TV Review: Killjoys (Series 3, Episode 6)
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‘Necropolis Now’ is a bracing chapter as Killjoys hurtles inescapably towards a climactic struggle between good and evil; human and Hullen. As previously foreshadowed, this episode sees Dutch grappling with something she cannot indulge: feelings of uncertainty. Banyon’s death at her hand weighs heavily on her conscience, and expresses her crippling doubts as to how it will all end and if it will have been worth the toll of losses they have, and will, suffer along the way. Unusually vulnerable and in need of comfort, she seeks a kiss, but D’avin backs away. Her pride and heart wounded, Dutch spends the rest of the episode evading his requests to talk about that moment. Questions as to the evolving nature of their relationship are, for now, left unanswered. The Nine return to attend the funeral proceedings for the lost lives of the RAC captains who had attempted the reclamation of their stations from Hullen plants, as does Alvis, who is charged with officiating the ceremony. D’avin shines in this episode. His place in the team has been intrinsically cemented, as we witness him aiding Dutch to surmount her doubts, and later takes over the eulogy from her when she becomes too disturbed with memories of Banyon’s death to continue. It’s good to see that his use will not be restricted to his ability over the green plasma, but that his emotional contribution will be equally meaningful, particularly as Dutch and Johnny have their own demons to battle this season. The next step to our Killjoys’ strategy is obtaining financial funding to sponsor their war. They use the funerial occasion to address the Nine and request their help; whilst clearly a mutually beneficial arrangement, the Nine deny their demand. Whilst most sci-fi television rarely bothers with demonstrating the logistics behind organising a revolution or war - since it can lack the action-driven pace most space science fictions follow - ‘Necropolis Now’ takes that leap to ensure the audience fully appreciates the scope of what’s to come.
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