KILLJOYS Review: “I Love Lucy”

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In case anyone was worried it wouldn’t be, you can breathe a sigh of relief: it’s back. That’s right, the green goo that has haunted season two of is back with a vengeance. Almost literally. From the beginning of “I Love Lucy,” Dutch determines that the team needs to experiment with D’avin and the green goop (it’s technically called plasma but where is the fun in that?) to find out why he is immune to it. It turns out, not only is D’avin immune but he also can control the plasma with his mind. It’s pretty sci-fi even for a sci-fi show on SyFy.

At first, the team uses plasma from that gross bug they captured a couple episodes ago. They quickly abandon that plan when D’avin accidentally mind melds with it. No one wants to be in the brain of a green squishy insect, so they go to plan B. Plan B involves tracking down a trader named Romwell who is rumored to have some plasma in stock. As it happens, Romwell also has some female androids who are programmed to kill, an asteroid spaceship, and a really negative. There is a solid sequence where he repeated tricks Dutch, Johnny and D’avin and ends up giving them fake bug plasma, and then holding them at gunpoint. Just the usual.

The gang is not in a good place when the robots cart D’avin and Johnny off to be placed along with Romwell’s items, but lucky for the gang, Johnny can do future space programming stuff. He programs Lucy, the spaceship, into one of the robots and has her fight the other robots. It’s a fun sequence to get to root for super strong lady robot with the voice of the ship we’ve been hearing for a season and a half. It’s also nice to see the boys take a back seat to to let the women (even if they are androids) do they fighting.

KILLJOYS -- "I Love Lucy" Episode 206 -- Pictured: (l-r) Aaron Ashmore as John, Luke Macfarlane as D'Avin -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

— “I Love Lucy” Episode 206 — Pictured: (l-r) Aaron Ashmore as John, Luke Macfarlane as D’Avin — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

Speaking of which, Dutch is doing her best to take on Romwell. Her technique is very different than programming a bot. First they go on a weird flashback drug trip together, which reveals a little more information about Dutch’s messed up relationship with Khlyen. Then Dutch sings him a song that makes him high-key fall in love with her. Then, of course, she slits his throat. A lot of the narrative surrounding Dutch this season is about whether she was a killer before she joined the killjoys. She never takes any warrant that would force her to kill, and doesn’t leave any bodies behind her. The show clearly does not want to make their lead a killer, for even in this episode, after she slits Romwell’s throat, he comes back to life.

Turns out that Romwell is about 400 years old and is a hoarder who betrayed his home planet when plasma-filled people invaded it. He also has taken a strong liking to Dutch, even more so after she killed him. He begs her to stay on his ship with him, but Dutch the sassy independent woman that she is, is not gonna stick around on a spaceship to fix some man. She calls him a “Manic Pixie Assasin” and primes her way to get the hell out off of his ship. First, however, she gets some of that good good green goop.

The team is reunited and ready to bounce of the spaceship, but there are still bots coming after them. D’avin pulls an energy crystal off the wall, which apparently is a thing and covers it with the plasma that Dutch worked so hard to obtain. He uses his new mind powers to move the crystal and turn it into a bomb. The logic of this show is sometimes a little over the top, but green explosions are fun, right? Dutch, D’avin, Johnny, and Manic Pixie Romwell escape onto Lucy just in time to watch Romwell’s collection go up in a green explosion. It’s pretty cool.

KILLJOYS -- "I Love Lucy" Episode 206 -- Pictured: (l-r) Keon Alexander as Sam Romwell, Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch -- (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

— “I Love Lucy” Episode 206 — Pictured: (l-r) Keon Alexander as Sam Romwell, Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Syfy/Killjoys II Productions Limited)

Turns out Romwell had a good time with the whole being killed and watching everything he owns blow up, so he gives Dutch a parting gift of more plasma. He then goes on his merry way, leaving the rest of the crew to get laid. Yes, the last seven-ish minutes of the episode involve Dutch, Johnny, and D’avin going and letting off some old fashioned steam. For Johnny, it’s simple: he’s got a secret “we’re gonna take the company down” relationship going with Pawter who surprises him on the ship. Dutch, meanwhile, goes to visit her old religious friend Alvis, and they have some fun of their own. This involves a post-coitus viewing of his bible, where he talks about sap from a sacred tree that he believed was just a legend. Turns out this sap is awfully green and gooey. Interesting.

If you thought that this green goo plasma was gone for the episode, you would be sadly mistaken. It all comes into play when it’s D’avin’s turn to get his rocks off. He has been flirting with Sabine, the new bartender, for a few weeks, and they finally give it a go. The extensive (for basic cable) sex scene seems to go on a little long. But it’s just building up to something, and not what you think. When Sabine is about to climax, she starts crying. You know, it’s an emotional experience, it happens to everyone – until her tears turn into the dreaded green goo. D’avin freaks out as the plasma now is coming out of Sabines head in all the ways it can, leaving her in a pool of the goop. Talk about a boner killer.

Now that the plasma has effectively saved everyone’s life, ruined D’avin’s sex life, and potentially has religious significance, we will see what the rest of the season has to bring. Unlike last week, this week’s Killjoys was a very simple mission, it was just at the end when it got out of whack. It’s getting harder to know what to expect from the show, both structurally and storywise, and this episode raised a lot of question for the rest of the season. Next Friday can’t come soon enough.

TB-TV-Grade-B+
Season 2, Episode 6 (S02E06)
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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