Spoilers for Killjoys Season 4, Episode 3, “Bro’d Trip,” follow.
Last week on Killjoys, Johnny got greened, we discovered that somehow the Company has competition in the dystopian capitalism field, and Delle Seyah realized that (Hullen or not) trusting the person whose fiancée she murdered maybe wasn’t the best of ideas.
This week opens up with the Jacobis brothers on a road trip, and it is fantastic. Killjoys hasn’t really explored the relationship between the Jacobis since the end of the first season. We’ve seen flashes of both their good and bad sides – from their easy joking banter to Johnny’s dislike of being under his brother’s command – but it’s also been a pretty stable dynamic. At the end of the day, Johnny and D’av’s relationship with Dutch has been more important than their relationship with each other, and they aren’t together on missions that often either.
There’s something deeper to this as well. Johnny is the heart of the team, a foundation for those around him. Throughout the show he’s tended to help others above helping himself, and the only one who can really bring out his true feelings is Dutch. By contrast, Hullen Johnny gives us an unfiltered look into his darkest thoughts, and… hoo boy, the poor guy has some issues.
Everyone around Johnny has always regarded his ability to give a damn in an uncaring universe as his greatest strength. As Khlyen saw in episode one of this season, Johnny’s heart may be the key to stopping the Lady, but the problem is that Johnny appears to disagree with this assessment. This isn’t exactly new. Last season, we saw just how pissed he was that Dutch had been holding him back to prevent him from being “corrupted,” in her view. Johnny has clearly wanted to be something more than just the caring little sibling to Dutch and D’av, especially since Pawter’s death. The past two episodes have given him what he wanted, but at the expense of his heart – and it’s been fascinating.
It’s D’avin’s reaction to Johnny finally getting this power that really makes this episode tick. Throughout Killjoys, D’av hasn’t ever really reckoned with his brother’s insecurities. The primary tension between the two has always been D’av’s abandonment of their family, which has shifted over time into D’av’s anger at Johnny’s seeming inability to forgive him or fully recognize that he has changed. It was great to finally hear D’avin open up to Johnny about this anger as his little brother recovered from saving the two from the warden’s men. But the fact that D’av just walked back into Johnny’s life and was automatically better than him once again, the original sore point? That’s been more of a silent problem until now.
“Bro’d Trip” is where D’avin finally reckons with what Dutch realized last season – that maybe Johnny wants to be something else. Towards the middle of the episode, he recognizes that Johnny is now supernaturally strong while being even smarter, and realizes that maybe this Hullen version of his little brother won’t want to give it all up to go back to being “a hug wrapped in a puppy.” The fact that he thinks this is a “maybe” rather than a certainty until the end of the episode goes to show how blinded he is by the vision of who he wants his brother to be.
The final fight between the two at the pool of green serves as a fantastic capstone to the episode and a nice callback to their fight in the first episode of the series. Whereas at that point it was Johnny trying to bring his brother to his senses, now it’s D’av trying to force Johnny to go back to being someone he might not want to be. It’s also the first time we really see Johnny get the upper hand on his brother. And, if there’s a line that summarizes Hullen Johnny, “Now I have the charms, the smarts and the muscle – what do you have?” is it.
While this review has so far mostly focused on the Jacobis brothers, “Bro’d Trip” also deftly weaves Delle Seyah into their dynamic. Johnny treats the road trip as a sort of “babymoon,” a last ride for the two before D’av’s baby changes their relationship forever. He also addresses a problem I’ve had with the show since the last episode of season three.
The relationship between Delle Seyah and the brothers has been surprisingly cozy so far, considering how utterly vile of a person she’s been. As first this had worried me a little bit, as Killjoy’s treatment of Jellco last season had never sat right with me. However, this week we finally see Johnny vocalize what we’ve all been thinking, as he reminds D’avin that – surrogate mother of his child or not – this is the woman who kidnapped Dutch, killed Pawter, and whose girlfriend stole his genes for her alien baby. Even more importantly, we also see D’avin fully acknowledge the damage Delle Seyah has caused Johnny. With the episode ending on the impeding birth of D’av, Aneela’s and Sayah’s child, it’s exciting to see where Killjoys takes the relationship between the two.
By contrast to the brothers, Delle Seyah’s plotline is a pretty simple one this episode, if a little bit problematic. Much like in season three, she finds herself at the mercy of a truly vile character and manages to maneuver her way to safety (and get a little revenge while she’s at it). She also shows some flashes of kindness for once, giving one of the organ farmers a ticket off the planet as part of her deal with the authorities. If Delle Seyah was a fresh character introduced in season three as Anneela’s love interest, this turn at being a protagonist would likely work a lot better. The problem is that Killjoys is a show that has always had a strong emotional continuity throughout. Conversations between the main cast are interspersed with references to prior episodes (including last week’s hilarious tease for the potential need of D’avin to… “Sabine” Johnny). This strong continuity makes it incredibly difficult to watch Seyah in any other role than a pure villain.
This is the woman who (beyond murdering Pawter in cold blood), tried to turn Westerly into a world of eugenic death camps. Yet the showrunners have been increasingly portraying her as an anti-hero since season three, despite the fact that she’s still the same murderous, power hungry, amoral snake she’s always been. The villain/ally turn worked in shows like Farscape because the villains were often sympathetic from the start, and usually showed some kind of remorse or evolution. Delle Seyah has shown neither, and it results in her statement in last week’s episode that “oh God, we are a family” feeling hollow and unearned. As entertaining as she is, and as slimy her opponents are, the feeling still remains that it’s probably better that she loses, especially since (as Johnny noted in season three) her child may be the harbinger of the death of all non-Hullen life.
To catch up with the rest of the crew, we see Pip (the bribe taker) and Pree (the side taker) experience their first mission as newly deputized, neutral and non-corrupt Killjoys by helping Zeph take back control of Lucy before the ship kills them. Pree continues to shine as one of the most joyful characters on television, with his idea of a funeral (singing, booze and burly men) sounding like one hell of a time. However, it’s Pip and Zeph who see the most development here. While they were entertaining last season, they were also pretty one-note – Pip was the goofy mercenary hacker and Zeph was your classic awkward geek. Here, the show continues to flesh the two out, with Pip serving as a conscience for the somewhat colder Zeph as they muck about with a Hullen’s brain. It’s also nice to see that Zeph has retained her tendency to overlook Johnny, with Pree having to remind her that (after, or even before, Dutch) the most likely person Lucy would listen to would be Johnny, not D’avin.
However, where Zeph and Pip really come into their own is when they are discussing what their relationship means now that they are safe again. Their first conversation clearly expressing desires and setting boundaries was incredibly refreshing to see. Zeph’s fusion of copious sex into her thinking process is a fantastic addition to her character, while Pip showed a lot of maturity in the way he expressed his wish for something more while also respecting Zeph’s emotional boundaries. As always, Michelle Lovretta remains one of the best portrayers of sex and relationships in television.
In short, “Bro’d Trip” serves as an excellent emotional foundation for the rest of the season. Even if took an alien parasite, D’avin finally knows what his brother is going through and how his relationship with his child will impact the crew. Meanwhile, the Killjoy family continues to grow as Pip and Pree join the team full-time. The best part is that all of this lies under the shadow of the struggle for Johnny’s soul, a struggle that may be the key to stopping The Lady. With the episode ending with a wounded Dutch stumbling out of the green, and Delle Seyah about to give birth, things are really picking up in the J.
Schitt’s Creek to conclude after next season
The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will end at the conclusion of its sixth season, series co-creator and star Dan Levy announced March 21.
“We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning,” Levy said in a statement. “It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow.”
Schitt’s Creek premiered on CBC in 2015, becoming one of the network’s most successful half-hour comedies ever. The show follows the fish-out-of-water Rose family, forced to assimilate into a small town after they lose their family fortune.
Though the show’s first season received mixed reviews, it grew in regard with both fans and critics over subsequent iterations. Schitt’s Creek’s fifth season, which premiered on January 8, 2019, scored a 100 per cent “Fresh” ranking on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.
The show is also among select company among Canadian sitcoms, drawing strong viewership in the United States and elsewhere thanks to distribution on Netflix and the American Pop network. Critics have reacted favourably to recent episodes, with TV Guide’s Megan Vick writing that each season of Schitt’s Creek has “gotten better and better.”
Read Levy’s full statement below.
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— dan levy (@danjlevy) March 21, 2019
New episodes of Schitt’s Creek air Tuesday nights at 9/9:30 NT on CBC.
Watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short “Animal Behaviour”
To get prepped for the 91st Academy Awards, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is offering Canadians the chance to check out Animal Behaviour, nominated tonight in the Best Animated Short Film category.
Animal Behaviour is a new short from Alison Snowden and David Fine, who previously won an Oscar in 1994 for Bob’s Birthday. The short is the 75th Oscar nomination for the NFB, and the first short film for Snowden and Fine since Bob’s Birthday. The 91st Oscars air tonight at 8 Eastern on ABC and CTV.
Watch Animal Behaviour below (expires tonight).
Next up on The Mutt: Wynonna Earp future in doubt as Season 4 delayed
Wynonna Earp future in doubt as Season 4 delayed
All of a sudden, Wynonna Earp is in Purgatory.
Earpers were stunned Thursday night when executive producer and showrunner Emily Andras posted (and subsequently deleted) a tweet suggesting that fans of the show may soon have to fight for it. Another tweet, posted shortly later, took a decidedly more straight-forward approach.
Don’t fuck with my family. 💕
— Emily Andras (@emtothea) February 21, 2019
Andras appeared to be responding to the news that funding for the fourth season of Wynonna Earp appeared to be on shaky ground, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. According to THR, financial challenges faced by IDW Entertainment have stalled production on Season 4, despite the company being contractually obligated to deliver the show to Syfy.
In response to the news, Earpers took to Twitter with the hashtag #FightForWynonna, which at the time of publication was one of the top Twitter trends in Canada. Though Season 4 has yet to be officially cancelled, IDW has yet to commit to a start date for the new season.
“IDW is committed to continuing to tell the Wynonna Earp story,” the company said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Much like the fans, we are passionate about not only the series, but the comics, the characters and the overall message that the Wynonna Earp franchise carries. We are in the process of working out the details for how the Wynonna story will continue and will share new details very soon.”
Our resident Earper, Ghezal Amiri, was a big fan of Season 3, writing that the show’s season finale, entitled “War Paint”, was a “wildly emotional conclusion.” Read her recap here.