KILLJOYS Review: “Heart Shaped Box”


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“Heart Shaped Box” explores a darker side of , which is pretty impressive considering how last week’s episode ended with D’avin literally screwing the goo out of mild-mannered bartender Sabine. If Killjoys can do anything, it’s combine a bright and comically liquid with the ambiguous morality that’s slowly taking over over our protagonist.

It turns out that Sabine, all her goo included, was a member of the mysterious and villainous classification of level six, which is why she had all the plasma in the first place. Who knew that all it took was D’avin penis to take on their greatest foe. After a respectable time spent freaking out, D’avin gets his trusty brother Johnny to take the now comatose Sabine onto Lucy. Once they figure out her level six status, Dutch immediately wants to torture her for information. How much of this torturing has to do with her needing to get info about Khlyen and the sixes and how much of it involves her jealousy involving D’avin? Well, that’s for the audience to decide. Hopefully, it’s much more of the former, but the show is making sure we remember about Dutch and D’avin’s weird chemistry.

After a few attempted torture tries, including Dutch trying to do it the old fashioned way and D’avin stopper her, and their old boss sending in a goon with sci-fi glasses, the gang needs to figure out a different method. Johnny, who is not only a tech wiz, but a low key neuroscientist apparently, figures out that level sixes have a part of their brain that feels feelings altered. Basically, level sixes don’t have normal emotions and are engineered sociopaths. Sounds fun! However, due to the magical properties of a romantic night with D’avin, Sabine is temporarily a human again. She maybe can be trusted. So the killjoys do the only logical thing.

KILLJOYS -- "Heart-Shaped Box" Episode 207 -- Pictured: (l-r) Luke Macfarlane as D"Avin, Tori Anderson as Sabine -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

— “Heart-Shaped Box” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Luke Macfarlane as D”Avin, Tori Anderson as Sabine — (Photo by: Ian Watson/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

Which, it turns out, is putting Sabine, D’avin, a bunch of wires, and the sci-fi glasses all in a bathtub so they can find other level sixes. What a classic move. Apparently, given D’avin’s ability to be control to plasma, his brain will react when he sees the faces of level sixes, which he will know through Sabine. Sound legit. When they connect brains, she takes him to a snowy planet with a silver cube that D’avin can almost break into. Seems like this will come back to haunt them.

Once the team gets the names, Johnny and Dutch set out to Old Town to find the sixes. They both have other agendas, however. Dutch goes into Sabine’s old place to find hints. She finds another assassin there who was in league with Sabine to find Khlyen. Once Dutch figures this out, she kills him, which used to be a thing that Dutch didn’t do, but things are getting darker and darker for our heroine. Johnny is busy doing a secret mission for his girlfriend against the company. He tracks down an engineer who worked on the wall, and after much needling, gets the info that the plans are kept in the company headquarters in Old Town.

Meanwhile, back on the ship, D’avin and Sabine have a heartfelt talk, where she laments the fact that in a few short hours, all of her morality will be gone. It’s pretty bleak. Feeling sorry for her, about the morality and maybe the literally almost screwing her to death thing, D’avin grants her last request: he lets her go. When Dutch comes back on the ship, she is furious at D’avin for this, but he reveals he put a device on her.

KILLJOYS -- "Heart-Shaped Box" Episode 207 -- Pictured: Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

— “Heart-Shaped Box” Episode 207 — Pictured: Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch — (Photo by: Ian Watson/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

Dutch tracks Sabine to the snowy planet from earlier, where she confronts her about using the to get to Khlyen. Sabine explains that Khlyen recently rebelled from the level six organization and she needed to know why. She also says that he definitely was training Dutch to be a level six too, and with the amount of murder she’s committed recently, it definitely makes sense. Speaking of murder, Sabine begs Dutch to kill her before the level sixers can, and Dutch obliges, bringer her murder count up even higher.

Dutch leaves Sabine’s body to be found by the sixes and goes into the silver cube from the brainmeld earlier. It’s filled with weapons and relics specifically aimed at Dutch, including the red box that Khlyen gave her to indicate a kils. It looks like Dutch’s murder count will only rise in the final three episodes of the season. For now, we don’t really know where she stand with Khlyen and how he will play into her newfound killing side.

During all this, Johnny is trying to break into the company and miserably fails. He spend the last few moments of the episode, alone in a circular cell, with no way out. D’avin and Dutch didn’t even know he was trying to take the company down, let alone get caught doing it. Next week will probably see a lot of betrayal being recognized, and the team slowly crumbling, with the worst possible timing. Hey, it happened last season. The stakes are considerably higher now, and the show is taking a lot of risks with how dark they are taking Dutch. Hopefully these will pay off as we head into the last three episodes of the season. For now, Killjoys is doing a good of keeping us captivated and had managed to make the boring elements of the plot much more personal and interesting.

A- Grade
Season 2, Episode 7 (S02E07)
Killjoys airs Fridays at 9PM on SyFy


Raina Deerwater spends most of her time watching television and trying to find the perfect bagel and lox, because she likes being emotionally distraught.

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