Oct 01 2010

Succubi College, the place for Lost Girl

The third episode of the Lost Girl television series came out this past Sunday, I have some reservations about Bo, our Succubus again, the episode itself, and my wishes continue for the series of…

As a reminder, 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….

The story continues…

Oh Kappa, My Kappa

The episode picks up quite literally where episode two ended with Bo and Dyson in bed together. It becomes very obvious through their conversations that Bo is falling in love with Dyson and vice versa. They talk about Bo’s problems, how they need to fix them somehow and then we switch scenes.We look in on a girl running from someone in a forest in the middle of the night and then it ends with her screaming and the opening titles for the series roll. When we return, Kenzi is going to the bathroom and runs into Dyson half-naked. He of course asks where the toothpaste is. After pointing that out, Kenzi leaves and spends the next little while teasing Bo about Dyson being there. Dyson comes in, tells Bo to keep in touch and leaves.

Then Bo finds a flyer in Kenzi’s bag which promotes “Bo’s Private Investigation Services”. The pair have an argument over Kenzi’s idea. Bo not liking it, Kenzi telling her that they need to make money somehow and the two of them have the skills to make this idea work. In the end, Bo agrees to see one client.

That client turns out to be the mother of the girl we saw running in a forest earlier. Her name is Ester and she’s in a panic because her daughter Gina has vanished from her College in the past few days. Bo agrees to look into it and see what happened.

While Kenzi uses her contacts, Bo visits Dyson at his office and, after getting the typical police line on the situation, she gets him to admit that there are Fae files on some crimes that Dyson looks after. Mostly to keep such things secret and out of the official files. He shows her a file on events at Locksley College, one of which was the discovery of a girl who was found ten years prior, her body hollowed out.

Bo returns to the apartment she shares with Kenzi, and finds out that the missing girl hasn’t accessed her bank accounts, nor used her phone or done anything else that indicates she is still alive but hiding. Bo then tells her that they are going undercover. And Kenzi gets to wear pink and join the sorority Gina was going to join. Bo will be going undercover as campus security as well.

Upon reaching the college, Bo and Kenzi split up and try to find out what each of them can about what’s going on there. Bo connects with a security guard named Wayne.  As Bo walks the campus with Wayne she also gets her first look at the Dean of the college, Dean Barretty. Kenzi works her way through the trails and tribulations of being a college pledge. We also get a short look at Gina being held in an underground space she is unable to escape from. We also get our first look at a creature there with her that attacks her before diving into a pool of greenish water.

After looking in on Kenzi trying her best not to kill the members of the sorority, we switch scenes again to find Bo in the Dean’s office trying to get information out of her. When the Dean isn’t cooperative, she uses her powers to seduce the Dean and make her give some information. They are interrupted and Bo leaves the Dean who makes a phone call to find out who Bo is.

Switching back to Kenzi in the sorority, we get a glimpse of past sorority house leaders, one of them being the Dean herself. Kenzi is placed in Gina’s room, has a look through the missing girls belongings and then the scene changes again.

Bo is seen walking through the forest that is part of the college and finding a sinkhole. After going back to Kenzi again at a beer bender at the sorority, and being refused access to the sorority basement, we go back to Bo breaking into the Dean’s office to have a look around. Kenzi appears soon after and the pair are almost caught by Wayne in the office. However, Bo finds an envelope under the Dean’s desk which contains student identification numbers.

Later on, Bo and Kenzi return to their apartment and examine old plans of the college that show underground rivers that lead under many of the campus buildings including the sorority’s. Bo gives the student names Kenzi got from the numbers to Dyson who confirms that all of the people on the list are missing students when the two of them meet at the Fae Bar from earlier in the series. And we meet a waitress there named Kaila. Bo tells Dyson of her plans and then leaves the bar.

Dyson is then summoned by Trick to a back room and told that he needs to break up with Bo because he is getting too involved with her. Dyson is unhappy about this and tells Trick this. Dyson remains in the bar looking through some old books and flirting with Kaila a bit. Bo in the meantime searches the forest and Kenzi undergoes her initiation.

It turns out that the initiation is harmless and she calls Bo to tell her so. Bo is then attacked by Wayne and dragged off. When Kenzi cannot contact Bo, she calls Dyson and he meets her at the Dean’s office. The Dean is found stabbed to death there.

We then see Bo chained up in the same place as Gina and Wayne is revealed as being the one that has been kidnapping girls from the campus and letting the being in the pool feed on them. In return for that, he drinks the water of the pool and does not age as a result. He then leaves the women in the chamber to their fate.

Running out of time, Dyson and Kenzi go to the forest and try to track Bo. Dyson has problems tracking her and, after giving Kenzi some instructions, shifts into his wolf form which is a white haired wolf and charges through the forest, leaving Kenzi behind.

Bo frees herself and then fights with the creature, which turns into a losing battle quickly. The creature is defeated when Dyson appears and cuts the top of its head off letting liquid pour out of it.

In the aftermath, Gina is saved, Bo recovers at home and Kenzi reveals a sketch of the creature which is described as a Kappa. Then Bo decides to visit the bar and see Dyson again to tell him how she feels about him. She finds him in a back room with Kaila and is devastated.

They confront each other and Dyson explains that when they were together it was only to heal her and that was all it could ever be. Bo attempts to put up a brave face and then leaves him behind as she leaves.

The last image is of Dyson glowering at Trick and walking away leaving Trick wiping his bar top clean.

Fade to black…

I’ll say right off the top that I did like a lot of this episode. Of course there is some of it that bothered me, mostly the college sorority for one and, I hate to say it, the Kappa creature for the other.

So getting the dislikes out of the way first. I didn’t like the red herring of the sonority. Mostly because it was so over the top compared to everything else going on this episode. I admit that Kenzi’s issues with having to go undercover there, wearing pink most of all, did make me laugh on occasion, but, that alone I think wasn’t enough to justify them being there. The other thing that got to me was when they tried to make the sorority “evil” looking. There was so much pointing at them not being the source of the problem really early on that I wish they would have lowered the comedy of the girls and raised the “evil” a bit more. Say lose the pink and make them all dress in black exactly the same or something.

The idea of the Kappa was interesting, I didn’t know what it was when it first appeared and when it was named I had to Wikipedia it to figure out what it was. I think that they were not true to the myth of the Kappa in the show, using it as a monster of the week regrettably. It bothers me a bit that a being that, according to Japanese mythos, is an honourable being, might have been interesting to follow. But instead the episode uses the Kappa as sort of a sea monster or swamp thing, which actually I thought it was until it was revealed. I just think it’s a shame that a lot of the mythos was lost to having a “baddy” in the episode.

The other thing that was a bit… eww… with regards to things connected to the Kappa was when Wayne was drinking from the Kappa’s lagoon… To be honest I wondered how the actor managed to do it… I had a few shivers at that scene.

Oh, and one thing about Wayne… He said that he had not aged from the 1940’s since drinking that liquid from the Kappa’s lair. Okay, that’s fine but, he would have to stick around the College in order to have that ability. One would assume that he would have to stay under the radar as it were otherwise he would eventually be found out. So why have him so connected to the Dean? It seems odd that we have the sonority and one possibly baddy and then the Dean as another with her “henchman” being there as well. I think it would have been more of a surprise if Wayne would have been played a bit more “normal” and not have all of those odd mannerisms that made him a suspect.

Speaking of security…

I thought that it was a bit over the top to have Bo in that black T-shirt with Security emblazoned over her chest. I’m not saying she didn’t look good in it, she did. But the looks some of the background actors were giving her as she walked by were really eye-rolling to me. The pony-tail does work for her really well though… It might be something she should do more often in the series…

Onto the likes.

I liked that we saw more of Bo using her Succubus powers to get information out of the Dean. I thought that was well acted and didn’t look to be out of character or ability for Bo. I liked that we saw a good deal of Kenzi, that she had some really good lines in the episode, her reaction to Dyson shifting form was really spot on and seemed to be really in character. I liked that we learned more about Dyson and that his background was explored a bit, professionally and personally.

I especially liked that we have some tension between Bo and Dyson in the series. While that is somewhat scripted and obviously where they needed to go in nature, for the long plot arc, I think that how Anna and Kristen handled the scene at the end of the episode was very well done. I thought that the looks passed between Dyson and Trip were quite telling in nature and I think that there will be a lot of friction in future episodes between them.

I have the feeling that this breakup will have ramifications in the next episode, there always is rebound from a breakup on both sides. I can but hope that the angst that is created by having our two leads not liking each other a lot will end relatively soon. Extending that through the rest of the series and then having a reconciliation in the last episode would be a shame.

My rating of Oh Kappa, My Kappa

Keeping my interest – 3 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 4.5 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 3.5 Pitchforks

Storyline – 3.5 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks

Mythos – 4.5 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 3.9 Pitchforks out of 5

In spite of my reservations about the effects, the monster chosen and the setting, I have to give this episode the highest rating so far in the series. There is a good deal of character development, something that was needed in the series. It’s given me a good deal of hope for the future of this series, something I didn’t really after episode two ended. But I think that our Bo needs to learn more about herself soon. There is so much that can be done with her and using up screen time in other pursuits is a bit maddening…

This coming Sunday, Episode Four: When a Fury with an unfaithful spouse tries to hire Bo to kill her husband’s mistress, Bo instead takes the side of the unsuspecting human woman and puts her under protection.

To be honest I had hoped that there would be another Succubus in the next episode from the previews. However, Bo seems to have a wardrobe change and a better looking hair style finally! The Light and Dark Fae leaders return, I hope with answers and not more questions, and the world of the Fae turns on…

Let’s try not to make it too soapy okay?



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  1. avatar

    It seems to me the writing is rather sloppy here. They missed their chance both with the Kappa and with the possibilities of a succubus in a sorority.

    Since Her Majesty keeps hoping, so will I.

  2. avatar

    True, lots of unopened doors…

    Tonight’a episode I hope will not do that…


  3. avatar

    is this available on HULU?

  4. avatar

    No it isn’t my hero…

    But give me a lil time…


  5. avatar
    Ashley Lynch

    I suspect the production turnaround time on this show is rather rapid compared to what people working for HBO are allowed to experience. Such, unfortunately, is the nature of Canadian television.

  6. avatar

    That’s true Ashley, but we do live in hope don’t we?


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