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.
Michael Grassi, who wrote the episode, was quoted in Cinefilles saying, “Our goal was to honour, and in some ways return to, the root of this incredible series that Michelle Lovretta created five seasons ago.” I think he did an admirable job.
We begin in the fire. Bruce (Rob Archer) rushes in to help, saying Bo sent him. Lauren (Zoie Palmer) notices that the horseshoe deflects the flames, and Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) grabs it. They escape the clubhouse.
Bruce only got a couple of lines and didn’t hang around after they were safely out of the building, but it was a treat to see Rob Archer in the finale. Wish more of the old faves could have made an appearance.
Now that Jack (Eric Roberts) thinks the gang is dead, they are going to have to try to save Bo from her evil self while staying out of sight.
They head to Vex’s (Paul Amos) mobile caravan, aka motor home.
Bo and Jack are in the penthouse. Bo tells him that she wants to be the one to kill Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten). She goes to Tamsin’s cage and kisses her.
Bo sucks enough chi from Tamsin to make Tamsin fall to the floor. Jack looks on with approval. Bo says, “Time to get my destiny on, daddy.”
Jack gets Bo up on the penthouse ledge and traps her there with the hell shoes. She won’t be able to move until she sucks the chi from the entire colony. She resists, but he taunts and goads. He tells her death is part of who she is and she’s not capable of love.
Bo breaks down. She sucks the chi from the whole city. When she’s finished she begs for more.
Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) and Lauren have a chat in the back of the caravan as they piece together weapons. Dyson tells Lauren that he never worried when Bo was with Lauren. He thinks Lauren can be with Bo in spite of her humanness. Lauren says she never worries about Bo because she know when she dies, Bo will have Dyson.
The gang notices blue light outside and realize that Bo is full on Pyrippus and sucking the chi out of the whole city. The horseshoe protects them.
As Bo sucks chi, the carving on the balcony wall of a Pyrippus slowly fills with light, life force. Jack is loving it.
Tamsin wakes up and takes the key out of her mouth that Bo gave her when she kissed her.
The streets are full of dead people. Everyone thinks Bo has gone 100% evil, but Kenzi refuses to accept that idea. She’s carrying the horseshoe everywhere she goes.
Jack shows Bo the Pryippus carving. It is almost filled with life force, but not quite. He says, “There is still free will in the territory.” A very symbolically Christian choice of words, there, Mr. Satan.
Bo admits her former allies are still alive. Jack sends her to find them. She promises to devour them.
Jack goes to the balcony and says, “Guardians of the city rise.” People everywhere wake up ready to do his will.
People shoot at the gang, who discover the horseshoe protects them from bullets, too. They scramble back into the caravan.
Tamsin walks through the army shooting at the gang. She casts doubt on the whole bunch of them and joins the gang in the caravan.
Bo thumps onto the roof of the caravan. Kenzi goes up to talk to her. Bo is giving her the evil eye. Kenzi begs Bo to come back, reminds her that she’s her heart, that they need her.
Bo seems to come out of it. Her eyes clear. She hugs Kenzi, too hard, then grabs the horseshoe and breaks it in two. She throws Kenzi off the caravan roof, but Dyson catches her.
Bo sucks chi from the gang. As she does she has flashbacks to loving moments with each of them. The flashbacks finally make her come out of it completely.
Bo climbs down and rushes to her friends on the ground. Lauren first, of course.
Bo tells her friends that Jack broke her. She can’t control the evil. Dyson, Lauren and Tamsin run an intervention and remind Bo that everyone has both good and evil inside them. She controlled her evil side in the past and they assure her she can do it again.
They ask Bo what she plans to do. She’s going to go full Pyrippus on Jack.
The elders approach under Jack’s control. They want the baby. Tamsin’s water breaks and Lauren prepares to deliver a baby.
While Tamsin is
breaking Kenzi’s hand having the baby, Dyson, Vex and Mark (Luke Bilyk) are all outside fighting off the elders.
Bo fights Jack in the street while Tamsin labors. She tells Jack he’s hollow – all evil with no good in him. But Bo has Trick’s blood and love makes her stronger than evil. She says, “I will live the life I choose.” She resists Hades’ power by sending pulses of succubus love up through her arm. She talks about having Trick’s blood and her veins raise up to bursting with blood. It’s a good vs. evil hand job.
Bo does a reverse chi on Jack. Or maybe she’s breathing fire. I’m trying not to examine too carefully the logic of her sudden hand prowess and her killer reverse chi.
He falls. Bo wins. Jack is gone.
Well, that sure went fast when it finally happened.
Bo climbs back up on the caravan roof and returns the life force to the whole city. Everyone goes back to their normal mixed up mess of living.
The baby is a girl. That’s not a good screen shot of Tamsin. She was actually pretty smiley about the little girl.
Mark and Vex go outside. Mark says he’ll probably never choose between light and dark, but there is one choice he’s definitely made. He reaches out to take Vex’s hand. Aww, they’re officially sweethearts!
Bo goes inside and sees the baby. She tells everyone Valkyries die in childbirth. Tamsin refuses to let Bo give her chi to save her. She wants no crying over her passing, either. The last life of a Valkyrie is called “the rising.” Tamsin whispers the name Dagny to Bo and vanishes in a twinkling of light. Rise, Tam-Tam, rise. One feather falls back onto the baby.
A day or so later, when the Valkyrie baby is almost a toddler, Bo straps her into a car seat. She promises not to let her grow up a lost girl and that everyone will be watching over her. They are sisters, after all.
The car is Kenzi’s. She’s taking Dagny to raise her. She tells Bo she never lost faith in her and that she loves her. Bo says, “You’re my heart.” A hug and a kiss and Kenzi is off. In her car is a newly repaired horseshoe.
Lauren and Bo sit on the hood of the Camero. Lauren says, “I, human, Lauren Lewis, want to spend the rest of my life with you, succubus, Bo Dennis.” That certainly reminds me of marriage vows, doesn’t it you?
Lauren asks, “Do you think we can do this?”
Bo answers, “I do.”
And now, by the power vested in me as a fan, I pronounce them spouses for life.
They kiss, which Dyson promptly interrupts. He asks if Dagny will know who her father is.
Bo replies that just because Jack is gone doesn’t mean he isn’t still there, waiting. Evil never dies.
Time passes. We know not how much, but Valkyries grow damn fast.
Two teenaged girls are making out in the back of a car. One stops to look at herself and squirm a bit. Something is going on with her body she doesn’t understand. A cop comes up to shine a light on their smooch fest.
The cop is Mark! He takes the teenager in question (Olivia Scriven) to the Dal. Because she is you-know-who all growed up.
The barkeep, Dyson, has Dagny sign the ledger. Lauren gives her an injection. The girl looks around and recognizes everyone from Kenzi’s descriptions. But where is her sister, Bo?
Bo comes in with, “Hi, Dagny. The last thing your mother said to me was your name. It means ‘new day.’” Bo tells her, “Kenzi kept you safe among humans, but evil is coming for you.”
Dagny asks what happens then.
Bo answers, “We’ll be ready.”
Triumph of the queer! Bo and Lauren end up together. Vex and Mark end up together. Dagny may be as bi as her mother and sister. It’s a validation of the attitude of Lost Girl toward sexuality from the beginning. Too bad Dyson and Kenzi don’t have some lovely person to be with, but at least they survived the mass die-off at the end of this season. And Dyson does have a prospect in the future.
It was also the triumph of what Hades himself referred to as “free will.” That is normally a religious phrase applied to the idea that Bo – and we – can live the life we choose. The message at the heart of the finale of Lost Girl is we choose good over evil because it is an exercise of our free will. Neither humans (nor Fae) are perfect creatures, but we can choose a life of good.
Tamsin’s choice to have the daughter as her legacy tied in nicely with the theme of the series. Dagny will have to choose good despite her parentage, just like Bo, just like Tamsin, just like Vex, possibly even like Evony.
It is fitting that the last image in the last episode of the last season is Anna Silk smiling that beautiful smile of hers, assuring us that everything’s gonna be all right. Yes.
I am officially in mourning for the loss of Lost Girl.
Tomorrow I’ll publish a post thanking all the cast and crew for 5 wonderful years of Lost Girl. It is too long to include with this recap.