Lost Girl: Season 2, Episode 03, Scream A Little Dream
You know the drill. Possible spoilers through 03.13. All reviews here.
One of my favorite episodes of the season (despite not much of the stellar Bo/Kenzi dynamic duo), “Scream A Little Dream” effortlessly combines dark and fluffy, references the ongoing triangle without making it overly dramatic, showcases several new sets including Lauren’s house and the Ash’s throneroom, establishes the sort of presence Lachlan will be, is subtle about some things (the doorman pouring sugar into his coffee foreshadows his Sandman powers) and not so much about others (anything involving Mumford), and features not one but four new-to-us Fae.
The Mare, our Monster of the Week, is in some ways closer to the original myth of the succubus than Bo, raping unconscious victims in their sleep, establishing a psychic connection and pregnancy via the contact. Here she feeds on some of the most vulnerable members of society, which plenty of monsters do, and then when Bo and Lauren go to help, she follows and jumps Bo, too.
The first nightmare the Mare gives Bo works on two levels – it sneaks in some sexy shower time despite Bo and Dyson being broken up, and it reveals Bo’s deep fear that now she’s vulnerable (visually displayed when she turns to let Dyson be at her back), Dyson can rip her heart out.
After the visual and auditory assault of Dyson thrusting a literal, still-pumping heart at the camera and growling, it jump-cuts to the Mare riding Bo in a manner unmistakable. They glaze over the whole ‘raping and impregnating victims in their sleep’ aspect, but the horror stays with Bo, keeping her from sleeping; PTSD at its finest. To figure out what’s going on, Bo turns to Lauren.
In the midst of the brain-mapping, serious-talk-as-cameras-drift-ing, pill-searching, and finally of course right before Lauren tells Bo about her big backstory secret, Lachlan barges in and demands Lauren kneel. He revels in this unnecessary display of power because he knows it will humiliate Lauren; not necessarily to kneel, but to be made to do so in front of Bo. Lachlan reads people quickly and well, and uses that to ply tactics which are Schoolyard Bully Grown Up With a Lot of Money and Lineage and Fancy Title and Stuff.
Bo being Bo, she takes offense, and Lachlan and Bo have a standoff which is representative of their relationship to come, including waving their dicks – er, ‘authority’ and ‘eight inch leg-strapped knife’ – around. (I’m definitely not reading too much into this, especially because Bo pointedly tells Lachlan near the episode’s conclusion, ‘no disrespect, but if anything arises, I’m sure you’ll have it well in hand.’ AND WINKS.) Lachlan flaunts his guards and his Ash-hood, but Bo still won’t back down.
Lauren, whose frustration is palpable but who hasn’t responded to being called ‘chattel’ and being told where to go, finally reacts when Bo threatens Lachlan. In “Vexed,” Lauren makes the first moves, pulling Bo in and then kissing her, keeping her hand on Bo’s arm as she asserts her trust in Bo. There her touch controls Bo one way, here she places her hand on Bo’s arm to calm and restrain Bo from doing something impetuous and dangerous. Lauren, more than anyone but perhaps Kenzi, holds sway over Bo, and she exercises it well here. It’s a lovely reversal, the human controlling the succubus via touch (or lack thereof), and one the series continually, intentionally uses.
The scene’s intensity culminates in Bo standing by as Lauren is led away, Lachlan’s knowing smirk compounding Bo’s rage. Bo runs to Trick for help, voicing her intent to storm the castle and rescue her lady fair. Trick assures her Lauren is fine, the unspoken suggestion being because she and her intelligence are valuable, not because the Fae inherently going treat her or any humans well. The way the Fae talk about Lauren’s situation: ‘she’s being treated with respect,’ ‘she’s protected,’ etc., versus the way Kenzi, Lauren, and Bo (Fae but raised by humans) talk about it, is a strong modern parable about slavery.
Persuaded for the moment to use honey and not swords, Bo goes to beseech Lachlan to see Lauren. When he turns her down, she unleashes her fury at him for not helping Frank the doorman. Lachlan claims he never saw the man, and Bo buys it, but still refuses to confide in him or ask for his help in dealing with the situation. In her pride and anger, she misses the point Lachlan takes his position seriously; though he’s indeed an Ashhole, he’ll do his job, which includes not ignoring complaints about Fae run amok. Lachlan is petty enough to toy with Bo when she costs him $1,000, but he’s not going to dismiss something which affects the interests of the Light Fae. He’s Utilitarian and Machiavellian, not incompetent or dismissive of his duties.
But Bo wants to believe the worst of him, because that supports her total dislike of him. Lachlan is an off-putting ruler who has showed his disdain for Lauren and Kenzi, two favorites (and, like the elderly at the apartments, disadvantaged in this particular world and thus people we want to see protected), so we, too, have quickly bought into the idea Lachlan wouldn’t raise a finger to help anyone. Thus, Bo/the audience have let prejudices blind her/us to Lachlan’s real abilities and capabilities, and this leads Bo into more danger. These cards are well played this episode, and really, this season, in relation to Lachlan.
Thus blinded, Bo heads off to the apartment building, where the doorman reveals himself as the Sandman, and blows Bo to sleep. The following second and third nightmares reveal Bo’s deepest, most universal fears of being alone and unloved. Whether for what she is or for who she is doesn’t matter. Also, she gets called ma’am. Bo emerges from this horror, from blue-saturated room into light, as the Baku rescues her from the bad dreams.
The Baku accomplishes the rescue via hugging, because it’s contact which is key. It’s physical contact the old people and Old Bo are craving. It’s contact which the Mare needs to feed, and which allows the Sandman to overcome Bo. It’s contact which is electric between Bo and Lauren. It’s contact between the guard and Lauren, then Bo and the guard, which conveys so much about ownership, violence, and anger.
The episode gives Kenzi a lesson, digs into Bo’s psyche, has some fun with the camera, makes endless double entendres (see below), solves for two bad guys and introduces us to two good guys, but most importantly lays groundwork for the season’s conflict and romance and how they’ll intertwine. Not too shabby for 44 minutes.
– Just of few of this ep’s double entendres. Feel free to add some in the comments.
‘Like you’ve never been suckered by a big shaft of wood?’
‘Get our place all waxed and sparkly.’
‘Maybe it’s better if you don’t know exactly what you’re swallowing.’
‘Could someone help me out with a yank?’
– Jeremy Boxen writes this episode, a lot of double entendres and overt sexual references (“Midnight Lamp,” anyone?) and a lot of the intense Lauren/Bo interactions.
– Lauren has her right hand on Bo’s arm, then left when the angle switches, but it’s mostly covered by an insert shot of Lachlan smirking. That cover shot is what they don’t always add.
– Apparently, SyFy cut part of Lauren bringing Bo back from the verge of stabbing Lachlan. That’s a damn shame, as it powerfully displays Bo and Lauren’s intimacy, and caps a strong scene which also gives us Lachlan’s observance of said intimacy, all of which plays a crucial role later. It had to be an intentional dilution of their bond, and f#@& that. (h/t AV Club commenter.)
– The Sandman’s admission that he’s Dark works as far as taking advantage of disorder and explaining why he targets Bo, but it doesn’t work well in the tally of Light v Dark doing bad things.
– The little squabbles between the Sandman and the Mare add a nice touch: mundane in the midst of the surreal. And of course the Mare’s dad thought her boyfaend wasn’t good enough.
– Ever notice how much of Lauren and Bo’s relationship happens on various couches? Bo’s couch, the Dal’s couch, the old lady’s couch, Lauren’s couch (in fact, other than a couple visits by Nadia, it’s the only use Lauren’s couch gets)?