TV Review: Killjoys (Series 3, Episode 7)
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This week’s episode - ‘The Wolf You Feed’ - answered the biggest question since Aneela’s introduction seasons ago, and it’s more unexpected than even the wildest theories could have predicted. As we near season 3’s end, other storylines are also brought to a meeting point in preparation for the final fight between human and Hullen. Killjoys has always resisted the tendency of recent science fiction shows to allow themselves to be driven by action alone. This episode is a prime example of how character development can control and direct the narrative whilst still making it as stimulating and intriguing as any amount of sci-fi action could, with the added advantage of enticing the audience’s emotional investment. Characters’ relationships with each other and themselves have been the show’s essence since its commencement, and continues to be what makes it stand out in its genre. Dutch and Aneela’s arcs, thus far presented as parallels, now reach a crossroads. This season has been about laying the groundwork for the upcoming confrontation, but the revelation as to Dutch’s origins brings a new, unexpected dimension to this otherwise straightforward plot. Aneela’s special abilities with the green plasma - the extent of which have already been explored - go much farther. With Zeph’s help, Dutch enters Aneela’s removed memories, which had been kept in Khlyen’s Remnant. She witnesses Aneela pull a young Dutch out of the green, out of her own childhood memory. Dutch is in fact Aneela herself, raised differently, but nonetheless still the same person in the beginning despite diverging paths. Khlyen’s story of the two wolves, which lends its name to the episode title, serves as the central allegory for understanding Aneela and Dutch’s relationship to one another. We start with the same girl, but where one feeds the dark wolf, the other feeds the white wolf, and thus emerge Aneela and Dutch.
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