Posted 21 September 2019 - 07:54 AM
Well. As series finales go, that was oddly inconclusive. Well, I guess this was the story of the Quad and the RAC, and the Quad is saved now and the RAC has been reconstituted with a new, more heroic mission, so the story is basically finished. But it's an ending that leaves a lot of room for going forward, not to mention some loose threads, like the throwaway mention of Johnny's long-forgotten search for Clara and the whole Hack-Mod business.
For a show that's gone to some pretty dark places, it's surprising what a happy ending it is for nearly everyone. None of the main characters who made it to this season died at the end, a couple of characters we thought were dead came back to life, and pretty much everyone ended up in a positive place and paired up with their respective true loves, if any. Even the Lady (or what remains of her in her human host) was given a chance at a new lease on life. I'd expected that Khlyen, at least, would sacrifice himself at the end to redeem his many, many mistakes that caused all this, but even he was happy and starting a new mission at the end.
Not that I wanted a tragic ending. I wanted the Killjoys to survive, stay a team, and go back to being Killjoys. That's basically what happened, give or take a year's sabbatical for Johnny and Lucy. But the war against the Lady's critters hasn't ended, so normality hasn't really been restored. I mean, sure, I like the idea that the RAC is now fighting for everyone's safety and truth and justice and all that, rather than being mercenaries taking any job for any paying client irrespective of its morality. I just wish it were more general peacekeeping and lifesaving work rather than specifically the continuation of the war against the critters.
There were some structural problems. We got that big opening scene where all the Big Damn Heroes lined up on the ridge and Dutch rallied them for the final battle... and then Turin, Fancy, Pree, Gared, and the prison-ship contingent completely disappeared until the denouement, not actually contributing anything of note to the resolution. Whaa?
All in all, I don't think the last two seasons lived up to the quality of the first three. They were still fun, but the whole Lady storyline and the war narrative didn't really hold together as well as the earlier seasons, and there was some difficulty balancing the various story and character threads. And the Lady was never a very effective nemesis, just a whiny and petulant brat who wasn't convincing as an all-powerful archfoe. Still, the first three years of Killjoys were excellent, and I'm glad its creators got to see it through to the end, even if it wasn't the best ending it could've had.
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