**Spoiler Warning: There are spoilers for Killjoys episode "Bro-dtrip" below!
Either you’ve already seen the episode or you’re here to find out what happened. If neither of those things is true, go watch, come back, and enjoy this recap. I can wait.**
If you thought he was a pain in the ass last week, how many lies do you think Johnny tells in this one episode? I mean, he pulled the tearful little brother act with D'avin before turning around and trying to choke him to death. He swore on the Nova Cadets. I'm really intrigued to know if that was real Johnny or Hullen Johnny speaking.
If you break down the episode plot-wise, "Bro-dtrip" essentially has two plots about the same subject: escaping captivity. Kendry in the prison camp and Pree, Pip, and Zeph on Lucy. (Okay, maybe three with D'avin escaping Johnny, but we'll go with two.) Which makes sense, given that you have multiple characters in different places facing different issues and you have to get them all back together somehow, right?
But having both plotlines was a wonderfully sneaky way of dropping knowledge where you least expect it. John's anger at Kendry, D'avin and what he sacrifices, Dutch being important for multiple reasons, how things get when she's not around... there are truths dropped all along the way, but they happen in a way that we see them even though the characters don't.
And, man, is there a lot going on behind the scenes with, well, everyone.
Hullen Johnny's getting stronger, and the only thing keeping him from going full a-hole is his memory of Dutch in his head. Not that he can't drop some nasty truth bombs along the way. Sure, he's like a junkie in need of a fix, but throwing reminders of your drunken father and drug-addicted mother at your big brother is just mean.
Of course, once you shoot your brother, it's gonna take a little time to work through that in therapy. Then there's the choking and the manipulation and, well, you get the picture.
I really liked D'avin's warning to John that he's basically lost any and all ability to guilt him with the "You left" thing. I don't know if it'll stick, but there's something to be said for that one being retired. The Jaqobis brothers have a lot of baggage, so there's lots of stuff there to sort through. Why not keep it fresh?
I hope we get more time to dig into the backgrounds of the brothers and the tension there. Usually, you try to keep each season encapsulated because you don't know if you'll get renewed, but showrunners Michelle Lovretta and Adam Barken know they have two seasons to play this out. Yes, we need to deal with The Lady and put the world at large back together again, but I hope we get to dig into the past a bit more. There's still so much I want to know.
I have so many questions. How did she get out? What happened to the green pool? Why won't she wake up? No, really, how did she get out? Her having the gun that John had thrown into the pool was a nice added touch, BTW. But overall, what the heck happened? Here's hoping we get answers next week.
Somewhere in the middle of this episode, I fell more in love with Delle Seyah Kendry. There she is, strapped to a table and she's not just trying to get away, she's giving pep talks and helping free young B.
I'd call Kendry a self-rescuing princess, but, like she says, she's a queen.
Pip (and Zeph)
I get the feeling Pip's fallen for Zeph, and I'm curious to see how it plays out. Is he cool with the rules? Is Zeph going to shift at some point? We know how things can get when one half of a couple wants more, so I have a feeling it'll shift in some way. But, for now, "thinking" is happening. Lots of it.
Of course, he also ate a mecha Lady spider, so we'll see where that goes.
If a Hullen drone is ready to off themselves the second he's remotely back to his senses, then you know it's bad. Something tells me The Lady is going to be an epic Big Bad.
Random tidbits and thoughts
"You need to get into character. You need to feel the leather pants. Be the leather pants" - Oh, Pree, I love you.
"You take this with you because she nearly destroyed a galaxy and needs a shower and a nap." Can I have a show that's just Pree and Kendry?
"Juno Clay's not a man you wanna mess with." It really is like throwing red meat at a lion, isn't it? Tell Delle Seyah Kendry that she can't do something and, boom, she gets it done.
Kendry when her water broke. That face. Priceless.
Pree and Pip being deputized as Killjoys and that whole scene with the oath... I had to watch it several times because I kept laughing.
A little setup, a little drama, some great backstory reveals. This episode did a nice job on catching everyone up on what's happened and got everyone back on the same page. But the big question is, what happens next?
What happens when Dutch wakes up? And just how psychotic is little Johnny Jaqobis going to get?
We'll find out next week. See you then!