Episode title (season 2, episode 4): Schooled
Director: Ruba Nadda
Writers: Michelle Lovretta (created by) Jennifer Kennedy (story 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 simple mission to escort children to a school for talented kids goes terribly wrong, when the Killjoys discover that the students have gone missing.
I don’t know what happened to this episode, it had all the requisite parts in place, a fairly good story, with some solid science fiction concepts, and a classical type mystery for a plot too, but even with all that stuff going for it, it just never managed to get me to care, or muster any enthusiasm for what was going on, on the screen.
It had some child actors in it, but it wasn’t their fall it seemed to fall flat for me, it might have been the way the story was portrayed. Whatever the reason, Schooled, for me was the weakest episode so far this season, and unlike last year, I have been enjoying this series more this time around.
(*waring spoilers follow*)
Turin gives the Killjoys an easy assignment this time around, escort some kids to a special school for extra smart kids, and the team seemed in good spirits to have a lightweight assignment this time around. A’vin and Dutch go to Old Town to pick up one of the students, and John goes looking for Pawter who went missing just before he picked her up in the last episode after she escaped the evil clutches of Jelco on Springhill.
It turns out after she got knocked out from behind she was taken to some sort of tent city full of lowlifes, where he finds her arm wrestling and enormous unsavory looking dyke of a woman for her freedom. She wins, but when her kidnappers find out she’s a doctor they are reluctant to let her go, and threaten violence if John tries to leave with her. A fight breaks out, and John somehow manages to turn it into a cliched version of barroom brawl, and the locals get so caught up fighting each other that John and Pawter escape easily.
She take off on him, because she wants to warn everyone that the company is walling off all the towns on Westerly, but he calms her down and suggests she hang out on Lucy until she figures out her next move.
Anyway everyone ends up on Lucy and wit three bright young people in tow they head for the advanced school that turns out to be located on a space station. there’s no one around when they arrive until they finally find Delle Seyah Kendra (Mayko Nguyen), a company lacky they have had unpleasant dealings with before. She’s as puzzled as they are as to the whereabouts of the missing students as well their adult supervisor.
After further investigation it turns out there’s something terribly wrong going on and strange things begin to happen. the adult supervisor appears and then disappears again, several times before they figure out its a hologram of her. they finally discover everyone is dead including the suerpvisor from some sort of freak accident involving a data surge.
The school it turns out is not what you might think, students are put into pods, and educated sublimely and emerge from their pods educated and ready to go as experts in their chosen fields, but this data surge resulted in them all being killed
It turns out one of the students survived and was driven partially insane by experiencing some the surge,, but not enough to kill him, and he is the one behind the strange occurrences.
So everyone gets out okay and the mystery is solved
The episode’s attempts to portray the mystery of the story and create a suitable atmosphere for it seemed weak and was barley in evidence for this episode, which at times seemed almost like one of the after school specials for kids at times, and not even intended for an adult audience.
There were a few feeble attempts at humor, and excitement along the way, but overall Schooled struck me as pretty bland.The episode also seemed lacking in the witty dialogue it sometimes displays this time around. Every show has a weak episode sometimes, and hopefully this show will bounce back with a stronger installment next week.