Make no mistake, when it comes to the Quad, women rule. Killjoys’ overall mystery may unravel more and more with each passing week, but one thing is becoming increasingly clear during Season 2–on this show, women are in charge. Anyone that watched Season 1 and met Hannah John-Kamen’s butt-kicking Dutch will probably tell you that’s always been the case, but for any doubters out there, Season 2 is straight up yelling from the rooftops that the Killjoys women are not to be messed with.
As with everything on this show, it all begins and ends with Dutch. One could easily argue that Dutch is the most kick ass female character on television and I’d believe you. She can shoot all the guns, fight all the fights, snark with the best of them AND looks absolutely amazing the entire time she’s kicking all the ass. The mystery this season may revolve around Khlyen (Rob Stewart), the Level 6s, Red 17 and D’avin (Luke Macfarlane), but the main reason we all truly want to solve it is Dutch. How does all it affect Dutch, given she seems to be at the epicenter of it all?
Yes, on the surface Season 2’s main mystery is about the guys–Khylen and D’avin–but in truth, the main focus is Dutch, as it should be. How did D’avin see her in that memory with the Scarbacks when they’ve not been on Arkyn in 200 years? What is the deal with the sinister “Double Dutch” we keep seeing appear? While she has accepted the fact that Khlyen made her into a weapon and she’s no longer going to run away from her mysterious past, John-Kamen still brings a vulnerability and honesty to Dutch that shines through, especially when showing those close to her how much she truly cares for them. We’ve seen it many times in the past with Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), but it’s also been on display in a handful of scenes here this season with Alvis (Morgan Kelly).
As Dutch, John-Kamen has always been a force to be reckoned with, something that often makes the viewer forget just how young the actress is in real life, but she’s really settled nicely into the role in Season 2. There’s a comfort level there now and Dutch’s relationship with Khlyen continues to fascinate me more and more with each passing week. She seems to have realized that she can no longer just completely hate her former mentor, but she knows that she’s got to put a stop to whatever he may be up to, something I’m guessing we’ll spend the next several episodes finding out. Yes, Killjoys places a lot of weight on John-Kamen’s young shoulders, but time and again both she and Dutch pass the test with flying colors.
Dutch: “You know I’ve been thinking about how long people have been making decisions for me, pulling on my strings. I’m tired of other people’s decisions ruling my life and I’m done taking orders.”
So while it comes as little surprise that Dutch continues to kick ass in Season 2, perhaps one of the season’s strongest developments has been that of Pawter (Sarah Power). The doctor from Qresh went from someone we sparingly knew in the beginning of Season 1, to a key member of the gang by the finale. However here in Season 2, thanks to her burgeoning relationship with John, she’s playing a much bigger role and it’s one of the aspects that has me the most excited going forward. What we’re seeing in Season 2 is just how big of a badass Pawter Simms really is and that she’s a completely different kind of badass than Dutch.
Diversity has always been a strength of Killjoys and Michelle Lovretta and her team of writers are doing it here by showing that women don’t just have to kick ass or shoot guns to be strong. Just as there are many different kinds of women, there are many different strengths and Pawter shows us what an asset intelligence, empathy and resourcefulness can be. Sure, she’s also impulsive and reckless, but tell me a hero that doesn’t have a few flaws. Pawter may be a “pretty pretty princess,” but she’s not going to sit around waiting in the tower for her prince to come and rescue her. Nope, just as she proved with Jelco, she’s perfectly capable of rescuing herself thank you very much.
Pawter: “Chemistry is a bitch and so am I.”
While Dutch and Pawter are certainly fighting “the good fight” this year, Killjoys reminded us that women are front and center on both sides of this battle. Not only did the premiere episode allude to a woman being in charge of the mysterious Black Root organization, but this week marked the return of Delle Seyah Kendry (Mayko Nguyen). As member of one of the Nine families on Qresh, Delle Seyah’s verbal sparring matches in Season 1 quickly made her a fan favorite–even if we didn’t love the principals she stood for–there was no question about it, Delle Seyah demands respect.
She’s cunning, ruthless and cold-blooded, so it’s easy to understand why Dutch is worried about now being in an alliance with the callous politician. Unlike Pawter, Delle Seyah has no problem using her political standing for her gain, however, as many characters do on this show, she has a weakness when it comes to Dutch. John-Kamen and Nguyen have excellent chemistry together and I’ll never tire of their “hate flirting.” Even better yet, Killjoys has taken things to an even more delicious level with Delle Seyah by adding in her history with Pawter. As members of the Nine families these two have a long history together and there’s certainly no love lost between them. I’d be lying if I said that the prospect of seeing more of their contentious relationship didn’t have me downright giddy.
Yes, Season 2 of Killjoys belongs to the ladies and it’s not like the show has been keeping this fact a secret. In fact, it’s something we should’ve realized was being made clear way back in the premiere with the introduction of Clara (Stephanie Leonidas). Clara, the girl with the frickin’ robot arm, was certainly one of Lovretta’s best creations yet and an absolute treat for viewers. Her shootout with Dutch to escape Eulogy was one of the most badass shootouts this show has seen and I think we’re all in agreement with Lucy, wishing she would’ve stuck around awhile longer. Thankfully, there seem to have been enough teases about “The Factory” that we’re we’re thinking it won’t be too long until we see Clara again. She just fit in so well, not only with John and the gang, but even with Lucy, not to mention how much better we’d rest at night knowing the team had Alice backing them up on missions.
Clara: Wait, I’m not leaving without Alice.
Dutch: Who the hell is Alice?
Clara: My good arm. Trust me, you’re going to want Alice.
After four episodes we still have more questions than answers, but at the pace Killjoys moves we’re betting that some of these plot set ups are going to start getting paid off. When they do, given what’s in play for Season 2, there’s little doubt in my mind that a female will be at the center of it all. That could be a weakness on other shows, but Killjoys is proving with each passing week that it knows how to deliver strong, multi-faceted, diverse and complex ladies. Therefore, I have no doubt that we’re in for one heck of a wild ride as Dutch and the gang settle in and prepare to figure out just what the hell Khlyen has up his sleeve.
What do you think of the Killjoys ladies this season? Are you enjoying them as much as I am? Sound off in the comments below!
Killjoys airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on Space Channel and Syfy.
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