Killjoys “It Takes a Pillage” Review
Last week’s episode of Killjoys was a great week for informative purposes. Dutch and Johnny became one clue closer to figuring out how to deal with The Lady. What came next was what to do about the threat that was tailing D’av and Jaq. With emotions running high after the way D’av ditched them, there’s a lot that we would be anticipating to be addressed, and that would only be on top of other things to come when the Jaqobis family comes together again.
Last week was a nice break from D’av and Jaq, but now is the time to see what these two have been up to while the rest of the team was still hard at work. It was nice that the point from which they picked up, was one where the two have clearly formed a stronger bond than what they had initially. D’av at the start didn’t know what to say to his son, but now has more confidence to talk to him, and steer him despite being in his terrible teens. For Jaq himself, this was a crucial time to continue adding an active voice to who he is and where he fits with this family. He doesn’t want to be seen as weak, questions why he came to be, and is always looking to prove that he is as useful as everyone else. Seems like some of the standard questioning for a Jaqobis, right? While exploring their relationship, this was also a good time to do the same with D’av and his dad. There was some expectation for what would happen once these two reunited, but that was not at all the scene we walked into. I think to that extent I was happy. There’s enough going on without the madness of more family drama added to what was already about to erupt with the brothers.
Adding Johnny to the mix really elevated the tension when there was no rest between the three. Johnny may not have gotten to say what he needed to D’av, but that didn’t leave everyone on the same page. That last part alone is what truly created the challenge here. How do you take on a group of Hullen when there’s a lack of coordination to mount a counter strike? I was glad that they found a good balance between what needed to be said and what needed to be done. Mainly what needed to be said. Sure there was a lot of shouting, but the Jaqobis family clearly does not handle matters of emotion like most people. They are pretty much a mess, and yet at the same time can still make light of a situation to make you forget they have problems with each other, even if for a fleeting moment.
Now the trouble that they found while facing the Black Root Hullen squad, that was exciting since there was no preparing for where things would go right or wrong. This was never going to be straightforward, so the twist they found while thinking they had everything under control keeps you on edge. How they overcame these obstacles was a great time for Jaq. As a new character, he’s full of surprises, and offers up the fun in being Hullen with all the control.
Dutch and Zeph risking everything for science on their end was an interesting point to follow. The pacing for this episode was steady enough that it didn’t take away from what was unfolding on either end to have Dutch tackle what needs to be done with her latest acquisition. Making sure that there was progress on that end ensured that at the end of the day, they can still move on to the next task at hand without feeling as though this pit-stop was a detour. With that said, the moment shared between the two was refreshing. Next to Pip, Dutch is the only person who has genuinely connected to Zeph. Both know how to get the job done, but their people skills are always in need of tuning. Showing that distance between the two in terms of that tuning was great considering they needed to be on the same page when it comes to knowing what to say to the other in order to keep them on the right path. The action was great, but for me, the character moments stood out most.
Killjoys “It Takes a Pillage” was all that you could hope for and more from an awkward Jaqobis homecoming. The very existence of this family equals drama, it equals a quick laugh, and it always means that there will be someone to fight in one way or another.