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Sep 17 2010

Thoughts about Bo, the Succubus of Lost Girl…

Earlier this week was the premiere of the series Lost Girl in Canada, bringing to us a television program that has, finally, a Succubus as the focus of the series. I could have posted something the day after the show aired, but I found myself not wanting to just toss something out over my thoughts about the show. So, instead, I decided that I would wait until today, Friday, to actually post my thoughts on the series.

I think that to be fair to the series, I need to watch the episode a few times so that I have the whole thing clear in my mind.

It might keep me from ranting for no good reason, but we’ll see…

For the record, I will be posting thoughts every Friday of the week after an episode of Lost Girl is shown. I will be adding the individual episodes to the SuccuWiki somewhat sooner than that, but won’t be adding my commentary to the articles….

So, the series has begun and the title of that first episode is…

It’s A Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World

The episode, in summary, introduces us to Bo, Kenzie, Dyson as the main characters of the series. It also introduces us to The Fae, which seem to be, generally speaking, something of a more developed human being, and their two groups, or tribes, one of the Light and the other of the Dark.

The episode moves relatively quickly between the three main characters and their associates, occasionally resulting in a bit of confusion when they go from location to location suddenly. Nonetheless, we get the idea that there is an underground society of The Fae among humanity, and, as well, the more human looking ones are inserted into normal everyday life in order to be tools for The Fae to keep themselves hidden from humanity.

I found it interesting that the one human being that knows of them, before Kenzie does that it, is a doctor seemingly interested in researching all of the various kinds of Fae there are. It should be noted that the word Fae is not used in the mythological meaning, but instead is used as the Genus definition of these non-human beings. Following on to that, when Bo is told what she is, the word Succubus is described as her species.

A note should be made that, so far at least, there are no other characters that are obvious Succubi, though there have been beings that could be described as vampiric in nature or werewolves, or other similar beings.

But just the one Succubus.

Anyway, back to the storyline, Bo saves Kenzie from someone using a date drug on her, and in that scene we see how Bo’s powers work. Apparently, she can control other people’s reactions and thoughts by holding their hands or touching them, which could be said to be succubus-like. When she feeds on another person, in the case of human beings, it seems to be fatal, but she does leave them with a smile on their lips. Bo on the other hand literally seems to suck the energy from her victim’s lips, having it enter her body through her lips, at least in this first episode. In the case of taking energy from another Fae, like Dyson, the victim seems to be able to resist her, and stop her, although at a cost.

One point that I would like to add is that I think the description of what happens to Bo, in her words, “It’s like the fourth of July in my mouth” seems really over the top and flippant.

I think that some other description would have worked better… Maybe something like, “Better than an orgasm…” But that’s just me I think…

Back to the story again…

Eventually Dyson, who is a police officer and a Fae, finds Bo and her new sidekick Kenzie, he and his partner use their Fae powers to knock the pair out, and Bo awakes to find herself handcuffed and facing two rather unfriendly Fae that try to grill her for answers. When that doesn’t get anywhere, she is taken by the Doctor I mentioned earlier and examined in her lab.

At this point, my disappointment knows no bounds as they showed Bo from her bum to her neck, quite nude. And there was no sign of a tail whatsoever. I was also disappointed that she has no horns, but, seeing that The Fae seem to be an evolutionary branch of humanity and not supernatural beings, that does make sense in this case.

It still doesn’t mean that I am not disappointed however.

After the exam, and an attempt to escape which fails, Bo is told that she will be tested and they take her away to a glass factory elsewhere in the city to have that happen. We get a scene jump to Kenzie who has had the truck that picked up Bo traced and she makes her way to the same location.

Inside, Bo is told that she has to defeat two beings called half-Fae, and that afterwards she will have to choose the side of Light or Dark. She defeats the first test, a gladiator, after a well-done fight scene and then has to face another opponent that digs into her mind and attempts to persuade her to end her life for all of the things she has done in the past. She is about to give in when Kenzie appears, shakes her out of it, and Bo passes the test.

When told to choose, Bo picks human, which is against the rules of The Fae, but the leaders come to the decision that it would be better to find out her past, or let her find it, than to kill her, although they still might.

Dyson drives Bo and Kenzie back to where he found them, gives Bo his card and tells her to contact him sometime. In the end, Bo and Kenzie are left to figure out what they can do to survive now that Bo cannot just run away as she has done in the past.

Fade to black.

Leaving my sadness over the lack of horns and a tail away for the moment, I do have a couple of things that bother me about the show. I don’t mind the humour in it most of the time, but going from drama to humour back to drama in two or three lines seems to be wrong somehow.

I would like them to slow down the action just a little bit. There is a lot of background and mythos and history to be explained in the series and I am hoping that they don’t do a hand wave over it all and don’t get into that. I think that explaining the past of The Fae should be a focus of a storyline, which I expect, but not that we get a five second explanation in the middle of a scene and we miss it.

That would be a shame.

Bo, dearest Bo, needs some different outfits.. I know that she’s on the run at the beginning of the series, but as the story develops she really needs to get out of the leather look and into something sexier than that… Oh and loosen up her hair a bit too will you? She is really quite beautful, but I think that a lot of that is taken away by her harsh appearance we have seen so far…

I understand that this is a more… Adult… Series than what is normally expected, Showcase is like that, but the level of cursing, especially from Kenzie seems to be too much too often. The occasional curse makes sense, but otherwise, making it a repeating thing in every conversation seems wrong for her.

Regardless of all of what I have written here, I am still hopeful that the series will be a good one, something that is a good reflection on the idea of Succubi. I’m keeping my tail crossed that it will be more than I think it will be.

My rating of It’s A Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World

Keeping my interest – 5 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 3 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 4 Pitchforks

Storyline – 3 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks

Mythos – 4 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 3.8 Pitchforks out of 5

So, a hopeful start, hoping for more, hoping that I’m right in that, and hoping that I’m not disappointed with the next episode.

This coming Sunday, Episode Two: Fresh from the realization that she is a member of the Fae, Bo is approached by a strange client, Will, a real life Will O’ the Wisp. The storehouse of jewels he’s collected over the centuries has been stolen… by a human! While this line of work is foreign to Bo, Will offers her an irresistible payment – information about where she might have come from. As Bo gets involved in the recovery of Will’s gems, she finds the shocking truth about the thief… and the weird and deadly forces that seem to also be on the trail of the jewels.

It looks to be interesting… Hoping so at least…

Tera

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  1. avatar
    James

    You were kinder than I might have expected, Majesty.

    “Like the Fourth of July in my mouth” is an odd comment in a Canadian series. Don’t y’all up north blow stuffs up three days earlier?

    And I am not sure that they are as interested in exploring myths and legends as they are exploiting excuses for sex and violence.

    James

  2. avatar
    evilernie

    OT. Is the Queen playing tricks? I swear I read this review and James comments yesterday, but the time stamp says today.

    Either that or I time traveled.

    As for my comment, I left it in the forum. The Queen has to poke me a few times with her pitchfork for me to watch episode two.

  3. avatar
    TeraS

    I think the “fourth of July” comment was the one thing that made me twitch most of all…

    Tera

  4. avatar
    TeraS

    *plays Twilight Zone music for Ernie*

    Well, it was prewritten for today, previewed in the Realm…

    I’m still hopeful… There is a little bit of promise in it and really it was just the first episode…

    So we hope.

    Tera

  5. avatar
    Lhene

    I’d like to point out that the original succubi did not, in fact, have tails and horns. That was imagery added later by the Church, to encourage the perception of succubi as evil. (The tail and horns referring to the stereotypical devil, of course.) I imagine that there is no accurate description of them, (besides physically attractive, perhaps), since they visited their victims in the dead of night – while the victim was asleep.

    Also, do you really think that a girl who’s lived most of her life in hiding would have a multitude of outfits? We do see her -burning- one near the beginning, something I would guess she does quite often since there was little hesitation. She had, what, a dress, a shirt, and some lingerie in that bag of hers? And the episode takes place over two days – hardly time for a costume change.

    Other than those glaring oversights, not a bad review.

  6. avatar
    TeraS

    Thank you for the comments, but I should mention that I noted the clothing idea for the future in my review and I also noted that, yes, Bo has been on the run a long time. Also, the horns and tail thing is my personal style of succubi, and I will be wearing my red ones for Halloween this year…

    Nonetheless, I have great hopes for the series, though Episode 2 didn’t thrill me very much tonight…

    But that’s for the next review…

    Tera

  7. avatar
    Ashley Lynch

    Unfortunately our polite Canadian sensibilities often seem to extend our TV and film. It’s a Showcase show and they can pretty much get away with any content within budgetary constraints, but you’ll never see the level of viciousness in The Lost Girl that you will in a series like True Blood… which is a shame.

    I also found myself bothered by how unallurring the title character is. She’s an attractive girl to be sure, but nothing special, and she really doesn’t have a heck of a lot of screen presence. I find her human sidekick (annoying aspects aside) more compelling and interesting to watch.

    But I echo The Queen’s sentiment and remain hopeful.

  8. avatar
    TeraS

    I think that, possibly, starting soon that they will make a change in what Bo looks like and is wearing… We got a teeny bit of sex appeal at the end of episode two, (more on that on Friday). But I still have a problem with the show not quite knowing what is it exactly… Regardless I am still hoping and still will for quite some time yet…

    Just as long as the teenaged angst stays away I can deal with it I think….

    Thank you for popping in Ashley!

    Tera

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