TV Review: Killjoys (Series 3, Episode 2)
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Killjoy’s second episode of the season, ‘A Skinner, Darkly’ was in many ways, disappointing. After such a strong season premiere last week, this episode was distinctly imbalanced in the quality of its storylines. Convinced by Turin that they need a new resident ‘nerd’ in Johnny’s absence to help understand the Hullens’ biology, Dutch and D’av evaluate three potential recruits by trying them out on a mission. However, it is later revealed that the candidates were not in fact taken on mission, but rather the entire experience was a virtual reality training exercise - a fact they were unaware of until the simulation’s end. Though it makes sense in the overall plot, since yes, they need a biology and technology specialist and yes, it would be too risky to take these newbies on a dangerous mission without testing them, the VR simulation is given far too much of this episode’s screen time. As is the norm of this series, this season is only comprised of ten episodes. Therefore, in the little time there is to build up to the grand showdown, every detail needs to be paving the way to this war; yet this sequence lasts a good half of the episode - time which otherwise could have been utilised to construct the scope of the fight to be had and exactly what is at stake in it all. It could very well be that the showrunners considered that so much was already happening in Johnny’s story, and therefore didn’t want to overwhelm the viewer, but still, this entire plotline seems a little weak and aimless. In addition to this, the episode opens with Turin, D’avin and Dutch talking about being unable to open the Hullen ships. Given that we left the last episode seeing D’avin boarding one of those ships and disappearing within it, it’s puzzling that absolutely no mention was made of this. Undoubtedly this will be addressed at some later point, but it is nonetheless frustrating to have the issue completely ignored.
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