What do you Think of the Summer Pilots?

The other day I mentioned a couple of pilots on TNT that I’m super excited about that star Jennifer Beals and Julia Stiles. The big networks – NBC, CBS, ABC, CW, and FOX – all have a full slate of summer shows lined up. You can see the full list by following the links.

I want to mention the ones that look good to me, the ones that have a female in the leading role, and the ones I think might be worth watching. I’d love to hear what you think about the summer lineup, so speak up in the comments.

There are lots of comic book spinoffs, zombies, and aliens in the schedules. Lots of comedies and a few dramas.

On NBC

A variation on the zombie craze, Babylon Fields will star Virginia Madsen, Meagan Good, Skeet Ulrich, Ritchie Coster, Yul Vazquez and Kyle Schmid.

Debra Messing will lead the cast in a police procedural called Mysteries of Laura. It’s based on a Spanish series. Messing and her husband solve crimes while dealing with their twin sons.

Odyssey has a female soldier at the helm, played by Anna Friel. The plot centers around an international mystery.

Katherine Heigl will join the CIA in State of Affairs. She’s counselor to the President. Maybe she’ll run into Olivia Pope in D.C.

NBC has a ton of new comedies. The most interesting one stars Natasha Lyonne and is called Old Soul. I’ve mentioned this one before.

Another comedy that looks promising is produced by Ellen DeGeneres. One Big Happy is about a gay woman (Elisha Cuthbert) and her straight best friend (Nick Zano), who decide to have a baby together.

On CBS

Tea Leoni will be the Secretary of State in Madam Secretary. Morgan Freeman is producing this one. Tim Daly, Geoffrey Arend, Patina Miller, Erich Bergen and Katherine Herzer will also star.

Patricia Arquette will star in an as-yet-unnamed CSI spinoff. It sounds very high tech in concept, rather like the current show Intelligence because it involves a lot of cyber security. But I don’t think any of the FBI agents in this show have chips in their brains.

Jamie Lee Curtis is a hospital administrator whose four children – quadruplets – all work at the hospital. Oh, and the children grew up on a reality show. This show doesn’t have a name yet either.

On ABC

Danish series have been adapted for American TV with great success. Jennifer Carpenter will be in Sea of Fire, another Danish adaptation. This one is an FBI story.

Warriors will be a medical drama. The cast includes Morena Baccarin, Don Hany, Courtney B. Vance, Justina Machado, Greg Grunberg, Steve Kazee, Hampton Fluker, Abbie Cobb and Eloise Mumford.

On FOX

Cabot College is a comedy produced by Tina Fey. A show can’t get much more promising than that.  Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Bonnie Dennison, Ely Henry, Asif Ali, Jack Cutmore-Scott and Brandon Jones will star.

On the CW

I don’t see anything that tempts me on this network.

Again, you can see the full lineup of summer shows here: NBC, CBS, ABC, CW, and FOX. I’d love to hear what you think about the ones I consider hopeful, or if you see something else that didn’t catch my eye that looks really good to you.

Recap: Lost Girl S4 E13 Dark Horse

“Dark Horse,” the season 4 finale of Lost Girl takes us some places we’ve been longing to go, kicks us in the gut with a development we REALLY don’t want, and sets up the momentum for season 5.

The finale was written by Emily Andras. I’m glad she took the reins for the finale because there is a lot going on and a lot stitch together. She dropped a few stitches, but many things do get resolved.

We begin with Bo (Anna Silk) and Rainer (Kyle Schmid) arguing about Rosette’s betrayal, who Bo’s father is and how he manipulated them, and the mistakes and errors they made. Rainer and Bo vow to work together against evil.

It's his mark
It’s his mark

Bo clutches her chest and calls the mark there “his mark,” meaning her father. She’s gasping in pain.

Let's play the blame game
Let’s play the blame game

Rainer takes Bo to the Dal. Rainer and Trick (Rick Howland) argue about who to blame for their troubles as Trick discovers that Bo knows about the Pyrippus and that it might be her father.

Bo says she can feel her father close, trying to bring “her” out because he needs her. Rainer wants to know who she means, and Bo says, “Me.” She asks Trick to tell her everything he knows about her blood.

Massimo is cray-cray
Massimo is cray-cray

Massimo (Tim Rozon) has Lauren (Zoie Palmer) in his clutches. She’s strapped to a fence and he’s digging while spouting his crazy into the night. Lauren mentions that the power of the twig of Zamorra is diminishing now that he killed the last Zamorran heir. She taunts him for crying about his mommy and going prematurely grey. He thinks his mommy is finally going to be proud of him, especially when he takes her the head of the succubus on a platter.

Spill it, Trick
Spill it, Trick

Trick shares what little he knows about Bo’s father with Bo and Rainer. Trick talked about handing over Aife to the Dark to prove his blood laws were infallible. The blood of Bo’s father allows her to draw life from many victims and to transfer that life force to someone other than herself. She can raise the dead, as Rainer points out, but she can also enslave, as Trick points out. Bo tells them both that nobody is going to use her for anything. Bo wants to go to the Portal where Pyrippus is set to emerge from hel, when Massimo appears with a few nasty remarks about Lauren.

Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) is busy reading up on prophecies and mythology atop Evony’s bed. Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) bursts in asking her what’s going on. Kenzi says, “Her blood is everywhere. She was looking for something in the dark archives. Check this out.”

Check this out
Check this out

Kenzi holds up a painting. Dyson says, “Bo.” He asks where Lauren is, but Kenzi doesn’t know. Evony (Emmanuelle Vaugier) comes in. She grosses Kenzi out by talking about goosing Lauren’s sweet berries right where Kenzi is sitting. Evony complains about the temperature. First she’s too hot, then she’s too cold. Dyson takes a big sniff and realizes Evony is human.

Is that a human I smell?
Is that a human I smell?

Kenzi gives Evony a right hook to the jaw, just ’cause she can now that Evony is human. Dyson wants to know how it is that Evony is human. Evony says it was the good doctor and her miracle snatch.

I need Dr. Miracle Snatch
I need Dr. Miracle Snatch

Evony hasn’t incinerated Lauren yet because she needs her to fix her bad case of humanitis. She tells them Massimo is her son and where Massimo has taken Lauren.

At the Dal, Bo tells Massimo to get lost, she has real bad guys to deal with. He has power from eating the origin seed that make him able to steal powers from others and use them as his own. He tries downing Bo with a burst of energy from a thunder beast. He’s strong, he throws Bo around the room, smashes a chair across her back, picks her up and drops her on a table. Trick realizes Massimo stole the seed. Rainer attacks Massimo but he’s easily brought to his knees.

Tell the Valkyrie my soul is hers again
Tell the Valkyrie my soul is hers again

Rainer says, “Tell the Valkyrie my soul is hers again,” and Massimo snaps his neck. Rainer is dead. I’m glad it was Massimo who eliminated Rainer from the story – it would have been terrible if one of Bo’s friends/lovers/family did the deed.

No!
No!

Bo is too hurt to fight back. Massimo runs. When Bo next wakes up, she’s in the clubhouse with Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) waiting on her to recover.

Bo is depressed, aching with broken bones. She couldn’t save anyone and Lauren is in Massimo’s hands. Tamsin tells her to suck it up and be a leader.

Heal me
Heal me

Bo grabs Tamsin and sucks it up. She says, “You taste different. Happy.” Tamsin doesn’t explain, but she and Dyson exchange an awful lot of meaningful glances in this episode – maybe that’s why. Or maybe it’s because she now has Rainer’s soul to take to Valhalla.

Dyson and Kenzi run in. Bo hugs Dyson. She looks at Kenzi, who stands near the door, says, “Hi.” Kenzi returns a quiet, “Hi,” but doesn’t approach.

Kenzi and Tamsin sit on the couch and talk. Tamsin wants Kenzi to forgive Bo. Kenzi says, “My boyfriend just died. Remember?” Tamsin says, “Rainer is also dead, which means I have a soul and a second chance to deliver it.”

Kenzi looks at a book, which she asks Tamsin to translate.

It's in Norwegian
It’s in Norwegian

Tamsin translates “Daughter. Heart.” As in, “The daughter’s heart will close the portal?” asks Kenzi. Kenzi doesn’t want to tell Bo what they read. She wants to get Lauren first. Tamsin heads off and Kenzi tears the page from the book and keeps it.

Bo is giving Dyson his battle orders. Lauren comes first. She also asks him to witness her tearing up the contract that makes her dark so she can get back to being who she is.

I don't belong to anyone
I don’t belong to anyone

Dyson asks if she’s all right. She says, “Rainer was my partner. Someone who wanted to end the tyranny between light and dark. He was a good man.”

I should have been searching for a Queen
I should have been searching for a Queen

Dyson says he searched for a King, but he should have searched for a Queen. He kneels before her and swears fealty, his life, his blood, his soul, his body. Bo tears up, hugs him. He says, “I love you.” She says, “That is why I need you to serve with me, not for me.”

Tamsin tells them they found out more about the portal. Bo and Dyson go to the rocking horse ranch at the spiritual center. No people are around, just broken horses and the glowing pyramid of light. Three revenants come out of the pyramid.

I am the Queen
I am the Queen

Bo sucks their chi and turns, blue eyed and evil looking, to Dyson. She talks in her all-powerful voice and says, “I am the Queen and my true army cometh.”

Take that
All you need is love

Dyson figures he wants the other Bo back and gets her back with a kiss. The healing kiss works once again. (What would happen to the world if somebody gave a big kiss to anyone who was behaving badly? Even rebellious teenagers? Let’s save the world with kissing!)

Evony and Trick are still trying to figure out how The Morrigan and the Acting Ash can pull off anything useful. Evony is humanly drunk and makes a pass at Trick. He’s not interested.

Are we just going to wait for chaos?
Are we just going to wait for chaos?

Evony tells him to think, quotes some French. Trick translates it as “Sometimes the smallest thing casts the longest shadow.” Trick grabs his trusty bowstaff and off they go. He probably thinks he is the smallest thing, but he’ll soon see it’s someone else.

Bo wants to process the kiss with Dyson. She says she feels awesome and powerful, but her father is near. Dyson thinks she’s channeling her father’s energy though the portal. He wants to know if she can control it. She wants to go get Lauren. She asks Dyson to stop any more dead warriors who come out of the portal with Tamsin’s help. She asks him to keep Kenzi safe.

Can you do all that?
Can you do all that?

Alone, Bo takes out the necklace she found at Lauren’s apartment and puts it on.

“For giving me the freedom to love. And I do.”
“For giving me the freedom to love. And I do.”

Tamsin and Kenzi come in. Kenzi looks at Bo, wordless. She hugs Bo hard.

No words needed
No words needed

Bo feels forgiven, but Kenzi has other things on her Shadow Thief mind. She gives Bo a sword and says, “You’re gonna be fine.” Kenzi is dead serious. Her eyes look like she’s been crying for a solid week. Bo looks worried as Kenzi and Tamsin leave.

Lauren struggles with chains holding her to a post. Massimo brags about burning alive for 7 days and killing Rainer.

You have Rainer's foresight.
You have Rainer’s foresight.

Massimo’s in pain. Lauren wants him to choke on it. Bo comes in waving her sword epi-pen to fight off his allergy to origin seeds. Lauren tells Bo, “You shouldn’t have come.”

“I always do,” says Bo.

“Thank Goddess,” says Lauren. (A lot of fans say that any time Anna Silk walks into a room. Lauren is expressing a universal hymn of praise with that line.)

Massimo talks about the Una Mens power to deflect the power of any Fae. As proof, he unleashes a siren whistle on Lauren and Bo from his killing of Hale.

Destiny. Booyaw.
Destiny. Booyah.

Kenzi rereads the book page about the daughter’s heart. She says, “Destiny. Booyah.” It isn’t a celebratory cheer.

Massimo throws Bo to the floor near when Lauren is chained up. He says he will kill Bo as soon as she watches him kill Lauren. Lauren tells Bo that’s she’s almost out of her cuffs, thanks to all she learned during Kenzi’s shadow thief training. It wasn’t all just panty removal.

Let's kill this mother lover.
Let’s kill this mother lover.

Bo does a giant chi suck on Massimo, but he manages to break it off. In walks Massimo’s mommie dearest. Bo promptly puts a big knife to her neck.

Evony objects. “This is not what Trick and I discussed.” Massimo throws a tantrum.

Dyson and Tamsin battle the revenants pouring out of the pyramid. Dyson’s impressed with Tamsin’s fighting skills and she smiles and the praise. Trick joins them.

Bo tricks Massimo into sucking a huge load of chi out of Evony.

She thinks you're a coward
She thinks you’re a coward

He can’t stop draining Evony. Bo explains that she could breathe power back into her, a power that Massimo doesn’t have. He finally manages to stop draining mommie dearest. Evony collapses. Massimo begs Bo to save her. She takes Massimo’s chi and gives it to Evony.

The tiny twig
The tiny twig

Meanwhile, Lauren frees herself and takes the Twig of Zamorra out of Massimo’s pocket. She crushes it into dust.

Bo gives Massimo twacks and kicks for Lauren, Rainer, and Hale. Then she runs her sword through him and says, “And that is for breaking Kenzi’s heart.” Without the twig, he finally dies. So long, Tim Rozon. You were one of my favorite villains.

It's okay. I got you.
It’s okay. I got you.

Bo staggers and sways. Lauren grabs her. Bo clings to her like a life line.

There’s another use of slow-motion (the first was Lauren walking across a field of grass toward Bo) as Kenzi strides through the battle in front of the pyramid. It’s beautifully done. Kenzi’s headed for the pyramid entrance. Dyson stops her.

The long walk
The long walk

She tells Dyson she can’t wait any longer. They are outnumbered and he’s injured. She’s calm, centered, certain. “We have to close the portal,” Kenzi says. She says, “I get it now. I do have a part to play.”

Dyson asks what she’s talking about and Trick says, “Destiny.”

Kenzi says, “It’s the only way to close the gateway to hel. Bo’s heart. And I’m it.”

Bo tells Lauren she was wrong about Rainer. Lauren nods her head. She says, “At least I was right about you.”

Bo says, “A human doctor who can turn the Fae mortal. They’re gonna be coming for you.”

Lauren says, “Let ’em try.” Bo thinks Lauren really is dark, but Lauren says, “No, Bo. I’m yours.”

Bo says they have to go, but Lauren is going to stay with Evony. Lauren will doctor to Evony, since she was the one who made her so vulnerable and helpless in the first place. I’m really happy about this, because there was so much discussion about Lauren’s ethics and moral values over turning Evony human. Lauren redeems herself with this gesture.

Lauren says, “Get out of here, succubus. Destiny’s calling.”

Can't leave just yet
Can’t leave just yet

Bo starts to leave but comes back for a kiss and some deep and meaningful eye contact. It seems like a promise, but maybe I just want it to be one.

Dyson argues with Kenzi about Bo’s heart. Kenzi says with the Fae it’s always a metaphor, a symbol. Kenzi says Bo needs her help. Dyson wants to go instead.

Kenzi says, “Dyson, she loves you. She loves Lauren. But you know it’s me.”

I'm her heart.
I’m her heart.

Kenzi says Rainer knew this had to happen. Now that Tamsin has his soul, the golden ticket to Valhalla, that’s where Tamsin will take her. That’s where she’ll wait. Kenzi wants to go out a warrior, in battle. And she’s thinking she may get to see Hale again if she does. She promises to wait for Bo in Valhalla.

There’s a burst of noise and energy. Bo clutches her chest and feels something in her pocket. It’s Kenzi’s – Kenzi slipped it there when she hugged her.

Kenzi smiles slightly, turns and walks through the battle in slo mo, into the mouth of the pyramid. Bo comes in and runs to stop her, just as Kenzi turns back for a last look. Dyson restrains Bo.

The warrior
The warrior’s sacrifice

Kenzi steps into the pyramid. There’s a huge flash of light. Kenzi falls. The battle stops. The revenants drop to the floor. Tamsin runs to be beside the fallen Kenzi.

Dyson whispers, “Valhalla,” to Bo as Tamsin spreads her wings.

No
No

Bo watches Tamsin preparing to take Kenzi. The only sound we hear is Bo sobbing.

Valhalla
Next stop, Valhalla

Tamsin bends and surrounds Kenzi with her wings. They vanish into the light.

Dyson finds Tamsin on the ground outside the gates to Valhalla. He helps her up.

Dyson brings Tamsin back
Dyson brings Tamsin back

Tamsin’s weak, crying. She says, “She’s gone.” Does this mean she’s not in Valhalla? Dyson says, “We’ll get her back.”

Tamsin says, “You can’t with the second hell shoe.” He has to carry her away.

The song “You” plays in the background for the rest of the episode. A perfect choice.

Bo drives to a cemetery. In a voice over she tells where Rainer is buried. Still in voice over, Bo talks about loss, about needing to be strong. She puts flowers in front of Kenzi’s grave. I don’t see why there’s a grave for Kenzi when the whole idea is to get her back from Valhalla.

Now more than ever
Now more than ever

“I miss you. I need your courage.” She has Kenzi’s ruby ring on a chain, which she wraps around her hand.

I am done crying
I am done crying

She stands in front of the grave and makes the speech which sets us up for season 5. Maybe this is why there’s a grave – to give Bo someplace to make these vows.

“I am done crying. I am done being scared. No one else will die on my watch. Whatever it takes, I will get you back. They want me to be afraid? It is them who should be afraid of me.”

Personal Thoughts

  • I approve of this season finale in many ways. The one contingency is that Bo better get Kenzi back very early in season 5!
  • I like that Rainer and Massimo are gone. I like that Rainer turned out to be a good guy and Bo’s judgement wasn’t wrong. I like that the evil was stopped by Kenzi. I liked that Bo and Lauren seem back together. I like that Dyson and Tamsin are developing a different connection or deeper relationship. I like that Lauren stayed to help with Evony because she was responsible for making her weak. I like that Bo is no longer acting like she’s in a fog, but is clear and determined and sure of her power to be what she wants. I like that the hell shoes came back to be a factor in season 5.
  • Even though we finally got to some satisfaction in terms of a number of ongoing plot lines from season 4, I still wish season 4 hadn’t been so full of unending arcs and misdirection. But even more, I wish the characters, particularly Bo, weren’t so confused through most of the season.
  • A few threads stayed unraveled. We still don’t really know anything about Bo’s father. We don’t know what the blue butterfly was about. We don’t know how Lauren (and presumably Crystal) got out of that holding cell. We don’t know who snatched Lauren in Crystal’s car. We don’t know what the oozing black goo in the first episode was all about.
  • It’s interesting that Trick and Evony as Acting Ash and Morrigan did almost nothing to help save the Fae. A human saved them. Kenzi is the key. Every moment since Bo and Kenzi met in episode 1 of the first season has been leading up to this.
  • I know this is an ensemble cast and every player is wonderful in it, but Ksenia Solo set the TV ablaze with talent through all of season 4. Can we have her back in episode 1 of season 5, please?
  • I hope Showcase puts us out of our misery soon by announcing season 5! [Note: Since I wrote this, season 5 was confirmed.]
  • A second to this tribute tweet from Emily Andras:

     

Recap: Lost Girl S4, E12 Origin

The world has gone mad today
And good’s bad today,
And black’s white today,
And day’s night today
– Cole Porter

Cole Porter might have added “And trust’s not right today” to that song to fit what Bo in Lost Girl. She’s giving her trust – and her power – to the wrong people. People and things are not what they seem and nobody can figure out what to do about it except read old books.

And, damn it all, Hale is really dead. Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) is delivering a eulogy at Hale’s funeral.

Dyson delivers Hale's eulogy
Dyson delivers Hale’s eulogy

Bo (Anna Silk) and Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) are seated to one side, Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) is by herself on the other.

Kenzie's loss
Kenzi’s loss

Kenzi is more alone than ever, but this time she’s alone by choice. She chooses not to be near Bo. After everyone else leaves, Kenzi still sits there. Bo walks up.

It will get better. I promise.
It will get better. I promise.

Bo offers only platitudes. Her arms are crossed, she’s not there for Kenzi, even though she’s promising she will be.

Someone in a metal face mask and cape steps out of the brush. She (Casey Hudecki) removes her mask, bows before Bo and says she’s a knight in the order of Raina. Her name is Rosette.

I pledge my fealty to my Queen. To you.
I pledge my fealty to my Queen. To you.

Later, at the Dal, Rosette tells Bo that she’s in danger and that she is there to protect her Queen. She mentions a prophecy that with the death of the Una Mens the Pyrippus would rise. (The Showcase Blog recap of this episode is spelling this Per Apice, which they translate as dragon or The Apex. With all the horses everywhere in this episode the spelling Pyrippus, which is a bat-winged horse from hell, actually makes more sense.)

Rosette hands them a book that says Pyrippus will rise and seek out the succubus.

Kenzi is leaving the room and Bo follows, telling Rosette that she doesn’t give a shit about prophecies when her family is hurting.

We have to get him
We have to get him

Kenzi tells Bo that they have to get Massimo and kill him. Bo promises, “he will pay.”

Bo, Dyson, and Kenzi enter Massimo’s (Tim Rozon) rooms. He’s concocting something. Kenzi holds her bloody sword (Hale’s blood?) to his throat.

You guys don't know shit about what's going on in your own lives.
You guys don’t know shit about what’s going on in your own lives.

He tells them they have no idea what’s going on. He says Rainer is going to die, and soon. Massimo says when The Wanderer arises, another curse shall befall Rainer unless the curse is broken. Kenzi asks about the Twig of Zamorra and he mocks her pathetic human weakness. She shouts in frustration. Massimo whispers something in Dyson’s ear and Dyson says, “We can’t kill him yet.”

Apparently there are larger things at stake than revenge, but Kenzi’s not interested. She rails at Bo who promised her revenge. Bo says only that Massimo will suffer, Dyson will make sure of it. Kenzi says, “First you betray me. Then Dyson betrays me.” Bo shouts after her as she leaves, “We have to trust him.” Bo’s done a lot of trusting and not much independent thinking the last few episodes and it isn’t working out well so far.

Rainer, Wanderer, Asshole, whatever your name is.
Rainer, Wanderer, Asshole, whatever your name is.

Lauren (Zoie Palmer) digs through books in the Dark Fae library looking for anything she can find about Rainer. The ink isn’t even dry yet when she finds it. She reads, “Behold the beast: evil pure. Fanged teeth, horned. Him they call Rainer. A 1000 years shall be ended. He shall be unbound to wreck torment beyond comparison and betray the Fae.”

Who is Evony talking to?
Who is Evony talking to?

Lauren hears Evony (Emmanuelle Vaugier) talking to someone about wanting the succubus dead. Lauren grabs books and scrolls and heads off to warn Bo.

After she’s gone, we see that Evony is talking to Trick (Rick Howland). Trick doesn’t want to kill his granddaughter but he’s willing to work with Evony to try to figure out what to do with Rainer.

At the clubhouse, Tamsin pours through more old books. (Where is Anthony Steward Head when you need him?) Bo and Rainer (Kyle Schmid) are there. Rosette comes in and Rainer’s glad to see her. He praises her efforts to get him off the train. Rosette tells them that an alliance between Bo and Rainer would assure that the earthly curse was lifted and that Rainer would not die. Tamsin reads that if the first curse fails, a second will kill him within 7 days. He’s been here 6 days by Tamsin’s count.

The second curse can only be broken by blood. Since Trick cursed him, Bo thinks she has enough of Trick’s blood in her to break the second curse.

Trick's blood is in me.
Trick’s blood is in me.

They need a clue: The Wanderer tarot card.

Is it a time, a date?
Is it a time, a date?

Bo burns the card and MMXV appears. 2015. They think it’s a time. Lauren comes in laden with books and says it could be map coordinates. Lauren asks to talk to Bo.

Fangs and horns
Fangs and horns

In the bedroom, Lauren shows Bo the image of The Wanderer in a book. Bo says it isn’t the guy in her kitchen, but personally, I see a resemblance.

Listen to this
Listen to this

Lauren reads, “The warrior shall escape his curse, the Valkyrie shall be reborn. The blood of Zamorran shall be spilled. The women of the horse shall rise. Between the warrior and the queen, one of the two shall die.”

Lauren wants to get Bo out of there, keep her safe. Bo wants to talk relationship. She says, “Why are you doing this? Are you with The Morrigan to get back at me?”

This isn’t a great time for a lover’s quarrel, but they have one. Lauren says she has isolated herself with the Dark to help Bo. “Everything that I do is for you!” Bo complains that Lauren didn’t tell her the truth. Lauren counters that Bo had to believe it if she was going to make The Morrigan believe it. Bo’s angry that Lauren’s rooting around in the Dark archives digging up shit on the man who is her destiny.

So that's it?
So that’s it?

“So that’s it? You choose him?” asks Lauren. Bo says it’s not like that. “I chose you and you broke my heart.” They stand there a moment staring at each other, a pause that might have led to a moment of communication and understanding between them, but Rainer interrupts them. Lauren looks at Rainer, nods her head, her expression says she gets how it’s going to be.

Guess who's sleeping in Evony's bed
Guess who’s sleeping in Evony’s bed

Evony arrives home to find Lauren in her bed with wine already poured and seduction on her mind. Lauren tells Evony she wants to join the Dark – officially. Evony’s suspicious. Lauren’s convincing. Evony takes the bait.

Bo, Rainer and Rosette enter a spiritual center. There’s an image of a horse on the wall. Sister Epona (Eve Harlow) enters and asks them what they seek.

Spill the beans, woman of the horse
Spill the beans, woman of the horse

Bo gets the following info out of Sister Epona: the almighty horse will reign over life and death. Only the mighty will denote the worthy from the fallen. Then the Sister gets scared. She says Bo’s blood will destroy him (whoever him is) and he must be protected. He is Pyrippus. Then we learn that Pyrippus is Bo’s father.

Can’t say we haven’t seen that one coming for a while, but then there were several episodes when we thought Rainer was Bo’s father. With Lost Girl it’s hard to say you really know the answer to something, but we’re running out of season 4, so maybe this is the final answer.

Kenzi’s at the Dal, looking at a photo of her with Hale. She called Vex to meet her there. Bo has deserted her. Dyson has deserted her. She wants Vex to help her get revenge.

I want blood, guts, death.
I want blood, guts, death

Vex loves the idea until he finds out the victim is Massimo. He’s conflicted on that one. He finally agrees to help if he can go in alone. Kenzi insists on being there.

Bo and Rainer discuss the situation in the clubhouse. Bo saw a horse in the dawning. It was in the room where her father was singing to her. Then she was haunted by a carousel.

Alliance is her mantra
Alliance is Rosette’s mantra

She touches Rainer, believing in his goodness. Rosette reminds them that the prophecy says that an alliance between Bo and Rainer will release her father from his prison. Wow, she is a real Johnny One Note on this alliance thing, she brings it up every few minutes.

I don't know what to do.
I don’t know what to do.

Bo can’t make a decision. If they align, Rainer will be saved but her father will be released. She keeps looking outside herself for a decision instead of listening to her own instincts, which has been her greatest strength for the previous 3 seasons. This season, Bo doesn’t seem to be in touch with herself or her instincts.

Vex lets Massimo out of a cell in Trick’s lair. Kenzi again is ready to run her sword through him. She wants the twig of Zamorra. Massimo says, “Vexie,” and Vex mesmers Kenzi’s sword out of her hand. Vex says, “I’m sorry love, but this hot mess is mine.” Massimo is his because Vex raised him when his mother abandoned him. Vex won’t kill Massimo, but he won’t let Massimo hurt Kenzi either.

Evony enjoys a loud orgasm, and Lauren crawls up from beneath the sheets.

Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight with a purpose

They are both delighted with what they are doing, but for different reasons. Evony complains about the taste of salt. Lauren says, “You’re sweating. Good sex will do that.”

“Not to me,” says Evony. She sits up and says she feels weird.

Guess what, your're human
Guess what, you’re human

Lauren is already dressing. She says, “You’ve been transformed. Welcome to my world. You’re 100% human.” Lauren used Evony’s DNA (Oh, an answer at last to Lauren’s DNA scheming.) to create a serum that transformed Evony.

“What serum?” says Evony.

“Forgotten already? It was only 20 minutes ago you were down there,” Lauren says. Bo’s been called Wonder Snatch and Sugar Snatch on this show. Now I give you Dr. Serum Snatch. She delivers humanity like an STD. Take your medicine, ah, that’s good.

Only on Lost Girl do you get hilarious plot points like this! Now that Evony’s lost her powers, maybe she can get work doing public service announcements about dental dams.

Evony makes snide remarks about Bo’s weakness for humans and Lauren slaps her hard enough to make her nose bleed. She takes some of the blood and puts it into a device attached to her phone to analyze it.

Bo seeks advice from Dyson and Tamsin. They don’t have much advice, but Dyson has a scroll from Hale’s family with the Zamorran family code.

See this crest?
See this crest?

As they look at the scroll, a new line appears on it about reuniting with the Queen. On the back is a crest from the Order of the Knights of Reina. It means loyalty to their Queen.

Tamsin says, “Not just their Queen. THE Queen.” She points to a bee in the crest. The Queen Bee. They think Bo is the Queen. Queen doesn’t just mean their queen. It means Bo is the one.

When Bo went all powerful and sucked the chi out of a whole room in a couple of past episodes, she announced herself that she was the one. This is the first time it’s been mentioned when she wasn’t doing one of her power sucks.

Massimo is packing a bag: Valkryie hair, small box, vial of something. Vex thinks they’re headed for England to lay low for a while. Massimo wants to finish what he started. Massimo’s phone rings.

Evony is dressing when Massimo enters her bedroom. She’s angry it took him so long to get there. Yet she gives him a kiss, hugs him. Makes soothing noises.

Ah, it's all right.
Ah, it’s all right

Evony complains of feeling strange and wants to know if Massimo brought her a cure for being human. She inspects his bag: shitty ass rosemary, some blonde extension, bad Barbie rattan furniture. She throws it at him. He picks up the rattan box and says he has something fantastic. She curses and humiliates him. He says, “Stop it mother!” just as Lauren appears. Lauren’s a bit shocked by the “mother” remark, as am I.

I must pause to pay homage to the brilliant deconstruction of all things Lost Girl by bloggers like Mehlsbells and Drinks at the Dal, who figured out long ago that Evony was Massimo’s mother, that Massimo was the one who took the origin seed, and a whole lot of other stuff that I didn’t analyze to their depth.

All things horse
All things horse

Bo, Rainer and Rosette enter a sanctuary where women worship an image of Pyrippus and there are statues of horses all around. Bo touches each horse while Sister Epona blathers about destiny. Bo finds a horse that alerts her spidey senses somehow. Inside is a leather thingy. That and a remark about hand fasting make Bo think that she and Rainer are supposed to get married.

Before anybody gets hitched, Bo goes home. Kenzi’s torn the photo of herself and Hale in two. Kenzi reads to Bo from another old book. “One with eyes both brown and blue. One who shifts. A Valkyrie, too. One with blood that rules the world. One who sings, his life unfurled. A warrior to be her guide. A healer always by her side.” Kenzi says everyone is in there except the weak human girl.

I would argue that Kenzi is the warrior to be Bo’s guide, but Kenzi’s not seeing it that way. And if she is the warrior, one of the other in the multitude of prophecies in this episode – in the book Lauren was reading – said that either the succubus or the warrior would die. No dying for Kenzi, please. No. No. No.

Kenze asks Bo to unclaim her.

Unclaim me
Unclaim me

Bo doesn’t want to unclaim Kenzi. They both show so much emotion and pain in this scene. Anna Silk and Ksenia Solo are at their best when they are together and this scene is powerful proof of that dynamic. Kenzi insists. Finally Bo unclaims her. As Kenzi walks out the door she says, “We’re done.”

Even though she’s limited by being human, Evony has somehow put Lauren and Massimo in a dungeon. Massimo is screaming, acting crazy, yelling about hating his mother. And loving her.

Please don't eat that
Please don’t eat that

Massimo takes the origin seed out of the little rattan box and eats it. Lauren watches in horror as he begins to transform and falls on the floor in agony.

Bo and Rainer meet in front of some flaming logs, with Rosette looking on. Bo agrees to bind with him to save his life and face her father on her own terms.

Say that in English, would you?
Say that in English, would you?

Bo says it isn’t about love, it’s about what’s best for her family. Rosette quotes some Latin, they hold the leather thing from the horse, and they are bound, or married, or something. Can someone translate the Latin and explain what these two just agreed to?

Rosette laughs crazily and says, “Bo will rise with the Wanderer as her companion and together they will release the Lord of Darkness. The Dark Lord rises from hel.” (A bit of exposition from Rainer here explains that hel is the mirror of Valhalla.) Rainer says Rosette betrayed him. Rosette is expecting to be rewarded by The Wanderer for binding Bo and Rainer, but instead she is somehow force marched into the fire.

Kudos to the special effects people, the shots of her burning up are very well done.

Markie Mark
Markie Mark

As Rosette screams in the fire, both Bo and Rainer clutch their chests where their “marks” are. Bo asks, “What have we done?”

A pyramid looking construction in a dark room fills with light and power and the door explodes outward.

Personal Thoughts

  • MMXV is the year 2015, in which we will enjoy season 5 of Lost Girl. Oh, there I go indulging in wishful thinking again.
  • After 12 episodes of misdirection, confusion, lost characters who aren’t the same characters we grew to love in 3 previous seasons, and unresolved story lines that feel endless, I concluded this: I like shorter story arcs and less mystery about what’s actually going on. I don’t want predictable or formulaic, but I don’t want 13 episodes of questioning and obfuscation either.
  • Lauren has somehow remained Lauren through all of season 4. I love her more than ever for her steadfastness.
  • Ksenia Solo is an amazing actress. Give that woman some awards.
  • Rainer is Mr. No Personality. If he’s so damn important, why is he a cipher? Plus, shouldn’t Bo have made him release her from being Dark Fae by now?
  • I was all wrong about what Lauren was doing with the DNA. I thought she’d find a way to turn herself and Kenzi Fae. Instead she made The Morrigan human. That caught me by surprise. The way she did it was so perfectly apt for this show and so funny at the same time. Great plot twist.
  • Kenzi unclaimed and gone. That’s the worst thing ever. There is making up to do among many characters on this show, but Bo and Kenzi in particular have to find their way back. Is there a Lost Girl support group that will come by and hold the fans until Bo and Kenzi are back?

Recap: Lost Girl S4, E10 Waves

In the “Waves” episode of Lost Girl, two separate stories are told in tandem. One is a procedural crime-solving tale involving Kenzi, Dyson and Lauren. The other takes us back to the train and answers a lot of questions for us about Bo and Rainer. This being Lost Girl, the episode also sets up a lot of new questions for us to ponder as we wait for the next episode.

What have I done?
What have I done?

Bo (Anna Silk) hangs her head over the sink in the clubhouse bathroom, hearing voices in her head expressing doubt about her actions. She looks at herself in the mirror. She’s bloody. Rainer (Kyle Schmid) comes into view. Rainer says, “It had to be done,” but Bo looks skeptical.

A blonde woman (Karen Cliche) is on the phone threatening business associates. She’s by a pool, which she walks into for a swim. Something disturbs the water behind her, there are a couple of thunks in the music.

Don't go near the water
Don’t go near the water

When she pulls herself out of the pool, her legs are missing.

Lauren (Zoie Palmer) and Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) are at the boxing ring. They complain that Bo has locked them out, has taken off for the train on her own. Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) comes in with giant coffees for everyone and a case to solve. Lauren and Dyson thinks she’s nuts talking about cases when Bo is off on the train alone, but Kenzi says, “A woman’s legs went missing.”

What about Bo?
What about Bo?

They argue about Bo, whether they should do something or trust her to go it alone.

You have to help me.
You have to help me.

In rolls the aforementioned legless lady. How are Dyson and Lauren going to ignore that?

Bo is cleaned up, sitting on her bed in a kimono, looking worried. Rainer comes in wearing a towel. Bo says, “I need to understand. What if this is a mistake?”

I want to trust you, I do.
I want to trust you, I do.

“I had to go back to the train for you. I went dark for you. I did the impossible. But this. . . .  What we did.”

Rainer says it was necessary. Bo says the memories are back, but now that they are in her world, the real world, she needs to understand. The camera moves to some candles, a train whistle sounds, and we go into an extended flashback of Bo’s time on the train. The explanation for all the blood and her concern over what they did will come later.

You kidnapped me
You kidnapped me

Bo enters the train, mad about her friends being harassed, the pub being blown up, and being kidnapped. We’re at the start of her train ride. Rainer stands beside a windup record player, spinning “The Wanderer.”

Rainer is tired of brunettes, tired of the music he’s playing and not interested in answering questions. As he sees it, her choices are stay while he pretends to court her until he’s tired of her, or she gets off at the next stop. Either way, she’ll remember nothing.

Why am I here?
Why am I here?

Bo suggests option 3. He tells her why he kidnapped her. He claims he doesn’t know why she’s there. He calls the handmaiden (Linzee Barclay) to show Bo her chambers and says she’ll be getting off at the next stop if she knows what’s good for her.

Lauren offers the legless lady a drink of water, which she refuses.

Oh, you don't want a drink
Oh, you don’t want a drink?

Dyson, Lauren and Kenzi listen to legless Diana and her tale. She claims she’s a pixie. She points a finger of suspicion at at dude named Darren in her corporation. Diana will get them into the corporation undercover. Dyson says he and Kenzi will go undercover because he’s been training her.

Kenzi says, “Shadow thief. Check your panties. Anyone missing any panties?” She waves a pair of purple panties in the air. Lauren grabs them and says, “You have got to stop doing that.” Dyson says, “I did not teach her to do that.” These three together are better than a vaudeville act.

Undercover at the corporation, Dyson was supposed to be an efficiency expert but we see him rolling a mail cart. Kenzi was supposed to be a mail girl, but she’s in an office in a red suit, looking at a computer. Not the kind of role switching these two have done before, but still pretty funny. The three investigators are connected to each other by earpieces. Lauren’s back at the boxing gym, doing science with her phone, iPad, and a water hose.

Halt right there.
Halt right there.

Dyson delivers mail to Darren’s office, but is stopped by Tad (Matt Lemche). Nobody gets to go to Darren’s office. Since he can’t deliver the mail, Dyson attaches a heat sensing band aid to the the mail. Kenzi will follow the heat trail by climbing through the vent system. Yeah, you kinda had to be there to get it.

A whole lotta legs
A whole lotta legs

Kenzi drops out of a vent into a room full of disembodied gams. Legs everywhere. She hears a noise. It’s Darren’s mail dropping into a vat. Kenzi finds a medical report for Tad that involves big money. She sends photos to Lauren.

Plant samples for our favorite doctor, coming up.
Plant samples for our favorite doctor, coming up.

Dyson is at the swimming pool where he sees a plant Lauren is interested in. He grabs some for Lauren. Dyson notices the pool is salt water and he finds a pearl.

Kenzi calls dibs on the pearl
Kenzi calls dibs on the pearl

The handmaiden enters Bo’s chambers on the train, only to be grabbed and threatened. Bo and her knife are always ready for action.

Let's have answers
Let’s have answers

The handmaiden tells Bo that the next stop isn’t for 3 days. If she jumps off before that, she’ll evaporate or get transcendental sickness and die. (Where is Clio when you need her?) Bo lets the handmaiden go. She lays out a dress in which Bo will look ravishing and gives her an invitation to dinner with Rainer. She says they all need Bo.

This isn't a pearl
This isn’t a pearl

Lauren examines the pearl. She asks, “Has Bo called, pool boy?” Nope, not yet. Lauren says the pearl is actually a crystallized salt deposit, which makes Dyson all upset. “We should never have taken this case. Kenzi, you need to get out of there!” Lauren and Kenzi ask, why, what is it? Dyson answers, “Mermaids.” Mermaids are the absolute worst!

Kenzi gets excited because of Darryl Hannah movies, but Dyson says mermaids are the psychopaths of the sea. Kenzi wants to stay and fight the mermaid.

Bo goes to dinner (in her regular ravishing leather, not in the ravishing dress the handmaiden brought). She sticks her knife in the roast and is not making friendly gestures toward Rainer. He again says he didn’t bring her there. He puts the knife to her throat and says, “You are not going to change anything.”

Are you a succubus?
Are you a succubus?

Bo steps back and her eyes go blue. Rainer’s interested in that. He smiles and wants to know what the dark fae devour these days. Bo says she’s unaligned. That’s impossible, says Rainer.

Bo says, “What kind of Fae are you? Some kind of memory wiper?”

It's in the cards
It’s in the cards

He holds up a Wanderer card. “Memory is not my power. It’s my curse.” She walks out on dinner with a to-go plate. Rainer’s plate.

Let's have a talk
The working girl wants to  have a talk

Kenzi tries her luck with Tad in her quest to save the world from mermaids. Guess what? Tad’s legless, too. He loves Darren because he saved him from something that took his legs. He leaves for a meeting. She digs through his file cabinet and finds a folder full of “creeper mail.”

Rainer plays the organ in Bo’s room. (An organ with a keyboard. You know. For music. We don’t get to the other organ until later on.)

You asked what my power was.
You asked what my power was.

Bo interrupts him and he tells her his power was foresight in battle. He could see his opponents attacks before they happened. He says he put it to good use trying to end light and dark. Wow, that gets Bo’s attention. He says he’s seen slaughters over light and dark and tyrannical rule on the rise. Bo wants to know whose rule? Nobody mentions the Blood King, but she has to be thinking it.

She’s looking at him sympathetically. I think he just reeled her in. He talks about not being able to remember why he’s there and who cursed him. She says, “It’s torture. It’s not living.”

Kenzi’s snooping around in the room full of floating legs again.

Cold as a fish, is Darren
Cold as a fish, is Darren

Darren (Brandon Firla) enters and does some magic by waving his hand at Kenzi. It makes her bork up what looks like plain water. He finally lets her stop barfing water and digs through her purse, where he sees the creeper mail. The mail is from his sister and contains pearls. Translation: she’s going to kill him.

Kenzi’s figured out Darren is a merman. Tad was his first set of donor legs. His sister Dominique took off Diana’s legs but she doesn’t know how to attach them to herself. He asks her to take him to Diana. He talks about needing legs to be part of a world he doesn’t belong in. Kenzi can grok that.

Dominique will have to be captured in water.

Lauren takes off a thick terry robe and steps in the salt water pool. Yes, Lauren in a swim suit. 10,000 photos of this moment are available on Twitter and Tumblr, so I’m skipping to the action.

Mermaid bait
Mermaid bait

Lauren wades out into the pool and waits to have her legs bitten off. Dyson lurks nearby ready to snare a big fish. There’s a disturbance in the water, Dyson says, “Now,” and Lauren pushes the button on a device in her hand.

That's one upset fish
That’s one upset fish

The device sets the fish to flopping and Lauren’s legs are saved. Thank goodness.

The train conductor announces the next stop will be in two minutes as Bo steps into a baggage car. She goes up to a glass bell jar. Inside is something that takes her all the way back to her childhood when she found a blue butterfly.

The butterfly
The butterfly memory

We see young Bo (Sadie Alter), a tear streaming down her face as she holds the butterfly. Adult Bo has a matching tear as she remembers.

The butterfly
The butterfly

Bo removes the glass covering and picks up the butterfly. Rainer says, “What did you do?”

“When I was seven . . . ” but Bo doesn’t finish the sentence because Rainer takes her hand. He says, “It is you.”

Oh, oh. We know what that look means.
Oh, oh. We know what that look means.

The butterfly flits away. Bo turns and looks at Rainer. It’s Bo’s I want you right now look, which can only mean trouble if you ask me. She says, “What’s this? Us?” He pushes her away because she’s going to miss her stop.

He turns back to the empty butterfly container and yells, looks frustrated and angry. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.

I'm back
I’m back

Bo comes back and plants a big lip lock on Rainer. She says, “What am I doing?” Then she does it again. What IS she doing? Your guess is as good as mine.

Lauren looks at the mermaid and says, “God, she’s beautiful.” Brings back happy memories, that remark.

Caught a big one
Caught a big one

Dominique the mermaid (Kate Todd) wants legs. Wants to walk. Lauren tells her it’s wrong, she’s hurting people. She says she needs legs to get to her brother, Darren. He didn’t come home like he was supposed to. She says, “Do you have any idea what it’s like to be ignored? To be locked out by someone you love?”

Lauren and Dyson both can grok that.

A tear from the mermaid’s eye forms into a pearl. She’s been sending them to Darren. That’s her 18th, which means she’s suffered enough to kill someone. But she won’t kill Darren. Her sister, on the other hand, she’d love to kill. Her sister’s a liar so that’s why she took her human walking sticks.

About the time Dyson and Lauren learn that Dominique has a sister whose legs she snatched, Kenzi touches Diana and discovers what a cold fish she is. Well, damn, she’s not a pixie. Nope, another mermaid. This mermaid thinks Kenzi is her new bottom half and brother Darren is there to help make it happen.

Darren prepares to sever Kenzi’s legs as Dyson and Lauren show up with Dominique.

Don't piss Lauren off, fish fingers.
Don’t piss Lauren off, fish fingers.

Dyson’s wolf lunge for Darren is interrupted by the mermaid magic that makes Dyson toss his last drink of water. Pisses Lauren off, it does. Lauren has the scientific presence of mind to notice that the plant from the swimming pool is dying in a beaker of tap water near the sink.

The whole family is together. Darren proposes a plan that will keep them together.

Big happy family
Big happy family

They’ll all get legs and live happily ever after. Nothing can stop them. Except tap water. Lauren gives them a huge drenching with plain old tap water. Take that, fish faces.

Time works differently in here.
Time works differently in here.

Bo and Rainer are in bed, smiling, happy, laughing about how many stops of the train Bo has missed while boinking Rainer. She says, “Are my friends still safe?”

He says, “Kenzi and Dyson are coming close to finding the compass. When they do, you won’t remember me.”

“Screw your curse,” Bo says. “Everything’s ready.”

They sit up in the bed and review Bo’s plan to come back to release Rainer from his curse. The opera singer, Hugen in a jar, and the biggest clue of all – Bo signing a contract with the dark. She asks him to witness it. She knows that she would never align herself and finding out she’s dark will lead her to find the answers, to him.

“What if I’m a monster?” he says. She answers, “Then I’ll kill you myself.”

The mark makers
The mark makers

Bo puts her hand on his chest. He puts his hand on her chest. There’s dramatic music and gasping and light coursing through Rainer’s arm.

A fast rewind through Bo waking up on the train, jumping off, running through the woods, getting her agreement to be dark from the Archivist.

We are back in the present. The Una Mens receive a surprise visit from Bo and Rainer.

That's not a friendly face, Rainer.
That’s not a friendly face, Rainer.

He tosses a Wanderer card at The Keeper (Christine Horne). She makes it disintegrate. Rainer’s Fae powers are restored when the card burns. He foresees her attack. The Keeper says he was cursed because he had too much power as a rebel. For helping him, The Keeper tells Bo they will kill the claimed human, the doctor, the wolf, the siren and everyone she loves. Then they will kill her.

The Keeper orders the Una Mens to attack.

Duck
Duck

Bo and Rainer take fighting positions back to back. He tells her when to duck, when to kick, when to block and together they battle the Una Mens.

Lauren, Kenzi and Dyson mop up all that’s left of the mermaid family after their demise by tap water. Lauren says, “We make an excellent team.” Kenzi checks her phone and says, “Bo never called. What are they even doing?”

That's how she got so bloody, eh?
That’s how she got so bloody, eh?

Well, Kenzi, to answer your question, Bo is running a sword through The Keeper. I’m pretty sure killing off the Una Mens is going to bring all sorts of trouble to our girl Bo. The Keeper mentioned right before Bo poked her real hard that if Bo followed Rainer she would suffer a fate even worse than her own whore of a mother’s.

We go back to Bo’s bedroom where we began the episode, where Bo and Rainer have washed off all the blood. Trick comes in.

Don't do what Rainer wants
Don’t do what Rainer wants

Trick warns Bo that Rainer will ask her to slay the Una Mens. He begs her not to do it. The power will be amassed into the origin seed that was stolen from him. In the wrong hands . . .

We see the origin seed as currents of power collect in it.

Whose hand is that?
Whose hand is that?

Bloody fingers reach out to take the seed. Care to guess whose fingers they are? My bet is on Aife, but we have to wait to see for sure because the episode is over.

Personal Thoughts

  • Lots of answers, but lots of new questions. Here are a few. Is Rainer evil? Is Bo under Rainer’s spell? What will the consequences of killing the Una Mens be for Bo? What was the point of the butterfly story and how does it make Rainer think he knows who Bo is?
  • I think Rainer is a monster and Bo will have to kill him. That’s her destiny.
  • They do it all the time in Lost Girl: a transient character has the same problem one of the main characters has. Kenzi meets a character who wants to fit into a world where he doesn’t belong. Lauren and Dyson meet a character who has been shut out of the life of someone she loves. Bo meets a character who says he wants to bring an end to light and dark and have the Fae act as one. They made especially heavy use of it in this episode.
  • The light on the train was amazing. Desaturated to almost black and white and much less shadowy than elsewhere. Beautiful.
  • Rainer is more disruptive than the invention of the smart phone. Everyone with a favorite couple – be it Bo and Lauren or Bo and Dyson or even Bo and Tamsin – will need couples therapy if this keeps up.
  • It was fun watching Kenzi, Lauren and Dyson go all Bob Newhart and talk to themselves in empty rooms because they were supposed to be connected by some kind of ear technology.
  • My bet’s on Aife to harness the collected power of the Una Mens in the origin seed. Rainer complained about “another brunette,” The Keeper mentioned her to Bo, the fingers reaching for the seed look female, and Aife hasn’t been heard from since episode 1 of this season. Aife and Rainer may know each other. Rainer assumed that a succubus is dark Fae. Do you have a better idea?
  • Pop culture references are everywhere in this episode. Some I didn’t mention above were references to George Michael, Working Girl, Sigourney Weaver and Alien, the game Risk, celebrities stalked in Whole Foods parking lots and more.

Recap: Lost Girl S4, E9 Destiny’s Child

In the Lost Girl episode “Destiny’s Child,” we learn some long-held secrets and unravel some of season 4’s mysteries – or do we?

The welder on the train
The welder on the train

On the midnight train to some other plane of existence a welder works as the train falls to bits around him. The crown inscribed Isabeau sits beside him. Does this welder have something to do with Bo’s grandmother?

Bo (Anna Silk) gathers Trick (Rick Howland), Kenzi (Ksenia Solo), Lauren (Zoie Palmer) and Dyson (Kris Holden-Reid) in the Dal. She announces she’s ready to get to the bottom of whatever is going on.

What's in the bottle, Bo?
What’s in the bottle, Bo?

Bo brings out the bottle of dark matter she mailed herself. There’s arguing about what she should do with it. Bo is unimpressed with every other point of view but her own, and she takes the lid off the jar.

Black smoke drifts out of the jar, causing Trick pain. The smoke forms into this dude.

Friend or foe?
Friend or foe?

Bo asks if he’s friend or foe.

He introduces himself as Hugin (Jonathan Watton) and says he means no harm. He’s The Wanderer’s vessel, traveling from plane to plane. Bo knows they’ve met before and he says he and his brother Munin are the ones who took her away in a puff of black smoke. The brothers took Bo to their father’s train.

“Father?” asks Bo.

He answers yes, The Wanderer is a great man. Hugin mentions that his brother is the one who trapped him in the jar the moment Bo got on the train. Something to do with his brother lusting after his wife. He will help Bo get back to the train if she will help him take revenge against his brother and his backstabbing wife. Bo’s ready to go.

Kris and Lauren want to go, too. Hugin says no.

I love you both
I love you both

Bo turns to Lauren and Dyson and says, “I love you both, but right now I need you both to watch me walk away.” She touches both of them, looks them in the eyes, says, “It’s never going to get easier, is it?”

Off she goes in a puff of smoke.

Dyson takes off for the boxing ring to get a gun from his locker.

I brought my science
I brought science

Lauren walks in behind him and says, “I was getting my science stuff.”  Her jacket’s loaded up with vials and syringes. She’s ready to go kick some crow ass. (Hugin is a crow.) He gives her a knife, just in case. He looks at her carefully and says, “You know, I’m not sure if I could either.” What? asks Lauren. Choose, he answers.

I could choose
I could choose

“I could,” Lauren answers with a grin and a shrug. He laughs. He knows who she would choose. But what is this ambivalence he’s feeling? Is he attracted to the doctor?

Trick either has a headache or he’s thinking really hard. He gets up to leave. Kenzi and Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) come in. They want help and answers. Trick is not helpful, in fact he’s pretty rude. There are insults and raised voices.

We need answers
We need answers, Trickopedia

Trick leaves. Kenzi and Tamsin decide to search Trick’s lair for something helpful.

Hugin and Bo rematerialize in a grave yard. He cautions her not to step on the graves or she’ll be sucked into hell by the Leviathan. She wants to get what they came for and get out of there. More crows appear, shifting into human form.

I wasn't expecting that
I did not see that coming

The first is Munin (Joris Jarsky), who considers Bo a pleasant surprise. He caws a few times and more crows fly in and take human shape. They recite a counting crows nursery rhyme until they reach “7 is the devil.”

A murder of crows
A murder of crows

Bo likes the odds. Hugin’s wife appears. Marital spats sizzle between them.

All we need now is Trick's blood
All we need now is Trick’s blood

Kenzi and Lauren scour Trick’s lair and find a blank book. Kenzi says, “This is it. We have to write in this book with Trick’s blood.” She’s sure he’s hiding an inkwell of blood somewhere. Back to searching.

Trick pays a call on Dao Ming (Jadyn Wong). She’s one of those Fae with long curvy fingernails who make you tell the truth no matter what.

Are you lying to me?
Are you trying to lie to me

Trick needs answers and he wants her help to release a blocked memory. She says no. He offers to pay. She still says no. Finally he says, you hate the person who’s blocked this memory. Who might that be, she asks. “Me,” answers Trick. She finds that interesting. She will help get the truth, no matter how painful.

The murder of crows have Bo and Hugin cornered. Bo’s ready to fight, but Hugin switches sides, kisses his wife, and laughs at tricking her. Now when he refers to The Wanderer as his “father” they all laugh. Their former employer has a particular interest in Bo, but he’s not a parent to these feathered fellows.

Let's slit her throat
Let’s slit her throat

They intend to kill her – slit her throat – but wanted to have the fun of tricking her first.

Sorry to disappoint you
Sorry to disappoint you

Bo folds her arms and falls into a grave, descending straight into the Netherworld below. “I did not see that coming,” says Munin.

In the cavelike Netherworld Bo calls out to an echoing voice to show itself. It’s the Leviathan (Jennifer Dale). The Leviathan irritates Bo by calling her Princess. Bo irritates her right back by calling her Levi.

The Leviathan
The Leviathan

Levi clamps a hand on Bo’s “hand hickey” and falls to the ground. Where did you get that mark? Bo says it came from some guy on a train.

Levi’s searched for that mark for 600 years. It was supposed to be hers. She wants it. She needs it.

Bo just wants to know where the door is. Well, shucks, no one ever leaves here the Leviathan claims. Give me the mark, says Levi. Bo will fight for it. She draws a knife.

Levi wants a game of riddles. Another way to fight. Okay. Riddle on.

Bo quickly solves Levi’s first riddle with the help of some audio visuals.

Getting the truth out of Trick takes work
Getting the truth out of Trick takes work

We’re back to getting the truth out of Trick, which isn’t easy. He admits to massacres. He admits to loving himself more than Isabeau.

Tamsin finds a loose floorboard. Under it is a Japanese folding box. It’s impossible that Trick has one.

A magical box
A magical box

The box is magical. You must know how to open it. Kenzi thinks blood is hidden in it; they agree to open the box.

The riddler
The riddler

Bo comes up with a riddle: “She’s brilliant. He’s strong. Her life is little. His life is long. Both loves are pure. Both loves are true. If you were I, who would you choose?”

Levi says, “The man. He will live longer.”

“Final answer?”

“No. The woman. You love her. You wear her humanity like a shield.”

“So we’re stickin’ with the woman?”

“No, wait. The man. You crave strength.”

Bo shakes her head no. She demands to be sent back up.

The Levi wants to know if the answer was the woman. Bo says that as far as she knows there is no answer. Levi agrees to send Bo back above ground, even though she cheats at riddles, because very soon someone Bo loves will be dead. That doesn’t sound good.

Bo hides behind a grave stone as Hugin and Munin discuss the train and making lots of money from it. She steps out from hiding and tosses a crow into a grave. Then a couple more. Then another. Finally all that’s left are Hugin, Munin and Hugin’s wife: 3 for a girl.

Hugin thinks Bo’s still outnumbered.

Dyson arrives with tooth and fang
Dyson arrives with tooth and fang

Dyson appears and nabs Hugin.

Loaded for crow
Loaded for crow with the syringe of science

Lauren arrives with a syringe in each hand and nabs Munin. The wife runs. Munin didn’t see that coming.

Bo tells Heckle and Jeckle she wants to get back on that train. Now. Dyson and Lauren chime in with descriptions of the excruciating things they can do to the Fae body. Persuaded, the brothers will get her on the train if they can leave immediately after they get here there.

Dyson and Lauren want to go with Bo. She says she has to do it alone, even though they are her family.

Catch, lover.
Catch, lover

Bo blows a kiss more or less half way between where Lauren and Dyson are standing. She says, “Catch, lover,” and splits. After the smoke clears, Lauren says, “You know that kiss was for me, right?” Yeah, right is Dyson’s opinion. You have to admire Lauren’s confidence since, as far as we know, Dyson is the only one who’s been shooting off fireworks with Bo in the last few weeks.

Do you have any idea how powerful I am?
Do you have any idea how powerful I am?

Dao Ming asks Trick to tell the worst thing he’s ever done. He agonizes, then laughs and goes on the attack, saying he could write her right out of history like he did Rainer. When he mentions Rainer, the environment shakes, the wind blows. Trick says, “That’s it. I remember who The Wanderer is.  How he came to be. What he is now. . . . I created all of this, didn’t I?”

Dao Ming says even with your power, you cannot escape fate. She laughs at him because even though he can change the future, he cannot change his nature. He leaves to warn Bo.

The ritual of opening the Japanese box has moved to the stage where Kenzi and Tamsin have the box nearly demolished. Finally they find the vials of blood.

Here's blood in your eye.
Here’s blood in your eye.

There’s the blood, right in front of Kenzi’s eyes. Have we seen a close up of Ksenia Solo’s eyes in every episode? It seems like it.

They drag out the blank book.

Fingerpainting
Fingerpainting

Kenzi dribbles blood on a page and uses some of it to write BO. Nothing happens until Tamsin touches the blob of blood and picks up the book.

Oh, oh, Tam Tam
Oh, oh, Tam Tam

Tamsin can’t let go of the book. Her arms shake. The pages flip wildly. Her name appears 3 times on a blank page, written in blood.

Valyrie time
Valkyrie time

Tamsin goes skelator and says, “I must take his soul. It belongs to me.”

Tamsin’s back in a conversation she and Trick had several hundred years ago. She flashes back to it as she holds the book.

Tamsin knelt over a body and Trick, dressed in Blood King garb, stood above her. He doesn’t want her to take the soul. She says it’s a warrior’s soul and she must take it. It is written. He knows what will happen if she doesn’t take it.

Trick calls her a vulture and says she overstates her importance. She says her lives are ending. Trick thinks her soul is damned to hell.

Don't you want new life?
I want new life

He asks Tamsin if she wants new life. More than anything, she answers. If I had more time, I would cleanse my soul and wipe my sins away.

Trick will give her new life, but for payment, he must have the soul of the dead warrior at his feet. Trick wants to curse him with his blood for arrogance, for thinking he can change the laws of the King. His soul will wander in eternity. “No one will remember his name. No one will remember Rainer, the defiant.” He turns and spits on the body.

Tamsin agrees. Trick cuts his hand and seals the deal with his blood.

Kenzi finds a big hammer and knocks the book out of Tamsin’s hands. Tamsin collapses. Kenzi attempts to revive her by saying Tammy about 20 times while patting Tamsin’s face. When Tamsin finally wakes up, she says, “Whatever you do, don’t trust Trick.”

Bo’s on the train. She finds the welder. She asks if he’s Rainer.

Are you The Wanderer?
Are you The Wanderer?

He takes off his jacket and mask. Bo pulls her knife and says, “Are you The Wanderer?”

Not what I was expecting
Not what Bo was expecting

When Bo sees his face (Kyle Schmid) she almost smiles. Then she attacks. They grapple over the knife, which he knocks away.

He puts his hand on her chest, guides her hand to his chest.

The laying on of hands
The laying on of hands

They are mark to mark. Bo touches his hand on her chest and smiles.

Lauren and Dyson are pacing the floor at the Dal. Trick tells them he knows who The Wanderer is: his mortal enemy Rainer.

Bo walks in with a cheerful, “Hey, guys.” She assures them she’s okay – great – never better. She says she found out why she agreed to be dark. It was her idea actually, so she would move heaven and earth to get back on that train. To Rainer. Willingly.

Trick is looking like, what?

Bo says she needed to break Rainer’s curse and free him from the train. She apologizes for putting everyone through everything.

Trick says, “It’s him. That’s Rainer.”

Rainer comes in to stand beside Bo.

He's my destiny
He’s my destiny

Bo says, “I did all of this because he’s not my enemy. He’s definitely not my father.” Bo takes his hand, smiles. “He’s my destiny.”

Personal Thoughts

  • This destiny thing doesn’t work for me. It’s episode 9 of the season. There are 4 episodes left in season 4 and we haven’t heard anything about a renewal for season 5 (please, a renewal). They are not going to introduce a brand new character now who is Bo’s destiny – at least not her true love kind of destiny, which is what she’s implying with her smiling and touching. Therefore, I’m considering this another misdirection in a season stuffed with them.
  • The tale of Trick’s curse creating the wandering soul rings true. He has shown numerous signs of being power mad. What an interesting twist to have Trick be the source of all this mayhem around The Wanderer. And remember the crown next to Rainer on the train? What did that have to do with Trick’s curse on the wandering soul?
  • High marks to the writers for linking Tamsin to the creation of The Wanderer. In this season when she was reborn, her wings appeared. According to Massimo, that means she is again on her last life after her life renewals from the Blood King all those years ago. When she vowed back then to cleanse her soul and wipe away her sins, she didn’t do it. But in Tamsin’s current life, she is trying to atone for her sins.
  • The Blood King has some soul searching to do, too. Will he?