TV Review: Killjoys (Series 3, Episode 1)
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‘Boondoggie’ is an explosive premiere to Killjoys’ third season. After last season’s finale, which saw the conclusion of some major story arcs that had been building since the pilot, as well as the loss of two important characters, it was important for this episode to establish new paths for those returning. The narrative of the Hullens takes on a broader scope, as it is revealed that in last season’s finale, the green plasma pool Khlyen poisoned was only one of many in the J Star Cluster, meaning of course that there are still many of these humans bonded with invasive neuroparasites out there. Simultaneously in this episode, the story of hackmods - enslaved humans with cybernetic implants which previously had been just a single element of Killjoys’ world-building - now takes centre stage. The episode opens with Dutch and her newly expanded team of D’avin, Pree, Fancy Lee and Alvin – though still missing Johnny – storming a frozen fortress accompanied by some highly amped fight music. The Hullen they capture ominously tells them that whilst yes, they may be hiding now, they would soon return to stamp out humanity once and for all - giving viewers their first inkling as to the scope of the threat. The major challenge Dutch and co. need first surmount is their lack of toxin to kill the green plasma pools; as Khlyen and John had figured out, the only way to destroy the plasma is to poison a Hullen and use the black blood to kill the plasma pools. Dutch and the team successfully lure out Hullens by purchasing a priceless chemical beacon and using it as bait, killing them and collecting their blood. Meanwhile, still grieving Pawter’s death, John has been separated from Clara and enlists the help of Ollie, the woman who now wears Clara’s cybernetic arm ‘Alice’ to find her. Although Ollie’s replacement of Clara is fairly transparent, seeing as Clara’s actress Stephanie Leonidas is currently tied up in other projects, Ollie and John’s on-screen chemistry make her addition to the cast look extremely promising. It looks likely that as the season unfolds, John and Ollie will take up Clara’s mission of destroying the Factory, a black clinic that alters hackmods against their will and beyond legal limits.
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