Nov 02 2015

Not Going By TeraS

It is two days past Halloween now, of course … but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have one more little Halloweenish story to tell.


Not Going
By TeraS


“I’m not going.”

“You are such a stick in the mud, Vicky. Honestly, get your nose out of your books and live a little! It wouldn’t kill you to have a good time.”

The argument was one that the two roommates had every year on Halloween since they were put together. Roxie was the wild girl: flame red hair, the kind of body that looked good in anything she wore, a personality that people gravitated to. Vicky was the book worm: chestnut hair, pale skin, never wanting to go out, happier to wear baggy clothes and hide behind Roxie’s stunning personality.

At this moment, Vicky was sitting on their couch, flipping through the television channels and looking for something to watch other than what seemed to be an endless stream of horror movies. Roxie was all dressed up for a Halloween party that was going on two floors above; she going for a devilish angel look as a whole. That did, Vicky had to admit, work, considering the green horns in her red hair, the white robes that almost looked like they were painted on her curves and the pair of fairly-decent looking angel wings that were strapped to her back.

She heard the sound of Roxie’s heels coming up from behind and then she caught Roxie’s scent—strawberries, no less: “Look, I’m not going. There’s nothing you can do to make me.”

The purr of Roxie’s voice against Vicky’s ear made her tremble: “It’s Halloween. Come on … please? I promise: when I’m done with you, no one will recognize you.”

Vicky shook her head: “No, Rox … Not gonna … I …”

The rest of Vicky’s words were lost as Roxie traced a fingernail against the nape of Roxie’s neck and purred: “Be a little naughty … please? I have your costume.”

A shiver came with: “Nnnoo, Rox. Don’t care. Don’t wanna.”

Vicky thought “That’s it, Roxie will back off,” when she heard the clicking of heels. But then Roxie walked around and blocked Vicky’s view of the television before taking the remote and turning it off. Leaning down to put the remote on the couch, she treated Vicky to a view down Roxie’s top, showing that she was completely naked underneath the robes.

“Okay! If you aren’t going to the party, then neither am I.”

Vicky blinked: “But … you’re all dressed up for it!”

Roxie smiled one of her thousand watt ones, her blue eyes sparkling: “This? Oh, this is nothing.”

Vicky started to answer, but Roxie put a single red tipped fingernail on Vicky’s lips: “See, what I want for my treat … is you.”

Vicky blinked again. Roxie wanted her? She thought about that as she looked towards Roxie’s smile and her lovely sky-blue eyes. She did have a crush on Roxie—had one for a long time, but never did anything with it. Mind you, the middle of the night pleasures she had thinking about cuddling with Roxie, nibbling her skin, spooning with her … those were the source of many hours of wonderfully hot little orgasms.

Vicky swallowed, and then put a hand on Roxie’s, moving it away: “What … What do you mean?”

Roxie stood up straight and flipped her hair over her shoulder: “I mean that, once a year, I can have a treat. I want you. All of you.”

Vicky didn’t know what to say and, as Roxie started to undo her robe, she found that she rapidly lost her train of thought, far more interested in what Rox had to say and what she was doing.

The robe loosened, then was pulled back over the redhead’s shoulders, revealing smooth, tanned skin, the straps of her angel wings now visible. “See, today is Halloween, but it is also an important day where I come from.”

Vicky knew that Roxie was from somewhere else. They never really talked about it, but she said it was a wonderful place and she was planning on going back there someday—something about being involved in the family business or something.

Again, Vicky’s thoughts were derailed as Roxie shimmied her hips and the robe fell off her shoulders and she caught the material just below her bosom, right above that sexy curve of her waist and that cute belly button that Vicky had dreamed of swirling her tongue around.

“We’re allowed, by our Queen, to pick the one thing we want on this day, and …”

Vicky drew her tongue over her lips as Roxie allowed the robe to fall over her hips and then pool about her red sky-high stripper heels. She felt the flush, she knew her skin was turning colour as she looked, for the first time, at Roxie in the nude. She was a dream. Vicky had fantasied about this moment, how Roxie would look, smell, taste, but seeing it all in the flesh took her breath away.

“… reveal ourselves to them. I’ve wanted you a long time, baby. I’ve dreamed about rubbing against you, licking you, caressing your skin.”

Vickie whispered: “I … I’ve wanted you. But … never thought you wanted me.”

Roxie slipped a finger underneath one of the straps holding her wings, tilting her head to the left as she did so: “I know. All you had to do was tell me that you wanted me, too. So many nights I have listened to you moan in your dreams, that look you have in the morning when we brush past each other. Goddess, Vickie … I could smell you.”

Somehow, learning that Roxie knew everything didn’t upset her. The trickle of arousal had now become a lava flow between her legs, and Vicky started to rub her thighs together, trying to distract herself, closing her eyes as she did. Roxie’s wings falling to the floor with a thump brought her attention back to where it should be: looking into Roxie’s eyes.

Roxie leaned forwards again, placing her hands on Vicky’s thighs, the touch making her quiver as goosebumps erupted over her skin. She felt Roxie’s fingernails scraping lightly on her thighs and then parting her legs gently. Vicky wished the she was naked … and then realized something …

… she was.

Roxie kept looking into Vicky’s eyes as she kneeled between her partner’s legs on the discarded and forgotten Halloween costume. Roxie was only wearing her red horns, and they were gleaming in the light.

“See … I have a secret, love. One you can be a part of.”

Vickie trembled as Roxie’s fingers moved up the inside of her thighs and then stroked highly over her now bare, wet, and open folds. Her voice was somewhere between a moaning, pleading, and need: “Wha– … Geez, Rox … Wha– …”

Roxie smiled and then she focused her attention away from Vicky’s eyes. As Roxie’s lips and tongue slithered over, into, and about, Vicky clutched at the couch, trying to hold onto something, but she couldn’t find anyplace to anchor. When the ersatz angel touched her clit, she thrashed about, melting in pleasure, her hands moving wildly before taking hold of Roxie’s horns…

… Roxie’s now larger, the-perfect-size-to-hold-onto-while-she-was-being-eaten-out, horns.

They didn’t move—they seemed to be attached to Roxie’s head—and when Vicky could finally look to see what was going on … well, that’s when she saw the long, green, heart-tipped tail, moving slowly behind her new lover. She following the tip down to where it met Roxie’s body, just above her sexy heart-shaped ass.

A thought came to Vicky: “That tail is real. The horns are real. But …”

Her thoughts were derailed by one of Roxie’s fingers slipping against her clit, teasing her. Vicky couldn’t move, didn’t want to, and, while she was experiencing everything she wanted in her dreams, Roxie’s voice continued to explain: “See … I’m one of the Succubi, and I want you.”

A lick—God …Goddess … whatever, her tongue was long. “You want me, too, so … you are my treat.”

Vicky felt one of Roxie’s hands moving up her waist, the succubi’s nails scratching lightly before she cupped a breast and then pinched the brunette’s nipple gently.

“Just say ‘yessss.’ That’s all you have to do.”

Vicky wanted this, so desperately so. She wanted to be entwined with her, be with her, needing her as much as Roxie needed her in return. The answer came from deep within, filled with need and want as much as passion and desire.

“Oh Gods, Rox! YES, please!”

Roxie purred like a cat that had a bowl of cream to enjoy as her tongue went back inside. The screams that came from their apartment throughout the night were luckily drowned out by the sounds of the party two floors above, the party that they never went to, for theirs was better.

As the old clock in the hallway chimed midnight, two lovers were laying on a soft rug between their television and their couch. One had horns and a tail, the other didn’t. One was titian, the other was a brunette. The one thing that was the same about them, however, was they were in love, their secrets now open to each other, and their fantasies made real on this day.

They weren’t going anywhere. They didn’t need to.

They had found each other on the Night of Souls.

Nov 01 2015

A Review of The Devil’s Daughter by Emily Wood

The Devil's Daughter by Emily Wood

The Devil’s Daughter by Emily Wood

There are some stories where, at some point, things take a turn which is supposed to be unexpected, a surprise. Something that makes one think about what came before the twist and then try to keep up with what comes afterwards.

Sometimes that works, the twist is hidden well, it makes sense, and means something to the story overall. Other times the twist is questionable, a bit unwarranted, and perhaps even takes a lot away from the story as a whole.

It isn’t always about the twist however. Sometimes it is taking a character that seems to be different and interesting and turning them in a direction that just loses me as a reader.

The work tells of:

The Devil promises Ryan everything he would ever want: fame, fortune, all the things a mortal will ever need for paradise on earth. But he doesn’t want your soul, he just wants Ryan to take his socially awkward daughter, Gertrude, out on a date.

Gertrude turns out to be very attractive and starts out shy and nervous, she has all the magic powers she could ever want, and considers using them ordinary.

At first Ryan also seems hesitant, but getting to know her throughout the day while doing fun and activities, getting into some trouble, he really begins to like her and realizes that the “everything he ever wanted” includes her. He also realizes the day completely flew by. At night after the day long date he goes back to the spot they first met kisses her and she asks him to come back to hell with her.

In hell Gertrude reveals her true self…

Ryan makes a deal with the devil and the cost seems to be a simple one. Take his daughter, Gertrude on a date. She’s not what he expected and things turn in a direction he didn’t expect. Their time up, Gertrude asks Ryan to come home with her, and then things take a turn that Ryan didn’t expect.

There really isn’t a lot told about Ryan in the work, he’s there, in the story, but as for who he is, why he made the choice he did and so on, that’s not delved into. His thoughts and wonder over Gertrude comes out well, but otherwise he is a bit of a cypher overall.

Gertrude is far more fleshed out in the story, but there are two sides to her and that’s where things are both interesting and a bit difficult to accept. At the beginning, Gertrude is cute, but there’s hints of her seductive nature, of her powers, of what she can do. Mixed into the things that Gertrude and Ryan do comes a short little moment that I loved, involving cupcakes, and I felt as if the work might reveal Gertrude to be a succubus, but not the typical one.

When Gertrude revealed her true self, it isn’t too much of a surprise, the other shoe was going to drop about her. She’s, if not completely a succubus, then it makes up a lot of her character. She has horns, tail and so on, but her physical form isn’t what she teased Ryan with. That’s perfectly fine, it is expected from all of the little hints and quirks she has. Where it goes wrong for me comes in the latter half of the work.

The first part is mostly a romance, the latter is erotica. The first is story, the latter is missing that. There’s more focus spent on Gertrude being dominant, of doing various things to Ryan and it wasn’t all that erotic to me. I found myself wondering what Gertrude would have been like if the little teases in the first part were who she was in the latter. But she isn’t it’s a harsh reality. However mixed into that is Ryan’s own truth and, as they say, one sometimes gets what they need by making a choice.

The work needs another editing pass, there are several spelling mistakes, some dialog that is odd. Some sentences, are just wrong, for example:  The sun beat was beating down on their backs. That sentence makes no sense at all. I get what the author meant to say, but it just brought my reading to a screeching halt as I tried to process that sentence.

For all of the really good story telling at the beginning, when the story shifts to Gertrude and Ryan in Hell, the tone changes and the story gets pushed aside for some rather cruel female domination that doesn’t serve much of a purpose other than a contrast. The “real” Gertrude is very different, but that would have been fine.

It would have if the change was more in line with everything that was telegraphed on the date. There were hints of it, and I wanted to see that play out as it seemed Gertrude wouldn’t be stereotypically evil. Sadly, for me, she was. There’s too much “nasty” that overcomes the “hidden seduction” that Gertrude allowed peeks of earlier.

Overall the work can be split in two halves. The first part is funny, cute, mysterious and seductive. The latter is something that can best be described as over the top and stereotypically “evil”. I don’t like the latter part, there could have been better choices made.

Two pitchforks out of five.

The idea was good, I liked Gertrude for most of the story, but when things went off the rails, when the real Gertrude appeared, that disappointed me. I expected something more from her and instead she was too stereotypical for my tastes. That wasn’t unexpected, by any means, but as well, there could have been a different turn. That doesn’t need to be anything “romantic” but it does need to reflect Gertrude’s character better considering all that came before.



Nov 01 2015

A Review of the Little Love series by Catherine LaCroix

Little Love by Catherine LaCroix

Little Love by Catherine LaCroix

One of the things that bothers me is when a series begins, starts to tell a story, really gets my interest and I want to see what happens next. All of that is good and really what I like to see really. The problem becomes when the work finally makes it to the reveal about one of the main characters and then…. the next part never arrives.

It’s one of the reasons why, in a lot of cases, I tend to delay reviewing some series because I hope for a conclusion, or the next work in the series and it doesn’t appear. In truth that’s the larger shame when the story and characters leave you… wondering.

The first work in the series is:

It tells the story of:

As a young student living on his own, Tristan finds juggling work, school and his personal life difficult to manage. That is until he meets Lilith- a sultry, confident, bombshell who finds herself immediately taken with him.

Lilith is twice his age.

Now Tristan must choose whether her doting affections will be enough to gain his trust, or if he should escape her grasp before his body makes the decision for him…

Tristan awakes to find himself in the presence of a seductive woman named Lilith who offers all that he desires, both spoken and unspoken in so many ways. But with the love, caring, and passions that she offers comes questions that he does not have the answers for. How did he get where he is, and why doesn’t he want to leave? Lilith’s smile and hold over his heart leaves nothing to be desired save for him to give into what she asks of him. To be with her… always.

For me the thing about this work is that from the moment Lilith appears, it’s obvious to me that she is a Succubus. Her hold over Tristan, the way she knows all of his wants, needs and desires and how she makes them come true point at her being a Succubus. What I particularly like about Lilith is that she isn’t stereotypical in her actions, she seems to love and cherish Tristan deeply, and more importantly, doesn’t seem to want to hurt him, but give all that he wishes for.

The little descriptions of Lilith, her home, her surroundings, seem to suggest that Tristan has been taken from his world to hers, or perhaps a sort of limbo. The little remarks about the balance of red and black drew a smile from me and in a way reflect upon Lilith’s character. She has red hot passions for Tristan and as well she has the touch of firm Domme control reflected in the black. But she isn’t “evil” nor is she wanting to cause him to suffer or feel pain. Lilith is dominant, calling Tristan at various times, pet, and more deliciously, little love, that I feel shows the need she has for him.

The work is a lovely mix of discovery and erotica that works very well together and sets up quite a number of questions for the series going forwards. While it is never said explicitly that Lilith is a Succubus, there is a well constructed mystery around her that works to tie the moments of passion together very well. It’s wonderful to see the pair simply being together, Tristan falling for Lilith as the story unfolds. He’s quite firmly under her spell, but there is an undercurrent of confusion at times that leads towards the erotica in a wonderful way. When the erotic moments come, they are well told, speaking of a loving, positive D/s relationship that I adored.

I would have liked for there to be a few more concrete hints towards who Lilith really is, her purpose, and why it was that she chose Tristan in the first place. But the way things unfold that part of the story isn’t told and really it need not be as the mystery in the moment for Tristan is well enough to carry the story on its own.

Well written, lovely heat and really fascinating characters. There wasn’t anything that took me out of the story from beginning to end and I enjoyed Lilith not being stereotypical. Tristan was a lovely submissive, but also had a certain amount of strength within him that was slowly drawn out over time. I would have loved the work to be longer, at least a dozen or so pages, and tell more about the why’s of the moment. Perhaps a little hint of what surrounds Lilith and Tristan or, more interestingly, when Tristan falls from exhaustion into sleep, what does Lilith do? Does the world change? Does she?

Many, many questions, but then the better stories always leave you wondering…

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

A very strong opening to the series in which many questions come to mind, but the answers are not given. There is an obvious answer, who or rather what Lilith is, but that answer is left for the second work to tell…

Little Secrets by Catherine LaCroix

Little Secrets by Catherine LaCroix

The second work in the series continues the theme of mystery that was begun in the first. The story weaves its way through more of the dynamics of the relationship between Lilith and Tristan on the one hand, but also the edges of their world begin to fray a bit, showing to Tristan that something else is going on that has been hidden from him.

The question of what you would be willing to do if you found the perfect lover, the perfect Mistress is one that dips deeply into one’s soul. The same can be said about the Mistress in the relationship as well. What would they be willing to do is one question, but the more important one is… why?

It tells the story of:

After two weeks of hot days and steamy nights spent with Lilith, his mysterious new love, Tristan begins to wonder what really makes her tick. His curiosities begin innocent enough, but the secrets she keeps locked away may change the dynamic of their relationship forever.

Time moves onwards for Tristan and while Lilith gives him anything he wishes, all that he desires and more, the questions about where he is, who Lilith is, and what everything means whisper at the back of his mind. As their relationship moves onwards and games are played, Lilith reveals the truth that she has kept hidden from him when he least expects it… but the answers… those are harder to find.

In this work my love for Lilith really came to the fore. There are so many things about her personality and her actions in this work that seemed very familiar to me. Lilith loves reading and has a vast library of books, she teases Tristan with a can of RediWhip, and in many other ways as well. But in all of that the love, the need for him that she has remains strong and true throughout the work.

But in all of the love, the passions, the exploration of what Tristan desires, the little hints of things being not quite right are stronger in this work than the last. There are no windows, there is always heat around Tristan. Things magically appear from one waking moment to the next. It’s so much more clear, long before the reveal, that Lilith is a Succubus. But the way the hints are interspersed in the story makes things more seductive and passionate. It isn’t simply a hot flash when the erotic moments come in the story, there’s something more.

At one point they are described as sugar, being Tristan, and spice, being Lilith. It is very apt comparison and I dearly loved that moment because it defined their relationship in the best possible way. When things turn towards a slightly more dominant scene, it doesn’t feel out of place, though for Tristan it is strange and revealing.

The climax of the work, and I do not refer to the moment when, for the first time, Lilith and Tristan are truly intimate together, for that is a beautiful moment on its own, comes at the very end of the work, in the very last line when Lilith finally reveals her truth. She loves Tristan, which has been true from the first word of the series, but also that she is a Succubus, which has been hinted at as well from the beginning… but then the story… ends.

I would have liked to have seen what Tristan replied with, how he felt about that and if it mattered to not. I would have liked Lilith to explain the why of everything, but that didn’t happen. As such the work ends on a cliffhanger.

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

Every bit as wonderful as story as the first work in the series and though I wished for so much more, what was told about Lilith and Tristan was wonderful in both heat and substance.

The sad thing is, at the time of this review, the next work in the series, if there was one that was meant to be… never appeared. I wish it had, there is so much story still to be told. It’s awful when a series like this with such perfect characters never comes to a satisfying conclusion.

I truly wish it had.



Oct 31 2015

Chewing Gum – Tera’s Halloween 2015 Manip

It is, at least when I am writing this, Halloween 2015, somewhere in the world. Today was one of the most important days of the year for me, the one time when the Queen of the Succubi appears, holds court, and has her fun. Perhaps this time my annual Halloween manip kind of reflects the why…

Chewing Gum by TeraS

Chewing Gum by TeraS and JHB

And here, as always, is the text of the story…

This gum is, y’know, so totally amazing.

I never really liked gum, but, then, there was this hostess … at the party, y’know?

She offered me a piece … I couldn’t say “no;” it would be impolite …

I couldn’t say “no” to those amazing, green eyes …

As soon as the gum touched my tongue, all I could think of was …

… mmmmmm … the gum was cherry … hot … sticky … wet …

All I could think of … I was getting hot … sticky … wet …

I ran my tongue over my lips … tasting …nibbling … All I could think of was …

I looked around, fantasized, everyone at the party a plaything …

Whose tongue would taste me, please me?

Whose tongue would please our hostess? All I could think of was …

… Ohhhhhhhh! … Horns poked through, pushed through my hair … my dress turned red, a tail pushed out, rubbing allllllllll over my body …

I blew a bubble, and felt such need …

All I could think of was … obeying … kneeling … worshiping my … my Queen!

The bubble popped with all my old, useless, silly thoughts. Just the taste of cherry, just the need … just … all I could think of …

My Queen reigned over her party … a receptionist collared here … a cowgirl lassoed there … an angel keening in need … a doctor falling to her knees … all of them whimpering … pets …

She smiled … her tail beckoned … drawing me in to join her.

I twirled the gum around my finger … hot and sticky and sweet … All I could think of was …

Who would I twirl around my finger first? … hot and sticky and sweet … the need growing … the heat burning me up …

All I could think of was … tasting her … hot and sticky and sweet …

All I could think of was worshiping my Queen.


This year’s story is by my heart, who I thank most dearly and always…

I hope you all had a Happy Halloween!


Oct 30 2015

As Lost Girl rides off into the sunset… I still want to see Bo with horns and a tail.

And so it ends… Lost Girl ends with a bang, a whimper, tears, and, perhaps, a little bit of hope. Overall I think that it wasn’t a really bad episode, though it felt very much like two or three episodes worth of themes and plots were driven into this one in order to being the series to a close. The series has always had that problem, why I can’t say, but it is a problem. There seems to be a lot of wasted time through most of the season and then, suddenly, the series realizes there is a finale now and has to scramble to get everything in that needs to be there.

I didn’t feel like Bo turned out to be the most powerful part of this episode by any means. What happened to Tamsin, her legacy, the things revealed before the light came for her, were far more powerful than watching Bo cave into her father, or lose herself, or all of the things that Bo did as a whole. It doesn’t matter, it isn’t important, to watch Bo standing on the roof of a motorhome, turning in circles and saying nothing while some music is played over the imagery. It’s not.

The most powerful moment was Tamsin saying her daughter’s name and then passing on. Next to that I think would be the final Daughter/Father talk-slash-fight in what is said and the truths in it. Beyond those to moments, the rest of the episode didn’t have the same power. That’s not to say there weren’t some really fun moments, Vex being a lot of that, for there were. But there was also too much time spent on watching Bo feed, over and over again, and at those points the episode came to a stop and it shouldn’t have.

Dark Bo was… well, other than Dark, she was really disappointing because it seemed to me that Bo was far more powerful than her father was. Instead of being “evil” she seemed more of an addict to the Chi she fed on. I expected more than her falling to her knees, almost worshipping the ground that Hades walked on. In all honesty, I think it would have had far more impact if Bo had simply killed Hades outright when she turned Dark. Having her really go all “Dark Queen” and then have her, at the moment of her rule, falling to the truth that is at her core. She isn’t all evil, she is more, and that’s where things could have been very interesting.

Instead we see Bo and Hades standing under a railway bridge, waving their hands at each other and.. talking. The thing is, however, the truths that Bo tells Hades are that. Truths. They aren’t lies wrapped in truth and when they affect Hades, that’s quite telling. I still wonder about Hades being lashed to a piece of torture equipment, Bo walking in with a cat-of-nine-tails, and having her way with him. I wonder what it would have been like if Hades had actually tasted Bo’s blood. Hades as a thrall to Bo? It would have been amazing I think.

It was good to see Kenzi being Bo’s heart, believing in her, trying her best to bring Bo back, no matter what the cost might be. That was something really missing from her previous appearances this season, not to mention Kenzi missing as a whole. However, that scene on the roof of the motorhome made me cringe. It was Kenzi and yet it wasn’t. I wonder if that was ab-libbed or if a writer took a wild guess at what Kenzi would say in that situation. Whatever it was, it wasn’t Kenzi. The words were close, but they were too many, too wild, and more, too out of place in the situation. Kenzi has been in this position before and she was to the point, if using Kenzi-isms to get there. This time that was lacking. It’s a shame because there was promise in that moment.

The rest of the cast were there, but not really in focus much, save for Vex, who I was quite happy to see get a lot of time in the episode. Vex is a character that brings so much with him to the series and I wish he had been there more than he was. Mark was an aside, not really there save for the occasional quip. And when Mark asked who Jerry Garcia was, I really wanted to see everyone else look at him in disbelief, possible Vex giving him a slap and rolling his eyes.

Lauren’s appearance was there, if faintly, but the most important moment, the reconciliation of her relationship with Bo was well done I thought. As well, the scene with Lauren and Dyson putting out their own views about Bo, what they felt when the other was with her, I think added a missing element to the story as a whole and it was well done.

Which brings me to Dagny. If there was consideration to a “Lost Girl: TNG” at any point, she’s an interesting character to watch. But I honestly would have rather had Tamsin. There’s a lot of story about her left undone and I feel that loss more than anything else. In the end, at least for me, the series comes to a close with threads unfinished, new ones started and while there is some feel good as well, ending the series on the trope of “evil never dies” has been well overdone. I hoped for something better than that, but… well, it is what it is. I’ll have to accept that.

Perhaps, at some point, the idea of doing something different for ending a series might happen and I hope it does. When you have an episode with some good in it, it is hard to accept things when the ending just moves off so formulaically. This could have been better, should have been better. I dearly wish it was.

The sixteenth episode of the fifth season, also episode seventy-seven of the Lost Girl TV series, and… the series finale (sigh)… was this week. Hades makes Bo get in touch with her dark side, then she turns Hades into overcooked bacon, before Bo makes a promise. Dyson tries not to tell Vex how to drive, then gets into a street fight, before having a lot of drinks, if not all for himself. Lauren gets in touch with her midwife skills and then faces the truth on a car hood. Kenzi puts a horseshoe were the sun doesn’t shine, and then gets a daughter to look after. Vex proves that there’s more to life than fetishes, there’s fine china while Mark gets the lay of the land and goes on the straight and narrow. Tamsin finds the key she needs unexpectedly, and then learns that the strongest warrior is the one that creates a legacy to be remembered.

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This is the sixteenth and final review of the fifth season 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 is taught an important lesson when she sees that when you are at your end, you have to…




When the episode was originally shown on Showcase, there was a short additional program which ran before the actual episode began. Anna Silk was shown watching a series of thank you video letters which Lost Girl fans sent to her from the September 3rd, 2015 Fan Expo Canada convention held in Toronto. Following the videos, Anna spoke to the viewers of Lost Girl and expressed her thanks to the fans, for them reminding her, always, that the series mattered, and ending with: “We did it for you, so thank you very much.”

The episode opened with a recap of the previous episode including: Bo and Kenzi arriving at the Fae horse ranch, Bo saying that she needed to find the Pyrippus, explaining that it had been depicted as a stallion that breathes fire, Kenzi adding that they believe they can control it with the horseshoe that Bo possesses. After an image of the fire breathing stallion that Bo encountered is shown, Bo reveals that she is the Pyrippus. Hades then asking Tamsin how she is, Tamsin resisting him, then being seen crying out to Bo for help when Bo arrived at Hades’ condominium. Bo is then seen telling Hades he has no need for Tamsin, Hades’ then telling Bo that when Tamsin’s baby is born, Tamsin will die. Bo is then shown pouring gasoline over the clubhouse, to prove herself to Hades, then calling Kenzi to draw her Family into the trap Bo has set. Lauren, Dyson, Kenzi and Mark are then seen trapped in the clubhouse as it burns, Hades asking Bo if she wants to save them, but Bo replying: “Let them burn.”

The episode begins with Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) still holding up the ceiling crossmember that had collapsed to keep it from falling onto the others, shouting: “If I let this go, the whole building comes down!” Lauren (Zoie Palmer) sees something in the smoke and draws it to Kenzi’s (Ksenia Solo) attention. The pair then notice that the horseshoe is holding the flames back from coming closer, akin to a forcefield around them. There is the sound of wood breaking from another direction and Bruce (Rob Archer) smashes his way inside, pausing and calling out: “Hey guys.” The scene then moves to outside of the clubhouse where Mark (Luke Bilyk), Lauren, Dyson, Kenzi and Bruce are shown to have escaped the fire and gather around a nearby fence. As Bruce looks at the clubhouse he comments: “It’s the end of an era.” Kenzi asks: “Why are you here? I mean, Bruce, how did you know?” Bruce explains: “Bo called. Told me to meet her here.” Mark asks: “Bo did this?” Kenzi refuses to believe this, replying: “Don’t think that for a second she called Bruce.” Mark tells Kenzi: “She trapped us!” Showing Mark the horseshoe, Kenzi insists: “She also planted this! She took it from my bag and she put it there to help us! I’ve seen this thing shield Bo from fire!” Lauren nods: “She knew it would protect us.” Mark asks: “What’s the point of trying to murder us anyway?” Dyson calmly replies: “To prove allegiance. This must be part of her plan to take down Hades.” Kenzi nods: “She wants him to think we’re dead, so we have to play along.” Dyson agrees and adds: “We need to move. We need to get to the Elders.” Lauren asks how they can travel and remain invisible, Mark answering: “I’ve got an idea. It’s a good one I swear.” Kenzi then turns back to look at the burning clubhouse and whispers: “Goodbye crack shack. Bo, this better be the greatest plan ever.” Kenzi then turns away, the rest following her as the clubhouse continues to burn.

Bo (Anna Silk) and Hades (Eric Roberts) are then shown at Hades’ condominium, Hades gloating: “Father and daughter finally side by side. It’s time to fulfill your destiny. There’s nothing left to hold you back.” Bo replies: “There is one thing. Your backup plan. I don’t want her around.” Hades chuckles: “Sibling rivalry. You’re reminding me more and more of myself.” Bo responds: “You only have one daughter. I’m it.” Hades nods: “Consider it taken care of.” Bo stops Hades and tells him: “I want to do it. I want to kill Tamsin.”

Tamsin is then seen, still imprisoned as Bo approaches her. Tamsin approaches the bars, whispering Bo’s name, but Bo does not reply. Tamsin sees Hades standing nearby and tells Bo: “Whatever he’s done to you, you need to snap out of it. Do you hear me? Listen, I know what it’s like. Jack took control of me in Valhalla, do you remember? And you helped me out of it. You have the power to fight him.” Bo does not reply to any of this and Tamsin begs Bo to say something. Bo still does not, but kneels down on the other side of the bars from Tamsin, touches one of Tamsin’s hands and then the two kiss. When the kiss ends, Bo begins to take Tamsin’s Chi from her until Tamsin collapses on the floor. Bo then stands, her eyes glowing blue and tells Hades: “Time to get my destiny on… Daddy.”

Following the opening credits we return to a black motorhome making its way through the city. Inside, Vex (Paul Amos) is shown at the wheel, Dyson standing next to him. Mark is in the passenger front seat while Lauren and Kenzi are in the back. Dyson tells Vex: “First things first, we get word back to the Elders, get them mobilized.” Mark nods: “A proper defence is only as good as its counter-offence.” As they continue to discuss matters, Kenzi is seen in the back of the motorhome looking around her, picking up a string of unused condoms before dropping them to the floor. Dyson continues: “Whatever Bo’s plan is, we’ll give one helluva fight.” Kenzi then calls out: “Who needs weapons when you’ve got mascara and heels?” Vex calls out: “Hey! Those Louboutin’s could take an eye out!” Lauren then asks: “Vex, where do you keep your tweezers and duct tape, your pharmaceuticals… Watch out!” As Lauren yells, a truck cuts them off and Vex is forced to swerve to miss them, he then calling out: “Hey! Let’s get something straight. As long as we’re in my motorized caravan there will be no backseat driving, alright?” Vex then looks into the back of the motorhome and yells: “Hey! Put those back!” Kenzi then walks towards the front, carrying a small tea cup and comments: “You know, of all the creepy fetishes how is this your weirdest, hmm?” Vex continues to drive as he explains: “I’ll have you know that’s German Weimar porcelain. I’ve got a life outside of you people.” Dyson smiles and taps Vex on his shoulder as he urges him: “Get us there fast. Get us there safe. We’re in your hands.” Vex then gestures from left to right in front of him which makes the truck move out of their way and Vex passes it commenting: “Excuse me.”

Back at Hades’ condominium, Bo walks with Hades towards an altar positioned by the balcony where, drawn into the stone, in an image of the Pyrippus. Bo comments: “There I am. Fire-breathing mass destruction. Should I pick up some Tums?” Hades replies: “Oh these are not flames, these are steams of life force. Chi. Consumed by my daughter. My Pyrippus. Bo and Hades then approach the altar from opposite sides, Bo whispering: “I’m gonna feed off the entire city.” Hades replies: “First the colony. Then the continent. And once we’re strong enough.” Bo whispers in surprise: “The world.” Hades continues: “Every single human and Fae.” Then Hades reveals: “I know you didn’t kill Tamsin my sweet daughter. It’s time to cut your long game short.” Bo asks: “If you didn’t think this was real, why did you play along?” Hades chuckles: “Because I have you right where I want you.” Bo’s boots are then shown transforming, as the Hellskor appear and lock Bo’s feet where she stands, Bo not being able to move. When Bo asks what is happening, Hades explains: “The hell shoes that took you to Valhalla serve me. I made them to keep you where I want you until you feed.” After struggling a moment, Bo tells Hades: “I will never.” Hades laughs: “It’s in your nature Succubus. You can’t avoid what you were made for.” Bo resists, telling Hades: “You can’t make me do this. I emancipated myself from you. I have nothing to do with you!” Hades disagrees, pointing out: “Nothing to do with me? Our connection runs much deeper than a handprint. Deeper than hell shoes. It runs deeper than blood. I created you! For me.” Bo answers: “Push notification: ‘You didn’t raise me.’ I was raised by a good mother, Mary Dennis. You had nothing to do with me! You don’t have a say!” Hades smirks: “I don’t have a say? I don’t have a say. Hmph, you’re right.” Hades then steps away from Bo, then continues: “But even if I didn’t raise you. Even if I wasn’t in your life, you found death all on your own. Remember? Your first?” Bo whispers: “Kyle was a long time ago. It was a mistake. I’ve learned since then.” Hades questions: “Have you? Cause it seems to me that death just keeps following you. Hale. Rainer. Trick. Aife.” Bo shakes her head: “No. You killed Aife. You killed Trick.” Hades grabs Bo from behind and growls: “I did it for you. To lead you to this very moment. Death is your birthright. It is your path!” Bo resists, telling Hades: “It’s a path you cannot force me to follow.” Hades smiles: “Bo, it’s time for you to embrace your true self. Enjoy it.” Bo whispers: “No.” as Hades continues: “Once you start, you won’t be able to stop. You will love it. I know you can feel it. The hunger. The darkness. The power. You’ve tried to run from it for years, but it’s not a choice.” Bo answers: “I stopped running a long time ago. I found my family.” Hades tells Bo in disgust: “Family? You mean Kenzi? Did she stay?” Bo cries: “Don’t you dare.” Hades continues: “And Tamsin. Poor Tamsin. After she falls in love with you and you break her heart. Did she stay?” Bo cries out: “Stop!” But Hades does not stop, telling Bo: “And then the thing you wanted most. Imagine. A Succubus wanting a Friday night date at the movies kind of relationship. How’d that go for ya? Dyson? That didn’t last, no! And Lauren. Lauren dumped you not once but twice! And even if it had worked out with Lauren eventually you would have to watch her wither and die with age because death is part of who you are!” Bo shrieks out loudly: “NO!” Then Hades tells Bo: “You and I. We’re not capable of love.” Bo gasps, her head falling forwards as Hades steps back and commands: “Now feed.” When Bo raises her head, her eyes are bright blue, her mouth is hanging slightly open and then she whispers: “Only I will choose who lives.” Hades smiles: “That’s my girl.” Bo then outstretches her hands and opens her mouth to feed, moments later many streams of Chi begin to waft up from the city below and flood into her. As Bo does so, the carving in the stone of the altar beings to glow, the Chi moving through Bo, then into the stone, making the carving glow with the Chi that Bo has consumed from the city. The streets below are then shown, people looking upwards for a moment, then the Chi leaving their bodies and travelling towards Bo, more and more individuals being seen collapsed to the ground and unmoving.

Vex’s motorhome is then seen travelling the city streets, a closeup of the rear license plate showing it reads: PPTMSTER before Lauren is shown working on something. She comments: “Improvised sedative gun. Thank you Karen Beattie.” Dyson smiles: “Woman of wisdom and eco-terrorist weaponry. Glad we’re on the same team.” Lauren tells Dyson: “Well, I’m glad you are the one leading us. We’re gonna go get our girls.” Dyson is silent a moment, looking away, then tells Lauren: “I used to worry about her all the time.” Lauren smiles: “It’s the nature of the Succubus. But then she found her family.” Dyson shakes his head: “No, she found you. When you were together I didn’t worry so much.” Lauren sighs: “Yeah. Then I pushed her away.” Dyson tells Lauren: “I know you think you can’t be with Bo. But you’re wrong. It’s messy yes. It’s complicated. And it’s worth it.” Lauren admits: “You know I used to worry about her. What would happen to her when I die and I realized I don’t have to. She’ll have you.” Neither says anything for a moment, then they touch each others hands and nod slightly. Kenzi then calls them both to the front of the motorhome where Vex comments: Either this is Aurora Borealis or that Jerry Garcia weekend is coming back to haunt me.” Mark asks: “Who is Jerry Garcia?” Dyson answers: “It’s Bo. She’s feeding.” Kenzi admits: “I just peed.” and when Vex looks at her, Kenzi continues: “Only a little.” Lauren explains: “Her group suck. We’re seen this before, but now it’s the entire city. She’s gone full Dark Queen.” Kenzi sighs: “Or full-on Pyrippus.” Lauren is confused asking: “It doesn’t make any sense. How come we’re not affected?” Mark comments: “Lucky charm” as Kenzi rushes into the back of the motorhome and then returns with the horseshoe, adding: “It’s magically delicious.” Lauren nods: “Of course. First the fire, now this. This horseshoe is protecting us from all things Pyrippus.” Dyson whispers: “Not the Elders.” The motorhome is then seen turning a corner, the Chi of the city floating above the streets and rushing upwards to where Bo continues to feed. Hades watches and gloats: “That’s it Bo. Beautiful. Amazing. Oh, yes, yes.” As Bo continues, the carving continues to fill with Chi, the light growing brighter and covering more of the image as time passes.

Dyson, Lauren, Kenzi, Vex and Mark are then seen entering the Dal Riata where they find all of the Fae Elders laying on the floor, Bo having taken the Chi from them all. Kenzi touches one the Elders and tells Lauren: “Doc! No pulse!” Lauren cries out: “Oh no, no there’s nothing… I can’t do anything! They’re gone!” As Mark checks another of the Elders he answers: “And so goes our manpower.” Vex asks: “From what we saw outside, does rhatr mean everyone but us is…” Dyson sighs: “Dead.” Lauren whispers: “Jack has completely taken her over. She’s lost.” Kenzi walks through the Dal Riata and whispers to herself: “Bobo… What have you done?”

Returning to Bo and Hades, Bo completes feeding on the Chi of the city and then, in her other voice, eyes glowing brightly, she proclaims: “I can be more powerful than all other Fae. Everyone will kneel at my feet. There will be no more Dark and no more Light. There will be only me. My true army cometh. Humans. Fae. All will bow before me. I am your Queen!” As Bo finishes speaking, Hades is seen standing nearby and smiling in approval of Bo’s actions.

Following the first commercial break, Bo drops to her knees upon the altar and cries: “That was incredible. More. I need more. All of it. Everything like you promised!” Hades approaches Bo, chiding: “Patience sweet pea. In order to rule, we need soldiers. An army. Now it’s time I fill them with my will. Followers, they’re all the same.” Bo replies: “What they need is direction. Yours.”

Tamsin is seen laying on the floor of her cell, not moving, but then opens her eyes and sits up. After looking around for a moment, Tamsin removes a key that had been hidden in her mouth, Bo having transferred it to Tamsin when she kissed Tamsin earlier in the episode. As Tamsin works to open the lock she sings in a soft voice: “If you wanna know, if she loves you so, it’s in her kiss. That’s where it is.”

The scene then moves to a city street where Vex’s motorhome has stopped. Vex, Dyson, Lauren, Kenzi and Mark are then seen walking together outside of the motorhome and down the street. Seeing some police officers laying in the street, Dyson comments: “I know these officers. They were good men.” Mark asks how many there might be and Kenzi answers: “Bo couldn’t have done this. it was Jack. It had to be him.” Lauren begins to tell Kenzi something, but Kenzi turns on her exclaiming: “What? You think she did this?” Lauren points out they all saw the blue light and the evidence points at what has happening being caused by Bo. Kenzi insists that Bo, if she did cause the disaster, was forced by Hades to do so, telling Lauren: “He’s controlling the Pyrippus inside of her.” Mark then comments: “Just like he made her almost burn us to death?” Kenzi asks Dyson: “D, c’mon, back me up.” Dyson tells her: “Kenz, open your eyes, look around.” Kenzi angrily pushes Dyson, telling him: “Oh what? You think she’s evil now too? Is that it? You know I’d expect this from somebody else but not from you.” Kenzi steps back, then asks: “Guys. What if we lost her?” Kenzi then begins to sob and cry, Dyson then holding her and promising: “Then we’ll find her again. Kenz, we’ll find her. We’re not giving up.” Lauren adds: “And no one ever will. We will save Tamsin, we will save Bo.” Kenzi says nothing, only nodding in response. As Lauren check a body for a pulse she whispers: “God, please let there be a Bo to save.”

Returning to Bo and Hades, they are looking at the mural of the Pyrippus, Hades frowning as he comments: “Something isn’t right. There is still free will in the territory.” Bo replies: “That’s impossible. I fed off everyone.” Hades tells Bo: “If you had, then my steed would be complete. Who is still alive?” Bo is silent, then answers: “My former allies.” Hades demands to know how this is possible and Bo reveals: “The horseshoe forged for me by the Ancients.” Hades fumes: “That is what Zee was up to. She knew it would be used against me.” Bo then kneels and begs Hades for forgiveness explaining: “It was before I accepted my true destiny.” Hades places his hand under Bo’s chin, making her look up as he demands: “Find them. Take it back.” Bo stands, her eyes glowing bright blue as she tells Hades: “I will devour them.” Hades nods: “Hell on Earth Baby. Make it happen.” Bo then leaves as the mural is shown, almost completed with the Chi that courses through it save for one figure that is not. Hades then ascends to the altar and calls out: “Guardians of the city. Rise.”

The scene then shifts back to where Dyson, Kenzi, Lauren, Vex and Mark are nearby a police station. Dyson calls Kenzi over to him as the bodies of the police officers begin to move, gather, and close in on them, their weapons drawn. As Dyson, Kenzi, Lauren, Vex and Mark are surrounded, Lauren comments: “I think I just peed.” Kenzi moans: “See?” When Lauren asks Dyson what is happening, he replies: “How many syringes have you got in that thing?” Lauren answers: “Not nearly enough.” Vex comments: “Here’s one for you: How many stiffs does it take to destroy a motorized caravan and all its inhabitants?” Lauren answers: “That depends. Do proposed inhabitants happen to have a life saving horseshoe?” The officers then open fire, but their attack is repelled by a forcefield that surrounds Dyson, Kenzi, Lauren, Vex and Mark as they move towards the motorhome. Kenzi calls out: “I am so marrying this thing when we’re done!” As they enter, the shield then surrounds the motorhome, continuing to protect them from harm as the attack continues.

Following another commercial break, Dyson, Kenzi, Lauren, Vex and Mark are at a standoff with the police who are acting under Hades’ control. One officer using a bullhorn calls out: “We pledge our servitude to Hades, the Dark Lord. Surrender! Or be terminated!” Dyson sighs: “This is how he planned on bringing Hell on Earth. Not by raising souls from Tartarus…” Lauren adds: “…by raising them here. But first he needed to drain them.” Kenzi sighs: “Enter Bo’s Chi suck.” Vex tells them: “How about we talk about this over tea when we’re not being shot at?” Kenzi then whispers: “Tamsin…” Tamsin is then seen walking towards the motorhome, the assembled officers turning their weapons towards her. As she approaches, Tamsin comments: “I knew you guys didn’t like me on the force, but this is a little extreme don’t you think? You shift’s up.” Tamsin uses her powers of doubt to cause all of the officers to fall to the ground, their threat ended for the moment. Tamsin enters the motorhome and then asks: “What’s up motherfae-ers?” Dyson whispers: “Your doubt overcame Hades.” Lauren sighs: “She is carrying his child.” Kenzi smiles: “You’re doubting for two.” Tamsin asks where Bo is and Kenzi replies: “She went Pyrippus.” Tamsin disagrees, telling Kenzi: “No. She didn’t. She kissed me…” Lauren snidely replies: “Oh, well, if she kissed you.” Tamsin explains: “To put the key in my mouth, to save me, to help me escape.” Kenzi comments: “A signature move she learned from me in Heccuba prison.” Lauren asks if Bo had done this before or after she had fed off the city, Tamsin not able to reply as there is the sound of something landing on the roof of the motorhome.

Dyson, Kenzi, Lauren, Tamsin, Vex and Mark leave the motorhome and discover that Bo is standing on the roof, glaring at them and saying nothing. When Bo does not respond to calling out her name, Kenzi moves towards Bo, but Dyson stops her, intending to confront Bo himself. Kenzi tells Dyson: “I’ll handle this. I’m the only one that can bring her back. I’m her heart remember?” Kenzi then approached Bo, carrying the horseshoe, and after climbing onto the roof of the motorhome, calls out to Bo: “Bobes? Bobo? Boom Boom-Bo? It’s me. Kenzi. K-Star. Clog-the-drain-with-a-hair-ball-Malikov. Look, we’ve been through all of this before right? Djieiene spiders, Kitsunes, Even when Tamsin when Jack Nicholson evil. But we always come back.” Bo says nothing as Kenzi continues to speak while Dyson, Lauren, Tamsin, Vex and Mark watch from below. Kenzi continues: “Because we’ve got back and this Kenzi-conda don’t want none unless you got buns. Hun. Look, I left, I know, and I’m sorry. But you were with me every second that I was away and that is never gonna change. Because you’re my sister from another mister. Until the end. So please, please come back to me.” Bo moves closer to Kenzi, her eyes still bright blue, Kenzi whispering: “So what? Your eyes are glowing a shade of hell. I know that it’s not you. It’s him. So, please come back to fight him with us. Cause we need you. I need you.” Bo’s eyes lose their glow and she whispers: “Kenzi?” Kenzi hugs Bo happily, but as Kenzi does so, Bo’s hold on Kenzi becomes tighter, Kenzi telling Bo that she is hurting her. When Kenzi moves back, Bo reveals she has the horseshoe, having taken it from Kenzi. Bo tells Kenzi: “This is mine.” and then throws Kenzi off the roof of the motorhome, Dyson managing to catch her before Kenzi can be harmed. Bo is then seen ripping the horseshoe in half, throwing the pieces away from her and then starting to feed on her Family.

After still another commercial break, Bo is seen in closeup feeding, her eyes glowing brightly and the Chi of Dyson, Kenzi, Lauren, Tamsin, Vex and Mark entering her body. Bo then blinks once and a series of flashbacks from the series are shown where Bo fed on each of her family in the past, the memories coming with their Chi and reminding her of who they are and what they mean to her. Dyson, Kenzi, Lauren, Tamsin, Vex and Mark are then seen laying on the ground, their Chi still living their bodies followed by more memories of Bo being with them and feeding on them in the past. The last series of flashback images being of Lauren. Bo is then seen stopping her feeding, her eyes returning to normal and whispering: “Oh my god.” as she leaves the roof of the motorhome. As Bo approaches Dyson, Kenzi, Lauren, Tamsin, Vex and Mark, they are all seen to be recovering slowly from Bo’s attack on them. Bo kneels in front of Lauren and whispers: “God. Oh god, what have I done?” Lauren rolls over, clutching her stomach and asks: “Bo? Is that you?” But Bo says nothing, looking at the destruction that she has caused.

The next scene begins with Bo in the motorhome with Dyson, Kenzi, Lauren, Tamsin, Vex and Mark as they travel together. Bo berates herself: “How could I let this happen?” Kenzi tries to comfort Bo, but Bo angrily answers: “No! I don’t want sympathy. I wanna fix this. He broke me. He broke my spirit. He showed me who I really am. A killer. He wants to use me to feed so he can build his Dark Army.” Lauren asks how they can stop Hades and Bo replies: “There’s only one way. I go Pyrippus on him.” Tamsin asks: “Don’t you mean Dark Queen?” Bo sighs: “They’re one in the same and they’re stronger by the minute. The only problem is that I can’t control it. I can’t risk hurting people again, I can’t risk hurting you guys again.” Dyson tells Bo: “You’re tapped into it before, without him. After your Dawning, with the Lich, you saved us.” Lauren agrees with Dyson, but Bo insists: “No, I didn’t, it just happened.” Tamsin tells Bo: “Because you’re evil.” Dyson chides Tamsin, telling her that she isn’t helping, but Lauren tells Dyson: “You know what? Let her. She’s actually pretty good at this.” Tamsin continues: “You’re evil. But you are also good. We all have both inside of us, good and evil and if he created a monster then let’s use it against him.” Bo sighs: “I don’t know how.” Lauren reminds Bo that when they first met, she didn’t have any control and over time she gained the control she needed. Dyson agrees as well, telling Bo: “I was there and I will be there when you learn to control it now. I will always be there.” Bo tells Dyson: “My mom wasn’t able to suck the Dark Lord’s Chi, how can I fight him?” Lauren asks Bo: “Why didn’t you kill us? What made you come back?” Bo replies: “All of you. I remember how each of you taste. Your love brought me back. You guys are my family and I love you all very much.” Vex then cries out: “Bloody hell!” as he brings the motorhome to a screeching halt. It is then shown that the Dark and Light Fae Elders are blocking the toad in front of the motorhome, forcing it to stop. Vex comments: “I don’t think they are here to help.” Dyson sighs: “Twelve of the most powerful Fae and it’s down to a fist fight. Tamsin cries out in surprise as her water breaks and Kenzi yells: “That is not pee!” Lauren tells Tamsin her water has broke and she is about to give birth. As Dyson helps Lauren to guide Tamsin towards the rear of the motorhome, Dyson comments: “It’s a good thing we have a doctor on board.” Bo tells Lauren and Kenzi to remain with Tamsin and help her while telling Dyson, Vex and Mark: “No Elders get near this camper. Remember. Nobody dies. They’re under Hades’ control.” Bo then looks out the windshield and smiles: “I’ve got Big Bad Dad.” as Hades walks towards them.

Dyson, Vex and Mark take up positions in front of the motorhome, Dyson asking Vex: “How many of these Elders do you think you can mesmer at once?” Vex smiles: “We’re about to find out.” Tamsin is then shown crying out in pain as she clutches Kenzi hand: “It hurts!” while Kenzi winces and yells: “You’re telling me!” Tamsin adding: “I feel like I am being torn in half!” Lauren tells Tamsin: “I need you to breathe, just breathe in and out. Kenzi, I need blankets.” Kenzi rushes off, Tamsin begging Kenzi to stay. Kenzi finds some towels, throws them beside Lauren, and then takes Tamsin’s hand once more. Tamsin continues to suffer through her child’s birth and Kenzi tells her: “Remember when we took yoga at the Y? You gotta Pranayama that shit okay?” Kenzi then starts a rhythmic chant of “In.. Out…” as Tamsin tries to breath in time with Kenzi until she screams out in pain and Kenzi does as well, Kenzi crying out: “Namaste!”

Outside of the motorhome, Bo is seen walking underneath a bridge where Hades is awaiting her. As she comes closer, Bo tells Hades: “Isolate me from my friends. Break me up with my girlfriend. Kill Aife. Kill Trick. Try all you will, you will not break me.” Hades laughs: “That is sweet but I’m not here for you. Why do you think I let you keep Tamsin alive? I’m here for my baby.” Bo replies: “Then you’ll have to get through me first. As long as I’m around. I’m the favourite child.” Hades smiles: “Is that a fact?” Bo moves closer, telling Hades: “Time for our first Father-Daughter dance.” Hades chuckles: “You want a fight Bo? I’ll give you one, but you’ll lose.” Hades raises his right hand, which glows blue with his power and moves towards Bo who take a step backwards in surprise.

After still another commercial break ends, Vex is seen using his powers to force a group of Elder Fae to drop their weapons and then holds them in place, two of the Elders demanding that Tamsin’s child be given to them. Inside of the motorhome, Kenzi continues to talk to Tamsin, telling her “you’re doing good!” as Lauren continues to look after the baby during the birth. Tamsin tells Kenzi: “I should be out there fighting! I’m a warrior!” Lauren tells Tamsin: “Listen to me! What you are about to do is brave Tamsin, possibly the bravest.” Outside of the motorhome, Dyson and Mark are seen in hand-to-hand combat with Fae around the motorhome, keeping them from entering. Back inside, Kenzi tells Tamsin: “This, right here, is what it means to be a warrior okay? You got this girl. Breathe!” Tamsin cries out once more while Kenzi looks outside to see what is happening as Lauren then tells Tamsin: “Tamsin, it’s time to push. Okay, come on!”

Returning to Bo and Hades, Bo is holding her ground as Hades continues to use his powers against Bo. Bo then raises her own hand, placing it to block Hades’ powers and, instead of being the blue of Hades, it is a purple colour. Kenzi tells Lauren: “Okay! It just got Sailor Moon out there!” When Lauren asks what’s going on, Kenzi adds: “Bo’s giving the best HJ of her life!” Bo and Hades are seen again, their powers pushing against each other. Hades tells Bo: “You’re dying Bo. I’m killing you. You forced my hand. All because you wouldn’t accept what you truly are… evil.” Bo growls: “You’re right. I am evil, but I am also good, everyone has both… Except for you. That is why you chose Tartarus. It’s empty. It’s hollow.” Hades replies: “You were created in the image of Hades. We are the same.” Bo tells Hades, pointedly: “You may have created me. But you never gave a shit about me and that’s where we differ. See, unlike you, I care. I am Trick’s blood too and his love makes me stronger than the evil that consumes you! You will never use me.” As Bo continues to speak, she begins to gain the upper hand in their battle, Hades being pushed back as Bo presses onwards: “You will never control me. I will live the life that I choose!” Bo sighs and smiles: “I love you Dad and I’m going to give it all to you, until the day you die.” Hades falls towards his knees, whispering: “No…” as Bo moves her hand away from Hades’ and then Bo breathes fire towards Hades, causing his body to burn before he vanishes into nothingness. After Hades vanishes, Bo collapses to the pavement from the battle.

Lauren, Kenzi and Tamsin are shown inside the motorhome as Tamsin gives birth, then Bo is shown getting up from the pavement, then standing on top of the motorhome and returning the Chi she had taken from the city back to everyone, human and Fae, the city coming back to life as all are restored. Dyson is shown entering the motorhome with Mark and Vex as Lauren is handing Tamsin her newborn child as Kenzi continues to hold Tamsin’s hand. Bo continues to stand on the roof of the motorhome, sending the Chi back where it belongs, the last of the Chi being returned to the Fae Elders and the others in the street around the motorhome.

Back inside the motorhome, Lauren places Tamsin’s child beside her, Tamsin smiling and whispering: “Hi… I’m your momma…” Vex and Mark exit the motorhome and then sit on the rear bumper. Mark tells Vex: “You were pretty amazing.” Vex smiles: “Yeah. I suppose I was, wasn’t I? You weren’t too bad yourself. Hey, I heard you shifted.” Mark nods: “Yeah.” Vex asks: “So, have you chosen? You know, Light, Dark?” Mark answers: “No and I don’t think I ever will.” Vex chuckles, then Mark continues: “I have made one choice though.” Mark then offers his hand to Vex and Vex intertwines his fingers with Mark’s as Bo continues to stand on the roof and completes sending the Chi back where it belongs, ending with a smile as she finishes.

Inside the motorhome, Kenzi and Lauren are still with Tamsin, both looking concerned as Dyson stands nearby. Bo rushes in and Kenzi tells her: “Ten fingers. Ten toes. Healthy through and through.” Dyson whispers: “Same can’t be said for Tamsin.” Lauren tells Bo: “Her vitals are dropping. She’s fighting just to stay alive.” Bo walks towards Lauren, Kenzi and Tamsin, then whispers: “All Valkyrie die in childbirth.” Kenzi places her hand against Tamsin’s cheek and Tamsin nuzzles there with a sigh. Tamsin looks at Kenzi, smiling and Kenzi tries to smile back, squeezing Tamsin’s hand before moving away along with Lauren who tells Bo: “She’s been asking to say goodbye to you.” Bo then comes close to Tamsin and whispers: I’m going to save you okay? I’m gonna breath Chi into you.” Tamsin shakes her head: “No. It’s my time.” Bo begs Tamsin: “Please. Stay here.”, but Tamsin explains: “I will be here. Through my daughter. She’s my legacy Bo. You look after her okay?” Bo nods: “I promise that I will do everything to protect her.” Tamsin touches Bo’s cheek as she starts to cry, telling Bo: “Don’t cry for me. For Valkyries in our last life, it’s not called dying… It’s called rising.” Tamsin then guides Bo closer to her and to her child before whispering: “Dagny.” Bo moves back slightly as Tamsin holds Dagny, taking her final breath and passes on. Bo is shown with Tamsin, Dyson holding Lauren and Kenzi, the three watching from afar. Then a burst of light forms within Tamsin’s body as it turns into a stream of light that rises from where Tamsin laid, out through a window and into the sky. Outside of the motorhome, a ghost-like being of light, shaped like an Angel, hovers outside before soaring into the sky and disappearing from view. Inside the motorhome, Bo watches as a single white feather flutters down in front of her, the feather alighting upon Dagny’s wrap as she sleeps.

The next scene begins an unknown time after the events of Bo’s battle with Hades. Bo is seen buckling Dagny into a babyseat, Dagny being somewhat older than a newborn, as she sits in the backseat of a car. Bo sighs: “You have your momma’s eyes. She was the strongest person that I ever met. You’re my sister and I have to protect you. But right now, I have work to do. Dangerous work and that’s why this is for the best okay? Even though I can’t take care of you right now, I’ll watch over you. We all will. I promise you will not grow up a lost girl.” Bo then kisses Dagny before leaving the car and closing the door as she does so.

Kenzi is seen laying on the hood and windshield of the car as Bo walks to her. After sliding off the hood, Kenzi smiles: “Precious cargo.” Bo asks: “Take care of her. And take care of yourself.” Kenzi tells Bo: “You know, I never lost faith in you. Even when I almost did… I didn’t. I love you.” Bo takes Kenzi’s hands and replies: “You’re my heart Kenzi.” Kenzi whispers: “Yeah.” and then they embrace. After a long silence, Kenzi smiles and comments: “Tearful goodbyes are so last season.” Kenzi then kisses Bo on the cheek before getting into the car and driving away as Bo watches.

Lauren is then shown sitting on the hood of Bo’s car, Bo joining her there, still watching Kenzi drive away for a moment before tapping the hood and commenting: “Hades gone. Baby safe. Future completely uncertain.” Lauren replies: “Not completely.” Lauren then tells Bo: “I, human, Lauren Lewis, want to spend the rest of my life with you, Succubus, Bo Dennis.” Bo asks: “I always thought that because of who I am that I couldn’t have a relationship, let alone with a human… and then I met you… and you broke my heart…” Lauren sighs: “A mistake I made twice and one that I would never make again.” Bo tells Lauren: “We are messy, we’re complicated, that hasn’t changed.” Lauren nods: “I know. And I hope that it never does. Do you think we can do this?” Bo is silent for a moment, then smiles: “I do.” There is another short awkward moment and then the two kiss as Dyson is seen walking out from the brush nearby, putting his shirt on as he does so.

When Bo hears Dyson’s footsteps she pulls a knife on him, then sighs in relief as Dyson comments: “Easy killer.” Then, when Bo puts the knife down, Dyson continues: “Kenzi’s obeying the speed limit. No texting and driving. Little singing and eating. They’re safe.” Lauren tells Bo: “Well, she is in very good hands.” Bo nods: “The best.” Dyson then asks: “So, are you ever going to tell her who her father was?” Bo replies: “You mean who he still is?”

The scene shifts to Kenzi driving, Dagny in the back seat, as Bo continues to speak: “Just because he’s gone doesn’t mean he’s still not out there. Waiting. Watching.” As the shot focuses on Dagny, Bo adds: “Evil never dies.”

After the final commercial break, two young female teenagers are seen kissing in a car in an echo of Bo’s first encounter with her Succubus nature. They stop kissing when one of them, in the passenger seat, pulls away slightly. The other asks what’s wrong and the first replies: “Nothing.” The second asks: “Are you sure? You don’t have to do this okay?” As they continue to talk, someone walks towards the car out of the fog that surrounds it, the first replies: “No. It’s okay. I want to.” The two return to kissing as the figure outside of the car comes closer and then the first moves away againn, muttering: What the hell?” There is a tap at the window and Mark is seen outside of the car, wearing a police patrolman’s figure and informs them: “Sorry to break up the party. You’re going to have to come with me.” as he trains his flashlight on the girl in the passenger seat.

Mark leads the girl into the Dal Riata, who is soon to be revealed as being Dagny (Olivia Scriven). As they enter, Mark walks over to Vex and takes a seat beside him, Vex commenting: “She has no idea what she is in for, does she?” Vex chuckling for a moment afterwards.

Dagny looks around the room, then walks up to the bar and asks: “Beer me. Please?” Dyson is revealed to be tending bar and he replies: “You’re underage.” Dyson then pulls Trick’s ledger of Fae names across the bar and places it in front of Dagny, asking: “But, what you can do, is sign this.” Dagny nods: “Right. The ledger. So what’s next? Choose if I am Light or Dark?” Dyson replies: “Not in this colony. We’re fighting to change some old rules.”

Lauren walks up and pokes Dagny with a needle, taking a sample from her and commenting: “So that one day, no Fae will ever have to choose. Anywhere. Now that you’ve hit Fae puberty, I’ll do another work up.” Lauren looks at Dyson adding: “She’s still accelerating into adulthood at an accelerated rate like her mom.” Dyson smiles: “You probably don’t remember us, but we’ve all been watching out for you since you were little.” Dagny whispers: “Kenzi told me this day would come.” Dagny then looks around the room, pointing as she does so: “The Mesmer. The wolf. The rookie. The doctor. Wait. There’s one missing.”

Bo enters the room and walks up to Dagny: “Hi Dagny.” Dagny turns to look at Bo and then whispers: “God you’re beautiful.” Lauren chuckles: “Famous words to a Succubus.” Bo explains: “The last thing your mother said to me was your name. It means ‘New Day’. It’s been hard watching my little sister grow up from a distance, but Kenzi kept you safe among humans. Until now.

Dagny opens her jacket and reveals that Hades’ handprint is glowing on her chest and asks: “What is this?” Bo sighs: “Evil. I don’t know how, and I don’t know when, but it’s coming for you.” Dagny asks: “What happens then?” Bo, Lauren and Dyson are seen standing together, then Bo smiles: “We’ll be ready.”

The final image of the episode, and the series, is a closeup of Bo, smiling, confidently.


Fade to black…


I’m so very torn over this episode in a lot of ways. The main one being Tamsin’s passing and how, overall, that really doesn’t sit well with me. I dislike endings where characters are killed off simply because they can be. While this beings Tamsin’s arc to a close, there’s a certain melancholy in what happened. With all that Bo and her family saved, there has to be a cost and I understand that. If nothing else, the moments with Tamsin and her baby were, emotionally, the strongest of the episode and I am glad that she had that.

I wanted to be kept on the edge of my chair, to keep from throwing popcorn as much as possible. There was, again, so much wasted time in this episode. Watching Bo feed at the beginning. Watching Bo give back the Chi at the end, to a soundtrack no less, was time not put to good use. I think there was probably a good five minutes lost in just waiting for that to pass before the episode continued. Too many starts and stops and it needed to flow, or at least move without the intermissions.

Two parts of the episode bothered me the most. The first, and more telling, was Bo’s collapse when Hades played on her emotions. That was, overall, cheap. It felt contrived, odd, and didn’t seem like how Bo would be overcome. I honestly expected something more like Bo trying to overcome Hades by feeding on his Chi, then going Dark because she couldn’t handle it. That would have worked, made sense and it would have been better than hearing Hades go over Bo’s life, her mistakes, and the things others have done. She’s been through this, she knows her faults. There was no good reason for Hades to overcome Bo as he did.

The second was Kenzi and Bo talking about Kenzi being Bo’s Heart. I had to grit my teeth when Kenzi stood on the roof and tried talking to Bo. It wasn’t really Kenzi, it was sort-of Kenzi. There were words, but whomever wrote them didn’t have a grasp of who Kenzi is. It was like a fill in the blank series of words spit out with no meaning or purpose. Previously in the series, Kenzi, as Bo’s Heart, spoke in her own voice with a certain power and truth. She wasn’t quite that here.

Vex has his moments, really I adored them as a whole. Lauren sort of did, the same with Dyson. Really there needed to be more focus on the family as a whole, rather than the time spent fighting in the streets, driving around, or just watching Bo feed. Bo’s story is about her family. The one that matters. That needed to be more of a core plot than it was.

The problem with this episode seems like it was meant to be a two-parter. There’s a point at which you can see it would be a good place to stop and then start again with the second half. But as there isn’t a sixth season, everything gets smashed together, run over, and merged into what tries to be a cohesive plot and I can’t say that it succeeds. Looking at the episode credits, they seem to indicate that there were scenes cut out, as Hades’ human followers are credited in the episode. I’d like to know what that was about. Perhaps it was part of what pushed Bo over the edge and then, if barely, the events on the altar would make more sense.

The ending tried to tie up some loose ends, but didn’t manage that well. That last scene at the Dal Riata was unnecessary. The series could have closed on Kenzi driving off, Lauren, Bo and Dyson talking and the final image being of Tamsin’s child in the car. That would have been fine, we know what might be next and so that was an okay place to be. Having Dagny appear, fully grown, and then have everyone at the Dal Riata save for Kenzi was distasteful. Past that, why not give a little nod to Trick somewhere at the end, perhaps have Evony in the background? Something that had them there, if not active in the scene.

I really wanted this to be something that closed the series well. It does and yet it doesn’t. That seems like a hallmark of the series in the last season. Almost getting there, but missing at the last moment. I wish there was a sixth season if for no other reason than to answer all of the questions that never were.

On to the characters in the episode…

Bo… I didn’t particular enjoy seeing Bo turn backwards when she lost herself. By that I mean, at least the way I saw it, she was more of an addict to the Chi she had consumed and was willing to do anything to get more. That said, once the episode came to a head, when Bo confronted Hades, that felt a lot more like the Bo we’ve seen in the series and that I think was some of the best we’ve seen from Bo for a long time. Still, the means to Bo’s failing at first didn’t quite work for me. Still, that is what happened and so it will be.

Dyson…If nothing else happened in this episode, he took charge of the situation, and had a goal in mind. Yes there was that one scene where Kenzi lost it and Dyson was being an ass, but overall I was reasonable okay with him. Bartender Dyson would be something I’d like to know mor about as, honestly, Dyson’s never been “talk to me buddy” material. But he could be.

Kenzi. The one part of this episode that I couldn’t take with Kenzi was she talking to Bo on the roof of the motorhome. Yes, it was Kenzi, but the words didn’t really have the right “Kenzi-isms” to them. It was more a stream of consciousness thing and it felt wrong. The better moments were Kenzi with Tamsin, helping her when Tamsin was giving birth. The other moment that I couldn’t stop laughing over was Kenzi looking through Vex’s things and coming up with china. I really liked that because that was Kenzi, snark and all. Kenzi line of the week: “Who needs weapons when you’ve got mascara and heels?”

Lauren. While Lauren was in the episode, she really wasn’t “in” the episode save for her reconciling her relationship with Bo at the end. It was sweet and very true, which left me with the oddest feeling. Seeing Lauren completely at a loss, unable to help, showed a little of how that hurt and how desperate she was to be useful. Her one chiding remark to Tamsin about what it means to be a warrior I think was telling too.

Tamsin: Tamsin was stealing the scenes in this episode. I didn’t like how her arc ended, though it was clear it was going to somehow this way. I am okay with the idea of her being an angel of some kind, there’s a poetic justice to that. Still, it would have been nice for her to still be there.

Vex. It’s been quite some time since Vex has been on screen long enough to add things to his character. We learned, overall, more about Vex in this episode that just about every other one before. It’s the minutia about him that I adored, but also to see him have a purpose, a reason for not simply being, but mattering.

Mark. I cringed when he asked who Jerry Garcia was, but honestly, that one line was probably the best one he’s had in the series and that’s saying something. The idea of him, at the very end, being a rookie cop, I think makes sense, but then the question is if he admits that Dyson is his father to others or not? I like to think he would.

Hades. Burnt Toast. The problem was getting there. He didn’t change much over the episode, being rather single minded and not able to think outside of the box. All things considered, as a threat to Bo, he was more a mental one than a physical one. While that was used well by him, I can think of better ways to “turn” Bo. the simplest being, have Bo feed on Hades. That alone would have made more sense and been more threatening. The problem with having plans within plans is that at some point a plan will not work and then they all fall down.

Dagny. There’s a certain amount of Tamsin in her, perhaps that little smile. And I will admit that I laughed when she saw Bo and what she said in that moment. She’s not exactly a lost girl, but she hasn’t begun her story. If there was a sixth season, I’m sure she’d be in the fore of it. She is Tamsin’s legacy and I can see that in her. So, for that, I did like her.

And those where the characters in the episode really. I wish, as a whole, there would have been more time spent in closing threads and telling the story than in fighting and watching Bo breathe Chi so often…


My Review of Rise

Keeping my interest – 4 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 3 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 4 Pitchforks

Storyline – 4 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks

Mythos – 3 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 3.6 Pitchforks out of 5


Really there was no other choice but to watch the episode and pay attention. While that’s mainly because of it being the last in the series, there were moments that you couldn’t turn away from. Tamsin’s death scene for one was stunningly well done, really the single most important moment in the episode by far. The face-off between Bo and Kenzi had it’s moments, but the words didn’t keep me like they should have. Bo’s fight with Hades worked, but fell too short. Vex’s motorhome and his commentary was amazing, and then there is Bruce. That was the most lovely touch of all.

Really the entire episode focused on Bo being a Succubus, what she could do, what it meant to her past, present and future. It was at the core of the episode and that’s been a long time since that’s happened to the extent it was here. But while there was some Succubus Bo present, the story didn’t delve into that too much. There was more focus on Bo being “dark” and not so much about Bo being “true” save for the very last when she found that. Bo can’t ignore being a Succubus, but the series seemed to for far too long and then raced to get back to that question.

The altar in Hades’ condo, the carving of the Pyrippus, I think was well done. The “disaster” scenes seemed to be a little flat, needing something to make them more, but didn’t come. The motorhome, by far, was perfect. It was everything I could have hoped for all things considered. As an aside, when I was doing my stakeouts of the series, I managed to encounter that motorhome on the last day of shooting, actually driving behind it as it left the location and the Lost Girl sets. Would have been neat to have gotten inside. Some of Bo’s outfits were some of the best she’s been in, though that Pyrippus getup was going a little too over the edge into “obviously evil” for my liking.

Storyline wise, the telling one was Tamsin’s. Bo’s was okay, not unexpected as a while, but Tamsin’s was a lot more fulfilling and meant something. Bo’s was lost, quite a lot, and didn’t come to a focus until the very end where it suddenly found itself. Even if there was far too much of Bo standing and sucking a lot. There was a small arc for Vex, the closing of the Hades arc as well. There was even some closure to Lauren and Dyson’s relationship with Bo. This was all good, but there was a lot of wasted time getting there.

Overall there was some closure for the character arcs, a few doors left open for the story to continues as well. Tamsin’s story, obviously, closed, as did Hades’ as well. Bo’s came to a focal point, but then lost some of that focus afterwards. Lauren and Dyson didn’t so much answer the questions, but instead pushed them to the future. Vex I think had the most development, most focus, and it really was about time.

There wasn’t much added to the mythos as everything has been set up in the previous episode. Still, the last few pieces dropped into place, though they weren’t unexpected, or unique. Of course, there is the question of what really happened to Hades, what will be Dagny’s future and so on. Setting up for Lost Girl: The Next Generation is fine, I understand why. But really more about the why of the episode, how it happened and what did happen to the entire city would have been good as well.

The final episode of the series is better than average, but should have been a lot more than it is. Telling a story is first, all else needs to come after. It kind of went in reverse I think more often than it should have.


Next Week: Nothing. All Done.

Lost Girl comes to a close, the series is over, the crew is departed, the actors and actresses are off on other projects. The Dal Riata is gone, the sets are no more. The offices are dark, silent, waiting for… something. The fans smile at the memories, the friends made, the stories told. The page is turned on the first Succubus television series…


At this point I would wondering about the next episode, thinking over what might go right, or wrong. Of course, there’s little point in doing so, there won’t be another episode of Lost Girl to watch, to throw popcorn at on occasion. The series is over, the story, at least the one that is the official one, is complete.

But I find myself wanting to talk about a rather wide number of things nonetheless.

Not so much about what a sixth season might have been like, though that is something I have been pondering. Really the things I wonder about are some of the themes, the characters, the questions left unanswered, so often in the series.

It’s interesting to ponder that sort of thing, to express what might have been, or should have been, like for example showing Bo with horns… once. Just… once. But that’s a rant that will be for another day I think. But there will be one.

I wonder about Evony, Vex. I think about what it would have been like for Trick to be reunited with his wife, if only for a moment. I consider the idea of Kenzi being a succubus, just never showing that to anyone. I wonder what Bruce has been doing. The question of what if the series had taken a slightly different turn, perhaps gotten away from the Fae of the Week and become more involved in the overall plot arcs more. Really, there are a lot of things to think about and try to put into terms that, at least for me, make some sense or, possibly, turn the series in a direction that would have been interesting to see unfold.

I think, over some time I expect, I will be returning to Lost Girl and wondering about things. I certainly want to write some stories set in the Lost Girl universe, like I have done once before here on the Tale. I want to talk about the characters and try to, in a reasonable fashion, take them from where the series ended to were it might have gone.

To be clear, there isn’t going to be a deadline I set for myself on this project, when the mood strikes me, I’ll write something about… something. Whether that is a story, opinion, or otherwise, we’ll have to see I suppose. I do know one thing… It will take me years and even then I won’t likely be done with it.

But there is one thought to begin with I think and I will close out this review of the series finale with it.

One of the themes that has been present in the series from Day One was that of family. The idea that who you are comes partly from where you came from, partly from who you surround yourself with, and for the last, partly in what you think of that and how it effects you.

It can something that can make you crazy, strong, or place you at a loss when you can’t work out in your mind what it all means. The thing about the series, with regards to family, is when they focused on that theme, told that story, the series was very good. When it was pushed to the background, for whatever reason, then the series seemed to lose something important.

In the moments where Bo watched her family come apart, whether by her own actions, those of others, or a series of mistakes and errors that happened far too often, she should have known one thing. As much as things were hard to deal with, to survive, to face, her family, her real family, the ones that had been with her, weren’t about to abandon her.

And that’s the thing that Bo seemed to forget in the series much too often. It seemed that when things got pushed a little far, her inner strength evaporated and she lost her way. While that sort of worked for the series a little, I don’t feel like it was true to the character herself. The series finale put that out very strongly and it was, overall, the one part of the episode were I rolled my eyes and threw popcorn.

Bo had been through all of her doubts, faced her fears, knew, fully, that Trick loved her, Kenzi loves her, Lauren loves her, Dyson loves her. It was clear, and more telling, Bo had expressed this knowledge prior to Hades going and poking Bo’s state of mind. Further, Bo knew what he was doing and yet, with one comment Bo caved in and turned “evil”.

And I’m not even starting to talk about Bo’s heart, which will, I promise, be an amazingly long rant, followed by a story.

Suspending one’s belief is possible, but it isn’t so much when that comes headlong with a rational that doesn’t make a lot of sense. Bo knows that family matters, she knows that no matter what, they have her back. She should have known that and not needed to feed on their Chi to be reminded of it. Doubt is a powerful thing, there’s no question. But a family you love and are loved in return in stronger still.

So this ends the series, my reviews at least, for the moment.

But there’s always tomorrow and the tomorrows to be.

To the series, the actors and actresses, the crew, and everyone involved, thank you for five years of something I never expected to see. A Succubus on television that was positive in so many ways.

I just wish, just once, she would have shown her horns…




Oct 30 2015

A Review of Intimate Journeys by Ss Hampton Sr.

Intimate Journeys by Ss Hampton Sr.

Intimate Journeys by Ss Hampton Sr.

I think that writing an anthology collection has to be one of the most difficult things to do. To find a theme that holds the stories together can be quite simple or very complex. There are some stories that touch one’s heart and others that make you sigh when they are done.

It’s a delicate thing to be able to write stories that have, in each of them, something to say and to say that well. To express ideas, to tell stories, to bring characters to life and make them matter.

That’s quite a special thing to accomplish. It should be shared more widely that this particular work is I think.

  • Title: Intimate Journeys
  • Author: Ss Hampton Sr.
  • Length: 200 Pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612353326
  • Publishing Date: February 26, 2012
  • This work at

The work is an anthology collection by the author:

  • Rose Cliffs: Archaeologists accidentally set free survivors of an ancient race, who require sexual sacrifices to bring back more of their kind.
  • The Christmas Queen: A young man returning home for Christmas encounters a legendary succubus who wants him for her lover.
  • No. 55 Cherry Apple Court: Believe it or not, sometimes within a gated community there are worse things than a home owners association.
  • The Whisper of Ereshkigal: An immortal Sumerian in love with a human woman is finally discovered by pursuing goddesses determined to take him to the underworld.
  • Imnachar: A frustrated incubus has a young woman cornered in a small country church, and he attempts to entice her to leave her sanctuary.
  • Galleria Millennia: An unusual group of female artist-collectors descend on a city at the edge of the Rocky Mountains before Y2K.
  • The Samar Café: On the eve of joining his combat ship during an interstellar war, a young sailor spends the night with a prostitute, with surprising results.
  • A Harsh Lesson: A female military officer dons a haunted Waffen SS jacket and attends a costume party, where she intends to kill a Senator.
  • Aztec Ridge: An Aztec goddess claims a lover from the same family line every 52 years, and now it is time for her to take a new lover.
  • Dawn at Khabari Crossing: As the US combat role in Iraq ends, a middle-aged soldier faces the uncertainty of demobilization and returning to Ground Zero of the Great Recession.
  • Between Flagstaff and Gallup: They say curiosity killed the cat, but what happens if it didn’t, and the cat is still alive?
  • The Ledger: A married sutler, unhappily retired and in ill health, remembers the example of the love of a young 7th Cavalry trooper for an Irish laundress.
  • Grandpa’s Bon Qui Qui: While deployed to Afghanistan, an older soldier in a May/December relationship must decide if the young woman really loves him, and if he really loves her.

There are two stories in this anthology that have Succubi or Incubi appearing in them and as such they are the focus of this review. I will also, as I do in these cases, review the entire work as a whole as well.

The one story that, for me. was the most amazing, strong, and powerful by far was The Christmas Queen. It was a story that told a tale that simply captivated me from start to end and more. The concept that comes out in the work is very unique and one that, while it told of lust, it also told of love and how the power of that love can work miracles. The Queen herself, a Succubus named Ayla, at least she describes herself as a Succubus, is just an amazing being and one that does reflect much good within herself as the story progresses. The story… simply is. It is strong, clear, emotional and more than anything has been in my thoughts for quite a lot time afterwards. How Ayla is described, her actions, her attitude and power are all quite Succubus-like, but the reveal at the end of the story just made the story perfect in every way and I loved everything about the story, the characters and more.

Five out of five pitchforks. Simply beautiful.

Another work in the collection Rose Cliffs, has but a single reference to both Succubi and Incubi within it, but the beings spoken of in this work do seem to have all of the aspects and as such it is, in a way, the second work that took my attention. The work has a rather strong tone of mystery to it that I thought worked well and while some of the events in the work were a bit harsh, the story itself, the events and characters were every bit as strong. The concept in the story, how that is told, the way the mystery is woven into the story is amazing and when the climax comes, I was rather surprised by it. While the work is, for the most part, complete, it ends on a point where there could be a “after” and I think I would have liked to see that.

Four out of five pitchforks.

The third work, Imnachar, had one of the characters being an Incubus and it is quite the different sort of story when compared to the other works. Set in a time of war, there is quite a lot of strife, conflict and emotion within the story and when things become difficult, the story turns in a direction that I didn’t expect, but made perfect sense. The comparison of the Incubus in this story with that of the Succubus in the other is interesting, but what I thought was the most powerful was the sense of honour that the Incubus had and where that took the story. The ending especially when a promise is made, managed to surprise me and that was quite the pleasant thing to see.

I’ll give this work four pitchforks out of five.

For the anthology as a whole, I found that some of the stories didn’t quite do as much for me emotionally as others did and as such they tempered my enjoyment of the work as a whole. Nonetheless, the work is really one of the best collections of stories that I have read this year and I enjoyed the work as a whole very much.

The author put a lot of heart and soul into his works and it really does show well. I do recommend the work but it’s rather hard to find a physical copy or to find an eBook online. I could not order a book through Amazon, it was not available as an eBook either there. After some digging I found the publisher’s website and managed to order a copy from them. I am exceptionally pleased that I took the time that I did to find this work and read what was, for me, a wonderful experience.

It is a shame that this collection isn’t more widely available because I think it deserves a wider audience by far.

I’ll give the anthology four out of five pitchforks.

A series of touching, involved stories that are amazingly well told. A bit uneven here and there, but well enjoyed and cherished…



Oct 29 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 406

One of the more unique Succubi artworks that I have seen in the past while today on the Tale… I like how the idea of Succubi, what they appear to be, how they look, and so on, is played with by some artists… Not all Succubi look the same, really they shouldn’t, and so that gives rise to… possibilities…

Succubus Blade by EvilsmiLeStudio

Succubus Blade by EvilsmiLeStudio

This work is called Succubus Blade and is by an artist on DeviantArt called EvilsmiLeStudio. You can find the original page on DeviantArt with this work here and this artist’s page can be found here.

There’s a bit of what I think is an interesting Morrigan Aensland vibe to this art in that the outfit here seems to be a variation of the basic Morrigan outfit with some changes to make it just different enough that it helps to give this Succubus character a more interesting style.

While she doesn’t have horns or a tail, she does have wings and I rather like them which is saying something because generally I don’t care for wings very often on Succubi. A unique expression on her as well which is interesting, and the visual aspects of her power I think work well here in her action pose.

Really very lovely, she seems to have a lot of inner strength in her character and that is something that I always enjoy seeing…