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'Killjoys' fan recap: Khlyen the Calm vs. Team Awesome Force

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “Enemy Khlyen” | Aired Aug 14, 2015

While they don’t always tell you much about the episode, the “previously on” for this Killjoys episode has some pretty specific moments. Most notable are the “Level 6 Killjoy” urban myth from episode six and a reminder that RAC boss Turin is really not happy with Dutch these days. Add in the general tension between the team and the search for Khlyen, plus the fact that there’s just one more episode left in the season after this one, and you know sh-t’s gonna go down.

Things are tense all over, actually. Old Town is hearing rumors that The Nine want to stop letting seventh-generation Westerlans emigrate to Leith. D’avin has been forced to take Level 1 warrants (aka the dregs) due to his lack of a team and a ship (and, I think, his masochistic need to get himself beaten up to atone for what he did). And Alvis and the Scarbacks are upping their weapons caches as part of the resistance. Talk about a powder keg. Oh yeah, and Dutch stops by to check on D’avin, which is just as awkward as you think.

Killjoys Awkward

D’avin and Alvis have a little talk regarding the weapons D’avin saw Alvis smuggling, aka keeping his mouth shut. My fave moment?

D’avin: You’re a creepy little dude.

Alvis: (whispered) Thank you.

Hey, cool, John and Carleen have figured out a way to use Khlyen’s neural transmitter to track him. That means it’s time to put Dutch into a cool but trippy-looking contraption to see if she can figure out exactly where he is.

She figures it out and, um, it’s not good.

Killjoys RAC

There’s no doubt they need to get into the RAC and figure out what Khlyen’s role is there, but the question is how. He’s in a highly secure area. As much as John hates to admit it, they need D’avin’s help. And while Dutch is determined to get answers, she finds herself remembering times with Khlyen that show a softer side to him. She remembers back to when she was a child and he promised to help her, to protect her.

That flashback also gives us more information on her past. Her family name, Jardine, is considered shameful, and the other girls in the harem are mean to her, but Khlyen says he’s been sent by her father to restore the honor of her name. He tells her she’s special, then tells her a story about the wasp and the bear. (I want to hear this story, but the end is that they save each other.)

D’avin has figured out a way into the upper levels of the RAC. It’s … creative. Our Killjoys are requesting a divorce. Except what should be a routine procedure turns into an interrogation when Turin decides to step in. He smells something fishy about the fact that “Team Awesome Force” is breaking up.

Killjoys D

D’avin sells the story amazingly well by outing himself as an attempted team killer and someone who wants nothing to do with Dutch and John. He’s also given Dutch and John plausibly deniability when he uses one of Alvis’ weapons to fry the power on the RAC station. He’s bought Dutch a way to the upper levels, but what is it going to cost him? He doesn’t care. He owes Dutch a shot at Khlyen.

Khlyen the Calm, ever unfazed, seems to know she’s coming.

Killjoys Khlyen The Calm

Let’s get ready for an action sequence, and for me telling you that you’ll want to watch the episode to catch all of it. But I can give you the highlights:

Killjoys Smuggling 101

  • Johnny sneaked in a syringe for Dutch by using a prosthetic set of titanium stitches (+250 to smuggling).
  • Turin knows who caused the power outage: big dumb guy, smaller dumb guy, and a bitch (classy, a–hole).
  • Dutch: (as she’s going upstairs) Just how big is this thing?
    John: You’d think I’d get sick of people asking me that.
    Dutch: Concentrate, Captain Comet.
  • Turin wants answers about Dutch. She started at Level 5 (first one ever). Complaints don’t stick. She’s Teflon. And why is she marked for Red 17?

::record scratch:: Wait, what? Dutch is marked Red 17?

Killjoys I Don

Guess we’ll get back to that. While Turin is trying to convince D’avin that he may be the only friend Dutch has at the RAC, Dutch has finally located Khlyen. That syringe she has is going to get a little use.

Killjoys Dutch Syringe

Forget threats, she goes through with shooting herself up with the same poison Khlyen saved her from as a child—because she’s figured out that she’s his weakness. Her safety. Her protection. His Achilles heel.

While all this is going on, John has found Khlyen’s very cool plasma tech computer. I’m pretty sure he has a nerd boner (check the header picture if you don’t believe me). Of course, he can’t help trying to take some of the plasma, and sets off an alarm before spouting off a hilarious line of curses.

It turns out the poison was a fake, but it gives Dutch the leverage she needs to get answers. Was Khylen always part of the RAC? Yes. Why is he back? She took a Level 5 kill warrant. Why her? That she doesn’t get an answer to.

While she may need to run right now, she’s not giving up. When John and D’avin get back to Lucy, Dutch stays behind and says she’ll meet them at the Royale. They are not happy.

Killjoys Not Happy

But it makes sense that she needs to know more. Especially when Khlyen kills Turin after Turin corners Dutch and starts asking questions. Khlyen is, after all, there to protect Dutch. He’ll send her home in a pod. He’ll make sure this is all cleaned up. He’ll make sure the team isn’t implicated in any of it. He’ll rewrite history to keep her safe.

He has that kind of access.

Because he’s Level 6.

Khlyen Cleans Up

The Killjoys season finale airs next Friday 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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