Killjoys: Michelle Lovretta Talks “Attack the Rack”

Syfy / Bell Media
Syfy / Bell Media

*** This article contains major spoilers for the Killjoys Season 3 episode “Attack the Rack” ***

Well things sure backfired on Dutch this week didn’t they? Just as Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) thought she finally made a move in her war against Aneela, Killjoys reminded us how nothing is easy as Aneela made her move and blew up Racks all around the Quad. It was also a reminder to Delle Seyah (Mayko Nguyen) not to underestimate Aneela, as she kept her distracted while she formulated her plan. Elsewhere, Dutch, John (Aaron Ashmore) and D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) infiltrated their own RAC with some varying results of success.

=Thinking she was Hullen, Dutch stabbed Banyon (Karen LeBlanc), only to find out she was human and the loss will likely weigh on Dutch going forward. Killjoys’ showrunner Michelle Lovretta is back for our weekly discussion about everything that went down this week, and she previews how Dutch rallies now after this devastating move by Aneela. “Attack the Rack” was written by Shernold Edwards and directed by Jeff Renfroe, and also saw Turin (Patrick Garrow) doubting newly returned human Fancy’s (Sean Baek) allegiance. Lovretta previews what repercussions that will have and previews a big episode for next week.

 

The TV Junkies: Well Aneela finally made a move against Dutch in this war and it was quite a big one. Where does our team go from here now that they’ve lost so many allies?

Michelle Lovretta: They have to get creative. Some of the very real aspects of our larger fight this year are the number of unexpected setbacks our team encounters along the way… and how determined and freaking wily they are about getting past them. It’s not credible to think that a small madcap group of space pirates can take on such a force without any hitches, but it also wouldn’t be fun, and you know how much I prioritize fun. This may be war, but we aim to enjoy the hell out of every step.

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Syfy / Bell Media

TTVJ: It seems like Delle Seyah keeps getting herself closer to Aneela. What is she truly after in this dangerous game she’s playing?

ML: That’s the wonderful and surprising thing about it for me: she’s just drawn to Aneela. She can’t help but be intrigued by her, and yes that’s dangerous, but for Delle Seyah I think that’s part of the allure. You can see something shift in her way back in 302 when she first lays eyes on her and kneels. Part of it is the chemistry she’s always had with Dutch but the rest is all Aneela: a lovely, dangerous cypher who needs help with tactics, and Delle Seyah can give that to her.

It’s like Delle Seyah finally met someone she felt worthy of following and it gives her a sort of …calm stability. She’s been topped, so to speak, and she kinda likes it, at least for now. Actually, she likes it a LOT. Her old life was pre planned for her by her ancestors, and now on this ship everything is new and exciting and anything is possible if Aneela wills it so. That’s pretty seductive. I don’t mean to suggest that Delle Seyah is some lovestruck moppet, not at all. This is early, tentative days. She’s still a viciously brilliant tactician who knows power equals security–but Aneela IS power. And instead of trying to fight someone else’s status, for once Delle Seyah wants to invest in and support it and nurture it.

She’d shiv me for saying it, but she’s becoming a bit like John is to Dutch in that way. But, like… sexier. With more kissing and stuff. And some murders. Okay a lot of murders. She’s TRYING Bridget, I didn’t say she was perfect…

TTVJ: Aneela told Delle Seyah that she went after the wrong brother. Does this mean Aneela will keep going after D’avin because of his ties to the Hullen?

ML: Not… directly. It ties into some finale stuff so I shall say no more. Please imagine here an image of me swirling a delicious cocktail while giving you sassy side eye.

[Editor’s note: Much like this one here…]

@BridgetOnTV
@BridgetOnTV

TTVJ: Speaking of D’avin, it was so nice to get some good Jaqobis brothers moments between him and John, even if they were under extreme duress. It feels like we’ve not gotten those in awhile, but should we be worried John will have lasting effects from the torture?

ML: No, Johnny’s noggin is in full force the rest of the season. Which is good, because they’re going to need it. But bless writer Shernold Edwards for dreaming up a story guaranteed to bring brotherly love, because the only thing better than one Jaqobis is another Jaqobis making fun of him.

TTVJ: As for lasting effects, it was great to see Fancy back, but he sure wasn’t ready to forgive Turin. Will those two be able to work things out as they surely have to keep working together?

ML: You mean will those two crazy kids kiss and make up? A world of no. “Fancy versus Turin” is actually one of my favorite percolating arcs this season. I’m a huge fan of both those actors, and they play such distinct characters. Turin is authoritarian, Fancy a loner… but they’re both Killjoys to their core. They believed in the Rack more than most, so they both have a vendetta against the Hullen for sullying the one institution that mattered to them… but in Fancy’s case, it’s far more personal.

War brings out the best and worst in people. We’ll see both of those things play out between these two men on an intimate level before we’re through. I never want to tell a story just about guns and ships. Turin and Fancy help us keep the human element in focus this year.

TTVJ: I know she wasn’t on our team, but I really was enjoying Banyon this year. I’m sad to see her go! Will that death continue to wear on Dutch moving forward at all?

ML: Yeah, I loved Banyon so I’m also sad–there was an early scene with Turin when I suddenly wanted them to fall in hate-love and get married. With the space of more episodes who knows, maybe we could have gone a different path. But the sharp, unexpected dirtiness of this loss felt right here. Our team are heroes, but they’re human, and when they fuck up others will pay the price because that’s the honest cost of leadership. To quote Fancy in a later ep “it’s war, not prom”–there will be losses, and they can’t all be red shirts. The ones in this episode weigh hard on Dutch in 306, pushing her to take a risk she probably shouldn’t. OK, really super shouldn’t. But I’m glad she does, because her reckless move leads to some amazing reveals in 307.

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Syfy / Bell Media

TTVJ: You guys had a lot of great Canadian TV talent guest starring this week with Tara Spencer-Nairn, Gord Rand and Noam Jenkins. How did that come about?

ML: One of the best things about shooting in Canada is the supply of amazing talent. Seriously. We haven’t gone wrong with a guest star yet. I think part of it is that many of the shows that shoot locally are real world procedurals, and we come along and wave the chance to fly ships and talk trash and shoot lasers. Wouldn’t you?? In short, everyone involved in Killjoys–from writers to cast to crew to fans–is invited to enjoy the fudge out of themselves and have a rowdy good time. I think you can see that on the screen and off, and I definitely think that draws us the cream of the crop. I’m grateful.

TTVJ: What can you preview about Episode 306?

ML: Ha! OK well it’s a bit “Agatha Christie got drunk and wrote for Killjoys”, from the profanely hilarious mind of Andrew DeAngelis, one of my favorite new Killjoys writers. It’s part trapped-in-a-box murder mystery, part OMG I DID NOT SEE THAT TURN COMING, SOMEBODY HOLD ME”. Let’s just say we will have muuuuuch to discuss next Friday and if approximately 5.3 fans don’t literally pee their couches that night I will be shocked. There’s a funeral, 2 kisses, 2 deaths, 3 betrayals, lots of awkward, lots of funny, and Aneela’s homage to Carrie’s prom night. Expect some old faces to return. Grab a beer, grab a friend, grab your balls. Shit is going DOWN on Killjoys next week.

 

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Killjoys airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on Syfy and Space.

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