**Spoiler Warning: There are spoilers for the Killjoys episode "The Kids Are Alright?" 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, then come back and enjoy this recap. I can wait.**
"Heroes gonna hero." - Pippin Foster
Killjoys creator Michelle Lovretta and showrunner Adam Barken somehow managed to take a character who very likely was only planned for one episode and give him an arc that left me in tears. If you watch Season 4 now, you can see the little moments that led to this ending, but watching it in real time was another experience, and I'm glad I got to see Pippin basically become a man, fall in love, and save the day.
The episode overall had quite a lot going on; we found out where Delle Seyah Kendry is, we saved the Westerley kids, we got a Green pool. Oh, and Dutch and Aneela have switched places. Y'know, like they do.
We still don't know why the Hullen were taking the kids (I can't imagine it's for anything good) and we don't know The Lady's overall plan, but we can breathe a sigh of relief that she's lost her green pool for now. It'll take a while for her to tap enough plasma from her Hullen dolls to make another one.
But we do have a way, as brain-melty as it may be, to get into Hullen systems and turn their tech against them. It's not a perfect option, but it's something. And I wouldn't put it past John and Zeph to figure out how to make it more user-friendly. I'm guessing Zeph is going to redouble her efforts after losing Pip.
Pippin & Zeph
I seem to always talk about these two together and, while I understand they're both whole characters alone, there's something in who they are together that makes them so interesting. Maybe it's because neither of them is likely to share anything too personal alone so they can talk to one another.
But this episode was a whole new level for both of them, and both Kelly McCormack and Atticus Mitchell turned in some amazing performances. I'm truly going to miss Pip, and I'm very interested to see where Zeph goes as a character after this episode.
"Dutch will bring you home."
No pressure there, at all. It's amazing to think about how much of this rests on Dutch and how much she gives back. The Lady is basically her family demon and she's spent the last four seasons learning about the depths of the story.
Now she's taking the leap again. This time into the Green to both keep Aneela from breaking and offering the rest of the team the insight of the woman who knows The Lady best. The fact that they've essentially body switched is going to be an interesting wrinkle. I'm intrigued to see what happens next.
Johnny may be cool with his brother and best friend hooking up, but he's super unhappy that they're keeping things from him, and that's understandable. I'm intrigued by the conversation between him and Lucy. John's still dealing with his feelings on Pawter and he's certainly someone who likes having another person to bounce stuff off of. As much as he loves Lucy, she's an AI. So that does make things a little lonesome in the end. I have a theory on where this may be going, but I'll hold off on it for now. I'll let you know if I was right.
As a fan of 12 Monkeys, I've seen the lighter and more emotional side of Patrick Garrow, but his portrayal of Turin is something we don't see all that often. It would be easy to write him off as an asshole, but it's more and more clear that he's just been at this so long he's built up his armor.
Once again, this show takes a character that could have been extremely one-note and gave him some humanity. I'm sure he'd hate hearing me say that.
Poor D'avin. A son to protect, a brother to worry about, a lover who's about as independent as they come and willing to throw herself into whatever needs doing, and a Delle Seyah to deal with (we all know that's work). D'avin Jaqobis, once a total emotional mess, is now the emotional center of a group of people in a life or death situation. Talk about a change.
Fancy, Pree, and Gared
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Random Thoughts and Tidbits
-Jaq asking D'avin not to forget him and then D'avin having to forget him to keep him safe. Ouch.
-Goodbye Weej. We hardly knew ya.
-Fancy and D'avin's Hullen kill competition. Love it.
-It's always nice to see Delle Seyah Kendry. The fact that she can take care of Jaq and gave the team a way to access Hullen tech is just an added bonus.
-Hippies may be worse than sex cults, but D'avin in that wig was something special.
-Johnny hacking the Hullen tech. He's always so excited to play with new tech. Even if it could possibly kill him. Maybe even more so then.
Aneela's out in the real world again. I know she's technically on our side now, but she does tend to get into trouble, y'know? Dutch has a whole new sense of purpose as she starts her stint in the Green against The Lady, and a motivated Dutch can get a lot done. But we have one episode left. Will Dutch stop The Lady? Which of them will make it out of the Green? And what happens next?
Finale next week. I'm not sure I'm prepared. Are you?
See you next week!