Lost Girl: Season 4, Episode 09, “Destiny’s Child”
I spent a lot of time during season four of The Vampire Diaries groaning that no one had any real agency during that season. If you’ve never watched The Vampire Diaries, season four was spent with many of the characters carrying out certain actions because of third parties. A creepy professor was manipulating one character. Another character was becoming a hunter, which meant he had to hunt down and kill all vampires without much self-control. Main character Elena Gilbert was sired for half the season, meaning she would do anything Damon, who she was sired to, would tell her to do. She spent the second half of the season with her humanity turned off, which meant she alienated everyone and even killed an extra.
I bring up The Vampire Diaries not just because Lost Girl is also a supernatural show, but because a few elements of “Destiny’s Child” (great title) reminded me of what I fear could happen with Lost Girl. Other elements made me happy that Lost Girl is much more self-aware, thankfully. In fact, I’m wondering if “Hello, brother” while a crow is present is a direct reference to the Vampire Diaries pilot.
I am going to go ahead and assume that Bo isn’t completely in her right mind by the end of this week’s episode. I would have different thoughts and opinions otherwise. I mean, the possibility of Bo being aware during that moment could be rather interesting, and it has the possibility of shutting down Tumblr and Twitter in one fell swoop. The question of whether Bo is unable to choose between Lauren and Dyson because neither choice is “correct” is a fun one to skirt with, and the truth is that neither Lauren, nor Dyson, nor Tamsin have really solidified any supposed destiny with Bo. (Dyson was teetering there with that whole love-taken-away-from-him curse, but not quite close.) It’s a component to note of a show that in large part is about discovering who you’re supposed to be, making choices, and sometimes altering that destiny.
That said, I know plenty of fans responded with more of a, “Really?” Two, somewhat three, love interests are plenty. And I’m sure the Lost Girl writers are very aware of that, so something tells me we shouldn’t be taking anything at face value there. In fact, I applaud Lost Girl for subverting our expectations. Your mileage may vary; I know it does with me. At points, I just want to know everything already. If the Wanderer isn’t Bo’s father, then who is Bo’s father? We had such huge buildup to the Wanderer, and everything was leading to him being Bo’s father — in fact, Bo even said so herself a few times — that the only payoff that was worth all these episodes is the complete opposite, I suppose.
Lost Girl has made seasons of episodes like these. We may never get all the answers, we may never get many answers or even an answer, but we always get new questions. Every time I find myself a bit miffed with an episode that seems contrived to just stall everything, I find myself reeled in at the end because I just have to know. Then I think of it some more, and I’m still a bit miffed. I’ve talked about how this is the first season I’m actually watching live. The previous three seasons, I binge-watched. So I’m not entirely sure whether it’s the switch in how I’m viewing the season, but the pacing has been an issue of mine this season. More so, the uses of storylines that, in the end, don’t add up to much have sometimes left me a bit letdown. As I’ve said, sometimes they’re fun (Groundhog Day), sometimes they’re not so great (Bird Lady Fae).
Mostly, I bring up The Vampire Diaries because a season of non-agency resulted in something that was rather boring. When characters aren’t responsible for their behavior, it’s hard to get too caught up or invested in their actions. I know we only have a handful of episodes left this season, but if it’s true that Bo is a bit, let’s say, enamored at the moment, then I hope she snaps out of it — both for dramatic intrigue and so that we can get some answers. I also use the word “enamored” because it looks like the Wanderer is an incubus (and a Valkyrie?). At least I think so. I want to know what everyone’s theories are on that, because it seemed like a little persuasion action was happening when Bo touched both her “mark” and his mark. Having an incubus on the show would certainly change everything. Lost Girl has always used Bo-as-a-succubus to touch upon female sexuality, but a male character asserting that same level of sexual prowess could prove to heighten the metaphor even more.
I also bring it up because on The Vampire Diaries, everyone but Elena is caught up in making plans and telling her what to do. Some of yesterday’s episode included that as well. It’s been a bit of a(n inconsistent) theme this season, the most notable was the previous episode when Lauren and Dyson kept trying to decide what would be better for Bo, telling her about the box or not telling her, a choice that’s not theirs to make. In this episode, everyone was trying to tell Bo that she can’t go to Train Limbo, but it appears Dyson and Lauren have decided to be more collaborative when it comes to Bo, seeing as they agreed with her. I’m still enjoying Dyson and Lauren’s continued friendship.
In fact, Lost Girl continues to mine from unprecedented couplings. Dyson and Lauren is one of them, but Tamsin and Kenzi have been quite fun together this season. Kenzi’s story from season one, episode one has been about her exclusion from the Fae, and I find it comforting that it doesn’t feel done to death four seasons in. We begin with Kenzi brushing her hair with a fork Little Mermaid style, so much so I half-expected her to begin belting “Part Of Your World,” which would have been absolutely in place. (An interesting comparison we could probably spend an entire post on due to The Little Mermaid’s recognition with feminism, or lack thereof.) But then, Trick tells her that he can’t be talking about important Fae matters with a human. I think that for Kenzi, writing in Trick’s book was just about the last way she thought she could possibly help, since she has no other options as of yet. She knows the gravity of the situation that it almost felt kind of un-Kenzi to do, regardless of the fact that she’s a bit impulsive.
What’s far more interesting, however, is Tamsin and Trick’s involvement within this whole mythos. I don’t want to get too excited, because sometimes these plot lines don’t flourish as I wish they would, but having Trick, Dyson, and Lauren be against Bo and Rainer (Rayner?) while Kenzi and Tamsin are apprehensive to trust him could be a compelling dynamic. We always knew Trick was a bit sketchy, so I wasn’t so shocked about his flashback-self; I’m just much more interested in how that new information alters relationships in the present.
And even Bo has known that Trick is a little shady. We’ve talked (well, I have on NWN) about the running theme of family this season. Previously, Bo denounced Trick for not helping her even though he was her grandfather. In this episode, she cuts him off entirely for daring to tell her what to do. Instead, Dyson and Lauren come to Bo’s aid and tell her that they may have created a strange, little group, but that family is made up of friends, too, not just blood relatives — or Blood Kings. However, it seems like someone is going to die. In the world of Lost Girl, that can finally change everything quite permanently. I’ll be a little disappointed if it’s Rainer while Bo is in this new state of mind, but, regardless, color me interested.
Overall, I think, as I do with most episodes, that “Destiny’s Child” could prove to shift dynamics in a very compelling way for future episodes, even if I wasn’t entirely invested in the storyline of the episode.