Sep 21 2015

And Now the News… – Part III By TeraS

We all come from somewhere and somewhen … For some, that tells not just their past, but their future, as well. But what is the cost of spending one’s truth for what amounts to a dare? Is that all there is? And, when the deed is done, was it the right thing to do?


And Now the News…
Part III
By TeraS


Life is always at some turning point, whether we know it or not. – As said by Tera to a visitor to the Realm whose way was lost and who sought to find it again


She awoke with a startle, unsure of what was real and what was not. She had a flash of memory of hiding herself away, of not allowing herself to feel: changing herself for others, taking their advice, doing things that she could never, would never do. But in all of the thoughts there was a truth she couldn’t shake away: she had given away one important thing for something not so. It bothered her that she did so. But she couldn’t place what it was.

A light hand touched her back, and her memories solidified as she realized where she was. Turning over she looked into a pair of blue-grey eyes and smiled.


“Hey. Did you sleep okay?”

She sighed as she snuggled closer, giggling a bit as she felt fingers teasing over her thighs: “Okay. Good enough.”

“Liar. You were not asleep at all. You kept pushing me away all night.”

A kiss shared, just a little nibbling of lips, then a deeper, more lustful kiss: tongues entwining, mewls of pleasure being shared between them both. She pecked her lover’s lips and whispered: “I’m sorry, was having nightmares, I guess.”

“You want to talk about them?”

She shook her head, blonde hair moving in waves around her as she did so: “No, I’m okay … stupid dreams, not worth talking about.”

“Uh-huh. What’s eating at you?”

She rolled away from her lover, looking up at the ceiling: “Important day … got a job interview. You have one, too, don’t you?”

Her lover smiled: “You know, you should come along, too. She’s really nice, and I think it’s going to be something special.”

She scrunched up her nose: “How do you know?”

A giggle in response: “Simple: I know I’ll be happy.”

“Not that simple.”

“Yes, it is.”

She rolled out of bed, looking over her shoulder and smiling: “Sure.”

Later, she was standing in line at the corner coffee shop, waiting her turn to call out a long complicated order for coffee, because that’s what everyone did, and, of course, she needed to fit in. But why did that bother her so much? She needed to make a mark, to leave an impression, and being one of them was the best way to do that.

Brushing a bit of lint from her business attire, she went over in her mind again what she would say, how she would approach the interviewer, and, most of all, attempt to influence their decision. She hated job interviews, and it showed. This time, she’d show them. It was her future and she needed to make it happen. If that meant burning bridges and leaving her past behind, then that was what she would do. Her thoughts were swirling around that conviction when she heard a voice behind her: “You know, you should be on television.”

She turned to look at the person that spoke those words and after a moment replied: “Do I know you?”

A grin in response: “Would be surprised if you didn’t. But that’s not important!”

It was her turn to order, which she did, then turned back around: “Are you trying to pick me up?”

“Hell no. You aren’t my type. But you are the type that could go far!”

She didn’t know how to take that. She was both incensed and, at the same time, aware of an opening to get what she wanted: “How far?”

“Come with me, let’s talk about what you are looking for. Won’t take much of your time.”

“I have other plans.”

Their voice was strongly compelling: “You did. But now you really want to see what we have to offer … don’t you?”

She took the coffee cup: “Alright. I’m open to suggestions.”

The reply was a little bit ominous: “I’m sure you are. In fact, I’m sure you’ll like every suggestion I have!”

As she left the coffee shop, her eyes flickered across a stunningly beautiful brunette sitting at a table nearby and looking at her. She paused in mid-stride, the hand holding the coffee cup crushing it slightly. She saw, sitting next to the brunette, a familiar presence. The two were talking. She felt a twinge of need. She wanted to explain, to tell this woman that she made a choice, the right one. Or was it?

She felt a need, a want, a desire to walk over to her. To speak with her, to listen, to learn. She turned slightly to go that way, but she felt a hand pushing against the middle of her back: “Let’s go. The board will want to meet with you and start putting plans in motion. You are going to be a star!”

As she passed through the doors, she startled, unsure of what was real and what was not. She had a flash of memory of being entwined in the arms of others, of being wanted, desired, cherished, of being part of a greater whole, of having a purpose, of worshipping, becoming, transforming, of being held, of looking to a pair of grey-blue eyes and crying out in bliss.

She stumbled, falling, the world fading from the everyday into what the song told her was real. She laid there, waiting, for the longest time. She wept for the other, the one that never knew of the song, never knew of being wanted. She shivered, thinking of what the other had lost in never becoming.

The loss …

A pair of so-green eyes regarded her: “Thrall.”

She quickly moved to the proper place, just as the song told. Back arched, legs parted slightly, hands laced together over her sex as she looked downwards. She was not worthy. Her clit thrummed, the yearning within begging her to submit to whatever was asked, to become … Hers.


A blink, her eyes cleared, and she startled. “What? Who? How?” In a panic, she moved to cover her nakedness. But then the song returned, smoothed over her concerns and worries. This was right, of course: the song told her so. Her thoughts turned towards the others in the room. The one called Song, who gazed with devotion. The one called Need, who knelt to Her side. There was a thought, a whisper that something was familiar—was right—about this.

The way her pussy quivered when She spoke just added to that belief within her: “The dream is there for you, Paige, if you desire.”

She wetted her lips: “I am not worthy.”

“At this moment, you are not. But you can be.”

She looked up, seeing a pair of so-green eyes considering her.

“I have news for you.” Delight that made her thighs slick from Her words: “One saw you as worthy.”

Paige cried out in need, holding onto the truth she had been told, trying to understand. She whimpered: “Please … who?”

“You know the answer.”

Paige fell onto her side, crying out as she realized who it was and what she had lost.

Paige then heard Her walk across the room. Then she felt Her hand against her bare shoulder. Then Paige gasped in ecstasy as she was held. Was this how they all felt? The thought made her sob quietly, thinking of everything she had given up for what she had. The words came; she couldn’t stop them: “I’m sorry.”

She replied: “I know. I know better now. So do you. Shall we return what is yours?”

Paige didn’t speak, only shaking her head in agreement as she was held, crying herself to sleep once more.

Sep 20 2015

A Review of Lilith’s Awakening by Stephen Rivera

Lilith's Awakening by Stephen Rivera

Lilith’s Awakening by Stephen Rivera

A review of a newly begun series today called Lilith’s Tears which isn’t quite what one might expect from the book summary and in this case that’s quite a good thing.

The most important thing about writing a story is that the characters grow from where they came from. It isn’t enough to simply say they do, one has to show why they do. Sometimes the reason for that happening can be as simple as the innocence of a child who simply accepts that there’s something good to be found in someone that doesn’t expect to find that in themselves.

Beings can change, become more than who they are. All that takes is a little kindness, hope, and acceptance. When that does happen, then they are more.

  • Title: Lilith’s Awakening
  • Author: Stephen Rivera
  • Length: 50 Pages
  • ASIN: B015C11FT6
  • Publishing Date: September 13, 2015
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The story tells of:

When the son of a nefarious warlock finds a group of heroes attacking their home, he frees the genius demon Lilith to help him save his family. But magic can be tricky. Things don’t always go as planned and sometimes the sins of the past are more dangerous than the threats of the present. In the first short story of the Lilith’s Tears short story series, follow Lilith and Roe as they begin their journey and discover that even the best intentions can have terrible consequences.

Roe needs help as his world is coming apart around him. Not understanding fully the consequences of his actions, he summons Lilith and asks for her help to save his father and sister. At first Lilith sees nothing, not wanting to, but the simple acceptance of a ten year old to see more in her opens paths to them both. The truth, as they say, will set you free.

This was an adorable story and one that was completely unexpected. Much of that comes from the difference in the book summary and what actually happens in the work. It’s a surprise when Roe is revealed to be an innocent child, only wanting to save his father and his sister. It’s heartbreaking when the worst day of Roe’s life is told and how much a few short lines can make you cry.

The acceptance of Roe, of the good in him is wonderful. The moments where he is kind to Lilith, when his manners appear, and Lilith’s reactions to them are so telling, but also cause so much of a transformation in Lilith from where the story begins that it adds a huge character shift that makes the work so much more.

It’s very hard to see how this story exactly fits into the summary because there’s really little explanation of why things are happening and even when there is, that doesn’t connect quite right to it. So, in this case, the book cover doesn’t express the actual book and I feel that’s the one thing that hurts this work most of all.

That brings me to Lilith who might be a succubus, in a way, certainly some kind of powerful demoness however. She isn’t quite described in the story very well save to say she is beautiful, has red skin and a pair of wings that are similar to those of Morrigan Aensland’s. But really it isn’t about what she looks like in this story. It’s what happens when she is confronted by being summoned by a child, one that has a simple outlook on the universe, and what that does to her own view of it.

There are moments when Roe does something simple for Lilith, like calling her a lady, deferring to her thoughts, opening a door for her, when there is a noticeable pause to her. It’s like she is unprepared for someone to be nice, to like her, to see her as being more than a creature of sex and power. Considering who Lilith is, and what her relationship to children is told to be, that creates a new dimension to the character and forces her to change.

The work is a fantasy-adventure which sets up what I hope will be a series of books to come and in doing so doesn’t offer a lot in the way of detail which answers too many questions or offers a simple path for Roe and Lilith to take. While there isn’t a lot of background, of explanations, and the story tends to rush quickly through some parts, as a whole there is good story with good characters and there feels like there is a purpose to things as they unfold.

There are a scattering of minor formatting and spelling mistakes, but nothing that took me out of the story. I did find that the story felt rushed here and there and that bothered me because there’s a great deal of character development for both Roe and Lilith. There are moments in which that happens, literally in a paragraph, and then the story quickly moves onto the next event, the next crisis and builds Roe’s problems higher and higher still.

There are, as I have noted, some things unexplained and as such there’s a good deal of assumptions one must make as the story progresses. In doing so, there’s a hope that the questions left behind about Roe’s father, his sister, and how this all came to pass will be explained sometime. I feel like there’s a wonderful story to be told and I truly hope that happens here.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

A good story with two characters that play off each other well and make of themselves more than might be otherwise expected. A bit more story would have been nice, a little more plot, circumstance and meaning would have been too.

But there’s something good here, and in that, most of all, there’s a feeling of purpose and change. What that means for Roe and Lilith going forwards is something I will be looking forwards to.



Sep 20 2015

A Review of My Stepmother is a Succubus by Jenny Clara Fick

My Stepmother is a Succubus by Jenny Clara Fick

My Stepmother is a Succubus by Jenny Clara Fick

Sometimes the concept for a book is better than the work itself. Taking a simple premise and turning it into a story is not the easiest of thing to do. It’s a bit more disappointing when there is the hint of a story that has a lot of background, which isn’t shown. Starting a work with story, a good concept, and characters that seem to have something going for them and then quickly moving towards what amounts to a porn movie doesn’t do a lot for me.

That’s a shame when the Succubus herself does, in a lot of ways, have a lot going for her. And I do not mean her looks alone, or her sex appeal or drive.

  • Title: My Stepmother is a Succubus
  • Author: Jenny Clara Fick
  • Length: 15 Pages
  • IBSN: 9781310819988
  • Publishing Date: July 27, 2014
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The work tells of:

Jerry returns from college to find his Dad re-married to a stacked babe named Margo. But is Margo all that she appears? Or is she actually a Succubus intent on slurping every last drop of cum from Jerry and his Dad.

Spoiler Alert: It’s the latter.

Jerry arrives home to find that his father has remarried to his surprise. Her name is Margo, she looks very much like a porn star, snd Jerry can’t get her out of his mind. Soon enough he can’t get out of her clutches and discoveries just how insatiable a Succubus can be.

The idea of this story is actually a good one in a lot of ways. I especially liked Margo’s seduction of Jerry, the use of what seems to be mind control on her two “victims” and her character. She is obviously a Succubus from the moment she appears and isn’t at all tame about her wants and needs. But while that part of the story is the focus of it, there are moments in the beginning of the story which lead to a lot of questions about Margo herself. None of these are really answered of course as the story quickly moves from setting up how she is there to what she does to Jerry and his father.

The erotica is very “porn movie” in tone as a whole, but while that does overwhelm a lot of the side story and other, at least to me, interesting moments, there is a good deal of heat in it which comes from Margo’s use of her Succubus powers. She plays with Jerry, in a lot of different ways, she uses a bit of mind control on him as well. That part of the erotica is actually hotter than the actual sex scenes overall save for one minor thing that bothered me.

Whenever Margo used her powers on Jerry, any actions that started were all in capitals and then the ending scene was marked in capitals as well. That bothered me for two reasons, one, it was jarring in that moment, but more so as these happened right about the time where, usually, I expect to see some of the powers of a Succubus appear and seduce fully. But that turns out to be a rare thing in the work. It’s when Margo’s control over Jerry is used, told fully, that the story becomes very hot and I enjoyed that part of it.

Margo in her Succubus form has horns and tail, but she also has a bit of an odd addition to her that, at least for me, made me tilt my head and wonder about a lot. Still, she is a Succubus, she puts Jerry on a leash and has her way with him and then… The story ends rather abruptly.

This work was supposed to be the first in a series, but as of this review I haven’t found the next work in the series. As such, this work standing on its own… doesn’t really. It’s missing something to make this more than porn and more of a story. That could have happened and should have if for no other reason than the first scene when Jerry meets Margo and she twines her tail around him,

Two and a half out of five pitchforks.

The idea is interesting, and this could have been more than a very short hot flash, but it isn’t. There is the beginnings of a story, one that would be nice to see, but it gets overcome by the need to get to the porn scenes. That’s a shame honestly… I think there’s a good basis for a book here, the author just needs to find it.



Sep 19 2015

The Succulent Succubus… Japanese erotica… Really?

This will be, I am quite sure, a rather confused bit of commentary on the Tale today. That’s mainly because I came across a YouTube of a piece of Japanese erotica called The Succulent Succubus. While this is only the trailer, and to be honest I don’t think I need to see the actual film as such, it pretty much is what I would call “meh with a side order of meh.”

But, of course, you can decide…

And if you cannot see this on the Tale, try this link:

As a whole, the entire thing really does nothing for me at all, but… I have to admit that the Succubus does look at least interesting… Which is saying a lot I expect…

Asami Succubus

The summary of the film is basically that Momo has a short time to live and a succubus appears and offers to give her one wish. But afterwards the succubus gets to take her soul. Seeing this to be a good deal, Momo asks for “a small bit of happiness” which of course the succubus twists the meaning of. This means that our heroine has a number of sex scenes, some with the succubus of course, and things “develop” from there.

This is a porn film of course, which means that there isn’t much in the way of plot, or really anything else. But in spite of this, the succubus has her cute moments at the beginning of the story. But it isn’t much of a movie about succubi and in truth it seems to be more of a “genie in a lamp” story overall.

I did like the actress that was playing the succubus, she’s rather nice and some of the outfits she wears look quite nice on her. Of course the acting is well and truly over the top, but I suppose that gives things a bit of charm… But it doesn’t overcome the rest of the film, or the trailer for that matter.

Nothing to see here if you are looking for something succubus-themed really. Which really isn’t a surprise…



Sep 18 2015

A Review of Sinful Secrets by Jenna Wells

Sinful Secrets by Jenna Wells

Sinful Secrets by Jenna Wells

Truth is a hard thing to deal with. To find out who you are, but also more importantly, to find out what you thought was your own truth really isn’t is sad. What’s sadder is finding out that truth and coming to the realization that it is ashes and emptiness.

Not all stories have happy endings. That’s part of how things are. But a story that just has loss and emptiness from beginning to end just doesn’t really work for me.

In all of that loss, there has to be a glimmer of hope.

  • Title: Sinful Secrets
  • Author: Jenna Wells
  • Length: 33 Pages
  • ASIN: B00LP4H8GY
  • Publishing Date: July 10, 2014
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The story tells of:

Hannah is losing her mind. That, or there really is a strange, handsome stranger in her office that no one else can see. Just what she needs, on top of juggling accounts, accommodating a cat that she’s pretty sure hates her, and, oh yeah, finalizing that pesky divorce (with her coworker).

When she spends the night with this mysterious stranger, however, she discovers that the most sinful secrets may in fact be her own.

Hanna’s world is in upheaval. She’s in the middle of a divorce, the past year has been hellish, and it doesn’t look like it will get any better any time soon. A man appears in the midst of the maelstrom around her and… things are exactly what she thought they were. Not even close.

The one overriding emotion throughout this work is one of crushing sadness. It sits like a dark cloud over every single character in this work and… it becomes tedious. Seeing not one character have an emotion of joy or light around them is draining and just took so much out of the work by the time the reveal about Hanna comes about I honestly wondered what the entire point of the work was.

I think that the summary of this work doesn’t really do the story any favours. It’s a bit misleading in some very important ways as the story unfolds, it doesn’t really portray what the connections are between the characters in the story either. As a whole, considering the secrets that come about, it’s as misleading as Hanna herself is from start to finish.

The mysterious stranger is named Damien, and of course he is basically an Incubus. He’s almost a stereotypical one in that he really seems to have the overall attitude of not caring about much of anything… save for Hannah… and that’s where the twist in this story comes into play.

What follows from there is a confused recollection of events from Hannah’s point of view and the reality seen from Damien’s own. There’s a huge disconnect that comes into play and when the truth is finally revealed I can’t say that it was much of a surprise as it was obvious almost from the beginning of the story.

There is some heat in the story, but honestly it’s doused by the rampant sadness around Hannah and Damien. There is a bit of mind control in the work, there is a bit of a mystery as well, but in the end emotionally… it isn’t satisfying. It’s missing the slightest glimmer of hope throughout and when Hannah discovers what her connection with Damien is, it’s far too late and everyone and everything is ashes and wasteland.

While it is written well, there are several points, notably in the climax of the work, where a jarring wrong word appears. For example: “He’d come to see my while Henry worked late.” The mistake is obvious and as it happens in the instant when all of Hanna’s truths are laid bare it really took me out of the story at the worst possible time.

I think that the universe is interesting, there are some truths about Damien, about Succubi and Incubi that are telling. But those truths lean on the need to use some stereotypical views on Succubi and Incubi. I’m not sure that needed to be for the interplay and background around Hana and Damien. That part of the story I think could have been more focused on, more tightly spoken to for the better of the work as a whole in spite of the clouds of guilt, sadness and loss that made of most of the work.

Three out of five pitchforks.

It’s sad. So desperately sad from beginning to end and that, for me, I found to be hard to take. The world isn’t perfect I know and neither are all of the characters in this work. But loss isn’t everything nor should it be what makes the fabric of one’s existence.

There’s more than that, the trick is finding it among the wreckage left behind.



Sep 18 2015

Where were the sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads on Lost Girl this week?

Two words that, at least for me, I have been waiting to write for some time now… Kenzi’s back. She might not be in the next episode, she might not be back till the last two episodes, but in all honestly just seeing her was the most wonderful thing about this week’s episode. It’s hard to describe the change in the series with Kenzi back, the fun that was there, not to forget the snark of course. I’ve always thought that the heart of the series was, and is, Kenzi and it’s nice to see that continues to hold true I think.

As an aside, at least for me, when this episode was being filmed I happened to be watching for a few hours at least. I caught the limo that Kenzi used driving up, the crew setting up their shots and so on. What I missed was Kenzi being there and I wish that I had been able to see her. But nonetheless, the thought that she was there, at least for a while, when I was is a nice thought to have.

Getting back to this episode, even with Kenzi’s return there’s one thing that couldn’t be overcame and that was the number of moments in the episode where things didn’t make a lot of sense. Possibly the biggest one being the ending which didn’t ring true. Beyond that, the entire Lauren arc that progressed just left me feeling like something was seriously wrong, and will get worse still. I hope not, but it really feels like a train wreck is coming and soon. I’m not even mentioning the entire laser scene, and one huge question that never was answered.

Still, there is some hints of a problem coming towards Bo, but along with that it feels like Hades is pulling everyone’s strings. That’s a problem in a lot of ways, but it isn’t unexpected. I still have issues with all of the smiling, and more so the offhand niceties.

What’s more bothersome is Trick’s telling about a certain painting and how that story seems to be all mixed up with Sirens and it gets confusing. The last thing that rubbed me the wrong way is the entire Alycia arc and now with Dyson “claiming” her I wonder how long it will be before she’s going to run into the curse of Dyson. Seems to be a thing with anyone that gets close to him.

And now, for the first time in probably thirty years… I want a stick of Big Red gum.

The tenth episode of the fifth season, also episode seventy-one of the Lost Girl TV series was this week. Kenzi returns and shows off her singing, acting, and artistic talents while chewing gum and looking like a million dollars. Bo plays with laser beams, paintings, and gets in touch with Lauren’s feelings. Lauren gets touched by Hades and seems to like it while Dyson gets slapped around and then does something he never expected to. Trick talks about Bo’s ‘candy’, then regrets it and Vex doesn’t follow doctor’s orders.


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

Bo learns that in some families, it is clear that they act…


Like Father, Like Daughter


The episode opens with scenes from the previous episode including Bo opening the box her father gave her, Hades assisting in saving Mark and being thanked by Dyson just before Bo exposes Hades as her father. Iris encountering Trick in his lair and killing the Fae Elder that was with him. Hades warning Bo that to stop Iris, she will have to be killed, but Bo refusing to do so. Iris declaring she carries darkness, Hades then exclaiming he is darkness before clutching Iris by her neck, Bo using the box to trap the Nix, and then Iris being killed. Lauren and Bo talking about it being good they are back together, then Lauren being struck by a car, Bo rushing to Lauren’s aid, and then Lauren feeding on Bo’s Chi.

The episode opens with Bo (Anna Silk) and Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) sitting in a car on a stakeout. As Bo looks through a camera she comments that “something moved” and Dyson replies: “Just like something moved the last five times we checked Zee’s condo?” Bo asks if Dyson thinks she is “off my game” and Dyson replies: “Zee’s missing, Lauren almost dying, your father. It’s a lot.” Bo replies: “Even if he’s my father, I summoned the devil Dyson.” Dyson promises Bo that they will find a way to send Hades back and when Bo wonders what they will do if Hades hurts someone, Dyson reminds Bo “He’s contained.” Bo answers: “So was Hannibal Lecter. Didn’t last.” Dyson wonders if that is Bo’s nickname for her father and she replies: “Add it to the pile. Hades, Jack, BF.” Dyson is puzzled, wondering if BF means Best Friend and Bo responds: “Birth Father. And Lauren’s lab rat.”

Bo’s phone rings and she then speaks with Lauren (Zoie Palmer), answering the phone with: “Hey! It’s the girl that likes to play in traffic.” Lauren attempts to talk to Bo about what happened, but Bo brushes this off telling Lauren that she doesn’t need to thank her, then asking about her father. Lauren is confused about Bo calling Hades ‘BF’, thinking it means ‘Best Friend’ as Dyson did. After Bo explains the real meaning, Lauren tells Bo: “Still here. Locked up. Polite.” Lauren then asks Bo if she felt that the “Chi suck” felt weird. Bo replies: “Yea, but what doesn’t now? I wasn’t in control of it, but it worked. That’s all that matters. It’s a perk to having a succubus girlfriend.” Bo then ends the call, telling Lauren she is on a stakeout and will call Lauren later. After Lauren hangs up the phone she comments: “Yeah, except I think I was the one being the succubus.”

Back at the stakeout, Dyson comments that the last time Bo “breathed life into someone” that being himself, that Bo “needed to do a group suck to do that.” Bo replies: “Who doesn’t love a good group suck.” Dyson reminds Bo that to save him took the Chi of many people which makes Bo wonder if, because her father has returned to Earth and is nearby, that she is somehow stronger. Dyson wonders if Bo’s love of Lauren was the catalyst but Bo then begins to second guess herself over not being able to save Hale, Dyson telling Bo not to do so, reminding her: “If you could have, you would have.”

Back at Lauren’s clinic, Hades (Eric Roberts) comments from isolation: “It could have been temporary transference, Bo gave you the power subconsciously to heal yourself. Or, did you apply the benign virus we discussed? I couldn’t help but overhear. Hope you don’t mind.” Lauren has a shocked expression for a moment, then tells Hades: “I mind. I very mind.” Hades tells Lauren he’s sorry and notes “It appears you are in some need of guidance.” Hades then offers to help Lauren by examining her, but Lauren refuses as she leaves the room.

Dyson in the meantime offers Bo some “Perks of being on stakeout. Salty snacks.” When Bo asks when Dyson started bringing snacks with him, Dyson explains that Alycia was the one that gave them to him. Bo laughingly asked if Alycia is “teaching a Zumba class out of your gym.” Dyson explains: “I’m keeping her close until I find a way to… clear her memory of all things Fae.” Bo teases Dyson a bit over how close he and Alycia are, but Dyson replies in a serious tone that Alycia “knows too much and could endanger the colony. And herself.” After adding that Alycia is human, Dyson sighs: “It’s complicated.” Bo replies: “Yeah. Tell me about it. Sometimes the worst feeling is not knowing how to feel.”

A long black stretch limousine then arrives at the lobby of Zee’s condo. Bo assuming that Zee is arriving and she and Dyson rush towards the limousine to confront whomever is arriving. The door facing Bo and Dyson then opens and Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) is revealed to have arrived in the limousine, smiling at Dyson and Bo.

After the opening credits, we return to Bo, Dyson, Kenzi and Mark (Luke Bilyk) at Bo’s place, Kenzi walking around and commenting about all that has happened while she has been away, starting with commenting on the sheer curtains that Bo has put up in her home. Kenzi then rants: “Guys! I’ve been gone for five minutes and Dyson’s turned daddy, Bo’s daddy got the welcome Magneto cell and Dyson has a hunky, yummy, hold no pecks son?” Bo smiles: “You said that already.” Kenzi replies: “It bears repeating.” Kenzi then flirts with Mark for a moment before Dyson steps in and tells both Mark and Kenzi: “Ah… No.” Kenzi then continues on, adding: “You all’s been busier than Bo’s tinkle flower huh? And you’re fighting gods. Climbing the evil ladder I see.” Bo explains to Kenzi: “Not gods. Fae.” and that they were only seen as gods, but are not actually gods. Kenzi sighs: “Got it. Gods. And your father is one of them. Frickin’ Hades. What does that make you?” Kenzi takes Bo’s hands and whispers: “For real. Are you okay?” Bo replies: “Once I know you are, I’ll be better.” Dyson then asks Kenzi what she was doing at the condo and Kenzi replies: “Well look who’s all business up in my business.” Bo adds that Kenzi “pulled up in a limo. The only thing missing was the paparazzi” and Kenzi explains: “Santiago money stretches far. As in stretch limo, airport pickups. I know, tacky. But oh god I love it.” Kenzi then explains she arrived at Bo’s place first, didn’t find them there and then went looking for them.” Bo smiles, hugs Kenzi tightly and adds: “Welcome back.” Kenzi then tells Bo that something happened to her in Spain and that she needed to see Bo. When Bo asks why, Kenzi replies: “To warn you. There’s someone I want you to meet.”

The scene then shifts to the Dal Riata where a distinguished Fae gentleman explains to Bo and Tamsin what happened in Spain to Kenzi, how he arrived at Kenzi’s estate to find the lights out and then discovering Kenzi tied to a chair. Kenzi claims that she was moments away from freeing herself which makes the Fae gentleman roll her eyes as Kenzi continues to use the word “castillo” which Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) explains means ‘castle’ and the Fae gentleman explains it is “Kenzi’s word of the week.” When Bo asks what the thieves were after, he explains: “A painting I gave to my grandson over 200 years ago, known as The Vanishing.” Tamsin explains that the painting has rarely been seen, never been on display and also that “the painting was an urban legend at Valkyrie school.” He continues to explain that the painting is real and is supposedly very dangerous. He continues: “No one knows how the Ancients disappeared from Earth. I was told that my painting holds the key.” When Bo comments: “Find your grandson, find the painting” but when he answers: “Sadly an impossiblity Carina” Bo startles, knowing that Hale used the same word often and the Fae gentleman introduces himself as Heathcliff Santiago (Julian D. Christopher), Hale’s grandfather which makes Bo smile gladly as he tells of Kenzi telling stories about Hale and in return Heathcliff tells Kenzi about Hale’s childhood. Tamsin wonders why the painting was stolen and Kenzi mentions that the thieves spoke about “a succubus that slayed the Una Mens, and really, how many of those are there? I’m going to say less than fifty.” Bo and Kenzi agree that they need to find the painting first, Bo assuming that if Zee was looking for the painting, “then the legend must be true.” When Bo asks where the panting is, Kenzi suggests that Hale most likely had the painting given to a charity auction, Tamsin then going off in search of which auction that might be. Bo comments: “Then we can use it to send Zee back to where she came from before she tries to end the world.” Tamsin sighs: “Again.” When Kenzi asks who is in Bo’s “love triangle” Tamsin looks at Kenzi, tells her “You look good” and then leaves as Bo and Kenzi watch. Kenzi then asks Bo: “Did you two?” and Bo just replies: “We have a lot to catch up on.”

Back at Lauren’s clinic, Vex (Paul Amos) is telling Lauren about the pain he is feeling in the hand that Lauren reattached for him concluding with: “I can barely yank my own junk let alone anyone else’s.” Lauren answers: “METH.” Vex asks: “Have you gone mad?” Then Lauren explains: “Movement. Elevation. Traction. Heat. It was part of your physiotherapy. I wrote it down.” Vex snarks: “So many stickies, so little time.” Lauren then tells Vex she has real patients to look after but after Vex asks for “a quickie” Lauren takes hold of Vex’s hand and begins to manipulate his arm in the air. As Lauren does so. behind Vex a patient’s arm raises into the air in the exact same way. Lauren sees this, lowers Vex’s arm, and in response, the patient’s arm moves in the same way again. After a few more times of doing this, Lauren then waves her arm around wildly which causes the patient to throw himself around on the bed until Lauren stops doing so. Lauren then tells Vex she has to go to look after real patients, but Vex then asks: “Speaking of real patients, how’s Mark?” Lauren replies: “Fully recovered, you just missed him.” As Vex leaves, Lauren calls out: “Remember. METH.” Vex replies: “Oh yeah. Movement. Evacuation. Titties. Head.” After Vex leaves, Lauren comments to herself: “First a Succubus, now a Mesmer.”

The scene then moves to Dyson’s gym where Alycia (Lisa Marcos) confronts Dyson, telling him: “I know who you are.” Dyson replies: “Detective. Lives in a boxing gym. All around ordinary guy.” She calls Dyson a liar and then reveals Dyson’s folder on her husband which she has read and then reads from the file which tells of what has happened to Kevin, her husband. Dyson attempts to explain, but Alycia rants about how the information in the files tells her that Dyson knew of her husband before she asked for help and then she demands answers, telling Dson she knows he is a believer in the paranormal. Dyson then attempts to use what Alycia believes to his advantage, to muddy things for her further when Mark enters the room. Dyson comments to Mark that Alycia knows they are investigators of the paranormal and Mark, clumsily, continues with the charade when Dyson asks him to assist Alycia in her research. As Alycia looks through some of Dyson’s thing she comments on a number of creatures, including werewolves. which causes Dyson to comment: “They don’t like being called that. Or so I’ve heard.” Dyson then leaves, warning Mark to be careful what he says to Alycia as he does so.

Bo and Kenzi are then seen at an art gallery, walking among the art and talking. Bo asks Kenzi about Spain and she answers: “It’s incredible, it’s beautiful, it’s life-changing. I realized I don’t need the bells and whistles.” Bo replies: “Because you are the bells and whistles.” Kenzi snaps her fingers: “Boom. There it is baby.” Bo then continues on, commenting that Kenzi is a shadow thief, Kenzi telling Bo: “I pride myself, but that painting is going to be hard to lift.” Bo wonders, as they haven’t seen the painting, if Tamsin has the right place, but Kenzi comments: “Maybe it’s out of sight” Bo sighs: “Or Zee has it.” Then they are interrupted by a tour group passing through being led by a guide. Bo comments they need an inside man, Kenzi replies: “Or an inside Kenzi. That came out wrong.” Bo asks Kenzi what she knows about art and Kenzi replies: “Only everything. There’s Banksy… Banksy… Girl, five minutes home and we’re already undercover.” Bo smiles as they walk on: “Bells and whistles baby. Bells and whistles.”

After a commercial break, Bo is meeting with the art gallery curator, Suri Middleton (Olunike Adeliyi) who is aghast at Bo’s comments about “not being happy with their current collections” and that they are “from the period of been there and done that.” As the conversation continues, Bo attempts several times to touch Suri, in order to use her powers, but in every case Suri recoils from Bo’s attempts as they become progressively more desperate. At one point, Suri uses hand sanitizer and then puts on rubber gloves to protect herself. After Suri gives Bo a book of the gallery’s undisplayed works, Bo finally comes out and asks about “The Vanishing” but Suri tells Bo that it is “reserved” When Bo asks: “For who?” Suri replies: “For whom.” But then refuses to give Bo any further information noting that Bo does not seem to be a “serious bidder” and, as well, mentioning that a serious bidder would be arriving the following day to see the painting. Suri then ushers Bo out of her office, but Bo sneezes at Suri, then apologizes with: “Allergies. Such a bitch.” as she leaves. Once out of Suri’s office, Bo calls Kenzi and tells her that the painting is at the gallery somewhere.

Kenzi is then seen leading a tour of the gallery and brings her group to a pause in front of a painting which Kenzi then attempts to describe, but as she does so, she is challenged by one of the art lovers. Kenzi then pushes them into the painting which sets off the alarms as a laser grid appears in front of the painting. As the art lover is escorted out by security, Kenzi calls Bo and warns her: “Hey BoBo? We got lasers.”

Meanwhile, back at Dyson’s gym, Alycia is pacing around the room, ranting about the supernatural and then throwing a book across the room. When Mark asks Alycia to be careful or “Trick will lose his shit.” Alycia demands to know who Trick is and Mark explains: “Old guy, owns a bar, he’s really into all of this stuff.” As Mark talks to Alycia, he drops part of the contents of a folder he is carrying, one of the items being an image of Iris in the morgue. When Alycia sees the picture, she tells Mark: “Dyson said she was sick. She was possessed wasn’t she?” Alycia continues to rant about her experiences as Mark looks at Iris’ picture until Mark lets slip that the Ancients are involved. Alycia then begs Mark to tell her everything that is going on as the scene ends.

Back at the art gallery, Bo arrives, dressed all in black and wearing dark glasses. She passes through the gallery, past a series of locked doors and then arrives in a vault which holds The Vanishing. As Bo prepares to go after the painting, Kenzi calls Bo over a radio and asks: “Are you sure you don’t want me to take this one? Shadow Thief here, kind of my thing.” Bo explains to Kenzi that if Zee is coming for the painting then she cannot put Kenzi at risk. Kenzi gives in, telling Bo: “Well, all right. While you go all all nineties, I’ll be here with a stick of Big Red.” Bo replies: “So we can heist a little longer?” Kenzi then asks: “Should I call Catherine Zeta-Jones?”After setting up a device to show her were the lasers are that protect the room, Bo answers: “Please. Other than a thinly disguised Welsh accent, that chick’s go nothing on me.” Kenzi chuckles: “Ninety-nine problems coming at you from all directions in your life and here you are standing. That’s my girl.” As Bo ties up her ponytail she answers: “Ninety-nine problems. Let’s hope balance ain’t one.” Bo then slinks her way through a laser grid, from one side of the room to the other, until she is finally standing in front of The Vanishing. Bo then sees a dove on the other side of the room and whispers: “Oh no. no. Do not Fae this up for me bird.” The dove then flies across the room, darting behind Bo and then she hears a women’s voice which says: “Of all of the galleries.” Bo turns to see Persephone (Hannah Anderson) standing beside it. Bo replies: “When doves cry. Persephone.” Persephone then warns Bo: “Keep away from the painting. I got here first.”

Back from still another commercial, Persephone warns Bo: “You don’t want to dance with me”, but Bo replies: “Somehow I seem to remember that we perfected the box step. You tricked me into lighting the Artemis Candle and releasing the Ancients.” Persephone claims that Hades wanted Bo to take the candle back, but she didn’t know it would release the rest of her family. When Bo asks if Persephone didn’t know that the painting could send them back, Persephone looks away from Bo. When Bo asks how Zee freed Persephone, she explains that she is bound to Hades and when he returned to Earth, she came as well. She also tells Bo that she promised Hades to bring the painting to him. When Bo tells Persephone that Hades is imprisoned, she replies: “According to lore, this makes me your prisoner.” Bo explains that she does “not roll like that” and when Persephone asks if she can “just walk out”, Bo answers: “I believe you can fly.” Persephone thanks Bo for her mercy, then when Bo asks Persephone to reveal what she knows about the painting, she tells Bo: “I heard it contains the first song. Your father might know more.”

Meanwhile, back at Lauren’s clinic, Lauren confronts Hades about what has happened to her and he replies: “The Trojan Horse worked.” Lauren agrees, adding: “I thought I was extending my life span to Fae years and instead I turned myself into something I didn’t quite expect.” Hades answers: “Spoken like a true scientist with no guinea pig.” Lauren tells Hades: “I injected myself. I got hit by a truck. Bo held me, I sucked her Chi and I survived.” Hades smiles, touches Lauren’s hand, and then Lauren’s other hand glows for a moment. Lauren then whispers: “I’m a Conduit.” Hades explains: “You are taking on the Fae powers of those you touch. Dr. Lewis? You have found the key to ultimate power.” Lauren replies: “That could be very bad” but Hades replies: “Or very good.” Lauren is concerned about how what she is capable of effects other Fae, but Hades comments: “But you like it.” Lauren replies: “I can do anything, but there are still unknowns. How long will it last? What are the side effects? What are the dangers?” Hades tells Lauren: “Like all power, it needs to be under control.” Lauren considers this, then replies: “I need to work on that.” Hades then comments: “You think you don’t deserve to be Fae. Being born Fae doesn’t make you special. It makes you different. And you as human, if you actually found a way to turn Fae? Oh Lauren, my Gods, you’d be more than all of us put together. And just imagine how thrilled Bo will be.” Lauren does not reply, but only smiles.

Dyson returns to the gym to find Alycia and Mark sitting quietly. When he approaches Alycia, she strikes him before revealing that she knows about the Fae, about the Ancients as Mark has revealed everything to her. Dyson claims that he hid information from Alycia to keep her safe, she retorts that he did so to keep themselves safe and not her. She then demands to see her husband Kevin. Mark then enters into the argument, telling Dyson he has no idea what Alycia can, or cannot, accept. Dyson tells Mark: “You have no idea what I know.” Mark tells Dyson: “Iris is dead. She’s dead and I can barely stand it”, Mark then demanding that Dyson do the right thing for Alycia. Dyson curtly tells Alycia: “Come.” When she asks why, he replies: “I’ll show you.”

The next scene has Dyson and Alycia arriving at Lauren’s clinic and visiting Kevin who remains in a coma. Alycia asks what is happening, and Dyson replies: “Waiting.” Dyson tells her that Kevin still exists, but is buried deeply and they have no idea if he will ever come out of the coma, or be Kevin again. Alycia then touches Kevin’s cheek and then pulls away, adding: “I don’t know how to feel.” Dyson replies: “How could you? Don’t lose hope.” She then asks Dyson if he ever lost someone and he replies that, in a way, he has. When asked how long it took him to get over it, Dyson replies: “I’ll let you know when I do.” Alycia then leaves, telling Dyson not to follow her as she does so.

At the Dal Riata, Bo has shown Trick the painting and he exclaims: “Incredible. A depiction of the last time the Ancients were seen on Earth before they vanished.” Bo comments that Zeus and Hades are enemies, then they must intend to use the painted to banish each other once more using the painting. Bo then comments: “We have the power to banish both Zeus and Jack.” Kenzi asks who Jack is, and Bo explains that is the name they are using when referring to Hades.Trick points out: “We have the painting, but we don’t know how it works.” Bo replies that Persephone said it was the key while Trick comments: “The Odyssey speaks of a melody so seductive that the ships were carrying to their own demise.” Bo wonders if this is also enough to send the Ancients to their ends as well as Kenzi wonders: “So where’s the play button?” Bo stares at the painting for a long moment then asks for liquorice. Kenzi returns with a jar of candy, which Bo then takes some liquorice out of, placing it on the painting. Bo comments to Trick: “Your candy jar is being put to good use.” While Kenzi replies: “Finally. Usually it’s your candy jar that comes to the rescue.” Trick sighs and asks: “Can we please for once not talk about my granddaughter’s candy in front of me?” Both Bo and Kenzi reply: “Eww!” which makes Trick answer: “Oh now I’m crossing the line?” Bo places several strands onto the painting which reveals that each figure’s head in the painting is a note, the song now revealed. Kenzi then hums the song and when Bo and Trick look at her, Kenzi replies: “Nate taught me how to read music.” Bo believes that Kenzi could have the singer they need, referring to Heathcliff Santiago.

After yet another commercial break, Bo and Kenzi approach Hades to seek out answers. When Kenzi sees Hades, she comments: “Thought he’d be taller.” Hades replies: “And you must be MacKenzie. It’s a pleasure. I’d shake your hand but…” Kenzi responds: “I’ll hold off on any reciprocation for the moment, thank you.” Hades comments: “And you’re funny. That’s your gift” which seems to make Kenzi uncomfortable. Bo then shows Hades the painting and he adds: “The Vanishing.” Bo replies: “A little birdy told me it contains the first song.” When Bo asks how the painting works, Hades answers: “A true Siren sings the first song at the one they intend to banish.” Bo is shocked as she asks: “It’s that easy?” Hades replies: “I see a painting. I do not seen a Siren.” Kenzi taunts: “Oh, we’re covered.” Hades then adds: “The Siren’s song needs to come into contact with the one you are banishing. Putting them in that line of fire may prove difficult.” Bo smiles: “Difficult is my middle name.” Hades tells Bo that isn’t true, and she agrees, adding: “I don’t have a middle name.” Hades asks: “Is that what you have been told?” After a moment’s silence, Hades continues: “A warning if I may. The first song can work on you too.” This being the reason why, according to Hades, he sent Persephone to retrieve it. He then asks Bo what happens if Zee directs the song at her and Bo answers: “I’ll sidestep.” Hades points a finger at Bo, then she and Kenzi leave. Bo then asks Kenzi where Zee would go, Kenzi replies that she would go into hiding so Hades couldn’t banish her. Bo thinks that using the painting is too suspicious and Zee would not appear, but then Bo realizes that what they need to attract Zee is “family. And I know just the person.”

Bo and Kenzi meet Persephone at Bo’s home where she refuses to do as Bo asks. Bo and Kenzi warn her that Zee will try to control her and the only means to free herself from Zee is to banish her. Persephone warns them both that they have no idea what Zee is capable of, but Kenzi presses on, asking where Persephone’s rebellious nature is, as: “In God years you are still a teenager! Where’s the snarky-tood? The rebelliousness?” Don’t you want to lock her up like she did to you?” Persephone does not answer, but Bo comments: “Even after everything she did to you.” Persephone agrees, but Bo tells her: “I get it.” and also warns that if she does not go after Zee, Zee will come for her. When Persephone asks if one of them is hurt, Lauren appears and answers: “You’ll have a medic standing by.” Bo greets Lauren, but Lauren continues: “I came here to talk to you. Looks like we have a mission to take Zee down first.”

At the Dal Riata, Dyson is meeting with Trick and explaining there is a security breech. Trick comments: “The same human that is bunking in your boxing gym. That is a problem.” Trick reminds Dyson: “You know the rules. She is at risk and she is a risk.” Dyson explains to Trick that he doesn’t want Alycia harmed, Trick then offers “there are ways to make her forget” but Dyson will not accept them,saying that she has been through enough. Trick replies: “Then I think you know what you need to do” before leaving Dyson to his thoughts.

Elsewhere, Persephone meets with Zee (Amanda Walsh) who comments: “I haven’t heard your dove call in ages.” After seeing Persephone, Zee tells her: “My, you’ve grown.” Persephone answers: “One has to when one is banished to Hel.” Persephone asks Zee how she could allow Hades to take her and is told that she had negotiated a release for her, but Persephone “was always a snacker.” Persephone sighs: “So it’s my fault. I ate the seeds, I sealed my fate.” Zee tells her: “I’ve made mistakes and my mistakes have left me alone. Forgive me?” The two then embrace, but as they do Persephone whispers: “It’s a trap.” Zee replies with a smile: “Of all of the people that want to screw me, I never thought it would be my little girl.” Persephone answers” Like you said, Tartarus has been good to me.” Bo, Kenzi, Lauren and Heathcliff then appear with the painting, Bo asking Heathcliff to sing the song. But before he can, Zee and Persephone separate which allows Zee to throw a bolt of lightning to Heathcliff’s neck, damaging his voice. When Bo moves to confront Zee, she is warned: “Don’t move or I’ll turn you all into dust.” Zee then demands Heathcliff, adding: “There’s a song I’ve been dying to hear. It’s called… Succubus go bye-bye.”

Following another commercial break, Zee has hold of Heathcliff and demands he sing, but Kenzi reminds her that she damaged his voice. Zee then tells Heathcliff to sing or: “I’ll have to put you down for good.” Heathcliff replies: “I’ve lived a long time. Retirement’s not so bad.” Kenzi turns to Bo and tells her: “I can’t see him. Not like Hale, not again. Please.” Bo then offers herself in exchange for allowing everyone else to live, but Kenzi does not like this either. Bo then asks Lauren to restore Heathcliff’s voice and she approaches him. After a moment of touching him, Zee asks: “What’s the diagnosis?” and Lauren answers: “A serious case of bitch.” Lauren then sings the song like a Siren which causes Zee to vanish into nothingness. Both Bo and Kenzi look at Lauren in shock, Bo asking: “What the hell was that?” Lauren answers: “That is the thing we have to talk about.”

Elsewhere, Dyson meets with Alycia, who tells Dyson she “doesn’t have a lot of time.” Dyson tells her that he will not apologize for protecting “his kind” and when Alycia tells Dyson that she thought he trusted her, Dyson responds: “That’s something hard for me to do.” Dyson asks to “make it up” to her and then they enter the Dal Riata. Trick then pours them both a drink, telling them to “enjoy” before walking away. Alycia comments: “That must be Trick.” Dyson is surprised for a moment, then realizes that Mark told Alycia about him. After Dyson tells her that everyone in the Dal Riata is Fae, she says it is “creepy” as “some of them are staring at me, and they look hungry.” Dyson explains that some Fae do not like humans as much as others do. Dyson explains that nothing will happen, nad as well that he wants her to be part of the Fae world. When Dyson explains that he is claiming her, Alycia is enraged, then begins to leave, but Dyson explains that claiming her means that he will “be responsible” for her which Alycia takes as meaning she will be “a burden” to him. As she attempts to leave, Dyson explains: “I’ve never done this before.” When she asks why, Dyson replies: “I’ve never had reason to. Until now.” Dyson goes on to explain that: “Claiming means you are part of us.” When Alycia mulls that it sounds like a commitment, she wonders if Dyson will “get down on one knee” and he tells her: “Not quite” as the two return to the bar and share the drink that Trick poured for them both, Dyson’s last comment being: “But it does mean you get one hell of a drinking buddy.”

Lauren, Bo and Vex are meeting at Bo’s place where Lauren touches Vex’s hand to show what she can do. Vex does warn Lauren that the last time she did so, he was weakened for hours afterward. Lauren then makes Bo put both of her hand in the air, which convinces her of what Lauren can do. When Lauren releases Bo, she says in shock: “Whoa.” When Lauren asks what Bo thinks, Bo replies: “I did say ‘Whoa.'”. Lauren explains to Bo: “That’s how I sucked your Chi and survived the accident.” Bo whispers: “You can be whatever kind of Fae you are touching.” Vex adds: “And you can weaken them while you are at it.” He then looks at Bo and continues: “You’ve not feeling this.” When Bo asks why Vex is weakened, but not herself, Lauren explains it is because of Bo’s succubus healing ability. Vex then interrupts with: “Apologies if I am going to kill some buzz here but if you think your Fae to human serum was a threat, this is a million times worse. What happens when the colony finds out? What happens when Evony finds out?” Bo tells Vex: “Why would they find out? You’re not going to talk. Are you?” Vex warns: “I’d better get a prize for this.” before he leaves.

Lauren then tells Bo: “If you are wondering how I can read music, Grade Four band. Recorder. Top of my class.” After Bo gives Lauren a long look, Lauren comments: “You aren’t happy about this are you.” Bo then explains that she loves Lauren for who she is, not what she is, adding: “As long as you are you.” Lauren asks: “What if this is me? But with benefits. I get to help people for longer. The Eternal Healer. Yes, I’ve coined myself a little name. And the most obvious Bo? I get to be with you forever.” Bo asks: “Are you a Fae or a Conduit? I don’t understand.” Lauren explains: “I haven’t figured that out yet. Let’s just say it’s a step in the right direction.” When Bo worries about the effects of taking on so many powers, Lauren assures Bo that she has been examined and “I show no signs this is effecting me negatively.” When Bo asks who, Lauren continues: “It doesn’t matter. I want this. For me. For us. Don’t you want it too?” Bo smiles, telling Lauren: “Of course I do” as the pair embrace, but Bo is seen with a troubled expression as she does so.

After the final commercial break, Bo is watching Kenzi pack her things, telling Kenzi that she is sorry about everything that has happened, adding: “Back only a few days and your life already has been in danger.” Kenzi smiles: “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Kenzi then tells Bo that she is going to “stick around for a bit” but Bo tells Kenzi that she has her own life and should get back to it. Kenzi then insists that it will only be until things are settled between Bo and Hades, but this only makes Bo again tell Kenzi to go, saying that her father is dangerous and she doesn’t want anything to happen to Kenzi. Kenzi then asks Bo why she didn’t use the painting to get rid of her father and Bo replies: “I don’t know. I don’t know how I feel about all of this.” Kenzi sighs and walks off, telling Bo: “It’s complicated. Yes, I know.” Bo asks: “You don’t think it’s crazy I want him to stay?” Kenzi replies: “Not at all. He’s your father.” Bo insists that Hades will be on Earth only until she gets the answers she wants from him. Kenzi then warns Bo: “You get what you need, but you do not trust him. He’s smart and dangerous. Promise me you will be careful.” Bo promises Kenzi she will be careful and the two embrace. Bo tells Kenzi: “With everything so crazy right now, having you back, even for a bit, it helped.” Kenzi then tells Bo something her mother told her: “Don’t try and be too smart darling. It might get you killed.” Kenzi then picks up her bag, tells Bo she loves her, and then leaves, leaving Bo to her thoughts about what is happening around her, and what her father wants.

The final scene of the episode begins with Hades telling someone: “You owe me.” And then it is revealed that Zee was not banished, telling Hades: “Nice magic trick.” as he rewrote the first song which Bo and the others fell for “wrapping it up with a Bo.” When Zee asks why, adding that Hades did not hesitate when he banished Zee, Hera and Iris in the past, Hades replies: “Your time will come. When it’s just.” As Hades gazes upon the painting, Zee asks: “What are you doing here Jack?” He answers: “What. Are you going to try to stop me? In that body? Whatever you do, you leave my daughter alone.” Zee replies: “Mine turned on me, so what makes you think that Bo won’t do the same thing to you?” Hades replies: “Controversial I know, but I believe father knows best and Bo will come to believe it too.” Zee then turns and begins to walk away, Hades calling out: “Brother? There is no point in resisting me. It has begun.” Zee then leaving in the next moment.

The final images of the episode begin with Hades looking at the painting once more before ripping off the false painting to reveal the painting of the The Pyripuss which Trick has a copy of. Hades then is seen smiling as the episode ends.


Fade to black…


I really want to like this episode more than I do. By that I mean seeing Kenzi alone did a lot to pull me back into the episode when she was there. But it’s hard to really enjoy the episode when throughout there are moments unexplained, actions not taken, and, possibly the most confusing of all, there are some story errors that just gave me pause. The ending especially just didn’t make any sense at all.

Why would Hades have the painting? Moreover, wasn’t it clear that Bo had no intention of letting him get his hands on it? It wasn’t explained, but it is an important point which will have consequences going forwards of course. One possible explanation is a little bit of mind control over Bo, which would explain her comments to Kenzi about why she didn’t try to get rid of Hades right after “banishing” Zee.

I understand that the “Bo crawling around lasers” scene was a homage, but here’s the thing. As much as it looked good, and the music was really a nice match too, Kenzi had a point. She is a Shadow Thief and as much as that has been talked about, we’ve never really seen Kenzi being so. I found myself watching that scene and thinking to myself… What would Kenzi do?

Which brings me to Kenzi. She’s changed, a lot, from the street smart, wise-cracking, stylish woman that held Bo to her humanity. She’s a bit more worldly, has some style that echoes her past too. There’s still the little bit of snark, the one-liners, that little smile and expression that I have always found amazing. As much as I am thrilled that Ksenia’s career is going so well for her, in the Lost Girl universe, I keep thinking about what would have been different of Kenzi was around when all of the events of the season so far happened. The little piece of advice that she gave Bo at the end of the episode is classic Kenzi. Bo’s lost her grip on her humanity, and I feel like that’s the big problem. You cannot save the world if you cannot feel.

Lauren’s being “almost Fae” is I think a bit of a bad place to go in the series. It’s too much a worn out path to follow and there’s a point at which things are going to take a bad turn. We’re already seeing that in how Lauren is wrapped up in what she can do. There’s a feeling that she’s lost touch with her humanity in the same story of way that Bo has. It might be another example of Hades using some mind control, to set things up so that Bo will do what he tells her to. I’m hoping for more than that.

By the same token, the ongoing Dyson attraction to Alycia doesn’t feel right or make a lot of sense. Being concerned is fine, wanting to protect her from harm makes sense. But being seriously involved with someone has never gone well for Dyson in the past and there’s every indication that it isn’t going to end well this time either.

Mark is, and continues to be, something of a lost soul in the series. There’s little else for him save to make a mistake, which seems to be happening in every episode, and then follows Dyson cleaning up the mess. This wasn’t a good idea from the start, it gets worse, and I just am not interested in him at this point.

There were, in spite of my complaints, a few moments that made me smile. Kenzi, Bo and Trick talking about candy was just hilarious. Kenzi trying to baloney her way through an art tour was really funny as well.

The single moment that mattered the most was that last scene between Kenzi and Bo. For a little bit there was that connection between the two that carried the series for so long. It did feel a little bit awkward, as if the two were trying to find that chemistry again, but in the end, the last words spoken… Just wonderful.

In the end, this episode sets up a lot of plots to spool out over the rest of the season, and I hope they will pay off in a good way when the series comes to a close. But there is a lot of wasting of time and I hope as well that the last two episodes aren’t going to turn into a massive info dump and rush to the end. I expect more considering.

On to the characters in the episode…

Bo… Again, nothing of Bo being a Succubus to speak of. There was snark, though Kenzi I think had a lot to do with that coming out again. It feels like Bo is losing herself around the edges, not being in control, and giving that up to Hades. She has a lack of focus, rushing from here to there and in the end getting nowhere.

Dyson…Perhaps getting slapped was needed for him. If nothing else, past that point he seemed to get thinking, it’s been a while for that. Love-struck Dyson doesn’t work, can’t work, and can only end in another disaster. I wonder how long until the next wake?

Kenzi. It’s been too long since she’s been here. Hoping she stays if for no other reason than to tell things as they are. Kenzi quote of the week: “Well look who’s all business up in my business.”

Lauren. Mad scientist at work. Perhaps not mad, but certainly ill-advised. There’s a hint of “crazy” around Lauren in this episode, not to mention hyper. It does make me wonder who’s playing her and why. I’m glad she isn’t a succubus, but then she’s not sure what she is either. Save for the possibly of now being under Hades’ influence.

Vex. I’ve missed him. You can be sure when he’s there the scenery is getting put through a shredder. Some questions answered, but the big one about him and Mark isn’t. And now he knows a secret. I wonder what that gets him?

Tamsin: Blink and you miss her. Still a lot of issues with her relationship with Bo.

Trick. Supplier of candy, drinks, and scrolls. Talking about Bo’s candy was too funny though.

Mark. Trainwreck in progress. I wonder when Dyson will slap some sense into him after all of the mistakes he’s made.

Hera. Makes a good bed warmer this episode.

Zee. The level of crazy for this character goes higher and higher each episode. If she’s going to do anything about Hades, how about telling Bo what’s going on as a start?

Hades. The evil gets a little bigger and no one really notices. Subtly, being what it is, can be overlooked. Still in a bird cage, but with a key.

Alycia. Lost her mind, slapped around Dyson, then broke down, got lost, went drinking. She might be mentally unhinged at times, or she’s possessed by Hera now from touching her husband. Either way I find it hard to care.

Persephone. Just a little bit two-faced. More so, she feels like she’s playing everyone around her, the vanishes into thin air. She can stay there honestly. But she will return after all. Hades will see to that.

Heathcliff. A joy for how much he reminds us of Hale. I wish there was more to be seen of him, there’s a chemistry there, a story to be told and that’s always a good thing to see.

Of the remaining characters, Suri really stood out. She was, as a whole, the most unforgettable character in this episode. Watching Bo trying to touch her and the reactions were amazingly funny.

In amongst all of the pain, worry, and fear… It’s good to have a laugh.


My Review of Like Father, Like Daughter

Keeping my interest – 5 Pitchforks

Portrayal of a Succubus – 1 Pitchforks

Overall look and feel – 4 Pitchforks

Storyline – 4 Pitchforks

Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks

Mythos – 5 Pitchforks

Overall Rating – 3.8 Pitchforks out of 5



The episode held my attention, for the most part, because of Kenzi being there. Lauren’s subplot was good as well and there were some moments where it gave me pause. I think that cutting out all of the Alycia and Mark plots and getting more into Kenzi and Lauren would have been more interesting. Still, the things I didn’t care much for weren’t around long, and that kept me in the episode.

There wasn’t anything of Bo being a Succubus, of course. She’s moved away from that part of who she is of late and that’s disappointing. I do wonder about Hades forcing Bo into feeding on him and what that might do, but that’s unlikely. The series is about a succubus, but she’s more Boffy now.

I think this episode has much more to see in that it wasn’t always dark. The art gallery was possibly one of the most interesting sets that have appeared on Lost Girl. The art and sculptures had a look that was unique and interesting which for me I do enjoy. The other thing was that when Kenzi was in the scene, things didn’t seem to be so dark around her. I’m not talking about the actors in this, I mean the actual sets are brighter and I wonder if that’s a telling point.

The storylines were interesting, even though there were points at which things didn’t make a lot of sense. From the painting being in Hades’ hands, to Hades being called Jack by Zee, or Persephone getting into a room when she couldn’t. There was a good deal of disconnects and questions of how, but in spite of that, the core stories held up well.

Finding out about Kenzi, learning exactly what’s happened to Lauren were the two main character developments here, but there was a smattering of little bits of trivia and interactions that also gave many other characters something to build on. Of course the big questions about Hades aren’t answered, nor would they be. Still, there are plans afoot and within them the characters are going to have to grow or fail.

The series mythos grew in a lot of ways as well, in telling of the painting, both real and fake which I liked. As well, telling of what Lauren has become and what it means puts a new layer to things too. The story of Hale’s family grew, Kenzi’s path is walked further along. There’s some really good solid foundations to build on and while all wonderful, some focus on the main plot as time runs out would be nice.

A better episode this week, Kenzi making it more so for me at least. I know that a lot of people say that Kenzi isn’t the most important character. that the series isn’t about her. But the thing is… There’s always been a feeling of something not told about Kenzi. Something that might be amazing.

To see that come out, even a little, is always good.


Next Week: Sweet Valkyrie High

A dangerous mission forces Tamsin to confront her past mistakes. Lauren must deliver bad news to a friend.


Didn’t we have an episode before when Bo and Kenzi went back to high school? Didn’t we go over this path before? Do we really need to spend an entire episode seeing the past in Tamsin’s high school? I dearly hope for some real stories to be told about Tamsin at the least and, at the most, maybe we’ll see fun Tamsin reappear.

As for Lauren and her news, why do I expect her to go running off to Hades to use his powers to save someone and then, most likely, she goes off the deep end? It might be interesting at that, but we’ll see. And who is the friend? If Lauren goes to Kenzi and gives her bad news… That would be just sad. However, I expect the friend will be a one episode one that was never mentioned before and never will be again. It would be good to show Lauren not being able to do something even with her powers. If nothing else to show that she can’t do everything.

I am hoping for something that isn’t a filler episode. It shouldn’t be, considering all of the plots that are hanging out to be dealt with. As an aside, I wonder if we’ll ever see Aife appear again and finish off her story? I still think she killing Hades, then dying herself would be something. But this is about Bo, and as such there needs to be some progress on that plot as well.

Getting back to the next episode, I’m unsure about what the point is really. Obviously there has to be one, but I wish that it isn’t something half-baked, tells a good story about Tamsin and leads into the mythos of the series as a whole.

The season is moving along, the stories are getting shorter and time is passing by. There’s nothing to do but watch things unfold and hope that, in the end, the series comes to a close that can be enjoyed. I think that will happen, it is just getting to that point that is the issue.

Still… Kenzi. Perhaps that says more than anything else?

I have to admit that it still pains me to see all of the time wasted in the series for the sake of one side story or other that, at least to me, really doesn’t do much for the series overall. I feel like things are confused, uncertain and not just a little bit lost.

But then, of course, it is a story about a Lost Girl isn’t it?



Sep 17 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 400

For the 400th Succubi Image of the Week, I am, in a way, indulging myself a bit. Some time ago I helped in the funding drive for John Dylena’s graphic novel of his Succubus’ Sub series. I never shared the cover here on the Tale and so, for this milestone, the artwork of the cover will be how I mark things…

Succubus' Sub Graphic Novel Cover

Succubus’ Sub Graphic Novel Cover

The cover says it all really, but more importantly, at least in my eyes, it gives a hint of what John’s series tells of and why I enjoy his writing so much. Sometimes the questions of how you got where you are aren’t as important as the ones that you touch along the way…

Thank you John, for this and more…

The stories told, the joy I have in knowing you, of seeing all that you have accomplished, and, in some small way, to be able to be a part of that… I cherish that always…