Lost Girl: Season 02, Episode 18, “Fae-nted Love”
You know the drill. Possible spoilers through 03.13. All reviews here.
I love how this episode brings back the idea of blood’s enthrallment, ‘the power in the blood,’ and goes from being a weird Ryan sidetrack to exploring how Bo could be a demigod if she put her mind to it.
I hate how this episode turns Bo into a simpering damsel, who accepts without question the change from ‘generally smarmy Ryan’ into ‘psychologically manipulative, abusive Ryan.’
I love how this episode suggests even smart, strong women get ensnared by smarmy partners. And then follows through on breaking up with said partner.
I hate it makes above suggestion by intimating women must be infantalized to get into that situation in the first place. Considering Bo’s mental state, the bathtub scene verges on all sorts of problems: electroshock treatment for mental patients; physical abuse without actual beating; regression therapy. I don’t have a problem with a show using one of these things in a negative light, but the fact the show doesn’t make it clear what’s being called out is what makes this problematic. The closest it gets to, with the preacher and all, is involuntary baptism. But to suggest a religion which baptizes infants is on the same level as abusing a bound and gagged grown woman is . . . extreme to say the least.
I love how this episode suggests Bo can carry through on the friends-with-benefits thing . . . when she’s not under a sort of religious spell. *cough* fundamentalism *cough*
I hate how the first (and to this point, only) man we see express a strong affinity for cuddling and wooing is made out to be a chump because of it, as well as under enthrallment.
I love the word enthrallment.
I hate how ‘underfae’ is supposed to be a underdeveloped, devolved member of the species, yet here (and only here, so far as I can recall) it’s a highly developed predator who simply uses its unusal powers to cause untraceable deaths.
I love how this episode conflates religion and rushed permanent undoable vows which will lead to eons of misery.
I hate how this episode reveals the back-half scheduling with everyone split up playing off guest actors, and again no Lauren/Nadia parts to help support what’s coming JUST NEXT EPISODE.
I love how this episode [probably] deals with the back-half scheduling by putting Dyson in another room matching wits with Archer, a criminal who murders through mental manipulation. Archer, of all people, is able to pull out Dyson’s desire not (just) for love, but for family, seen in the way it’s Trick and Kenzi’s need which triggers his anger, and in the way he brings up others’ families. I believe it’s the first time someone uses the word ‘lost’ to refer to him, instead of ‘lone.’ This conveniently sends Kris Holden-Ried out for whatever other shoot he had to be on.
I hate how this episode weirdly ends up simultaneously suggesting sex will lead to intense cuddly feelings and desire for permanence, and sex is no big deal. It gives me whiplash.
I love many of the shots and setups, including the corny strip mall church murals and of course the proposal backdrop (pictured at top), so slowly revealed and using both Lost Girl‘s ubiquitous graffiti theme and the idea of advertising pushing societal conventions for its own sake.
I hate how this episode loosely ties Kenzi’s old annoying friend into the ‘obsession’ of the A-plot, telling us to treat a comedic one-off of a character as a ‘stalker.’ If it’s supposed to be the comic flipside to Ryan, it’s not.
What do you think? Love it, hate it, or have a list of your own?
The writer, Shelley Scarrow, wrote only one other episode, “Can’t See the Fae-rest.” The way TV writers rooms in shows such as this will often work, an overarching plot is decided, themes and arc trajectory points and character development needs given to each episode, and the writers can create around all that.
Anna Silk’s delivery of ‘I remember getting a bit wet.’ That is all.