Killjoys Season Finale “Sporemageddon” Review
As I said last week, nothing is ever certain at this stage, so you take everything in stride when every action has to come with a reaction for better or for worse. Those words were important then, as they still are now. With the stakes set, there’s no telling what to expect from this last hour when there’s very little that is straightforward about fighting The Lady. How do you beat someone who has no physical form? A true challenge for our punch and gun heroes to overcome.
Aneela’s return was a treat. You would think that after all the torture she went through in the Green, she might come back a little broken. I supposed you can’t break crazy, right? Her interactions with the Jaqobis brothers was entertaining since they were not prepared to face the person who stabbed one of them in the chest, and turned the other into a science project. Her energy clashed with theirs, but she was that needed element to propel us in the direction we needed to be for this confrontation with The Lady. Before I get any further, it should be recognized how excellent Hannah John-Kamen is at playing two different characters sharing the same face. The way she changes her mannerisms, her voice, and the way she carries herself. There’s a heavy contrast to Dutch, and it takes much more effort when you are actually switching bodies instead of cutting to the other person who has a different hairstyle and clothing choice.
The trouble that Aneela brings the Jaqobis brothers into was pretty intense. They weren’t the only ones who needed to get over some issues with her, and that was of course going to lead to some exchanging of words which were inevitable. I’m glad that at the end of the day, it’s not just Team Awesomeforce who are seen with a chip on their shoulders or something to fight for in this war.
Now the journey into Greenspace to defeat the Lady was worth the wait for what obstacles everyone faced on the other side. In the Greenspace, the suspense was killer for Dutch. I wasn’t all too sure about the role she had to play there. At first you are left questioning if she is supposed to pick-up from where Aneela left off stalling for time, then there was wondering what she had to accomplish herself that Aneela couldn’t in the Green. Two big questions we had to work our way up to. For the Jaqobis brothers, it was a point of interest to see their shared experience with Greenspace. Aneela and Dutch are fairly accustomed to the dangers of this world and the toll it takes on the mind, but they haven’t truly been tested like this. Johnny had everything good about his life to take advantage of, and then D’av had everything dark to pull from. A lot of firepower if you ask me, and the only thing that could help them to overcome these hurdles is the idea that they have grown from who they used to be. That and grown from what would have held them back in the past. When they were together, it was fun when it counted. They were doing what they did best, but they were still out of their element while figuring out the rules to this game.
Aneela’s role was vital considering The Lady has always been more forthcoming to her about her plans. I think the best writing for her this episode was the unpredictability. Every moment that she was with the Lady, you never knew how this would end. It could take one word that convinces Aneela to help her, it could take move to break her. Everything came down to her resolve and how well she saw The Lady as the villain. The fact that up to the bitter end you could care for her made a big difference. I wanted the best for our Killjoys, but Aneela was always positioned to be the big hero, or the reason why everything falls apart.
On the other side of Greenspace was the unexpected development of this season finale. While the team was on the inside fighting the big bad, this wasn’t going to be the time to forget everyone else in the process. I enjoyed the role that the rest had to play when this was not the time to discard any more of the supporting cast who we call relevant. Especially those like Zeph or Pree who we should have the greatest investment in. The threat that they faced on their own changed everything when in that moment we could finally understand how the Lady’s plans could come to fruition. Her plans seemed so small at first, but it wasn’t until we could see the reaction from everyone else affected that clarity could be found. It was quite brilliant in scope. They never once let us forget that power is not power, or knowledge, its in the memories.
Overall I found myself very impressed by the season finale for Killjoys. From the minute this episode began, the pacing fired off and they never let up on that momentum. The name of the game was urgency, which made every action count. All leading up to a painful cliffhanger which should change everything you thought about the direction of the season to follow. In this hour, everyone learned in one way or another that its not easy playing the hero.