Lost Girl: Season 3, Episode 12, Hail, Hale

Last week I talked about how the episode raised more issues than the show could fully address, and how I was OK with that; it doesn’t have to deeply psychoanalyze the harmful effects of children absorbing gender stereotypes from their parents, it can introduce it as a well-turned joke and move on. 

This episode, though, crams so many plotlines into 43 minutes, the pacing and the plots suffer. I’m not advocating for a 22-episode season again, and as all the character development has led to this point, there’s not much to jettison from the first 11 episodes. I’m just saying, if you’re going to kidnap not one but two exes, frame not one ex but all humans, start a race war, hold a coronation for the new Ash, have Tamsin unravel while Bo discovers what she’s been up to, put Kenzi in danger, and introduce Isaac as the Big Bad . . . we need a little more development. Fourteen episodes, maybe.

But I’m jumping ahead of myself. This episode picks right up where we last left off, and it’s my guess the final three of the season are really one long, extended episode. Last episode was the set-up, this leads us to the climax, and then I don’t see a way around a cliffhanger next episode, especially as Season 4 is confirmed, but we shall see.

'We Shall See' is the unofficial tagline of this episode.

Bo is hopefully taking her own speech to heart and concentrating on what Lauren needs, more than just herself. Worried about Lauren’s safety, she brings Dyson to Lauren’s apartment to help sniff around. Dyson is curiously lackadaisical for someone who has been bonding with Lauren recently. His later conversations with Hale show maybe he guesses at Lauren’s rebellion, and is unwilling to help someone who has rejected her Fae protectors. While that fits with his archetype of ‘loyal wolf detective,’ I can’t help but feel Dyson’s growth as a person – some brought through his love of Bo, who bucks both sides of The System – and the growth of Dyson and Lauren’s friendship is being undermined here to serve the story. It won’t be the only growth stunted in service of story.

I drank a quarter-shot of 180-proof homemade moonshine last week, and Hale's face looks like mine felt.Hale is being instituted as the new Ash, and characters are falling over each other remarking on how he’s going to “make real change.” Besides being a not-so-veiled Obama reference, it ominously reminds us not all change is good. Hale’s mysterious ass-hattery continues, whether because the power is going to his head really quickly, or because the Morrigan has a whole army of tiny Fae-flies and has been spreading jam on the Ash complex doorways.

The one good thing Hale brings back is the Hale/Dyson dynamic, two partners who are completely comfortable with each other and have their own shorthand know all the deep dark secrets there are to know about each other and are willing to say ‘I miss you, man.’ Dyson gives Hale a gift from his father which is supposed to protect him, and the Law of Economy of Props says it will come into play soon.

Just like the mysterious antidote Lauren is working on. Heart disease is a good cover for genetic experiments, and genetic experiments get even more interesting when we think about the possibility of Fae/human hybrids.

I actually thought Massimo’s propositioning Kenzi at the Dal was going to lead up to him offering to transform her into Fae. Instead, it just led to her kissing a royal douchebag, who turned out to be a druid, who turned out to be . . . I’m jumping ahead again, aren’t I? And right over this scene:

How could I!?

First, Rachel Skarsten enjoyed this scene to the last drop, as well she should have. She gets to play the detective on the brink, drinking away the angst at ‘what she has to do’ and the horrors she has seen and her anger at a crooked, rotten world. Tamsin would make a great noir detective. (Blonde female noir detective? Where have I heard that before . . . )

Second, this scene helps Bo and Tamsin bond while they share information, and shows not just Tamsin’s inner turmoil, but all the issues she has with Bo as an unaligned entity and as a person – ok, Fae, you get my meaning. ‘Where do you get off being so perfect?’ she asks. And she doesn’t ask in a socially-appropriate way, she asks while leaning over a naked (shorthand for ‘vulnerable’) Bo, after jumping fully clothed into a tub she wasn’t invited into. Then, while keeping her hands conspicuously out of the water, she elicits the same response from Bo that Lauren did so long ago – ‘What are you doing?’ – spills her guts, extolls Bo’s virtues, conveniently leaves out the part where she’s jealous of Bo’s deep friendships, displays her confusion over Bo’s succubus nature . . . and does the honorable thing by leaving without sexing or killing Bo.

Also, that outfit is highly suspect.Bo recovers pretty quickly, throws on a fantastic dress, and goes to the Ash party, where Kenzi is busy getting hit on by smarmy dudes with ulterior motives. If this plotline seems familiar, it’s because it just happened last episode. Dudes be getting creepily into the personal lives of the women they’re chatting up. Isaac with Lauren, Massimo with Kenzi. If Lost Girl put out a PSA saying ‘when strangers know this much about you, and are plying you with the information, it is not adorable, it is not admirable, do not work with them, and definitely do not kiss them,’ it couldn’t get the message across any clearer. 

Of course, they both have their reasons. Lauren was running from an emotionally abusive captive situation, and looking to fill a lack of science and success that Bo didn’t even recognize as an issue. Lauren found a sympathetic ear and resources in Isaac, and is doing something for good in the world. She acknowledges it can be used in plenty of ways, and has thought through the ramifications, as she displays in a really good walk-and-talk with Isaac which shows her intelligence and Isaac’s creepiness to good purpose.

The body language in this whole, continuous scene spoke volumes.This talk felt somewhat rushed, all sorts of revelations on top of each other, including the obvious intimation that Isaac is Gabriel (more on the Biblical ramifications of this later), but Lauren decides to really look under the surface of Isaac’s lab.

While Lauren is trying to puzzle things out, the bartender arrives late to the party. Let’s see, he was called out as late, he has a line, he’s a guest star (Anna Silk’s real-life husband), he must play a significant . . . oh, there it is. He poisons Dyson, and we get a weird-but-useful callback to “Caged Fae,” which experience gave Bo all the knowledge she needs to figure out the paramedics are human, and they just kidnapped Dyson. When she tries to figure out why, though, (inexplicably without trying to touch him into compliance), the bartender uses poison on himself. Poison conveniently labelled with Dr. Lauren Lewis’s name.

All hell is breaking loose, fairly simultaneously:

Bo, whilst trying to figure out why Lauren’s name is on the vial, discovers Tamsin at Lauren’s house. Earlier, I tried not to read into the fact Tamsin shares the tub which Bo once shared with Dyson. They get a lot of mileage out of the few sets they have, and the bathtub was the perfect place for Bo to be vulnerable. Now, though, when Tamsin comes down the stairs wearing Lauren’s bathrobe, it’s clear she is embodying aspects of Bo’s two serious lovers (sorry, Ryan, I enjoyed you, but you were never gonna be a real partner), who happen to be the two other people whose hairs are in the rune glass. I’m uncertain whether this is supposed to mean Tamsin is actually affecting or being affected by the rune glass (a la kissing Bo in “Fae-ge Against The Machine” after Trick and Stella interacted with the machine), or if this is Bo’s psychological projection going on (a la Hitchock’s Vertigo), but I really, really like Bo’s past relationships being thrown in her face via the Valkyrie.

If you're not getting all tingly over this shot composition, you should be.

A Valkyrie, by the way, who still acknowledges Lauren is Bo’s Lauren, even when Bo is fornlornly agreeing it’s more a break-up than break. Like most noir detectives, Tamsin really was a romantic under that hardboiled heart. It’s also worth noting the undercurrent of tensions between Tamsin and Bo is heightened because Tamsin is highly protective of Dyson, and thinks Bo’s girlfriend may have helped put Dyson in danger.  What a tangled web, etc., etc.

Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 4.05.16 PMThe Morrigan is busy using the poison vial to help push her agenda of “one true race.” I like what they’re doing with the fascist parallels, I see a lot of potential for the Fae/human war to speak to racism, classism, homophobia, what have you, but it needs more room to develop and breathe. A real race war should be boiling under the surface for several episodes. Well, maybe this is going to be the main plot for Season 4; it certainly has enough foundation.

Either way, it seems The Morrigan has either 1) been working with Isaac or 2) is well aware of what he’s doing, as the vial with Lauren’s name is the tipping point for most of the assembled Fae. The Morrigan is always looking for an angle, and seems to have dirt on everyone, (including Tamsin), so it’s possible she’s just being an opportunist. 

This was too fun to pass up.Dyson gets in a cage match with another incredibly muscular Fae. The punching sound effects are more realistic than the actual punching, but I like the use of falls and stickyhands. There’s not much else to say about this scene, so there’s no excuse for watching it as many times as I did, but really, that’s what it’s there for.

Hale tells Kenzi to make a break for it, and in the next breath admits he’s always had a ‘more than friends’ thing for her. And now, a rabbit trail and peeve in one! Dear Writers, please stop retconning love. First Lauren in “Faes Wide Shut,” now Hale. Lost Girl has nurtured relationships (and their chemistry) along, having people grow to love each other. Instant sparks? Hells yes. Then, the attraction and sexual tension build, the friendships evolve, trust is formed; all this is integral to a solid relationship. We don’t need to hear it was epic fairytale love at first sight, because we have something better. Don’t cheapen it with these ‘timely revelations.’

< end rabbit trail / pet peeve >

Bo and Tamsin take Tamsin’s truck by the police station for a phone trace which is so magical it’s instantaneous, and which leads them to Isaac’s compound. Tamsin says lots of cryptic things about this being familiar, and bad news, and BANG. I knew Tamsin getting shot was coming (thanks, promo interviews and Tumblr), but it still smarts. As a viewer, I want to keep this wonderful character. As a writer, I understand she’d be the perfect mark. *gulp* Sure, Bo should have sex-touched the bartender into confession, but I’ll buy that Bo doesn’t really know how to heal yet, at least not with sucking chi from other people first. She’s going to have to find another way.

Perfectly, creepily wedding-esque, white coat/dress and all.So, now: everyone is in need of Bo to rescue him or her. Tamsin is wounded, Hale is powerless, Trick and Kenzi are captured by The Morrigan, and Dyson and Lauren are enslaved by Isaac.

Lachlin worked through leveraging Nadia, and saw Lauren as his property. Isaac works through flattery and knowledge, and sees Lauren as his Relationship. Isaac has been plotting his dastardly scheme for a while, but Lauren has proved she can think on her feet; it would be fun to watch them match wits. But due to time crunch, Isaac  jumped straight to imprisonment.

I like the way Lauren was manipulated into this position, it felt fairly organic, but I don’t like them making her quite so much of a patsy. And while I think Dyson’s admonition to stay with the light Fae is his way of telling Lauren to stay where she’d be more safe, and is – again – in keeping with his archetypal Machismo Protector and Blindly Loyal Subject of the Light, I wish he’d show a little more understanding and growth. You see what I meant about sacrificing character for story.

Oh, and then, BAM, Aife. End credits.

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Stray Observations

  • ‘Dad’s on a ski trip’ is code for ‘the actor was busy this date,’ or ‘we couldn’t afford him.’
  • ‘A little less All About Eve a little more Steel Magnolias.’
  • I’m pretty convinced the bathroom set is the same as the front door set.
  • Speaking of sets, the marble-esque set where Isaac and Lauren argue is reminiscent of the Ash set from Season 1. Which begs the question, if they had access to something like this, why was Hale working out of Trick’s basement?
  • Last set note: whether it’s was an intentional style choice, whether the clean glass was too reflective, or whether they couldn’t get the class clean enough and so smeared it more to cover it up, I really like the intimation of those smeared prison walls.
  • ‘Ever heard of Jimmy Hoffa?’ Trick gets the best throwaway lines.
  • ‘I’ve never been fighty-er in my life.’
  • ‘Friends. Nobleman. Shut the hell up.’
  • Trick humming is an example of good-adorable. Trick’s hat is an example of NOOOOOOOOO.
  • If they really expect us to believe both the Light and Dark are equally good and bad, just in different ways, this is not the way to do it.
  • Lauren’s outburst towards Dyson/The Light tells a lot about her idea of morality. In her eyes, you don’t lie to your friends. She forgave Bo quickly when Bo was honest. She hasn’t, if you notice, ever lied to a point-blank question, and she won’t tolerate it being done to her in the name of protection, control, or anything else. Dyson lying to her, especially as they’ve developed a friendship, is the pinnacle of betrayal, and a good enough reason for her to justify her leaving.  
  • I wondered if Isaac was an intentional Bibilical reference, but ‘Gabriel’ sealed it. Besides being the avenging angel, he could also be ‘the angel of the Lord’ who intervened to save Isaac from being a human sacrifice. Whether this is commentary on the dualistic nature of Dr. Taft or something more remains to be seen.
30 Responses to “Lost Girl: Season 3, Episode 12, Hail, Hale”
  1. Rachel says:

    Ok, so some random musings…

    Did Lauren go with Taft willingly, or kind of as a double agent (i.e. to spy/gather info on him)? Or both? She didn’t say ‘yes’ to him until after he confronted her with that fbi file. So did she leave with him having hunch he was up to no good? Why did she leave her phone… who leaves their phone? Ever?

    Who does she call when she realizes that the vile she snuck from the unsuspecting lab tech was genetic material from a mature succubus? Is it the same mysterious person who she calls in episode 5 when she is worried about Bo?

    I totally agree about Dyson. He has sparks, thus far, of being really interesting — beyond stereotypical chivalry (and Lauren is often more authentically chivalrous than Dyson… although I do think that Dyson sees his chivalry as authentic even if I don’t). Like in the episode where he got Valkyrie-ized. I liked him having moments of vulnerability and doubt, and Kris Holden-Reid played that really well. He and Lauren… it’d be great to see more strands of a solid, real relationship develop between them.

    I also really don’t like Lauren being portrayed as a patsy, unless that’s an trait she’ll wrestle with and grow from. Similar to Dyson’s 1-D chivalry. Being a moral compass and ethical character (human, also, of course) doesn’t have to equate with patsy-ness. I like exploring the strength of her integrity as an integral aspect of her character. There are great, complex, interesting characters (Susan Sarandon in Dead Man Walking, the man who plays the Dalai Lama in Kundun) who are guided by their integrity in very difficult situations, and it’s compelling. While she’s different, Lauren has potential to embody aspects of this kind of character, which would potentially be interesting.


    Thanks for your thoughtful post. I love what you’re clarifying. And, the potential of a fae/human war that addresses bigger political themes of power, prejudice, and authority = potentially really exciting. But how would they keep LG humor? 🙂

    And I agree about the fairytale love… the romance between Bo and Lauren hasn’t (potentially) been fully explored by any means. Nor has so much of the depth possible between Kenzi and Hale, (and Lauren and Dyson, etc) and all these characters. I hope they all continue to grow all these characters in real, rich ways. Fairytales are 1 dimensional, and LG, especially this season, seems to be operating multi-dimensionally although maybe it’s used symbolism and broader themes to develop relationships as much as it’s used specific interactions between these characters. Thoughts?

    • Melanie says:

      In order –

      I thought there was potential for double-agency, but this episode made it seem much more clear she was out to find who she was as a person, and also she was running from the abusive sort of treatment she had been forced to endure in the past.

      I’m not positive the call went through to ‘the outside,’ but if it did, I’d say you’re right and its the same entity.

      Your comment that Lauren is as/more chivalrous than Dyson is really great, and gets to the fact women can be as chivalrous as men, and that while Bo is a strong entity she chooses partners who are also capable of protecting and thinking of her. As far as Dyson’s authenticity, I think the hundreds of years of patronizing chivalry take a lot to get over, and he is working on that, though his ‘chivalry’ to Lauren at the end is coming from that place. He tries to do the noble thing, but sometimes his history muddles the waters.

      • Rachel says:

        Still think there’s the potential Lauren’s a double agent… why would she sneak the vile from the lab tech? I think Emily Andras once said the Ash from s1 has never been pronounced dead. Could Lauren be calling him? Kinda far-fetched…

        She could be a double agent and also taking a stand against the abusive sort of treatment she’s been enduring — and taking her stand in a very Lauren-esque way. When she realizes something is wrong, I see her as taking agency/action for her part. Like when she broke up with Bo, she didn’t blame Tamsin or Bo or Dyson, or try and change Bo… she just said she wasn’t happy, and that Bo couldn’t give her what she wants (and I think she was talking about much more than monogamy with that). She wants an honest relationship of shared emotional/mental/physical lives, of thinking off each other. So she took agency once she thought she and Bo were fundamentally not headed in that direction (chivalrous to both her and Bo, too), without blame. In the same way, when she left with Isaac… to the extent that it was to start over… I think it was more about honoring her own life than out of hatred or anger toward the fae. Represented in the way she removed her necklace and all it symbolized.

        The heart of chivalry has to do with nobleness and honor, doesn’t it? That’s genderless. Dyson working through what being chivalrous really means for him, (and us viewers working through that alongside him) is or would be super interesting. What a commentary on the impact sexism/control has on relationships, and the distinction between patronizing chivalry and desire for what’s best for another person. How does patronizing chivalry impact his and Bo’s relationship? When his chivalry is genuine, like it was with Lauren (and can be with Bo), it allows a relationship to open up like in the bar scene. When it’s patronizing and used to control and make decisions for people (like Bo in the Dawning), it stifles.


        • Melanie says:

          I’ll disagree with you in that I don’t think she went in as a double agent, but I won’t *vehemently* disagree, because it’s still possible; the writers have left it so. I think she’ll become one next episode, adapting and playing Isaac’s game now she realizes what it is, but it’s not in Lauren’s character to do the double agency, and play it so well even her friends can’t tell (remember the issues she had ‘in the field’ in Season 1).

          Chivalry certainly has to do with personal traits (which should all be considered genderless, but that’s another story), and it also involves gentility, which seems to be forgotten as that’s been ‘assigned’ to women in general. My point being, oftentimes chivalry connotes ‘male,’ though English doesn’t have gendered nouns and articles like other languages, we still manage to suggest certain characteristics are male or female, when they aren’t at all. So I greatly appreciated your word choice, which I inferred was quite intentional.

          • Rachel says:

            Fair enough, and you could be right 🙂

            And while chivalry has traditionally been all about knights, it’s associated with “courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms” (thank you dictionary.com) which don’t belong to a gender. In fact, when these traits are genderized, it becomes a characterization of the traits.

            Do you think Dyson is running into a tension between gendered chivalry, his upbringing, and chivalry in its own genderless right?

            Thanks again for providing a space to dialogue about this show. I believe in supporting thoughtful, pioneering tv in the world, and am grateful for the dialogue!

    • Personally, I believe it was Trick that Lauren called. I think he got her message & that is why he left. The reason she said that she needed those files was because Isaac saw her calling someone. I am almost 100% positive it was Trick she called at the end of episode 5 as well.

      • Melanie says:

        I did think it highly likely she called Trick in Episode 5, and though I initially thought she was trying to call Bo and realized the phone system was closed (which would make perfect sense for Isaac to have done), it is probably more likely she was calling the Mystery Person, instead. Hopefully, we get both answers (whether it went through and who it was to) in the finale.

  2. Did you notice Isaac used one of Bo’s lines when he asked Lauren,”Did we just have our first fight?” After you started mentioning the many times there have been callbacks to previous episodes I’ve tried to keep an eye out for them and this one was extra creepy.

    • Melanie says:

      Ooooh, no, I didn’t! Thanks for pointing that out.

      That makes two really specific lines used here in different context, and strengthens that Vertigo feel.

  3. tech-color says:

    Great review as always. I just want to point out that during the conversation Isaac and Lauren had about science, the amazing reference to the Atomic bomb. After all Einstein, Oppenheimer and many other renown scientists were involved in the Manhattan project. They created the most horrific weapon on earth, yet they are not bad – they gave us theory of relativity, computer science, etc.
    I think the writers’ point here was a very good play that science is not good or bad in itself, but rather depends how it is used. And scientists sometimes do bad things for good reasons either knowingly or not, i.e. Lauren as example

    • Melanie says:

      Indeed. The atom bomb mention is also a good reminder that Lauren may not have ‘powers,’ but she’s incredibly powerful in her own right. She’s not just capable of making antidotes, she could cause destruction, chaos, and pain on as grand a scale as Isaac or (insert real-life megalomaniac here), if she weren’t as moral/ethical as she is. Instead – like you mention the other scientists were – she’s capable of doing great things for ‘good,’ and if the previews are any indication (and I think the writers have been leading us this way, too), she’s going to play a big role in the ultimate defeat of Isaac.

      • tech-color says:

        Yes you are right. I also get the impression she might play an important role. Another parallel that strikes me is how the writers play on the action figure/scientist divide that we face in society.
        Those in academia/researchers are often regarded as not important or less just because they do not use physical power to accomplish things. They are thinkers, which is the way Lauren has been represented. On the other side is Dyson (even Bo to extent- especially during Bo & Lauren’s fights), who is all fight and power, he is often dismissive of the science, he relies on his gut feelings (already mentioned several times throughout the season).
        But when Lauren disappears, Hale says she is security risk and Dyson admits that she can never leave the Fae because she has the most dangerous weapons of all – knowledge (of course he said it in a dismissive manner).
        Now the really interesting thing would be to see if Lauren will assist with Dyson escape, which is what I speculate will happen.

        • Melanie says:

          Yes! The writers really like the knowledge/strength parallels, as especially seen in The Ceremony, when Dyson and Lauren switched ‘roles.’

          I agree Lauren will play a key part in at least Dyson’s escape. (I’d wager a guess you’re in some academic field? You’re knowledgable about it, and pay a lot of attention to the mind/physical prowess divide.)

          If you had given me a synopsis of this series, I would not have picked Lauren as my favorite character. I grew up in a home of a chemist and a linguist, and though I appreciate what they can do, I went the other way. I played several sports, worked to develop some feminine swagger, and went the artsy route with writing and filmmaking. I probably would have picked Bo or Kenzi or Tamsin, someone who is the idealized (if flawed; flaws just make it more interesting!) embodiment of the things I’m interested in. I do genuinely enjoy all the characters, however, I can’t help but gravitate towards Lauren; she provides a good balance to that world, and I think it’s a tribute to how well the writers and actress have done by the character, to fully flesh out her humanity without compromising her knowledge base or making her the stock scientist character. Or worse, the stock ‘sexy scientist’ trope, ugh. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/PlayingWith/HotScientist

          • tech-color says:

            Oh, yeah the famous switching roles. That whole episode was strange. I can’t shake this thought that the Dawning is not over in some capacity. Maybe because it was messy, or because I am analytical person and I like everything neatly put in respective positions.

            And you are correct – I am PhD in computer science as well as being a female, so this gives me an interesting perspective. Seeing what you’ve written, I can totally understand your point of view and could not agree with you more.

            What I find bewildering is that Lauren is definitely a divisive character – either loved or hated, many saying she is boring, wood, etc. For me though, I can relate to her on so many different levels

            Also what I am usually seeing is that Bo, Dyson,Tamsin, Kenzi, represent extroverts and Lauren is an introvert, another important distinction the series outlined, whether intentionally or not.

            Actually that sexy scientist is very boring for me, such a cliche, but that is entirely new topic.

            PS: Chemist and a linguist, that must have been interesting childhood 🙂 I have to admit I really like your reviews – always spot on and interesting.

            • Melanie says:

              I was hoping the Dawning and its ramifications weren’t over, but the further we get from it, the more I feel they really were content to do the dream thing, the ‘roleplay,’ and let it go at that. I’m a little disappointed, but I think that’s a side effect of the 13-episode season. And while the 22-episode season was problematic, I think most of that was due to the way it happened. Heck, I’d be happy with 16 episodes, but they don’t seem to have the financial wherewithal, as shows in their set choices, etc.

              I don’t understand people saying she is boring or wooden. If you want to dislike a character for his/her specific actions and choices or words, sure, we can talk, but where is boring coming from!? Maybe that she’s the introvert, and people aren’t used to having to read into TV characters so much? I don’t know.

              Thanks much. I appreciate you bringing your perspective to the blog! And please, continue to do so. It’s quite different than mine (and yes, ‘interesting’ is the word for the childhood that got me here . . . ), but I really enjoy it. It doesn’t hurt that so far we agree, but even when we don’t – which is probably inevitable – it’s great to have your frame of reference and insight.

        • Rachel says:

          *jumping in*

          Thanks for your observations about this power divide. Lauren’s power is in her mind and morality, very different from the physical power of Dyson and to a large extent of Bo. Except I feel that all the characters are powerfully intelligent in their own ways. How would you characterize Kenzi?

          It’s interesting how this power binary can break down sooo easily — the destructive power of the atomic bomb is sooo physical, just as Bo and Dyson et al can be very powerful emotionally and intellectually. And power can be used constructively and destructively.

          Also… any parallels between the Morrigan and Hitler gaining power in Germany?

          • Melanie says:

            Kenzi has more street smarts than everyone, including Bo and the two cops. She would win any scavenger hunt.

            The biggest difference being lack of mustache and it being much more understandable why all the people would fall in line behind The Morrigan.

          • tech-color says:

            Rachel, are you talking about Hitler’s speech in the beer hall putsch, the same as Morrigan and the Dal? I was thinking maybe I was wrong, but it was kind of the same attempt of sweeping of power

            • Melanie says:

              Mmmm, yes, beer hall doubling for the win! Though I do think the Dal as a location was more due to a limited set budget, and the parallel is a happy but brilliant byproduct.

              • Rachel says:

                btw… I’m a social studies teacher who’s on twitter, and the past few weeks have also tweeted about LG (I do warn my teacher friends before an episode). So, your review somehow made it here of all places:


                It’s at the very bottom. It’s a little bit cool 😛

                • Melanie says:

                  Ha! This is great. Possibly the most randomly interesting place I’ve seen a link of mine yet. Took a screenshot for posterity, and so my parents could have a moment of relief I was being ‘published’ in scholastic-y places. I myself am quite thrilled about the proximity to Iron & Wine and the mantis shrimp.

                  • Rachel says:

                    I like the mantis shrimp too.

                    And hey, I tweeted a link to your review to LG people (even if they get, like, a million tweets a day!) Got yer back for as long as you keep writing these thoughtful, sharp reviews 🙂

            • Rachel says:

              Yes… especially the attempt at sweeping power by playing on/creating fear. I wonder if the Morrigan and Taft are in cahoots. Any possible parallels between Taft and Mengele? Theories… 🙂

              • tech-color says:

                Totally missed the Mengele possibility and now that you mentioned it – seems pretty cool.
                On another note, don’t you find it funny that Taft is wearing a t-shirt with the peace sign?

                • Rachel says:

                  I didn’t notice that. But why does it not surprise me? And… yes, yes it’s super funny in a very Lost Girl way.

  4. Shaun H says:

    Lol@and then, BAM, Aife. End credits. I think they should have unleashed Aife on Taft. They both know what it’s like to be screwed over by the Fae.

    Tamsin sleeping at Lauren’s wasn’t flattering or funny at all. If Bo didn’t care who or what was sleeping in her bed, she certainly wasn’t going to care about who was sleeping in Lauren’s. Had Lauren known who and what slept there, she likely would have left with the clothes on her back when she returned to pack and burned everything else. Just about every human and Fae did something to Lauren on this show, and only the Doctor was the “odd and evil one out”.

    • Melanie says:

      I wish the show would have dug a bit more into the human/Fae divide, and how the Fae (intentionally or not) treated humans and many points, and whether that was a part of why Kenzi and Lauren ended up having some sympathy for each other which led to their friendship. But the series ended up going the more mythological / convoluted plot route, for better or worse, and we missed any deep exploration of interpersonal (or inter-fae-and-personal) dynamics.

  5. Thomas Jacks says:

    “Worried about Lauren’s safety”.

    Nah. A real and worried friend would’ve stomped up the stairs to look for the missing doctor. Twice we’ve seen Bo walk to the stairs looking for Lauren and not once did she climb them. Not one step.

    Bo was delusional(I’m being nice)thinking Dyson or Tamsin cared about where Lauren was. That was proven in the next episode.

    This show had nothing to do with Bo and Lauren’s friendship. Their relationship died a sad death when Lauren asked for the break. Lauren was then used as a name and the face of humiliation to strengthen DyBo and valkubus.

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