TV Review: Killjoys (Series 3, Episode 5)
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With evil in plain sight, it’s the duplicitous behaviour of the characters we think we can trust that keeps tensions high this season. ‘Attack the Rack’ once again delivers emotionally-loaded performances, compelling characters - whose motives remain ambiguous - and narrative developments that pose as many questions as they answer. For the first time, and right as we come to the mid-point of this season, parallel narratives between Aneela and Dutch play directly off one another, as one character's plan brings the other's to failure. This episode begins the monumental task of ‘cleaning house’ in the RAC, by ridding it of Hullen infiltrators. The plan seems simple enough, as they go into each RAC station, use a paralytic gas to disable all Killjoys, lightly cut everyone and see whose wounds heal. We see the team has found and recruited many more trusted agents, to whom Dutch gives a fervent and impassioned speech - proving that she can be a great leader to more than just those close to her. In direct comparison, the same episode sees Aneela torturing her second in command when she feels he is beginning to question her decisions, showing viewers that whilst Dutch leads by example and operates with the trust of others, Aneela uses fear to get those around her to obey. However, the RAC plants had been expecting the attack, thanks to a leak from within the human team, which would later, unsurprisingly and perhaps disappointingly, prove to have been one of the new recruits, McAvoy. Another of the team’s new recruits, Benji, who is soft, yet afraid, is killed by a Hullen before D’avin and Dutch’s very eyes - a tragedy made more heartwrenching given Dutch's promise to bring him home safely. This strikes a strong first blow to the hopefulness that was prevalent thus far in ‘Attack the Rack’. Yet one of the most heart wrenching moments of this episode is the death of Banyon Gray - the RAC boss - at the hands of Dutch. It strikes at the heart of what they are trying to achieve; until now, Gray's motivations, and even her allegiance, have been a subject of uncertainty. Yet in her dying moments, she and Dutch realise they are both after the same thing, and that this whole time they could have been working together to save the RAC.
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