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Season 1 | Episode 5 | “A Glitch in the System” | Aired July 17, 2015

Our Killjoys think they’re on a simple Clean and Clear salvage warrant when they find a 10-year-old derelict ship. After a playful continuation of “John is Lucy’s favorite/Lucy doesn’t play favorites,” Dutch suits up, much to John’s dismay (he wanted to go). D’avin is still wonky from some flashbacks and a hurried talk with Pawter. Still, no one’s super-bummed, because everything points to this being a good haul.

But something is definitely weird. Dutch’s entry into the ghost ship hints at some kind of sentience, but Lucy is not detecting any life forms. We get a little banter (Dutch called John “Sugarpants,” a little brotherly ribbing), as well as some great music courtesy of Lucy … before Lucy’s signal starts to break up along with communications. John locates the transponder, which is, oddly, blank, and has no information to ID the ship. Dutch finds an empty cargo hold.

Oh, and this guy.

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The plan was to clear the ship of any goodies and then blow it up, so D’avin has been placing mines across the ship, until he finds a pool of blood. Then things really get wonky when the engine systems go online; Lucy suddenly identifies a contaminant and quarantines the ship before disengaging.

So, we have our three Killjoys separated from Lucy on a ghost ship with blood, a hinky electrical interference, and a zombie? Great! But wait, there’s more! John found another survivor at the end of that blood trail who’s wounded and wielding a knife. Plus, the zombie dude just blew himself out the airlock after writing “17” on the door in blood.

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That’s what I said!

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Luckily, John has access to the ship’s computer and security cams. Maybe he can figure out what happened. Dutch and John try to get answers from Hogan (Richard Clarkin), who says he found the ship and came to do some plundering along with his buddy Wilson (Kylle Mitchell), who wasn’t a zombie, just crazy. They’ve been there a couple years since their ship did pretty much what Lucy did. He’s also ex-military, part of the First and 17th infantry. (Hm, 17?) I don’t like it. Especially when Dutch goes looking for his old DeepSuit while D’avin takes him to the infirmary.

Johnny manages to break the (inordinately high) security on the computers; this ship is military. Specifically, Imperial Marines of the United Republic. Oh, and Dutch just found the infirmary, which isn’t where Hogan said it was.

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Continuing the strangeness, Hogan says he’s only been on the ship a couple years, but Johnny just found video of a doctor. Look who’s in the video assisting the doctor.

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Johnny comms D’avin discreetly to tell him that Hogan isn’t what he seems. No kidding. Dutch just found a whole lot of dead bodies in the infirmary, and the way Hogan heals in Wolverine fashion after he gets into a fight with D’avin makes that pretty clear. Whatever is going on, D’avin is about to get real familiar, because Hogan just “implanted” him with something.

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Oh, this isn’t good. D’avin is in an interrogation chamber, and whatever he’s been infected with can literally disintegrate his skin if he doesn’t tell the truth. The pain is too much; once he gives his name, rank, and serial number, his skin knits back together.

This is definitely a Black Ops military vessel. Early in her voyage, it flew through a solar flare and things got strange. Hogan was “chosen,” and the ship started interrogating the passengers for information on something called Red 17. They didn’t have the answer. Now it’s looking for answers from D’avin. Can Dutch and John get to him in time?

The ship asks about D’av’s last mission, and D’av is in so much pain that he gives up the details on the mission he’s been having flashbacks about. It’s worse than we thought. D’avin Jaqobis killed his entire squad during a routine mission and has no idea why.

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Thankfully, John and Dutch have found video of one of the doctors and discover what’s affecting D’avin: nanites. How do you fight nanites? Especially when the ship itself is glitching out and repeating a torture cycle with an unanswerable question.

Hogan has also been infected with the nanites (hence his fast healing) and he went through the torture willingly, like a “good soldier.” One day the ship stopped asking questions, and now he feeds it other people. How thoughtful!

Pretty soon, the ship has a new prisoner to interrogate: Dutch. She’s gotten herself caught and her plan, whatever it is, includes being a total badass. She’s come to go toe-to-toe with Hogan and the ship.

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Okay, I didn’t see this coming. First Dutch uses an explosive charge to kill Hogan and break the glass of her cell. After freeing D’avin and getting him to Johnny, she blows herself out the airlock.

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Apparently this was part of the plan. John cuts off D’avin’s mourning and tells them they have two minutes to set the mines. They’re gonna blow the ship. Dutch survives the deep-space float to Lucy because of the nanites’ repairing abilities and, after a little battle of wills (Lucy won’t let her in until Dutch says John’s in trouble. Yep, he’s the favorite), she saves the boys before the derelict ship goes boom.

Now it’s all about the debrief and the decontamination. John and D’avin share a moment. While D’avin expects scolding, he doesn’t get it. John just wants to know why his brother held onto the secret so long … because he wants to help fix it. After all, John is good at fixing things.

D’avin also spends a little time with Doc Pawter, who not only discovers that D’avin has neural blockers (which is why he can’t remember anything), but gives him a complete checkup (and I do mean complete).

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As for Dutch, Khlyen delivered the hand of the guy she was supposed to kill for him—but he’s concerned she’s become weak because she’s vulnerable.

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He then tells her to get her things, because they’re leaving.

Next week is going to be interesting.

Killjoys airs Fridays at 9/8C on Syfy.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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