Killjoys “Greening Pains” Review


KILLJOYS — “Greening Pains” Episode 405 — Pictured: Hannah John-Kamen as Dutch — (Photo by: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY)

Killjoys “What to Expect When You’re Expecting…an Alien Parasite” was a packed episode of emotion and drama with so much going on in this small ship. Hullen Johnny was purged, a risky birth was had with success, and now everyone has a good understanding of what they are up against if they don’t succeed against The Lady. How they move forward from here is big considering there is now a clock they are running against too.

It took no time at all to realize why this episode was called “Greening Pains”. Greening pains could have meant a lot of things, but somehow it really eluded me that it should have meant something involving D’av’s newborn son. In a typical sci-fi fashion, they went the exact route you would fear when dealing with an alien kid who has the kind of blood running in him that makes him heal like Wolverine. Is it a problem in the case of Killjoys? Not at all unless you are that uptight about tropes. I felt that it worked very well considering it came down to the way the trio reacted to this new development. That was exciting since none of them are too “together” to know what to do with a kid like properly functioning adults. And this was all on top of what they were already dealing with from the episode before. Saving the kid was quite fascinating because this relied upon someone who they couldn’t entirely trust, working with someone who hasn’t had nearly enough lines this season, and entangling a few characters who somehow managed to get the short end of the stick.

The desperate measures this trio undertake to save the kid felt like we were back to basics. Even though these three are Killjoys, there was no denying that they are as unconventional as it gets. Their plan to get help for the kid was both entertaining and bold. For D’av, it was nice to see him back to throwing punches and needing to worry less about the things that are out of his element. Everything came down to instinct for him while being the guy who had the most outside factors to take into account for the part he played. Probably the most fun he has ever had as well. For Dutch and Johnny, their combination was just as fun considering there was much more thinking outside of the box for them. They encountered a strange twist that was pretty cool for this futuristic world. It was contrasting that they could find themselves in more danger this time around, but at least we weren’t neglected of how smart human Johnny is.

Now D’av actually connecting with his kid was probably the most heartwarming moment he has had in a long time. The same could be said for Delle as she struggles with what it means to be human again. One child-birth really changed everything for the both of them, while at the same time revealing something about someone else. Everything in some way came full circle and I’m glad that there was time to explore where everyone is experiencing some kind of personal development.

KILLJOYS — “Greening Pains” Episode 405 — Pictured: Sean Baek as Fancy Lee — (Photo by: Ian Watson/Killjoys IV Productions Limited/SYFY)

Bringing trouble back to Westerly was inevitable. Something was bound to happen in that area again, and it was only a matter of time before someone would have to choose between that planet and what is considered the bigger picture. Fancy tackling this situation was a good change of pace. He may have gone through some big changes after becoming Hullen and changing back, however, that doesn’t change who he is at the core. That being the kind of guy who gets the job done and doesn’t accept anything less than progress. On the other end, it was actually engaging this time following the intensity of Turin. His interactions with this Hullen solider proved to be worth paying attention to for the way that someone else is able to work off of his paranoia and trigger happy personality.

While we didn’t get too much progress with this war against The Lady, I liked that at the every least they were able to clear up the mystery behind the story told to Dutch. Many things couldn’t be made sense of about what was unfolding with the Hullen army waking up, but this was the best step to take forward.

Killjoys “Greening Pains” was a fun adventure and got the wheels turning on a lot of problems that needed to be addressed. They made the trope with the kid work in their favor, what happened on Necropolis finally caught up with everyone, and the Hullen army is taking bold steps to get what The Lady wants. This may seem like a lot of things going on at once, but I do feel like it is all being handled very well so far.

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