If you’ve been following along with the Killjoys posts, you know we’ve been recapping the episodes weekly, but now that the season is over, we’re going to change it up a bit and chat more about the season as a whole for our intrepid trio, vs what went down episode by episode.
This week’s episode begins with Dutch down some sort of cave or mine shaft, cut off from the rest of the crew. Dutch is not alone though, Khlyen is there. She tells him she won’t let him take her and be turned into a Level 6, but he says it’s already been done. He is feeling stabby, so to prove it he guts Dutch, outflows a bunch of green goo and wait, that Dutch is level 6?! Cue the opening credits and my shocked face. *Spoilers ahead*
The team is back together, Pawter and Alvis are trapped behind the wall encircling Old Town, Fancy is Level 6, and Khlyen is in the wind. Caught up? Great, it’s time for episode two of Killjoys season two. *Spoilers ahead, and warning for mentions of suicide.
Welcome back to The Quad! I was so stoked that my favorite show about bounty hunters in space was renewed for a second season. Season one left us with some burning questions and concerns, the chief ones being D’avin and Fancy taken by Khlyen to be made Level 6, and the bombing of Old Town, which left Alvis and Pawter holed up in the tunnels while Johnny, Dutch, and Pree escaped aboard Lucy.
(credit for title goes to @geekw_oafandom on twitter. Thanks, darlin’.)
You guys, I am the literal worst. I was flailing on twitter about casual reveal bisexual Sarah Manning for the umpteenth time and my poor beleaguered patient editrex seriously offered to bribe me to do my job and actually write a thing. And I was like “I want to write the thing! I WILL write the thing.” so I am writing the thing.
It’s not news to anyone that it’s been a really really bad year for queer women on TV. Like monumentally awful. But being real it’s never a great time to be a queer character on TV, male or female (us inbetweenies/neithers are basically invisible to begin with), Bury Your Gays has a name for a reason.
So this Pride Month seems like a great time to celebrate Canadian genre TV’s queer, queer summer.
This show is just that, bounty hunters in space. And it’s rad as hell. Action, adventure, intrigue, spaceships, flashy weapons, mind control, heart; this show has it all. It’s fun and campy, but avoids being cheesy or too predictable. The world building is phenomenal, the societies encountered feel really fleshed out.
Killjoys are neutral bounty hunters that work as teams to apprehend criminals across “the Quad”, a quaternary planetary system on the brink of a class war. Killjoys are able to go where others can’t in pursuit of their bounties and loyalties are tested when “The Warrant Is All”.
Creator Michelle Lovretta, who was a writer and producer on Lost Girl, and Executive Producers David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, both EPs on Orphan Black, are the team behind this show, and the majority of the reason I was stoked for it to come out. I see a lot of similarities in the three shows; strong female leads, charismatic supporting cast, deep friendships between the characters that feel authentic from the very beginning.