The Killjoys were sent into the Badlands by Turin this week on a rescue mission that almost turned deadly for Dutch and the gang. After encountering some pretty disgusting new creatures, the mystery surrounding Khlyen, the Level 6s and Red 17 only deepened. “Shaft,” written by Jon Cooksey and directed by Martin Wood, also gave us a closer look at Alvis’ history and checked in on how Pawter was faring with Liam Jelco.
Usually here at The TV Junkies we would be bringing you our weekly talks with Killjoys showrunner Michelle Lovretta to break down the episode, but due to some scheduling conflicts we are unable to do so this week. However, we’ve hand picked a few for our favorite moments from “Shaft” and highlighted those below. If we missed yours be sure to sound off in the comments below!
The plot thickens
As we mentioned above, the second season’s big mystery surrounding Khlyen, the Level 6 killjoys and what was happening on Arkyn only got bigger and more complicated this week. However, the team was able to pick up a few new clues as to what may really be going on. As we saw in D’avin’s visions, the Scarbacks play a huge role in whatever this mystery is so it was nice to have Alvis join the team. I’m sure we’re not alone in wondering just what’s on that skin scroll from the monk who Alvis thinks returned safe from Arkyn. In the world of Killjoys religion has always played a role, but that seems especially true here in Season 2. The questions didn’t stop there though, as we may have found the source of the green goo–which D’avin again has an effect on–and learned that Khlyen sent out a massive transmission before Arkyn blew. Who was he sending it to? It seems that each hint we get about this mystery only seems to whet our appetite for more.
What is Dutch?
Any scene featuring Hannah John-Kamen and Rob Stewart dueling it out as Dutch and Khlyen always demands my full attention. The two actors have such a presence onscreen and it was nice to see Dutch ask her vision of Khlyen some of the same questions viewers have been wondering for a bit now. Is she already a Level 6 and just doesn’t know it? “Double Dutch” made another appearance as well, with the same sinister look in her eye as she tried to make Dutch doubt herself and the love of those around her. Dutch’s ongoing struggle with Khlyen, and the fact that he’s somewhat motivated by love for her, continues to fascinate me and I can’t wait to get more answers about their complicated relationship. One thing is for certain, there’s no second guessing who is in charge in the team’s alliance with Turin after Dutch decided to embrace the fact that she is partly what Khlyen made her–a weapon.
Pawter trapping Jelco
The badassness of the Killjoys ladies didn’t stop with Dutch this week, as Pawter used her own brand of badassery–something I’m enjoying more and more with each passing episode–to really get back at Jelco for trapping her at Spring Hill. Jelco proved once again to be the villain viewers love to hate, but when Pawter outwitted him to put the tracking device in his heart I think it’s safe to say all viewers did a bit of a fist pump. Jelco may be right, that she’s “too much of a doctor to kill someone she hates,” but that’s why this was even sweeter revenge! She beat him at his own game, and the added sound effect of the beeps going off as he got closer to the door was just icing on the cake. The only question is who knocked her over the head and seemingly kidnapped her at the end of the episode? John surely won’t be happy when he learns that news.
Johnny the mossologist?
I won’t try to hide the fact that I frickin’ love me some Johnny Jaqobis. He’s one of my favorite characters on television and it’s always fun when he nerds out over tech–case in point, last week’s astonishment over the wall. However, this week I was laughing because his science skills were put to the test by the new creepy slugs camouflaging themselves as moss. I’m pretty sure I’ll have nightmares about the slugs crawling all over my body the way they did to Tanya, so I was grateful to have some light-hearted moments from John regarding the unknown green stuff. From him asking the team if they think he’s a “mossologist,” to saying the slugs looked like “angry vaginas,” John provided some much needed comedic relief. But perhaps my favorite exchange of the episode was the one between him and Dutch about what he should do next as far as the creepy green moss went.
Dutch: “Johnny do an analysis.”
John: “An analysis of what?”
Dutch: “I don’t know that’s just something we say and then you make it all better!”
Dutch and Alvis
We all know from back in Season 1 that Dutch and the monk clearly have some history between them. It’s never been told to us exactly what that history consisted of, but it was nice to see a bigger glimpse into the bond these two share this week. D’avin was clearly jealous of Alvis’ presence on board, and there were definitely hints that he probably had a right to feel that way. Alvis can see through all of Dutch’s bullshit and it’s refreshing to see someone call her out for a change. Added touches like learning that Alvis was a miner were also fun character building traits to get this week. Their connection was never more evident though than when Alvis was the one able to pull Dutch out of her hallucination and out of the mine. Killjoys has made a concerted effort to give us more on its side characters such as Pree, Pawter and now Alvis in Season 2 and I remain oh so happy that they are!
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Killjoys airs Fridays at 9p.m. ET on Syfy and Space Channel.
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