Well, we’ve reached the end of our road as Lost Girl rewatchers and, for me, first-time watchers. It happened a couple of weeks early, since I couldn’t help myself and binged on 10 episodes a few weeks back.
Now I have to wait even longer for Lost Girl to return in 2014. Hiatuses are just awful.
As far as season cliffhangers go, season three of Lost Girl‘s was actually quite something. You know, apart from the typical car crash, who-will-survive? one. Though, I guess having the crash happen because someone evaporated in the air and entered the car all dust-like is quite unique.
But otherwise, the cliffhangers mostly felt like a natural progression of the stories rather than contrived last-minute plot twists. As someone commented here in weeks prior, it could have been that the producers were counting on more episodes and unexpectedly only got 13. Whatever the case, it does sort of feel like they were transitioning into a second half of a season that never came. As I said, nothing really feels like a huge twist; they’re mostly all plot points that haven’t been entirely explained yet.
Naturally, I want answers and I want them now! But, 2014. Argh!
The first thing I thought about this episode was: “This was the most hilarious Scooby-Doo episode ever.” I mean, honestly, someone dressing up in a goofy costume terrorizing innocent kids? Oh, my goodness. And then when it was revealed who the culprit was, the actress was thisclose to saying, “And I would have gotten away with it, too!” I was surprised it wasn’t Old Man Mr. Groundskeeper or something.
My second thought was: Linda freakin’ Hamilton!? Holy moly! When the episode ended, I was sad that they couldn’t get Linda Hamilton for a bigger arc. That would have been something! This just solidifies my belief that Chuck and Lost Girl share same sensibilities. You guys, honestly, if you’re fans of Lost Girl, check out Chuck. Two reasons I’m telling you: (1) They’re both self-aware series that ride the line between gravitas and humor about an orphaned child (well, you know, in a sense) creating their own family with the friendships they form; and (2) It is my mission to make as many people as possible watch Chuck.
We begin this episode with Bo looking in the mirror all “I’m Beyoncé.” Girl’s feeling good. After what they’ve all been through during this season, Kenzi and Bo have forgotten what it was like to take on a case. And in a sense, I had forgotten too. I didn’t realize this, but I missed these two together for a good, ol’ fashion mystery. That’s all fine and dandy, but where the meat of this episode lies is with Tamsin.
Tamsin goes to meet her old friend Linda Hamilton to talk about a lot of stuff very cryptically. It appears as though Tamsin is some sort of bounty hunter or maybe she’s made a deal with a very bad guy. My guess at this point is that he’s Bo’s father, but what do I know? When Tamsin realizes she has no choice but to turn Bo in, she begins to wallow.
As we’ve noticed, Tamsin has fallen for Bo. Or maybe “fallen” is the wrong word, but there’s certainly a rapport between them. (Have I said those exact same words before?) My guess is that Tamsin goes to Lauren’s to tell her about the kiss she shared with Bo as a way for Lauren to cut ties before Bo goes missing out of nowhere. Sometimes I can’t ever really read Tamsin; that’s probably the intention, anyway.
And we all knew it was coming, but Lauren decides that she can’t continue dealing with what it means to be Bo’s girlfriend. Basically you just worry the entire time because she is always about to die. (Though, Lauren’s life was in danger this episode, too. Zoie Palmer and the actor who played the kid brought it! You go, you two!) But perhaps more importantly, Lauren just can’t really deal with the lack of monogamy. It was painted all over her face since the very first discussion she and Bo had.
I’ve got to imagine that, for Bo, losing Lauren is like losing the very person who gave you the tools to understand yourself. Of course, Dyson told her what she was; Trick has explained to her the world in which she lives. But Lauren was the one who was helping Bo come to terms with who she is (at least in a very technical sense). More so, Lauren obviously made steps to accept parts of Bo’s nature.
“Adventures in Fae-bysitting”
Remember Hale? Geez, it’s been, like, forever since he was around. This is the episode where I began to understand why some people had pacing issue problems. For one thing, the Hale situation. But the mini-arc that pushed its way into the end of the season was a bit out-of-nowhere. In fact, I would have loved the fae mass grave twist to be introduced perhaps midway through the season. That really would have changed everything, raised the stakes a bit.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t hit us in the gut as much because some of the threads of the story here weren’t even really that known, you know what I’m saying?
Oh, also, Lauren isn’t who she says she is. Whaaaat!? Crazy town! I mean, at first that was my reaction. But then I realized that this is a show where the main character did the same thing. Basically, there are a lot of lost girls on Lost Girl. How apropos. Besides Hale, Lauren is probably the character with the least amount of backstory. (UPDATE: As someone commented, totally untrue. I just sort if forgot because Hale exited the show for a very long time. Lauren definitely has the least backstory.) So getting a nugget of information was long-awaited. Unfortunately, that’s all we got.
And unfortunately for Bo, Lauren is tired of being treated like a prisoner by the light. You’d think that studying an infinite amount of fae species would keep the mind guessing day after day, but I suppose the proverbial ball and chain attached to Lauren’s ankle is upsetting. I’m glad that Lauren took a stand against her captors (in a sense). I’m not so glad it all turned out to be a ruse.
Had the biggest eye roll of life. You can’t make Hale disappear for a bajillion episodes and then come back all “You’ve never been JUST a friend!”
“Why didn’t you tell me?” Because he hasn’t even been around, Kenzi. That’s why.
Otherwise, there’s a simple reason why I like this episode: The Morrigan. She wasn’t my favorite character in season one, but bring the Morrigan into the mix nowadays and the episode is bound to be a bit fun. Heck, she was the catalyst for the awesome “ConFaegion”!
Elsewhere, Tamsin is drinking all of her problems away. Girl, you have to do better. However, we finally get a scene where Tamsin defines very clearly why she admires Bo so much. If I had any quibbles about this scene, it’s that it was very inline with Lauren and Dyson’s pity party from a couple of episodes prior.
And if I haven’t mentioned it, I love Lauren and Dyson’s new friendship/whatever you want to call it.
But anyway, what I love most about Tamsin/Bo is that Tamsin seems like the kind of person that could see through Bo’s negatives and accept them. In a way, it kind of makes sense that she admires Bo for being a contradiction.
Since I ended the season, I finally got around to reading our interview with Rachel Skarsten, and it’s given me a bit more context. If I had to guess, it appears as though Tamsin was awaiting a Bo who was just a completely awful person. I mean, it makes sense; she came into the season basically demanding Bo’s head. And, if I’m reading between the lines in the interview correctly, perhaps Tamsin knows more about Bo’s father and how that DNA should have translated into an evil Bo. But as she got to see the different sides to Bo’s character, she grew parts guilty and enamored. (UPDATE: Though, now that I think about it, this wouldn’t make sense with theories that the wanderer is Bo’s dad, because then she wouldn’t be so surprised with the tarot cards. But something about Ms. Skarsten’s answer makes me thing that Tamsin knew Bo or about Bo for a very long time and has some answers. It’s almost like she didn’t expect Bo to actually be who she is.)
“Those Who Wander”
So this is where Aife has been all along! As I mentioned, the final arc of the season felt impossibly rushed and almost forgotten. I mean, it’s about a season and a half ago that we saw Aife last. An overall story here, even if it were just in this third season, would have fared this storyline much better. But alas, beggars can’t be choosers.
Like I said previously, as far as final episodes go, this was kind of a momentous one; everything has really been flipped upside down. Trick has left the country. Hale has decided to not go through with being the Ash (most upsetting arc ever). Tamsin is dying, and she and Dyson just got into a car crash. Who knows what is going through Lauren’s mind. (Though that one seems less of a question as it’s pretty obvious she hadn’t “turned” or anything.) Kenzi is on her way (with the most hilarious security detail ever) to become fae. And Bo has just been whisked away to god knows where.
Of course, a lot of what we don’t like about Lost Girl is that it can be all talk and no walk, you know? The Dawning was most definitely not the most difficult thing ever. The war with the Garuda was more like a whimper. But I think season three’s finale definitely upped the ante, here. What Lost Girl thrives in is the dynamics and interpersonal relationships. It’s much more intense that, say, Kenzi wants to be fae or that Bo might be meeting the Wanderer than, say, a battle that is easily defeated. That’s my opinion, anyway.
Also, can we just give an R.I.P. to the wife and husband duo here? First off, the husband was threatened into poisoning someone and orchestrating a kidnapping, which he clearly didn’t want to do. Then, he poisoned himself to not be tortured and give up information, in fear that they might kill his wife. And then Lauren saves his wife’s life by patching her up. The wife, by the way, thinks she’s getting out of here and will see her husband. Then, she’s all super-nice and like “I’ll stay with your mom, Bo! You’re our only hope to get out of here!” And then Bo’s mom just sucks up all of her freakin’ chi. Like, oh my god, you guys. What happened to them was so tragic. Rest in peace couple whose chances at survival were apparently zero percent. You tried.
Anyway, in many ways, this episode was the bomb diggity. And in others, it was kind of like, “What is happening?”
Lost Girl suffers from that a bit. It’s never been a show that really rides an arc all the way throughout the season, with the exception of last season’s Ash. But even then, last season’s arc was so mildly peppered in every episode. I just think that the Lost Girl guys like mixing it up every so often. Of course, I would have preferred a more streamlined arc. And I definitely think there was so missed potential. I would have loved a longer Dark Bo arc — I mean really dark. Maybe we’ll see that in the future. The same goes for a lot of setups that eventually fizzled out: Kenzi’s arm rash and what happened to her in the cave; Lauren and Bo’s difficulties; Dyson’s love; Bo’s devolving; Hale being the new Ash; I mean, I could go on and on.
So we’re at the end of our journey. I just want to thank everyone for coming here week after week and reading these long, aimless posts. I’d also like to thank you guys for voting for Lost Girl a couple of months ago. I honestly would probably have never found it if it weren’t for you guys. Hopefully, if I’m still around by then, I can review the new season week by week. And if you have any recommendations for other shows, feel free to tell me!
After watching three seasons of Lost Girl, I can’t believe how different I probably perceive the show than other people. I mean, I guess it’s not drastic. But I had heard horror stories about certain characters, like Lauren for example. Three seasons in, and I don’t even understand how people dislike Lauren. What did she do to you, Lauren dislikers? The same goes for Tamsin. I had this expectation that Tamsin was going to come in and really shake things up and bring darkness out of Bo, but it was a completely different story. I’m kind of saddened I didn’t get that overly obsessed feeling that a lot of fans have about the character. Perhaps it’s because my expectations were too high. (It happened with Spike, too. It’s okay.)
I’m also a bit eager to read some other reviews and critiques. Obviously, I’ve been reading your comments in these posts, but that’s about it. I don’t like reading other reviews in fear of it swaying my mind one way or the other.
Thanks for introducing me to this quirky series! It’s strangely intimate and ambitious. Strong yet gentle. It’s like Bo in its own way.