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Lost Girl Review: “Caged Fae” (Season 3, Episode 1)


Broadcast date: Sunday, Jan. 6th, 2013

Lost Girl is one of my guilty pleasures on TV. Fantasy elements in modern times, combined with overt sexuality and violence, Lost Girl revolves around a succubus named Bo. The fantasy world is divided up into dark fae and light fae, who have rules and boundries that prevent interaction with each other. As an unaligned fae, Bo can mingle with folks from both sides of the fence, although her friends (and her grandfather) belong to the light fae…but Bo has enough of a bad girl streak that she occasionally embraces the dark. As a succubus, Bo is strong, a natural born fighter who can also drain the life force of her target with a little mouth to mouth. Obtaining life force in this way heals her wounds. But being unaligned has consequences, as she can be protected by neither light nor dark fae. Thus, she is the Lost Girl, unaware of her heritage and unable to choose a side.

Bo has a sidekick named Kenzi, a Ukrainian goth girl that is just a regular human but keeps Bo grounded. She also has former love interests in Detective Dyson (Kris Holden-Reid, who played a werewolf in Underworld Awakening and also one in this series) and Lauren, a human doctor. There’s also Trick, who runs the local light fae hangout bar, and Hale, Dyson’s siren cop pal. The first two seasons focused on Bo discovering who her parents were, how to use her abilities, and her “detective service” that helps people in need (kind of like a fantasy version of Leverage).

In this episode, Bo and Lauren go undercover into a prison full of Amazons to find out why people are ending up as repeat offenders and then dying. It sounds silly, I know, but it’s really not – this is not campy Xena Warrior Princess stuff – this is something darker, hip and sexual. Lots of fantasy elements, sarcastic humor, and plenty of action keep the show engaging. Sexuality has never been a problem for the show, with actors peeling off their clothes and having fun (girl-guy and girl-girl…sex is sex to a succubus). The bad girl routine at the beginning was pretty obviously an act to get Bo into prison. While undercover, Bo and Lauren rekindle their romance. Bo uncovers a plot for the female inmates to get impregnated by a fae creature, who is procreating rapidly (the women get pregnant and give birth in a matter of hours) but must go up against Amazon prison guards.

As I said, there’s a lot to love about the show: fantasy elements, violence, and sarcasm. Take this quote from Kenzi (borrowed from TV.com):

Kenzi: Your stupid ass plan means my best friend is tits-deep in enemy territory with nobody to protect her except… Lauren.
Hale: Dr. Lewis is smart and resourceful.
Kenzi: Oh, yeah? When shit gets real, what is she gonna do? Science people to death?

The show is fun, and I’m definitely a fan…


January 16, 2013 - Posted by | tv shows |

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