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.

Lost Girl S5 E4 When God Opens a Window

Lost Girl episode 4 is “When God Opens a Window.” And a helluva window it is. Big surprise, big mistakes, big lies, big anger. But the good news is that Vex (Paul Amos) and Evony (Emmanuelle Vaugier) are back.

Spoilers ahead.

Tamsin climbing out of Bo's bed.

Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) was supposed to take weapons to Bo (Anna Silk) but instead she boinked a guy whose name she can’t remember. Since she used Bo’s bed, Bo wants her to share. Hello, Mr. Lucky. Tamsin shares because she knows Bo is hornier than a monkey with 8 dicks. Or something feminine and sexy.

Young man and woman on bus.

Hunky young Fae boards a bus. Sits by pretty woman. Accidentally gets pretty woman killed by an arrow when he bends down at just the wrong moment.

Young man at Bo's door.

Tamsin is on the couch waiting for Bo to finish with Mr. Lucky when the guy from the bus bursts in. He found Bo’s investigations ad and someone is trying to kill him.

Bo and Tamsin argue

The bus guy is Mark (Luke Bilyk). He has a sad story. Tamsin argues that he’s trouble. Bo sends Mark up to her room to get clean clothes while she and Tamsin argue over whether or not to help him.

Mark in the Hale shirt

Mark picked Dyson’s (Kris Holden-Ried) shirt with Hale’s image on it. He heard Tamsin and Bo arguing. He quickly leaves. Later they realize Mark ransacked Bo’s room and stole some stuff.

Lauren with the butler

Lauren (Zoie Palmer) tries out her Downton Abbey jokes on Evony’s butler. No one likes her jokes but her. Her jokes involve a fake English accent, which she does expertly badly considering she has a beautiful English accent all her own.

Evony and Lauren lunch outside

The butler took Lauren to a lunch meeting with Evony (Emmanuelle Vaugier). Evony wants to know whether her money was well spent on Lauren’s clinic. Lauren asks for a security system.

Evony

Evony wants her switcheroo serum. Now. Lauren says science takes time.

Bo and Tamsin fight with Mark watching

Bo and Tamsin chase down Mark. He gets to Bo with his story. It’s a lot like her story. Tamsin wants to kill him. Bo and Tamsin try to work it out in a fair fight using only “I” statements.

A packet of fake driver's licenses

Bo finds this in Mark’s backpack. My, doesn’t that look familiar? Plus he talks about not fitting in, leaving a string of dead bodies behind him and other story material that matches Bo’s life.

Bo with an arrow through the shoulder

Before they can finish their argument about whether to kill Mark, Bo is hit with an arrow. Mark runs away. Tamsin removes the arrow.

Vex and Trick in the alley behind the Dal

Meanwhile back at the Dal, Vex (Paul Amos) appears just in time to save Trick (Rick Howland) from some thugs.

Vex

Trick takes Vex to see Dyson because Vex needs help with 3 human murders. Dyson wants to kill Vex for Massimo’s murder of Hale.

Lauren holds two capped test tubes with metal bits inside.

Lauren goes to Bo’s because the arrow wound won’t heal no matter how many times Bo feeds off Tamsin. Lauren digs two bits of metal out of Bo. The metal bits are alive and attracted to each other. The metal gets all sparkly inside the test tubes.

Lauren watches in dismay.

Tamsin casually goes to Bo now that the wound can heal and kisses her. Lauren doesn’t like watching how commonplace this is for Tamsin. Bo looks embarrassed but Tamsin gloats. Lauren might be dying a little inside.

Bo talks to Mark.

They find Mark at the Dal. He tells more of his story. Bo is buying it. She’s liking this guy.

Mark kisses Bo.

Back at the clubhouse, Bo notices that the arrow wound still hurts. Mark kisses her. She sort of pushes him away but still manages to kiss him again. She says “Wow” twice. Where have we heard that response to kisses before, eh?

The Hunter

The Hunter (Aaron Poole), the man with all the arrows, interrupts the smooch fest. He wants to kill Mark because Mark killed his wife and daughter.

Lauren with a tranquillizer gun

They were expecting The Hunter. Lauren jumps out and shoots him full of tranquillizer darts. Then she accidentally shoots Mark.

Bo charms The Hunter

They take The Hunter to the hospital and chain him down. Bo tries to charm the truth out of him. She says his story about Mark is true.

Dyson strangles Vex.

Dyson still wants to strangle Vex. Then Vex shows him some files of the 3 dead humans. All three had were killed in ritualistic ways and then tattooed.

Bo's going in for a kiss with Mark.

Bo continues to question Mark. He says The Hunter killed his mother while he watched like a coward. Who’s telling the truth? Bo doesn’t know, but she does know there’s something about this young man that brings out the cougar in her. She can’t resist him.

Vex, Dyson and Lauren in the lab

The appearance of the 3 dead and tattooed humans happened just when the 3 dead Fae disappeared from the morgue. Vex calls Dyson a pig. This somehow makes Dyson and Lauren realize the ritual killings of the humans were done by a Fae cult. Dyson wants something from the Fae he can track.

Dyson gets a phone call.

Just when Dyson and Vex are about to track down the missing Fae, Bo calls. She needs help with the Mark problem.

Amanda Walsh.

Mystery woman from the elevator (Amanda Walsh) is behind the door Dyson didn’t open. She’s with a dead guy who has sparkly stuff running around his face.

Dyson talks to Mark.

Dyson and Vex arrive at the lab to find Mark trying to kill The Hunter. Dyson tells Mark that Mark is a shifter. This is news to Mark. Dyson says that Fae killing Fae is no longer allowed. Mark can’t kill the Hunter. The Hunter can’t kill Mark. New rules. The Hunter bolts.

Dyson restrains Mark.

Dyson holds Mark back from chasing after The Hunter and gets a really good sniff of the young shifter.

Bo's gobsmacked.

They go to the Dal where Dyson reveals that Mark is his son. Bo is a bit upset by this announcement. She’s been doing the horizontal mambo with Dyson, Jr.? Yikes.

Mark doesn't want a family

Mark’s not very impressed by his new-found dad. Mark’s not the family type, even though Dyson offers to help him and be there for him. Mark leaves.

A big box with wires sticking out.

Evony stops by the lab with something old and evil and tells Lauren to guard it.

Dyson shifting to a wolf.

Dyson finds The Hunter with a bit of help from Vex. No more Fae not killing Fae rules for him. Not when it’s his kid involved. He goes all wolf on The Hunter and eats him up.

Tamsin is happy at Bo's words

Bo goes home and makes Tamsin promise not to tell about her bump and grind with Mark. Tamsin promises. She says she was hard on Mark because his story was like her story. Bo responds by saying that maybe this thing with her and Tamsin is going to work.

Dyson with a bloody face.

Bo finds Dyson with dinner still on his muzzle, er, chin. He’s looking at a photo of Mark’s mother. He knew she died, but he’d never heard she was pregnant.

Bo tries to look like the big sister thing makes her happy.

Dyson tells Bo he wants to be alone. As she’s leaving, he says he thinks she’s going to make a great big sister for Mark. Gulp. Big sister. Just put on a happy face, Bo. Just put on a happy face.

The design.

Dyson turns back to his desk and realizes that the three tattoos make a complete design. When he puts them together, little sparkly things run all over the design.

Some Thoughts

I’m not sure I’m crazy about Bo’s growing addiction to feeding off Tamsin every time there’s a need. Bo’s too casual about it. Tamsin, on the other hand, is feeling it. Tamsin is Bo’s investigating partner with benefits. This can only lead to bad things.

I don’t know how old the character Mark is supposed to be, but Luke Bilyk the actor is  20. Bo is supposed to be about 30 (although Anna Silk is 40). He’s old enough to be with any woman of any age, including Bo. I mention this because there were some comments about his age on Twitter. A  30 or 40 year old man kissing a 20 year old woman wouldn’t be worth a comment, would it?

Of course Dyson will find out about Bo and Mark getting it on. Of course he will. But I loved the way the first kiss with Mark took us all the way back to the first kiss with Dyson in season 1. When Bo said, “Wow,” twice just the way she did, I knew that Mark would be related to Dyson and that was why she was so inexplicably attracted to him.

I’m wondering if Lauren is just putting Evony off on giving her the reverse Fae/human switcheroo serum, or if she really cannot figure out how to do it. She turned Taft Fae. Why can’t she turn Evony back to Fae?

We got a tiny mention of Kenzi in this episode when Bo complained that the sword Mark stole from her bedroom belonged to her best friend. Miss you, Kenz.

A Little Gift from Rachel Skarsten

A photo by Rachel Skarsten from her Instagram account. Are those marks something they use when they add the special effects? The special effects people on Lost Girl do an excellent job. Sparkle on!

Anna Silk behind the scenes photo by Rachel Skarsten.
Anna Silk behind the scenes photo by Rachel Skarsten.

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?