Feb 01 2013

Just what chocolate bar does Bo like best?

One of the things that really hash’t been touched on a lot in the Lost Girl series so far has been the issue of Bo needing to feed on others through sex. For some, like Dyson, that’s understandable. For others, like Lauren, the understanding isn’t the hard thing… it’s realizing that a monogamous relationship isn’t realistic. But it can be fatal for both her and Bo if they aren’t careful. And in the end, the monster of jealousy can make an appearance with implications that none of them can foresee.

The fourth episode of the third season, also episode thirty-nine of the Lost Girl TV series was this week. Bo and Lauren find out that a hungry Succubus can be a real problem that not even chocolate and caffeine can deal with. Dyson gets in touch with his inner Griffin, and Bo’s insides as well. Trick gives Hale an ultimatum while Kenzi suffers when her friends don’t listen to her anymore. And Tamsin just can’t find her caring personality, not that she ever had one…

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This is the fourth review of the third 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 when you haven’t enough sex in your life, sometimes you can…

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The episode begins with a long erotic scene between Bo (Anna Silk) and Lauren (Zoie Palmer) in Bo’s bedroom which ends with both Bo and Lauren collapsing onto the bed together gasping for breath, Bo telling Lauren that it was “epic.” Lauren comments that after the night before she didn’t think that she and Bo would do so again so soon. Bo promises Lauren that they can be together as often as she wants, but Lauren makes the comment that she “hasn’t organized my swabs in a week and I have cultures growing out of control, and my control cultures have mutated and I have a delivery of formaldehyde arriving in thirty minutes.” Bo’s answer is that Lauren should say “formaldehyde” again as she kisses her. Lauren whines that she has a million things on her to do list, but Bo teasingly tells Lauren that she thought she was Lauren’s to do list. Bo relents and tells Lauren that she “is released” before getting out of bed and starting her day. As Bo walks away, Lauren sits up, in obvious pain and extremely tired looking before she collapses back onto the bed again. Bo in the meantime is in the bathroom and finds a chocolate bar there which she begins to unwrap. However, she stumbles and almost falls to the floor knocking things over as she does which makes Lauren call out to Bo asking if everything it alright. Bo tells her everything is “amazing” as she opens the chocolate bar wrapping and devours it, a look of exhaustion and weariness upon her.

Elsewhere, on the roof of a building, a man wearing a Lloyd the Magnificent t-shirt (Stephan Sparks) is finishing tying a rope between two buildings as Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) and Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) arrive and ask what he is trying to do. Lloyd explains that his hero was a tight-rope walker and that his dream, since he was six, was to be a tight-rope walker as well. Tamsin is uninterested and pats Dyson on the back as she says: “Well, there you go, a man living his dream, can we go now?” before trying to walk away. Dyson asks Tamsin if she can “at least pretend to try” before he starts to try to talk Lloyd out of trying the stunt by asking if he can take some photos of him, which delays Lloyd for a time. As he takes the pictures, Dyson tells Tamsin that she is terrible at dealing with suicidal people to which Tamsin’s answer is: “He wants to live out a crazy circus fantasy, let him.” Dyson tells her that it is: “So typically dark of you” and then goes on to explain that there have been four previous “crazy human stunts pulled in the past week.” When he asks if she can remember how the first three ended, Tamsin’s answer is: “Crush, splat, Ka-boom.” Dyson continues to take pictures and also reveals that at each of the deaths he smelled Fae which likely meant that a Fae was somehow involved or responsible of what happened to the humans. Tamsin is less than thrilled and tells Dyson she has a date in less than an hour and she’d like them to wrap things up as quickly as possible. She then tells Lloyd that what he is doing is stupid which makes Dyson tell Tamsin to step back and let him handle this. Dyson attempts to do so, but Lloyd tells Dyson that: “It is not the time for questions, it is the time to dream! It is the time to live!” Tamsin cheers this, which surprises Dyson. As a result he is unable to stop Lloyd from stepping onto the tight-rope and then falling to his death, falling into a car below which sets off the car alarm. Dyson looks at the scene from above as Tamsin walks over, pats him on the shoulder and tells him: “Yeah. You got this.”

After the opening credits, we return to Bo’s place as she scrambles around the kitchen looking for something to eat as Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) tries to talk to her about something important, Bo complaining that there is no chocolate to be found and Kenzi finally having to throw a pillow at Bo to get her attention. Bo is not pleased with Kenzi, but Kenzi pushes on saying that she needs to have a “heart-to-heart” with Bo. When Bo tries to brush her off, Kenzi tells Bo that she has chocolate in her purse which gets Bo’s attention and she says: “What’s on your mind?” Kenzi seems unsure how to start and says that it is a delicate subject and Kenzi can’t keep it from Bo any longer. Bo assumes that Kenzi is talking about Lauren, but Kenzi says that it is something that has been “a big bug up my butt for months now.” Bo goes on the defensive saying that Kenzi has never liked Lauren, but Kenzi refutes this saying that she: “Louves me some Lauren” since the previous episode. Bo tells Kenzi that Lauren is very “louverable” to which Kenzi replies that from what she can hear, Lauren is “super bangable” too. Bo cries out in frustration: “Why is everything about sex?” Kenzi is surprised and replies: “Umm… Wondersnatch? Have we met?” Bo realizes that Kenzi has no chocolate and then throws the pillow back at Kenzi before leaving for the store. Kenzi watches Bo leave and then begins to scratch at her arm, which is turning colour and mumbles to herself: “Wicked, Wicked Norn, what have you done to me?”

Elsewhere, Tamsin arrives at the police station where Dyson is going over case files. When Dyson asks what happened to Mr. Six Pack, Tamsin’s date, her answer is: “Girl only needed ten minutes.” Dyson’s only comment is: “Too much information.” Dyson shows her the file for Lloyd and Tamsin’s comment is that since they couldn’t find anything on him, that it was a suicide and the case is closed. Tamsin continues to look through the file and then tells Dyson that all of the cases have been patients at a clinic called “The Better Way.” Tamsin wants to go and question the therapists there, but Dyson reminds her that because of doctor-patient confidentiality agreements, they will not say anything to them. She then suggests they go undercover, telling Dyson that she could be a great therapist, but Dyson is not impressed snf has another idea.

The scene switches to Bo drinking an espresso at the Dal Riata and agreeing to help Dyson with his case without even hearing what it is about. As they continue to talk, Bo is repeatedly attracted to several people that pass by and she tells Dyson, in a distracted tone, that she could use the distraction. Dyson tells Bo that he needs her to be a therapist at a New Age clinic and when Bo asks how she can convince the clinic of that, he shows her a diploma for Doctor Helen Green of the Sedona Centre for Psychological and Spiritual Healing which Bo scoffs about asking why she couldn’t have gone to Harvard. Dyson shakes his head and tells Bo that she hasn’t seen the Clinic. Dyson then explains that he needs Bo to access the patient files and help figure out why so many patients of that clinic are committing suicide. Bo is yet again distracted by another person walking by and tells Dyson that it: Sounds delicious.” He then tells Bo that she looks like she needs a feeding, and also asks from Bo and Lauren have broken up. Bo tells Dyson that her sex life is amazing while drinking yet more espresso. Dyson then tells Bo that she’s cut off from coffee for the day and she relents asking what kind of therapist she will be. The scene then switches to Bo in a doctor’s office looking at a book on Couples Therapy in disbelief.

After a commercial break, Bo walks into reception and meets Tabitha (Meghan Heffern) who assumes she is a patient and begins to use various scents on Bo. Bo explains that she is the new therapist and then Tabitha takes Bo on a tour of the clinic, talking very quickly and seeming somewhat hyperactive. Bo learns about some of the reactions of the other doctors and their personal issues as well. After Tabitha finishes talking about the doctors, Bo asks about Doctor Nemo and Doctor Bo which Tabitha explains are the office fish and cat. When Bo tells Tabitha that she should let her get back to work, Tabitha hands Bo a file folder and tells her that her eleven o’clock is waiting for her. Bo then has a session with Conner (Gordon S. Miller) and Manny (Jamaal Grant) about their relationship, and how things are not working out as it once had. Conner claiming that he does not use his job as an excuse to avoid sex and Manny does not believe him saying that Conner didn’t have to run off to the hospital to check on blood work late in the evening, considering he is a dermatologist. Then the discussion goes into their sex life, Conner saying it is fine, Manny saying that three times a week is not enough for him. Bo is shocked by this and asks how Manny can survive, which makes Conner ask if Bo is taking Manny’s side in the dispute. Then Manny attempts to read an impact statement which neither Bo or Conner want to hear about. Bo interrupts them both, touches their hands and pushes thoughts of sex into both of their minds which quickly pushes the pair into a compromising situation there in the office. Bo realizes what she did and tells them both: “Guys! Not here!” The two figure out that they can be home in five minutes, ten if they stop for whipped cream and the pair bolt from the office as Bo tells Tabitha that she is going out for lunch.

We next kind Bo and Lauren together, Bo trying to convince Lauren to have a “nooner” with her. When Lauren says she is too busy, Bo asks if Lauren is using work as an avoidance technique. Lauren is puzzled by Bo and asks her about this which then devolves into Lauren being very upset with Bo pretending to be a doctor and even more so about how much damage Bo could do to others as a result. Bo tries to brush Lauren’s concerns off, but Lauren presses on, becoming more and more angry with Bo and how flippant she is about acting like a doctor ending with Lauren telling Bo that she guesses that acting like a doctor must be easy for someone that never graduated from high school. The two look at each other in anger before Bo storms off leaving Lauren alone. Bo returns to her office and listens to a woman talking about her dreams, one of them involving submarines and sailors, with an obvious sexual tone to the entire conversation. When the conversation ends, Bo is obviously frustrated and eats a chocolate bar in an attempt to curb her need to feed. As this goes on, outside in the reception area, a young man, anmed Rolly (Chris Ratz) is acting up by lifting various pieces of furniture. Bo walks through the room and Rolly tells Bo that people call him Captain Humongous and that he can stop a moving car with a single hand. Bo then goes into the office of Doctor Palmer to look around but finds only Doctor Bob, the cat there. She looks through some files and rifles the desk when Doctor Palmer (Derek McGrath) arrives and asks what she is doing there. Bo manages to convince him that she wanted to talk to gim about regression therapy and he is flattered by this.

Meanwhile, Kenzi is in the Dal Riata talking to Hale (K.C. Collins) about her problems saying that she has “buttloads of stuff going on.” She tries to get Hale’s attention saying that she has something coming towards her in a “big yucky way” but Hale is distracted by his duties as the Ash. She gets his attention for an instant and begins to explain about using a chainsaw on the Norn, but Hale takes a phone call instead, dealing with an apology letter about looking at another Fae’s feet, blocking Kenzi out. When the call is over, Kenzi tries again to talk to Hale, but he brushes her off saying that he is “up to my moonshine in Ash stuff” telling Kenzi that he can have lunch with her on Friday. Hale then attempts to leave for an important meeting, but Kenzi stops him saying that the way he looks isn’t right. She convinces Hale that he needs a stylist and Hale gives in to Kenzi, giving her a credit card that Kenzi swoons over. Hale tells Kenzi that: “The black platinum has nothing on that” as he leaves and Kenzi ponders ascots.

Bo and Doctor Palmer are walking through the office talking about regression therapy when they enter the reception area to discover both Rolly and Tabitha are not there. Bo goes in search of Rolly and finds him in an underground parking garage trying to lift an SUV off the ground and failing to do so. Bo tries to calm him down and help him, but Rolly will have nothing of this, which eventually places him in front of a moving car trying to stop it with one hand. Bo manages to push him out of the way and goes over the hood of the car, being injured by it. Bo tells the driver to leave and then feeds from Rolly in an attempt to stop him from trying to kill himself in another way. Bo then sees Tabitha watching from the shadows and confronts her. Tabitha reveals that she is a Mayan Ixtab, also known as a Suicide Fae, and that she has been attracted to the death, but is not responsible for them. She and Bo wrestle for a time before Tabitha breaks free and runs off leaving Bo with Rolly close to death. Having no choice, calls for help, Bo pushes her own Chi back into Rolly to save him, and then collapses unconscious.

After another commercial, Dyson and Tamsin have found Bo and Rolly, Bo managing to save him. An argument between Bo, Dyson and Tamsin follows with both Dyson and Tamsin pointing the finger for the crimes at Tabitha while Bo doesn’t believe Tabitha is responsible. Bo comments to Dyson that she isn’t sure what she likes about Tamsin more, “her warmth or her charm.” Dyson tells Bo that she needs to “refuel” and Bo tells him that she will take care of that, Bo goes to see Lauren and feeds on her as much as she can, Bo having an huge bruise on her abdomen. The two apologize to each other about their fight earlier, trying to mend their relationship again. However, Bo does not completely heal herself. Afterwards, Lauren agrees that Tabitha isn’t likely responsible for the deaths saying that the evidence in the medical reports are not consistent with an Ixtab feeding, Lauren noting that each victim has a mark on their neck. As Lauren talks about this, Bo is in obvious pain, but tries to hide this from Lauren, not quite managing to hide the pain she is in.

Bo meets with Tamsin and Dyson and tries to convince them that Tabitha isn’t the one responsible, but Tamsin belittles Bo’s theories saying that they have all the evidence they need. After a long argument, Bo manages to convince Dyson to go into Doctor Palmer’s office as a patient and see if he is, in fact Fae and hypnotizing his patients to commit the suicides. Tamsin leaves in disgust with the plan soon after and Bo tries to leave as well, but Dyson stops her. Taking Bo to a private room he discovers that Bo has severe internal injuries and demands to know how she is feeding. When Bo reveals she is being monogamous and only feeding with Lauren, Dyson tries to get Bo to understand that she is a Succubus and cannot sustain herself on a single human being alone. Bo cries that she cannot feed on anyone else, but Dyson tells her that there are no strings attached to feeding on him and she either feeds on him or she leaves in an ambulance. Bo finally relents taking Chi from Dyson to heal herself and regain the energy she needs to survive.

Meanwhile Kenzi barges in on Hale in the middle of a meeting, which disrupts it completely. Hale tells Kenzi that he was in talks with Ambassador Begga Brynhildr (Mary Pitt) which needed to be done in silence and Kenzi ruined everything. Kenzi seems to take little notice of what Hale is talking about, being more concerned with fashion than anything else. Hale angrily tells Kenzi that: “This isn’t spring break in Cancun!” Kenzi, close to tears, tries to explain to Hale what is going on, but Hale turns his back on Kenzi saying that he needs to fix the mess that she has made with the Ambassador.

Elsewhere, Dyson is in session with Doctor Palmer, the Doctor trying to move the session along while Dyson continually sniffs the air around him trying to pick out the scents in the room. Doctor Bob, the cat. comes close to Dyson and hisses at him before running off, Doctor Palmer apologizes for the cat doing so, but Dyson brushes it off saying that he owns a dog. Eventually Doctor Palmer beings to try to hypnotize Dyson, and nothing seems to happen until the room becomes very brightly lit and Dyson’s expression changes to one of wonder and some confusion.

Dyson then goes to the Dal Riata and tells Bo and Trick (Richard Howland) about what happened to him, his personality changed slightly becoming more animated that he usually would be. Bo notices a nick on Dyson’s neck which he dismisses as happening when he was shaving. Trick presses Dyson on what he smelled in the room, but Dyson says that he thought he smelled something, but the various scents in the room confused him. Bo is shocked, commenting that: “Your Kryptonite is kitty litter?” When Trick suggests that Doctor Palmer could have convinced Dyson that he was not Fae, Dyson tells Trick that he remembers everything and that he was regressed to his earliest childhood memories. Dyson’s phone then rings and he receives a message from Tamsin saying that they have another victim which points the finger back at Tabitha since Doctor Palmer was with Dyson. Bo, Dyson and Tamsin arrive at the scene of the new death, still arguing over who the killer is until Dyson lifts off the sheet covering the body and discovers Tabitha’s body there dressed in a mermaid costume. Bo’s comment is: “Told you so.”

Back from commercial we find Bo, Dyson and Tamsin back at the Dal Riata still arguing over who the murderer is. Bo points the finger directly at Doctor Palmer, but Dyson insists that he is not Fae. From the far side of the room, Trick taps a page in a book and calls out “Rakshasa” which confuses them all. He explains that they are illusionists and shape-shifter Fae who can only be killed with lead. They infect others and make them try to fulfill dangerous dreams. Dyson interrputs saying that people should be allowed to fulfil their dreams which makes Bo and Tamsin look at him in concern. Trick then answers a phone call and disappears elsewhere in the Dal Riata. Bo and Tamsin decide to interrogate Doctor Palmer, but Dyson says that doing so will not get anything out of him. Dyson asks to be allowed to “sniff something out” alone and he leaves to do so. Bo then receives a call from Lauren who asks Bo to come over and Bo agrees saying that she needs to talk to her about something as well.

Meanwhile, Trick is confronting Hale over what happened in the meeting with Ambassador Brynhildr and that they much have this meeting now or they will have to wait four months for the next opportunity. Trick explains that they must have her ancestor’s approval for the Dyson/Tamsin program at all costs. Trick demands to know what happened and Hale tries to explain that they were interrupted. When asked who it was, Trick puts the blame on Kenzi and Trick places an ultimatum at Hale’s feet. He tells Hale that he is the Ash now, but “not the horse everyone is betting on.” Hale tells Trick that he is “tired of taking it in the nads everytime something goes wrong.” Trick reminds Hale that he was the one that wanted to make a difference. Trick tells Hale that he must protect the Ash’s office, but Hale tries to brush things off as it only “being Kenzi.” Trick then says, coldly, that: “We all love Kenzi, but make no mistake, she is not one of us.” He also tells Hale to “Step up, you do what you have to do, even if it is more than you can bear.”

Bo goes to see Lauren and she tries to tell Lauren that she fed on Dyson and broke her promise to Lauren, but Lauren interrupts her to show Bo the files she has on the case Bo is involved with. She shows Bo cuts on each of their necks that continue to bleed after their death which is impossible. Lauren explains that the cut must be how the Fae feeds on them. Bo then realizes that Dyson has the same mark on his neck meaning that he is being fed on as well. Tamsin then calls to tell Bo that Dyson never returned to the police station and the two rush off to the clinic in pursuit of Dyson. Dyson in the meantime is confronting Doctor Palmer, telling him that somehow he has freed his childhood fantasies and shown him that he has been living a lie for hundreds of years which only confuses Doctor Palmer more and more as Dyson threatens him with a knife.

Another commercial break and Doctor Palmer is at the mercy of Bo and Tamsin, with Tamsin holding a knife to his throat as Bo questions him. When he explains that he really doesn’t know what he is doing, Bo then uses her powers on him and discovers that Doctor Palmer is human and is not the Rakshasa. When Doctor Palmer is asked what Dyson talked about, he tells them that Dyson talked about flying which sends Bo and Tamsin to the roof in search for Dyson, but before Bo leaves, Doctor Palmer asks if they left the door open as Doctor Bob, the cat likes to escape which Bo then realizes is, in fact the Rakshasa. Tamsin is the first to arrive on the roof and finds Dyson standing on the edge. She tries to convince Dyson to leave with her and go to the Dal Riata, but he refuses saying that he never wants to go back there. He tells her that he is happier than he has ever been and he had a dream once and will now make that dream come true. As Dyson removes his shirt, Tamsin manages to tell him that if he wanted to sleep with her, he didn’t have to get on a ledge to do that. Dyson declares that he was born into a family of shape-shifters, but he was meant to be a Griffin. As Dyson pulls off his belt, Tamsin warns Dyson: “Don’t unwrap the wang.” As Dyson cries out that he wants to fly, Bo rushes onto the roof asking where Doctor Bob is, Tamsin tells Bo that: “I’m lousy at this shit.” Bo asks again if she has seen the cat, Tamsin has not, and Bo explains to her what is going on which sends Tamsin on a search for the cat. Bo gets Dyson’s attention and thanks her for being there to witness his transformation into a Griffin, a creature of magnificence he claims. Bo tells Dyson that he is “strong and magnificent. You are a wolf. Loved by so many people.” Dyson looks at Bo sadly and answers, “But not by you.” Tamsin then calls out she has found the cat and asks how to kill it, Bo yells out: “With lead!” The cat transforms into the Rakshasa, a huge creature that towers above Tamsin which makes her ask, “How much lead are we talking about here?” Bo continues to talk to Dyson telling him that he is the wolf, but he lingers on his dream still. Bo tells him that he is remembering the dream of a child and his wolf is the dream of a man. Dyson takes Bo’s hand and moves off the ledge where Bo then heals Dyson’s wound from the Rakshasa returning him to normal once more. Dyson then calls out to Tamsin to watch out, but she is nonplussed, unzips her jacket and casually takes a bladed weapon out and kills the Rakshasa with is single strike. As the Rakshasa turns to dust she shrugs and calls out: “Okay, let’s get tanked” before leaving the roof with Bo and Dyson following behind.

Bo and Dyson are then seen at the Dal Riata, Dyson telling Bo that he’s alright, but he will be avoiding rooftops for a while. Dyson then tells Bo that the entire experience has made him realize that he has been “neglecting my wolf” which means more howling at the moon and more of everything. Dyson asks Bo how she is, and Bo claims to be “good as new” before telling Dyson that what happened between them can never happen again. Dyson reminds Bo that she cannot survive on Lauren alone and Bo tells him that she will talk to Lauren about that, but with the history between she and Dyson, and he cannot feel anything for her anymore, but it is hurtful for Lauren so they cannot do this again. Bo touches Dyson on the arm asking if he understands and Dyson manages to hide his feelings and agree with Bo. Bo finishes her drink and then leaves, Dyson remains at the table and looks at his arm where Bo had last touched him. Tamsin and Bo pass each other in the room before Tamsin slides up to Dyson and says: “Damn, that girl gets to you huh?” Sitting down at the table beside him, Tamsin offers to buy him a beer and he can tell her all about it, but Dyson refuses to do so. She then asks him if he is going to sit there brooding, but Dyson also says no to that idea, telling Tamsin that they are going out to tear the town up. She tells him that she knows a place but it might be a little rough for him. When he asks if she is buying, her answer is: “Only if you are a good little boy.” Dyson’s answer is: “No, I’m a very very bad wolf.” Tamsin smiles and tells Dyson: “Good answer” before the two leave the Dal Riata together.

The scene then shifts to Hale’s office in the Dal Riata which is now guarded. Kenzi is stopped at the door and tries to get past the guard but cannot. She tells the guard to: “Stop Ash blocking the Kenz” but still does not get any further. The door then opens and a Fae leaves the room allowing Kenzi to see Hale and their eyes meet. The guard looks at Hale for permission to allow Kenzi to enter, but Hale refuses her and the door begins to close again as Kenzi screams to Hale that she needs to see him desperately.

After the final commercial break, Bo and Lauren are together at Lauren’s place. She tells Bo that Dyson needs to see her as soon as possible to make sure he is free of the effects of the Rakshasa. Bo tells her there is no need and Lauren realizes that there are only a few things that can hea; that kind of wound, a Succubus being one of them. Bo then tries to explain that she was bleeding internally and that she had no choice. Lauren is hurt and comments that she thought that Bo was “only playing at being a doctor.” Bo continues to try and explain that she wasn’t healing, that Dyson was there and she had no choice. Lauren says nothing through Bo’s explanation which only serves to draw Bo into a panic over what Lauren is thinking until Lauren, on the edge of crying, finally kisses Bo. Bo tells Lauren that if this is her mad, then she needs to tell her about losing one of Lauren’s favorite earrings. Lauren tells Bo that she loves her, that being a doctor she understands Bo’s needs as a Succubus as well and that she isn’t enough for Bo to live on. Bo tries to comfort Lauren, but the two are coming apart over what all of this means to their relationship. Lauren also reveals that the shots she has been giving Bo to control her hunger ate no longer working either. Lauren tells Bo that she has to start feeding again, but sets one ground rule about that to Bo. She cannot, ever, feed from Dyson again and Bo agrees to this rule saying twice: “I promise.”

The final scene of the episode begins with Kenzi walking away from the Dal Riata and trying to call Bo on her phone. Bo does not answer and Kenzi leaves a message saying that she needs to talk to Bo as soon as possible. Kenzi then looks at the rash on her arm which is now covered by a bandage and is bleeding tremendously. She covers up the wound again and begins to walk down the alleyway from the Dal Riata, but then stumbles to the ground. The last image of the episode is of Kenzi screaming as some dark force pulls her away into the shadows.

Fade to black…

Really this was a turning point in the series for several reasons. The main one being that both Bo and Lauren have come to the realization that there is no possible way for Bo to remain monogamous. It is just something that has been hanging over the series for some time now and, finally, they confronted it head on.

The thing of it is, rather than just deal with the problem and move on, we have to, of course, make Dyson’s life more complicated by Lauren’s jealousy getting in the way of things. That is, really, a problem that has appeared over and over again in the series and it is, I hate to say, getting old… fast.

And, of course, we cannot allow Dyson to tell Bo that he has his love back for her, because noble Dyson would never want to hurt Bo by telling her the truth and making her life more complicated than it is already.

It’s really getting to the point where all of the sideway looks and vague hints that the three of them are throwing around need to come to an end. If the point of this season is to put a wall between Bo and everyone else, it seems to be going in that direction.

Which brings me to Kenzi this episode. If there was an episode that ever put into stark contrast that Kenzi is human, this is the one. It’s really sad how forced things are in the way they put barriers between Kenzi and her friends. I know, fully, that there is a reason for this and the most likely thing I can see, based on the end of the episode, is so when someone, or something takes her place next episode which seems likely, the others won’t really notice… until it is too late of course.

But, on the other side of this, Kenzi is changing, she has to be with that rash turning into something that looks like she is coming apart at the seams. So, assuming that the end result of that change is she is becoming a Fae of some kind… What is she going to be? I still want to see her be a Succubus, but that can’t possibly happen… could it?

Then there is Tamsin. It’s interesting that she didn’t make one comment about the Dark Fae that’s in a coma. All she seemed to be capable of this time was snarky comments and the occasional one-liner. This isn’t interesting to me at all and, to be honest, I hope that she doesn’t appear in a few episodes… I could use the break of blonde bitchiness that seems to be her only point to existing. Which is a shame, but that’s what seems to be happening here.

Finally, Hale. Well, I suppose that having Trick rant on you changes who you are. And, yes, I get that he is the Ash, at least for the moment. Thing is this is wrecking so much of the core relationships in the series that, in the end, the losses cannot make up for any gains. And seeing Hale deal with Ash politics every week is getting to be a waste.

I will say that, surprisingly to me at least, I did watch a lot more of this episode than the first ones of this season. I can only hope that what comes after the Superbowl break this week continues to make for a better season.

It better. The time left is rapidly vanishing into the past and the future at this point in the series is still so very murky and unclear.

On to the characters in the episode…

Bo… We have Succubus! A lot of Succubus! Someone remembers she is one and finally, after so many episodes of hinting about it, showed just what can happen to her when she doesn’t look after herself! Amazing! Yes I am being a little sarcastic. The series is about a Succubus and they so rarely get back to that point in the series that seeing it happen is a treat. But it wasn’t just that, it was Bo having to face up to Lauren, deal with what it means, and find a measure of understanding… But she still has a lot to go through.

Dyson… If Bo can’t see that he cares about her, which he does, and he can’t bring himself to get off his tail and do something… I suppose that what happened in this episode, losing Bo completely it seems, shouldn’t be a surprise. I do wonder what it is about this year that twice now he’s regressed to his childhood. Is this going to be a theme this year? Childhood lost or something? I hope not. Big Bad Wolf Dyson is a lot more interesting.

Kenzi… Possibly the most wrenching series of moments with her in the series. We all love Kenzi for being Kenzi, but honestly, stumbling over what she needs to talk about and then not being able to? That’s not really Kenzi and something about that bugs me a lot. When she is hurt by Bo, Hale, and everyone else not listening to her or having time for her, that’s painful and more real than anything else. And, I admit, I am impatient to see where her arc goes next. Favourite Kenzi line this week: “Umm… Wondersnatch? Have we met?”

Trick. Really do not like pissed off Trick. It looks wrong, sounds wrong and is wrong. Trick is more powerful when he speak softly and measures his words. The close to breakdown emotions he showed with Hale were… uncomfortable. Very much so.

Hale. Unsure, confused, overwhelmed. Add the pressure of Trick and the plans which are being made and we have a Hale that isn’t fun and isn’t Hale. The sooner he’s not the Ash, the better it will be. And we still don’t know why he’s the Ash now either.

Lauren. Jealousy does not become you, nor should you become it. The love scenes were wonderful, but then the mistrust, the arguments, and how she ignored so many signs that both she and Bo were suffering? If she really does love Bo, she would have done the right thing a long time ago and not wait until things came to a head as they did.

Tamsin: Just awful this week. The one-liners, or rather the attempted ones were lousy. Being flippant for the sake of being so doesn’t make for an interesting character. The one thing that stuck with me more than anything else was her “ten-minute six-pack” date and not a lot else. It would be nice to get away from the “hate Bo” theme and make her a real, interesting character instead.

Doctor Palmer: Felt wrong in a lot of ways really. Just… odd. I can’t explain it any further than that. Oh, and giving hypnosis a bad name? Again? That trope has to end.

Tabitha: It says something when a minor character in an episode is almost the only interesting character to be seen. Did like her more than the others and that I think comes to the slightly frantic yet perfect for the job look she had.

Lloyd: He had his moments, but didn’t really interest me all that much.

Conner and Manny: Only the second time a male couple has appeared on the series. To be honest, considering that we have Bo and Lauren every week it seems, this is a little bit… off. Should be more instances of different relationships, but then it has to fit into the series as a whole and that I am sure isn’t easy for the writers. I did like them as a couple, and I thought the chemistry was very real between the two of them.

Rolly: A good means to bridge the story and move it forwards, but otherwise not much to stay with me.

Tina: Funny moments about submarines, but not much else.

Ambassador Begga Brynhildr: And again, nothing much there, but I know she’s important for some reason… Even if that reason was a bit murky.


My Review of Fae-de To Black

Keeping my interest – 4 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 3 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 3 Pitchforks

Storyline – 4 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks

Mythos – 5 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 3.8 Pitchforks out of 5

Really the single episode so far that I really did pay attention to. The only parts were I had issues was Tamsin being bitchy and… Well, really that was the main part of the episode that turned me off. There has to be a better way to get her into the series other than just being the overall pain in the ass to Bo and the others. I hope so because she’s getting a lot of screen time and there are, at least to this point, better things to do than to look at her smirk.

While the overall story this time was mostly window dressing, there was a lot to keep track of and pay attention to. Everyone is stressed, relationships suffer, and lines are drawn in the sand between everyone.

That’s a shame because the thing about the series is that it is about them all and not by themselves. But this year it seems like they want to divide them all and then conquer them one by one into despair. That really makes the series less interesting to me. They can do better than that I think.

There has been enough of the series not getting to the point of the season and I really want them to get to the main arc soon. They should have by now, but we have, really, wasted too many episodes already and I just know that’s going to continue for a long time to come.

Bo acted more like a Succubus and had more things happen as a result of being one than at anytime in the series so far. It was good to see the problems she has starting to pile up and the consequences of her decisions with Lauren have an effect on her.

Some good places this week in the episode, the clinic was just about right and while there wasn’t a lot new, what was to be seen was really nice and interesting to look at but not overwhelm the story or characters as well. I am wondering about Hale’s office however. How much of the Dal Riata is he taking over and where are his assistants?

The main storyline really wasn’t interesting in itself. However the subplots of Bo, Lauren and Dyson as well as Kenzi and Hale were something to watch. Lots of things happening and that is good. But the main plot really didn’t feel like one. I thought that Bo dealing with not having enough Chi was the main plot, but wasn’t. It should have been. Still, the stories held my attention and that’s the point after all isn’t it?

Lots of character development for Bo, Lauren, Kenzi, Hale, Dyson… not much for Trick however. There is, of course, the huge question about Kenzi at the end of the episode and where things go from there. At least the episode ended on a real cliffhanger…

A couple of new Fae to the mythos and the addition of so much information about Succubi feeding and what happens when they don’t was very interesting. So was Hale being the Ash and the little points about Dyson and Tamsin that came up. One of the better episodes for the series mythos and that was good to see again.


In Two Weeks: Faes Wide Shut

When humans start dissolving into piles of goo, Bo uncovers a nefarious twist to a sexy Key Club. Meanwhile, Kenzi gets clingy with Bo – and a little Machiavellian with the others… forcing Bo to make an extreme revelation about her bestie.

It’s the Superbowl this weekend, so no new episode until February 10th, 2013. The same thing happened last year so this really shouldn’t be a surprise and for those of you in Canada that haven’t been watching so far this year, here’s your chance to catch up on the first four episodes of the third season this weekend.

Getting back to the next episode… There have been some previews of Lauren looking very sexy in green and a really interesting hairstyle, so I am assuming that the next episode will take us there.

There is one thing that bothers me about this summary and that is the blurb about Kenzi. Something isn’t right, not after what happened at the end of this episode, so that means, to me at least, there might be a doppelgänger of Kenzi appearing in this episode and possibly some future episodes as well.

I have one hope and that is we aren’t going to have another appearance of The Garuda when all of this is over with. Kenzi’s vanishing act sort of reminded me of how Trick was pulled away and if that’s true… it will be disappointing.

Still, Bo being at a place where sex is on the menu? If nothing else we might actually see more of her being a Succubus there. But then Lauren is as well, so the question is if she can deal with that or not. I am, somehow, expecting that throughout the course of the season from here on out Dyson will be Bo’s temptation and Lauren will be Bo’s conscious. We’ve gone through this in a way during season one. Do we really need this again?

I do wonder about that club. I have the worst feeling we will see a Hugh Hefner wanna-be there and somehow Bo winds up in a porn magazine or movie. That would be a weird twist, but on the other hand, it would take care of her feeding problem wouldn’t it? Still, that’s a bit too far over the edge for the series and the character as well, so we’re not likely to go there.

I have concerns about Hale as well, I am missing the fun Hale and I have fears for him not surviving. It would be apt for him to quit or something like that just so he can get back to what makes him happy. Being the Ash doesn’t do that. I also wonder if his father or sister Val will appear again… What an interesting meeting that would be.

But nothing will be answered this week, nor next I expect. But the halfway point in the season is coming fast… Something has to either give or break soon. That’s going to be the real problem for everything and everyone.

I hope it’s something special.




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  1. avatar

    I hope it was Hershey’s!

  2. avatar

    For some writers, being unpleasant–or creating unpleasant situations for beloved characters–is what passes for creating dramatic tension. Alas . . .

    I also despair a bit for Hale. The pattern of the series is that nobody who becomes the Ash ever needs update his résumé. I’m not sure how they will write him out of this.

  3. avatar

    I would think so my hero… But as always we are never quite sure…


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    Perhaps his father takes over my heart? Or some guest of the week takes the bullet for Hale?


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