Recap: Lost Girl, S4, E1 In Memoriam

A truck rolls into a warehouse with Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) hanging on underneath. She creeps out and watches some dudes put a wicker basket full of something (perhaps the Una Mens) in storage. Someone catches her just as Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried)  and Hale (K.C. Collins) come to the rescue. She tries to convince the dude holding on to her as a terrorist that’s she actually Fae by putting on a little fireworks show with sparklers shooting from her hands.

Kenzi gets sparkled
Kenzi gets sparkled

She is released, Dyson and Hale walk her out. Dyson calls her Sparkie and Tinkerbell. Hale says she smells like sunflowers and chardonnay (he’s sweet on her for sure) and reminds her that her fake Fae powers are temporary.

At the clubhouse, Kenzi is wearing Bo’s kimono, talking about thongs. Dyson says the thongs sort of fill the place up, but he doesn’t mention the missing Bo, who should be filling up the place.

It’s as if Bo was never there. She’s completely out of the conversation. Kenzi claims she’s not lonely. Dyson says, “Why would you be lonely with me here?”

dyson and kenzi kissing
Dyson and Kenzi kissing. What?

Dyson deals with the sight of a beautiful woman in Bo’s kimono by launching a memory sub-routine he can’t articulate. He kisses Kenzi-the-stand-in-for-Bo. Kenzi really gets into the kissing when suddenly Dyson remembers his buddy Hale, who been carrying a torch for Kenzi since forever, and stops kissing. Crikey, mate, it isn’t like Hale was grabbing a lot of kisses from Kenzi on his own initiative. I’m all in favor of people kissing Kenzi – in fact I’d like to see Bruce give it a shot and I wouldn’t mind Kenzi getting Hale’s shirt off again (please). But kissing Dyson feels a little too much like sister sabotage, except for the little plot point that she can’t remember her sister-friend Bo even exists.

Dyson asks, “Since when are we – this?”

Aife
Aife’s lost her daughter

A knock at the door. It’s Aife (Inga Cadranel), who needs a private investigator to help her find her daughter. Her daughter named Bo. Dyson and Kenzi look at each other like who’s Bo? Kenzi says, “Kind of a dude’s name, am I right?”

Aife, Dyson and Kenzi go to a restaurant to talk private investigating. Aife reminds Dyson they’ve met before – at Taft’s lab. He remembers being at Taft’s lab and that Aife was there, but not Bo.

Kenzi is trying to wrap her head around the idea that this sexy woman has a 30 year old daughter. Aife says there’s no record of her birth but she’s pretty darn sure she has a daughter and that she would have named her after her own mother. She says she knew as soon as she found this photo that it was her daughter.

The photo of Bo
The photo of Bo

Isn’t that the photo of Bo that Dyson kept in his night stand?

Dyson looks at it and says, “This is a beautiful woman.”

Kenzi grabs it and says, “Yeah, if your into like faces and bodies, whatever.”

Aife pulls down her lower eyelid for some show and tell.

see my eye
See that?

Dyson and Kenzi peer into her eye and see a dark spot. Dyson says, “That’s a requerdo coil (or something phonetically close to that). Hard proof that a Fae has been messing with her memory.”

Aife mentions paying well, so Kenzi agrees to take the case. Dyson’s phone alarm goes off and he gets up to go to the spot where he goes every day in search of Tamsin, who somehow saved him by going all Thelma and Louise and driving her truck off a cliff with Dyson in it. Seems Tamsin hasn’t been seen for months.

Charm the waitress
Charm the waitress

The waitress brings the bill, which Aife gets out of paying by laying some succubus charm on her. Since it’s the exact same waitress that Bo pulled this trick on in episode 1, Kenzi has a moment of dissonance because she recognizes the situation even though she doesn’t remember why. Her reaction is the same as in episode 1: larceny. She wants to be Aife’s manager.

At the Dal, Kenzi and Trick (Rick Howland) are looking at some steam punk gadget that looks like a junior high science project model of the solar system. They talk about the fact that Trick thinks someone is messing with the balance of space and time. He thinks its the Una Mens. Kenzi asks if that would do memory loss. He says no, asks why she’s interested. She says she needs a bead on a local Fae who could cause amnesia. Trick goes into his Fae Rolodex and pulls out the name of Dr. Snook.

Kenzi says, “Speaking of docs, any word on Lauren?” Tamsin she remembers. Lauren she remembers. Apparently only Bo is forgettable. Trick says Lauren abandoned the light Fae. Kenzi mentions the love of Lauren’s life – Nadia – and what the Fae did to her. She says Lauren is the only human ally she has. Trick says there are people looking for her. Kenzi says, “Yeah, I’ve heard that one before, Gramps.”

Who you calling Gramps?
Who you calling Gramps?

Trick looks at her like Gramps? revealing that he doesn’t remember he’s a grandfather, even though the word trips so easily from Kenzi’s lips. She quickly corrects herself by calling him Trickster.

The memory worm
The memory snatcher

At Dr. Snook’s, the doc recognizes immediately that Kenzi and Dyson both have the recumbent coil (or whatever it is called) in their eyes. When Kenzi realizes someone has been extracting her memory her first thought is that she could be famous – a Kardashian – and not even remember it. Dyson asks who could put the memory worm in both humans and Fae. Snook says, “Someone more powerful than Snook.”

At the Dal, Trick says for a memory spell of this magnitude you have to find and shatter the requerdo compass. Trick says rumor is that Angorum (Englerum?), the collector, has the compass. Kenzi, of course, knows that this Angle Worm character is throwing a bash but he keeps all his collectibles under lock and key.

As Kenzi is leaving Trick’s lair, he makes her empty her purse of everything she’s lifted during her visit. When he sees and touches the photo of Bo, his hand shakes and he gets a sort of shock. He says, “Tell me everything you know about your client.”

We move to The Morrigan’s place, but Vex (Paul Amos) is in charge. There’s a wall sized poster of the former Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier) on the wall.

Vex is large and in charge
Vex is large and in charge

Vex wants to go to the same party Kenzi was talking about and he’s obsessing about tickets. Dyson comes in. Dyson also wants to score tickets to the collector’s ball tonight. Insert joke from Vex about Dyson liking balls here. Dyson says that he needs to get back something that’s been lost and if Vex doesn’t help him, he’ll explain that Vex exaggerated the details of young Evony’s demise. Dyson can smell Evony hidden in the back and knows she isn’t really dead as Vex claims. Vex hands over 3 tickets.

Cut to the ball. Dancers, mood lights, Dyson and Hale are there waiting for their girl to arrive. She’s back at the club house worrying about her outfit. And thinking about Lauren. She calls and leaves voice mail for Lauren.

Massimo appears. Kenzi’s angry it took him so long to get there with his vial of spark extract. She wants him to make her temporarily Fae one more time. He only gives her a tiny bit because she still owes him for the first two batches.

Mossimo gets grabby
Massimo gets grabby

Massimo suggest there are other ways to pay if she’s short on cash and gets a little grabby with Kenzi. She pushes him away but begs for more sparkle power and promises his money will be coming.

At the ball, Dyson and Hale spot Kenzi. She looks stunning, which Hale appreciates completely. Dyson only complains that she’s late. Dyson says they gotta do something good to win the prize and get to meet the England Worm dude. Kenzi says she’s seduced plenty of rich guys and will show them her skill set. She drags Hale off to the dance floor.

Cleo wants Dyson to buy her a free drink
Clio wants Dyson to buy her a free drink

Who shows up hitting on Dyson but Mia Kirshner. This is no Mia Kirshner you’ve ever seen before. This Mia is a nymph named Clio. She’s bouncy, perky, smiley, and wants to mix it up with the wolf. She makes the terrible elevator speech blunder of telling him that she’s a nymph. (A nymph who can make puns using the word “faun.”) All Dyson has to hear is nymph and he flashes back to bad memories of other nymphs and too much tequila. Clio says not all nymphs are bad and laughs charmingly.

Dyson’s attention is drawn to the dance floor. Clio thinks Kenzi and Hale’s tango is more pathetic than Dyson’s small talk, but Dyson rushes to the dance floor to rescue the situation.

Love triangle tango
Love triangle tango

The trio produce an awesome tango. Kenzi-the-stand-in-for-Bo takes her love triangle to the dance floor with Dyson and Hale-the-stand-in-for-Lauren twirling her around and doing impressive lifts and tosses as they triangle tango their way to victory.

Mmm, leg.
Mmm, leg.

We’ve seen Ksenia Solo dance before whenever anyone asks where the toothpaste is located, but this is a real Dancing with the Stars production. She has moves, does Ksenia Solo. And legs. I assume you have noticed the Betty Grable legs on our favorite succubus sidekick. Those legs go everywhere a tango can take a leg and into a few spots Dyson and Hale invent on the spot. Look at those legs.

The dance ends and Kenzi is presented with the rose, which means she gets to go into the collector’s private chambers.

The Antiquities Collector
The Antiquities Collector

Kenzi calls out “Engleroom?” and who should appear but George Takei. (Incidentally, IMDB lists George Takei’s character name as “Amphisbaena.” Why everyone pronounces it like some variation of angleworm is not explained.) Turns out our collector is a gigantic snake with a gigantic lispy “s-s-s-s-s” in middle of everything he says.

Vex crashes the party
Vex crashes the party

At the ball, Vex crashes the party looking for the wolf and making dire predictions about the Una Mens. Vex’s fashion choices here run to high heeled shoes and a chest-baring shirt. Clio rushes over to Dyson and offers to show him how to get out of there for a price. He declines and Clio leaves him there to tangle with Vex on his own. Everyone runs from Vex.

Kenzi is struggling to explain to Mr. Giant Snake what her deepest desire is: The Ricardo Montalbán, The Ricky Martin, the compass thingy. Apparently he understands what she’s asking for and says, “That’s it? You’re kind of s-s-s-s-hallow.” They exchange a few fashion tips, and Mr. Giant Snake says, “I thought the little human would wish for her return.” She says, “What?” He tosses her the compass thingy.

Kenzi turns to leave. She says, “You called me human.” He says, “There was something so vulnerable about your tango.” For good measure, he says he plans to swallow her whole.

Dyson and Vex are trading insults. Vex says he knew all along memory was gone. He doesn’t want people to remember that he wasn’t always the all powerful messmer/Morrigan he is now. Hale shows up and joins in the battle by sirening Vex’s ears into submission. This frees up Dyson to rush in and save Kenzi by throwing a giant spear into the giant snake.

Outside the Dal, Trick and Aife meet. She calls him Daddy and goes to hug him.

Meanwhile Dyson and Kenzi are about to align the compass to true north. First Dyson has to tell Kenzi all the things he would say to Bo if he remembered who the hell she was. Instead he says them to Kenzi. Instead of kissing him, which is what he wants, Kenzi admits she is lonely. She says things aren’t right and her heart hurts.

They align the compass to restore everyone’s memory, and all the following things happen at the same time.

Aife pulls out a knife to kill Trick.

Kenzi, Hale, Dyson and Vex all remember Bo and say they are going to find her. Plus they want to find out who did the memory trick to them. Hale wants to talk to Kenzi but she says, “Until she’s back I can’t even breathe.”

The slimy thing in the wicker basket that we saw at the start of the episode starts showing signs of life.

Lauren

The memory bug really got Lauren (Zoie Palmer). Poor Lauren forgot everything – not just Bo. We find her waiting tables wearing the name tag Amber. Not Lauren, not Karen. Nope. The name she uses now is Amber. Since she’s waiting tables, we can assume she also doesn’t remember she’s a brilliant scientist who can toss out words like “sodium chloride” and remembers how to pronounce “formaldehyde” even when she’s in bed with a naked succubus. Lauren also forgot what color her hair is and how to apply makeup. She falls into a chair in amazement and says, “Bo. I remember.” Let’s hope she also remembers the way to the clubhouse and how to restore her hair to its former state.

Bo wakes up
Bo wakes up

Finally we see Bo, who apparently has been making like Sleeping Beauty. She opens her eyes and we see the familiar blue of succubus lust in her eyes.

But where is Tamsin?

Personal Thoughts

  • This was a great way to deal with the problem of the star needing a little more maternity leave time. It was surprising and fun and twisted in interesting ways.
  • It gave Ksenia Solo a chance to be the star while doing the tango. She handled both responsibilities admirably.
  • The episode sets up the Una Mens as the looming evil for future episodes.
  • I like wondering where Tamsin is. A little more suspense never hurt anyone.
  • I like wondering why Lauren didn’t remember the most basic things about her identity as a scientist.
  • I’m getting really tired of wondering who the Wanderer is. Tell us, already.

Announcing Lost Girl Recaps

Thanks to a friendly reader, I found a way to watch episodes of Lost Girl before they come to a U.S. network in January. I’ll be recapping season 4.

I’m about a month behind the starting date for season 4 in Canada, and about a month ahead of when they will air in the U.S.

Old Ain’t Dead is your in-between recapper.

When I started this blog, my first post was about Lost Girl. It’s only right that I join in the recapping orgy that surrounds every episode of this show.

Look for the first recap this coming week.

Recommended: Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is an Australian series that just appeared on Netflix and Amazon. Season 1 is available on Netflix, season 2 is currently airing in Australia.

Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher
Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries takes place in 1928 Melbourne. Essie Davis is Phryne Fisher, a feminist and free spirit who becomes a detective. The music, the sets, and the costumes are delightful, as are Phryne (pronounced fry-nee) and the people around her. Phryne is bold and clever and a couple of steps ahead of the police in solving crimes.

Other major characters are Nathan Page as Detective Robinson, Ashleigh Cummings as Phryne’s maid Dot. (That’s her in the photo at the top.) Tammy Macintosh is Phryne’s doctor friend (a woman doctor in 1928!). A couple of characters who run general detecting type errands and drive Phryne around are played by Travis McMahon and Anthony Sharpe.

The series airs in Australia on ABC-TV. It’s on Facebook.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Images ©ABC-TV Australia

Trailers for Orphan Black, season 2

They are keeping the Orphan Black cards pretty close to the chest with these teasers. They fall into the “is that all there is” category.

This one tells us even less.

In spite of this pitifully lacking look at what season 2 promises, I cannot wait to see what Tatiana Maslany does with the multiple parts she plays in Orphan Black. It is at the top of my list of fascinating and compelling TV for 2013. I hope 2014 will be equally excellent.

Elders React to The Hunger Games

I went to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire the first weekend it was out, unlike the elders they interviewed for this film. I was not the only person in the theater with gray hair, either.

It was very exciting, dramatic and suspenseful – as you would expect from a film like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Yes, there is gratuitous killing in the story. The deeper story is about revolution and change, about oppression and exploitation, about freedom and fairness. Katniss represents the power to energize people to make the world a better place. She symbolizes leadership and love and justice. She does it all while being female. It’s extraordinary. It’s important.

Gender Inequality in Film (Infographic)

New York Film Academy takes a look at gender inequality in film

Trailer for Muffin Top: A Love Story

Muffin Top: A Love Story is a movie by women, about women. It’s also about body image. And love.

I love it already.

Watch the trailer.

Muffin Top: A Love Story was funded by a Kickstarter project and a bunch of awesome people who like the idea of women both in front of and behind the camera as much as I do. The muffintopmovie.com website has more stuff about this chick flick made by real chicks.

Review: The English Teacher

The English Teacher has potential, I think, as I’m thumbing my way through Netflix on a Friday night. Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane. It looks like a romantic comedy that could work on an otherwise long evening.

The English Teacher poster
The English Teacher poster

I took a chance. I enjoyed it. I watched it all the way through. It wasn’t so terrible that I had to quit 10 minutes in, but it was definitely not as good a film as you might expect from Julianne Moore and the other exemplary members of this cast.

The plot was fine. Julianne Moore is an English teacher – one of her former students returns to town feeling like a failure because his play was rejected – she decides to get the play produced at her high school. Nathan Lane is fantastic as the high school drama coach. Michael Angarano is perfect as the talented but immature playwright. Greg Kinnear, who of course we know will be Julianne Moore’s love interest simply from reading the cast list, does a fine job as the father of the young playwright and eventually makes it to love interest category. The play gets produced with a few bumps along the way.

Maybe “bangs” along the way would be a better term. Michael Angarano and Julieanne Moore have a moment on the desk in her classroom which adds complications to the plot. Especially when he then moves on to the high school girl leading the play, Lily Collins. And, of course, there are the complications involved in getting Moore and Kinnear together after they get off to a rocky start.

Predictable plots are a romantic comedy staple and new approaches to the various plot changes are always appreciated. This film does fine at that.

No, it wasn’t the plot.

It was the cute.

There was too much cutesy voice over. (Voiced by Fiona Shaw, by the way.) That grew annoying. Also, there was the cutesy way the teacher graded men like they were an English essay and we saw her “notes” plastered on the screen as she talked to them. If I could magically sweep away the cute, I’d recommend this as a great representative of the romantic comedy genre.

Alas, I can only recommend it as an average representative of the romantic comedy genre. Which, of course, is why I watched it all the way through and found it entertaining. Let’s face it, if you’re into rom coms, you’re used to average.

Check out the trailer.

If you watch The English Teacher, I’d love to hear your opinion of the cute. Was it as annoying to you as it seemed to me?

6 Movies to Watch at Home over the Thanksgiving Holiday

If you can pry the TV away from the football fans, there are many good movies available for instant streaming that can be fun for a family holiday weekend. Here are a few ideas for your Thanksgiving viewing.

For the Grown-Ups

Robot & Frank poster
Robot & Frank poster

Robot & Frank is delightful. Frank, warmly played by Frank Langella, is a former jewel thief and second story man who is losing himself to Alzheimer’s. His son, James Marsden, gives him a robot butler to take care of him. The robot makes sure he eats healthy and takes his pills. Plus, the robot can carry on an interesting conversation. One problem – or bonus – the robot makes no moral judgements about theft. The robot is voiced with great charm by Peter Sarsgaard.

Robot & Frank appeals because of its older lead characters. Here’s another.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel poster

A more complex story with many more characters that would do well for the family over a holiday weekend is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The cast includes many of the world’s best actors, most of whom are over 50! There will be a part 2 of this delightful movie in the future.

For the Younger Crowd

If you plan on heading out to the theater to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, why not watch the original The Hunger Games before you go to refresh everyone on the story?

The Hunger games poster
The Hunger Games poster

Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is an inspiring character that everyone in the crowd can root for.

There’s plenty of action in The Hunger Games, but another action-filled option for the late teen/young adult contingent would be The Avengers.

The Avengers poster
The Avengers poster

Everybody loves a good superhero, right?

For the Little Ones

Why not step back in time a bit to something the kiddos haven’t already watched 80 times in the last week. And why not pick something with enough humor to keep the adults interested, too. Once such choice is Cars.

Cars poster
Cars poster

Don’t be afraid to go way, way back to old classics. They always satisfy and keep the little ones glued to the floor until dinner is ready. How about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang one more time? You know you enjoy it.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang poste
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang poster

Our modern world brings so much choice in entertainment into your home every day. Why not put some of these movies in your watch list for the holiday?

Helix: Coming to SyFy in January

SyFy is a favorite channel. I’ve loved Eureka, Warehouse 13, Defiance, Continuum, and Lost Girl. I even watch Haven sometimes, although it isn’t nearly as good as the other shows I mentioned.

Helix, a show coming in the new year, looks like it may be another favorite. Here’s the trailer.

Here are some things it has going for it.

  • Stories about the CDC and mysterious viral outbreaks always interest me.
  • Billy Campbell is playing the lead character. I like him. This is important because I tend to watch shows with female lead characters. When I entertain thoughts of watching a male led story, the guy better be someone I can tolerate.
  • There are plenty of women characters in the story, including a newly announced part for Jeri Ryan.
  • The show is partly the work of Ron Moore, who worked on Battlestar Gallactica in all its incarnations and on Carnivàle, a show I enjoyed for the weirdness.

I have a friend who won’t watch anything sci fi. She’s perfect except for this one defect. Personally, I love the weird stuff.

Are you interested? There are a bunch of clips from the show at SyFy.com. Check it out and let me know if you think you’ll be watching.