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Lost Girl: “Fae-ge Against the Machine” (Season 3 Episode 8)

Lost-Girl-Cast-lost-girl-28058794-720-493Broadcast date:  Sunday, Mar. 10th, 2013

Bo gets tricked into making a deal with another Fae and must complete a series of mini-quests in a lawless Fae area. There were several inconsistencies with this episode…what bothered me the most was Tamsin warning Bo about this “scary place” that ended up being quite tame. There’s a nice touch added when Trick is forced to play a very steampunk-looking game machine, with the results influencing Bo’s actions. But no Kenzi and no Dyson, combined with the overhyped bad Fae area makes this a pretty dull episode.At least it’s closer to resolving the “Dawning” plot line which has been a snoozefest so far.  There’s a little twist at the end where Tamsin grabs Bo and kisses her…methinks the doctor is about to be replaced, which I’m good with. Tamsin is awesome, Lauren not so much. An okay episode, but unfortunately that seems to be happening quite a bit lately…

April 9, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Lost Girl: “There’s Bo Place Like Home” (Season 3 Episode 7)

Lost-Girl-Cast-lost-girl-28058794-720-493Broadcast date:  Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

To be ready to take on the challenge for The Dawning, Bo must be in the right frame of mind, which she’s clearly not. More insight reveals that she needs to return home to confront her foster mother, who treated her badly. This also involves traveling to the town where she was once accused of murder and had to flee (she was later cleared). Upon returning to the town to visit her foster mother, accompanied by Kenzi, they land themselves in the middle of an annual festival and also a class reunion. Exhibiting signs of dementia, Bo’s mother remembers none of the bad memories that occurred years ago. At the same time, old classmates start dying off one by one, and Bo must figure out why.

This wasn’t a bad episode…it was good to see Kenzi back in form, and there were some nice moments between Bo and her mother. The classmates are dying due to someone summoning the ghost of a girl who fell down a well…not the most original storyline, but Bo is able to handle it and return to her tests with a much clearer head, and advance the story to where it needs to go. Where that is, exactly, I’m not sure yet…

March 29, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Lost Girl: “The Kenzi Scale” (Season 3 Episode 6)

Lost-Girl-Cast-lost-girl-28058794-720-493Broadcast date:  Sunday, Feb. 17th, 2013

I wasn’t happy with the last episode, but fortunately this one wrapped up the fake Kenzi mini-story line. We actually get to see Tamsin’s ability for the first time, and it was awesome! It left Dyson a wreck. I thought the episode was interesting for the fact that all of Bo’s friends believed fake Kenzi instead of Bo and locked Bo away. It took Tamsin, Bo’s adversary, to recognize something was wrong. Tamsin turned the corner in this show, helping Bo and facing down the Morrigan. Rachel Skarsten is a great actress…she’s had to walk around with a perpetual smirk or angry glare for most episodes, and there was the “slumber party” a couple of weeks ago where she had to act like a teenager with Bo. In this episode, when Tamsin makes a comment about how her friends wouldn’t have rescued her, Bo tells her that maybe she needs new friends, and Tamsin gets teary-eyed watching Kenzi and Bo’s reunion. Plus a new story arc is introduced – Bo must undergo some kind of Fae personal trial. It sounds like “the Quickening” from Highlander. Still to be addressed is the fallout from everyone distrusting Bo. Now that we have Kenzi back, I’m intrigued once again…

February 27, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Lost Girl: “Faes Wide Shut” (Season 3 Episode 5)

Lost-Girl-Cast-lost-girl-28058794-720-493Broadcast date:  Sunday, Feb. 10th, 2013

I’m not going to spend a lot of time recapping this episode because I really didn’t like it. Besides the fact that the bad guy wasn’t much of a threat and people were having sex with a sea monster (which had the side effect of turning them into exploding pudding), the turn that Kenzi’s character has taken is awful. She’s my favorite character, and something happened to her in the Norn’s house that has caused something nasty to overtake her. I hope this isn’t a season-long arc because I already miss her witty banter. They did have her looking gorgeous, though. Watching Bo lose control of her power and crushing big guys like matchsticks was pretty awesome, but I’m not sure where they are going with that story line…

February 19, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Lost Girl: “Fae-de to Black” (Season 3 Episode 4)

Lost-Girl-Cast-lost-girl-28058794-720-493Broadcast date:  Sunday, Jan. 27th, 2013

With Vex gone and Kenzi having issues, this was a more serious episode. Bo is finding out that living with a human is making it difficult for her to sustain her energy and heal. When humans die doing adrenaline-filled stunts, the leads point toward a therapy clinic, and Bo goes undercover as a therapist to flush out a Rakshasa. Bo’s relationship with Lauren hits some bumps, especially when she drains Dyson to heal her wounds. In fact, the entire episode is about the Dyson-Bo-Lauren triangle, with Tamsin starting to exert some influence and challenge Bo as the show’s beauty. Kenzi, Trick, and Hale are barely in this episode, it something very very bad is happening to Kenzi – it’s not clear why she can’t open her mouth and communicate this to anyone. It left me feeling a little melancholy and wishing Vex was still around throwing barbs…

February 11, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Lost Girl: “Confaegion” (Season 3 Episode 3)

Lost-Girl-Cast-lost-girl-28058794-720-493Broadcast date: Sunday, Jan. 20th, 2013

I’m a little bit behind in my ever-so-brief show reviews; lucky for me, a few shows are taking a break right now. In this episode of Lost Girl, the Morrigan uses Vex to spread a viral creature that causes fae to act like teenagers. Vex is desperate to recover not only his power, but his status and former lifestyle, and jumps at the chance. While it may have been a fun episode to film, it was really just kind of silly. The best part of the show was when Kenzi picked up the Staff of the Righteous, a magic weapon, and turned into a ninja-like superhero. I think this would have been a great turn for her character and opened up lots of great story lines, but the writers decided to go in a different direction. Disappointing. We also find out that Dyson’s new partner, Tamsin, is a Valkyrie.

Vex makes a curious decision at the end of the episode, showing more depth of character, yet it was still somewhat predictable. However, it seems he’s leaving for awhile, which is too bad because he and Kenzi had developed some great chemistry together. Strike two for Kenzi this week. Plus we’re going to miss those great quips from Vex, like this one he makes to Lauren:

What’s wrong? Having trouble keeping up with the Energizer Succubunny?”

Then there was this exchange between Bo and Kenzi:

Bo: “Yesterday it was a cut. Today it’s a bruise. I’m healing.”

Kenzi: “Slowly, very slowly.”

Bo: “What are you saying?

Kenzi: “The doc, I mean, you know, isn’t that like trying to charge an iPad with a hamster wheel?

Between these comments and the previews for next week, it’s clear that Bo’s relationship with Lauren is going to crash at some point, since Bo can’t use Lauren to heal without killing her…

February 1, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

Lost Girl: “Subterrfaenean” (Season 3 Episode 2)

Lost-Girl-Cast-lost-girl-28058794-720-493Broadcast date: Sunday, Jan. 13th, 2013

There’s a lot going on in this episode. We are introduced to Dyson’s new partner, Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten), who is an unlikeable Dark Fae character and potential new love interest for Dyson. Ted Atherton is awesome as police chief Robert Hamelin, and Jordan Pettle is also great as Atticus, a crocodile-like fae living in the sewers. When Kenzi’s friend Aussie disappears during an underground event, she gets Bo to take up looking for him. After a curious encounter with Atticus, who reveals that the underground fae are suffering from an unknown disease, Bo is interrogated in the police station by Tamsin over the dark fae she drained and left in a coma at the end of the previous episode. Tamsin and Bo immediately get confrontational as Tamsin suspects Bo and Dyson of having a history together. When an extermination order is given by the Ash, Dyson confronts Hale only to find out he ordered relocation, not extermination. Dyson hits the underground to find that Bo and Kenzi are already there. I won’t spoil the episode except to say that the police chief plays a crucial role in events, and his last name gives his identity away if you know your fairy tales.

The best parts of the episode are Bo escaping the police station not once, but twice, by charming a cop (“she’s still pretty!”); also Tamsin dumping a pot of coffee on Dyson’s desk. It’s not as funny as last week, and actually kind of a creepy episode. In a good way, though…

The fun quote of the week comes from Vex, while sitting in Bo’s Kimono with fuzzy slippers on:

Bo: Know this…if you go near my girlfriend, the little balls hanging from the Christmas tree next to you will have a certain panache.
Vex: Hook up illegal cable and what do I get? Threats against my junk. Typical.

January 24, 2013 Posted by | tv shows | | Leave a comment

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

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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 | | Leave a comment