Lost Girl: Season 2, Episode 05, BrotherFae of the Wolves
You know the drill. Possible spoilers through 03.13. All reviews here.
Up until this point we’ve mostly been given verbal accounts of characters’ pasts. But Dyson’s past catches up to him, and it’s full of all the suggested homoeroticism you could ask for.
Or, you know, some common, typical bonding between European men. My Americanism sometimes shows. But for reals, they knew what they were doing with the two dudes horsing – wolfing? – around. Kenzi translates the Man Rituals for Bo, who seems as clueless as men usually are when watching women bond.
The Past is shown in Lost Girl‘s first extensive flashbacks, where muted grey colors theoretically help mask the use of jeans and clip-in braids. It’s obvious Dyson is head over heels for his best mate Stefan’s partner, Ciara – though probably half the wolves in the pack are, as Ciara is the only woman around, and the other half are likely howling for their best mates – but Dyson’s ideals of honor and friendship insist he observe from a distance.
Cayden, one of Dyson’s old pack members who’s suddenly in town, has all of the horny and none of the ideals. He’s looking for a weapon, the Mongolian Death Worm, and isn’t above leveraging Dyson’s past. He’s also fine sending in Bo else to do his dirty work, then charging in and flexing his muscles, then having some adrenaline-boosted thank-you/healing sex with his supposed best friend’s recent partner. While her would-be-next partner bakes cupcakes below the boudoir. Cupcakes he will be the first to eat. Real class right there.
But Bo, accompanied by a perfect dying guitar riff, is either unnoticing or intentionally uncaring of the effect her exploits have on the three others in the house – a similarity in ignorance of group dynamics she shares with Dyson I noted last episode, and/or a trait she’ll partially overcome in the front half of Season 2. Bo asks whether Lauren’s mad as if it’s the first time she’s considered the possibility, and ignores the fact Dyson and Kenzi are even in the room.
Why is Lauren baking cupcakes? To occupy her mind while taking refuge at the clubhouse, after being told she is to be locked in her living quarters when she’s not working. Supposedly along with ‘all the other humans,’ which raises the question, exactly how many humans are there in the Fae stronghold? We never meet any of them.
Lauren’s story is the outcome of the antique system in Dyson’s story – complete with roving bands and iron-fisted rulers and strict codes and caste systems – playing out in modern times. The system is often romanticized and idealized in storytelling, but the real implications of it and its cultural holdovers are much more grim; thankfully Lost Girl realizes its ideals are simply ways to manipulate men into blind servitude and women into worse, and doesn’t take such a rosy look at things.
Bo’s initial reaction to Lauren’s situation is much like Dyson’s would be: grab the weapons, storm the castle! But Lauren understands the situation calls for diplomacy, and is convinced to stay at the clubhouse while they figure everything out. Bo’s ideas of hospitality are strong; she even snarks that the antique dealer using a net is poor hospitality. Her taking in Lauren thus extends not just food and comfort, but protection. Another ‘archaic’ ideal which the characters of Lost Girl still cling to, and probably the best. Of course, it gets even stickier when you’re dancing around a relationship with your protector . . . as Dyson was dancing around with Ciara.
Dyson didn’t used to be a Lone Wolf, he became one after leaving his pack over a matter of honor. It’s also key his best friend died over his own idealism, obeying orders because he believed himself to be serving something ‘greater than himself.’ That makes a wolf jaded. We also discover why Dyson was so quick to let the Norn play him like a fiddle at the end of S1 – the first time he refused the Norn her request, his best friend was killed, he lost his pack and the woman he loved. He’s been living with the guilt ever since, and this in addition to his love for Bo was a powerful push.
So what does it mean that the Mongolian death worm is an old woman named Velma who’s addicted to game shows? Well for one it means Lost Girl is good at the Absurd Powerful Weapon as practiced by any good sci-fan show with its tongue in its cheek.
But under that surface is the fact Fae traffic in beings; human, UnderFae, powerful Fae and/or disadvantage Fae like Velma, as if they’re things. Sold to the highest bigger, or whoever holds the control, like a portable TV. Or a girlfriend in a coma.
As the various characters fight to control Velma, Dyson wolfs out and slashes Cayden, yelling (as he continually suggested earlier) “You don’t belong here. There are rules!” Yes he’s speaking about the Fae rules, but also rules of brotherhood, common decency, not banging the girl your best friend can’t bang whilst said best friend waits downstairs with Kenzi and romantic rival Lauren. You know, the little things. Cayden doesn’t belong as part of the family, and so Dyson does what he couldn’t do before, and turns on him. Family, or a new pack, is what Dyson is forming: sometimes in archaic, arcane ways (as with Trick), sometimes via the job and brotherhood (Hale), sometimes instantly (Kenzi), sometimes grudgingly (Lauren), but he’s forming it. And he’s about to get a surprise addition: Ciara.
The Ciara story is two sides of the David and Bathsheba story: the actual story, and the potential story. On the one side is Dyson’s King, acting as David did by sending Bathsheba’s husband Uriah to die, when Uriah was behaving honorably. Dyson’s flip side is what would have happened had David acted as befitting a king, and Dyson is ultimately, centuries later, rewarded for his actions.
Of course, Dyson’s reward isn’t ‘Ciara.’ Ciara is a person with agency, though as a woman in their respective ancient days, both Bathsheba and Ciara would have been fairly unable to turn down the King. Dyson’s reward is another chance with Ciara, and she is, shall we say, more than reciprocal.
After being fought over and changing hands several times, Velma and her TV player are brought by Bo to Lachlan. Bo insists Velma be referred to as ‘her;’ a person, not merely a potential power tool. Lachlan agrees because it will make Bo happy, and he wants Happy Bo, because Happy Bo will do what Lachlan wants. As for Bo, it’s partly motivated by her general affinity for the downtrodden, but also a key part of her continuing campaign to get Lachlan to respect those he has control over, including and especially Lauren.
Lauren, who despite Kenzi’s protests (a genuine concern about crossing Lachlan and an absurd claim about Lauren dirtying the kitchen) is definitely still being sheltered at the clubhouse. Kenzi’s idea of family and hospitality have yet to extend to someone not her friend, though that’s about to change. Bo’s and Dyson’s hospitality gets another parallel here, as both try to give their guest their respective beds. Ciara decides to take the bed with Dyson in it, but Lauren isn’t ready for that yet, so in a sequence all facial gestures and ocular yearning and politeness, Lauren masterfully outmaneuvers Bo and sleeps on the couch.
– If the title pun is supposed to be ‘brotherhood of the wolves,’ then it’s awful. If it’s supposed to be something else, I’ve no idea what. Anyone?
– Dyson’s body language when he’s drinking with Cayden, and every ‘modern’ scene thereafter, is very put-on.
– “Wait, there’s a Fae black market? Somebody has got to get me a cherry coke!”
– Bo’s pathetic little paws at the net suggest Anna Silk easily got out from under it the first time, and was asked to be a little less vehement so as to give the dealer time to prepare and shoot her.
– We’re supposed to believe Kenzi and Bo own that apron?
– The whole Mongolian Death Worm plot only works because Bo and Dyson do Really Stupid Things. Like showing all their cards before they have their hands on the merchandise. AKA the exact opposite of how they play their love lives.
– Ooooohkay. We totally get Ciara is a romantic interest for Dyson. We don’t need yet another shot of Bo looking on between Dyson and Ciara as they embrace. What would be more interesting would be playing up Bo’s obvious attraction for Ciara more than the ‘I mean, technically I saved you’ line.
– “Velma is a sweet old Death Worm who just needs a home.”
– Lauren’s cupcakes haven’t cooled. Kenzi thinks Lauren’s cupcakes are orgasmic. I’d claim cupcakes are euphmistic, except then I’d have to address Cayden eating Lauren’s cupcake while hugging Bo while Bo and Lauren have eye-sex, all in front of Dyson and Kenzi, and that shit just gets too weird.