Lost Girl: Season 02, Episode 19, “Truth and Consequences”

You know the drill. Possible spoilers through 03.13. All reviews here.

This dynamic. This this this!

Buckle in and hold on tight, because everything’s about to escalate. Maybe even warp speed past a couple crucial steps.

Two episodes ago, Kenzi and Nate said the four-letter word, and Nadia cut her hand and got a funny look on her face over the blood and Lauren’s shoulder. Last episode, we got zero frames of Nadia or Lauren or Nate, and this episode there’s going to be a proposal and a stabbing.

Speaking of things ramping up, Lachlan likes springing things on Bo mere minutes before he needs them done. Perhaps he’s worried if he gives her time, she’ll renege, or her conscience will get the better of her, or she’ll find a way to circumvent him. This week, he wants her to neutralize the Glave, who just happens to by rich, telepathic, and powerful in her own right. Interestingly, Bo knifes the Glave and Nadia in about the same place, with vastly different results.

Look, things were always headed this way. We were under no delusions. As a Hitchcock fan, I approve of the whole shower sequence, especially since the setup of another personality controlling Nadia’s body plays into the Psycho homage. But an actual journey instead of a grand total of three scenes would have not only made the destination so much more heartwrenching, but would have also been a great way to address something like mental or chronic illness.

Between Nadia's elbow and the faucet is Lauren's shadow, perfectly profiled, perfectly mad scientist, and staying within that tiny 'frame' for the duration of their short interaction. I cannot fully express my level of geeky happiness at this shadow.

I always do hovertext on the pictures, and I almost left this one for those patient enough to find the secret message, but I simply can’t this time. Please do hover.

Nadia is frustrated she is having blackouts and episodes of mutilation with no later memory, but she reacts angrily to the idea of invasive medications. She’s terrified. Lauren is also terrified, not just for herself but her girlfriend. Lauren feels more and more helpless as Nadia’s condition devolves and she, the doctor whiz, is unable to find a single thing scientifically quantifiably ‘wrong,’ and is thus unable to help the woman she loves. The whole thing ends up putting a strain on their relationship, and also has the effect of isolating and ostracizing them. Their closest friends either don’t notice or can’t fully understand. (Sure, some of the fact we never see them with the other cast is for scheduling purposes – as I’ve written about somewhat here – but the isolationism fits, and the whole process could have been really delved into and drawn out.)

We’ve seen too little of Lauren and Nadia, especially any interactions untainted (in retrospect) by the Garuda, which is a shame both for the story, for the way their relationship and secret mirrors Kenzi/Nate relationship (down to the couch confessionals) but could potentially take a couple different directions, and because the actresses seem to have plenty of chemistry and abilities to spare.

It also would have made Bo’s final ‘necessary evil’ that much more impactful for Bo as a character and for us as an audience. Bo has barely interacted with Nadia, she’s never had a first-person look at Nadia’s episodes or the Garuda’s manifestations terrifying Lauren or Kenzi. But after seeing Nadia push Lauren and bend over with stomach cramps, she diagnoses it as the Garuda, simple as that. Dust hands off, shoo Nate and Nadia off stage, prep for next move. It’s out of the blue, and then Bo doesn’t much process how she feels about the stabbing. Does she feel like a murderer? Should she? Did she consider Nadia a friend? Does she know whether or not Lauren had told Nadia about their relationship (it’s implied Lauren didn’t tell Nadia about the hanky panky, but Nadia’s clearly no dummy). This promising arc, along with so much of the potential shorter arcs, got short shrift this season, likely for a variety of practical reasons gone into in that link above.

Lachlan and Trick both leverage their physical positioning as much as possible, so this is all the more meaningful.

Other things in this episode which are good and interesting enough to have used more room to breathe had the season been 13 episodes:

– Hale’s internal loyalty struggle between Trick and Lachlan (and what it would have meant for him as a person, and for a potential future Ash), though the solution he comes to fits with his ideas of modernization
– Lauren’s guilt over keeping things from Nadia
– the Glave’s establishment as a female empowerment figurehead who is not a token Great Woman or Bad Woman, is someone who speaks for women’s rights but has plenty of her own (anti-human) prejudices, and is an evangelist with a machiavellian tilt ie a sort of charismatic Dark Lachlan
– what the heck Trick’s angle is on getting Kenzi out of the way. Is he afraid Kenzi will distract Bo from sacrificing herself if that’s what Trick deems necessary, does he really does want Kenzi to be safe, does he think a human will muck things up, or is there some other middle ground?

Subtly pervasive greens and reds here.

The reason any of this works as well as it does is the three female leads. Ksenia Solo finally gets to play heartache, and she can pretty much play the audience how she likes. The scene where she tells Nate she was hoping to recapture her childhood crush but couldn’t, even though we know damn well she did, delivers more wallop than one expects when the other half involves a singer/songwriter who’s been in a handful of scenes.

Silk acts out the trauma as well as can be expected when she’s just not given much to act on. Having to wait to be excused and then forgiven for stabbing your lover’s possessed girlfriend you’ve met all of three times is just awkward, and it’s not like Ann Landers has any advice for what to do about it. “If the stabbing occurred on the carpet, stay around and help clean up. If it was on a smooth slatelike surface, feel free to excuse yourself, leaving your paramour to wash the blood away with her own tears.”

The emotional turmoil of being torn between Bo and Nadia and the trauma of being turned on by one’s partner is well-played by Zoie Palmer here, and though the ultimate stabbing scene is awkwardly blocked and she has to say ‘just do it,’ she delivers. She continues to sell Lauren’s emotional aftermath in the next couple episodes, before having to quickly move on. Because reasons, and also the end of the world brings out the horny in all of us.

I think we're to assume Lauren has also done brain scans in addition to bloodwork.

But it’s the Bo/Kenzi story which is most interesting. Kenzi, while never flinching when she mentions her own danger chooses to take the (traditionally male) tack of choosing to lie to a loved one, Nate, to keep him from possible harm. Then Bo turns right around and attempts the same, sending Kenzi away because she can’t stand the thought of Kenzi being hurt physically in battle, or emotionally over losing Nate.

Kenzi flips it yet again by refusing to accept the very gesture she makes towards Nate, of sacrificial love. Besides the historical nobility implied by these actions, it cements that Bo and Kenzi have forged an unbreakable bond, and value their relationship above all else (even if Bo sometimes forgets to act like it). Echoing Bo’s words of the credits, this is the life Kenzi chooses, and Bo can’t argue. Not that she wants to.

Is it ever wonderful to have a show, especially a sci-fan show, with three strong women (and multiple strong female guest characters) who can carry stories like this.

I've nothing clever here. It's just beautiful.

Stray Observations

– “Some people call it cynical. Others call it realistic.”

– Kenzi references X-Men and The Godfather with equal reverence.

– The way the Glave speaks, publicly, extemporaneously, and interpersonally, is all a variation on the same measured politicking. The flattery, the verbiage manipulation, the ‘For someone who’s only been in the fae community for such a short time . . .” It’s bloody wonderful.

– The way it’s articulated and demonstrated what lying (even the ‘necessary’ kind; subterfuge always has negative results) does to relationships, and how forged family is more important than anything including sexytimes, are among my favorite things about this show.

– Props and set design were killing it this episode. No pun intended.

Comments
6 Responses to “Lost Girl: Season 02, Episode 19, “Truth and Consequences””
  1. Virginia says:

    I love Lost Girl and just discovered your recaps. Your talent for recapping is wonderful and your observations are so pertinent. Now I’m going to have to go read all the rest of your Lost Girl recaps.

    Regarding this particular episode, I always thought it was badly written to have Bo just walk off after stabbing Nadia. It left both Bo and Lauren in uncomfortable places and made it seem that Bo didn’t care how Lauren felt or that she’d just killed someone.

    • Melanie says:

      Thank you much. I’m always glad to have a new reader (and commenter)!

      Running away fits with Bo’s character. It’s how we met her, and it’s her default response to any crisis she can’t solve with her knife or her sexuality. It’s why she told Kenzi to run away, yet Kenzi didn’t, because Kenzi will face her fears down. It’s something Bo is still trying to get over, but at this point hasn’t. She’ll get better as a leader and facer-of-things after the Garuda, but it’s certainly something she’ll need to deal with again and again. And I have no idea how I’d respond in that situation, but it’s possible I too would be a little selfish or a little PTSD and make a beak for it.

      That said. The way it happened, Bo just kind of wandering off, not even closing the door, the camera following her, all accentuated the awkwardness. Yes, we get there’s no real good response to ‘I just stabbed your girlfriend.’ But she knows (through the dialogue just delivered) Nadia and Lauren both understood she was stabbing the Garuda. A necessary evil. She can go process how she feels about killing Nadia later (except when she should be processing with Kenzi, she decides not to; though that I believe is excused by her not wanting to burden an already distraught Kenzi), but right now she should understand it’s Lauren who needs help with the body she’s holding, literally and metaphorically.

      Bo doesn’t respond to that, and later, she doesn’t bring up or address the fact she just abandoned Lauren there. It’s all very . . . awkward. If she was going to leave, and if the abandonment isn’t going to have any aftermath, I would have held the camera on Lauren and maybe had Bo’s boots hesitatingly walking off-camera in the background. Then later she shows up at the clubhouse, and we think, maybe she helped, maybe she ran off, but at least we don’t get the weird, lingering sense we do this way.

  2. Maigray says:

    The aftermath always did bother me. But Bo walking off was not all of it. I could buy that reaction in the long run. I was struck by how Lauren did not try and staunch the wound. She’s a doctor, it should be her default response. Also, if you are in this type of emergency, your first instinct is to call 911. Then I thought, well, that is not something the Fae would do. Then it struck me…Nadia IS human; and so is Lauren. Why can’t they call 911? Yes, of course, it could have caused problems. But would that really be a consideration when someone is dying on the floor in front of you? When someone dies in real life, there are lots and lots of details to attend to afterwards. I have always wondered who came to get the body? Is there a Fae 911? Where was Nadia buried? What did Lauren have to do? Did she arrange a burial? Their backgrounds were never addressed, but what about family and friends? How did Lauren pull off keeping Nadia hidden all of these years? The show obviously could not delve into all of these issues, but just touching on them would have been satisfying; a couple of lines that mentioned they were presumed dead in the human world, or Nadia was an orphan, or had no family, or something..

    • Melanie says:

      Yes!

      It’s something that can be blamed on all the things I’ve droned on about elsewhere: the shortened back half cutting an arc that was to be 13 to a 9-episode season, the lack of Zoie Palmer scheduled time, etc etc. But more, I fear, it’s a consequence of Lost Girl’s tendency to have so many developments and conversations happen offscreen. Sometimes that’s good; it keeps us from too many expository-heavy scenes which can often drag down a show like this (Arrow, or at least the few episodes I’ve seen of it, has this problem a lot), and it’s often a quality I admire in the show. But when taken too far, we have . . . this.

      Even if we can play some mental gymnastics – Lauren realized she would be saving the Garuda’s life so let her go rather than do CPR, and later second-guessed that decision; Lauren called the Ash for help with the body [I would so have preferred an actual scene where she called Dyson, but since we don’t see the characters together until the very finale, I’m guessing the actors’ schedules didn’t work out]; Nadia’s family believed she died in the Congo, Nadia was an orphan, Nadia got cremated by a special underfae – it’s unsatisfactory. We want to hear the answers, if not see them.

      And more to the point and in keeping with my Episode 20 “Lachan’s Gambit” review, ANY OF THIS IS MORE INTERESTING THAN THE FIGHT SCENES IN THAT EPISODE. I think sci-fan shows feel an obligation for showdown scenes, but they’re not what we’re here for in Lost Girl, and especially not with these plotlines left hanging.

      • Maigray says:

        I saw a lot of Arrow in its first season, and it failed to stir much interest on my part. It had the slick and shiny look I associate with all of the offerings on the CW recently. As for the aftermath of Nadia, I have a slight hope the show may actually bounce back to that a bit, since Lauren referenced it in 310.

  3. Little Bad Wolf says:

    It would have been nice if we could have been more invested in Nadia as a character but it’s difficult with so little screen time and knowing she was filler because the bloody triangle can’t be out of service for too long. Instead we’re meant to feel Lauren’s grief and anger as she is a character many of us are invested in. But I agree that whole scene where Bo confronts and stabs Nadia, even slinks away, feels odd. Maybe it is the blocking or having Lauren feel a bit OOC. Was killing Nadia really the only way to stop her? They couldn’t have knocked her out and locked her up? Once the Garuda was dead, Nadia presumably would have been fine–which was the real problem for the show. This was more expedient than Lauren deciding to send Nadia away for her own good (presumably with all memories of the Fae wiped), etc. I find it ironic that in a season with 9 extra episodes including a lot of filler that they couldn’t explore some of the themes and relationships more but I guess that has to do with the previously mentioned actor availability.

    I really like that when Bo tries to send Kenzi away, Kenzi won’t budge but does protect Nate. Though who decides when people get read into the Fae? Lauren told Garuda!Nadia everything. Should it have been Nate’s decision just as it was Kenzi’s. The LG characters do a lot of lying, secret keeping, and breakups in the name of protecting another person but to what extent is that noble versus stealing the agency of another? Kenzi protecting Nate from the Morrigan was one thing precisely because Nate didn’t know the real terms of the deal (which as Melanie pointed out in Table for Fae, should have been the real crux of Bo’s argument with Ryan that she appeared incapable of making) so couldn’t really consent.

    *spoiler*
    Kenzi staying now and her impassioned statements makes for an interesting course reversal in s5 when Bo very much wants her to stay and instead Kenzi decides she needs some time in the human world. Of course this was also due to actress unavailability but does the show adequately sell that Kenzi would leave Bo at this time, for these reasons, and with zero contact (e.g, Bo’s birthday)?
    *end spoiler*

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