KILLJOYS Review: “How to Kill Friends and Influence People”

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“This is crazy. This is bullshit. This is crazy bullshit,” is Johnny’s reaction to the big twist in the first ten minutes of the season two finale of . He’s pretty much summing up what we’re all thinking. It is crazy bullshit, as any good episode of Killjoys should be. And it’s fantastic.

The big twist in question is one that Khlyen reveals after he tells them how to save the quad, very casually. He’s is going to save the quad from… aliens? Okay, it’s more like humans from another planetary system but he is 100% one of them and so is his daughter who looks 100% like Dutch. Apparently, hundreds of years ago, Khlyen and his fellow aliens (we’re going with it) made a deal with the original company to weed out the strong and make them super human green goo people. The plan is finally going into action because Khlyen’s daughter wants that plasma. He petitions our killjoys to help him get rid of all plasma, so the company can be stopped and the quad can be saved. Sounds easy enough.

Honestly, it is kind of easy. And fun! It’s a classic Killjoys adventure, involving breaking and entering, lots of getting into fights, and Dutch having to dress up really pretty. Even though it is the result of heavy plot and exposition, the finale feels more like the wild romp that the show excels at. Dutch herself says it, when she takes over leadership from Khlyen. “Get in. Get dirty. Get out. It’s what we do,” she tells her weird alien mentor as they prepare to break into an archive of sorts to destroy the tree of plasma. Once they do that, the quad should be relatively saved. It’s all good fun.

KILLJOYS -- "How To Kill Friends and Influence People" Episode 210 -- Pictured: (l-r) Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch, Morgan Kelly as Alvis -- (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

— “How To Kill Friends and Influence People” Episode 210 — Pictured: (l-r) Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch, Morgan Kelly as Alvis — (Photo by: Christos Kalohoridis/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

There is truly nothing like a heist to make an episode of Killjoys feel good. D’avin and Fancy are the muscle, Johnny is the tech guy, and Dutch and Khlyen are the infiltrators. It’s pretty easy for them to get into the tree, but once they get there, a plot twist awaits. Apparently, the only way to destroy it is with a sort of anti-plasma that can act as a catalyst to kill the tree, and wipe the rest of the quad plasma out. The only way to get this is by basically draining the blood of a six. Khlyen volunteers a little too quickly, it a way that says “oh, you thought I was the bad guy, but here I am, sacrificing myself.” Though Dutch protests, Khlyen slits his wrists, and destroys the tree, leaving Dutch having a lot of mixed emotions, and the quad finally plasma-less.

Now that they’ve successfully cut out all plasma, the sixes are deactivated, bringing them back down to a normal human level. There are still about fifteen minutes left of the episode and we still have a lot of questions. Why is D’avin immune to the plasma? Why does Dutch look exactly like Khlyen’s daughter, who will now surely come for them? Will this actually stop the company from being pure evil? Luckily, we are getting a third season of Killjoys, because the show does not answer these questions.

KILLJOYS -- "How To Kill Friends and Influence People" Episode 210 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rob Stewart as Khlyen, Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

— “How To Kill Friends and Influence People” Episode 210 — Pictured: (l-r) Rob Stewart as Khlyen, Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch — (Photo by: Ian Watson/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

Instead it reminds us that the woman Johnny’s in love with was stabbed to death last episode by Delle Seyah. Naturally, Johnny wants revenge. He gets it far too easily, by stabbing Delle Seyah in public, after baiting her to come along by pretending to be Khlyen. That’s it. He just stabs her. She’s out. It’s almost a shame that one of the most fun villains of the show is killed off so easily, but she did destroy thousands of lives, including Pawter’s, so it does make sense that Johnny did what he did. Morally conflicted, he decides to go on a road trip (space trip) to get out of dodge. Joining him, completely randomly, is robot-arm Clara, whom he had flirted with a little bit at the beginning of the season. It seems a little too soon to bounce back, given that Pawter died probably about two days ago in Killjoy timeline. Hopefully this trip will be more about exploring as opposed to exploring. Either way, he leaves Dutch and D’avin to go figure out his life.

The remaining pair has a drink with everyone’s favorite bartender, Pree and human-again Fancy. Now that the world as they know it is basically changed forever, they could get out of there and live normal lives. Nah. They’re Killjoys. It seems the plasma removal was a temporary fix, so they are going to save the quad for real. And have a lot of fun doing it.

It was great to see Killjoys returning to form, and even improving on it. “How to Kill Friends and Influence People” was exactly what a finale from this kind of show should be: exciting, adventurous, overly dramatic, and surprisingly emotional. It seems like we will get even more of that with season three. Until next summer, then.

TB-TV-Grade-A
Season 2, Episode 10 (S02E10)
Killjoys airs Fridays at 9PM on SyFy

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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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