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Sep 16 2011

The Lost Girl finds that love can be a pain in the back…

The second episode of Lost Girl season two aired this week and there are a few things about it that please me and bother me as usual. I’m pleased that the political landscape was explained to a point, but it is still shadowy and unpleasant as it ever was. And I am bothered about the new Ash and wonder if he is what I think he seems to be.

Episode fifteen, and the season two second episode of the Lost Girl TV series, was this week. Fae politics are deadly serious, Bo and Dyson’s relationship seems to be really over, a new Ash is crowned that doesn’t like Bo and she can’t use her powers on him… Oh and Bo finally gets a decent looking red dress this time.

This is the second review of the second season of of Lost Girl. A summary of this episode has been added to the SuccuWiki, but won’t be adding my commentary to the articles there as that is what the Tale is for….

Bo discovers that love is forever, but can be a pain in the back when she admits that…

I fought the Fae (and the Fae won)

The episode begins with Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) placing various items in front of Hale (K.C. Collins) in the kitchen in Bo’s home. They are: a bottle of vodka, a tub of triple fudge swirl ice cream and an animal tranquillizer dart. Hale asks if she is over reacting a bit to which Kenzi replies that the last time Dyson dumped Bo a car got smashed, three furies died and a man’s head was cut off referring to the episode Faetal Attraction in the previous season. They gather up the items and the go off in search of Bo (Anna Silk) who is elsewhere in the house. They find her on a swing listening to a iPod and she greets them with a smile and seems very happy for a succubus that has been dumped. Kenzi is uncovinced that she is as happy as she seems to be and begins to ask questions. Bo explains that she and Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) didn’t break up but were broken up by the Norn and therefore she isn’t upset but determined. After making Hale leave, Kenzi gets Bo to explain further and Bo tells her that even though she isn’t okay with what happened, she knows that Dyson risked everything for her. That to Bo means that he loved her and not the sex or the succubus she is, but her as the person she is. Bo’s plan is to remind Dyson just how good the two of them are together and that you should never underestimate the power of a woman in love.

The scene switches to a van in a alleyway which comes to a stop and a guard (Rebecca Amare) steps out of the van and then helps a prisoner get out of it. She tells the prisoner that she is hoping for her as another guard approaches. The handcuffs are taken off and then the prisoner makes a run for it. She gets a short distance away and then comes to a stop before turning around and firing what appear to be quills into the chests of the two guards chasing her. She apologies to them, saying that there is one last thing she needs to do, and then runs away as the opening credits appear.

We return to see Dyson and Hale walking down the alleyway to the scene of the prisoner escape. Hale asks where Dyson has been and the answer is that he was hunting in his wolf form. Hale is concerned that Dyson is “going feral”, to which Dyson scoffs as he looks at a file that Hale brought along. They meet up with the guard that released the prisoner from the van and she indicates that she was stopped by poison in the quills that the prisoner had shot her with. She gives them a direction that the prisoner escaped in. It is also revealed that she had been in custody for over eighty years. Then the guard also reveals something that neither Dyson or Hale was aware of, but that isn’t revealed to the viewer.

We cut to Bo and Kenzi arriving at The Dal Riata and meeting Trick (Richard Howland) there. He offers them a drink and Bo is about to ask him about the Norn that Dyson visited when the room hushes and the Light Fae present begin to bow to a tall Fae that enters the bar with an entourage. He approaches the bar and announces himself to Trick there as the Blackthorn (Conrad Coates), an emissary from the Old Country. After doing this, he also announces to the assembled Fae a proclamation that in two days a successor to the Ash will be named and then announces that the Selection Games can begin. The crowd cheers as Bo looks on with concern. She then calls Lauren (Zoie Palmer) and tells her what has happened. Lauren is confused throughout the call and after Bo hangs up sits at a counter in her lab fingering the necklace around her neck that marks her as being owned by the Ash, a worried look on her face as she does.

Hale and Kenzi are sitting at a table at the Dal Riata as Bo joins them to hear Hale explain about what is going on at the moment. He explains there are a lot of rituals, a feast and something called a Stag Hunt which he does not elaborate on. He also explains that The Blackthorn is a title and not a name. He also explains that the Dark Fae leadership take their titles from dead warriors while the Light Fae leadership take their titles from the sacred trees of their beliefs. Hale then explains that they will not know who is in the running to be The Ash until the time of the Gala approaches and the candidates make themselves known. After that, the top three contenders undertake the Stag Hunt and at the end of that event the new Ash is known. Kenzi is interested in attending but as Hale invites both of them to come to the Gala, Bo refuses and the two leave Hale in the bar alone.

They return to their home and Bo explains that she wants nothing to do with the choosing of a new Ash as it will, she believes, cost her and Kenzi something like it did when Aifeinvolved herself in the affairs of the ruling Fae. Kenzi tries very hard to get Bo to give in and go, but in the end Kenzi gives up and Bo seems pleased with herself. As they leave the kitchen there is a noise behind them and the prisoner that had escaped earlier in the episode appears there. She explains to them that she is the Stag that the candidates for being Ash will be hunting.

Returning from commercial, we find Dyson at the bar and Trick joins him after finally getting all of the other Fae out of the bar for the night. Dyson reports that Blackthorn is aware that an attack happened, that the Ash was injured and that the Edlers were killed. As a result he wants the Ash replaced as punishment. Dyson also reports that Blackthorn does not know that Aife was the cause of the attack or was involved in anyway. Trick is troubled by this and believes that Blackthorn is after something or knows something but has not revealed it as yet.

Bo and Kenzi in the meantime, are asking questions of the prisoner. She is being hunted as it is a tradition she explains. The contenders for the Ash are to battle a worthy opponent and they use prisoners in that role. When Kenzi asks what she did to be in jail. she explains that she attempted to marry a Dark Fae named Hamish (Chris Hoffman), was captured by Light Far enforcers before they could escape. This was treason accruing to the Light Fae and she was put in jail as a result. A flashback is then shown with the events of the last night that she had seen Hamish, including her capture but as well his escape from her. But before Hamish leaves her, he does declare his love for her and that he would never leave her, but use never saw him again. She doesn’t know whether it was Light or Dark Fae that betrayed them however. Loud hammering at the door stops the explanations as Kenzi and Bo rush off to defend their home. The prisoner tells Bo her one wish is to see Hamish one more time before she is killed. Bo agrees to this as a group of Light Fae break through the door and approach the woman, demanding the prisoner be given to them. Before the group comes to blows, Dyson arrives and defuses the situation. He then explains to Bo that she must release the prisoner to him. Before Bo can argue with Dyson, the prisoner gives herself up to Dyson telling Bo that it is for the best. As she leaves, she finally reveals that her name is Sabine (Natalie Brown). Dyson tells Bo that Sabine will be taken to the Ash’s compound until the hunt begins. Bo stops him before he can leave and tells him that she is thankful for him looking out for her. She also tells him that she is still trying to deal with all that he has told her and that she wants one chance to really talk to him and understand what has happened. Dyson leaves but not without agreeing to see her and talk to her in the future.

Bo then goes to see Blackthorn at the Ash’s compound. He greets her noting that “meeting the undecided” succubus will make him the envy of political pundits among the Fae. Bo notes that she is not okay with Sabine being taken from her home to which Blackthorn retorts that she was their prisoner. Bo also complains about the Stag Hunt and that complaint is replied to with the words “it is not sport. Ritual.” Bo does not understand and Blackthorn admits that some think that they need to change their name from Light Fae to something else. He guides Bo to a pair of seamstresses who pose her for Blackthorn as he attempts to explain the difference between Light and Dark Fae. His comparison is that the Light Fae are like the Native Indians in which they honour and respect the hunt and do not over hunt their lands. The Dark Fae, according to him, kill mainly for pleasure. When Bo asks what she is, the answer is “an obnoxious Vegan” to which Bo is quite pleased with. As they continue to talk, the seamstresses have been taking measurements of Bo and showing Blackthorn various colours of cloth using Bo as a model. As Bo and Blackthorn walk in a circle afterwards, the seamstresses are seen to be working on something. Blackthorn explains that the Stag is a volunteer and as such the Fae do not see the hunt as being barbaric but a means to giving the Stag’s family their honour back. Bo then tells him that she will be trying to allow Sabine to see Hamish once more. Blackthorn is unimpressed by this but before Bo leaves gives her a red dress that had been made for Bo while they were talking with the comment that she should come to the Gala as his goes and to bring Trick with her.

We next see Bo and Kenzi getting out of their car with Kenzi commenting that Bo should “see next time if he has Gucci.” They approach a building that Hale has told them is the home of Hamish and knock on the door. As they wait for an answer, Bo asks Kenzi not to be home on Saturday night as she is planning to see Dyson and get him back. Her plan is called “Operation Woo” and when Kenzi asks what that is, Bo’s answer is “cleavage.” The door opens and Hamish is there, but wants nothing to do with Sabine and tells Bo and Kenzi to get lost. They argue for a while as Bo tries to get him to change his mind, but he vanishes into thin air for a moment and then slams the door in their faces. Bo and Kenzi return to their car, Kenzi asking if they were finished with this, but Bo eventually reveals that together they will save Sabine and not get caught doing so. Kenzi makes a wistful comment that she “wishes I could quit you” that Bo does not seem to hear before getting into the car and they drive off.

Bo is next seen at Trick’s reading a series of books trying to understand what is the process for naming the new Ash. Trick explains that: The candidates for Ash gather at theGyallahall or the Gala that is held in the Stag’s honour. While it is a ball, it is actually the first test of the candidates in their political abilities and cunning. Those that receive enough votes then are called contenders, who then compete in the hunt itself. If the Stag manages to arrive at a bell that is hidden in the forest, then they are allowed to live free and the contenders are not suitable to be the Ash. However, Trick notes that the entire Hunt is set against the Stag and they never win to which Bo answers that they will have to find a way to change that. Bo notes the she will be at the Gala as a guest of Blackthorn and tells Trick that his is also invited which seems to shock Trick. Bo wonders if someone they know can be used as a means to get someone into the running for the Ash and disrupt the proceedings and Trick reveals that there is someone that they all know.

Bo and Kenzi are seen next slamming Hale against a wall and demanding that he explain why he never told them that he was “hooked up.” His answer is that his family disapproves of any attempt he has made of having his own life and that he doesn’t want anything to do with politics. After trying to get him to change his mind by berating him, Bo and Kenzi then mockingly curtesy to him before Bo hits him on the chest and asks him to change his mind. Eventually he does relent, but tells Kenzi that she cannot be at the Gala because she is human and they are not allowed to be there.

Next Trick, Bo and Hale are seen arriving at the Gala as Bo explains her plan. She notes that at the Gala anything short of murder is allowed and as such the three of them, with Dyson also there as protection, should be able to sway voters and influence the Fae voters. They enter the Gala and Hale is announced as Baronett William Haley Francois Santiago of Clan Zamora. He receives a blue armband that notes him as a candidate at the same time. It is then shown that each voter receives a small clear disk called a Gias, which is placed into a tall glass tube that has the colour of each candidate’s armband. There are several of them shown of various colours. Trick sees Dyson with someone and goes to him, Bo also sees him and moves in that direction as well, but she bumps into a Fae by accident. He talks to Bo for a moment, asks for her vote, and then walks off. Hale then appears and asks if she is okay to which Bo says that she has seen her target that being the Fae she just met who she calls “Mr. Green Armband.” She notes the other contestants calling them “Cougar, Grandpa and Mr. Big.” she also notes there are two other contenders that she does not see as a threat making a total of seven candidates. They split up to work the crowd and as they do we see Sabine sitting on a throne receiving honours dressed regally.

What follows next is a series of cut scenes that show the candidates working the crowd, Bo and her friends influencing the voters, and the voters eventually placing their votes. Several scenes show Hale glad-handing the voters and making promises that he would hold in his role as Ash. Bo makes an attempt to take “Mr. Green Armband” out of the running by feeding on him and influencing his thoughts. That appears to work for a moment, but he resists her and recognizes her for who she is, noting that she has some great talents before walking away, with Dyson passing behind Bo as he leaves. Hale is seen talking to some voters and “Cougar” passes by putting something into Hale’s drink. He attempts to take a sip, but Dyson appears and removes the drink from Hale’s grasp, placing it in the hands of “Grandpa” and shaking his finger at “Cougar” as she walks away. Bo in the meantime takes out “Mr. Big” and his associates as Dyson arrives and comments “nice.” Bo tries to talk to him again about their relationship, but she is distracted by the sound of “Grandpa” falling to the floor and when she turns back Dyson has vanished again. Dyson is then confronted by Trick about what he is doing to Bo and asks him why he is tormenting her as it is not like him. Dyson’s answer is that he isn’t himself anymore, and that Trick didn’t want them together anyway before walking away again as Blackthorn arrives to talk to Trick. They discuss the younger generation’s faults for a moment, then the discussion turns to Bo and Blackthorn comments that Bo seems to take after her mother Aife. When Trick gives him a look, Blackthorn also comments that Trick needs to work on his poker face before walking away leaving Trick alone.

The episode continues with Sabine continuing to take honours and Bo meets her. She tells Sabine that Hamish is alive at least, but that he did not come to the Gala as far as she knows. Bo asks if Hamish could have betrayed her to which the answer is that they were in love with all they were and it was impossible. She asks Bo if she knows what that is like to which Bo answers: “Once. Apparently.” Bo reveals that she and her friends will be at the Hunt to help her win it and live, but Sabine refuses saying that there is no point to living without Hamish. They are interrupted when a waitress drops her tray and Bo storms off as if following someone. She goes into a room where no one else is and looks around for a moment before head-butting the air which makes Hamish appear as he falls to the floor. Bo tells him that she can see auras and that his was hot for Sabine. Bo gets him to admit that he loves her, that he did not betray her, and that it was his family, in fear of their name being ruined by his actions that revealed what Sabine and Hamish were going to do. He also admits that he has spent the time since trying to find a way to get her out and free, but hasn’t been able to because he is Dark Fae and is powerless to help her. Bo refutes that and tells him that he must help her, telling him that if he loves her, he will do anything for her before walking away in disgust with him.

The next day the three contenders are at the Hunt. They are Hale, “Cougar”, and “Mr. Green Band.” They are given poison tipped arrows by Blackthorn and told the rules of the Hunt, those being that they cannot kill each other and can only use the weapons they have been given by him, before he sounds a horn and announces that the Hunt has begun. Sabine runs through the woods with the hunters in pursuit. A series of short scenes follows that show her dodging her attackers, eventually striking “Cougar” with her quills when she is trapped by her. Dyson grabs her from behind and guides her towards the goal after she agrees to trust him. Bo and Kenzi are also seen in the woods near the bell as Dyson and Sabine arrive. Dyson tells her to run for it and she tries to get there, but “Mr. Green Armband” appears out of nowhere and strikes her with an arrow just short of the bell.

We return to see the group gathered at Sabine’s body, including Blackthorn. Dyson declares that Sabine is dead. He asks Blackthorn to leave Sabine to them to which the Blackthorn agrees. The horn is sounded again, but the winner of the Hunt then approaches Bo and tells her that he knows that she is the succubus that does as she pleases, but that she will not anymore before he leaves. Blackthorn and the rest also leave moments later. Dyson then says the coast is clear as Hale and Lauren appear moments later. Hamish also appears out of thin air and tries to explain that he tried to save Sabine. Lauren tells him that since the arrow didn’t hit her heart they only have to deal with the poison and she does so bringing Sabine back to life. She looks up to see Hamish and they embrace, Sabine telling him that she knew he would come and help her. We cut away to see the new Ash finally being crowned elsewhere. While we do not know his name at this time, according to the show notes, his name is Lachian (Vincent Walsh). He stares at Trick as he walks away, Trick’s only comment in any way being a nod to Blackthorn as he leaves the crowning.

Bo meets with Dyson at her home, trying to talk to him and get him to understand that she loves him in spite of what the Norn did. She thanks him for protecting her, she admits that her has been stubborn and blind to their relationship and she ask him if they can start over again. Dyson explains that this is all his fault, that wolves mate for life and that he does not regret giving that love to her, but the Norn took it. Bo says she understands but that while he might have lost his love, she hasn’t lost hers for him. She kisses him, tells him that she wants to try again and show that the Norn cannot win, but Dyson rebuffs her. Bo then loses control for a moment, her eyes turning colour as she tells him that she can make him love her which makes Dyson growl at her in warning before pushing Bo back and snapping her out of it. She tries to apologize, but Dyson turns away and leaves her behind, telling her that she has to move on because he already has.

The final scenes begin with Trick at the bar talking to Blackthorn. Blackthorn comments that things seem to have gone well to which Trick is noncommittal in response. Trick comments that meeting Bo must have given Blackthorn some information about her and the people that protect her. Blackthorn notes that is was clever to bring Sabine back from the dead as there was nothing in the rules against it. Trick asked about Sabine, wondering how it was that she knew of Bo after eighty years in jail and where to find her to which Blackthorn admits that he might have had something to do with that. Trick wonders why Blackthorn really was in town and is told that there was a rumour that Trick was not a simple barkeep but in fact the Blood King. Trick tells him that he would be happy to have those rumours stop, that he should tell the High Council that he has no plans to be involved in power as long as they stop trying to find Aife. Blackthorn comments that Aife must have then reappeared, that Bo is her Daughter to which Trick answers that he would remain retired as long as they stay away from his and Bo’s affairs. They finish their drinks and Blackthorn leaves but not before commenting: “Bartender my ass.”

The final scene has Bo and Kenzi sitting on the couch together at home, eating ice cream and talking about what has happened with Dyson. Bo thinks she made an ass out of herself, but Kenzi disagrees. Bo laments that her relationship with Dyson is truly over, but Kenzi tells her about the “Tim effect”, which is the first guy that Kenzi loved. Her mind was eventually willing to let him go, but her heart never really did and the problem was that she tried to get that feeling back but something inside of her never let her feel it again. Kenzi thinks that the Norn is blocking his heart and mind from feeling the same thing about Bo. Bo makes the comment that she is a succubus and can make anyone want her, but she can’t make the man she loves, love her. She also makes the admission that whatever Dyson did, he did for her. But now he only wants to be friends and she has to tell him that she is okay with that relationship. Kenzi says that means that Bo is going to have to lie about it and Bo admits that she knows she will have to. Kenzi wishes her luck as she goes to get a pint of vanilla ice cream for them to share. The last image of the episode is a shot of Bo from behind sitting on the couch alone.

Fade to black…

I thought that overall this was one of the better episodes of Lost Girl, but I did notice that they fell into a few traps that seem to be a mark of the series. The one that really drives me crazy is how much time is spent watching characters taking a drink and saying nothing. I timed it and over this episode we lost a total of five minutes of air time to people taking drinks and saying nothing.

Why?

Those five minutes could have been used to better effect in moving the story forward or revealing something about the characters other than they drink a heck of a lot.

Anyway… On to the characters in the episode…

Bo… Thank you for finally giving her a decent dress to wear instead of leather 24 hours a day. I have one complaint about the dress and that is make it strapless next time? That piece of material over one shoulder just shouldn’t have been there… Her character grows a lot this time, she learns some truths about herself but also we seen that she can lose control over herself and be, if just slightly, evil in a way. That’s showing growth in her makeup that she has needed. Oh and thank you for putting her hair down with the dress. She was almost exactly perfect when she came in that door looking like that…

Dyson is… well, he’s becoming a character that I don’t like as much as I did last season. He’s grouchy, a pain to be with and he’s starting to alienate himself from all of the people around him. He’s hurting Bo, has a short temper with Hale and Trick as well. Now that is caused by the Norn and that’s fine, but seriously, being a “prick” 100% of the time makes him less of a interesting person as a character to me and I think the actor really isn’t enjoying the role at the moment like this.

Hale was a shock this time. We learned so much about his background and that was a thrill honestly. To know that he is “connected” now is something that you would have never really caught onto so far in the series. I loved his name and I wonder where this will take him as a character with his relationship with Kenzi…

Kenzi… once again she stole just about every scene she was in. She was smart and funny but most of all… She was Bo’s friend no matter what happened. The moments at the end with them sitting on the couch and eating ice cream where the most touching moments the series has had so far. You can see that Kenzi loves her as family first and most of all and just wants her to be happy whatever that might take. She is, again, the soul of the series…

Lauren was underused by far this time. Save for Bo calling her about the new Ash and the end of the episode and saving Sabine, she wasn’t mentioned or talked to at all. She did have to be established in the episode, but through her we didn’t find out where the old Ash was exactly? Dead? Alive? Somewhere in between? There could have been at least one small hint.

Blackthorn is a fascinating character when he appears on screen. It’s obvious that he has power, knows how to use it, and knows more than he is telling. But we never know what kind of Fae he is, what his past is or connection with Trick, if any. He shouldn’t be seen as a lackey of the powerful as he has his own role, but there is a lot of background to be explored in this character and the threat he is to Bo and I wonder if he will ever return again… It would be nice to see him again…

Lachian bothers me in a lot of ways. The actor played him as arrogant and possibly slightly evil as well. We have no idea what kind of Fae he is, but, honestly, he strikes me as an incubus even though that is impossible as one can’t be a Light Fae can they? A question to be answered sometime. I’ll also note how Bo was taken with him at first as well. An incubus would make a great deal of sense really.

Hamish was too hyper and honestly i didn’t believe him very much when he appeared, as few times as he did. There wasn’t a “spark” between his character and Sabine, which was disappointing. The frazzled nature he showed just struck me as the wrong way to play him and I would have liked to have seen a character that was like Dyson in a way before the Norn changed him to be a mirror to the Bo/Dyson relationship. We also never learn what kind of Fae he is. That is disappointing too.

Sabine was interesting as a character, her reasons for doing what she did make some sense, but she was in the end a puppet of Blackthorn and I didn’t like that reveal when it came. Oh she would have not gotten Bo involved otherwise, but honestly? It was clumsy. She looked to be in love still after 80 years which is wonderful, but then seeing Hamish you have to wonder what she sees in him honestly. And again, we never learn what kind of Fae she is. Tbis is becoming painful to see and I wish that the writers would give us some kind of information on other Fae when they appear so that we have some explanation of the Faes and what they are.

Which brings me to the other minor characters that i haven’t talked about. It would be interesting if some of them would return if possible if for no other reason than to broaden the Lost Girl universe. It keeps giving us more and more minor players with time on screen that matters, but in the end we get little else from them. Oh I’m not talking about a waitress or a background characters. No I mean like the other candidates. Have them return to get back at Hale or Bo or something. It would make sense and it would link the episodes of the series together…

But it will probably never happen…

My rating of I fought the Fae (and the Fae won)

A decent story with decent character development. Thank you for that as it gives me a lot of hope for this season most of all…

Keeping my interest – 5 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 3 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 3 Pitchforks

Storyline – 5 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks

Mythos – 5 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 4.2 Pitchforks out of 5

The political background and more so the means to which people will battle for the right to be Ash were really the highlight of the episode. It gave a better view into the Fae world, at least to a point, which was something that I had been asking for in the series for some time. If that was all that we got from this episode, it would have been great.

But we also get a new force to reckon with in Blackthorn and as well the new Ash which will, I know, make the future episodes more interesting as well. Lots of possibilities of where things can go there, one of them being that the new Ash didn’t actually win the contest by the letter of the rules and could that mean he will be ousted in the future?

What will Blackthorn do now that he knows that Trick is the Blood King? Will the Fae leadership keep their word to Trick? I seriously doubt that. They haven’t been know as being the most honest of beings in the past really..

But again, the series is opening doors to new plot lines and stacking them on top of the old ones. It is really necessary to build up so many plots in the series? How many of them will be dead ends or just something to tease the viewers?

Setting that aside, the reveal about Hale was fascinating and we learned so much about his family that we didn’t know and that makes him a more rounded character which just added to his charm in the series.

The Bo/Dyson relationship is truly on the rocks, which we did know if Bo didn’t. That might, and likely will, open the door to the Bo/Lauren relationship as the series goes on, but with how much Dyson hates to see Bo and Lauren together, if that what eventually snaps the Norn’s power over him?

It’s an interesting thought at the least.

The look of the episode was lush and powerful for the most part. I thought the scene with Bo getting her dress from Blackthorn was perfect in every way. Bo obviously doesn’t care for what Blackthorn is and he only sees her as something to use for political gain. It will be interesting to see what happens if and or when he returns to the scene in the future.

The question of the old Ash’s fate will be a major point in the series now and I wonder if he might come to Bo for help in getting his title back. Or he might seek revenge on Bo for what her Mother did, and if that happens, is Lauren the means to that or is she the new Ash’s property now? Wouldn’t it be interesting if Bo someday would be in a place of power, if not the Ash, and own Lauren? It would make for a very serious episode dealing with the Fae and what is, really, a kind of slavery of humans which we know that Bo is against.

There wasn’t a lot of growth for Bo here, we did see her using her powers and that the new Ash can resist her, which is an important thing. But it was more interesting to see Bo lose control with Dyson, if only for a moment, and her succubus nature take over and that bit of darkness in her come out for an instant… if might again…

The overall look of the episode, while good in sets and so on, had a problem when it came to the scenes in the forest. The bell didn’t look natural, it was too clean by far, and why is it that we have to have everyone wearing leather all of the time? At least Bo was dressed in a decent dress this time, but it really should have been strapless and quite a lot more body hugging.

She is a succubus, let her sexuality been there to be seen please?

I mentioned that the long drinking shots bother me, as well the long establishing shots of buildings and so on also seem to be too long. A few seconds fine, but it seems like the episode is stopping forever and it feels as well like they are waving a red flag at the viewer when they do. We get it, we understand it, move along please? We have story to tell okay?

I do hope that we have more references of the past in future episodes. It helped make the opening scene with Hale and Kenzi so much better than it could have been if the past had been ignored.

But in the end, while the story was good, the characters developed well, and the veil over the Fae was lifted at least slightly, it just felt like there was a lot of extra moments stuck into the episode that didn’t actually add that much to it. That’s not to say there weren’t exceptional scenes to be seen in it, it’s more that there has to be a point where it’s less about “show” and more about “tell.”

Next Week, or is it this week: Scream a Little Dream.

Now this is an odd situation for Showcase. They were not going to be showing the third episode of the second season on the 18th, instead it was going to air on the 25th. Thing is that some reports have Showcase relenting and showing this episode on the 18th instead of the movies that were going to be shown.

It gets more interesting as all of the DVRs still show nothing on the 18th, there are no episode summaries to be found at the time I wrote this as well. However the official Lost Girl site now lists the episode as running this Sunday.

So which is it?

It would be nice if Showcase would announce what is going on exactly to the fans of the series. But again it seems as if the promotional department of Showcase isn’t getting the word out to the fans. It seems silly for them to hope that the dans will “magically” know that the episodes have been moved around isn’t it?

In any case, there is one piece of information that the IMDb page has on this episode which I find interesting and that is that one of the characters is listed as “Old Bo.” I wonder what that means? Is this a flashback episode or a flash forward one? Is it a dream episode? It seems like a waste if it is as there is a lot otherwise to deal with in the series at the moment, not the least of which is the new Ash that Bo has to deal with.

Let’s try to keep focused and make every episode a good one please?

That’s what the fans want most of all…

 

 

Tera

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    Tariq

    great analysis i liked this episode more than the premiere and am really interested to explore the politics and lauren/slavery more
    there is a new episode this sunday confirmed by the official twitter and the promo for the next episode is online and it seems to be about a fae that controls dreams “the mare”

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    James

    Were this the US, I would say skipping the 18th would be a way to avoid conflicting with the Emmys.

    Anywho, my other comment–other than the thought that the long shots of drinking might be because some distiller is paying for product placement–is that Dyson’s grumpiness, etc., makes sense to me. His love for Bo has been taken away, and yet part of him feels as if he SHOULD love her. Then there is his knowledge of what had to happen to save Bo, and so he pushes everyone away in order to make sure that he doesn’t crumble.

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    TeraS

    *huggles*

    Hi Tariq…

    When I wrote this last night that hadn’t been updated on Showcase or anywhere else… It sounds interesting and the idea of the Mare is of course a well established myth and legend. The one thing I have to hope for is that we don’t go into a “Freddy K” episode which would be disappointing…

    Tera

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    TeraS

    Ah my heart… Hopefully he will learn or at least at some point the Norn will get her due ends for her interference…

    I can hope at least…

    Tera

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    TeraS

    There is a lot of the Fae mythos that isn’t really explained and I hope that they use it well for several episodes to flesh out the world more…

    Tera

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