#LostGirl: Season 05, Episode 07, Here Comes the Night
Last week’s episode operated on a slightly larger scale than usual, and this episode opens with one of the biggest set pieces they’ve done. Destroyed cars, more extras, smoke machines, all that sort of thing. They darken the screen and color it green to get across the ‘storm’ idea and bring about the feel of DOOOOOOOOM, but it definitely goes *too* dark.
And that’s pretty much how the whole episode goes. Using a power outage as cover, everything is lit and/or colored in post with hazy greens, dim blues, saturated yellows. One of the prettiest scenes is when Dyson goes to confront our widow/not-widow/widow Alycia, and the house set is lit with candles, Dyson’s face is illuminated, then they wash out Alycia and husband/not husband in soft blue backgrounded with orange candles, but they key is they don’t over-darken or hypersaturate the whole thing. Everything is visible, and everything has a purpose. The foregrounded glass (Checkov’s décor?) isn’t just pretty, it ends up being broken in Hera’s attack.
Hera. We have named names for the main gods now, including committing to Hades as Bo’s father [at least for the moment; no true confirmation yet, but only so much room left for baiting and switching]. It’s a nice moment when Dyson assumes the dude of the trio is Zeus, but she gets to rare back and shout I’M HERA! It’s an assumption we’d probably all make, had we not been behind the scenes for much of the gods’ interactions, and it’s a neat little reminder not to, y’know, assume.
Meanwhile everything starts getting really sexual, really quickly. I mean, yay bisexual dudes on screen, but that Mark/Vex scene intentionally comes out of nowhere. Then we get all sorts of innuendo comments (“You smell good wet,” “[he] helped find my Fae spot,” “Help me unload again,” “I’ll give you a curve ball”), and people are really, really obviously horny. Mark, Vex, and Evony have ‘horny’ as a character trait, so we get their scenes first to ease us into the idea that everyone’s sex drive has been turned up to 11. Then Dyson hints at willingness to break his own no-human rules. Lauren puts on the slow jams and makes her move. Tamsin is . . .
Well, okay. Tamsin has been puppy-dog-eying Bo for a while, quite obviously headed for heartbreak since a couple episodes ago. There’s probably an element of her being legitimately blind to that, but there’s also a big element that she’s pretty new to this ‘love’ thing in all her lifetimes, and she’s very very new to this whole super-crush thing in this lifetime. She’s somewhat emotionally immature still, and that plays out in two ways. First, Tamsin’s word choice and dialogue have a very adolescent, almost juvenile-writing-in-my-diary-under-the-sheets feel to it. Everyone feels as if their first big love is the love of their life, and she’s making that pretty clear verbally. Dyson and Lauren both see it, and Dyson especially (Kris Holden-Ried does a lot of nice facial work here) tries to kind of buffer it and not let Tamsin be too clingy and over-the-top, but she can hardly help herself.
Second, because Tamsin is so raw about her feels, we get a really clear contrast with how Bo is treating the whole thing. If Bo had been taking care to pay attention since Tamsin’s regeneration, she should have seen how Tamsin was acting and what she wanted out of this. But even if Bo hadn’t been really looking, since the beginning of last episode, she has no excuse. Bo’s been made very aware Tamsin is treating this as more than friends-with-benefits. From wearing her heart on her sleeve to calling them “girlfriends,” Tamsin’s done all but wear a neon sign. And Bo’s gotten several looks on her face which are obviously ‘that’s not what this is to me . . . ‘ but she continues kissing Tamsin, sleeping with Tamsin, and not saying anything to Tamsin. When Tamsin tells Bo off for having led her on, and refuses to be patronized or told she’s just confused, I about cheered, because it’s about time somebody did it.
Bo’s never exactly been the most responsible succubus when it comes to delineating exactly what is happening in any given relationship, and this comeupance from Tamsin is something which should have delivered seasons ago. Bo’s proclivity to play fast and loose with peoples’ hearts is often dismissed as her succubus nature; hell, Dyson makes a comment something like that this very episode. But that’s not a good excuse. Bo’s nature is to sleep with all of the people. Fine! Good on her. But if she’s going to share a bed and intimate moments with someone for weeks, let alone someone who’s been obviously into her for a long time and is making romantic gestures and such, Bo needs to be upfront about what she’s after. She hasn’t been. She’s just enjoying it because, well, she enjoys it.
And here is another place we really miss Kenzi, because surely if Kenzi were still in the clubhouse she would take Bo aside and tell her ‘Hey Bo, I know the blood isn’t rushing to your brain, but you’ve got to stop this unicorn-shitting-rainbows act and break it to the poor girl you don’t love her like that.’
And that may not have saved just some heartbreak, but something bigger. Tamsin is still seeking redemption, she’s still unsure where she fits or “what’s wrong with me,” and now she’s been broken pretty badly. Where she’s going to run? To Dyson? Living in her truck? Leaving town? Or maybe, drunk and wandering the streets, she’ll get picked up by the gods. She’s ripe to be manipulated now (a la Faith in Buffy), and she’s got angst and powers to spare and probably not a lot of regard for this last lifetime.
The monster-of-the-week makes that possibility even more likely. Evony went to being ruthless and deliciously evil after having her heart broken by Eros. Yeah, the scorned woman trope is a little old, but being scorned by Eros is a pretty big deal. Being scorned for what went down in the myth books as an Epic Love, while your name is forgotten, also has to sting pretty hard. Evony has obviously never gotten over it, and the resulting plotline here is part of what makes this episode a horror homage, what with: the invisible monster; power outages letting loose evil; Sam’s ravaged body and the tap on his shoulder; sex while in danger; Lauren going looking in the dark room after sex / wearing not much; a mysterious unforeseen ‘thing’ picking off people; Evony offering herself as the bait; etc. At least Lauren and Bo survive their sex, which is both rare in horror and in girl-girl action in genre TV. We also have possessed / dead-body-resurrected lover, and the testing of someone with food to see if they’re the right person (though that is the second time on this show, see: Kenzi and the Peanut Lo Mein, which I’m trademarking as my band name right now). Also, Lauren’s assistants dying is definitely becoming its own trope. RIP, Sam.
But backing up to more important things: Lauren and Bo survive their sex. Their sex. Which somehow took seven episodes to get to. Which . . . why so long? Not only are they both obviously into each other, not only did they have that heart-to-heart at the end of last season, but again, HELLO, BO IS A SUCCUBUS. And other than that one little problem getting it on, she has been having plenty of intercourse. Yet it takes Eros’ presence to make them finally get back in bed together.
Granted, the Eros connection is my interpretation and I’m not sure the text explicitly spells it out like it does so much else (more on that in a second), but I do think there’s plenty to suggest it. Bo has been weird about sleeping with Lauren all season, they’re in the middle of a crisis, they’re in a lab owned by Evony, but suddenly the box was opened (euphemism intended) and wham bam. Lauren puts on some slow tunes, and they’re getting their groove on with no regard for anyone else and no real Processing What This Means And What Has Gone On For The Past Six-and-a-Half-Episodes beforehand. Meanwhile, I think the whole Eros thing should have carried its own episode. It got a bit mixed up here with everyone else having sexual adventures, and also it woefully underdelivered a box which was hyped as a big deal. They could have had a lot of fun with Eros running around for a while.
Besides just power-outage sex, intense situations bring out Lauren’s word-dump about her past. Lauren references “my Karen Beatty days” (resulting in Bo’s declaration she could ‘Karen Beatty all over me’), then spills her guts about not being afraid any more (which seemed fairly unnecessary, writers dearest; though she’s not into physical confrontation, her actions have made it pretty clear she’s done being afraid since at least mid-way through S2 [ETA: more on that here]), that she’s all about working for herself, and that she wants to make the most of her shorter lifetime and specifically do that with Bo.
Getting that word dump is crucial because we don’t get to see what Lauren’s hallucination/truth would look like*, meaning without it we would be getting insight into all the other main characters but Lauren. Bringing that whole blood thing back around is interesting and one of the few pertinent – as opposed to simply referential – callbacks we’ve gotten this season. Though “Bo’s blood is the light” is a little weird, as is the part where everyone’s hallucinations need to be sexually inclined and involve groping so the seer can be aroused so the Oracles can get near their lips. Isn’t that somewhat backwards? As in, wouldn’t it make sense for the hallucinatory vision to *start* with kissing or . . . you know what, whatever, I’m just rolling with the explanations by this point.
Really, thought they spelled out the gods thing, explanations of the A plot remains muddled until near the end. That is by design, as is the order of hallucination revelations (it may seem to come from nowhere, but nobody would totally reject the idea Mark and Vex are down with casual caskroom sex), the better to keep us confused.
Even when it’s clear the Oracles are the ones making everyone exposit their feelings, it remains a touch murky whether the ‘truths for truths’ being shown are objective truths, or truths as the seer thinks. In other words, though these Oracles haven’t been shown with a propensity towards lying, often in myths what an oracle says can be interpreted many ways, though never avoided. Thus, FakeBo and FakeDyson and FakeLauren and FakeIsabeau and FakeMark may be saying not the truth about what Person Being Imitated feels, but what the Viewer Dyson and Bo and Trick and Vex believe/want to be true about RealPerson. This jives with Mark not seeming to have any interest in Vex, and it’s actually a somewhat useful interpretation, as it puts us in that respective Viewer’s headspace. For example, Bo seemed more romantically inclined (if not currently in love, still lustily attracted to) in Dyson’s vision than in her own, so it’s seemingly somewhat subjective.
The basic hallucination device itself is used mainly as misdirection and expository excuse. “BTW Dyson still feels such and such.” “BTW Bo still wants Lauren to be into her.” Supernatural Intervention To Get Feels Into The Open is a big genre trope, and this execution thereof is very on-the-nose, mostly reiterating what we already know or should have been able to deduce from things like acting and more clearly written scripts and (here’s an idea), characters talking to each other about their issues on-screen. However, since the show hasn’t exactly been good at showing people talking about feelings, I suppose I understand the need to show it all twice and clear it up. Mostly kind of clear it up at least. Sort of. Clear as mud.
Ok. Now. Bring on the gods hurling lightening bolts, Tamsin going dark, more Bo sexytimes, Evony chewing scenery, Iris fucking [with] humans, and more. Feel free to add your wishes/projections in the comments.
– *I assumed Lauren was injected with Bo’s blood in 2.22, but I’m not sure it was ever evidenced/confirmed. If the blood is going to come further into play, it may make Lauren immune to something else, later; even if just on a technicality. [ETA: it seems Team Human wasn’t injected at all. That may come into play when Lauren (and Kenzi, if she returns) are immune to or uniquely capable of something upcoming.]
– NOW they play the Psyche myth card? Damnit Lost Girl . . .
– Be honest. Three chained oracles and a god in high heels. You thought that might get kinky, too.
– The transition into the tag was very enjoyable.
– Creepy box opens. Lauren grabs the serum. Bo grabs something vaguely phallic. They don’t see anything, so they OPEN THE DOOR. Has every horror movie ever taught them nothing?
– There was a lot of ADR this episode, just like last. Most of Lauren’s lines in the dance scene, for example.
– That was some very abrupt emotional gear shifting between Cassie’s death and beer pong.
– We heard theoretically-Hades say “don’t be afraid” to Bo. That kind of plays into my theory from last week we’ll have a gods v gods war.
– If the episode were real horror and not just playing with the tropes, basically all the cast would be dead. Ignoring the ‘loves of the lead die’ (because that rules out essentially everyone but Trick and Kenzi, anyways) we have:
The Disposable First Guy (Sam)
The Unsuspecting Wife of Killer (Alycia)
The One Seeking Redemption (Trick, Tamsin)
The Drunk (Vex)
The Smart/Geek (Lauren)
The Over Sexed (Bo, Mark, and Evony)
The Survivor (Dyson: because handsome, white, male, seeing reason with Hera.)