Episode title (season 2, episode 2): Wild, Wild Westerly
Director: Martin Wood
Writers: Michelle Lovretta (created by) Sean Reycraft (written by)
Starring: Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane, Stephanie Leonidas, Tamsen McDonough, Rob Stewart, Sarah Power, Morgan Kelly , and more.
Episode length: 42 mins
A warrant for some escaped prisoners, and some deadly gas requires a visit back to Old Town, and a dangerous mission for the team.
Despite the vow they have between them to remain neutral during the bloody, multi-planetary class war that threatens to destroy the Quad, The Killjoys’ own pasts and the events around them begin to draw them in deeper to this dangerous vortex of war. The series season 2 narrative continues to take its cue from the level six conspiracy started last season, which may, or may not, be the overreaching main story arc of the show.
Admittedly, I am enjoying this season’s episodes much more than I did lasts season’s. My opinion of the show last year was not very high, in fact, I considered it downright boring and bland almost beyond being watchable, but this season, for some reason, it seems much more enjoyable, and I’m not sure why, but if i had to guess, I’d say its because the appeal of the show’s convoluted storylines no longer eludes me.
The show is enjoyable enough, visually engaging, with snappy dialogue, and characters that I am warming up to still, some more than others, but it still leaves me with the nagging feeling that it simply feels too contrived to me on some level.
This week’s episode had all the requisite ingredients in evidence that one expects to see in a show of this type, something this series has never failed in doing pretty well. High tech gadgets and devices are in abundance, along with gunplay involving futuristic weapons, action, and fight scenes to dress up the mystery, and adventure this series stories tells.
The company, the evil all powerful corporate entity in the series, is here, of course, and the team is forced, once again, to deal with the devil, in this case, Liam Jelco (Pascal Langdale), who gives the team their mission, and of course betrays them, and nearly manages to kill them in the bargain.
Jelco is a jerk. He pompously, and smugly sits in his comfy quarters and condescends to punish the inhabitants of Old Town by putting up a high tech ‘wall’ in order to make them suffer, and as a means of punishment that satisfies his sadistic need to demonstrate his power over others in return for a past defiance of company orders. He is also a cold blooded killer, in keeping with his role of being a corporate sociopath, a popular sci-fi trope that’s been around since the days of RoboCop, demonstrated by him shooting a character point blank in the head, as a way of making a point.
The Killjoys travel back to Westerly where they are confronted by the aforementioned forcefield, referred to as the wall. Its a dazzling contraption, complete with the ability to scan, and produce digital readouts of all who wish to enter.
In a very intriguing moment it displays a file, depicting an image of Pree, with long hair, that identifies him as Prima Dezz – Warlord. Thats a curiosity inducing tidbit if ever there was one. Pree, a former warlord? This results in the Killjoys and Pree being captured, and literally, briefly hung out to dry by the company’s forces, until Jelco deigns to release them.
Their visit to Old Town starts out with Pree’s old bar, and hangout, the Royale, of course, where they find a loudmouth buffoon named Gared (Gavin Fox) who has laid claim to the place, but Dutch expresses a difference of opinion and challenges him to a fight for the place.
The guy’s a monster of a man with muscles on top of muscles, but not surprisingly Dutch makes short work of him and breaks his leg in the bargain. This show was created by a woman, and it uses Gared as an example of what happens when offensive a**holes of this type dare to go up against the superiority of women.
Poor Gared makes an appearance several more times in the episode, and never seems to learn his lesson, with amusing results. This idiot is handed a painful reminder of his misguided attitude by another woman Pawter Simms (Sarah Power), the disgraced medic we met last season who makes an appearance again this time around. He is reminded another time by Pree, when he is stupid enough to return to the Royale. Pree pins his hand to the bar with a large hunting knife Gared attempts to intimidate him with.
The Killjoys get reacquainted with Alvis (Morgan Kelly), the scarback monk we met last season, to make homecoming week complete, and he agrees to help them in their attempt to meet and speak with the leader of the escaped prisoners they are after. They encounter one of the escapees in the Royale who declines going with them peacefully, and opts to blow his own brains out right there instead.
It turns out most of the escaped prisoners they seek are already dead, except for their leader, Tarren Tighmon, a political activist. Tarren has gotten his hands on a cylinder of deadly gas that kills instantly by dehydrating anyone exposed to it. Just as they are meeting with him, a company drone attacks, killing Tarren and nearly killing the team as well.
The team and Alvis manage to get away unscathed, and then Alvis decides to use the gas on a company compound linked to the lower levels of Od Town though an infrastructure of pipes and such. The team frantically tries to convince him not to do it, and he relents at the last moment, but is exposed himself to the deadly gas. The Killjoys manage to save him by nearly drowning him in a large vat of water that is conveniently right there within easy reach.
After a more or less happy ending, after the grim events of the episode, Lucy is suddenly hijacked mid-flight by a signal whose source is located on an out-of-the-way world and being sent by Turin, who was killed last season, but is now somehow alive again. he wants the Killjoys to go to Arkyn and investigate what’s behind some mysterious activity that’s going on there.
Alvin decides he will join the team on the trip to investigate the mystery on Arkyn, another planet that is tied into the level six conspiracy plot line, while Pree decides to remain in Old Town at his bar, and reacquaint himself with his former home.
While I do enjoy watching this show a lot more than I did last season, I cannot agree with fans that consider this show to be one of the best ever, and a truly great series. It measures better than a meh, but still only registers on my quality scale as enjoyable light entertainment, not quite achieving the greatness exhibited by some of Syfy’s other efforts, shows like Dark Matter, The Expanse, and other genre shows I enjoy. One thing is for sure, Canadian shows are at the forefront of the some of the best recent genre tv, and I’m glad th