I know I say it every time, but ...
Spoiler Alert: Either you’ve already seen the Killjoys Season 3 finale 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.
Three years ago, this scrappy little show debuted on SYFY and won my geek heart with its mix of humor, intelligence, and general badassery. Here was a female lead who could take care of herself, but also had a partner in the true sense of the word. She made the decisions and she kicked the bad guys' asses, but also avoided the "tough, hard woman" territory other stories slip into sometimes.
Throughout the series, Dutch has remained the strong but loving badass. Her "boys," John and D'avin, are as much a part of who she is as the events leading up to the finale. She's always been the one to take on the largest burdens, to put her life on the line, and to trust both her heart and her gut in times of trouble.
In that way, who Dutch is and what Killjoys is about has never wavered. You fight because the world needs you to fight, and you risk your life to save the ones you love.
The stakes are higher this time around. The fate of millions rests on those shoulders. But Yalena "Dutch" Yardeen is going to meet that challenge head on, because that's what she does. Still, it's nice that Zeph, who I'm pretty sure stands in for us in this moment, reminds her she's a really good person. You're right, Zeph. She doesn't get told enough. I'm glad you said it.
Across the battlefield, we have Aneela and Kendry. Two other strong women who have also faced death and have the fate of millions on their shoulders. Unfortunately, they don't have Dutch's "good person" side and they want those millions converted into Hullen, so that's suboptimal.
Aneela and Dutch. Mirror images. Fated to live or die as one. It all comes down to this.
However, Dutch has something Aneela doesn't -- people who are willing to die for her. Not because she's turned them into slaves or mindless drones, but because she's proven herself to be a fighter, a friend, and a leader. Fiercely loving, and willing to give up her life for others.
It's why, in the end, she wins, and why we love her.
Okay, enough waxing philosophic. Let's talk about the episode.
Delle Seyah Kendry
If there's one mistake Dutch keeps making, it's underestimating Kendry. Kendry doesn't use guns or even her fists as weapons, she uses her mind. She's right when she says Dutch is predictable. Dutch reacts based on her feelings instead of logic. While it's great when it comes to fighting a like-minded or less intelligent enemy, Dutch is playing the Game of Thrones with the Quad's version of Cersei Lannister. Luckily for everyone, Kendry's not as stubborn as Cersei, and she's willing to call off the war when things hit the fan.
To keep the analogy going, John Jaqobis is Tyrion, and it's why Aneela can't fool him. However, like Tyrion, he sometimes underestimates how dangerous people can truly be. There was a logical way to handle Aneela the second he figured out who she was, but he's up against a woman who's not only deadly but insane. He's also wonderful and I wouldn't change him for anything. He gets stabbed in the chest and he just keeps going with a joke and a smile.
Of course, he's also better at thinking on his feet, which is why he ultimately beats Kendry. He hits her where it hurts: Aneela. And he knows Aneela is her soft spot, because Dutch is his. Touché, Johnny Jaqobis.
D'avin's come a long way in three years, especially when it comes to trusting his instincts and feelings. Now that he's embraced both, it's so interesting to watch him inhabit the roles he's taken on: brother, lover, friend, leader, fighter. The little scene between him and John on Aneela's ship is a great example of how he's managing it all; admit to love but threaten to poke your brother in the lunghole for teasing you, and be ready to take down anyone or anything that will hurt them.
For three seasons, we've watched these three characters develop. Each one has been through their own trials and they've all found their way to the center of the fight. In the end, they're the colonels in their respective battlefields, which is only possible because of each man's story throughout the series so far. Think about it: a bartender, a bounty hunter, and a bureaucrat are heading the fight for the Quad. They've come a long way, baby.
What do I even say? I love you, Zeph. You're unlike anyone on TV: smart, savvy, and outspoken, but awkward enough to make you wonderfully endearing. You do everything with your whole heart. All the Jaqobis sandwiches for you. And the Pip kisses.
Aneela and Dutch
Usually, I start with these two and generally keep them separate, but it seemed fitting to do it this way, given the circumstances.
It feels like a long time ago now, but Khylen trained Dutch the way he did because he knew she'd have to fight Aneela one day. His goal was to make her Hullen, not so she'd be a slave, but because she'd have Hullen abilities that would give her a better chance when the fight came.
What Khylen didn't know was that he was ultimately Aneela's weakness. It's the loss of him that Aneela feels most keenly, even if she doesn't know why. And that's why Dutch is able to jack her memories into Aneela's brain.
It really does all come down to memories, doesn't it? Memories and the plasma. Khylen removed Aneela's memories with Aneela's approval to keep Dutch safe. He kept Dutch safe because she was part of Aneela. Aneela hated Dutch because she thought Khlyen loved Dutch more than he loved her, but now we know Dutch WAS the Aneela that never went to Arkyn. Watching Dutch's memories trigger Aneela's memories of what really happened fills the gaps, and suddenly the enemy becomes the one person who really, truly understands everything that they've lost.
Watching these two women -- so long at odds and missing pieces -- come together was amazing.
"About baby names. I've always like Michelle. It's bossy but it means well." -- I see what you did there, Lovretta.
I love the scenes between Pree and Gared in this episode. True love in the midst of war always makes my heart go squish.
Lucy to the rescue with the decibel bomb and that sweet move to save John, D'avin, and Kendry. What would we do without Lucy?
Did you catch that neat little accessory draped on Kendry's shoulder when she got back to Aneela's ship? Looks like someone got a promotion.
I'll admit, I was hoping somehow Alvis wasn't dead. I'm going to miss Morgan Kelly.
"Do you math, Gander?" "Every proper villain is someone else's hero." Ah, Kendry, I love you and love hating you.
Dutch thanking D'av for not being someone she has to worry about. Such a little, but sweet moment.
Zeph: "Hey, is it war yet?"
Poor Turin. Trying to be a hero and the weapon malfunctions. Still, we see what you did there, dude.
I have to wrap this on what I think is one of the best parts of the episode, and the core of what Killjoys really does best: It doesn't take itself too seriously.
In an episode full of war and death and huge consequences, we say goodbye with a discussion of things like making babies or naming them. "Have you thought about names? How do you feel about apostrophes?" One minute they're working together to stay alive, and then they're back to the bickering.
This is the beautiful weirdness of Killjoys, and it's why I'm so happy that SYFY and Space announced they're picking up the show for two final seasons. Personally, I think it's perfect. That gives Michelle Lovretta and the Killjoys writing team 20 episodes to tell their story and wrap it up in a way that gives fans an ending we know Dutch, John, and D'avin deserve.
Plus, I really want to know what they're going to name the baby!
That means we get to do this again next year. I'll see you then. Tap my heart.