[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]
When you get to the end of a TV season, throughlines start to get buttoned up, and Killjoys has always been masterful about finishing what it starts. “The Kids Are Alright?” written by Julian Doucet and directed by Stefan Pleszczynski, is just an impeccably crafted, filmed, and acted 43 minutes. And the fact that it comes in at 43 minutes just seems impossible because everything happens.
That’s not an overstatement. And there’s still one more episode after this. Whether you’re even remotely emotionally ready for the season finale at the end of this one is another thing. I’m going to hit the highlights, but no real spoilers here, and if you come across truly spoilery teases on the interweb, I strongly recommend you avert your gaze. Watch this one cold, kids.
Here’s what I’ll tell you as a basic setup: D’av and Johnny follow up on Jaq’s emergency beacon so they, along with Dutch, can put their entire focus on getting the kids out of the RAC and taking back the Quad. They also need to figure out what the tattooed Morse code is that’s taking over Dutch’s back.
Reunions ensue, and Team Awesomeforce/Sexyforce acclimates to a semi-softer Turin as he and Dutch jostle for who’s actually in charge. This is one of those “gang’s all here” affairs, so also look for Pree, Gared, Fancy, and Weej to throw in with them.
Dutch and D’av do a little (semi-ridiculous/all funny) undercover work to fetch Johnny a toy that will sabotage the Hullen and trip into another clue about the Green. Separately, Zeph works the science angle of Dutch’s mystery while still preoccupied with Pip’s predicament.
They share some really fantastic scenes that explore what’s been teased earlier this season about Zeph’s origins and her very specific parameters for relationships. Kelly McCormack is just phenomenal in this episode, and she and Atticus Mitchell are going to hit you right in the feels.
They’re not the only ones. Across the board, there are just extraordinary big and small moments, and a balance of things that are hysterically funny and heartbreaking, reminding us that the central struggle is an actual war. Like I said above, A LOT happens, and in a strange sort of way, the episode feels much longer than it is, but not at all in a dragged out fashion. It’s more an, “OMG, we’re running out of time,” and then, somehow, we don’t. There’s time for all of it.
I’m just in awe of this whole group. So glad we have one more season after next week’s season finale. Watch this one live, and come live Tweet with the gang! Killjoys airs Friday at 10 pm/9c on Syfy and Space Channel. The first eight episodes this season are online at both sites and on their apps. All of our Season 4 coverage is here.
Here’s a sneak peek (of just one of the scenes that I love) from “The Kids Are Alright?”
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