I have seen waiting for more Succubi to appear on Lost Girl. Bo is, of course, the core of the show, but seeing what a Succubus is capable of… That would open a lot of plot lines, questions and more. But here’s the thing, just waving the fact that Succubi are supposed to be evil in Bo’s face does not seem to me to be a good storyline on it’s own…
Episode ten of the Lost Girl TV series was this week. We have several new characters arriving to tell their stories, the idea that speed dating isn’t a good idea, and that there are Fae that are the opposite to the Succubi in the Lost Girl universe… Oh and we have another Succubus appearing in the series named Saskia. Could we ask for more? I know I could after this episode was over…
Again, 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 as that is what the Tale is for….
Bo meets Saskia and wonders what happens between two Succubi on…
The Mourning After
The episode begins with Bo (Anna Silk) and Kenzi (Kenzia Solo) in their apartment brandishing a collection of various weapons. While this goes on, they banter back and forth over Bo’s love life with Dyson, it basically sucks, and that Bo’s dating luck is lousy and getting nowhere, either with humans or with Fae.
We then switch to watching a couple in an alleyway talking. They seemed to be on a date and when the guy, Carter (Lee Rumohr) starts to leave, the woman, Allison (Sabrina Campbell), invites him back to her place for the night. They have a steamy sex scene together and then we time shift forwards to the following morning where Allison is alone in bed. She seems to be depressed and goes into the bathroom. Then she is seen writing terrible things about herself in various places from the bathtub she is sitting in before taking a hair dryer and intentionally putting it into the tub with her. Moments later she is dead from electrocution.
Returning from the opening credits, Dyson (Kristen Holden-Reid) and Hale (K.C. Collins) are at the suicide scene investigating what happened. The conclusion that they come to is that Allison’s death was a suicide. We shift to Bo and Kenzi who are talking to Allison’a sister Collette, (Natalie Lisinska) who claims that Allison’s death makes no sense. She hires Bo and Kenzi to prove that is was not a suicide. Bo then sees Dyson who gives her and Kenzi his files that show that is was a suicide. Bo brings up the possibility that this might be a Fae killing and Dyson reluctantly agrees to her theory, but he tells Bo that she will need to go to the Fae Labs to see if that is true. And that means Bo will have to see Lauren again.
Bo goes to the lab and sees Lauren (Zoie Palmer). Their relationship is no longer as friendly as it was, the two of them being very formal to each other and showing little emotion to each other. After some very cold talk about each other, Bo is told that no real proof exists of the death being involved with a Fae, though there are some that feed on emotions like despair. Lauren then mentions that Allison had sex shortly before her death. Bo then tells Lauren that she does not trust her opinion sexually, and they have a revisit on what Lauren did to Bo in the episode Vexed. Bo tells her how awful it must be to find out someone you thought loved you was just acting on the orders of someone else. Lauren attempts to apologize to Bo, but is rebuffed as Bo leaves.
Kenzi in the meanwhile is at Trick’s bar and asks him for a drink. After playing a bit of fun with Trick (Rick Howland), he gives her a bottle and tells her to help herself. Trick seems to be occupied with something else and moments later we find out what that is. Trick is confronted by a man who calls Trick “Fitzpatrick MacCoriegan of Clan Fin Arvin”. He tells Trick that he has been given his twenty-four hour warning to take possession of a coin that Trick holds. Trick tells Valentine (Jordan Prentice), that he is aware of it and then tells him to leave. Kenzi tries to ask Trick what is going on. but Bo suddenly appears, takes the drink that Kenzi was trying to enjoy and then drags her away from Trick, before Kenzi can get answers to what just happened, to see Collette and gain access to the apartment where Allison died.
The next scene is of Collette and Bo talking about her sister and Kenzi looking around the place. Collette leaves, Bo comments on a book that she and Allison both have bought, and on her lousy love life as well. She then finds a bowl filled with matchbook from a bar called Crimson and Kenzi finds receipts from the bar that show Allison had been there every Friday for the past three weeks.
Bo and Kenzi go to the bar, which turns out to be a place for singles to meet. They are confronted by a photographer (Robin Cunningham) who takes their picture, hands them a card and runs off again. They then see a sign indicating that there is a private event that happens in the club every Friday and go have a look. As they walk off to do that, we get our first glimpse of Saskia (Inga Cadranel) entering behind them and watching them go into the private room.
That turns out to be a sharing meeting of singles hosted by a man named Bertram (Arnold Pinnock), who welcomes them and gets both Bo and Kenzi to join in. The subject of the group talk being “my biggest regret.” They see this as a good chance to ask people there questions about Allison and for the rest of the scene we see Bo and Kenzi as if we are in the position of the person they are talking to. Bo uses her Succubus powers to make people answer her questions during all of this.
Then Saskia sits down at the table with Bo, grabs her, pulls her in for a kiss during which she takes a bit of Bo’s energy from her and then demands to know what Bo is doing hunting on her “turf”. We then see Bo, Saskia and Kenzi in the alley from the beginning of the episode. Saskia tells Bo that she wasn’t looking for a turf war being the new Succubus in town, and that Bo should have marked the club as being hers. Bo and Kenzi are confused by this and Bo manages to get Saskia to come back into the bar so they can talk.
She does so and Saskia tells Bo that she normally looks for sexier cities than the one they are in, she mentions that Succubi are “big in Berlin” as well. Kenzi seems unimpressed by Saskia, but Bo seems to be somewhat taken by her. She asks how long Saskia might be in town, her answer is just long enough to “get some sugar daddies”, and then move on again. When Bo tells her that she is a private investigator, Saskia is taken aback saying that Succubi do not work, and that she has so much to teach her. Kenzi tries to get Bo to leave with her, but Bo tells her to leave without her and stays to talk to Saskia further.
Kenzi leaves and goes to Trick’s bar, very upset with Bo just pushing her aside. She tries to talk to Trick about it, at first he doesn’t seem to care, but does apologize for that and then tells her that he needs her help. Trick then explains that he has possession of an item called the “Coin of Jahayla” which is supposed to bring luck in business to whomever possesses it. He explains that he and Valentine found the coin and they share it, one holding the coin for a century before giving it to the other. Trick’s problem is that the coin has vanished and he has no idea where it is. He goes on to explain that there is a Fae that will only talk to female humans which can help him find the coin. Kenzi agrees and they plan for the ceremony.
Bo in the meantime is still talking to Saskia. She has seen Allison before, and also notes that she never talked to her because “she wasn’t my type.” When asked if she had seen any Fae around, Saskia says that Succubus do not have “Faedar.” Saskia then agrees to help Bo figure out who killed Allison, because if someone is hunting on her territory she wants to know who, and she wants to see what Bo is doing as well calling her “Nancy Drew.” But also so that she can teach Bo about being a Succubus as well when this is over.
We return to see Bo talking to Bertram about Allison and her time at the group meetings. After a time, Bo asks for the lists of people that attended the meetings, and is refused, but she uses her powers to get Bertram to give her the files she is looking for. Then she and Saskia leave the bar moments later.
Then Dyson gets a call from Bo asking him to check the lists she got, he agrees and we see that Bo is at home with Saskia there as well. But Kenzi is not there. Bo tells her about Dyson and she tells Bo to keep him away from her as she is a Dark Fae. Bo reluctantly agrees to her request and they talk for a while. Saskia reveals some information about Succubi to Bo. It is likely that her mother is a Succubus or her father is an Incubus, or both, but apparently Fae lineage is complicated. She adds that at least one of her parents must be sex Chi feeding Fae, but the other might be Yuki-onna, or Lilin or a Rusalka. Kenzi then walks in asking if Bo and Saskia have sex would it cause a black hole to form or something like that. Saskia replies that she doesn’t care for her own kind and that she is a “novelty whore.” She then leaves the apartment, Kenzi tries to talk to Bo but is brushed off as Bo goes to bed telling Kenzi that Saskia will be going with Bo to see Collette. Then we see Collette’s apartment as she opens the door and then screams before the scene ends.
Bo sees Dyson who tells her that the list came up with nothing, but he tells her that over the past five years several women have been committed suicide in a similar manner to Allison’s death. Dyson then comments that Bo seems different to which Bo brushes that off as just a late night of drinking. Bo leaves and them we find her and Saskia arriving to see Collette at her home, but she has committed suicide in the same way as her sister did. Saskia seems to be in a panic when she sees the writing on the walls and tells Bo they have to leave because a Fae called a Albaster is responsible for what happened.
Meanwhile Trick and Kenzi are preparing to summon the Fae that Trick needs. He explains that the Fae is called a Lightning Bird and what he needs is one of her eggs which is used by witch doctors to find things. Kenzi asks why Trick cannot tell Valentine that he does not have the coin to which Trick explains that it is part honour but mostly because he put his bar, The Dal, up as collateral. Kenzi tells him that they will not let Valentine take the place and Trick tells her to be back at the bar after sundown.
Saskia and Bo have returned to Bo’s apartment in the meantime and Saskia explains what a Albaster is. They are the enemies of Succubi who live from sexual shame unlike Succubi who live on and create sexual energy. Albasters create massive shame over sexual actions that leads to depression and eventual suicide, and they feed exclusively on women. Bo and Saskia continue to talk as Kenzi enters gathering things into a bag. She makes a couple of comments about how to figure out who the Albaster is, and remembers the photographer that took their pictures in the bar. They visit the photographer’s website and find an image of the man that was last with Allison and decide to go after him. Kenzi wishes them luck before walking out of their place to meet with Trick.
Trick and Kenzi then summon the Lightning Bird which makes lightning appear at their feet to which Kenzi panics a bit. When she calms down, Trick explains that they are like Magpies, they like to steal shiny things, and starts putting things away just in case. She then negotiates with Trick for her help. He says no to her requests of ten percent ownership in the bar, the coin for a year, and a unicorn. But he agrees to forgiveness of her bar tab and free drinks for life, as long as it is nothing top shelf. Moments later the Lightning Bird arrives in Trick’s bar in a blaze of thunder and lightning.
Bo and Saskia in the meantime are looking for Carter and find him on the prowl. They move towards him and then, using their powers they convince him to leave with the two of them with the promise of sex with them both. At the same time, Kenzi meets the Lightning Bird who calls herself Gloris (Abena Malika). They talk for a time, Kenzi trying to make Gloris see her as a friend while at the same time tricking her into giving up one of her eggs. She does so by making Gloris see that she could give Trick the egg in exchange for a future favour from him. Trick agrees to this and so, Gloris gives Kenzi one egg to give to Trick. Gloris goes to leave but gives Kenzi a pice of information on Trick. That being he could get whatever he wanted if he wrote in his book of blood again, but then the powerful are the most stubborn. She then leaves and Kenzi gives Trick the egg.
Bo and Saskia take Carter into the alleyway and continue to use their powers on him and discover that he did not kill Allison. Saskia then feeds on Carter, apparently killing him, but then she brings him back to life by sending her energy back into his body. Bo is shocked and tries to get Saskia to explain how she did it, but the only answer Bo gets is that she has a lot to learn as they walk away from Carter, lying in the alleyway.
Trick performs a seeking using the egg upon an old map of the city. Kenzi finds out that where the egg is currently is a cemetery. He then goes to get some muscle and flashlights for the search by calling Hale for help.
Bo returns home by herself and finds Bertram there waiting for her, he turns out to be the Albaster. The pair argue for a time, Bertram calling Bo a whore several times while Bo’s phone rings with a call from Saskis that Bo does not answer. Trick, Kenzi and Hale arrive in the cemetery and open a crypt which should be holding the coin. It is not there when it is opened. However, Kenzi notes that the egg would have shown where the coin was when it was used and then says she knows where the coin is telling Trick and Hale to follow her. Bo is fighting for her life at the same time. Bertram attacks Bo and she tries to defend herself, but he resists her easily and begins to use his powers on Bo to make her kill herself. Saskia then arrives and she pulls Bertram away from Bo, managing to injure him. She then goes to Bo, who is obviously hurt and gives Bo some of her energy, which seems to make Bo want to take revenge on Bertram. Bo comments that “he’s not going to like this three-way at all.”
Back at Trick’s bar, Valentine arrives to claim the coin which Trick still does not have. Valentine tells Trick that it is time and Trick agrees that it is. Kenzi then confronts Valentine that he never gave Trick the coin, the one he had was a fake, and demands he give it up. He tries to refute the accusation, but when Kenzi asks Hale to frish Valentine, he relents and gives the coin to Trick, much to Kenzi’s pleasure.
Bo and Saskia have tied up Bertram in the meantime and the two Succubi play with him for a while before Bo stops and goes to call Dyson to have Bertram picked up. As she does this, Saskia feeds on Bertram and kills him. Bo is shocked and demands that she bring him back to live, but she refuses Bo’s request. Saskia tells Bo that she has killed before so what’s the big deal? Bo replies that it was in self defence and that since Bertram is helpless that it is murder. Saskia answers that as far as she is concerned it is an execution. She then tells Bo that he attacked one of her clan and so Saskia had to defend her. She then tells Bo that if the Dark Fae find out that she killed Bertram, they will make her pay. Bo is then confronted with the choice to tell what happened. She tells Saskia that she will not, but that she did not “sign up for this.” Saskia simply says “fine” and goes to leave.
Bo tells her that she needs to learn from her and Saskia agrees, telling Bo to come with her. Bo tells her that she isn’t what she had hoped for and Saskia says the same thing to Bo. But Saskia also adds the taunt that when Bo is ready to find out more about herself that she should find her. Then Saskia leaves, Bo still trying to save Bertram.
The next scene is Bo, Dyson and Lauren in the Fae Lab with Bertram’s body. Dyson notes that Bertram was not a local, but Bo confirms he was Dark Fae. While that is a problem, it appears that Bertram attacked Bo in her own home after pursuing her and that should make things easier to deal when the Dark Fae protest over her actions. Dyson tells Bo that he will make it go away, to which she answers that she wishes he could. Lauren in the meantime looks uncomfortable at Bo and Dyson’s growing relationship. Bo then leaves without another word.
Kenzi in the meantime is still at Trick’s bar past closing time. Trick asks her why and what’s going on between her and Bo. She says that there is no reason to go home anymore because Bo is making new friends. Trick tells her that a little bird told him that people rarely take you for granted unless you let them. Kenzi replies that a Lightning Bird told her something about Trick, that being Trick is powerful and that he has a book of blood. Trick claims not to know what she is talking about, but Kenzi tells him that “it takes a con to know a con”, and that he has secrets. Trick’s answer to that is that Kenzi has an imagination and that she should go home and remind Bo why she needs her.
The last scene is back at Bo and Kenzi’s place, Bo laying in bed being close to tears when Kenzi walks in. Kenzi makes light of things for a moment before Bo hugs her tightly and tells her that she missed her. Kenzi asks if she wants to talk, but Bo says that they always talk about her and she wants to hear what Kenzi has been up to. As Kenzi does so, at first Bo pays close attention to her, but then something catches her attention behind Kenzi. That turns out to be a leather jacket that Saskia left behind when she left Bo behind. The last image is of Bo staring off in the direction of the jacket, Kenzi’s voice barely heard.
Fade to black…
First things first. Saskia was a stereotypical Succubus. Evil, occasionally nasty and generally just a bit over the top sexually which is fine. The problem comes with the lines she had such as “girlfriend, Nancy Drew and Faedar. That all seemed to be very forced and, to be honest, a Succubus that has known about herself for as long as Saskia must have, would be more dominant and less flippant.
I also didn’t think much about her calling herself a “novelty whore.” It is a harsh contrast between Bo, being more true to herself, than Saskia’s constant sexual flippantness. It did grate after a while and that’s a shame because the idea of a Succubus to tempt Bo towards being Dark Fae is an interesting one.
There is another part of the episode that wasn’t explained, but I can come up with one possible explanation. Bo changed a lot over the course of the episode both in what she was wearing and her attitude. That all seemed to start right after Saskia kissed her when they first met. Seeing that Succubi can alter emotions and minds, I think it is possible that Saskia tweaked her mind a bit at that point, and at others when she shared energy with Bo.
it would explain the sudden cold shoulder to Kenzi, the lack of caring about anything other than Saskia and the sudden, almost snapping out of itreaction at the end of the story when Saskia killed Bertram. It’s not likely that Bo would have done all of that by herself, it seemed completely out of character for her.
I’ll make one more comment on Saskia before moving on. I did like the actress, I think she was a decent choice for a Succubus in the series. However the character just wasn’t right for her. She didn’t have the looks to be “flippant” as she was over the episode I think. But if she would have been very dominant and perhaps a bit more serious I think that would have clicked for me.
I’ve talked about Bo already in the episode. I think that at some points, particularly the “sharing things” moment at the bar, were uncomfortable for Anna Silk for some reason. She seemed to not be comfortable at that moment, whether the fact she was nose to nose with the camera, or the position she was in was hurting her back or something else, but, the look in her eyes didn’t match what she was saying or doing at that moment.
Otherwise, I think that Bo’s character grew a bit this time, but the effect of Saskia on her I think will cause more harm than good overall.
Lauren appeared this episode again. The tension between her and Bo was severe, which is what you would expect when someone betrayed you. The one thing that bothered me a little was the almost total capitulation that she showed when Bo changed the subject. It would have been nice to see some talk, if not a resolution between the two of them. And, to be honest, the only thing that brings me to is that something is going to happen to Lauren. I hope not, but it’s looking more and more like that.
Very little Dyson this episode. one good scene with Bo and at the end when she embraces him, that was well done between the players. I liked Hale’s appearance as well, the comment from him about hating cemeteries was funny and with his helping Kenzi at the bar I think made him a better, more rounded character in the series.
That brings us to Kenzi. As much as the series is about Bo, the side stories with Kenzi are becoming my favorite parts of the series to watch. The actress is amazing to watch, I love her eyes, so very unique when she focuses on someone, and her character, expressions and most of all. lines, make any appearence of Kenzi a moment to stop and enjoy the ride.
Trick was overall the highlight of the episode for me. We learned a good deal about him, doors were opened towards Kenzi knowing about him, but the one thing that matters most of all was that I think Trick now respects Kenzi more than he has in the past. I think that this makes Kenzi more of a bridge between humans and Fae than Bo is really. She seems to get, if not respect from the Fae she encounters, at least they see her value to them.
And it’s a good thing to be wanted, which is what I think Kenzi’s ultimate goal in the series is. The pain that she showed when Bo focused alone on Saskia was played exactly right with all of the hurt and need that I would have expected someone like Kenzi to show in real life.
So this week, Kenzia gets my applause and my thanks for her amazing work…
So, as much as the details of what Succubi can do in the Lost Girl universe is good, the level of dislike for the way that Saskia was portrayed just turned me off a lot of the time. It’s hard to enjoy a show where you have the need to fast forward through some moments because they are just so over the top you can’t stand them… But contrasting that was the joy of watching Kenzi and Trick make progress in their friendship, so…
My rating of The Mourning After
Keeping my interest – 5 Pitchforks
Portrayal of a Succubus – 5 Pitchforks
Overall look and feel – 4 Pitchforks
Storyline – 3 Pitchforks
Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks
Mythos – 5 Pitchforks
Overall Rating – 4.3 Pitchforks out of 5
You would have expected a higher rating because of Saskia’s appearance and the focus on the mythos of Succubi in the series in this episode wouldn’t you? But the problem is the stereotyping of Saskia’s character. She was all out Dark Fae and acted like the traditional Succubus for most of the episode. What really bothered me the most was the condescending attitude she had. It seemed as if the entire purpose of having her in this episode was to simply show Bo just what a Succubus, at least Saskia, is in this world. And that is something that really didn’t have to be that way. Bo has enough guilt and uncertainty as it is.
This Sunday, Episode Eleven: When Dyson wakes up bloody and without the last eight hours of memory, he finds himself accused of murdering Ba’al, a close associate of The Morrigan’s pet psychopath, Vex, and takes refuge in Trick’s bar, invoking sanctuary.
We haven’t seen The Morrigan since episode one of the series, lots of The Ash, so this one might be a Dark Fae centric episode. Vex returns, to be honest I didn’t expect that so soon, but it is welcome, he is probably the most interesting of the Dark Fae we have seen so far. Dyson is finally at risk in the series, other than Bo nibbling on him occasionally. I wonder if push comes to shove in the episode if Bo will have to kill for Dyson?
He’s done it for her… a lot.