KILLJOYS -- "Boondoggie" Episode 301

Killjoys Review: To Hells With the Hullen

I’m not going to even try to put into words how thrilled I am that Killjoys is back! Aneela’s War is coming, and it’s going to be a hells of a good time.

The series sustained some massive losses last year. I’m still a bit shocked both Pawter and Khlyen were killed off so soon in the show’s run, as both characters had become so important to the overall story. Pawter’s death, and Johnny’s revenge killing of Delle Seyah drove him away… yes, I cry every time I watch him say goodbye to Lucy. Khlyen’s death scene also gets me every time. That’s not only a testament to the wonderful writing, but to the brilliant cast as well. I’m insanely attached to these characters.

KILLJOYS -- "Boondoggie" Episode 301
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Anyway, so Killjoys Season 3 picks up with Dutch seemingly being captured by the Hullen. However, D’avin somehow managed to break in ahead of time to let the entire gang in. How cool was it to see Pree, Alvis and Fancy Lee joining the fun? Thom Allison is always an absolute blast to watch, especially when he’s kickin’ ass and takin’ names while delivering one liners. The whole point of the intro was simply to inform the audience the Hullen knew about the events on Arkyn and their survivors were in hiding. Dutch and Co. will have to smoke them out as step one in the ongoing war. Didn’t that green plasma splatter seem a tad light considering the exploding guy’s size? More goo, guys!

While I wasn’t surprised Johnny was still missing, it was weird that so many other RAC agents were AWOL as well. Were those 437 agents all Level 6? It was clear Banyon was going to prove a thorn in our heroes’ sides. She’s the new Turin, while the man himself works alongside the Killjoys for the greater good. I’m so glad Turin (Patrick Garrow) survived Season 1 and is still around. He’s a bit of a wild card, though it does seem he’ll be playing the straight man this season.

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Elsewhere, Johnny Jaqobis (Aaron Ashmore) was running from a dickish repo dude. He was just as surprised as we were when some new girl, brandishing Alice, popped in to save his life. Nope, that was not the same Clara we met last season. My first thought was that Stephanie Leonidas was unable to join the Season 3 production. Oh no, I loved her! I’m not really sure what happened, but the new face does get a pretty clever explanation. Ollie (Tommie-Amber Pirie) claimed to have blacked out, then woke up with Alice attached… Hmmm, could she possibly be? …Nah.

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At the Royale, Turin talked sense to Dutch and D’av while bringing us up to speed on the events of last season. “How are you two with intense heat and unnecessary nudity?” he inquired. Such a perfectly delivered line, right? The mission to kidnap Pippin (Atticus Mitchell) from the Veluvian Steam Baths on Leith was pure Killjoys. The series is always at its best when it feels like Guardians of the Galaxy rather than Blade Runner or some other dark sci-fi flick. I mean, sure there’s a war brewing, but who the hells says we can’t have some fun before it hits. The towel fight scene was a total trip. “Ew, where were you hiding that?” Dutch asks the tall bald half nude dude. Perfection. What was with all the head-butts though?

Pippin didn’t seem like the type to help “save the world.” So when he bluntly said… no, I couldn’t help laugh out loud. Naturally, the kids wasn’t given much choice and quickly delivered the goods. Again, it was killer to see the entire team during the Westerley Parallax Zone exchange. I’m really hoping Pree, Fancy Lee and Alvis get tons to do this year. How cool was Fancy’s boomerang? The supporting characters were used a bit sparingly last season. Anyway, the Hullen eventually crashed the party and seized their goods which made for a fun interrogation scene. “How can I see words? That makes no sense” Fancy told D’avin. Those two are an absolute hoot together, and I hope they get more screen time.

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I really loved learning that Dutch and Johnny had been communicating via holophone during his absense. He hadn’t run away completely, the guy just needed some time to decompress. Can you blame him? Creator Michelle Lovretta understands the show works best when the trio are united. So, I doubt Johnny will be away from home too long. First though, he needed to locate Clara with Ollie’s help. Would they all really storm the Factory? Is that something we will actually see this season?

The Hack-mod bar was a totally fresh new location for the show. It was terrific to see they cast actual amputees as the Hack-mods. Who better to bring those characters to life, you know? I was surprised Johnny’s cover was blown and he ended up an honorary Hack-mod, but the tiny finger-banger lightsaber was a great bit of tech. Aaron Ashmore told me it was his favorite during our recent chat.

Johnny and Ollie’s quiet moment was touching, yet I couldn’t help miss Clara. Will Johnny find her? Will we see her again at some point? It was really sad the way Johnny said, “People keep leaving me.” I hope the guy gets a break this season. Let’s stop killing off his women writers, come on!

The no-face (or two-face) plasma twist was interesting to say the least. What the hells is he was right… what the frak was going on?

Ultimately, the Hullen played right into Dutch and the gang’s hands. That decapitation was pretty brutal, wasn’t it? Infecting the hive was the plan all along. It’s great the way the writers can still surprise us with interesting turn of events like that. I can’t say I saw any of it coming.

Anyone else feel a bit bad for Pippin? They sure did get the better of him. Think we’ll see the character again? I hope so, Atticus Mitchell’s great.

Thirty six cloaked Hullen ships? Oh my!!! …And D’avin opened one? What?!?

Conclusion…

“Boondoggie” was a great start to the season, though I can’t help feeling Syfy should have given us a 2-part premiere. I know, I know the show only has 10 episodes let’s not get greedy, but wait till you watch Episode 302. You’ll see what I mean. No spoilers, but I will say it’s already one of my all-time favorite Killjoys episodes ever.

Dutch and Johnny’s relationship is still a highlight of the show. I confess I’m looking forward to their reunion, but the holophones will do for now. I’m just giddy that the show is back, and plan to savor these next nine episodes like they’re the last TV I will watch before some apocalypse destroys the planet. What did you think of the premiere? Let’s talk Killjoys in the comments below.

If you missed it, check out my exclusive interview with Aaron Ashmore, it’s fun stuff.

Killjoys airs Fridays at 8|7c on Syfy