Recap: The Hullen are terrible parents in Killjoys 3.3

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Jul 14, 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.

Nerd fight!

Okay, maybe not a nerd fight, but it's fun to say, and Zeph and Johnny have enough tension in the episode that it's sorta true. Other big points in this episode: Aneela's seriously not okay in the head, Delle Seyah Kendry isn't half as smart as she thinks she is, and D'avin Jaqobis has a Hullen fleet at his disposal. Whee?

One of the things I like best about Killjoys is its ability to drop major truth bombs without coming off as preachy (episode pun not intended). We know D'avin's always been the one who bailed when things got hard and Johnny's always been the one who stuck around to be the responsible one. It would have been easy to have Johnny bail for some personal time after Pawter's death, and have both Dutch and D'avin understand. A lot of shows would have gone that way: Johnny gets a dramatic side story, Dutch and D'avin get some flirt and shoot time, you expand the universe a bit, and then get everyone together again with hugs all around.

However, that's not just boring, it's unrealistic. People react to grief, and other people react to that person's reaction, and things get weird for a while out in the real world. People check out, and other people pick up the slack, right? To have D'avin both absolve his brother for leaving and explain "this is what coming back feels like" addresses both their history and real-world reactions in a way that feels casual but has a deeper meaning for anyone who's dealt with it. You adjust. It's what you do.

Everyone's adjusting in this episode. Zeph's getting used to being part of a team, John's adjusting to being back, Delle Seyah Kendry is adjusting to not being dead (among other things), a whole village of people are dealing with being lied to and abandoned, and Aneela has to deal with the loss of her father -- does blood come out of silk?

 

Don't get scared, get nerdy

These two are going to need to learn to work together. In this case, I think it'll be a case of Head Nerd/Apprentice Nerd, but that's not easy either. When Zeph's freaking, Johnny talks her down, and it works. But it also means John's got another person to wrangle, and Zeph's not so good at telling people what she's working on before she tests a theory. Right now, I think Zeph's feeling unsure and out of place, but John's right. It's not about who gets it right, it's about protecting Duch and D'av and the overall success of the mission. It's gonna take her a bit, but I think she'll be okay.

 

Delle Seyah Kendry

Delle Seyah Kendry, Daughter of The Nine, Protector of Qresh, thinks she has Aneela all figured out, to the point of being a bitch to Gander (Ted Atherton), Aneela's second-in-command, and boy does she get a lesson in the Aneelaarchy. There she is planning her Qreshi takeover and using words like "me" and "I" and deciding she knows what information Aneela can and cannot handle, and next thing she knows she's face down in blood she helped spill.

I'm also curious about this tidbit. Aneela says, "Some were made to take orders, some were made to give them. I made sure you played for my team." But Aneela never says she gave Seyah Kendry the "making orders" Hullen. She just says she's upgraded her plasma. Maybe I'm making too much out of it, but it caught my attention.

 

The village that time forgot/The Undying/The Unseeing/Khlyen the Everywhere Man

Not only is this a 100-year-old Hullen training facility, but it's like Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Stepford Wives with some Resident Evil thrown in. Add in the solar flares and the radiation, and it's not what you call a vacation spot. No thank you.

Then there's the whole religion The Seer (Aiden Devine) manufactured to keep people appeased when the Hullen left. A religion that sews children's eyes shut and says it's so they can see The Guardians when they return. Personally, I think it's more about preserving their eyesight so they can be better slaves, which just ... let's just say I'm glad The Seer is "cleansed" and on his way to becoming more like The Unseeing.

Of course, now we have a question as to how that Hullen reversal happened, but maybe we'll see that down the road.

Oh, and OF COURSE Khylen was the last dude there. He's everywhere. I swear the man gets more done dead than I get done alive!

 

Quin

Okay, two things: 1) I really like Quin (Sara Waisglass). She's smart, she's inquisitive, and she has a sense of humor. I hope we see her again. 2) The WTF look she gives D'avin when he asked, "Did you recognize him from that video?" was priceless. What was really cool about that was D'avin figuring out a way to "show" her Khylen's symbol. He's not mean, just dense sometimes.

 

Aneela, The Hullen-Possessed Talking Doll

If Talking Tina was real, y'all. I'm just sayin'. Don't make Aneela angry. You wouldn't like her when she's angry. She gets all stabby.

The fact that Aneela loves her father so much (or seems to, at least) is also interesting. Not only does she hate Dutch to the point of not saying her name, but she is practically immobilized by his death. I'm suddenly very curious to know how much time Khlyen spent with her and if the love was mutual, or if he was playing along to keep her in some sort of check.

Delle Seyah Kendry's reaction to all of this is telling. Kendry was attracted to Dutch, this we know. But she's also able to get Aneela out of a trance, albeit with a knife to the neck, and she seems to have saved herself by reminding Aneela, "Everything falls. From fathers to Empires. But we are queens and queens rise."

Saved herself for now, at least.

 

Random thoughts:

"On the D'av the Magic Pony scale, this is a 5. Maaaaaybe a 6." -- I love Johnny so much. I also want a plush version of said pony, now.

Quin telling D'avin, "I just thought you'd be better-looking," when she actually sees his face. So great.

The blood on Delle Seyah Kendry's neck where a knife touches it. My husband mentioned recently that people have knives pressed to their throats all the time in TV and film, and no one gets cut, which makes the knife look pretty non-threatening. Seeing that blood made me sit up and take notice, and while the continuity may not have been perfect, it gets all sorts of points for even being there.

Aneela calls Delle Seyah Kendry "Little Bird" as she's threatening to kill her. You know who else calls someone "Little Bird," right? Curiouser and curiouser.

Final thought:

Aneela's homicidal and has a giant armada, not to mention one of The Nine on her side. Team AwesomeForce has Dutch, D'av, Johnny, Zeph, Pree and Fancy. 

I feel sorry for Aneela.

Meet you back here next week?