What is it about Lost Girl that has caused it to hit its stride so well during this season? From what I’ve been reading in the comments week after week, the fans seem to be at a divide on how well-structured the seasons are. Some say season one is clumsier than season two; others say just the opposite. After watching more than half of season two, I’m going to have to say it’s much better structured than season one.
What may be the problem is perhaps season two seems slower. And, yes, I can’t argue there. Season two appears to relegate its season-long arcs to the final five minutes or so of every episode, with some episodes dedicating more to it than others. No doubt, I like that structure myself. If you don’t have enough story to be serialized (or if network execs are breathing down your neck), it’s best to at least give us a taste every installment rather than one episode on, one episode off. That structure gives me whiplash.
Again, this could be because I’m binge-watching it. I don’t imagine it’s fun to be teased for 12 weeks (and maybe even more).
Mainly, though, I have to say perhaps I’m just enjoying it because of the new Ash actor. Every time the actor shows up on screen, it’s as if someone forgot to tell him the entire series has a — well, what Rachel Skarsten called an “undercurrent” humor. And I am really okay with that, seeing as a lot of the cliffhangers this season have dealt with whatever mystery he’s a part of. So, yes, maybe if I were watching week after week, I’d be like, “What is the Ash’s deal?” I’ve got to say, I’m intrigued. He adds a sense of gravitas the series never had before, in my humble opinion.
Obviously, the entire cast is also doing a great job.
The next four episodes of Lost Girl spread its narrative wings a bit. We were still focused on Nadia’s curse, but we also branched out into the new Ash’s mysterious exterior and revisited the ominous message Bo received at the beginning of the season. And we didn’t even mention Bo’s difficulty with seeing Dyson with another woman, or that Kenzi may finally be getting a love interest.
Mainly, and it has to be said, I saw zero things wrong with “Original Skin,” “Raging Fae,” “Can’t See the Fae-rest,” and “Mask” from my obviously impeccably high standards. [Sarcasm mark.] There appeared to be a fine blend between what I’ve come to accept Lost Girl‘s narrative mission is and what I want it to be. Or perhaps that whole “we see what we want to see” adage is true.
2×09 “Original Skin”
This episode instantly checks off two of my instantly-likable criteria: (A) Bottle episode. (B) Actors playing other characters. I’m not saying anyone got Tatiana Maslany level here (or more applicable yet, Dollhouse‘s Enver Gjokaj because seriously how amazing was that guy, especially when he had to play Topher?), but basically this was the most fun episode of the series thus far.
About the only thing that I was disappointed in here is they gave Bo to a guest star, who most likely hadn’t seen Anna Silk’s mannerisms like the other actors have. I was waiting for him to deliver Bo’s lines in her signature wide-eyed, all-smile Bo-ness, but he never did. So tragic.
We could go on and on about how I love everyone playing everyone else this episode, but I think I should reserve myself and just say … well, that. I loved watching everyone’s take on each other’s character. The episode also gloriously capitalized on everyone’s tensions with each other at the given moment, thanks to the bottle episode style; too bad there wasn’t more of it. But obviously the last thing Bo, Dyson, and Lauren want is to be stuck in the same room with each other with no way to get out — and with an ability for either of them to know how the other is feeling on the inside. Major awkward. It’s just a shame they didn’t play a bit more with that.
However, this episode was also about Bo’s destiny. During the entire first season, Trick could not stop talking about how Bo could be the end of them all, but we never got much more than his declarations. During the beginning of this season, Bo got a message that danger was coming. But this episode, she actually got to see a bit of what her future entails, and it’s dark. Of course, Trick is denying she can trust any visions. That’s just Trick’s M.O.
Thus far, we know Trick has omitted details for what he claims is to keep everyone safe, so who’s to say he’s not omitting even more? The wrath declarations never amounted to anything, and this, coupled with Bo’s subconscious outburst a couple of episodes ago, are coloring me eager to see what’s coming next. Mostly though, I also just want answers as to why, more than what. We know Bo is against the fae’s structure of government (and how little they think of humans), but there must be something else festering inside we haven’t really explored yet.
It makes statements such as the one in a later episode where she says she thought she had the devil inside her much more compelling. I don’t think I want Lost Girl to ever go there with sacrilege, but I don’t mind it bordering on it a bit … as long as it’s justified, or if it’s badass. Whichever.
2×10 “Raging Fae”
The only problem with this episode is it’s so obvious oh my god the kid was behind it all.
Otherwise, oh hello amazingly insightful episode! We haven’t known much about Bo’s past except she’s always on the run. We knew she accidentally killed her teenage boyfriend in a car, but not the extent of it. Also, guess who popped up on Lost Girl, guys.
RIGHT??? This was Veronica Mars doing a cameo on Lost Girl.
First, could there be a better episode to explore all of Anna Silks talents? She got to play it all here. We want more emotional range, writers. Yes. (Or maybe just I do.) Second, we finally got a bit of insight into Bo’s background and how much she really struggled with, well, being different, given her upbringing. And finally, talk about commentary on so many sexuality issues.
The entire episode was framed as opening the discussion on not just general sexuality, but also female sexuality and sexual orientation. How did Lost Girl tackle that much in just 40 minutes? We could be reading too much into it — after all, Alan Ball once said True Blood didn’t represent anything other than vampires killing people — but supernatural pop culture does tend to have the best outlet to make allegories to societal issues. And when you factor in that this is a very sexually open series, and the fact that it’s centered on a mythical creature mainly known for sex, it’s hard not to make those connections, even if they weren’t meant to be there.
For now, though, I’m going to say they do. Come on, Bo even says she started to feel different as soon as she hit puberty, and she says she’s a monster. And what makes this even better is that Bo is completely open about her bisexuality (though, I guess they’ve never stated as such. I suppose it could also be pansexuality, but I’d have to do a complete analysis on it, and to be honest, trying to do that much work to label it all would render what the series is trying to do useless). The series is set up perfectly to never feel as though it’s coming off as didactic, and it never stops reminding you that Bo being a succubus is biological and there was nothing she could do to not grow into her biology.
But Lost Girl doesn’t stop there. It also adds on Bo backstory, stating that her parents were religiously conservative (and I mean “religiously” in both senses of the word). When her boyfriend died, it just confirmed everything she had been brought up to believe. I’d like to think Lost Girl didn’t just add this in for good measure; I’d have to continue watching the series, without a doubt. But I also see this more as a statement on female sexuality. The episode opens with Bo having sex with someone we don’t even get to see in the back of a limo. We’ve seen Bo have sex like it’s just a fact of life, without the romanticization of it (then again, we’ve seen that too, but the important thing is we’ve seen the flip side). As a girl who was giving in to her sexual nature, Bo may have seen his death as a punishment on the universe for acting on those impulses. And then it just kept happening for the rest of her life until the pilot episode, for the most part.
Given the visions she had in the previous episode, it all culminates into one of the more visceral moments her character has had so far. She just lets herself get beat up and decides not to heal. Part of it, yes, is because she doesn’t want to be associated with the “monsters” fae are, but she also doesn’t want to feel redemption. She wants to hurt. Honestly, the series could have had an entire… hell, season based on that kind of pain. I don’t know if it will come up again, but it was certainly compelling. It’s almost heartbreaking to see when she realizes she was even robbed of telling the truth for once and accepting the consequences.
And what I didn’t mention, but which goes without saying, is she obviously feels pained for taking a life away. While I know it’s an intricate kind of guilt she might be feeling for his death, I found the metaphorical ones much more interesting. Though, I certainly take it into account.
In my eyes, a very important Lost Girl episode (though you knew that) wrapped in a Hulk-type underground boxing story. And the Ash’s mysterious ways continue. What are you, sir?
2×11 “Can’t See the Fae-rest”
If you didn’t think Lost Girl could tackle more issues, it also decides to take on environmental ones. Don’t worry, I won’t go on a long screed about it. Instead, I’m going to commend this episode for something: an ending I genuinely did not see coming. If I have a real problem with Lost Girl it’s that I see a lot of the twists coming before they happen. Anyone else? For example, was anyone shocked to find out in the next episode that the former Ash episode cursed Nadia? Exactly.
So credit where credit’s due.
During this episode, Ciara is also trying to get closer to Bo and Kenzi (but mostly Bo). After Bo kind-of saved her life during “Original Skin,” Ciara has been seeing her in a different light. I like that they really tried to flesh out even Ciara here. Her only tie to her environment right now is Dyson; she hasn’t made any other connection. And the only woman around, really, is Bo, even though she’s her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. It’s complicated, but kind of endearing.
As we also saw in “Original Skin,” it appears Dyson may not feel completely whole in a relationship with Ciara. So part of me wonders if he accepts to be truly committed to Ciara because he knows that, for him, it won’t get any better than this because of the curse. (And again, the contradiction with the Playah hat he gets is striking.) But I only see this ending badly. And I’ve already sort of grown attached to Ciara. How dare you do this Lost Girl?
The final element in this episode is that Lauren is still pleading with Lochland to let her investigate Nadia’s curse. Instead, he locks her up. We’re still not sure what his endgame is, if any, but at first I was annoyed at how quickly he changed his pace in the next episode (which also tends to happen often on Lost Girl). But then, it was revealed that Lauren had promised to serve him, too, if Nadia’s curse was lifted. She’s obviously an important asset to the Light, but just what kind of game are you playing, sir?
This episode was just heartbreaking, in a weird way.
First, we see that Lochland has gotten Lauren to be allegiant to him, but it seems he’s also been able to get Bo into doing a favor down the line, too. Thus far, the new Ash is keeping his cards close to the chest.
Second, the show has officially established how selfless Bo is when it comes to Lauren (in a matter-of-fact way, but still). In a previous episode, Lauren let it slip that she loves Bo just the way she is. She didn’t say she was in love with Bo, but thus far the Lauren/Bo relationship seems to be rooted in a very emotional state. Now that Nadia has woken up, the dynamics are all about to change, and I’m interested to see where it goes next.
Third, Kenzi’s childhood crush comes back into town. Yes, we get to see Kenzi interact with different people! Can’t wait to see where that goes, too!
And lastly, my favorite element of this episode is its brilliantly executed subtlety. (Then they just had to have Kenzi talk about how the weapons were impersonal, but until then, I loved it.) I believe it was Ellen DeGeneres who said that if you have to repeat the name of the gift when you get it, you don’t like it. “Oh! Socks….”
Bo has met so many people and has also been privy to be vulnerable to them and has seen their vulnerabilities as well, and yet she’s faced with the fact that she just doesn’t have that intimacy at the moment. Except with Kenzi. But for as much as Bo has finally put her roots down, they have blossomed into much thus far.
I’m also interested in seeing her struggle with staying monogamous, but for now it was nice having a sad moment with Bo — which is a weird sentence to type.
There was also a nice tidbit here where Bo is fighting with the shaman, decrying that the fae don’t have the right to decide what is just or not. And he comes back with perhaps her way of viewing the world isn’t right, either. It’s sort of a nice jab at the moment, seeing as she’s struggling with ominous visions and speak of taking over the entire world, basically.
But mostly, all the feelings for Bo here.
And that’s week six! “Masks” was a good episode to leave off because it jumpstarts a few storylines. What will come of Kenzi and New Guy? Dyson and Ciara? Lauren and Nadia? How will Bo deal with being more on her own? What were the visions saying? And what’s with Lochland’s invisible face? So many questions!