Feb 20 2012

Storm Clouds 157 – 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...

Some editing of Chapter 23 this week with thanks to my heart… With some luck the story will continue next week again…

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Storm Clouds 157

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 here. 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.”

Feb 19 2012

A Review of Tesla’s Succubus by Maxwell Avoi

Generally, succubi and incubi are supernatural beings. That is of course pretty much the standard concept of them. I found an interesting book that turns that idea on its head a bit and connects them to other worlds. It has a theme in it that some might not enjoy, but I think that the concept is well done and in the end that is what matters isn’t it?

Tesla's Succubus by Maxwell Avoi

Tesla's Succubus by Maxwell Avoi

The story is described as:

The military didn’t know what it was doing during the first Philadelphia Experiment; why would it try the same thing again? The results were impressive, but for the passengers on a bus passing the base at the time nothing would ever be the same again.

Now that is very, very misleading so far as the actual story. I think a better description would be: Caught in the aftermath of a repeat of the Philadelphia Experiment, a man’s life is changed forever by forces that he cannot understand. Changed in body and given the powers of a Succubus, she fights with the thing that has changed her and to keep her sanity in a world gone mad.

A few things that should be noted about this story. Yes there is a central moment, two of them in fact, where there are transgender themes and transformations involved. But the transformations are quick and not that graphic. In fact there are quite a number of moments in the story where there are more horrific things that happen to people as a result of the experiment and, as such, they tend to be more graphic in the story.

The sex scenes, such as they are, are not very graphic either for what happens in them. There is more internal dialogue between the main character and the being that is with her, than there is really with anyone else in the story.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it gives us an idea of what she is going through, an idea of what the creature wants and why she was transformed into what she becomes. Now she does become a Succubus in a way, but she is not the classical definition of one.

She has no horns or tail, but does have a semblance of mind control to use on others. She also has the ability to transform herself into the “dream girl” of whomever she is attempting to feed on. So in that aspect, yes, she is a Succubus.

But she’s not a supernatural one. In this case she’s the end effect of a being that has been trapped in her through the experiment. Which makes what happens, how she reacts, and what it does to her a very interesting read. The TG aspects are very quickly glossed over and as a result if you don’t pay attention to them, you could easily overlook them.

I caught a few small spelling mistakes in the middle of the book, but they were a minor annoyance in the overall read. The author tells a good story and has created some very good characters, but I think they went a bit over the top with the descriptions of what happens to people effected by the experiment. It’s not necessary to describe burning bodies and other horrors several times in one scene when the point is made very clearly early in the climax of the book.

I was, I have to admit, a little disappointed in the ending. It suddenly came to an abrupt end, something that I don’t really like, and the resolution of the main character’s situation was unsatisfying in that it’s unclear if she is or isn’t a succubus, or what she was transformed into, when the story ends.

I can see where this could be continued in another story, or have what happened to the main character happen to someone else. There is a lot of loose ends that make you wonder what happened to a number of minor characters and one in particular’s end is disappointing as we are not sure what happens to her.

I’ll give it three and three-quarter pitchforks out of five.

Needed a better ending, would have been nice to have a bit more character development, and what the being was that caused all of this to happen would have been nice to have more of a voice in the work…

A decent read and I hope that they continue this world somehow…

 

Tera

Feb 18 2012

A Spooky Succubus Incident?

Amazon does, on occasion, frustrate me. This time I found a trailer for a film short on YouTube that can be found on Amazon, but they will not let me see it as I don’t live in the US…

So a lot of this is going to be guess work…

The film is called The Spooky Incident and was released back in 2001… Yes that’s a long time ago and I was actually surprised to see that it was still available on Amazon on Demand to be honest…

The trailer, as I found it on YouTube…

And if you can’t see it here, you can see it at:

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

The film is described as being about a young man that finds himself cat-sitting a feisty feline in a crumbling vintage apartment building and soon discovers that there may be something very sinister lurking within the walls.

Now the tags on this film both on YouTube and the IMDb have succubus in them, so I am going to assume that the girl in the subway we see in the trailer could be one, but I have no proof of that…

The other possibility for the succubus connection is that the main theme song of the movie is titled Succubus, so that might be the only real connection there is here.

Still, the girl in the subway, in a way, looks like she is sort of succubus-like, but she could well be something else… It’s never clear in a trailer what the characters are anyway…

If anyone should happen to have seen this movie, or wants to at Amazon here, could you let me know if she is, in fact, a succubus and more so, could you please give me a decent outline of the story?

Thanks in advance!

 

 

Tera

Feb 17 2012

Does the Lost Girl like egg salad sandwiches after sex?

I had hoped that this week’s episode of Lost Girl might be something a little bit off the wall, possibly a bit over the top in the sexy schoolteacher department and, mebby, just mebby, it would reveal something of the overall season arc. It didn’t quite work out that way for me…

The sixteenth episode of the second season, also episode twenty-nine of the Lost Girl TV series, was this week. Bo tries to teach English Lit, Kenzi makes some new enemies, and Dyson gives out bad advice while looking at himself in a flawed mirror. Nadia becomes possessive to the extreme, and jealously seems to be showing it’s ugly side as well with her. And Lauren gets caught between two women she cares about, and doesn’t know what to do…

Lost Girl Logo

This is the sixteenth 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, Dyson and Kenzi discover that you can’t go back to school once…

School’s Out

The episode begins with Bo (Anna Silk) wrapping herself in a robe after getting out of her bathtub which is full of bubble bath. Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) calls out her and and Bo seems very nervous as Kenzi enters the bathroom. Bo seems shocked that Kenzi is there as she expected Kenzi to be sleeping over at Nate’s place. Kenzi explains that Nate is making breakfast for her at that moment and she hopes it’s chocolate chip pancakes. Bo keeps looking back at the bathtub throughout their conversation seemingly worried about something however. Kenzi happens to look at Bo’s bedroom and wonders if Bo managed to get any decent sleep the night before as the sheets and pillows are thrown about everywhere. Bo tells Kenzi that she has a lot of things on her mind and that explains the mess. As Kenzi applies some lipstick, someone pops their head out of the tub and gasps for air before Bo shoves them back underneath the water again. Kenzi tells Bo that she knows what is going on, that Bo is losing sleep over not seeing Ryan (Anthony Lemke) anymore. Kenzi tells Bo that she understands that Bo: “can’t holster her honeypot” which makes Bo cringe a little bit. She tells Bo that Ryan “totally screwed with me” and Bo acknowledges this with some embarrassment. Kenzi smiles and tells Bo that since she has dumped Ryan they can forget about him and then they embrace. Bo then spins Kenzi around and tells her to go have her sexy breakfast. Kenzi then leaves but tells Bo that she is taking the maple syrup with her. Bo then looks at the bathtub as Ryan explodes from under the water laughing. Bo isn’t laughing and tells Ryan that she can’t keep hiding him from Kenzi and asks if the next place will be “in my teeny-tiny closet.” Ryan comments that they haven’t had sex in there as yet. Bo then tells Ryan that she knows that to him it’s all fun and games but to her it isn’t. She asks Ryan if he has anything constructive to add to the conversation and after saying yes, he ducks back under the bubble bath and then emerges holding two champagne glasses full of suds and water and asks Bo if she wants some bubbly.

The scene then switches to a high school classroom where the teacher (Victoria Adilman) is addressing the class. She asks one of the students, Beverly (Samantha Munro), to come to the front of the class. The teacher praises her for improving her assignments and in particular one on Romeo and Juliet that the teacher: “hopes will be published in one of our finest academic journals” which makes Beverly nervous and she becomes more so when she is asked to read it to the class out loud. The teacher hands the assignment to Beverly and after a half-hearted round of applause, she reads it to the class. As she does so, Beverly seems to lose control and then explains that Romeo and Juliet is in fact a metaphor for the Cold War, and becomes more and more frantic until she collapses to the floor.

After the opening credits, Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) is at the police station listening to Beverly’s Father (David MacNiven) explain what happened to her and that Beverly is now in the hospital but the doctors have no idea what has happened to her. The father believes that there is a drug dealer at the school and that he gave Beverly something that affected her. The father also tells Dyson that the doctors have seen something wrong with Beverly’s brain activity and that she can’t stop mumbling strange things. Dyson listens to his story and after getting Beverly’s name, and the school, which is East Lake, tells her father to go back to Beverly where he belongs as Dyson begins his investigation.

Lauren (Zoie Palmer) returns from her trip out of town with Nadia (Athena Karkanis) and her first stop is to see Bo. Bo and Lauren embrace at Bo’s front door and in the middle of it, Bo acknowledges Nadia being there as well, but it is obvious that Nadia and Bo are somewhat cold towards each other. Bo invites them in and Lauren tells Bo that she was right about the car she borrowed. It was a gas guzzler. When Bo asks how the trip was, Lauren doesn’t answer the question, but Nadia does as she wraps her arms around Lauren possessively. Nadia talks about the trip in a suggestively seductive voice but Lauren finally tells Bo that it was nice but doesn’t elaborate on it any further. Lauren asks Bo how she is and Bo tells Lauren that she’s been busy but doesn’t elaborate much, all three of the women in obvious discomfort with each other. Then there is a knock on the door and Dyson walks in. He greets them all, asking if he is interrupting anything, which the answer is that he isn’t, before asking Bo for some help on a case. Bo pulls Dyson aside and she is then told by him that a human had a complete neurological breakdown and her brain stopped working. Dyson also tells Bo that Beverly is sixteen. Bo asks if it might be Fae related, but Dyson is not sure whether it is or is not. He then adds that The Ash wants Dyson and Bo to investigate. Bo agrees, but when Dyson asks her to go undercover Bo claims that she didn’t have any luck with sixteen year olds when she was sixteen. Dyson claims that he can’t do any better but Bo’s response is that Dyson’s: “sad wolfie eyes and Chris Martin hair” would work, but Dyson tells Bo that other girls might be in danger. Bo relents a little and then Dyson tells Bo that she will be teaching English Literature in high school and Bo starts whining about the idea even more saying that she: “cannot do Jane Austin again.” Dyson’s answer is: “That’s what I said when I left England” before Lauren comes over and asks if there is anything that she could do to help. Dyson asks Lauren to look over Beverly’s medical records, and she agrees to do so, saying that she will as soon as she drops Nadia off at home. As this conversation happens, Nadia is standing some distance away and watching the three talk with a concerned look. Lauren and Nadia then leave Bo’s place. Bo then tells Dyson that if it is drugs students wouldn’t tell a teacher, and Dyson agrees that is true. At that moment Kenzi walks in and then stops in her tracks as Dyson and Bo look at her. Kenzi asks: “What? Is there maple syrup on my mouth?”

The next scene begins at the school, Bo and Kenzi walking up the front steps together. Bo asks Kenzi if she knows what to do and Kenzi’s answer is that the school will be eating out of her hand by the end of the day as she wanders off, and Bo takes a deep breath before going inside. Bo arrives in the class she is supposed to teach, which is filled with students. Bo is obviously nervous as she arrives, but she puts on a smile and gets the attention of all of the young men in the classroom and most of the women as well. Bo starts writing her name on the blackboard as Miss, but then stops and tells the class to call her Bo instead, before removing her black jacket and leaving her in a white shirt and a skirt. She explains that she is filing in for Miss Phelps, and asks the class what they have been learning. One student answers that they are studying Shakespeare, and particular Romeo and Juliet. Bo unconvincingly says that it is her favourite work. Bo then begins to draw on the blackboard and explain the setting of the story as: “Two houses that are sworn enemies.” Thoughout all of this, the student that had answered Bo’s question is captivated by her, but when Bo finishes drawing, he asks her who Ryan is and it turns out that Bo wrote Ryan instead of Romeo on one of the houses she drew. Bo quickly runs back to the blackboard and erases what she wrote. Then she suggests that they not talk about romance but something from “today” and she starts to talk to them about werewolves which gets everyone’s attention.

Dyson in the meantime has taken the guidance counsellor role at the school and is taking to a student (Sterling Jarvis). He tells Dyson that a girl he has been seeing has been acting crazy since mid-terms. Dyson tries to keep up with the student but doesn’t quite relate to everything he is talking about. Then Dyson tells him that the student needs to get over the girl he is head over heels about and when Dyson is asked what he knows, the answer is: “hundreds of years of experience.” Dyson then tells him that he is only seventeen, that he doesn’t understand how young he is and that he should go out, have fun, experience love and enjoy it. The student seems to understand and then after a fist bump, he leaves Dyson’s office.

Kenzi is then seen in the hallways of the school as she meets a trio of girls that look at her with some derision. She tries to talk to them, but one of the girls disses Kenzi’s outfit and then calls her bitch. Kenzi is taken aback by this but presses on by calling the three “Heathers” as in the 1980s movie of the same name. Kenzi’s fashion sense is then attacked further, including the boots that Kenzi is wearing by pouring coffee on them, which results in Kenzi dropping her bag and cracking her knuckles.

Bo is in the vice-principal’s office at that moment, being told that she should stay to the curriculum. Bo tells him that she doesn’t want to talk about death and drugs and tries to ask him about what’s going on at the school, but he declines to talk about it. He tells Bo that she is a substitute teacher, to follow the curriculum and do her job. At that point, Kenzi is brought into the office by a Coach (Allana Harkin) who tells the principal that Kenzi had been fighting with another girl. Kenzi is told to wait outside and then Bo is dismissed by the vice-principal. Next Bo is seen talking to Kenzi and asking her what happened, Kenzi’s answer is that she tries to pierce one girl of a cliche’s nose with a pen. Bo tells Kenzi she is supposed to be fitting in when Dyson walks up and asks if any of them has had some luck. Bo’s answer is that she has gotten: “a lecture from the vice-principal and twenty-seven invitations to the school dance.” Dyson’s answer is a fist bump, and Kenzi’s is: “I was attacked by rabid Muffies, man-handled by Coach Bitchy-Butch and got detention.” Kenzi bemoans that it is teenage angst and Bo agrees with her.

Back from commercial, Bo, Kenzi, Dyson and Trick (Richard Howland) meet at the Dal Riata. Dyson tells them that he can’t sense any Fae at the school, but, he can’t if they haven’t reached puberty yet. Lauren then arrives and tells them that Fae puberty happens anywhere between age eleven and sixteen. Lauren also tells them that from the tests and information she has, Beverly must have been effected by something that was Fae, but she has no idea what it could be. Trick then notes that they need to find out what kind of Fae are at the school and Lauren tells them that there are a couple of Akvans there which she describes as “dumb Fae” as they develop slower than most Fae do. Bo is confused about Fae being at the school, but Trick explains that Fae children are sent to human schools in order to learn how to act and fit into human society. Bo bemoans that they will have to do things the hard way and Kenzi perks up asking if that means torturing the popular girls. Bo tells Kenzi she can’t but she needs to, and they need to, ask questions of everyone they can. Kenzi agrees, but tells Bo that she won’t be asking the popular girls or there will be a fight on their hands.

We next see Kenzi playing chess with the student from Bo’s class that was captivated by her. Kenzi makes an illegal move and is told that Bishops don’t move in that manner. Her answer is: “Because of their religion?” Kenzi asks his name, and it is Earl (Steven Yaffee). Kenzi asks him what he thinks about Beverly collapsing, suggesting that Beverly did drugs, but Earl doesn’t answer. Kenzi then makes another illegal move with a knight, is told she can’t and Kenzi’s comment is: “What’s next? No body checking?” Earl then tells Kenzi that is could be stress and that stress makes people do weird things as he looks at the cheerleaders and three of them are the girls that attacked Kenzi. Kenzi gives him a look and asks if the three girls that Kenzi got into a fight with earlier are using steroids, but again, Earl doesn’t confirm it as his cellphone rings. Earl then leaves saying it is his father but gets Kenzi to promise they can have another game of chess the next day as he leaves Kenzi behind watching the cheerleaders practising in the gym. As Kenzi watches, one of the cheerleaders begins to go crazy like Beverly did before, eventually falling to the floor like Beverly did.

Bo is walking down a hallway when Lauren appears and asks if she could do anything for extra credit. Bo’s answer is: “Lobster Dinner. Back rub.” Lauren is taken aback slightly, but Bo assures her that she is joking with her. Lauren then tells Bo that whatever the Fae drug is, it contains embryonic tissue, which Bo takes to mean eggs of some kind. Bo then turns to leave, but Lauren stops her to explain that Nadia is not normally so open with her affections, but Bo insists that it is alright. Then Lauren explains that she is having a hard time hiding so much from Nadia. She asks Bo how to explain it to Nadia, but Bo’s answer is that their lives are complicated. Kenzi then runs down the hallway to them both and reports on the cheerleader collapse which sends Lauren off to get the student records. Kenzi then tells Bo about the event which makes Bo comment that, as part of it, the student going on an intellectual rant before collapsing and as well that Beverly was also a cheerleader. Kenzi also tells Bo that she thinks the Coach is part of the problem and that the cheerleaders are taking steroids, or so she has been told. Bo then walks off to have a word with the Coach.

Lauren returns home to find Nadia waiting for her there. Nadia then asks why Lauren is working with Bo, and Lauren explains that they are co-workers and leaves it at that. Nadia then embraces Lauren and suggests that they go somewhere and do something, suggesting that they go to Lauren’s lab and make love there. Lauren tells Nadia that she needs to work on what she brought home, but Nadia continues to press Lauren to spend more time with her instead. Nadia makes out with Lauren for a moment, and then Lauren tells her that she has a lot that she needs to explain to her. Lauren pauses and then explains that she needs to deal with the case she is working on and that Nadia hadn’t picked up her camera in a long time. Lauren suggests that she takes some pictures of someone and Nadia agrees before walking off to get her camera. As Nadia does so, Lauren works at her computer and then, to her surprise, Nadia returns and begins taking pictures of her. Lauren isn’t very pleased with what Nadia is doing and tells her so, but Nadia presses on, telling Lauren that she is beautiful and asking Lauren to humour her by letting her take more pictures of her. Lauren gives in and starts to pose a little more provocatively, putting her hair up. Then Nadia unbuttons Lauren’s blouse and takes pictures of Lauren holding it open revealing her bra and as well the necklace that she wears marking her as The Ash’s property. Nadia tries to become more intimate with Lauren but Lauren pulls away explaining that she needs to work on the case she has. As Lauren buttons her shirt, Nadia picks up her camera and unseen by Lauren has a look of troubling concern as she turns and walks away leaving Lauren behind with a pained look herself.

Bo finds the Coach in the school lifting weights and confronts her trying to find out what is going on. Bo tries to ask questions, but the Coach tells Bo that it is being handled and it is none of her business. Bo then accuses her of not handling the cheerleaders appropriately which leads to the Coach asking Bo if she thinks that they were given something. Bo then is attacked by the coach as Bo tries to touch her and winds up on the floor with the Coach over her. Bo then takes some of the Coach’s energies from her by feeding which stops the Coach in her tracks. Bo then questions her and finds out that the Coach had been given the students small amount of steroids, but in untraceable and undetectable amounts, and diuretics to control weight. Bo then touches her cheek and places a command in the Coach that whatever she has been giving to the students, she won’t anymore. Bo then leaves telling the Coach that she had better not have to return, the coach calling after her that she loves Bo, and Bo’s answer being: “Yeah. I know.” The scene then shifts to a gloved hand reaching into a cage and removing a small oddly coloured egg. Something then attacks the hand before it pulls out of the cage taking the egg with it.

Returning from another commercial, Kenzi is walking towards a running track when a pickup truck pulls up with Earl and what appears to be his father. His father makes sure he takes his lunch and then asks where Earl is in such a hurry to get to, noticing his son waving to Kenzi moments before. Earl tells him that he thinks he may love Kenzi and his father tells him that girls like smart guys before sending Earl on his way. Earl enters the gym to find Kenzi there and asks if she is ready to play chess with him. Earl tells Kenzi the man she saw him with was his father and that he gets a drive to school every day. He also tells her that he hadn’t spent a lot of time with his father, but because Earl is part of the school’s Reach for the Top team, he has become more interested in his son. Earl tells Kenzi that their team was put together by the vice-principal and that they have never lost a match, Kenzi being very impressed by this. Earl tries to impress Kenzi by telling her that he has been getting a lot of A’s and that it “impresses the ladies.” Then Earl suddenly kisses Kenzi on the lips and she is shocked by this, getting up and walking away from him.

Kenzi meets up with Bo and tells her what happened, lamenting that Bo never has the problem of dealing with sloppy wet awkward first kisses. She also tells Bo about the team Earl is in, how good they are, and how it seems to have gone to Earl’s head. Bo ponders this for a moment which has Kenzi tell Bo that she is still in: “Post Tramatic Kiss Syndrome” and doesn’t understand what Bo is talking about. Bo puts the clues together and comes to the conclusion that the vice-principal must be behind everything that is going on in the school. Kenzi tells Bo to go talk to him while she will be in the girl’s bathroom trying on a bar of soap. As Kenzi walks away, Ryan appears behind Bo and greets her with: “Hi Teach.” Bo pushes him to the side of the hallway and then Ryan tries to convince Bo to go with him to the upcoming school dance, mainly for the after dance events as Ryan sees the dance as foreplay. Bo tells Ryan that some people are not meant to be together and his answer is that some people think too much. Bo then tells Ryan that: “I like you, I just don’t like that I like you.” Ryan’s answer is: “I can work with that” before walking away leaving Bo dazed and confused with his attitude. Then Dyson appears and asks Bo what Ryan is doing at the school. Bo tries to tell Dyson that she has handled it, but Dyson tells her that Ryan is Dark Fae and that he has no business being involved with their case. Bo insists that he doesn’t, that it is personal. Dyson is disappointed in Bo, but tells her that she is unaligned and that she can do what she wants to. Bo then walks away telling Dyson that she wasn’t asking for his permission.

The next scene has Dyson dealing with a female student that is devastated by the knowledge that Earl has been seen making out with other girls and not her. She claims that his behaviour has changed out of nowhere as Dyson makes notes. When he asks her what could have caused the change, the girl blames herself for it. Dyson then tells her that it isn’t her fault it’s his. She then asks what if Earl is her soulmate and starts to cry. Dyson remains unemotional and gives her a Kleenex, telling her that crying isn’t going to help. As she blows her nose, Dyson mumbles to himself: “Doesn’t anyone at this school have real problems?” Finally Dyson tells the girl that she is beautiful in her own way, that she will find another mate for her soul. She asks Dyson if he has a girlfriend, and Dyson answers that he doesn’t. She asks if he wants one but Dyson doesn’t answer and she begins crying again, leaving Dyson to push the box of Kleenex to her again.

Meanwhile, the vice-principal meets with Bo in his office to talk about the team he put together. He is very proud of the team and the status that their record has given the school, Bo commenting that it also must look very good on him as well. Bo tells him of her concern with the pressure the students are under, but he tells her that he has put a lot of time into them and it will get them scholarships for their future. He also mentions that he will be seeing the team’s parents soon to direct them to the colleges they should send their children to. He then tells Bo that she has a class to teach.

Kenzi is at Bo’s place working on what looks like homework as Bo enters the room. Bo says hi, but Kenzi answers with: “Salutations.” Bo asks what Kenzi is doing and her answer is Euclidean geometry which shocks Bo. Bo tells her that she doesn’t actually have to do the homework, but Kenzi tells Bo that she is good at it. Kenzi then begins to talk about math and theories, which she shouldn’t be able to do which frightens Bo immensely.

Back from another commercial, Kenzi and Bo arrive at Lauren’s place, Kenzi randomly talking about different theories as they arrive. Lauren guides Kenzi to a recliner and then jabs her in the leg with an injection pen which seems to calm Kenzi down. Lauren then tells Bo that the effects of whatever is effecting Kenzi works on a curve. It starts with more intelligence and then whatever the substance is expands to overwhelm the human brain, but the entire process takes only two days. Kenzi in the meantime has gotten up from where she had been sitting and stares at a monitor for a time before picking up a tablet and erasing the work that Lauren had been doing telling her that she had made a mistake, to which Lauren realizes that she has. Lauren then explains that while the Fae in the school are Akvan, it is possible that someone had given them all something to make them smarter. Lauren tells Bo that they have to find the source of the infection, which she thinks is most likely orally transferred, before it escapes the school. Bo then leaves Lauren and Kenzi behind, Kenzi continuing to draw on the tablet what appears to be a chemical diagram.

Bo returns to the school and meets with Dyson, who tells her that he has heard about Kenzi’s situation. Bo tells him that they have to find the source of the infection and then Lauren thinks she can create a cure. Bo blames the vice-principal, but Dyson tells Bo that he is human, not Fae and would need help. He then asks Bo how it is spreading and Bo tells Dyson that Lauren thinks it is orally. When Dyson questions that Kenzi would kiss someone, Bo puts the pieces together and realizes that Earl is the cause of the problem and Dyson knows who he is. Earl is at his locker in the school when Dyson slams it shut and confronts him. Earl admits to kissing both cheerleaders, but claims it was nothing as he has found someone else. When confronted with the news that Kenzi is also sick and that he is the source, Dyson demands that Earl tell him what drugs he is taking, but Earl insists that all he is doing is studying. Dyson forces him to think what has changed in his routine in the past few months, and the answer is that Earl’s father has been making him lunch. Earl gets the lunch out of his locker and gives it to Dyson who smells it and comments that it is eggs. When Dyson asks where Earl’s father is, Earl tells Dyson that his father is with the vice-principal. Dyson then takes Earl by the arm and leads him in that direction.

Bo arrives at the vice-principal’s office, but discovers it empty, shutting the door behind her as she enters. Bo then rifles through the desk looking for any evidence of guilt when the vice-principal enters from a different direction than where Bo entered. Bo then confronts him with what she knows, telling him that she knows he infected Earl and his friends with something and he is responsible for the girls that have been injured. He is completely confused and has no idea what Bo is talking about. At that moment, Earl’s father enters the room, smashes a lamp with a hammer and tells the vice-principal to leave. He then demands to know who Bo is.

Back from commercial again, Earl’s father explains that he and the other fathers of the team Earl is on are fine with what has happened to their children and that it will improve the place of Akvans in Fae society so they are never seen as second class Fae again. Bo is shocked by him, but he tells Bo that if it gives his children everything that he didn’t have or couldn’t give Earl, then it is worth it. Bo asks him what he has been given his son but he refuses to say what it is. When Bo tells him that whatever he is uses is infecting the humans in the school, he doesn’t care, and when Bo asks what his son will think when he knows, the answer is that Bo will never tell him before she is attacked. The two fight for a time before Bo gets the upper hand and forces him to the floor. But before she can make him tell her what he has done, Dyson and Earl arrive in the office. Earl tells his father that he knows what he has done, but his father tells him that whatever Dyson has told him, it is a lie. The father tries to rationalize that altering Earl would make him what he deserves to be, while Earl tells his father that all he wanted was a smart son and nothing else. Earl then asks if he was so bad before and why his father couldn’t love him for what he was. His father tells him that he could never not love him and the two embrace, the words: “I’m sorry” coming from them.

The scene then switches to the Dal Riata where Trick is examining a cage with some kind of bird creature within it. Trick explains that it is a Simurgh, which is the symbol of divinity and wisdom, the story being that it brought up an abandoned chid to be a brilliant man who gained his intelligence from eating the eggs that the Smir laid. Trick also explains that the use of them is strictly prohibited. Bo asks if the Akvans will be punished, and Trick says to a point and that “it isn’t easy to be a parent.” Bo comments that parents should need a license. Kenzi is then seen with Earl playing a game and seemingly back to normal again as Lauren was able to create a cure when she knew the source of the problem. Lauren was also able to save the two cheerleaders as well. Kenzi and Earl are playing chess and this time Earl is making illegal moves and Kenzi is about to correct him, but changes her mind and lets him do whatever he wants. Earl then asks if Kenzi is letting him win because he is stupid, but Kenzi tells Earl not to think that way. Kenzi tells Earl that he has lots of good qualities, that he is patient, that he doesn’t judge people and has great hair. Earl then tries to kiss Kenzi but she stops him and explains that what she said isn’t code for it’s okay to kiss. Then Kenzi makes a double illegal move which Earl says that he didn’t see coming.

Returning from the final commercial, Ryan leads Bo through the hallways of the school, Bo telling him that whatever he is planning will not change anything. Ryan leads her into a darkened room and then turns on a switch revealing the gym decorated for the school dance. Ryan tells Bo that he thought she could use a good high school memory so he decided to make her one. Bo tells him that it’s not bad and Ryan seems pleased with himself, but Bo explains that it’s a good memory for someone else, not her. Bo then tries to explain that Ryan will be perfect for someone else but not her and when Ryan asks why, Bo tries to explain that it is complicated. Ryan then tells Bo that they are not Romeo and Juliet, not star-crossed lovers either. Just two amazing people that kind of like each other as he holds Bo close to him. Ryan then turns another switch on which activates a disco ball and from the speakers comes the song “Just One Look” as he takes her to the centre of the room and begins to dance with Bo there. Bo then tells Ryan that she never went to the Prom and he tells her that it’s all about the after party anyway. The pair dance in silence with the song playing until Bo says to Ryan that she thinks they will not make their curfew.

The final scene in the episode is of Lauren and Nadia together after making love together. Lauren gets up and says she is going to have a shower and asks if Nadia wants to join her, the answer being in a minute from Nadia. Lauren then goes upstairs leaving Nadia behind. When Lauren is out of sight, Nadia opens an envelope that contains a series of pictures that Nadia had taken earlier in the episode of Lauren. But they are all closeups of the necklace that Lauren wears and nothing else as the episode ends without another word being spoken by Nadia except to look up in the direction of where Lauren is.

Fade to black…

Well, it wasn’t really all that interesting an episode for the most part for me at least. I didn’t care that much for the setting, the characters in the school or the situation. There were a lot of red herrings all over the place, and the answer was tossed in front of you much too obviously for my liking anyway…

It is not that good an episode from the point of view of wanting to see the overall arc of the season to come to pass. Nothing was done in that respect and that disappointed me. Yes there was some minor character development, some odd moments and some funny ones, but that alone can’t make up for the overwhelming lack of concern I had for the episode overall.

I felt that Bo’s teaching scene was forced, and that the mistake of writing Ryan instead of Romeo was a bit heavy-handed as well. It seemed like Bo was a fish out of water, which she was supposed to be really, but, as a Succubus, couldn’t she have used her powers on the class? No, of course not, she uses them on one of the red herrings and then we have a really awkward scene that just was so very wrong on so many levels…

I also found myself not liking Nadia at all. That’s mostly because of the possessiveness that she showed in the episode really. It just doesn’t suit her, and it shouldn’t be happening, but, of course it is.  That’s for the overall plot I expect, and I have the oddest feeling that she’s going to wind up dead as a result of her looking into what is really going on with Lauren.

I don’t enjoy the flippant attitude of a lot of the characters over the last few episodes. I didn’t like that Bo was lying to Kenzi and liked even less that Bo is making Dyson think that she is going out with Ryan just to spite him, which from his viewpoint I can understand, but it just seems like everyone it getting on everyone else’s nerves for some reason. And it’s probably not a good one.

Best moment: Has to be at the beginning when Bo starts whining about teaching English Lit and saying that she “cannot do Jane Austin again.” Dyson’s answer of “That’s what I said when I left England” was hilarious and I had to rewatch that moment again as I wasn’t quite sure I heard him right…

On to the characters in the episode…

Bo…  She really needed to be wearing horn-rimmed glasses if for no other reason than the look… And the slight nod to what she is in the series of course… I didn’t care for frantic Bo at the beginning of the episode trying to hide Ryan from Kenzi. It was so awkward and really, Kenzi would see through that in an instant. Otherwise, I thought the school scenes were good, the last scene in the prom was well done, but, I still think that Ryan has control of Bo somehow…

Dyson… I have to admit that Dyson as a student councillor was hilarious if for no other reason that he was like a fish out of water when dealing with the teenagers there. The question is, now that he knows about Ryan, does that change anything?

Kenzi… This is the second time she’s gone back to school and, honestly, I hope that this is the last time this plot happens. It didn’t feel right through most of it, though the time with Earl, both at the school and afterwards, were touching moments that were wonderful… But really Kenzi has been through enough student emo to last a lifetime don’t you think?

Lauren. I can only think of her as lost little Lauren this episode. And really she is being caught between Bo and Nadia, which is kind of like being between a rock and a hard place isn’t it? She looked very uncomfortable with Nadia during the photo shoot, seemed out of sorts with Bo, and just wasn’t all there to try and solve the problem until Kenzi pointed her at it. Lauren is lovely, there’s no doubt of that, but the fear in her even in the moments with Nadia just takes so much away from her.

Trick. Three words and out of sight until the conclusion when he’s given a handful of sentences… But here’s the thing… They were about being a parent and it feels like he was trying to tell Bo something without telling her… Is he Bo’s father?

Hale. Missing In Action.

Ryan. Can I dislike this character any more? I suppose it’s possible, but really, that is what I think we are supposed to be doing aren’t we?

Earl. Really did like him a lot… I liked the innocence in him, it fit him well, and it made him as a character someone that I cared about. Very pleasantly surprised and would like to see him again in the series…

The other roles didn’t do much for me, nothing was really memorable for me after the episode was over and looking back on it all… It’s a shame really, but then the focus isn’t on them is it?

And that was the problem here. I didn’t have much to keep in my thoughts when it was over…


My rating of School’s Out

Keeping my interest – 2 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 3 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 3 Pitchforks

Storyline – 4 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks

Mythos – 4 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 3.3 Pitchforks out of 5

This was filler. There wasn’t anything in it that really matters for the series as a whole. That makes it forgettable for the most part, and it shouldn’t be. I realize that the series has a bunch of episodes to accomplish that they didn’t expect to have, and that’s starting to show.

I don’t like filler in a series because you get to a point where you hope that they actually get to the point of the season over a bunch of episodes and not cram everything into the season finale. This happens a lot, and it doesn’t need to happen here. There is a lot of story to tell without going off on tangents…

I didn’t feel compelled to watch this episode. There was little in it that I cared to pay attention to, and what little there was, came and went so fast that if you blinked you would miss it. It’s an old saying, but in this case it’s true… Where’s the beef?

Bo used her powers! Kinda. Sorta. Well, just enough that the entire scene was awkward to the extreme. I did find it interesting that she showed sort of a mind control power in what she ordered the coach to do… I would have liked to see the results of that, but anyway…

I know the school they shot this episode in. It had the right mix of old and new to it that made the episode look right. The prom room was really well done and I liked that a lot too.

Not that much of a storyline, though the family slant to the story and the reflections Dyson had listening to the students was well done. It feels like filler to me and I just didn’t like that.

Interesting new Fae and animals to be discovered this time, I liked that and it really does help to show some of the divisions within Fae society quite well…

But it’s filler. I really don’t want to see more of that please?

Next Episode: The Girl Who Fae’d With Fire

Things heat up when Bo tangles with Fae politics in an attempt to save some very important people. Meanwhile, Kenzi risks more than she intended when she does a favour for Hale. 

I would like to see a Hale/Kenzi centric episode appear next time. I really like the interaction between those characters and I would like to see a relationship grow between them more than it has so far. But of course that isn’t going to happen I think as we will focus on Bo and whomever she is going to save.

Fae politics are very odd to put it mildly considering what we have seen of them. I expect to see The Ash again. I don’t expect to see The Morrigan however this time. It would be far too soon for her to appear and ask Kenzi for a favour. That will be saved I am quite sure for the last episode of the season.

The big question is of course, who Bo is supposed to save isn’t it?

I think that it will be someone new, that only appears in this episode and then we never hear anything about them again. Which would be disappointing as there really needs to be some kind of history to all of the people that Bo is meeting, they should matter, and they should return again.

But they don’t do they?

I think this is one of the things about the series this year that I dislike the most. Lots of new characters appearing, but in the end they are tossed away and really matter little in the overall scheme of things. That shouldn’t happen. They do matter in their own ways and they should have an effect of Bo as well.

But that seems not to be happening much.

We also aren’t getting to the point of the season, The Garuda, it’s effects, or what will be done against it to stop it. Now I realize that having a series stick to an overall plot arc for a season is seen to be a bad thing as viewers can’t just jump into the series. But here’s the thing, the best episodes of the series are involved with the plot arc and the worst aren’t.

Perhaps someone should keep that in mind along with keeping something of a consistent team of writers in the series as well. As it seems that the third season will be going very, very dark for Bo, I would think that having an overriding plan for it would be a good idea. More so, that the stories that deal with that darkness are connected together.

Oh, and I am going to make one prediction. Bo is being mind controlled by Ryan and either Bo joins him in the Dark Fae, which I doubt, or, she kills him and goes slightly mad over it all… and thus we have Dark Bo appearing as a result.

But we will see won’t we?

 

 

Tera

Feb 16 2012

Succubi Image of the Week 216

I haven’t found an image of Lilith and Morrigan Aensland like I have really liked in some time for the Succubi of the Week on the Tale…

I did find one that I think is really cute and fun and so…

Lilith and Morrigan Aensland by KonaChan

Lilith and Morrigan Aensland from KonaChan

This work of the Aensland sisters is by an artist unknown to me, but I found it on the KonaChan website which has all sorts of anime wallpapers, who I have to say I have never heard of until I saw this work…

I like the cute a lot here… They look really like a pair of sisters and the sexuality that you normally see in Morrigan isn’t overwhelming the cuteness. That makes this a neat fun piece of them that I really enjoy…

Beautifully done and I hope that I can find more of this artist’s work soon!

 

Tera

Feb 16 2012

Succubi.net – It’s ours at last…

It’s been one of our goals, that of myself and my Eternal, to someday manage to have a selection of certain domains that have Succubus or Succubi in them as the URL that you type… We have the dream that we might get the .com, .net, and .org domains if we can… both using Succubus or Succubi in them…

We started with Succubus.net

Then came Succubi.com

then Succubi.info

then as well came Succubi.ca and Succubus.ca in quick succession…

and just two days ago, we managed to add…

Succubi.net

It’s nice to have a dream come true…

Perhaps in time, the rest of the dream will be real too…

 

Tera

Feb 15 2012

A costume wig that a succubus wouldn’t be caught in

I wonder what the designers of this wig were thinking when they made it. I mean, it wasn’t enough that the wig looks lousy on its own, but they had to add really ugly horns to it.

But that wasn’t enough… No, they must have either had too much material laying around and needed to use it or someone sneezed while they were drawing the design…

Because honestly I can’t figure out a good reason for what this looks like…

Ugly Wig

It is a headrest? Rain shield? Maybe it’s a mystical barrier against birds?

The mind boggles while the stomach turns…

Why is it that overall people think that adding horns to anything red makes it sexy and devilish never mind Succubish…

Not even going to rate this nightmare…

It would cause too much pain and suffering…

 

Tera

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