TV Review: Killjoys (Series 3, Episode 8)
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After last week’s metaphysical journey, ‘Heist, Heist, Baby’ feels like a moment of respite, allowing time to reground our Killjoys with a good, old-fashioned mission - a hail back to simpler times. This season has been more loss than victory, and the opening sequence to this episode does not escape that oppressive feeling. Johnny himself tells his brother that, according to his simulations, there is simply no way they can triumph over the Hullen, and both express concern as to what is going through Dutch’s mind. This resurfaces a theme of lacking faith, something which had previously been explored through Dutch’s moral conflicts - particularly following Banyon’s death. Killjoys’ most recent instalment is also a shining beacon of character development in D’avin. Of course, it’s been heading this way for a while, but no other episode better demonstrates his growth, both in his relationships with Johnny and Dutch, and as a leader. Throughout the series, he’s been portrayed as the dumber brother; the muscle without intellect, and has quietly gone along with this unfair assumption. Yet his alternative strategies and military thinking display a depth of thinking that is too often overlooked, thus it’s exhilarating to see him assert himself as more than how others have perceived him. These scenes of the Jaqobi brothers working together - without Dutch’s guiding hand - also reaffirm their individual skills and agencies. With such a dominant character as Dutch, other characters can, at times, momentarily fade into the backdrop, yet this episode underlines that this core trio’s members are all equally dynamic, strong and complex.
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