gotten so big. The last alien baby I saw grow like you was half-reptilian and named Elizabeth. Now, maybe you won't be prone to unhinging your jaw and eating a live guinea pig whole, but what if you are? That would be really awkward, right?

Random thoughts:

It was nice to see Quin again. She seems to be settling in well with the Scarbacks.

Gared's mom. I love his mom. Love.

I also loved the whole conversation between Gared and Pree.

Speaking of Pree, Thom Allison has such a beautiful singing voice.

Dutch's mugs really are dishware felonies. But they're cute felonies.

Kitaan scares the ever-loving bejeezus out of me. She's also a really interesting character, and that fight scene with Dutch was great. I can't believe I may actually be hoping she lives.

Aneela and D'avin's plasma can make babies because they're both unlike regular Hullen. I wonder what it is about the two of them that makes them special. We still don't know the answer to that.

Luke Macfarlane has really blown me away this season. He's given D'av a depth and a groundedness that's super interesting to watch.

Dutch and D'avin, sittin' in a tree ...

Final thought:

That thing I said up there about the possibility that Season 3 may be it with Killjoys, I want to clarify something: I don't know anything. I don't have any intel. And I sure as hell don't want this to be the second-to-last Killjoys episode I get to watch. But if it is, I'll feel satisfied with a lot of the closure we got in this episode. I know Michelle Lovretta well enough to know that she can open all of this up again in new and interesting ways if (when) we get another season.

Between now and the finale, however, might I suggest you make your fan presence known online. Hashtag it, tweet it, share it. Get your friends to watch it. Let's make this happen.

I'll see you guys next week. Don't forget your snacks.