The third episode of Lost Girl season two aired this week. It was a bit of a surprise when it did minds you… They weren’t supposed to be showing an episode this week and the fan outcry made Showcase change their minds it would seem. Thing is, they didn’t really promote the change except to those that looked on their website and it makes me wonder if they didn’t like this episode much and were trying to sneak it through…
Mind you, I didn’t think a lot of it and still don’t really.
Episode sixteen, and the season two third episode of the Lost Girl TV series, was this week. Bo finds out that she has nightmares, Kenzi discovers someone that really loves Honey Berry Crunch cereal and that creates a problem, hugs are found to work miracles, and we discover what the new Ash really thinks about humans…
This is the third 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 finds out that while Succubi can make dreams come true for some, for herself, she’s more likely to…
Scream a Little Dream
The episode begins with Kenzi (Kensia Solo) screaming in pain while holding a broom in her hands standing in the middle of the mess that Bo’s place has become. Bo (Anna Silk) rushes in to ask what is happening and the answer is that Kenzi somehow got a splinter in her finger from the broom. Bo teases her about battling all kinds of Fae and then being taken down by a broom. Kenzi answers that with “oh, like you have never been suckered by a big shaft of wood?” Bo winces a bit at the comment and Kenzi asks why they are cleaning up the place instead of going out on the town battling bad guys. Bo tells her that she is “trying to scrub away the wolf that shall not be named.” Kenzi tries to make Bo feel better and tells her that she will clean up the place somehow.
The scene shifts to an apartment building called The Crawford where we see a doorman standing outside. He opens the door for an older woman, Mrs. Farlinger (Jill Frapper), who steps outside seemingly confused for a moment before running back inside of the building and then running headlong into a concrete pillar, knocking her unconscious. The doorman rushes over to help her, but moments later the other residents of the building appear, all of whom seem to be elderly and confused.
After the opening montage, we return to see the doorman sitting at a coffee shop pouring vast amounts of sugar into a cup of coffee. Kenzi and Bo arrive, Kenzi making some jokes about the doorman’s clothing which go completely over his head before Bo greets him and asks why he called them. The doorman, Frank (Jason Blicker), tells them about the strange goings on at his building explaining that all of the humans there have “mush for brains.” He indicates that he is Light Fae and the building is his territory, that he cares for the humans there, but does not explain what kind of Fae he is. Frank also explains that he has asked for assistance from the new Ash (Vincent Walsh), thinking that the cause of what is happening is Dark Fae, but was told that his problems were his own and the Ash would not help him. Bo decides to help Frank as her dislike for the new Ash continues to grow. He leaves for the apartments as Bo makes a phone call. She calls Lauren and asks her if she would meet them there to have a look at what is happening and if Lauren can figure out what exactly is going on. Kenzi tells Bo that she knows that she and Lauren have some things to work out and leaves saying that they don’t need a third wheel there when they do.
Kenzi goes to the Dal Riata to talk to Trick, telling him of their problems. A Fae further down the bar listens into the conversation and eventually offers his services to Kenzi explaining that he is a Brownie named Mumphert (Cliff Saunders). Kenzi asks Trick what the catch is with Brownies including asking if they eat humans, but Trick reassures her that they don’t, they eat honey and cereal, and that they are perfectly safe but gives her a warning not to take Mumphert for granted. Kenzi happily agrees to Mumphert’s offer of help and the two of them leave Trick’s for Bo’s home.
Bo and Lauren in the meanwhile are at the Crawford, Bo looking around and gathering samples while Lauren examines Mrs. Farlinger. After Mrs. Farlinger passes out, Lauren tells Bo that she has not got a good idea of what exactly is causing the problem, noting that it could be Dark Fae, a virus or mold. Bo thanks her for helping to which Lauren answers, “Always.” Bo asks if Lauren is happy with the new Ash being in charge and being free to which Lauren explains that it is more complicated than Bo understands. Lauren tells Bo that she will explain everything but before she can Mrs. Farlinger wakes up screaming and stops them from talking. As this happens a woman in black passes behind them and vanishes with neither Bo or Lauren seeing her. As Mrs. Farlinger collapses again, Bo continues to gather samples and Lauren continues to examine Mrs. Farlinger.
Kenzi is enjoying the work of Mumphert at Bo’s home which is now almost spotlessly clean. Bo arrives and complains about spending six hours at the Crawford with little to show for it. Kenzi asks if they talked about more interesting things, Bo tells her they didn’t but that “Lauren is yummy when she is being professional.” Mumphert appears at that moment with a mug of hot cocoa startling Bo and Kenzi explains about the Brownie that she has hired to look after the place, and for free which Bo seems to be alright with if confused. Later that night, Mumphert is cleaning up when something or someone passes by him, but he ignores whatever it is. Bo wakes up with a start from sleep and taking a weapon, stalks around her home. Eventually to her surprise finding Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) in her shower. He explains that he needed to clean up and hoped that she wouldn’t mind if he did so. Bo drops the knife she had been carrying and embraces him, the two of them caressing each other. Dyson then rips her heart out of her chest and Bo wakes up screaming revealing that this event was a dream. Kenzi rushes into Bo’s room and she finds a woman dressed in black sitting on top of Bo in bed attacking her. Bo awakes and fights off her attacker who turns into wisps of black smoke and then passes through Kenzi before vanishing. Kenzi asks what is going on and Bo answers that she thinks she has figured out what has been driving the humans crazy.
The next morning, Bo and Kenzi are shocked to discover that Mumphert has completely transformed their home into a model of cleanliness and left them some breakfast which is probably the best that either of them have ever had. Kenzi seems slightly concerned that Mumphert ate all of the Honey Berry Crunch, but Bo brushes that off. She admits that she didn’t sleep at all that night because of the fear of having a crazy lady laying on top of her and Kenzi remarks that it wasn’t any better for her as she had to see Bo’s attacker “about five seconds from going reverse cowgirl on you.” However, Mumphert didn’t see Bo’s attacker return that night. In spite of that, Bo notes that she has had nightmares every time she fell asleep and she thinks that somehow her attacker is still with her. Bo then leaves, telling Kenzi to keep on top of the “Honey Berry Crunch situation.”
Bo talks to Trick who surmises that Bo’s attacker is a Mare, normally a Dark Fae that gives humans bad dreams and then feed on the fear that is created by them. Bo asks him to look through his books for a solution against the Mare. Immediately thereafter, Bo is seen at Lauren’s home, a brain scanner around her head as she sleeps, Lauren looking at the readouts from it. Bo suddenly awakes and tells Lauren that it was a nightmare, and that it involved a very strong hunger, but not like the hunger she has when she needs to feed. Lauren comes to the conclusion that there is a mental link between Bo and the Mare, and Bo feels as if she is in the Mare’s mind as well through the link. Lauren tells Bo that this might be a sign that she is more powerful than they know and then goes in search of something to keep Bo awake.
Mumphert presents Kenzi with a gift to her amazement of a piece of clothing that she had always wanted but could never find. Mumphert comments that Brownies make excellent personal shoppers as they have a gift for retail. Kenzi tells him that he is the most wonderful man she has ever met which makes Mumphert very happy. He does however remind Kenzi that they are out of Honey Berry Crunch and she should bring some home the next time she is out, but Kenzi brushes that suggestion off and comments that Mumphert could have bought some. He clearly warns her that she needs to buy some the next time she is out again.
Lauren continues to look for something to help Bo with little success, and comments about some pills she has somewhere, but then thinks better of it as she thinks that Bo probably doesn’t need to know what is in them. Bo agrees and then asks Lauren to tell her about the Light Fae and what Lauren’s relationship is to them. Lauren attempts to tell Bo, but the new Ash (Vincent Walsh) interrupts them. He asks if Bo is short for something and then takes a seat. He reminds Bo that he is the new Ash and Bo replies that she remembers an ass prancing in the woods with a bow and arrow. When he comments that he is a stickler for protocol, Lauren drops to her knees in front of him to Bo’s horror. The Ash tells Bo that everything that the old Ash owned is his and that includes Lauren’s Lab and her as well, calling Lauren chattel. Then two of his men take possession of Lauren to take her away. Bo threatens to break the hand of one of the men but the Ash warns her that Lauren is his property and that if she wants to see her again that she will have to make a formal request to him to do so. Bo then brandishes a knife to threaten the Ash, but Lauren pleads with her to stop and not interfere. She is then lead away, the Ash leaving moments later taunting Bo with the comment, “good times.”
Bo and Kenzi then appear at Trick’s place, Kenzi trying everything she can think of to keep Bo awake. Trick tells them of a Fae called a Baku which can stop the effects of a Mare. A live Baku feeds on bad dreams and nightmares, but as the pelt of a dead Baku wards off all disease, they have been hunted to extinction and are incredibly hard to find. Trick thinks that Lauren might have records of Baku. Bo tells Trick that Lauren was taken away by the Ash and she is worried. Trick assures her that Lauren is being treated with respect at the Ash’s compound, but this does not make Bo feel any better. Trick gives her some advice to walk carefully around the new Ash as they know nothing about him.
Bo goes to see the Ash and is told to wait for the Ash to call her. She strikes up a conversation with a man waiting there who asks for a magazine and then turns into the Mare (Kristina Pesic). She awakes from the nightmare to see the Ash standing across from her. He taunts her making comments about her in general and succubi in particular, Bo trying her best to ignore them. She asks to see Lauren, but he refuses saying that Lauren is too busy. He also admits that he bet against his men that Bo would appear so soon and lost a thousand dollars to them. He taunts her with “Seductress, Warrior, Fashion Refugee” and asks what her act is all about to which Bo tells him clearly that it is not an act. The Ash tells Bo that she will only see Lauren if it is in the interest of the Light Fae, Bo says it is, but he comments that he thought that was the Ash’s job. Bo then tells him that she took on Frank’s problem to which the Ash seems to have no idea what she is talking about. When he continues to claim ignorance, Bo loses her temper and calls him an “arrogant little prick” among other choice words. He turns away to leave, but Bo apologizes for her words in desperation. The Ash turns back and tells Bo that no one named Frank has ever talked to him about anything and Bo leaves after curtseying to him half heartedly.
Meanwhile, Kenzi is at home enjoying Mumphert’s work, but she discovers to her surprise that things are not as rosy as they once were. As Kenzi has come to take Mumphert for granted, he has stopped caring about her and Bo. The food is bad, all of the clothing is coming apart, and other disasters befall Kenzi. Mumphert tells Kenzi she knows what she has done and when she tells him to leave, he tells her that he won’t because she made this his home. Bo goes to see Frank at the Crawford and finds the front doors locked. Eventually Frank allows her to enter and she confronts him with the knowledge that she knows he never went to see the Ash. Frank blows some dust into Bo’s face and she collapses, Frank then carries her into the building.
After the commercial, Bo has a nightmare about being at the Dal Riata, unable to get out of a chair she is sitting in, as her friends talk about her. All of them are caricatures of themselves, Lauren in particular having long fingers and nose, and then leave. Moments after they leave, the Mare appears and taunts her. She vanishes and Bo says “B is for Bo.” Then the walls and floor are covered in a black liquid which then covers Bo as she screams in terror. She awakens to find herself tied to a chair and Frank standing over her. He tries to explain that what he did was out of his control, but Bo knocks him out and breaks free of the chair.
Kenzi returns home dragging a huge bag behind her and calling Mumphert’s name. He then appears wearing Kenzi’s clothing and telling her that he thought that she had abandoned everything and everyone. Kenzi tries to make up with him and shows that in the bag she brought with her are many boxes of Honey Berry Crunch to Mumphert’s delight. They make up and then Kenzi makes a request of him to find a live Baku for her. He happily agrees to her request.
Bo meanwhile feeds on Frank and gets him to tell her about himself and what is going on. It turns out that Frank is a Dark Fae, that he is squatting on Light Fae territory, and that he is doing so because the Light Fae are in confusion. When Bo asks why she was dragged into this, Frank explains that Connie, his girl, is so very hungry. Bo figures out that he means the Mare, but she seems to be getting sleepy the longer she is close to Frank. He tells her that he is a Sandman and that his Fae power is that he can put people to sleep, but he himself cannot sleep. That makes him useless to Connie, but the humans in the building are a snack for her and that Bo is the main course. He also reveals that he sheds dust like cats shed dander and that is why Bo is slowly falling asleep and then slumps to the floor. Frank then calls Connie into the room, who is pregnant, and she begins to berate him for being careless and stupid. They start to argue, Connie noting that she is eating for six, and that eventually wakes Bo who attempts to escape them.
Coming back, Bo makes it to the elevators, Frank in pursuit. The elevator doors open and she manages to escape him. Frank starts to go after her but his phone rings and he leaves her in a panic. Bo slumps to the floor of the elevator and calls Kenzi. Bo tells her where she is, that she is in real trouble, and that she can’t tell reality from dreams anymore. Mumphert arrives at that moment with a Baku (Conrad Bergschneider), he and Kenzi leaving moments later to try and help Bo. Bo stares at the buttons in the elevator and sees that the button for the basement is flashing a blue colour. She presses that button and goes in search of the Mare in the basement. She arrives there and begins to walk down a corridor that at first looks normal but then seems to stretch into infinity the further she walks down it towards a door at the end. The door then suddenly opens to reveal a woman crying in Bo’s bed. She approaches the bed and discovers that it is a much older Bo (Jessica Huras). Bo is told that she never loves again after Dyson and Lauren and that everyone dies or abandons her in the end. When Bo tries to leave, old Bo begins to feed on her and traps her there. In the real world, Kenzi arrives with the Baku to find Bo standing in the middle of the hallway in a catatonic state. The Baku holds Bo gently and begins to draw the nightmare from her. In the nightmare, old Bo suddenly falls backwards onto the bed and then vanishes into nothingness. Bo starts to walk away, but then Dyson appears, telling her that he wants to be with her and have things like they once were. The Baku tells Kenzie that he has eaten the bad dreams, but Bo is stuck and it is up to her to make her way out now. Bo and Dyson embrace but then Bo thrusts a knife into Dyson, killing him in the dream and then she breaks free, waking up in the arms of the Baku. She thanks him and hugs him with Kenzi but then asks if he would please go and help the humans in the building. He nods and then goes off in search of them. Kenzi asks if she is okay, but Bo tells her that she can still feel a link with the Mare. Bo then kicks open the door at the end of the hallway to discover Frank and Connie in each other’s arms. She tells him that she thinks her water just broke and Bo looks at Kenzi in confusion.
Bo then goes to the Ash and tells him what was happening on his territory. She berates him that someone else had to do his job, but he is unmoved by her words. When Bo turns to leave, he offers her the chance to work for him in a freelance capacity, she would not have to be Light Fae, she could continue to be independent and he would even pay her to do so, but she would do what he told her to. Bo refuses him saying that “if anything arises, I am sure that you will have it well in hand” before walking away from him.
The final scenes begin with Mumphert telling Kenzi that he is leaving her. She tries to have him stay, but he explains that the Baku has been alone for so long and is a shut-in that he is needed more there. Kenzi is sorry to see him go and they part on good terms, Kenzi asking him to keep in touch if he could. Her last gift to him is a giant bag of Honey Berry Crunch for him to take as he leaves. Bo in the meantime crawls into bed as Kenzi enters the bedroom carrying a sword in her hands. Kenzi asks if she has everything she needs to sleep and promises to keep guard over her. Bo just asks her to “keep being you Kenz.” Kenzi wishes her goodnight and then leaves Bo alone in her bedroom. She closes her eyes for a moment and then opens them again, still awake as the episode ends.
Fade to black…
As I wrote at the beginning, I didn’t really like this episode this week. Not for the actors specifically in it, but the way it seems to be too frantic and over the top. The nightmares did makes some kind of sense, there was a little tiny bit of overall plot movement, but taking that out of the episode, there wasn’t much else in the episode to keep me interested.
I would love to see the story move forward at some point, but all of these “off the track” adventures just leave me unhappy. Two things that did catch me and that I had to rewatch however. One is the theme of human slavery by the Fae and in particular Lauren’s position and peril because of it. There were some very interesting moments that hinted at what Lauren is exactly. It brings me to two possibilities… One, that she was not just a Doctor but a love interest of the original Ash, which might explain the “treating her with honour” comment from Trick. The other possibility is that she has status with whoever is the Ash, but that is hidden so that others are not aware of it.
It wouldn’t be the first time that the series has pulled a twist reveal on a character…
On to the characters in the episode…
Bo… She’s back to wearing leather and black that really doesn’t look right on her. Still the series has a certain view of her so it’s not unexpected really. Now she did look terrible the longer she went without sleep, so that looked right, and her attitude and snappiness did get worse over time so I give full points for that. I also have to say that the look Bo gives Kenzie when she talks about watching the Mare going reverse cowgirl on her was priceless… I thought that the dislike she has for the new Ash was a little over the top, but then it should be really since someone she cares about is being kept from her. I just hope that they don’t make it a permanent thing for her to be snarky all of the time… she’s much better being sexy and succubish…
Not much to say about Dyson this week. We only saw him in dreams and nightmares and as such he was a caricature of himself. The scenes were gripping and actually quite telling if they were based on Bo’s subconscious thoughts. It didn’t move the story along this week, but it will soon I expect.
Hale was again only seen in nightmares, have to say that he was played really over the top, which just made me shrug at the entire scene and hope that it ended soon. He’s such a good character, but this story didn’t have him in mind so…
Kenzi… Wow… I mean, she was her amazing self this week once again. Dealing with Mumphert made me giggle quite a few times, but it was all of her comments and expressions over what was happening to Bo and Kenzi’s desire to help her… That was just beautiful…
Lauren appeared very little again this week. It has been suggested that her relationship with Bo will be explored more, but honestly if she’s going to be hidden away for most of the season now, that’s going to be disappointing. I loved the look in her eyes when she pleaded with Bo not to interfere when the Ash appeared to claim her and take her away. And you could tell there was heart break in her when she left Bo. All good things, but let’s try to have more of that please?
Trick had a short appearance this time, but as always when he appears as a man of wisdom to Kenzi and Bo, that’s when I love him the most and he was certainly that this time. The conversation with Kenzi over Mumphert had to have been one of the funniest things I have seen in the series so far…
Lachian, the new Ash I think is a character that you are supposed to hate. And that seems to be working well in the series so far. I wouldn’t be bothered if left the series sooner rather than later. But setting that aside, what gets me about him as a character is the huge amount of arrogance in him, combined with the seeming belief that he can be an ass and then offer Bo a gold ring and she will snatch at it. I still want to know what kind of Fae he is exactly, but otherwise, when he appears on the screen popcorn gets tossed at the screen.
Mumphert was a fascinating character. The actor played him with the right amount of whimsy and yet not to the point that it was well over the top. I would have loved to have him in the series as a semi-regular somehow, but of course that wasn’t going to happen… shame really…
Frank and Connie I didn’t really like all that much. They seemed too cardboard cut-out like and that was a shame. Oh the idea of a Sandman is intriguing as is the Mare, but, the problem was that there was, at least I thought, in their relationship a feeling of “warring old Jewish couple” that didn’t work for me. Oh it was amusing at one point, but just a little to stereotypical for me.
And that in itself is a trap that the series shouldn’t fall into. Keep us guessing and interested by making things a little less predictable and try to get back to the core values of the series please?
My rating of Scream a Little Dream
Keeping my interest – 2 Pitchforks
Portrayal of a Succubus – 3 Pitchforks
Overall look and feel – 3 Pitchforks
Storyline – 3 Pitchforks
Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks
Mythos – 5 Pitchforks
Overall Rating – 3.3 Pitchforks out of 5
I didn’t like this episode for a lot of reasons. Firstly I found it incredibly hard to keep my attention on it. It just didn’t “feel” right as a Lost Girl episode. Oh Kenzi when she appeared in it caught me again, and the interplay with Bo and Lauren or Bo and the new Ash would make me watch again, but otherwise? Nothing in the story made me really want to follow it or pay attention.
If I wasn’t a fan and this was the first episode I watched, I am not sure that I would want to see a second one to be honest. Stand alone episodes are the hardest thing to deal with and in this series when they have them, it really serves to take the series down a notch.
There wasn’t all that much of Bo being a Succubus in this episode either. It was mostly her sparring with the new Ash, or trying to stay awake, but nothing that really you could point to, save when she was feeding on Frank or facing herself in the nightmare, that you could point at and think, yes, that’s a succubus.
At times I was wondering if I was watching a Scooby-Doo adventure with all of the red herrings and false leads that were being thrown around the episode. I also didn’t think a lot of the interplay between Frank and Connie when it happened. Honestly I wondered if someone had decided to take them into the realm of stereotypical characters with their infighting and so on. Frank just didn’t seem right from the beginning and as he appeared again and again the wrongness of him just grew. I knew he was a problem, or part of it, almost from the moment we saw him. Just too many hints and issues for me personally.
Lots of questions where left open at the end, but the big one to me was, what happened to Frank and Connie? It bothers me quite a lot really as she was giving birth to her children and I wonder what happened to them all. I also would have liked to know more about the Baku’s past, and his name for one thing would have been nice as well. Mumphert was a quirky character which is a good thing, but underused I thought for a lot of the episode.
I’ll give points to the series for dropping in so many new Fae this time, I think that this is the most named kinds of Fae that have ever appeared in an episode of Lost Girl so far. That’s not a bad thing really, but it adds a lot of characters to a short “who dun nit” episode and I wonder if it was really necessary to put so many into this one.
Bo and Lauren played off each other well, Kenzi was a joy as always, and you can see that the main actors are comfortable in their roles. That makes it interesting to fans of the series and we all appreciate that.
But here’s a request for the writers. Could you please try to tie up some of the loose ends you leave at the end of the episodes? I know you can’t do all of them, but it would be nice to have some closure on some of the questions that you leave us with.
I specifically want to know just how much Honey Berry Crunch Mumphert can eat in a day. I mean… wow.
Next Week: Mirror, Mirror
In a move of sisterly solidarity, Kenzi drunkenly invokes the Slavic hag Baba Yaga to curse Dyson for his behavior towards Bo. In the sober light of day, however, Kenzi and Bo seek to remove the curse.
So after an episode that only manages to cloud several issues between the main characters of the series, and just ignoring for the most part the new Ash and what he wants, or doesn’t want with Bo, we are going back to a Dyson centric story next week it seems. That brings up the question of whether Dyson will be less of a prick this week than so far this year and, more importantly, whether or not the actor playing the role will look to be enjoying himself again in the series.
I’m worried to be honest as if we are going to have stories that branch off from the main story and not add to it, then why are we going in that direction? Remember back at the beginning of the season? Oncoming danger to Bo? Remember that? Not a word about it since then. It’s a shame really as that needs to be, if only a little bit, explained or at least mentioned.
I also want to see Lauren appear again. Let’s not have her “spoken of but not seen” please? I understand the idea of suspense and all, but really in this case must we have Bo just butting heads with the Ash over and over again?
That makes for a boring story that we can see coming from miles away.
I hope that the next episode isn’t a waste of screen time. I want to see some character growth and possibly one thread resolved. There are too many plots being juggled and it’s starting to become irritating.
And irritating a Succubi isn’t a good idea mmmk?