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'Killjoys' season finale fan recap: The one about Red 17 and a genetic weapon

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Escape Velocity” | Aired Aug 21, 2015

The beauty of the Killjoys season finale is that it takes so many threads from the rest of the season and ties them off, but beautifully poses new questions that are bound to keep us wondering long after it airs. Showrunner and writer Michelle Lovretta really did a phenomenal job.

You know where we left off: Khlyen is a Level 6 and has been protecting Dutch, but from what? Dutch is marked for Red 17. Is that what he’s saving her for? Also, Alvis was arrested for the Leith Bazaar Massacre, where three Scarback Monks shot up the place 18 hours prior. Three monks, three guns, and a lot of people shot. Is the Company sending a message before Claim Day (the day seventh-generation Westerlans can claim land on Leith)?

Alvis is in more trouble than we thought, and just publicly confessed to the massacre, after which the Company announces a 24-hour curfew in Old Town—effective immediately. Khlyen was right about trouble coming.

John and D’avin meet with Bellus to find out what they can about Level 6. None of it is good: rumors about gene splicing, reanimation, Killjoys forced into it. Nothing provable, but it sounds terrible.

Killjoys Alvis

Meanwhile, Dutch talks RAC/Company liaison Hills into letting her see Alvis. Alvis wants Dutch to do him a favor. After the Company ruined Arkyn while trying to terraform, they built self-sustaining bunkers on Westerley before they terraformed. Alvis needs Dutch to get the keys to open them. NBD.

John has Carleen doing research on Khlyen to see if they can find something, anything, on him. Let’s just say it’s a good thing that she secured the search and set it to send automatically, because Khlyen just caught up to her. Which is a bummer. I liked Carleen.

Killjoys Bye Bye Carleen

True to her word, Dutch goes to the Tunnel Rats, per Alvis’ request. While our Killjoys have the robes and look the part, the people of the tunnels need more proof before they give up the bunker codes. The Rat King wants a blood blessing performed. Dutch is ready to fight, and John not only steps up but performs the blessing flawlessly. I guess he learned more from Alvis than we thought.

Killjoys John Blessing

We also learn that three monks were beaten and their robes taken, leaving ID tags behind. That explains the “massacre.” We’re going to have to deal with that later. Old Town has just gotten word that the Nine are calling a vote on whether to continue the practice of Claim Day. Oh, and guess who just called Dutch for that favor?

Delle Seyah Kendry needs her own personal security during the meeting of the Nine, so Dutch and John are headed to Qresh. D’avin has his own job: Take the entry codes to the Scarbacks and the ID tags to Hills in hopes that they can free Alvis. D’avin is all for the three of them just taking off. It sounds good, but Dutch has to handle Khlyen. Responsibility is a bitch.

Killjoys On The Case

John and Dutch get a scheduled transmission, and find out Khlyen killed Carleen. Plus, just when you thought D’avin couldn’t do anything more reckless in his quest to protect Dutch, he’s following Khlyen after spotting him going through John’s stuff at the Royale. (Yes, he found the liquid.) Good idea, D’av—follow a Level 6. I’m sure that’ll work out just fine! Dutch and Johnny are heading back to Westerly, pronto.

Okay, not so pronto. They see a servant carrying a box that looks familiar—the one for the genetic weapon they first met on Leith. As Dutch tries to stop him, a fight ensues. The weapon goes skittering across the floor and conveniently under the fancy footwear of one Delle Seyah Kendry … who then activates it with an “oops” and promptly disintegrates several members of the Nine. Oops, my ass.

Killjoys Oops

That’s not even the worst of it. They were on Qresh because Khlyen wanted them out of Old Town. Why? That’s the last place anyone wants to be in a few hours. This is seriously not good. They need to get back, warn people, and find D’avin.

Houston, we have a problem. The guy who brought the weapon into the hall earlier just attacked Dutch. He’s a Level 6, and it’s kind of like fighting a Terminator. They win, but it’s close.

Actually, we have two problems. D’avin is also with a Level 6, and Dad wants to have a talk with “the Boyfriend.”

Killjoys D

Not to mention, the Company is faking a Resistance revolt so they can retaliate against Old Town and nullify the immigration agreement. Bombers are being scrambled. Old Town is about to look a lot like Sugar Point.

Dutch and John get to the Royale just in time for the klaxon warnings and gather up as many people as they can, including Pawter and Pree. Pree’s face as he realizes he’s about to lose his bar is just heartbreaking: “Goodbye, sweet girl.”

Killjoys Goodbye Sweet Girl

If you’re worried about D’avin, after Khlyen beats the living crap out of him, he decides not to kill him. D’avin also isn’t going to leave him in Old Town. Khlyen has something “far more productive” in mind for D’av. That sounds … ominous.

The prayer beads Dutch brought Alvis earlier are a pretty neat escape plan. He’s heading for the bunkers with his followers and, after a quick goodbye with our team, Pawter. They’ll need a doctor. Pawter can help. Maybe she can even help the people her mother put in this position by siding with Delle Seyah Kendry.

Killjoys Pawter Goodbye

Dutch and John make it to Lucy, thanks in part to Hills, who realizes too late whose side he should have been on. He’s set off the early warning klaxons, but he’s staying behind on Westerley. I’ll miss you as well, Hills Oonan. Godspeed.

Killjoys Godspeed Hills

When they board, they realize D’avin is not on board. Lucy has no idea where he is. They have to leave. The bombers are incoming. Dutch hates to admit it, but John is right—they have to go. D’avin would want them to leave. They make it out of Old Town just in time, safe. Also, Pawter and Alvis are safe at the bunker.

Killjoys Safe

Dutch sends one last message to D’avin, ordering Lucy to loop it until he hears it. She’s coming for him. She’ll find him … but can she? Is he safe? Is he on Westerley? Is he dead?

He’s alive. He’s woken up somewhere that looks like a medical facility, next to a very different-looking Fancy Lee.

Killjoys Fancy Lee

As to where he is, one look out the window tells him: Arkyn. The dead moon. But it gets worse. As we’ve been asking all season, what is Red 17?

Killjoys Red 17

I guess we’ll find out if we get a season two, Killjoys fans. I hope I see you soon.

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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