Lost Girl: Season 01, Episode 01, “It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World”

Editor’s note: after reviewing Lost Girl episodes 03.05-03.13, I’m starting from the top. Rather than ignore everything that’s transpired, I intend to comment how recurring events, shot selection, etc., play into the show so far. I’ll be careful, but there may be spoilers through Season 3. You can find all reviews here.

Take note of the squares and candle. You will be seeing a lot of both this series. And cleavage, of course.

The first episode or two of any series are mostly world-building and character-establishing, whether that’s showing the audience how a group of characters knows each other or introducing the characters to each other. World-building is fairly simple for shows set in ‘reality,’ you just have to establish the specific subsetting (police station, Bronx apartment, flower shop, etc). In any show utilizing an alternate universe, rules and infrastructure must be built; the extent depends on how much ‘reality’ is integrated. For example, Battlestar Galactica doesn’t have to deal with our reality in its present tense, it establishes where it is in time, then builds its world and leaves its relation to what we know (which is its long-past mythology) for later.

Lost Girl is set roughly in the present, but has as its premise a parallel reality in which supernatural creatures live among us. It needs to guide us through the basics, and to that end it gives us literal guides who will take us through the series: a protagonist who is unaware exactly what she is until hours after we meet her (Bo) and an audience surrogate (Kenzi).

Forgive me for more boring explanation than Lost Girl opens with. Its cold open drops us in medias res, only implying by law of economy of characters the girl behind the bar is important. When Kenzi stumbles into the bar, it’s not immediately clear whether she’s a one-episode victim, or she’s about to become a main character via meeting Bo, or they’re long-time partners running a scam/hit on sleazeball businessmen.

I'm glad they dispensed with the facial markings on victims, if only because that makes it harder to buy that they can cover up succu-crimes.

When Bo steps into an elevator and starts sucking blue aftereffects from said sleazeball, Kenzi reacts as stupefied as the rest of us, signaling they’re strangers about to get entangled. Four minutes in, the show has already told us: supernatural powers exist; Bo can tend bar and kill people, and uses her powers for good at least some of the time; Kenzi is a technologically adept thief with access to wigs.

In the next ten minutes, it also establishes: Hale and Dyson are cops who deal with the supernatural alongside their day jobs; Dyson has an adept sense of smell; all humans in this universe are unaware they co-exist with any other species; Bo is on the run; Kenzi is hilarious and here to stay. That’s efficiency for you. It’s also clear Lost Girl is more about showing than telling, which is generally A Good Thing.

Dyson and Hale’s visit to the Dal doesn’t help us much, however, other than proving Hale is a lady’s man (if one looks and dresses like that, it’d be a loss not to be), and Trick and Dyson are going to be mysterious. “It’s beginning, then.” “I can try and stop this.” “What’s mean to be, must be. We can’t fight fate.” “Well, you can.” Clear as mud.

We’re almost to the halfway point, and while the characters have established themselves somewhat, the world is still a bit murky (three seasons in and some basic questions are still quite unclear: more on that at the bottom). The quickest way to solve this problem? Throw our protagonist in a van and whisk her to the heart of supernatural-dom, where she hears Dyson roar before sputtering that really, like the audience, she just doesn’t know what’s going on, so come on and explain it already!

Maybe you should check again, doc? Just in case.Enter an insatiably curious human doctor, who shows herself more than willing to do some ‘splaining. Bo is Fae, likely a succubus, and she is one of an many Fae (a suspicious number of whom live in her very town). All Fae are aligned with either the Light or the Dark, and Bo is going to have to choose a side. Bo should have been told all of this when she was brought up in a clan, who also would have taught her to control her powers. The only way for the doc to know whether Bo is lying about her oblivious upbringing is to run her hand down Bo’s naked back. To, ah, check for brands and stuff.

Lauren’s use of touch on Bo is going to become a running theme, which is especially interesting since Bo’s touch works on all humans and many Fae, but Lauren is the only human whose touch has a strong sexual/calming/swaying effect on Bo. Kenzi and Bo touch and cuddle a lot, but it’s very much not like this, and it’s shot quite differently. This lingering tracking shot following Lauren’s hand down Bo’s back foreshadows the story to be teased out.

Bo is affected, but can’t resist turning the tables and trying to escape using Lauren. Earlier in the episode Bo got out of paying her restaurant tab via touch, and Kenzi snarks about all the parking tickets she must avoid. Next episode, Hale will say he has “sung my way into a lot of women’s pants,” and that may be a better time to get into the ethics of using one’s powers to manipulate humans. (People use words and charm all the time, is this different? What about the similarities to consent while intoxicated? So many ethical conundrum possibilities!) For this episode, we see Bo can be kind of thoughtless with her powers; she doesn’t seem to consider the waitress will probably be stuck paying for the check and Lauren will likely be punished for ‘allowing’ Bo to escape.

While the succubus and the doctor are feeling each other up out, Kenzi is guilting her criminally-connected cousin into helping her trace the van Bo was thrown into, and the Light and Dark lords are squabbling about what to do with Bo.

The biggest difference between Light and Dark seems to be the Light act like they have some weighty responsibility to be assholes, and the Dark enjoy their license to be badasses. I’d take the Morrígan’s aggression any day over the Ash’s maneuvering couched in terms of ‘the good of the Light.’ Speaking of aggression, the Morrígan snaps a plant in the first of many phallic-centric gestures to come (the gesture may have worked better in a wide shot – whether this is because they couldn’t get it in the wide or an editor’s choice I can’t say).

It's all fun and games until . . .

. . . somebody snaps.

In the end, both have their own reasons for subjecting Bo to The Test. Capital letters are implied, but neither Bo nor the audience know much about it, other than Lauren and Dyson seem to agree it’s ‘madness.’ So that’s comforting. Despite their obvious reservations, Lauren and Dyson obey immediately, establishing their adherence to the word of the Ash and showing-without-telling that the Fae system of government is more monarchy than democracy.

Before The Test, the Morrígan sits Bo down and extols the virtues of joining the Dark Fae – or either side, really – summing up how the entire system works in one easy mouthful: “We take care of our own. We’ll place you in a human occupation that’s to our advantage, help with the disposal of your kills, etcetera etcetera. . . . oh, and dental.” The writers just described a world where cops, trash collectors, anyone at all can be Fae. This explains how Fae kills can be hidden or disguised as random muggings and murders. The one rule – as is implied here and explicitly established later – is: humans mustn’t find out about Fae existence. Fae take care of their own in order to keep it that way. The Morrígan points out Fae will provide friends and family for people like Bo, who are afraid they don’t ‘fit in’ in the ‘outside world.’ This is the talk of cults and general gangs of misfits, and there’s a reason it’s so appealing.

You'll also be seeing this sort of low-angle shot a lot. Foreground object optional.The counter to this assertion ‘nobody out there can love or understand you’ is Kenzi, who tracked down the van and sneaks into the glass factory by somehow clinging to an SUV undercarriage. I know I’ve already suspended my disbelief to watch a show about a succubus and shapeshifters and sirens, but for some reason this scene made me groan. I know Kenzi’s so skinny as to be almost flat, but this stretches my imagination.

Speaking of nigh impossible, Dyson is telling Bo – not for the last time – that she’s likely headed for death. To have her best shot, she should kiss him. Incredulous, Bo figures why the heck not, nothing to lose. Twenty seconds later, she turns towards the audience and gasps: ‘oh, oh wow.’

Nobody has much time to dwell on it, though, because the Colosseum-cum-glass factory is full of Fae, and they want their entertainment now.

Pay attention to the red decorative light in the upper right. You'll see them on several other sets, including when Bo and Tamsin fight in 03.13.The other half of this entertainment is provided by underfae. They first appear to be ‘the same, just more musclebound,’ but after Bo uses two tiny knives to make mincemeat of the guy with two hammers, a second underfae appears, and it becomes apparent they’re just not attractive enough to ‘pass’ in the human world. Later, it turns out they’re technically less evolved/devolved, but as they still have some wicked powers, we can assume the evolution applies to looks and not talent.

The second opponent attacks Bo mentally rather than physically, and it’s here she’s most vulnerable. The underfae appears much more genial in Bo’s head, but his guilt trip is not so sweet. He shows Bo coffins of her dead, and tells her she may as well kill herself.

While the coffins represent people Bo has killed, the underfae isn’t just using her guilt about causing death, especially since we know some of those coffins come from self-defense/defense of others. He’s also trying to use sexual shame to kill Bo. The use of “you’re an abomination, child,” rings very religious, as do his robe and getting her to drink from a cup he’s holding. This sex-equals-guilt tactic will crop up more directly in 01.10 “The Mourning After.”

While the Morrígan, the Ash, even Dyson and Lauren tried to convince Bo she should pick a Fae side, it’s the Fae who are subjecting her to an archaic and brutal test, and it’s human Kenzi who saves her life by screaming at Bo to snap out of it. No matter how much Bo has felt outcast from ‘ordinary people,’ and despite the fact most would reject her if they knew what she was, humans are still the ones who need her, and at least two have proven in the past few hours they don’t care whether she’s Fae or not, they will help her. Little wonder when Bo does manage to conquer her literal demons, she decides to be unaligned and ‘choose humans,’ and more specifically, to claim Kenzi.

And that’s that, mostly. There’s an obligatory scene of mystery to set up future conflict, in which the Morrígan and the Ash wonder if they should kill Bo, and Trick intervenes without revealing whether he’s playing them or really wants to keep the Bo elimination potential open. (I always thought Trick’s character was conceived as a bit darker than he turned out.) Dyson drops Bo back in the graffiti’d alley and tells her to call if she needs help, setting up further romance. Finally, Bo and Kenzi walk off together into the sunset, the beginning of a beautiful friendship and many more episode-ending process-chats.

Also beautiful composition, beautiful colors, beautiful ladies, beautiful boots.

Stray Observations

  • I like them calling it “It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World,” as they’re admitting right up front the whole thing is crazy, and they aren’t going to apologize for their titles.
  • Bo’s blue car quickly gets traded for a yellow one in Episode 2, and then disappears halfway through Season 2, after Lauren borrows it and Bo mentions it’s a gas-guzzling behemoth, and then it’s conveniently forgotten.
  • For a moment I wondered if the Morrígan’s comment to the Ash was supposed to imply he was a eunuch, and that’s why he was put in charge of so many other Fae.
  • “We have a millenia-old two-party system and it works just swell, because membership is mandatory.” The Morrigan. Also, Republicans/Democrats in 3013 America.
  • ‘Don’t get dead’ is one-size-fits-almost-any-situation advice.
  • Kenzi’s “please don’t be rats” is a stunning mimicry of what I do any time I have to go into an attic.
  • At first, I wished the underfae’s fingernails could have been affixed to Silk’s face during filming, because it’s really distracting when the contact is obviously broken and you see the long prop nail for what it is. But then I pictured the actors standing around for hours, having juice boxes brought to them between takes, and I realized it probably wasn’t worth it.
  • When I saw the first underfae, I thought I recognized those tattoos. Surely it couldn’t be Bruce!? A quick IMDB search confirms it’s the same guy, Rob Archer, of the impressive 10pack. This means the same actor has played a character who has Bo, then Kenzi, slide through his legs and and take him out, via knives to his knees and a rock to his rocks, respectively.

Bruce Abuse Parallels

Still Unanswered Questions

  • If Fae live for thousands of years, how do their bodies decide at what point to stop aging? Does it just pick the peak of attractiveness?
  • Since “human physiology is completely different from Fae,” (hinted at here on 01.01, quote verbatim from Lauren in 01.06), and some like Bo have obviously seen a human doctor at various times, how do they hide their existence? Are there Fae doctors out posing in the world who see mostly Fae patients? How do they hide their lab results? How do they guarantee if a Fae goes to the ER s/he gets a Fae doctor? Man, this whole thing is a lot of work.
  • Not technically a question, but if you haven’t yet noticed that I use hovertext for all my blog pictures, this is probably as good a time as any to point it out.
19 Responses to “Lost Girl: Season 01, Episode 01, “It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World””
  1. stephanie b says:

    A big still unanswered question for me is: are The Ash and The Morrigan the leads of all Light and Dark Fae who live all over the world? Or are there different leaders of the clans in different regions? There is some evidence to suggest that they are leaders of the entire clan. In season two we learn that The Ash visited the Congo when there was an outbreak of a disease that was killing Fae, suggesting that those Fae were under his protection/care. However, in 2.12 Tshombe says to Bo that “your Ash” was very smart to snatch Lauren up. He may have phrased it that way because he was Dark Fae, but it also sounds like maybe there are multiple Ashes.

    • Eric says:

      Well, the answer to me would be that the Ash and the Morrigan are leader of a region, and that the Elders we keep hearing about are the actual ”big boss” on both sides. Some few hints about this: 1- Hale mentions once that Light Fae leaders are named after sacred trees, and Dark Fae leaders are named after dead warriors. So you’d think that, for instance, there’s an Ygdrassil Light Fae, and an Achilles Dark Fae, and that they have the same level of power than the Ash and the Morrigan. 2- Beginning of the second season, they have this whole talk about ”bounding with the land”, which sounds kinda geophilic in nature (lol), but from the way they talk about it, it seems they bond with a parcel of lands, not the whole Earth: It means more crops and least crimes, probably for a claimed region only. Then there’s that whole voting in season 3: The Morrigan SUGGESTS that all claimed humans be viewed as terrorists, the Elders VOTED on this suggestion, making them higher in the hierarchy.

      But then maybe that’s just me. But all those clues suggest to me that the Elders are the big boss, and the Morrigan and the Ash only reign over a region. That doesn’t mean they can’t be asked by another region’s leader for help, like in the Congo, for exemple! 😛

      • Rachel says:

        For some reason I too have thought that the Ash and Morrigan are the leaders of some specific region (Toronto?), but not of the entire fae. Past that, it’s been a bit murky for me too. Are the elders from that region, or from all over the world?

      • Melanie says:

        I do believe you’re right, Eric. As I’m rewatching, I find a couple references to ‘your’ Ash, but at at least one point a guest character calls the Ash ‘the leader of the Light Fae.’ That could be a weird line reading or it could just be that character’s (flawed) interpretation. I think the overall evidence points to the Elders being the real leaders, and as we see them corporeal and they can be killed, they seem to be just higher-ups, and not slang for ‘gods.’

        I think the Ash and the Morrigan are powerful enough to be considered the leaders of Ontario, if not Canada, and they headquarter in Toronto. Then again, maybe Fae boundaries aren’t related to human boundaries at all. I don’t know this will ever get spelled out; unless they do an arc that gets really political, it’s easier to write it this way. And we all saw what happened when Star Wars tried to spell out how its government worked . . .

        • Little Bad Wolf says:

          In 101 the Morrigan and Ash refer to their “county” which means something in the U.S. but could mean something different in the Fae world. In 202 the Blackthorne visits and gives us the sense of another level of gov’t perhaps even beyond the elders of each clan (in 113 it is either implied or stated that Trick is a light Fae elder). Perhaps this means that even the elders are a local group, too, so that you have a setup similar to mayor/city council. At some point, Trick begins referring to them as a “colony” and that seems to stick going forward. Even if the elders are the real leaders of the colony, both the Ash and the Morrigan appear to have a lot of power to act unilaterally (or they take it upon themselves to do so). In s4 we get they another layer to the system in the form of the Una Mens. I’m guessing the writers keep the political system somewhat vague and generalized the better to leave openings for introducing new aspects (201-202).

  2. Kendrick says:

    Hi Melanie, I have many thoughts about your re-cap, but I only have a moment right now so I will address the issue in the forefront of my mind. When you said, “Lost Girl is about showing, not telling.” For me that was like a lightning strike. Because, yes, they love to show us, and leave us guessing as well. Up until this recent season I loved that aspect of the show, because there was enough information; like Hansel and Gretel’s breadcrumbs to lead one to conclusions and theories. It was fun. This season, not so much. Anyway. Loved it, and like the Terminator, “I’ll be back.”

  3. Rachel says:

    Yay for recapping!

    Do we ever find out what this first Ash’s fae power is? He has such a deep voice, if he is a eunuch his neutering had to have been post-puberty.

    You mention that in this world building first episode, the writers have set up a world ruled by a monarchy/oligarchy of some sort. I wonder how the long life spans of the fae influence their political structure, and I also wonder about how the life, death, and changes of our mortal human world (monarchies, Enlightenments, French Revolutions, democracies, human rights) impact and influence the fae and their culture, institutions and beliefs. They continually have to adapt and integrate into the ways we structure our world… and we see this explored: testing Bo ‘the old way,’ the stag hunt in season 2, Dyson’s struggle with chivalry, Hale’s desires to modernize, finding relevant evidence to a current case in crimes committed a hundred years ago (the circus people in season 2). It’s interesting, and opens up a lot of creative story and character possibilities. Do you see this as a major tension/exploration of this world and these characters?

    I’ve noticed that Lauren can calm and sway Bo, but hadn’t connected it to her physical touch… or to the fact that while Bo’s touch has such power to influence humans and fae alike, she can also be influenced (and healed) by touch.

    And what’s the fae birth rate? It’s got to be pretty low.

    • Melanie says:

      I don’t believe we found out about the first Ash’s power. Then again, he’s still alive, somewhere in a coma, so maybe we will.

      As a whole, the Fae only adapt where they have to interact with the outside world. Individually, they may adapt more (as Hale) or less (as Lachlan) or really struggle with finding the right balance (as Dyson). Within their own rituals, they stick to the ancient ways, as in the way they treat humans, hold ceremonies, etc. But there’s definitely a lot of story potential in the tension between adaptation and clinging to The Old Ways. As someone who grew up in a strict religious setting which did much the same, I can read a lot of parallels there, and it *fascinates* me.

      The first time I was watching, I didn’t connect Lauren’s immense impact on Bo to her physical touch until 02.03 “Dream a Little Dream.” The short scene with Lachlan, Lauren, and Bo in Lauren’s apartment really brought a lot of things home. On a rewatch, I’m catching a lot more that happened before that point.

      Plenty of Fae children pop up, but then if I knew I and my Fae partner could produce and offspring who could shoot quills, turn me into dust accidentally, or leave poisonous ooze all over the house, I would be using all and I mean ALL of the birth control.

      • Rachel says:

        It just seems like the fae live very much amongst humans. Of course they have the Dal, yet most of their work lives and perhaps many friendships (fae/human friendships would also be interesting to explore), are very integrated and dependent on the human world. It’s interesting to wonder if death propels our evolution/adapting/progress, and if the fae’s longevity makes it harder for them to adapt. It’s also really really interesting to see how we embrace and resist our own evolution (i.e. fundamentalism, etc).

        As far as fae birthrates… I assume they’re low because there are so few fae compared to humans. And, yes, birth control 🙂

        What immense impact do you see Lauren having on Bo? I think she does too, but I don’t fully understand it. In season 3, Bo lies to her a lot… sometimes with no apparent reason… and maybe it could it have some connection to this impact. She doesn’t lie like that to Dyson, or anyone else that I can think of.

        • Melanie says:

          Lauren is the only person Bo remotely listens to when it comes to playing by Fae rules (Dyson’s admonitions generally make her angrier; she and Ryan argue and fight almost exclusively about the rules and Light/Dark dealings; she respectfully listens to Trick before promptly going and doing what she pleases). She balks at the general principle of the rules when Lauren says things, but Lauren can get her to listen.

          Lauren is the only human to be able to influence Bo strongly in a sexual way, and manages to convince her she’s not a monster, feeding is healthy, she can do it without killing. This takes half the first season, and yes Lauren to has an ulterior motive, as in ‘pick me pick me as your test subject,’ but she’s genuinely happy Bo can ‘not kill humans’ in general, and this is ultimately what makes it work.

          In Season 2 Lauren often gets Bo to back off a little; particularly ironic since some high-up Fae people are trying to use Lauren to manipulate Bo. Once [SEASON 3 SPOILER FOR ANYONE ELSE SCOURING THE COMMENTS] Lauren and Bo enter a relationship,* Lauren often drives said relationship – to great extent because of Bo’s lack of relationship experience, but also because that’s how they work, which is quite different than how Dyson and Bo and Ryan and Bo worked. Interestingly, the only two people who really have powerful ‘sway’ over Bo are both female and human. She cares deeply for Dyson and Trick and Aife, but she hasn’t tried to change for them. And sometimes, change is good.

          I was a little surprised the Elders didn’t make a bigger deal about how human/Fae relationships are fairly strictly forbidden and a Bad Idea. The show introduces the theme as early as Episode 2, and continually mention and demonstrate it (Romeo and Juliet stands in for Dark/Light Fae, but also human/Fae relationships), then it mostly gets dropped once they actually get together. Not that Bo would have paid it any heed, but I thought it’d be its own minor arc, especially with the kind-of-immortality of one party. This, more than anything, convinces me we haven’t seen the last of this relationship from the writers, because it’s a gold mine.

          The first time she outright lied to Lauren was during the test before the Dawning, and I pointed out at the time it was unnecessary, out of character, and rather infuriating on her part – http://bit.ly/WSchWI. The fact their relationship had been built on openness and the fact the lie was totally unnecessary makes me think there’s something to the Dawning in general getting her to disconnect (and I developed/expanded on that theory in the comments of 03.13, if you haven’t seen it, http://bit.ly/15L3V8s).

          I don’t know if they plan to address any of this in Season 4, maybe a 22 episode order would help that, but I certainly hope they can get to most of it.

          • Rachel says:

            Thanks for such a thoughtful response * break up is being telegraphed the moment after they get together. And then she goes down the crazy rabbit hole to Brazenwood with the spriggen, while lying to Lauren about it, and the spriggen then mentions that she and Lauren don’t have the healthiest of relationships since she lies to her all the time. I find it interesting and befuddling… I don’t quite know what I’m supposed to know about Bo, or Lauren, or Bo and Lauren together, from all this, except that breaking up at this time in their relationship is a good, honest move. Is Bo scared of love? Resentful at some level that Lauren can sometimes drive their relationship?

            Their relationship is definitely built on openness and equality in previous seasons, and there are moments of this in s3 (their relationship really works when they’re open), yet there’s something less open… even unsettling and tense… about it also.

            Idk… thoughts?

            Bo does listen to Lauren, and that’s interesting. Same thing happened before she went into the Dawning with Dyson as her hand. She protested until Lauren said something.

            I hope this wasn’t the last of them. They’re interesting characters and they’re interesting together, plus multidimensional lesbian love relationships between good characters aren’t the norm on tv yet, so go Lost Girl.

            • Melanie says:

              I have a theory (or two) about Bo’s approach to relationships, and it ties in with 1) the fact she hasn’t had many yet and 2) strict religious upbringing (which I had plenty of experience myself). I’m going to talk in the next couple episodes about how Bo’s relationships progress in a very high-school way; Dyson is that first love crush, Ryan is ‘let’s get married!’ and yet much more casual, Lauren is much more of an ‘adult’ relationship, and it helps immensely that she’s the only one of Bo’s long-term partners to have had a stable relationship in the past. [While I’m not trying to say that high school or casual loves can’t turn into something stable and/or permanent, Dyson and Ryan, let alone Bo, weren’t in that place when she was with them.]

              I do think, for narrative reasons, Lauren and Bo will get back together again, and for narrative reasons (including but not limited to writing themselves into a corner with the ‘one love’ bit) the Dyson thing will resurface on some level, but also there will probably be another mini-arc partner like Ryan. I try to review based solely on the episodes and what works for characters/in that universe, and keep my personal preferences out of it. In this case, my preferences rather align with where I think the story *should* go for narrative reasons. Time will tell.

              But in addition to the part where Bo butts heads with authority figures, I promise I’ll really flesh out this idea in the next couple reviews. And Episode 3 is scheduled to come out tomorrow, so I should probably go do that fleshing as soon as I finish here.

              As for the lying, I think the Dawning may have had something to do with her mistrusting humans, but I also think it has to do with Bo not being great at relationships, and not realizing how big of a deal the trust two-way street is. She trusts people even after they’ve lied to her (she tells Dyson even if she can’t look at him the same way, she still basically trusts him after he lied to her, and she still takes Trick’s words) and it doesn’t necessarily occur to her her ‘little white lies’ are going to majorly damage her trust with her partner. Growing up in a hyper-religious background of the sort that tells you sexual nature is evil necessarily fosters lying. In fact, lying the immediate, knee-jerk response to a situation until it becomes instinctual and truth becomes the aberration. LIE YOUR WAY OUT. Every time. There’s no grace for telling the truth, there’s just admonition or punishment for something you don’t think should be a big deal but feel in your gut will be looked at poorly; including but not limited to going to a movie theatre, having sexy thoughts about the boy next door, or, say, traipsing all over the county with a Valkyrie and spriggen.

              The part that’s most fascinating to me is yes, Bo’s fear of love/sex/commitment, all tied up in a ball of confusion due to her past. It creates a whole different set of problems than that of the mythological succubus/incubus who has always belived the opposite; that sex is hers/his for the taking no matter what the other party(ies) want. I really love that reverse angle.

              • Rachel says:

                It makes a lot of sense that lying, in an uber-religious home (and therefore for Bo), could become second nature. And also then having to lie and run because you thought you were a homicidal freak. That way of looking at it makes the progression of lying that happens almost the moment Bo and Lauren get together officially (she wakes up from a bad dream/remembering she chi sucked the dark fae guy into a coma and then lies when Lauren asks her what’s wrong) less confusing. Throughout season 3 Bo seemed to struggle (unconsciously a lot of the time) with fear of commitment and love, I just didn’t get why beyond that she’s a succubus. Nice seeing!

                And I second your last part… Bo’s fear of love/sex/commitment due to her past just became more fascinating. Imagine being a succubus with a conscience growing up in a fundamentalist home and not knowing about the fae.

                For some reason I connect Dyson’s ‘wolves mate for life’ situation with his struggle with chivalry.

                Lost Girl is GREAT at reversing angles and I think I adore the show because of this. Don’t always ‘get’ the reversals or new angles (ehem… thanks for pointing this one out!) but when I do it makes my love of the show grow.

  4. overainbows says:

    Hi, Melanie.

    Found out your recaps this week, they’re great! Looking forward to more.

  5. Rachel says:

    Thanks for such a thoughtful response * break up is being telegraphed the moment after they get together. And then she goes down the crazy rabbit hole to Brazenwood with the spriggen, while lying to Lauren about it, and the spriggen then mentions that she and Lauren don’t have the healthiest of relationships since she lies to her all the time. I find it interesting and befuddling… I don’t quite know what I’m supposed to know about Bo, or Lauren, or Bo and Lauren together, from all this, except that breaking up at this time in their relationship is a good, honest move. Is Bo scared of love? Resentful at some level that Lauren can sometimes drive their relationship?

    Their relationship is definitely built on openness and equality in previous seasons, and there are moments of this in s3 (their relationship really works when they’re open), yet there’s something less open… even unsettling and tense… about it also.

    Idk… thoughts?

    Bo does listen to Lauren, and that’s interesting. Same thing happened before she went into the Dawning with Dyson as her hand. She protested until Lauren said something.

    I hope this wasn’t the last of them. They’re interesting characters and they’re interesting together, plus multidimensional lesbian love relationships between good characters aren’t the norm on tv yet, so go Lost Girl.

  6. Little Bad Wolf says:

    “It’s beginning, then.” “I can try and stop this.” “What’s meant to be, must be. We can’t fight fate.” “Well, you can.” Clear as mud.

    *spoilers thru s5*
    So later in s1 we learn about Trick’s powers and this sheds light on his ability to fight fate, though seeing how things have played out, I would argue that he seems to forestall fate more than anything given writing in his blood has unforeseen consequences which are often as bad or worse than the original situation he is attempting to “fix” with his blood sage power. Talk of one’s fate, destiny and nature will be re-occurring themes throughout Lost Girl, specifically wrt Bo but also Trick, Dyson, Tamsin, etc. It occurs to me that we see these concepts play out explicitly in prophecies, fighting ones Fae nature, mating for life, etc. for the Fae and more subtlely for our two humans (Bo saves Kenzi, the Ash with voice like Batman tricks Lauren). Can people overcome their nature’s, fight prophecies and outside interference, really choose the life they live, or is choice an illusion? From a s5 perspective it appears that Hades has been manipulating and taking advantage of situations for a very long time to put the pieces in place for checkmate. The biggest question to me is how Rainer and the train fit into Hades game (Hades had the crows take Bo to the train, Rainer had Hades mark, Rainer had to be released from the train to free…the Pyrripus? Hades? Unfortunately they seem to have dropped that whole season like a hot potato so I suspect we may never find out though it would only take Hades about two minutes to clear it all up.

    So Trick refers to “it beginning” and Dyson seems to know what “it” means as well. Based on how s1 plays out, are we meant to infer that with Bo’s arrival Aife would be coming and that was the “it” or is Trick referring to something greater like the prophecies revealed in 412 about Bo being Neo, err, the One (or she’s going to turn into a bee or something). If it’s the latter then not only Trick but Dyson has been keeping a lot from Bo for a long time yet at the end of s1 Dyson talks about no more secrets from Bo, which appears to be knowing Aife is Bo’s mother. Did Dyson know the relationship between Trick and Aife and thus Trick and Bo?
    *end spoilers*

    – The irony of an underfae trying to convince Bo she is an abomination.
    – Kenzi effortlessly switching between English and Russian. Do you think those are explicitly written in the script or maybe like “say this in Russian?” It’s one of those quirks that makes Kenzi such a Kenzi, along with her wigs, thieving, and one-liners.
    – Wondering how long it took makeup to cover all of Rob Archer’s tattoos (something they don’t do when he is Bruce)
    – Sexual orientation is not typically explicitly stated in the show yet Kenzi goes out of her way to tell Bo “I know you like the ladies” but I’m just into guys. For a show that does so much “show don’t tell” do you think it was necessary to have the character say that? And how did Kenzi know Bo liked ladies?

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