Lost Girl: Season 02, Episode 01, Something Wicked This Fae Comes
You know the drill. Possible spoilers through 03.13. All reviews here.
As I mentioned, I’m shortening, tweaking, and doubling up on S2 reviews so as to catch up by the time S3 premieres. Like it, loathe it, want to hash anything over further? To the comments!
What better way to get into a show in which our heroine’s wolfy boyfriend has lost his love, her mysterious doctor has attempted to get back in good graces after a deceptive turn between the sheets, the entire Fae world has been thrown into chaos by bombs, and a crazy un-dead mother has escaped than to . . . ignore all that completely.
Hale, Kenzi, and Bo are the ones whose ‘status’ we’re really sure of, so they’re the perfect candidates to recap what happened last episode and since, establish it’s been three weeks, and keep us in suspense at least until after the credits roll, and they meet with Lauren, tending to Trick back at the bar.
Turns out the mighty threesome (I know some of you just went there) have been hunting UnderFae who are prowling humans, Lauren has been monitoring the Ash, Trick has been tending bar, and Dyson has been having some primordial time. The Scooby Gang gets word of someone being flayed, and they’re off again.
You’d think Bo, who brings Lauren by saying ‘this could get science-y’ instead of ‘I want to get you nearly-alone out in the woods,’ would notice when others do the same. It’s obvious Lauren is really saying “I will jump at your every beck and call because I’m in love with you” just as later, Dyson is saying “I’m refusing to emotionally engage because I can’t love you.” But this is Bo, and reading people is not her strong suit.
Kenzi, on the other hand, can read people and especially Bo like a book, and she’s busy trying to convince Bo Dyson is going to be OK, and also Bo shouldn’t feel guilty. Rationally, one can’t be expected to carry the weight of another’s actions, but that hardly stops Bo. Guilt is a powerful motivator, and is part of what drives Bo to first understand, then attempt to ‘fix’ Dyson over the next few episodes. Hale, meanwhile, advises Dyson to talk and/or use his lips for other things.
The baddie of the week is Zael, the leader of a traveling circus comprised of Sluagh. Within this particular circus is an eater and regurgitator of skin, and the less said about that particular talent, the happier my gag reflex will be.
The circus works as a parallel microcosm to the rest of the Fae world: a place where those deemed societally ‘abnormal’ can find refuge, and thus a place where plenty of nefarious schemers can hide. This creates a fascinating Catch-22 in which ‘keepers of societal order’ are both biased into looking towards the misfits for answers, and yet repulsion causes them to be less likely to delve past the surface layers of tattoos, tent abodes, and atypically structured life. And though they’re “friends of the family,” other Fae who are closer to normalized life still look down upon and distance themselves from the sideshow freaks/industrial performance artists, so as to be better accepted by human society.
Someone human society does embrace is Elder Buzz Porter, acting Ash, white dude, and opportunist, drunkard. He likes the position for his own personal networking opportunities; it’s a chance to boost his Klout score and get some free drinks and fawning, but he’s not particularly interested in serving his constituents. Lauren and Trick (and likely Hale) are using Buzz’s resources and clearance codes to do the real serving, behind the scenes.
Buzz calling Kenzi ‘meatbag’ is a perfect example of how he’s allowed to openly exhibit prejudice without any sort of corresponding punishment or fall from grace. Trick may mouth an apology, but nobody is willing to take Buzz to task. By the end of the episode, he and Zael are shown to be two sides of the same coin, only one side has a pretty face for the public to fawn over. Zael’s not just an indiscriminate flayer, though. He’s killing to obtain (and conspicuously leave behind) skin which is tattoo’d with a map and a significant tri-pronged marking.
Lauren brings over case files about the skin, its owner, the tri-pronged mark, etc., for she and Bo to pore over. Or rather, Bo pores over it as Lauren attempts to pore over a plate of pasta, and falls asleep mumbling about isotopes.
Whilst reading, Bo has figured out the dead trucker was a Guardian, one of three who gave their bodies as protectors, and Kenzi arrives to proudly inform Bo (after double-checking to make sure Bo hasn’t just sexed Lauren to death) the map and guardians all have to do with the Sword of Agros. Just then Dyson calls, with news that the second Guardian, literal bearer of said sword, has been murdered. Boom Boom Boom. It’s like Law and Order: Fae Justice up in here.
The Sword of Agros is a means to an end. (The writers have had a few months, so this plot is going to be throughly convoluted.) The sword is part of a ceremony in which the Ash literally marries the land. It used to mean better crops, less disease, not it means longer-lasting infrastructure, less crime. It’s a nice touch, to update how the ceremony still works in a slightly modernized way.
The obvious implication of someone trying to forcibly perpetuate the ceremony and have sex with the land – represented by Gaia, a woman, naturally – is that person is going to ‘rape the land,’ a term which usually means pillaging or burning its crops or destroying its ground, but is here literal rape. Of course, Zael and the Sluagh are raping Gaia as a power play, because in so doing, they will destroy her husband the Ash, and break his rule over his kingdom. Feudal systems and their archaic ways are brutal and not exactly favorable towards women, yo.
Buzz is the nefarious neighbor with the friendly face who will unlock the back door and let the rapist in. Nice dude. When he’s cornered, he gives up the plan, and Kenzi is easily able to track down the sexy pagan underground flash rave. It’s here Bo’s juices start flowing, and Dyson decides to put the Norn’s work to the test. I dunno what exactly he didn’t feel, but pretty sure everyone else in the club / on the couch at home felt that kiss. Yowza.
That high gets killed pretty quickly by Zael in the act of assaulting the land on a spinning plastic box (why? Because art department had a box and a turntable and a lotta neon lights, that’s why). Bo interrupts and sends Gaia away. Zael quickly changes tacks and urges Bo to join him: “You must realize you have more in common with us than those others out there. We’re all outcasts, just like you.” He claims he ‘wants to stop’ – though he obviously has a funny way of showing it – then Bo crescent-kicks him up on top of the box and mounts him in a mirror image of how he was atop Gaia mere moments before. She chi-sucks him before making the declaration which is the culmination of the who first season: this home is mine.
Immediately after, Trick reassures us Bo didn’t actually kill Zael, he and the Sluagh were just ‘run out of town.’ Apparently there’s no punishment for killing fellow Light Fae and leaving their flayed carcass to potentially expose everyone to the humans; perhaps because a flaccid Ash, who knows.
Then, having theoretically learned his lesson about keeping secrets for long periods of time, Dyson comes clean to a devastated Bo that the Norn took “us.” She’s fairly incredulous, and to top it all off, the creepy child appears and tells her something old and terrible is coming for her.
Safe to say, Bo is not having a great week.
– Can we get a cheer for the dude in the fast food bathroom, who – while being kissed and groped – wants to make sure he’s not pressuring a beautiful woman?
– “Possibly some digestive secretions. Neat!”
“Wow, do we ever have a different definition of that word.”
– I’m curious as to whether Bo hears the Nain Rouge knockoff horror movie noise, or if that’s just us.
– ‘Why are carbs so damn tasty? Actually, I know why. And I’m going to proceed to be simultaneously scientific and adorable about it.’
– Speaking of adorable, Kenzi goes all Hermoine on Trick over a rat. ‘I’m calling PETA. Er, FETA? Do the Fae even have some sort of protection agency . . . ‘
– Bo says what she and Dyson do best is ‘fight.’ If she thinks hard enough, I bet she could come up with something else more fun.
– Several elements of this episode play it safe with resources. The travelers salt their path so Dyson can’t follow, meaning he’s not always a sure bet. Trick has ‘liberated for safekeeping’ books from the Ash’s library, so at some point in the future when he doesn’t have answers, it can be blamed on his lack of access to such volumes. etc.
– What I want to know is, who is the Ash of Milwaukee, WI, and exactly how bad is s/he at sex!?