Spinster – what an old fashioned word. Maybe it made sense back in the day when a woman had to marry in order to survive. But these days, when a woman can choose to be single and do just fine, the spinster concept is long gone. Somebody already used the phrase living single, so for this charming Canadian film, spinster it is. The film is streaming on Prime Video.Continue reading “Spinster: bad title, good message”
In the Lost Girl episode “Destiny’s Child,” we learn some long-held secrets and unravel some of season 4’s mysteries – or do we?
On the midnight train to some other plane of existence a welder works as the train falls to bits around him. The crown inscribed Isabeau sits beside him. Does this welder have something to do with Bo’s grandmother?
Bo (Anna Silk) gathers Trick (Rick Howland), Kenzi (Ksenia Solo), Lauren (Zoie Palmer) and Dyson (Kris Holden-Reid) in the Dal. She announces she’s ready to get to the bottom of whatever is going on.
Bo brings out the bottle of dark matter she mailed herself. There’s arguing about what she should do with it. Bo is unimpressed with every other point of view but her own, and she takes the lid off the jar.
Black smoke drifts out of the jar, causing Trick pain. The smoke forms into this dude.
Bo asks if he’s friend or foe.
He introduces himself as Hugin (Jonathan Watton) and says he means no harm. He’s The Wanderer’s vessel, traveling from plane to plane. Bo knows they’ve met before and he says he and his brother Munin are the ones who took her away in a puff of black smoke. The brothers took Bo to their father’s train.
“Father?” asks Bo.
He answers yes, The Wanderer is a great man. Hugin mentions that his brother is the one who trapped him in the jar the moment Bo got on the train. Something to do with his brother lusting after his wife. He will help Bo get back to the train if she will help him take revenge against his brother and his backstabbing wife. Bo’s ready to go.
Kris and Lauren want to go, too. Hugin says no.
Bo turns to Lauren and Dyson and says, “I love you both, but right now I need you both to watch me walk away.” She touches both of them, looks them in the eyes, says, “It’s never going to get easier, is it?”
Off she goes in a puff of smoke.
Dyson takes off for the boxing ring to get a gun from his locker.
Lauren walks in behind him and says, “I was getting my science stuff.” Her jacket’s loaded up with vials and syringes. She’s ready to go kick some crow ass. (Hugin is a crow.) He gives her a knife, just in case. He looks at her carefully and says, “You know, I’m not sure if I could either.” What? asks Lauren. Choose, he answers.
“I could,” Lauren answers with a grin and a shrug. He laughs. He knows who she would choose. But what is this ambivalence he’s feeling? Is he attracted to the doctor?
Trick either has a headache or he’s thinking really hard. He gets up to leave. Kenzi and Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) come in. They want help and answers. Trick is not helpful, in fact he’s pretty rude. There are insults and raised voices.
Trick leaves. Kenzi and Tamsin decide to search Trick’s lair for something helpful.
Hugin and Bo rematerialize in a grave yard. He cautions her not to step on the graves or she’ll be sucked into hell by the Leviathan. She wants to get what they came for and get out of there. More crows appear, shifting into human form.
The first is Munin (Joris Jarsky), who considers Bo a pleasant surprise. He caws a few times and more crows fly in and take human shape. They recite a counting crows nursery rhyme until they reach “7 is the devil.”
Bo likes the odds. Hugin’s wife appears. Marital spats sizzle between them.
Kenzi and Lauren scour Trick’s lair and find a blank book. Kenzi says, “This is it. We have to write in this book with Trick’s blood.” She’s sure he’s hiding an inkwell of blood somewhere. Back to searching.
Trick pays a call on Dao Ming (Jadyn Wong). She’s one of those Fae with long curvy fingernails who make you tell the truth no matter what.
Trick needs answers and he wants her help to release a blocked memory. She says no. He offers to pay. She still says no. Finally he says, you hate the person who’s blocked this memory. Who might that be, she asks. “Me,” answers Trick. She finds that interesting. She will help get the truth, no matter how painful.
The murder of crows have Bo and Hugin cornered. Bo’s ready to fight, but Hugin switches sides, kisses his wife, and laughs at tricking her. Now when he refers to The Wanderer as his “father” they all laugh. Their former employer has a particular interest in Bo, but he’s not a parent to these feathered fellows.
They intend to kill her – slit her throat – but wanted to have the fun of tricking her first.
Bo folds her arms and falls into a grave, descending straight into the Netherworld below. “I did not see that coming,” says Munin.
In the cavelike Netherworld Bo calls out to an echoing voice to show itself. It’s the Leviathan (Jennifer Dale). The Leviathan irritates Bo by calling her Princess. Bo irritates her right back by calling her Levi.
Levi clamps a hand on Bo’s “hand hickey” and falls to the ground. Where did you get that mark? Bo says it came from some guy on a train.
Levi’s searched for that mark for 600 years. It was supposed to be hers. She wants it. She needs it.
Bo just wants to know where the door is. Well, shucks, no one ever leaves here the Leviathan claims. Give me the mark, says Levi. Bo will fight for it. She draws a knife.
Levi wants a game of riddles. Another way to fight. Okay. Riddle on.
Bo quickly solves Levi’s first riddle with the help of some audio visuals.
We’re back to getting the truth out of Trick, which isn’t easy. He admits to massacres. He admits to loving himself more than Isabeau.
Tamsin finds a loose floorboard. Under it is a Japanese folding box. It’s impossible that Trick has one.
The box is magical. You must know how to open it. Kenzi thinks blood is hidden in it; they agree to open the box.
Bo comes up with a riddle: “She’s brilliant. He’s strong. Her life is little. His life is long. Both loves are pure. Both loves are true. If you were I, who would you choose?”
Levi says, “The man. He will live longer.”
“No. The woman. You love her. You wear her humanity like a shield.”
“So we’re stickin’ with the woman?”
“No, wait. The man. You crave strength.”
Bo shakes her head no. She demands to be sent back up.
The Levi wants to know if the answer was the woman. Bo says that as far as she knows there is no answer. Levi agrees to send Bo back above ground, even though she cheats at riddles, because very soon someone Bo loves will be dead. That doesn’t sound good.
Bo hides behind a grave stone as Hugin and Munin discuss the train and making lots of money from it. She steps out from hiding and tosses a crow into a grave. Then a couple more. Then another. Finally all that’s left are Hugin, Munin and Hugin’s wife: 3 for a girl.
Hugin thinks Bo’s still outnumbered.
Dyson appears and nabs Hugin.
Lauren arrives with a syringe in each hand and nabs Munin. The wife runs. Munin didn’t see that coming.
Bo tells Heckle and Jeckle she wants to get back on that train. Now. Dyson and Lauren chime in with descriptions of the excruciating things they can do to the Fae body. Persuaded, the brothers will get her on the train if they can leave immediately after they get here there.
Dyson and Lauren want to go with Bo. She says she has to do it alone, even though they are her family.
Bo blows a kiss more or less half way between where Lauren and Dyson are standing. She says, “Catch, lover,” and splits. After the smoke clears, Lauren says, “You know that kiss was for me, right?” Yeah, right is Dyson’s opinion. You have to admire Lauren’s confidence since, as far as we know, Dyson is the only one who’s been shooting off fireworks with Bo in the last few weeks.
Dao Ming asks Trick to tell the worst thing he’s ever done. He agonizes, then laughs and goes on the attack, saying he could write her right out of history like he did Rainer. When he mentions Rainer, the environment shakes, the wind blows. Trick says, “That’s it. I remember who The Wanderer is. How he came to be. What he is now. . . . I created all of this, didn’t I?”
Dao Ming says even with your power, you cannot escape fate. She laughs at him because even though he can change the future, he cannot change his nature. He leaves to warn Bo.
The ritual of opening the Japanese box has moved to the stage where Kenzi and Tamsin have the box nearly demolished. Finally they find the vials of blood.
There’s the blood, right in front of Kenzi’s eyes. Have we seen a close up of Ksenia Solo’s eyes in every episode? It seems like it.
They drag out the blank book.
Kenzi dribbles blood on a page and uses some of it to write BO. Nothing happens until Tamsin touches the blob of blood and picks up the book.
Tamsin can’t let go of the book. Her arms shake. The pages flip wildly. Her name appears 3 times on a blank page, written in blood.
Tamsin goes skelator and says, “I must take his soul. It belongs to me.”
Tamsin’s back in a conversation she and Trick had several hundred years ago. She flashes back to it as she holds the book.
Tamsin knelt over a body and Trick, dressed in Blood King garb, stood above her. He doesn’t want her to take the soul. She says it’s a warrior’s soul and she must take it. It is written. He knows what will happen if she doesn’t take it.
Trick calls her a vulture and says she overstates her importance. She says her lives are ending. Trick thinks her soul is damned to hell.
He asks Tamsin if she wants new life. More than anything, she answers. If I had more time, I would cleanse my soul and wipe my sins away.
Trick will give her new life, but for payment, he must have the soul of the dead warrior at his feet. Trick wants to curse him with his blood for arrogance, for thinking he can change the laws of the King. His soul will wander in eternity. “No one will remember his name. No one will remember Rainer, the defiant.” He turns and spits on the body.
Tamsin agrees. Trick cuts his hand and seals the deal with his blood.
Kenzi finds a big hammer and knocks the book out of Tamsin’s hands. Tamsin collapses. Kenzi attempts to revive her by saying Tammy about 20 times while patting Tamsin’s face. When Tamsin finally wakes up, she says, “Whatever you do, don’t trust Trick.”
Bo’s on the train. She finds the welder. She asks if he’s Rainer.
He takes off his jacket and mask. Bo pulls her knife and says, “Are you The Wanderer?”
When Bo sees his face (Kyle Schmid) she almost smiles. Then she attacks. They grapple over the knife, which he knocks away.
He puts his hand on her chest, guides her hand to his chest.
They are mark to mark. Bo touches his hand on her chest and smiles.
Lauren and Dyson are pacing the floor at the Dal. Trick tells them he knows who The Wanderer is: his mortal enemy Rainer.
Bo walks in with a cheerful, “Hey, guys.” She assures them she’s okay – great – never better. She says she found out why she agreed to be dark. It was her idea actually, so she would move heaven and earth to get back on that train. To Rainer. Willingly.
Trick is looking like, what?
Bo says she needed to break Rainer’s curse and free him from the train. She apologizes for putting everyone through everything.
Trick says, “It’s him. That’s Rainer.”
Rainer comes in to stand beside Bo.
Bo says, “I did all of this because he’s not my enemy. He’s definitely not my father.” Bo takes his hand, smiles. “He’s my destiny.”
- This destiny thing doesn’t work for me. It’s episode 9 of the season. There are 4 episodes left in season 4 and we haven’t heard anything about a renewal for season 5 (please, a renewal). They are not going to introduce a brand new character now who is Bo’s destiny – at least not her true love kind of destiny, which is what she’s implying with her smiling and touching. Therefore, I’m considering this another misdirection in a season stuffed with them.
- The tale of Trick’s curse creating the wandering soul rings true. He has shown numerous signs of being power mad. What an interesting twist to have Trick be the source of all this mayhem around The Wanderer. And remember the crown next to Rainer on the train? What did that have to do with Trick’s curse on the wandering soul?
- High marks to the writers for linking Tamsin to the creation of The Wanderer. In this season when she was reborn, her wings appeared. According to Massimo, that means she is again on her last life after her life renewals from the Blood King all those years ago. When she vowed back then to cleanse her soul and wipe away her sins, she didn’t do it. But in Tamsin’s current life, she is trying to atone for her sins.
- The Blood King has some soul searching to do, too. Will he?