Lost Girl: Season 2, Episode 14, “Midnight Lamp”
You know the drill. Possible spoilers through 03.13. All reviews here.
The opening shot (not counting the cutaway to a closer shot so we can see Bo’s befudlement) is classic Lost Girl: wide shot with deep depth of field, lots of objects in the foreground, subject and camera moving at the same time, camera landing, and then a few seconds after, cutting to something the character is doing. I’m not going to slight the camera op by saying ‘simple,’ but it’s fairly straightforward, there’s no rack focusing, the lighting is broad because there’s so much movement, voila. Movement is a good way to keep things interesting. Not the movement in the opening shots at the Dal, Ryan’s workspace,
It’s also adorably typical that after (an unspecified amount of time, but long enough to have gone through some serious relationship and mommy issues, become best friends, defeat several bad guys, make life-long enemies, etc) Bo has no idea how many scoops the coffeemaker takes. While she’s leaving that voicemail, she throws in the part where she’s waffling on becoming Lachlan’s chamption. Again, simple but effective way of showing how Bo depends on Kenzi for everything, including emotional support.
This episode is pretty simplistic. It’s dealing with a lack of two main characters, so it’s not so much about plot as introducing a new character. As for sets, it uses some established sets, a bar, a palatial house, what I presume to be some of Lost Girl’s own back lot and lights, and a workspace ingeniously devised to suggest Tony Stark on a tighter budget.
I like Ryan the same way I like Logan from Gilmore Girls. He’s smart, quick-witted, interesting, handsome with a veneer of smarmy, a touch manic, and he gives Bo / Rory a fun distraction and a lot of living packed into a short period of time. He talks openly about sex, and He’s obviously a great lay, and he owns pretty shirts, cars, etc. Though he’s in fact a slave to a giant corporation, he’s a vocal fan of the idea of ‘No Gods, No Masters.’
It’s not to say I like all Ryan’s characteristics, of course. He’s more than a bit of an ass. But he’s an interesting ass. Ultimately, he’s not right for Bo. He’s nigh without scruples, he doesn’t respect her or her wishes as she deserves, and he makes no moves to truly understand her friends, her desires, or her world. He’s a nice fling, but I knew he couldn’t last, so I enjoyed what I got.
The B plot’s main purpose is to give us introduction to Ryan, and have Hale save the day since, well, we’re missing Lauren and Kenzi and the saving requires not-so-much brute strength. But it also riffs on celebrity culture. Fans who insist on comparing their real-life girlfriends to a fictional character, the real girls always found wanting. The sexual obsession with celebrities. The celebrities drunk on their own power. The general facade of the whole thing. The way even Bo, generally more immune to the flash and glam than Kenzi, recently scoffing at Ryan’s offer of a private jet and Parisian breakfast, and certainly the master of touch and not subject to it, falls temporarily under Sadie’s spell.
There’s not much to psychoanalyze in Ryan and Bo trying to find their way out of a maze, and the whole plot is wrapped up with a hickey. Which, ok, that’s interesting. Ryan uses his brain, Hale his powers, Trick his vast store of knowledge, Dyson is fairly helpless because nothing requires brute force, but all this combined only gets them so far. It’s Bo’s quick thinking and nature which lead her to the answer being sexual in nature.
In a similar way, I like the discussion of the music box. “The whole lamp thing, it’s a metaphor.” “You’ve got to think of it in a way that’s not three-dimensional.” Right off it describes some basic historical/mythological shortcomings of the whole lamp theory, and the solution is not to solve for them, but simply run with them.
Problem solved, Djinn delivered, Ryan introduced, Bo and Ryan get right down to it.
What does she see in him? Well he has the love for danger of Dyson, the smarts of Lauren, a fancy wardrobe, no strings attached, and plenty of mechanical and presumably manual skills. As I laid out before, Bo has had the deep intense high school relationship, she’s ready for a no-rules, collegiate bad boy fling.
Of course, she’s not ready for him to be Dark Fae. Surprise! Maybe she should have asked that before. Along with his latest STD screening.
– The episode is called “Midnight Lamp,” and most of the shots are darker and goldtoned, some are blue, and several are gold with blue tinges and accents.
– Lachlan knows how to make good coffee, as every person who thinks him/herself cultured should.
– He also tells Bo Ryan is ‘very good with his hands,’ before implying he set the two of them up so he can have his way with Ryan via proxy.
– I completely glazed over the Dyson/Norn thing because we finally get a kind-of answer: “You have no love left to give.” Though this raises two MORE questions – is love not a renewable resource in the Fae world? Once Kenzi gives Dyson his love back, could he theoretically transfer it from Bo to someone else? – it sort of puts to rest the other questions I’ve been asking through the first half of the season.
– Jocasta shout-out!
– ‘I don’t set foot in a lamp for less than a million dollars!’