Last Tango in Halifax S4 E2 The Christmas Special Pt. 2

Last Tango in Halifax S4 E2 is Part Two of The Christmas Special. Holy Moly! What an episode! Stirring, momentous scenes between Caroline (Sarah Lancashire) and Gillian (Nicola Walker) and between Gillian and Robbie (Dean Andrews). Beware the spoilers. Continue reading “Last Tango in Halifax S4 E2 The Christmas Special Pt. 2”

My Love Letter to Lost Girl After 5 Years of Fabulous TV

This is my love song, my big thank you, to ALL the actors, crew, costume designers, make up artists, writers, producers, directors and creative minds behind Lost Girl. I love what you created.

I’ve been a fan of Lost Girl since the first episode, when I fell hard for the show. There was one simple reason then, and it has remained true for all 5 years that the series lasted. Characters. I love the characters. Continue reading “My Love Letter to Lost Girl After 5 Years of Fabulous TV”

Lost Girl: S5 E16 Rise

The Lost Girl finale, “Rise,” staged the final battle between good and evil (for now . . . ) and gave fans a smile-inducing happy ending for the series. The image above, with Bo (Anna Silk) right on the line between the darkness and the light sums it all up nicely.

So I guess I don’t need to write the recap. Oh, wait, you want details.

Spoilers ahead! Continue reading “Lost Girl: S5 E16 Rise”

Lost Girl: S5 E15 Let Them Burn

Lost Girl episode 15 of season 5 is “Let Them Burn.” There’s some good news, some startling news, some long awaited news and a puzzling cliffhanger.

Spoilers are everywhere ahead. Continue reading “Lost Girl: S5 E15 Let Them Burn”

Lost Girl: S5 E14 Follow the Yellow Trick Road

“Follow the Yellow Trick Road” is episode 14 of season 5 of Lost Girl. Let’s skip toward Oz with the characters from The Wizard of Oz as Bo dreams her way toward the acceptance of Trick’s death.

This recap contains spoilers. You are informed. Continue reading “Lost Girl: S5 E14 Follow the Yellow Trick Road”

Lost Girl: S5 E10 Like Father, Like Daughter

Lost Girl charges ahead with episode 10, “Like Father, Like Daughter.”  Kenzi is BACK! But only for this episode. A whole lot of things happen with no explanation and we don’t get any details about why. In short, things are pretty normal on Lost Girl.

Many hundreds of spoilers ahead. Continue reading “Lost Girl: S5 E10 Like Father, Like Daughter”

One More Lost Girl Teaser

Lost Girl starts again on Canadian TV on Sept. 6, so we are getting teasers now. Here’s the latest one.

The first preview contained some stuff from earlier episodes of the show that we’d already seen. This one is all new scenes.

We know Lost Girl would be nothing without Anna Silk. Here she’s her usual heroic leader and also involved in some sort of long distance chi swap with Zoie Palmer’s Lauren.

Tamsin survived the lightning strike from Zee (Amanda Walsh) so Rachel Skarsten is still around looking healthy. I’m happy indeed to see Ksenia Solo back with the gang, fighting fires and doing all the other gang adventures. Kris Holden-Ried as Dyson is still there leading the fight, trailed by son Mark (Luke Bilyk) and the daddy from hell (Eric Roberts). We get a glimpse of Trick (Rick Howland) in this preview but no hints about where Vex (Paul Amos) or Evony (Emmanuelle Vaugier) might be.

Every time Anna Silk is interviewed about the end of the series, she comments that they finished “really strong” and in a good place for everyone, so I have high hopes for how it will all turn out.

I need to get busy and review the first part of season 5 so I can remember what’s going on in the plot.

Lost Girl: S5 E8 End of Faes

“End of Faes” is episode 8 of season 5, the mid-season finale for Lost Girl. We get some answers we’ve waited season after season for. The cast is dressed in formal wear throughout so everyone looks absolutely fabulous.

Spoilers ahead.

Tamsin with a suitcase

Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) loads up a suitcase while Bo (Anna Silk) tries to convince her to stay. Bo says she needs her, but Tamsin is angry about being rejected for the girlfriend role and won’t stay. After delivering some snark, she hands Bo a piece of mail.

Bo's mail

The back of the envelope is sealed with the triangular spiral mark. The card inside says, “Come and join us for a gathering. Libations and fun. Dress to impress or you will be turned away.”

the gang at the dal

Trick (Rick Howland), Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried), and Lauren (Zoie Palmer) were invited to the same party. They decide to take Mark (Luke Bilyk) along. This worries Vex (Paul Amos). Vexie takes a big interest in Mark. The gang spends some time trying to figure out what the gig is about and what it has to do with the ancients. Bo is sure it’s related to her father. Trick asks what Bo’s father said to her in the Oracle Vision. She tells them a riddle her father said: The greatest evil is the greatest mercy.

Trick says even the ancients have an Achilles heel. Bo’s all for figuring out what it is.

They dress up and head for the party. When the elevator doors open, they walk into a dark room.

Surprise!

The lights come on and everyone yells, “Surprise.” Love the black balloons, such a festive touch.

A sign says Welcome Bo

It’s a party for Bo. Why does that sound so ominous?

Iris and Hera

Hera (Noam Jenkins) is getting Iris (Shanice Banton) all prettied up. She’s dressed like a little girl and he treats her like one. He tells her how to act and makes sure she’s wearing her bracelet. And look at that – Eric Roberts is special guest star.

Lauren carries science stuff in her clutch

Bo grabs a drink. Lauren whips what looks like a pH test strip out of her beautiful formal clutch and dunks it in Bo’s drink. She gives Bo the okay to sip.

Dyson wants to hunt down Heratio. Lauren gives him a syringe filled with bug spray. It will prevent another gadfly attack. Trick will keep an eye on the crowd and the clam dip. Mark is sent to look for Iris.

Lauren is going in search of blood, saliva – the usual stuff you look for at a party.

Bo

Bo asks Lauren to wait. She says, “About us, what we did the other night.”

Lauren says she knows it was a one time thing and she’s okay with it. Bo says, “But here’s the thing. I’m not. There’s always going to be a reason for us not to be together. I don’t want to put this off any longer.”

Lauren

Lauren looks somewhat confused. It’s okay, Lauren, I’m confused, too. We are giving Bo a D- in communication skills tonight.

Lauren says, “Oh boy.”

Bo frowns. “Oh boy yes, or oh boy no?” While Lauren attempts to figure out exactly what her answer will mean, Bo is distracted by the sight of Tamsin in a backless gown. Lauren turns, admires the back along with Bo. Bo says, “We’ll finish this later.”

Tamsin

Bo tells Tamsin she’s glad she’s here. They need her to fight the ancients.

Iris with Bo

Bo wanders into Iris’ room. Lots of action in Iris’ room tonight. It must have been the only other set for the party. Iris finds her there. Iris likes her dress, wants to touch Bo’s shiny hair. Bo admires Iris’ bracelet. Iris says, “My parents make me wear it.”

Zee (Amanda Walsh) walks in. She and Bo face off.

Hera and Dyson

Dyson finds Hera (or Heratio or whatever he’s calling himself tonight) and delivers a syringe full of Lauren’s science stuff with a from the gut move that would make Lauren proud. They do a few macho circling routines and Dyson punches him in the nose. He walks away with a nice blood sample from Hera on his knuckles.

Bo and Zee

Zee tells Bo she’s Zeus, currently a she. Bo adds, “And my aunt.”

Zee says, “Hades may have inspired this shindig, but you and I are on the same team.

Zee admits she sent the oracles to find Bo’s truth – the thing she craves above all. Zee says the thing Bo’s heart truly desires is freedom from her father. And Zee is here to grant it.

Bo asks how and why. Zee says they have to stop Hades from using Bo to end the world.

Bo and Trick

Bo finds Trick. She’s angry about what Zee told her and wants to leave. Trick turns to see Zee, standing next to the Aegis Shield, which is protection for Zeus. She says she never travels without it.

Bo and Trick are in front of a punch bowl full of the drink of prophecy. Instead of eggs, it contains the eyes of the oracles. Ick. Zee convinces them to drink so they can see what will happen if Bo does not become unbound from Hades.

Bo drinks

Both Bo and Trick drink. They see the world turn to cinders, black nothingness.

Bo's hand is black

Bo sees herself, her hand, turning black. When they come out of it, Trick says he’s never felt such complete and utter nothing. Bo says she has: in Tartarus.

Bo asks Zee how to stop what she saw. Zee says the little property of handprint on Bo’s shoulder is Hades ticket to the ground level. It gives him his power. It’s like an umbilical cord. Bo’s been feeding him an all you can eat buffet. Zee says they must act now.

Mark and Iris

Mark finds Iris on the balcony. She’s pissed off at her parents. He convinces her to leave. She knows a place they can go.

Lauren and Dyson

Lauren, who also has swabs and test tubes in her lovely formal clutch, takes a swipe at the blood on Dyson’s knuckles. Lauren says since both Bo and Trick saw the same vision, they have to try. Dyson wants what he calls collateral.

Mark and Iris kiss

Iris takes Mark to a house. When he questions her about it, she hardly has to try to distract him from his curiosity. Young, virile, and easily distracted, that’s Mark. Couldn’t they have put Iris in the light?

Table full of weapons

Zee announces that the emancipation will begin with removing the hand print from Bo’s chest. She unveils a table full of various devices. Bo has to pick the right one. If she chooses wrong, she dies.

Dyson and Trick provide info on each one she looks over. Everything there has a long, mythological history.

Bo chooses a knife

Bo chooses a dagger. Neither Trick or Dyson have seen it before.

Lauren and Tamsin

Lauren and Tamsin have Dyson’s collateral (AKA Heratio) tied up in Iris’ bedroom, just in case anything happens to Bo. They worked together to get Hera locked up, but now they are catfighting over Bo.

Lauren wants to process. Tamsin says, “I entered the game and I lost. That’s life. The best woman won.” She must have memorized that from a book, because she’s actually heartbroken. Lauren doesn’t know what to say, so she sits down beside Tamsin on the bed. Lauren discovers the restraints Hera uses to keep Iris locked in her bed.

Through brilliant intimidation, deduction, and careful reading of the script, Lauren and Tamsin figure out that Iris is tied down at night because she’s more powerful than either Heratio or Zee.

Bo is ready for the handprint removal

Bo’s on a table with Zee above her, dagger at the ready. Zee caresses oil into Bo’s skin. Skin as flawless as Aphrodite. This delays the dagger action a little. Just long enough for Tamsin and Lauren to run in yelling, “Bo, stop.” They announce that Iris is stronger than both of the ancients combined. Egads! Something’s afoul.

Dyson is concerned for Mark, who is alone with Iris. Mark is in no pain. He’s shagging Iris on the living room floor of the house where she took him.

A funeral booklet

As Mark dresses, he sees the funeral booklet for Cecilia Lawrence. He realizes that’s whose body Iris is using, and this is the Lawrence house. Iris wants to be Cece – live in this house, have loving parents.

Cece's father

Of course the parents come home that very minute. The father, Frank (Rothaford Gray) realizes this isn’t his little girl. She reaches inside his chest, does something to his heart and he drops to the floor. His blood forms the curved triangle shape.

Mark realizes it was Iris who killed all the people. She says, “They had to go to sleep.” She thinks they will wake up. Mark tells her Hera used her. She takes off the bracelet and something strange begins to happen to her. She runs.

Mark is stabbed

Mark picks up the bracelet. Cece’s mother stabs Mark with what looks like a pair of grass clippers. That’s very unsanitary. Let’s hope Lauren has lots of antibiotics in that beautiful formal clutch of hers. Mark runs.

Zee and Heratio stand on the balcony discussing whether or not Iris would take off her bracelet. She might. No, she knows better.

Tamsin interrupts this profound discussion.

Tamsin and Zee

Zee tells Tamsin to report to her super friends that Bo’s emancipation is now or never. Tamsin agrees Bo should separate from her father, in fact – make difference relationships in general.

Tamsin says she herself is not a relationship kind of person. She’s a free bird. Zee sees the tears in Tamsin’s eyes. She’s never seen a Valkyrie cry. Tamsin asks Zee when people stopped hurting her. She answers, “They didn’t. I started hurting them. And you’re next.”

Tamsin hit by lightning

Zee steps away from Tamsin and blasts her with a lightning bolt. May I remind you this is Tamsin’s last life. Oh, Tam Tam, don’t die!

Bo, Dyson and Lauren drive to the park. They heard Iris and Mark were there. Bo’s going one way to look for Iris, Dyson and Lauren the other to look for Mark.

Bo

As they start running in different directions, Lauren says, “Bo, wait.” Bo turns. Lauren says, “Oh boy yes.” Bo smiles. Lauren understood her meaning after all.

Everything Iris touches turns to ash – flowers, cops. When Bo finds her, she tells Bo not to get close to her. She says it’s because she’s not supposed to make Bo sleep because “he needs you.”

Iris is bummed about being a murderer. She’s supposed to bring rainbows, not create black holes.

Bo's fingers turn black

Bo, of course, doesn’t listen and tries to charm Iris into talking. Her hand immediately turns black. Bo looks behind her and see that everything Iris touched has turned black. Bo says, “The darkness wasn’t my father. It was Iris.”

Bo heads for the Dal, where Giles Trick finds the answer in a book. The storm created the chaos that allowed the nothingness to be released in Iris. While they talk, Bo’s hand grows blacker.

the box

Trick knows a story about a box that can contain evil. Maybe they can fight it with that. Bo leaves for the clubhouse, because, you know, that’s where the magic box is always found.

Vex, Dyson and Lauren hover over Mark

Bo could use a nice dose of chi for that hand, but all her chi-givers are in the park, trying to stop Mark from bleeding to death. Guess who was there rescuing Mark – one guess – yep, Vex. Just looking out for his boy toy. Mark is close to dying. I hope he hasn’t lost Iris’ bracelet, because I think it might be a really smart idea for her to put it back on her wrist.

When Bo gets to the clubhouse, she finds Zee, who was actually after Bo’s box all this time. Why do I take such adolescent glee in typing Bo’s box? Zee zaps Bo’s hand with a lightning bolt but it does nothing to her.

girl fight

They have a girl fight in evening wear for possession of the box. Bo wins. Bo pushes Zee out the door. Bo sits on one side of the door with the box. Zee sits on the other telling Bo not to open the box. If Bo opens the box, her father will walk the earth.

Bo flashes back to her conversation with Hades during her Oracle Vision. He is played by Eric Roberts. The face of Hades is finally revealed.

Hades

I’m going to try to get down everything he says, because I’m sure it’s all going to be important later. Bo talks in between his statements. “Don’t be afraid. There’s barely any time. We must be quick. . . . There are those far more wicked than I upon this earth. You must stop them. . . . Only family can destroy them. . . . Our power will decide the fate of this world. . . . You will do things you don’t want to do. The [something unintelligible] our victory overnight. . . . Sometimes the greatest evil is the greatest mercy. . . . I give you all I can. The answer lies with you. A gift.”

Bo thinks about it and begins cranking the jack-in-the-box handle. Zee, outside the door, hears the music and looks terrified. Zee moves away from the door.

Bo is surprised

The lid opens and there’s a flash of light.

Some Thoughts

I absolutely loved this episode. I love that we finally know for sure who Hades is. I loved how absolutely gorgeous everyone looked in their gowns and tuxes. I loved that it was a wonderful cliffhanging behemoth of a mid-season finale. We don’t know the fate of Mark or Tamsin. We don’t know what is in Bo’s box. (See that? I typed it again.)

We don’t know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. They’re all just family, folks. Just a little family feud.

We might know what “oh boy yes” means, but I don’t want to depend on that knowledge because there are 8 episodes still to come and “oh boy yes” could turn quickly. It’s happened before.

The first half of season 5 has been very satisfactory to me as a fan. I especially like that there are no annoying inexplicable plot lines. Everything is starting to make sense and hang together.

I miss Kenzi and I’ll be happy to see her back in the next half. I hope she shows up for more than 2 episodes like in this half of the season.

Eric Roberts had a very brief scene in this episode. I presume he’ll be back in the second half of the season with a lot more to do.

I’m pretty sure they won’t let any of the gang die, so I feel okay about Tamsin and Mark making it.