It’s a dangerous universe out there when you’re trying to play hero. Especially when you’re a trio of Killjoys who suffer from trust issues. Who would have guessed that this soon we would have suffered our first big loss in Lucy? Stung quite a bit more to see Johnny put into a position where someone else he loved was lost. And this happens with so little time to breath when The Lady ends up right on their tails to catch them once again. I was anxious to see what came next when this team goes from one prison, to another, and then the most impenetrable.
The great news was that this was more of a return to form for Team Awesome Force. Things may not be perfect, but they’re together and back to being able to do what they do best. With the exception of being held prisoner. Our introduction to this inescapable maximum security prison was fun because of course these three would struggle taking their new situation seriously. That first scene in the prison did not surprise me one bit, though it did make me smile. They made their first impression and in return got the proper response for it. You know how it goes for them, breaking the rules, challenging authority, playing that game where they are the ones in control of everything. That only ever goes so well when they actually have a plan, but this isn’t that kind of team. The real fun actually began once they got back to their old tactics. I mean, this wouldn’t be a mission if they weren’t out there winging it. What ended up bringing all of this together was the kind of character that the Warden turned out to be. The best counter to these Killjoys is when you throw someone their way who is no-nonsense. The Warden was no-nonsense like Turin, but with the plus of being someone who could do something about those who annoy her.
As with most missions carried out by this team, there is always a set of problems for them to deal with along the way. What’s more dangerous than an impenetrable prison guarded by someone under the thumb of The Lady? The answer to that is an impenetrable prison full of people who no doubt hate Killjoys. How they eventually turned this to their favor was exciting, but leading up to that point you were simply bracing yourself for the worst when they could easily walked away battered again, like they did when The Lady had them.
Despite this new situation, this didn’t stop the team from also still carrying over their troubles from their prior imprisonment with The Lady, and under those false memories. Some creatives will mess up because their characters move on way too fast. It comes more naturally when they are given more room to sort out their feelings. On the surface things are the same for this trio, though there is no denying that there is some hurting. Particularly from Johnny who now has conflicting feelings, love lost, and once more feeling like he’s alone despite being surrounded by people who are family to him. Now I wouldn’t want this to become too much of a distraction for the team down the road, but this is also how you fuel that drive to stop The Lady. At the end of the day is all began with her, and it ends with her. Hopefully they also realize this before feelings allow them to get in their own way again.
Where this episode gave me chills was the continued instability of The Lady. Right now to say that she is struggling with understanding humanity is an understatement. This may suck for her, but it works in the favor of Khylen because he’s playing the best game he’s ever played. He might be walking on eggshells with every action and response to The Lady, but he knows exactly what makes him valuable enough to keep around. Better yet, he knows exactly what keeps him valuable. Aside from that, you simply enjoy every statement from him that cuts through her tough exterior.
Back on Westerley, it only made sense that eventually Zeph would eventually be able to get it together to restore control over herself. It was just as humorous as the last time due to her paranoia, but at the same time it was sad since once more she was remembering a loss. This time around it just so happened to be losing Dutch to The Lady. Now obviously this wouldn’t stop there. Zeph wouldn’t be around in this capacity if she didn’t have a larger role to play. What followed was everything else you were waiting for when the only next step is to find help in others who still need to be awakened. That is where things continued to get interesting because everyone has a different reaction to the last thing they remember as themselves versus the memory of everything implanted into their heads. It was the perfect combination for what influenced their first move against The Lady. The resistance started with a bang, and the response to their actions was almost music to the ears.
Killjoys “Ship Outta Luck” marks where we begin to see a return to form for this team. Same team, same shenanigans, new problems. It should be interesting to see how they turn this setback into a new opportunity to stick it to The Lady again. I mean it’s either that, or The Lady finally figures out some way to get what she wants from them.