#LostGirl: Season 05, Episode 05, It’s Your Lucky Fae
Sometimes, a cut is just a cut.
And sometimes, it’s something more.
The opening scene ends with the camera on Bo’s card, reading “Love Daddy.” The cut to the next scene lands us on a man saying he ‘up and left’ and is reclaiming ‘who I used to be’, both of which could be Hades-esque. Whoever he is, he’s soon to prove he also has some incubus-like mojo going, quickly turning Cassie from bored and annoyed to turned on.
But whether it’s Bo’s actual dad or not: he’s dressed like that, while on a blind date, with a girl, on Lost Girl. It’s pretty obvious he’s up to no good, and so we fear for Cassie. Cassie, who is way hotter dressed as not an over-the-top stereotype. (Just a fact. Aspiring wardrobe artists, take note.) She’s also at least a little bit gay. Again, Lost Girl! Where if someone’s not at least a little gay, give them a few more episodes.*
After the two get back to Cassie’s place, our fears are confirmed pretty quickly. Specifics are left until much later in the episode; which is generally effective, as it is here. The next thing we see of Cassie, several minutes later, is Tamsin and Bo through a fish-eye lens (conveying distortion and surreality) going into an apartment covered with so much blood you wonder if even a supernatural being can survive it. Next, again a few scenes later, we get a frenzied phone call. Then close-ups of manacled hands and a hammer driving a stake through chains into the ground and a bandaged face. Finally, two-thirds of the way through the episode, we get the full reveal of what has happened – she’s been forced to gouge out her own eyes, and with an icecream scoop, no less. Stringing out this reveal is highly effective, even with the low budget and relatively low gore factor.
On the flip side of this dark tale we get a light, absurdist one where Bo literally turns into a cat. They reference kittens, and Bo purrs, and sleeps in a box, and they call in a wolf to deal with her . . . I mean, they hit that whole thing pretty hard. It’s like they said “let’s have as much juxtaposition as possible!” Where the first story is horrific and suggestive of very dark things, this one embraces the camp and the comedy, and the settings – Cassie in a lowly lit restaurant, her dim apartment, the dark underground cavern; Bo and Tamsin and Lauren mostly outdoors and in a convertible – underscore the disparities.
The B-plot starts with Tamsin’s realization they’ve forgotten Bo’s birthday. Tamsin goes straight to Lauren for some shopping, and together they stumble upon a magic pussy. Zoie Palmer’s line readings in this scene – and really all the scenes where she’s required to interact with the cat prop, are completely priceless. “The cat is also from me.” Skarsten in turn gives plenty of eyebrow raises and exasperated facial responses. “Who hurt you?” These two have very different strengths, but them playing off each other is great, and I want to know why it took so long to get them on screen together.
Tamsin has some ulterior motives in trying to make Bo’s birthday a good one, as well as trying to get Bo alone. She’s been really yearning this whole season, and she finally decides to go for it. Despite sleeping with Tamsin, I’m very unsure Bo has any idea of the depths of feelings going on there, or if she’s being a bit thoughtless here and focusing on the delicious cupcakes without considering the cupcakes’ emotional feelings. All the delicious cupcakes . . .
Wait, we cut away!? Why are we getting no sex scenes this season? They’ve always just gone for it, though sometimes cutting things for American audiences on the rebroadcast. What’s changed? Especially knowing this was the last season, why are they being conservative now?
Anyways. So as I don’t sound shallow, I’ll stop complaining about the fact we’ve not gotten any real on-screen sex yet this season. If the sex scene doesn’t exactly deliver, the pillow talk afterwards is good. Tamsin is really the one with a comparative experience to what Bo is going through, supernatural-parentage-wise. There’s an emotional need Tamsin can address, which is definitely put out in the open with this conversation. But again, we don’t linger on Teh Deep Emotions for long.
Besides having fun with cats and highlighting emotional parallels, the whole plotline takes the opportunity to delve into Palmer’s physical comedy chops, going full slapstick with Lauren’s shit luck. Head over heels, check. Face in a cake, check. Getting a cramp in the hand she was obviously hoping to use later, check.
It also has a neat little bit of character continuity, what with Lauren baking to relieve some stress and because she’s good at it, and Tamsin delegating tasks which require general social functionality, then going into cop mode investigating Cassie’s disappearance.
In addition to their various personal strengths, we get clear verbal indicators Lauren and Tamsin are 1. hanging out off-screen 2. examining each other (For a mole. Uh-huh. Okay.) 3. operating more as a team, as in “Tamsin and I are putting our foot down.”
All this comfortable interaction just highlights the awkward tension when they end up at loggerheads over Bo. Them fighting like the Odd Couple: hilarious. There being some tension between them: almost makes you wonder if they’re going to throw down, and then throw down. But them being catty (see what I did there?): this part is getting more unbelievable alongside their beginnings of a beautiful friendship. Something has to come to a head, and soon.
Speaking of coming to a head, our last component is a C-plot involving Vex and Mark and two beautiful and nefarious women who distract and conquer.
Initially Mark and Vex clash, but they they realize they’d be better teaming up. There’s a bit of humor to be had in Dyson’s son turning out to be quite similar to the guy he loathes the most, and when he confronts both of them it’s two against one. This certainly eggs on Dyson’s “I AM DAD YOU WILL LISTEN THERE IS DESTINYYYYYY TO BE FULFILLED” routine, since he would feel that’s his Responsibility, capital R. Yes, it makes sense for the character that he’d jump straight to this sort of reaction. Yes, Mark and Vex totally deserved it. On the other hand, taking Dyson super-serious for long periods of time is not good. So long as they recognize that and don’t ride it the rest of the season like they did the ‘lost love,’ it’ll be fine. Fingers crossed.
Dyson’s lecture, even if it had been listened to, would have been too late anyways. The two girls have gotten what they wanted, and Mr. Big Bad is skimming the signature page (using the middle finger – relevant to the finger gifted to Bo?). If I remember correctly, we haven’t seen Trick’s book since early Season 2, when Cayden signed in. But he did make a big deal of it when Bo signed it, and it would have practically all the names of the Fae, so if Mr. Big Bad is using it to obtain ‘true power’ of various Fae, he’s going to have quite a bit.
There’s a lot of belief in names containing true power. I don’t know I’ve heard it about signatures themselves, other than the obvious sort of signing in blood, or signing a contract with the devil, etc.
Of course there’s a theory that your personality is show in your signature, but I think they’re taking this quite a bit further. Exactly how remains to be seen, as does what he plans to do with all those eyes (build something? Make a potion? Put the eyes into the three human bodies lifted from the morgue?).
Can we assume Horatio is the same as blonde lady? Maybe a god who can possess dead bodies and drive people insane? Or perhaps they’re brother and sister; he tells Cassie he has a ‘party girl’ sister, and Hot Voyeur Girl who stole the books says ‘I serve my keepers,’ as in plural, so perhaps we have two Big Bads, related gods. So: what brother/sister duo do we know in mythology with these sorts of powers?
OR! Since everything this season is revolving around threes, what if it’s three siblings? Three bodies. Three oracles. Three sets of eyes. Three parts of the triskelion. The three Norn (though since they had something specifically called a Norn before, perhaps these three oracles are meant to stand in for the Norn/Fates). Three siblings / Big Bads.
So if they’re three of the same, and not at all Hades, then who? It was suggested to me Loki had three children – one who was Hel, one of whom was a serpent (they didn’t have to show the blonde’s tongue, but they made a great point to), and one of whom was the wolf Fenrir, whose myth is tied into Odin’s (we are getting a lot of Norse mythology). Hades also has three children, the fairly obscure Macaria, Melinoe and Zagreus.
Back to the eyes and what they may be used for. Besides oracles, what do we know about eyes being plucked out? We have Oedipus (Greek mythology again), and King Lear. I want to say there’s a woman who wandered crying after her eyes were removed, something vague is there in the back of my mind but Google does NOT help at all. Crows or other birds often pick out eyes. Eyes are often regarded as essential for second sight and are a specific symbol of power; Lear loses his kingdom along with his eyes. Eyes are pretty huge in most mythologies, including Norse, but this season is hitting Greek mythology pretty hard.
This is all a bit of a stretch, really. An exercise in finding connections. I’m really wondering whether we’ll get a specific answer as to who son of these bit players are, or if the writers are going ‘ok so this kid of Loki’s has a snake tongue. Let’s use that as a sex thing!’ But then, these ideas and images are showing up in multiple places (most notable Tamsin’s diary) a number of times. Maybe they really have a Master Plan. Which I’ll believe when I see.
Either way, this feels like it’s all tied into the same arc. I’ll be happy if they’re actually starting the big arc so soon in the season, even if it’s still a tad discombobulated at this point. It needs to be introduced and firmly established early so it can play out over several episodes, not merely hinted at until the last three.
And now I feel like I’m ending this review on the same note I’ve ended the last couple: I just am not sure yet how all this fits into the big picture. The episode itself is fine. Fun character interaction. Some dark shit, some light pratfalls. Some truly priceless work. Some things we could do without. What’s important is how this piece fits into the overall puzzle.
*Joking aside: the thing is, even with canonically straight characters, Lost Girl doesn’t do stringent socially imposed boundaries. Hale and Dyson are a bonded pair. Dyson gets reeeeeeally close with his old packmate. Kenzi is very confident in her straightness, but has no problem making out with Bo for a good cause; well, two good causes. ‘Being straight’ doesn’t mean you have to be militant about establishing said straightness, or avoiding homosocial interaction, or y’know, not kissing or wrestling with your best friend every once in a while, and liking it. Sometimes Lost Girl trades in hyperidealism, and this is one of those times.
– I laughed pretty hard at “Thanks . . . You too.” Because who hasn’t been there in the moment, unable to think of a single other thing to say?
– I did call Bo falling and landing on her feet about 6 minutes before it happened, though I thought they might have her falling out a window. I have three witnesses.
– We’ve seen Cassie just one other time since S1, but when Seymour appeared, along with lots of ‘luck talk,’ I was definitely cheering for Mayer. Whether they couldn’t get the actor back or what, they wrote him off with a line about the Una Mens killing him. Which, sure, makes sense, but also makes me sad.
– If Mr Big Bad is actually daddy, at least Bo didn’t sleep with him. Yet.
– Meanwhile when Hot Voyeur Girl is talking about her keepers, she’s touching her bracelet. It could be the source of whatever power she has, but more likely it’s her ‘collar’, similar to Lauren’s old necklace. Speaking of, I hope we’re going to see said minion again. Chick as minions, good. Both because it’s a genderflip and also because hawt.
– Bo’s Fae Date username is a play on Anna Silk’s actual name. ‘Heratio’ is a bit eye-roll inducing, though.
– You know that cake is doomed by asshole the second Lauren walks into the Dal. There’s lots of telegraphing in this episode.