Things are getting bleaker and bleaker for our KILLJOYS. The best part of this show, and the part that keeps all the characters sane, is their togetherness as a team. When that starts to crumble, the rest is soon to follow. “Full Metal Monk” starts with Dutch refusing to rescue Johnny from his circle light-up prison in the Company. She feels betrayed and lied to, which isn’t inaccurate, but does that justify full abandonment? According to Dutch, yes. She claims that Johnny’s once secret girlfriend Pawter can rescue him, and leaves him high and dry, breaking up a partnership that has been central for so long.
Dutch has bigger fish to fry, namely finding her evil doppelganger and killing her. You know, casual. After D’avin takes the news of his brother way too lightly, to two are off on a scavenger hunt which starts at a monastery. The track down their old friend Alvis and that angry teenager who had all the info in his head, and get lead to a river on Arkyn. The river yields another silver cube that only Dutch has access to. Dutch, D’avin and Alvis all get in the cube as it plummets to the ground. It leads them to a very spooky laboratory, but what else is new. They discover a 200 year old monk trapped behind a “wall” that is shockingly similar to the ones in Old Town.
Speaking of Old Town, Pawter successfully rescues Johnny from the company, but not without a lot of grim foreshadowing that they will get what’s coming for them. (Don’t worry, they most definitely will.) The pair uses their newfound “freedom” to try to figure out the company’s plan. The company is trying to kill of the weak people of Old Town, but how. After another scavenger hunt (this episode is really into that,) they realize that company officials have plans to bring in a special dose of rations that very night. Pawter needs to prove to her one ally in the company that there actually is a murderous plot thought. Her and Johnny go back to her old room above the bar to brain storm. And by brainstorm, we mean they make out a bunch and talk about how happy they are. It’s weird.
Meanwhile, in creepy underground lab, the old monk wakes up and is simply terrified of Dutch. He keeps calling her the devil, which either says a lot about Dutch’s doppleganger or is an ominous hint for the future. Probably both. He tries to run and fight them, but using D’avin cool anti-level six powers, they strap him down and get information out of him. It turns out that he remembers Khlyen and Evil!Dutch, and that she was his daughter. Yikes. Dutch, is rightfully freaked out by the news, especially because all this time Khlyen has been treating her as one would treat their daughter.
Back on Old Town, the happy couple is a little too happy, given that they have a limited amount of time to stop the company. Their only ally on the nine shows up, asking for proof and Johnny and Pawter laugh it off. It’s very clear by now that they are straight trippin’. Just then, Jelco aka Mr. Evil Company shows up to explain why they are tripping. The wall released something in the air that will turn the citizens of Old Town into basically happy complacent drones. And boy is it working on these two. Jelco seamlessly frames them for their ally’s murder, and all Johnny and Pawter can do is giggle. Frankly, it’s terrifying.
Things just keep getting darker and darker as Dutch ends up mercy killing the monk, bringing her kill count up even higher. It’s a pretty bleak day for Dutch as she questions her identity and basically all that she’s known. However, they get one good thing out of it: Lucy analyzes the piece of wall they found in the underground bunker, and they realize what it is doing to people on Old Town. Dutch and D’avin finally figure out that they need to save Johnny, and hopefully reunite the team.
Overall, “Full Metal Monk,” was a very downer chapter for all the Killjoys. There was barely any of the fun loving spirit that makes Killjoys that special, but at least all signs point to the big reunion before the season is over, and we can only hope that everyone makes it out alive. Though it was plot heavy, at least now the plot is compelling and has real consequences attached to it.
Raina Deerwater | Contributor