Apr 05 2012

Succubi Image of the Week 223

For this week’s Succubus, I found a lovely example of a manip on DeviantArt that I think is a wonderful example of Succubus art…

Inferno By Maxias

Inferno By Maxias

You can, of course, click on the image here for a larger example of this piece of art…

This is called Inferno and is by an artist called Maxias on DeviantArt. You can find the page on DeviantArt that I found this work here and as well the artist’s page here as well.

I think this is really well done, much better than anything that I have been able to do as my art skills in drawing things are really completely useless… Setting aside my flaws, the one thing that I would have liked to have seen here would have been a tail, there isn’t one, and her horns are a little bit dark and they melt into the background a bit, but we of course can tell she is a Succubus of some description…

A really moody background that adds to the overall look as well, which while hinting at her more devious roots does not detract from the Succubus that is the focus of the piece…

Her clothing is there, but isn’t in that way that Succubi do seem to enjoy to confuse and entrap their pray, which adds to her look even more, but not to the point of it being crass, which is, again, something that I personally like…

Do visit this artist’s page and see more of their works!

 

Tera

Apr 04 2012

I don’t get a burning desire from this Succubus costume…

I still don’t understand how costume designers named their costumes. Especially the one I found this week that really, truly, does nothing for me at all…

Burning DesireThis is called Burning Desire and the costume comes with a bikini top, the red mini skirt with garter straps and a pair of devil horns…

The stockings and shoes are not included, not that they help any,  and it sells for, and I can’t believe this, $90 US.

Can someone please explain to me how this is at all a possibility price wise?

Setting that aside, why would anyone want to buy this trashy thing in the first place? The look on the model’s face, to me at least, tells me this isn’t worth buying at all. And really, if you want someone to buy something from you, couldn’t you tell her to smile just a little bit?

I can’t see any means of making this costume something worth buying, not even the horns are anything that would be worth keeping…

Then, of course, there is no tail either so that doesn’t help in my dislike as well.

But again, what really gets to me is that two almost not there pieces of clothing and a pair of horns is worth almost $100. I have reviewed so many other costumes that are better and have more material or props in them for half of what this costs… I hope that no one actually takes this seriously as a Succubus costume because, truly, it isn’t.

I’m giving this costume zero pitchforks out of five.

I don’t give many of those, but this one deserves it for the look, which it hasn’t got, for the price, which is ridiculously expensive, and for the sheer pain I have in my eyes looking at it…

Avoid, avoid, avoid….

 

Tera

Apr 03 2012

Desires 23

Some traps, when sprung, don’t quite work as you might expect… So be careful what you do spring on the Queen of the Succubi for she will surprise you I promise…

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Desires – Truths

By MZ and Tera S

Part Twelve

Tera smiled and said, “The truth is inside and must be freed. The trust of one must be reflected in the other. How can I ask for you to obey me if I do not obey you?”

She sighed and nuzzled into his hand, “And so the spell. A opening of a door so rarely used. The spell will act and I will obey. You have to but ask and I will do as you will me to.”

She looked into his eyes totally captivated by him and sighed, “For I love you. And this is the only way…”

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Short I know, but the reveal does deserve to have it’s own place in the story…

Next time…

 

Tera

Apr 02 2012

Storm Clouds 163 – An ongoing Succubi Story

This is the continuing story of the Succubi called Storm Clouds…

If you want to read previous chapters, please click the link in the Tale header at the top of the page marked Storm Clouds or click here...

Yet another week of hell for me personally in real life again this week… I want this over with please? Just enough so that I can do something fun again?

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Storm Clouds 163

Chapter 21

By TeraS

 

The thing about the Dark was that it was too confident. It thought that it had all of the answers and that no one could oppose it.

That was almost true.

She could, and did . . . regularly.

It had become almost an obsession for her now. There were so few who would challenge the Dark when it appeared, and so it fell to her to do so. It wasn’t a chore or an imposition; it had to be done, and she had seen enough of the Dark and what it was capable of to know that the best thing to do was what she did: drive it mad with anger and make it stop thinking.

Losing the one portal did that. Then letting it stew in its anger had made it get involved intimately with mortals and their world. She wondered if, this time, it would actually learn something from the experience or not.

Making the portal vanish was child’s play for a being like her. If the Dark ever figured out just how powerful she was, it might actually pause to think twice about the plans it had against Tera and her kind.

Possibly.

The thought did make her smile as the portal showing the severed tail reappeared among all of the Dark’s other ones. She stood there for a time, tapping a single pink fingernail against the surface and trying to decide what would be the most unpleasant thing she might do.

She could destroy this portal—the thought had been there before—but she had her own plans, and, for those, this one portal needed to remain, at least for the moment, in spite of what it showed.

The tapping stopped as she placed that hand against the surface and whispered to the awful image that it showed, “It will not be long. Promise.”

And, unlike some beings, she kept her promises.

She turned away, coming to the decision that, for once, just this once, she was going to make the Dark know what it was to lose something valuable.

What followed was the sound of fingernails raking across portal after portal, each of which turned white against the darkness, throwing light into a place which despised it. She didn’t ruin every single one of them, but, when she was done, she had left the Dark but three portals.

She thought that she just might be able to hear the scream of anger from it from three universes away when it returned to see what she had done here, and that thought made her smile slightly.

She glanced once more at the portals that remained, satisfied that this would be a problem for it, that it would have to spend effort and time repairing the damage if it could, and that, thankfully, might give the others needed time to figure out what was happening and where.

As much as she wanted to, she couldn’t actually get involved in the battle or make choices for those involved. It was, after all, necessary that all beings make their own choices, no matter how wrong or ill-advised they might well be.

Still, she had one thing that the Dark didn’t have: trust. Trust in others, trust that they would make good choices, but, most of all, trust in that one person that saved her life so long ago and, in doing so, changed her own universe for the better.

She would always owe that person for that gift.

She passed into the ether, on her way to where she needed to be. If the Dark could get involved with mortals, she could as well … to a point. But first she needed to talk to someone who needed to understand that some paths were not worth following.

Following the path of one who owed the succubi—and Tera, in particular—her life … that was the most foolish thing that it had ever done.

And it would soon learn.

As for the Dark, possessing one of its pawns was distasteful. But there was little choice. That damnable creature had cost it its watch over the tail. The one thing that would, if its plans went to completion, cause the barriers to fall before it and thus have what it wanted most.

But having to deal with a corporal form? That was something that it did not enjoy in the slightest. Emotions, thoughts, images from this pawn were getting caught between its own thoughts and, as well, it knew that its own thoughts would be mixing the other way.

But the important thoughts, the ones that it needed for itself, those it kept under lock and key, or so the Dark would believe. The problem was, as it always was, that nothing is ever completely closed off when beings merge, even if only for a short time.

Fingerprints leave smudges, after all …

It took the Dark some time to return to where the tail was kept. The wards around the place made it impossible for someone to appear there without seeing the place first and entering at one specific spot. From the outside there were traps and obstacles that it knew would stop any magic user from getting close.

But this pawn was tuned to the place, and the wards would fall before it. Even so, the time … the time was taking far too long for the Dark’s liking.

And so time passed, the Dark fumed, and the universe turned …

 

 

Storm Clouds

Chapter 22

By TeraS

“I think I am.”

Tom looked behind him expecting to see Camilla there, and she was … sort of.

It was Camilla, but her tail and horns were grey instead of black and her hair had changed color from blonde to purple. Tom couldn’t stop the words that came out: “I liked the blonde and black better, Camilla.”

She smirked.

And Tom paused. He was pretty sure that Camilla didn’t smirk.

“It’s a long story, Tom, and right now we haven’t got the time.”

And that was wrong, as well. Camilla never called him “Tom.” Mary Ann tried to get away again, and Tom was forced into flipping her over, straddling her, and then locking her wrists together with handcuffs before sitting on her legs. Having some control of the situation, he looked at Camilla and said, “We’ve got the time. You want to let me in on why the style change? Got tired of your hair color or something?”

She ran her left hand through her hair, pulling on it slightly, “Okay, short version: I’m Camilla’s bad side; I’m a bitch; I’m nothing like her, and you don’t want to screw with me. That good enough for you?”

“I’m never going to understand this, am I?”

She smirked again, “Oh, I dunno … You’d make an interesting Incubi … I can put in a good word for you if you’re up for it.”

Tom shook his head: “Thanks, but I have enough issues with my life as it is. The universe isn’t what I knew it was, there are people—like you—who are legends, and I am supposed to deal with that. Oh yes, and I am acting under the command of the Queen of a race of beings that exist on sex and pleasure and I have no idea why I should be, but I’m doing it anyway.”

She nodded, “Tera does have her ways, doesn’t she? At least she isn’t using that pitchfork of hers on you. Mind you, some like that sort of thing…”

“So what do I call you? ‘Not Camilla’ or ‘Punkie Brewster’ or what?”

She leaned down so that they looked into each other’s eyes: “You really want to know who I am?”

Tom didn’t finch: “I trust Camilla. She’s proven herself. I don’t trust you.”

She nodded: “Good; backbone and will. I can see why Tera wants your help. You may call me ‘Nina.’”

“All right; ‘Nina’ it is. Tell me something, seriously: does every one of you have an ‘a’ at the end of your name?”

She laughed, “No … Just some of us do. Congratulations, Tom; you just endeared yourself to me. Camilla will be pleased to know that. Make sure you tell her when you see her again.”

The smirk vanished and she looked past Tom to Mary Ann on the floor beneath him, “You mind getting off her? She and I have … a past.”

“Good or bad?”

“I won’t kill her, at least, not just yet.”

“If I don’t?”

“Then I’ll have to move you, Tom. You don’t want me to, I promise you.”

Tom got up and moved to the side. Nina reached down and pulled Mary Ann to her knees by the handcuffs before grasping her chin. “Hello, bitch. It’s been a while since I’ve seen you. How long has it been?

The fear in Mary Ann only allowed a quiet whisper of an answer, “Babylon.”

“That’s right. As I remember it, you came into my temple and tried to turn my followers, didn’t you? You corrupted them from the top down and, in the end, you were responsible for how many deaths?”

“I don’t know.”

“I do. I remember them very well. You watched as they fought, four hundred eighty-six of them falling to your promises of riches that were hidden from them. And when it was over, what did they find inside the walls?”

“Nothing.”

“Why?”

Mary Ann closed her eyes, “Because everything they gave you, you returned to them … and more. You … you cared about the cattle and …”

Tom didn’t see Nina’s hand as it struck Mary Ann, sending her sprawling across the floor.

“They are not cattle, you worthless bitch! They are more than you will ever be or ever could be. You can’t understand that, can you?”

There was no answer, and Nina pulled her once again to her knees by the handcuffs: “Here’s the deal. You tell us what’s going on and who’s in charge, and I won’t kill you today. You lie to me, and I’ll start taking you apart one piece at a time …”

She extended her left hand and, to Tom’s shock, a silver sword appeared there, flames dancing along its blade. Tom thought he could hear the sword … growling?

She placed the edge against Mary Ann’s neck: “You know what this is. You know exactly what will happen if I strike you with it. Camilla wouldn’t; she follows the new ways. But I don’t. So make up your mind, right now, and tell me why you are here and what you have done to Ginger.”

Tom coughed, “Nina … You said you wouldn’t kill her.”

She didn’t look at Tom: “Oh, this won’t kill her. It will, however, take away what makes her special. What she is, she won’t be anymore.” A cruel smile appeared, “And since she is so enamored with being immortal …”

Mary Ann closed her eyes, “You are a fool. I serve powers greater than you. You’ll never leave this room alive if you harm me.”

“Oh I’ve already harmed you. Now I’ll cripple you …”

And she pulled the blade back and then swung it towards Mary Ann’s neck …

What happened next was something that Tom would never quite be able to explain.

The blade came down and struck on her right shoulder, then passed through her body and came out at her waist … leaving not a mark on her. Mary Ann still breathed, still was alive, but the look of disbelief in her eyes that she had been struck was matched by the satisfaction in the look that Nina had …

… and what the sword now held upon its blade.

Tom could clearly make out what looked like a twisted, ghostly image of Mary Ann’s form wrapped around the blade, with the flames licking against it and a silent scream of pain on the ghost’s face.

Nina didn’t look at Tom, she just held the sword in front of Mary Ann, “You have very little time, bitch. I’d say about three minutes before you aren’t immortal anymore. Maybe ten and you’ll start aging, and we both know what happens when you do.”

She looked at a clock on the wall, “Three minutes. Talk.”

Tom wanted to intervene. This was torture and he knew it. But he didn’t know what would either help or harm in the situation he found himself in. He didn’t expect that he would be able to disarm Nina, nor did he have any way to fix whatever Nina had done.

Tom hated being helpless … it reminded him of Beth and …

… he just turned away and kept his thoughts to himself.

To Mary Ann’s credit she held out for an entire minute. She just looked back at Nina, but when Nina drew a finger along the shaft of her sword and then licked a wisp of Nina’s ghostly form from her fingers, she caved in…

“Ginger is nothing. She was a convenient way to gain power. She didn’t care about anything save her own beauty and screwing her husband. It was child’s play to alter their minds and take him out of the picture.”

Tom heard this and asked, “What did you do?”

“I made him get involved with the mob, you asshole. I made sure that he was stupid about it. I saw to it that they would find out what he was doing, make him transfer everything to Ginger and then you so helpfully took him away, leaving Ginger to my tender mercies. Didn’t take a week and she was a hot little slut that would do anything for me to degrade her and …”

Nina interrupted, “Nice story. Now, how about why you did it in the first place?”

Mary Ann gritted her teeth, “I needed power.”

“Why?”

She didn’t answer that question. Tom had a thought, “You needed power for a purpose. You seem to have a past with Nina and her kind … is that why you needed this … power?”

The look she gave him spoke volumes.

Tom sighed, “Peachy: a war between omnipotent beings. I should have stayed in bed.”

Nina placed the point of the sword just in front of Mary Ann’s lips, “Who are you working for.”

“Give it back to me first!”

“No. You give me the information and I’ll give it back to you. Better hurry. You’re running out of time … rapidly.”

Mary Ann finally broke down and said in a whisper, “The Dark. It’s the Dark …” Then she screamed, “Now give it back!”

Nina stood up and then wiped the length of the sword with her fingers, balling the ghost into her hand before tossing it casually at Mary Ann. It fell into her body producing a sigh of pleasure from her lips and then a look of defiance on her face.

Which Nina promptly removed with another strike of her hand against Mary Ann’s cheek which resulted in her falling to the floor unconscious.

The blade vanished in a flash of light and then Nina then stood up and looked critically at Tom, “Tell me something. Other than you being human, is there anything special about you?”

Tom shrugged, “Cats like me.”

She looked at him for a long, long moment.

“That’s good.”

“Why?”

“That would be telling. Come on, if she is working for the Dark, then we need to get out of here right now.”

And then she pushed past him making for the elevators without another word, Mary Ann on the floor out cold and Ginger in the other room pleading for her Mistress to come back to punish her again …

 

 

Storm Clouds

Chapter 23

By TeraS

Smoke. The first thing he smelled was the smoke. Then he noticed the flames licking up the walls of the warehouse, the beams falling from the ceiling, and the yelling from behind him.

And then, as he watched three men rush past, John had a horrible realization. He was back at the fire. Not a fire; no, the fire … the fire where he was injured, the one that haunted him every day. He felt and then saw the fire axe in his hands and knew exactly what was going to happen next. He would rush after the rest of his company, follow them into the hell around them and search.

There would be … What would there be?

That part he never could remember exactly, when no one could tell him what happened, between this moment when they last saw him and the next, when they found him underneath the remains of the structure.

He hesitated there a moment longer, the others vanishing into the smoke, and then, twisting the axe in his hands, made his way forward, the smoke becoming thicker, the sound of his breathing loud in his ears as the respirator cycled back and forth, keeping him alive. Coming to a locked door, he kicked it open and then drew back as more smoke poured out and around him, making it almost impossible to see.

But did he see … something? Did he hear something?

There was no choice: he was going in there and searching. He had to be sure.

John pushed his way in while calling out, “Is anyone there? Answer me!” He didn’t hear anything, and so he moved deeper into the space. The light from the hallway, which showed him the way out and to safety, slowly dimmed as the smoke thickened more and more. But that didn’t matter. He had to search, had to help. That was his job and, no matter what else, he was going to do it.

He spent almost five minutes searching, the odd layout of the room confusing him. It seemed like an office, there were desks around him, but the space was too large for a simple office. Still, he pressed on, moving back and forth, calling out and listening even as he searched, his axe in his hand and the flashlight attached to his helmet probing into the smoke around him.

And then John saw her.

A woman crumpled to the floor, covered in black soot and grime. Her figure was indistinct. He knew it was a woman, but her features–hair, eyes, skin tones, what she was wearing–were all a blur.

But that meant nothing to him.

He knelt down beside her and checked: she was still breathing, but unconscious. The problem was that he had no idea if she was seriously injured or not. He found his spare mask and, after hooking it up to his air supply, placed it over her face. Her breathing improved, but now he was stuck there. He couldn’t leave her, which left him one choice: reporting on his radio that he found a survivor and then triggering the beacon built into it to call others to assist him.

He was about to do that when he heard the first shriek of the ceiling starting to come down. John’s only thought was to protect the woman however he could. He dragged her under a desk and then pushed himself under it as well, his body over hers.

The noises stopped for a moment, everything was silent around him, and then, just as he was about to look out from underneath the desk, there was the sound of a train wreck as the world came down around them both.

Then all was quiet again.

Except this time, standing amid the rubble, there was Tera, her dress pushed around by the smoke and fire, her arms crossed over her chest, and a look of concern on her face. She considered the pile of rubble that now held John and the woman, her long red tail moving slowly, catlike, behind her.

“Well … that explains a lot.”

From the smoke and fire, Jane came into view to the other side of the rubble. “Damn it, Tera! We don’t have the right to do this!”

Tera considered her for a long moment and then explained, “We need a clue, Daughter, an idea of what has happened. He has that clue in him; we just have to pry it out.”

Jane stormed up to Tera and then poked her into the chest with a finger, “You tell us to respect others, to help them. This does neither!”

Tera looked down at the finger pressing against her, then took hold of Jane’s hand before gently moving it away.

“His mind is blocked from what happened here, Daughter. He knows he came in, he knows he found someone in here, but he remembers nothing of who that woman is. She’s the key to this in someway and we need to know.”

“It’s not a good enough reason!”

Tera looked bemused, “Oh it is … It most certainly is.” She then reached around behind Jane and took a hold of something there, making Jane gasp in surprise. Tera then showed the tip of a grey tail to Jane, a tail that was connected to her body. “Daughter, you look like yourself.” Then Tera, that enigmatic smile still on her lips, released Jane’s tail.

Jane felt behind her, touching her tail in surprise and then running her hands over her horns. “How?”

“That is, of course, the question, isn’t it? Why should things be fixed here? It doesn’t make any sense … or … perhaps it does.”

Tera walked over to the pile of rubble and then pointed a finger at it, “The answer is in there, isn’t it? Who is the woman he rescued? Why can’t he remember her? How was that done? Most of all: why would all this make it necessary for your physical appearance to be changed?”

Jane didn’t answer the questions. She didn’t have the answers.

Tera then began to twirl her finger in a slow circle, “While these are his memories, they are not immutable. We can alter them, to a point, or, get a better look at them, can’t we?”

Jane rubbed her temples: “Yes, Tera … That’s Succubi 101 in the Realm, isn’t it?”

Tera continued to work at the rubble, bits and pieces of it vanishing at her touch, “What was your grade, Jane?”

Jane mumbled, “B Plus.”

Tera smiled in spite of herself, “Well, at least you passed.”

“I passed because a certain Queen made me work at it harder than anything I have done before.”

“Are you complaining?”

“Tera … I’m not. Honestly.”

“Oh, I’m not mad at you Jane, perish the thought. No, what I am, however, is very confused at this moment.”

Jane looked to where Tera was focusing and saw something that she didn’t, couldn’t expect to see. There, in the rubble, was John, but the woman that he had saved … wasn’t.

“Tera, what’s going on?”

“We missed something while talking, Daughter. Something happened here, and we didn’t pay attention to it when we should have.”

Jane’s look was one of confusion, so Tera continued: “Something, or someone, took that woman away after the ceiling collapsed, and we missed it.”

“Why?”

“That’s the question, isn’t it? Why take her away? Why make him forget about all of this? What was the point of it?”

Tera rubbed her fingertips over her temples and sighed: “We’ll just have to start all over again and, this time, not look away.”

In the next moment, the collapse of the ceiling happened again, John saved the woman and all was quiet once more. But seconds later, the two succubi saw what came next.

A black shadow fell over John and the woman, covering them both and then vanishing, taking the woman with it and leaving John behind … alone.

“Tera, what was that?”

“Something I hope you never have to face: the Dark.”

“Tera … Why would it care about either of them?”

“Oh that’s easy. It wanted the woman; it didn’t care about John. But taking her and leaving him with these memories would have been worse. So it damaged him, made him forget about what he actually did, and then continued on with its plan.”

“Tera … you are being evasive.”

“I have an idea of who the woman is, Daughter. A pretty good one, but I don’t like where that idea is leading me.”

“Who is she?”

Tera ran one hand through her hair and sighed, “It has to be Patricia.”

Jane just stared at Tera in disbelief …

Apr 01 2012

A Review of Demon of Desire by Ari Thatcher

I don’t mind when the idea of Succubi is changed a bit. Now that’s not to say that I accept dumb ideas, which there are many of, or ideas that don’t quite work when placed in a universe. The book I am reviewing this time doesn’t have those issues really, but I do think that where the story goes would have been more interesting if what happens in the end would have meant the heroine would have become a real Succubus in this setting…

But you can’t have everything of course…

Demon of Desire by Ari Thatcher

Demon of Desire by Ari Thatcher

The story is told as:

The only consolation Sin has for moving into her late great-aunt’s creepy Victorian house is the handymen who come with it. Triplet vampires Baen, Gower and Enos are yummy enough to tempt her from her self-imposed celibacy and make her forget she’s well on her way to becoming a crazy cat lady.

The brothers instantly recognize Sin as their mate, but realize they need to ease her into the idea of being loved by three vampires. Then a sex-craving demon takes control of Sin’s body and seduces the men, forcing them to make a rash decision with her life.

The story is interesting from the beginning, though I thought that having three male leads in the story was a little bit over the top. It because confusing to me when one brother talked and then the next came in and did something as the last attempted to do something else. I don’t understand why it was really necessary save for having a four-way as a possibility for a sex scene.

Sin, proper name being Absinthe, is of course the heroine of the story, and she is, quite simply overwhelmed by the three brothers when they appear at the beginning of the story. What’s a little bit off putting in the amount of internal dialogue that she goes through at almost every page. Now, I can see why that happens, we do need information on what is going on, but it felt too much like an info dump and that lost me in the beginning for a while until I accepted that and moved on with the story.

Eventually Sin discovers a little icon and it knocks her out, the vampire brothers rush in to help her and when she awakens, she isn’t the nice girl she was before. That little icon held the spirit of a Succubus within it and now Sin isn’t in her body, the Succubus is, and she’s going to get what she wants out of the three brothers even if that means killing them to get it.

Of course, since Sin has been possessed by a Succubus, all the men know is that she wants sex, a lot of it at first until they put two and two together and realize that Sin is possessed. The problem is that the Succubus that possesses her will not leave until and unless Sin dies.

And that is the problem that the men have to solve. They figure something out, which I can understand as being the logical choice, and then the story continues from there leaving the Succubus behind never to be returned to at least in this story…

I can see why the author would use the idea of a Succubus to move the story along in a certain direction and it does break the ice between the characters and all of their worries rapidly, but personally I didn’t like the possible paths for the effects of the Succubus that could have been used to simply vanish.

Still, the end result of the story is satisfying to a point. The sex is hot, the story well told, no real problems in editing or spelling or anything else to take the reader out of the story. I just wish the concept of Succubi possessing the living would have been explored more…

But then that’s where my personal interests lie…

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

A lot less vampire please and more Succubi and I would rate it better…

 

Tera

Mar 31 2012

An interesting Succubus character trailer…

I’ve discovered that quite a number of YouTube users have created short trailers for their role playing characters and other fictional creations like stories. I came across one of a Succubus that I thought was interesting, if not what I expected…

And if you can’t see it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewf3xoa4j5I

I thought that the caption for the video was interesting as well…

She is there. Only those that she’s chosen can see her. What is it she wants? Hearts. She wants to rip the broken hearts from the people until there are none left.

Now that’s a little violent really, but it is somewhat in the line of what the traditional Succubus is described as in a way.

The trailer is for a short story called Succubus which you can find here if you are interested in reading it.

It’s a very short story, and as always those bother me for all of the details that are unsaid and unrevealed. It is also extremely violent in nature which for me I have problems with as I prefer the seductiveness of Succubi instead of the violence, but then not everyone does…

I think that the author made a good beginning to a longer story with it, and I would like to have more of the story someday…

 

Tera

Mar 30 2012

The Lost Girl needs to find a flashlight…

The episode before a season finale should be something that gets your attention, holds it, and if possible, doesn’t run around chasing its tail for the entire episode. As well, if a scene happens, there should be a point to it and not there just as a ratings moment… at least that is what should happen… more or less…

The twenty-first episode of the second season, also episode thirty-four of the Lost Girl TV series, was this week. Bo learns what The Morrigan likes in bed, and Kenzi gets something spilled on her that doesn’t wash off. Lauren almost bares it all for Bo, and Vex learns to use his head… the larger of the two…

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

Bo learns that when she tests fate, she is stepping…

Into The Dark

The episode begins in the Dal Riata, a wake remembering Ciara underway, a pair of fiddlers performing on stage. Standing next to her casket, which has a picture of Ciara upon it, are Bo (Anna Silk), Kenzi (Ksenia Solo), Lauren (Zoie Palmer), Hale (K.C. Collins), and Trick (Richard Howland). Bo talks about her past with Ciara, and that Ciara stepped in front of The Garuda’s sword and took a killing blow meant for her in the previous episode Lachlan’s Gambit. Trick calls it a “nobel sacrifice” and that Ciara would be proud to know it made a difference. Kenzi comments that the photo of Ciara is wonderful and Trick replies that Fairies are very photogenic, that it is hard to pick just one, and that Dyson sent over a box of images of Ciara. Trick comments that he thinks that Dyson couldn’t bear to look through them himself and Hale chastises himself for not bringing Dyson to the wake. Kenzi tells Hale that Dyson is still recovering from the battle and she doesn’t expect him to appear. Trick comments that “it is hard losing someone you love, someone you care about” and everyone looks at Lauren who says nothing, but is obviously still in shock over the loss of Nadia. Bo asks Lauren when she slept last and Lauren tells Bo that she will rest when she figures out how to stabilize Lachlan’s venom that was extracted in the previous episode. As Kenzi tells Lauren that she will figure out how to do that, there is a growl and shout from behind the group and they turn around to face what they think is a threat to them all, but it turns out to be only a drunk Fae entering the bar. Kenzi’s comment is: “So not the thing that is trying to kill us.” Trick and Bo both say that they must remain on guard for attacks as The Garuda is becoming stronger. Hale tells Trick: “He was plenty strong last time he whooped us.” The fiddlers then come to the end of their performance and Trick stands by Ciara’s casket and begins to speak: “To Caira O’Breen. A toast. In the words of her Scáthach kin.” Trick follows this with a long loud howl which the rest of the bar joins in with. After this, Bo takes Trick aside and tells him that the truth is that Ciara died because she made a mistake. Bo proclaims that they need to avenge her death somehow, and she tells Trick that they need to talk.

Trick leads Bo into his lair and tells Bo that he is willing to listen to her. Bo tells Trick: “It’s in our blood isn’t it?” Trick does not look at Bo and says: “Our blood?” Bo then continues: “Your blood and mine. It’s the key.” He turns around and looks at Bo saying: “To what?” Bo answers: “Victory.” Trick says nothing to this, then Bo continues: “I know Trick. I finally figured it out. You’re my father.”

After the opening credits, we return to see Bo and Trick still confronting each other. Trick questions Bo about calling him her father and Bo tells Trick that from the moment she met him, she knew that she could trust him, ask for advice from him as well as comfort, but now with all that is happening, she must look at him in a different way. Trick tells her that it isn’t the right time, but Bo asks when is it ever the right time and begs him to tell her the truth as she needs her father. Trick tells Bo that he is sorry but he is not her father, but rather her Grandfather, which shocks and yet pleases Bo as it allows her to have one piece of her past’s puzzle revealed at last. Bo then realizes a truth and Trick confirms that Aife, Bo’s mother, is Trick’s daughter. He tells Bo that what happened to Aife is the biggest regret in his life. Bo then asks about her father, but Trick explains that he does not have the answer to that question and it terrifies him. Bo asks what all of this makes her, and Trick tells Bo that it makes her: “Strong, smart, and more beautiful than I dared hope.” Bo smiles and blushes at Trick’s words, and he continues: “After so much pain, what a gift.” Bo laughs in joy and Trick continues: “And to know you now, I could just burst with pride.” Bo takes his hands and tells Trick that she has so many questions to ask of him, and Trick agrees that there is much to learn and understand. Bo however understands that she must, for now, only be concerned with defeating The Garuda. She asks Trick to tell her about their blood and he explains that while they are family, what each of their blood can do is unique. While Trick wrote the Fae laws and manipulated the future with his blood, Bo’s blood has the power to enslave others, binding them to Bo’s will. Bo realizes that her blood was the reason why Ryan became obsessed with her in the episode Fae-nted Love. Bo agrees and also notes what Aife did with her blood to create an army for her use. Bo declares that she isn’t her mother and that Aife went bad. Trick explains that is the problem, using her blood in that way would become addictive and would, over time, could turn Bo evil. Bo shrugs this off saying that extreme times need extreme measures. Bo then tells Trick that if he wants to make things up to her, she needs him to summon the Nain Rouge so that she can get answers from her. Trick asks how and Bo tells him that the Nain Rouge likes watching tragedies and has been watching Bo for some time. Then Bo realizes they are at a tragic event, the funeral of a Fairy Queen and that the Nain Rouge must be there watching. Bo then calls out: “Show yourself you brat!” as she looks around in anger.

Meanwhile, in the bar above, the fiddlers play on as the wake continues but then Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) enters which brings the music, and all of the conversations to a stop as everyone in the bar looks at him. Hale is surprised that Dyson came, but Kenzi just says: “It’s Dyson. of course he did.” The fiddlers begin playing again as Dyson approaches Ciara’s casket and lingers there for a time. He removes a bracelet from a pocket and rubs his fingers over it, saying nothing, but in grief, before placing it beside Ciara’s picture and then walking away. Lauren approaches him and pours a drink. Dyson tells Lauren that it must be the end of the world if she is buying him a drink and she tells him that he does’t have to pretend with her. Dyson looks at Lauren with some confusion and then she explains that: “It takes strength to express your pain so that you can go on.” Dyson’s answer is: “All this and Nadia too. I’m sorry Lauren.” She thanks Dyson as Kenzi and Hale approach them both. Kenzi embraces Dyson and he tells her that he never got a chance to thank Kenzi for returning for him, and that he has no idea how she did it. Kenzi smiles and just says that she improvised and broke the heel of her favourite boots. Hale then asks Dyson to put what has happened between them in the past, but Dyson becomes angry. Hale tries to tell Dyson that what happens wasn’t his fault, but Dyson just asks who’s fault it is before leaving.

Bo is enraged and calls out for the Nain Rouge to appear, Trick trying to explain that doing so won’t work. Bo announces to the room that: “The Garuda is winning and we are broken. You get off on it don’t you? Watching others trying and fail while you hide in the shadows.” Then, suddenly, the Nain Rouge (Hayley Nault) appears behind Bo and tells Bo that only she decides when she appears, telling Bo that it is tradition. Trick comments: “Bo hates tradition.” Bo adds: “From now on we’re doing things my way.” Bo then asks how she can defeat The Garuda, but is told that the Nain Rouge only observes and does not council. Bo is then chastised about her listening to the Wolf Spirit, but Trick takes the blame and asks why the Wolf Spirit lied to Dyson. The Nain Rouge tells Trick that Dyson misinterpreted the message he received and as a result, their actions were doomed from the start. Bo then confronts the Nain Rouge, telling her that the problem is that all they, her and the Wolf Spirit, do is talk in riddles, and that she understands that the Nain Rouge likes to watch because it is her “kink.” Trick interrupts Bo reminding her that the Nain Rouge is a child, but Bo does not care saying that she is Fae and the normal rules do not apply. Bo then threatens her with: “If I do not stop it, the last thing you will ever observe are The Garuda’s teeth bearing down on your pretty little face.” For an instant, the Nain Rouge seems to be about to say something in a riddle again, but she stops and then her voice becomes that of a normal child and she admits that she is scared. Bo demands that she talk to her and Bo is told that The Garuda is the enemy of the Fae and to defeat it Bo must present a united force to it, both Light and Dark Fae, and the one from the Dark must have abilities that “rival your own.” Bo considers this for a moment and then says she knows who they need before telling the Nain Rouge to return to her Limbo. Before Bo leaves, the Nain Rouge asks that she: “kick his feathered ass.”

The next scene takes place at The Ash’s funeral as Bo and Lauren arrive. Bo comments that there are few people there and Lauren simply explains that Lachlan was not that well known, or liked. The two approach the Ash’s casket and throw ash into a burner there, commenting that many Fae are leaving the city in an attempt to save themselves. The Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier) then arrives, Bo commenting as she sees her about “cockroaches”, The Morrigan rolling her eyes as she comments about Bo being in black leather once again. Bo asks if she ever “lets up”, but the only answer Bo gets is: “Join the Dark and see.” Gritting her teeth, Bo tells The Morrigan that she needs her help, and then asks for Vex. The Morrigan tells Bo that Vex is in her dungeon and she plans to keep him there forever.

Returning from commercial, Bo doesn’t believe The Morrigan telling her that: “The two of you are like an evil Hall & Oates.” The Morrigan replies, with a smirk: “They’re not evil?” Bo presses on asking what could possibly have happened to make The Morrigan turn on Vex after all of the things they have done to each other. The Morrigan is surprised as she thought that Bo would have known what had happened and asks Bo to swear that she doesn’t know. Bo then touches The Morrigan’s hands and uses her power to make The Morrigan tell her what happened.

The scene then shifts to The Morrigan’s memories of what happened, that being she was seducing an artist named Paulo (Jon Cor) to join her company, and Vex interfered by taking control of her body and making her do things that she normally wouldn’t do by embarrassing herself in several different ways, including dancing and stripping, eventually appearing in front of The Morrigan and making her act like a puppet.

We return to Bo as she laughs and tells The Morrigan that what happened was “unfortunate.” The Morrigan hits back with: “Shut it SuccuBitch, at least my moves don’t leave my lovers pureed.” Bo proclaims that The Morrigan is the leader of the Dark Fae and that she should act like it. Instead, The Morrigan offers Bo a deal, Bo must obtain an item from The Ash’s vaults and bring it to The Morrigan. If Bo does so, she will release Vex into Bo’s custody. Bo is also told that she cannot show what the item is to anyone and to bring it only to The Morrigan in her private chambers. Bo tells her that she can’t, and begins to walk away, but The Morrigan calls after Bo telling her that: “You can take some fake moral high ground and watch The Garuda slay everyone you care about.” Bo stares at her for a long moment and then takes the information about the item, commenting that: “Why do I feel like I haven’t read the fine print?” Bo then enters The Ash’s vaults and discovers them to be seemingly endless, but undefended.

Dyson is then seen at home working out his frustrations on a punching bag. Someone knocks over and over again on his front door, but all he does is tell whoever it is to leave him alone. However, they do not leave and Dyson angrily opens the door to find Kenzi standing there. He is taken aback, Kenzi saying nothing until she slaps him across the face and asks if he liked it. When Dyson doesn’t answer, she slaps him again and tells Dyson that she can “keep going all night.” She goes for a third strike, but Dyson grabs her wrist and says: “enough.” Kenzi tells Dyson: “It’s about time. We thought we lost you.” Dyson turns away and Kenzi tells him that he did something crazy, but it was not the reason why Ciara died, it was The Garuda’s fault. Dyson is ashamed of himself, saying that it was his fault that everyone was almost killed. Kenzi presses on telling him that he fought to the end, and she cannot understand why he is giving up now and asks: “Did The Norn take your cojones?” before slapping him on the back. Dyson is quiet for a moment and then says: “Actually…” Kenzi jumps to the conclusion that what she said was true but then realizes the Dyson was joking with her, Dyson commenting that: “I guess you bring out the worst in me.” Kenzi’s answer is: “We gotta get back the best of you. Bo can’t do this without you.”

Returning from commercial, Dyson leads Kenzi into The Norn’s (Kate Trotter) home. She sits there reading a paper and is amused by their arrival, calling Dyson a “glutton for punishment” and tells him that possessing his love and causing him pain makes it delicious to her. Kenzi asks: “Did you practice that speech in the shower?” and The Norn is shocked when she realizes that Dyson has brought a human into her home, something that has never happened before. Kenzi is unfazed and Dyson asks for his love to be returned, but the Norn refuses to do so. Dyson calls it a selfless request to “help the champion battle the coming darkness.” The Norn is unimpressed and replies that her “sacred tree has weathered many a storm” and she is not concerned about The Garuda in the slightest. Kenzi interrupts and asks if they have something more valuable to trade, would she do so. Kenzi then showsThe Norn the bracelet that Dyson placed upon Caira’s coffin earlier in the episode. Dyson is incensed that Kenzi would steal the bracelet as Dyson knows that Ciara would want it to be buried with her. Kenzi tells Dyson that what Ciara would want is a chance for victory. The Norn examines the bracelet, commenting that it is made of “genuine iridium” and that the one that wore it had a “gifted essence.” However, The Norn rejects it as the bracelet is not as powerful without the wearer and it is not as powerful as a wolf’s love before throwing it back to Kenzi with a laugh of derision. Kenzi turns to Dyson and tells him that it is only her first offer, but Dyson explains that there are rules and they are finished here. As they leave, The Norn taunts Kenzi that she never will understand nuances, and Kenzi’s reply is: “Lady, you reek of peat moss” as they leave.

Kenzi meets with Bo at Bo’s place and is shocked to learn that Trick is Bo’s grandfather, she asks Bo how she feels and Bo tells her that she is elated that she finally has family that isn’t mean or crazy. Kenzi agrees calling Trick “the best.” Bo then adds that she is a little bit furious in that Trick lied to her for so long. Kenzi teases Bo, telling her that Trick owes her thirty years of birthday gifts too. Bo wondering what Trick had to “wait until the end of the world to tell me.” Kenzi then picks up a small suitcase laying on the table and asks Bo what it is, but Bo only tells Kenzi that she is supposed to deliver it to The Morrigan. Bo cannot understand why it is that no one believes her when she tells them the threat that is coming and she feels like chicken little. Kenzi tells Bo that she would never bet again her, or her “magic box”. Kenzi tells Bo that her belief in doing the right thing no matter what is her real power. Something then comes to Kenzi’s mind and she whispers “That’s it…” before leaving, telling Bo that she needs to get to a hardware store.

The Morrigan is in her private lair admiring herself in a mirror when Bo enters carrying the case she was told to fetch. The Morrigan comments that the mirror makes her look thirty and it should be taken away, Bo answering that she isn’t her servant. Bo hands her the case and reminds The Morrigan that she had best keep her end of the deal they struck. Slightly irritated, The Morrigan agrees but when Bo asks what is in the case, she isn’t told what it is brushing Bo off with: “A girl never tells.” Bo wonders: “Girl? Aren’t you like… thirty?” which angers The Morrigan, she does nothing as Bo leaves.

The Norn is in her home as someone knocks on the door. She tells them to leave, but instead of doing so, she hears the sound of a chainsaw being started and then it cuts through her door until it falls apart revealing Kenzi. The Norn asks: “What is God’s name are you doing?” Kenzi answers that she is: “Going for nuance” before approaching The Norn’s sacred tree and then beginning to cut it down. The Norn screams in pain, clutching at her stomach, blood seeping out from between her fingers. Kenzi stops for a meant and taunts The Norn which: “I guess my bite is worse than your bark” The Norn tells Kenzi that she wouldn’t dare, but Kenzi revs up the chainsaw, smiles, and says: “Oh yes I would. I’m human remember? We drive SUVs and we dump raw sewage into pretty lakes and we will burn this planet to the ground if it means just one more cheeseburger. So since your Fae rules don’t apply to me…” and then she starts to swing the chainsaw into action once more, cutting into the tree and, at the same moment, a wound appears on the arm of The Norn making her scream in pain again. Kenzi stops and The Norn asks angrily what Kenzi wants. Kenzi tells her that she wants Dyson’s love returned. The Norn refuses and Kenzi adds: “Or a sweet harvest table, your choice.” When The Norn refuses again, Kenzi simply says: “Fine” and starts to attack the tree once more, but The Norn screams no and then tells Kenzi that: “The wolf may have his love back.” Kenzi shuts off the chainsaw and tells her: “You’d be surprised how many of my transactions involve power tools.”

Meanwhile, at Bo’s place, she removes a hood covering Vex’s (Paul Amos) head and welcomes him to her “humble abode” which he calls filthy. Bo stomps her foot between Vex’s legs and tells him that it cost her a lot to get him out of the dungeons, but Vex asks Bo to run him through Bo’s security system. Bo draws her knife out, shows it to Vex and tells him: “You’re looking at it.” Vex is worried over this because, he explains, the reason why he angeredThe Morrigan was to be put in a place where he would be safe from a group of Red Caps who want Vex for not coming through on a deal with them, and Vex is very worried about their leader Duncan (Billy MacLellan), who then walks into Bo’s home with two other Red Caps. Bo confronts them and they fight for a short time, but Bo is overwhelmed and they leave with Vex, Bo unconscious on the floor as they do.

Returning from another commercial, Lauren is in her lab trying to figure out a means to stop Lachlan’s venom from going bad. Bo enters, suffering the aftermath of the beating she took from the Red Caps and Lauren tries to comfort her. At one point, Lauren misunderstands something that Bo tells her and she offers herself to Bo to help her heal, but Bo refuses, telling her that what she really needs is an aspirin. When Lauren returns with some wipes to treat Bo’s wounds, Bo tells Lauren that she would never feed on Lauren and Lauren tells Bo that she know this, but Lauren is tired and not thinking straight as all of her time and effort has been focused on solving the problem of Lachlan’s venom. Lauren apologizes for telling Bo about her being tired when Bo has enough to worry about as it is. Lauren then asks Bo if she can remember what happened when the Lich tried to force Bo to feed on her in the episode Death Didn’t Become Him. Bo says she does, that she sucked the Chi out of an entire room of people and Lauren tells Bo that it: “scared the hell out of me.” Bo tells Lauren it scared her as well, but she has no idea of how she managed to do it, or what triggered her rage. Lauren tells Bo that she thinks she has an idea of what happened, that it was caused by what she and Bo feel for each other. Bo admits to Lauren that she: “takes my breath away.” They just touch their lips together and Bo whispers: “Breathless… completely breathless.” Lauren pauses and then whispers: “That’s it…” She then tells Bo that the venom only goes bad when it is in stasis. Lauren then returns to her desk, immersed in her work again. Bo tells her that she was glad she could help and Lauren asks if she can see Bo again soon. Bo’s answer as she leaves is: “See you soon…”

Back at The Norn’s home, she leads Kenzi into a storage room filled with various items and bottles, Kenzi commenting: “this is like an episode of Horders.” The Norn tells Kenzi that she has received many “gifts” form other Fae such as beauty, fear, and bravery among others. Kenzi tells her to: “Try the bottle marked wolf mojo.” The Norn tells Kenzi that she will pay for what she has done, calling herself as old as time and twice as deadly. Kenzi is not impressed and wonders if that is why The Norn is so popular. The Norn then asks why Kenzi cares about Dyson and offers to give Kenzi something else, but Kenzi is wise to The Norn’s game and The Norn tells Kenzi that she speaks like a “true Con.” Kenzi then adds that she know that it must be voluntary and Kenzi isn’t interested in trading anything for what she wants. The Norn then picks out a bottle on the shelf and Kenzi takes it from her, clutching it tightly in her hands. Kenzi then backs up into a shelf, knocking down one of the bottles which strikes her hand and then falls onto the floor. She brushes at her hand as The Norn smiles and tells Kenzi that: “A gift has been given.” Kenzi is scared and only manages to say: “Super.”

Elsewhere, Vex is being held by the Red Caps in a club somewhere in the city, using him for target practise as they fire soccer balls at his head. Bo then arrives and demands they turn him over to her. They refuse saying that they are “torturing and killing him for screwing us over.” Another Red cap whispers something into their leaders ear and he offers to trade Vex for the case that Bo took to The Morrigan, calling it Briefcase 229. Bo asks how he knows about it and they tell Bo that The Morrigan has been bragging about it on Twitter, which thrills Bo to no end. Bo is told she has two hours to return with the case and then she leaves to get it and free Vex once again.

Kenzi arrives at Dyson’s place and he asks her what’s with the chainsaw she is carrying. Kenzi tells Dyson: “When they have your furry ass again the wall, that’s when you go dog wild. Guess who taught me that?” Kenzi then shows Dyson the bottle that she took from The Norn, Dyson looking at it in disbelief. Kenzi tells him: “Work it through baby… Work it through.” Dyson steps away from Kenzi, clutching the bottle in amazement. Kenzi comments: “Once chance to love again with a side of one seriously pissed off Norn.” Dyson asks her what she did, and is told that Kenzi did what she had to do. Dyson calls her a “crazy human” and Kenzi just smiles. Dyson starts to open the bottle, but Kenzi stops him and asks how they know that The Norn isn’t “pulling a Kenzi on us.” Dyson tells Kenzi that she can’t hurt him anymore than he has been. Dyson then opens the bottle and smoke rises from it that then enters his body, causing him to howl out in pain.

The Morrigan is in her private lair, her fingers stroking over the case that Bo brought her as Bo enters wearing a trench coat. Bo is asked what she is doing there, and Bo answers: “I wasn’t expecting flannel pyjamas, but still… wow.” The Morrigan asks how Bo got past her security and Bo tells her that they were a “mere snack, just enough to wet my appetite.” The Morrigan becomes aroused and answers: “You succubi are always so crass, so aggressive, where’s the foreplay? Where’s the seduction?” Bo disrobes, revealing black lace lingerie and as she strokes her fingers over The Morrigan temples she purrs: “Evony… it’s party time” as The Morrigan shivers in excitement at Bo using her powers on her.

Retunring from another commercial, The Morrigan is just being effected by Bo’s powers and tells Bo that what she is doing will never work, but then mewls and moans in ecstasy as Bo increases her hold on her. The Morrigan tells Bo that she could resist her, and Bo asks why she would want to do so. Bo tells The Morrigan that they have both been “dancing around this moment from the day we met” and then the pair begin to become intimate together, Bo the aggressor and The Morrigan under her sway. The Morrigan tells Bo that she is a “dead woman” but does nothing to stop Bo having her way with her. The Morrigan tells Bo that she is in for a treat, Bo replies “Show me” and then feeds on The Morrigan. Once Bo feeds on her, The Morrigan loses control of herself and falls under the power of Bo’s seduction of her, allowing Bo to handcuff her to the bed, and tells Bo that: “The pepper spray is in the drawer.” But then Bo stops and with a smile tells her: “Maybe next time.” Bo then slips away from her, The Morrigan telling Bo that she will not live long enough to regret what she has done. Bo’s answer is: “Then I’ll take out some insurance” as she pulls out her cell phone and takes pictures of The Morrigan handcuffed to her bed. The Morrigan tells Bo that this is the worse decision that she has ever made, and Bo tells her that she: “would never leave the keys to my handcuffs so far from the bed”. drops them on the floor and when walks away with the case in her hand.

Bo returns to the club and the Red Caps are impressed that she stole from The Morrigan. She gives them the case and then asks what Vex did to them. The answer is that Vex was supposed to fix a soccer match final for them, but he didn’t do so. As Bo tries to untie Vex, he taunts the Red Caps that their soccer club is lousy and calls out: “Go Packsford!” The leader of the Red Caps then tells Bo that they are going to kill both of them for what Vex said. As this is about to start, one of the Red Caps begins to scream and then falls to the floor, revealing The Morrigan who has used her power to turn him into a puddle of goo. She tells Bo that it is exhausting sucking the talent from talentless people. Bo is shocked and looks at Vex asking: “She can do whatever that was?” Vex’s answer is: “Why do you think she is the leader of the Dark?” As this happens, the leader of the Red Caps holds the case and warns The Morrigan to stay away. Bo asks what kind of weapon is in the case, and is told that: “it is the kind of weapon that lets you go till dawn.” Vex tells Bo that the case contains the excretions of the barnacle goose, and it is used as a aphrodisiac. Bo is shocked and confronts The Morrigan asking: “All of this is for football and Viagra?” The Morrigan is unmoved as Bo asks all of the Fae in the room if they are not aware of what is coming for them all. The Morrigan’s answer is: “All the more reason to get your mind blowing sex on before it’s too late.” As they talk, the leader of the Red Caps pries the case open, and Vex works his way slowly free of his bonds. Bo tells The Morrigan: “I always knew the Dark were selfish but this shallow and vain in the face of extinction?” The Morrigan turns away from Bo with the words: “Boring…” Bo asks The Morrigan if she would know who would fight to the better end, and when The Morrigan turns back to look at her, Bo answers the question with: “humans.” Bo tells The Morrigan that she has so much power and she is such a coward. The Morrigan rolls her eyes and turns around again to see the leader of the Red Caps injecting himself with the aphrodisiac which angers The Morrigan. The Red Cap giggles and tells her that: “it tingles!” Then The Morrigan tells him: “This won’t” as she uses her powers on him to turn him into another puddle of goo. Then The Morrigan turns back to Bo and tells her that she will be doing her a favour killing her before The Garuda can. Vex then uses his powers on The Morrigan and forces her to hit herself in the head with a pipe, knocking her unconscious. Bo shakes her head and tells Vex that he must have a death wish, but he insists that what happened was a “tat” between friends and that The Morrigan will get over it as Bo finishes untying him. Vex then asks Bo if she really can save the Fae and her answer is: “With you onboard I give slightly better odds than Exton, meaning the club that the Red Caps liked and Vex was against. He laughs at this and tells Bo” “Let’s go down swinging, that’s what I always say.” When Vex tells Bo that he doesn’t play nice, her answer is: “I’m counting on it.” Before they leave, Vex asks Bo if they should take the aphrodisiac with them “just for giggles” and Bo’s answer as she leaves is: “Dream on.”

Returning from yet another commercial, Bo enters the Dal Riata to find Dyson, Kenzi, Trick, Lauren and Hale waiting there. She introduces them all to Vex as the newest member of their army, which provokes some confused looks, comments and concerns for a short time. Bo tells them that they need Vex for reasons that she will explain to them all. Bo also tells the group that from this point forwards that: “This is no longer a democracy. There can be only one champion and I’m it.” The group is quiet for a moment and then Bo continues with: “I know we can beat The Garuda and yes, I have a plan. But if you are not onboard now is the time to leave. Everyone in the bar, including Vex says nothing, but just looks at Bo and waits for her to continue. She explains that: “One more thing… I may be the champion, but I can’t do this alone. I need you. All of you. And if I haven’t been clear about how much I appreciate what you are doing and what Lochlan and Ciara did…” Bo loses her voice at that moment and Dyson interrupts her to say: “I’m with you to the end.” Lauren adds: “We all are.” Hale comments: “It won’t be easy. Can’t say we don’t have some stuff between us” as he points at Vex who just looks back at Hale in silence before turning away. Hale continues: “Stuff that The Garuda can feed off of. Bo smiles and replies: “I have an idea about that too.”

The next scene is of Kenzi and Bo at home opening a bottle of champagne and sharing it. Bo tells Kenzi to be careful as she spills some of it, but Kenzi tells Bo that it is fake. Bo smiles and teases Kenzi with: “Nothing but the best for our last night on Earth.” Vex then appears wearing one of Bo’s kimonos and asks where the toothpaste is. Both Bo and Kenzi answer: “Foot Locker”, Bo a disgusted that Vex is wearing her clothing. After he leaves, Kenzi asks Bo if she thinks they can trust Vex and Bo’s answer is: “Hell. No.” She also tells kenzi that the things she had to do to get Vex on their side will mean if they survive The Morrigan will be gunning for her. Kenzi’s answer is: “We do what we go to do.” Bo then comments that Dyson seems better and Kenzi smiles but says nothing about it to Bo. Kenzi then tells Bo that: “If this is the Faepocalypse, you should be with your girl. You shouldn’t be alone Bo.” Bo smiles and tells Kenzi that: “I’m not alone Kenzi. I’m with you.” Kenzi then asks: “This is really happening isn’t it?” Bo tells Kenzi that: “Yeah. But the plan will work Kenzi. As long as there are no other surprises.”

The final scene in the episode shows Trick in his lair going over plans and papers there. As he does so, a black mist or fog lurks in the shadows, seemingly watching him and causing a wind to blow around Trick that makes him shiver. Trick then picks up the books he was reading and leaves the room, the black mist disappearing down a manhole cover into the sewers below the Dal Riata.

Fade to black…

Not really any blood to speak of this week thankfully and instead we got to see Bo being a Succubus! Amazing! Someone remembered that she is one! But seriously, the series is supposed to be about Bo and finding out about her powers and past and that actually happened this week!

Trick is Bo’s Grandfather? I can sort of believe that in a way, but somehow I think there is another shoe to be dropped on that story arc. Still it was a kind of closure to one part of the series that has been danced around all season and that’s a good thing… The question is, what happens with that knowledge now that Bo knows more about herself.

Here’s another thought… this makes Bo a Blood Princess then doesn’t it? So that would mean, logically, she is royalty. As such, does this mean that with The Ash dead and only The Morrigan left, could Bo take control of her and then take over all of the Fae as a, for lack of a better term, Blood Queen? If that happens, who is her consort? Does she have a Blood King? Is this what has to lead to Bo killing Trick as the Nain Rouge has foretold?

My but things are getting complicated aren’t they…

I also note Trick’s warning to Bo that using her powers to control others will push her over the edge into what I have to assume is madness of some kind. But I have a question about that too… According to Trick, every member of the Blood King line receives different powers through their blood. If that is true, then Bo shouldn’t have the same powers as her mother logically… There’s a disconnect here somewhere and I don’t know how to solve that…

I thought the scenes between Kenzi and Dyson at the beginning of the episode were amazing as were the moments between Bo and Lauren and, the last moments of the scene of Bo and Kenzi sitting on the couch together at Bo’s place… The chemistry between the actors and actresses in this series has always amazed me and it’s wonderful to see the moments when that comes shining through…

Best moment: Kenzi and her chainsaw… Never underestimate her for you do at your own peril… “Oh yes I would. I’m human remember? We drive SUVs and we dump raw sewage into pretty lakes and we will burn this planet to the ground if it means just one more cheeseburger. So since your Fae rules don’t apply to me…”

And you know something? That makes Kenzi a force in this world and I love her for that…

On to the characters in the episode…

Bo… We have a Succubus. And really that scene is very hot and sexy in a lot of ways, not the least of which is watching The Morrigan turn to jelly when Bo uses her powers… I still think that what Bo can really do hasn’t been touched on and I hope that it will be soon… I like Succubus Bo better than Buffy Bo…

Dyson… I’m glad that the self doubts and recriminations are over with… At least I hope they are because honestly I have seen enough of “moody” Dyson and I want the strong wolf back in this world… He’s a lot more interesting to me that way and I hope that this remains how he is in the coming episode and beyond.

Kenzi… So much emotion, power, and presence in the episode. I hesitate to call this a Kenzi-centric episode, but, for the most part it was Kenzi coming to the rescue and kicking everyone else’s collective bums to get them moving. So much to love about her and I love every moment of her being there….

Trick. The reveal with Bo was riveting. You could see the weight being lifted off his shoulders in what he told Bo, but more it was the smile, the look and the proudness he showed to her of knowing her and calling her his Granddaughter… Beautifully done…

Hale. Not enough Hale this week, but then a lot else was going on… I could see the pain in his face when Dyson rejected his attempt at reconciliation. I think, or at least hope, that by the end of the episode when they were all assembled and No made her speech that the wounds were healed… It’s not right how his relationship with Dyson has fallen apart and that needs to be repaired.

Lauren. So very lost this episode in her grief and feelings for Bo. But when she admitted how she felt about Bo in her lab… it completed at least one story between them and, perhaps, it started her on a path to forgive herself and Bo for what happened…

Vex. I have always liked him as a foil to Bo, but what really made me like him this time was how he became less flippant and more serious when Bo brought him on board to attack The Garuda. I have always thought that Vex more than he seemed to be… I can even forgive his choice of football teams in a pinch…

The Morrigan. Just another reason for my not liking her. Too flippant, too self absorbed, too… Too much not like a leader of the Dark Fae but a spoiled brat more than anything else. We saw a glimpse of what she should be like when she extracted a promise from Kenzi in the past, but none of that “evil” appeared this time… The character should have been a lot more than she is, and one of two things will happen I think. Bo kills her, or The Garuda does, or Bo enslaves her… either way, she has to be taken out of the picture if for no other reason than I can’t stand her at all.

The rest of the characters, especially the Red Caps were there as part of the scenery, which in the cause of Ashley MacIsaac is a shame… At least he got some screen time up close with his accompanying fiddler Stephanie Cadman… And the music was wonderful and exactly right for what was happening at Ciara’s wake…

Still, a lot to get through in this episode and one again I have to ask why it couldn’t have been stretched out over two episodes instead of what appeared?

Someone needs to figure out spacing and timing in the season I think… Hopefully for next season they will manage that

 

 

My Review of Into The Dark

Keeping my interest – 5 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 5 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 4 Pitchforks

Storyline – 4 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks

Mythos – 4 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 4.3 Pitchforks out of 5

It wasn’t a bad episode by far really. I didn’t see why the Red Caps had to appear in it as they really only ware a means for Bo to get into bed with The Morrigan and not much else… I think the same effect could have been managed by Bo taking control of The Morrigan as her first step into the dark side of the Fae if nothing else.

The story was advanced a lot, the players in the final roles are set and we are made well aware of what they think and desire in the future. Thing is that, once again, more plot twists are added into the story lines, Kenzi’s being touched by whatever was in the bottle, Vex suddenly joining Bo’s team, and of course the moments between The Morrigan and Bo just set up things to happen in the future…

But adding so much now? Couldn’t this have happened through the series so far? There was enough filler episodes to manage that I think and it wouldn’t have made what happened this week look so frantic.

Bo actually was a Succubus this week… and not just a fleeting glimpse of one either… The scene with her and The Morrigan was sexy, don’t get me wrong, but the moment when Bo was told where the pepper spray was made me shake my head and everything else that happened really came apart for me. I liked that there was a lot less of “Buffy” Bo and more of Succubus Bo… I expect that next episode “Buffy” will be back with a vengeance… that’s a shame really…

Save for the Red Cap scenes, I liked the places the series used. The Morrigan’s private quarters looked about right for a person with her personality, the moments for Dyson and Kenzi in Dyson’s place allowed the background to be background for their performances. The Dal was the centre of things as it is, and I liked that the stark white of Lauren’s lab allowed Bo and Lauren to stand out more in their scene together… Really was nice to see…

The storyline, save for the Fae aphoristic kept me involved, though I could have done without the Red Caps… I still don’t see a reason for them that isn’t to force Bo into bed with The Morrigan and that bothers me… a lot. We got the story pushed to the edge of the climax for the season as well, which was a good thing too…. But Kenzi’s problems now, the possibility of The Morrigan getting in Bo’s way… Just a bit much I think…

Lots of amazing development for all of the main characters this week… The Fae have discovered that Kenzi is stronger than they realize and perhaps this will be a warning to them… I have to wonder what happened in the moments we didn’t see when she was with The Norn… Something is brewing there obviously. Vex became very interesting this week to me and I have lots to ponder about him, the main thing being if he will keep his word or not… I expect not.

The mythos didn’t expand too much this time… Mostly little pieces of information to add to things and a bit added to the sex lives of the Fae but otherwise this episode was about cementing the past to open the doors to the future to come. I can’t understand why it is that every time Lauren tries to tell Bo about “Carrie” Bo, that something comes up to stop that… It’s getting to be irritating to me…

…and a reason to throw popcorn at the TV… a lot.

Next Week: Flesh and Blood

Concerned that Bo’s plan is too risky, Trick offers Bo one more weapon for her own, and everyone else’s, safety. Bo must lead her friends into battle ahead of schedule when her hand is forced by their enemy. A revelation from Dyson provides Bo with ammunition, but another’s deceit threatens the mission. Prophecies come true… but at what cost?

And so the season finale arrives with, I expect, a bang if not at least a moan or two…

Time for some predictions I think about what’s going to happen. Vex I think is the one who’s deceit the summary is talking about. I don’t expect to see anyone else pull something like that, but, I do think that The Morrigan is going to call in that favor from Kenzi… It would be so much like what her character would do.

I think that Bo will wind up using her blood to enslave her friends, which would push her over the edge into darkness. Trick confronts Bo about that at the end of the episode and she kills him thus making the Nain Rouge’s prophecy come true.

It all makes sense in a way… The Garuda will be defeated of course, that has to happen as it was the point of most of the series this year and to continue that plot into the next season? It makes little sense to do so.

I don’t believe that Dyson has his love back. I have the thought that Kenzi lied to him about having it, or The Norn tricked Kenzi into taking something else that will alter Dyson. Either way, I don’t think that Dyson’s path with this plot point is over yet… If Bo goes dark next season, I think that he will be the one to at least partially get Bo back or with Lauren’s help, manage it together.

The larger question to me is, what happens to Kenzi in the finale? I will not be happy if The Garuda or The Morrigan harm her… mind you, that might be the last straw for Bo’s humanity and that pushes her over the edge…

Regardless, there seems to be nothing but a train wreck coming for the characters this week… While the tension will make it better I think, the problem is how will they tie up things without it going all cliché?

See you on Sunday for the finale…

I don’t know whether to look forward to it or not really… I just have to hope that it doesn’t go as dark as I fear it will…

 

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