Last week’s Lost Girl wasall about the Bo (Anna Silk) & Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) fallout in the wake of his loss of passion. This week’s episode revisits the same idea, but it does so in a much more powerfully emotional way. Plus Hale (K.C. Collins) is finally allowed to get in on the action!
Let’s bitch it out…For me, what was missing from ‘Something Wicked This Fae Comes’ was a sense of scope: by the time the second season began, we’d spent 13 hours with Bo and Dyson, watching them circle each other and trying to work through their emotional baggage. But ultimately it felt like the writers of the second season premiere didn’t trust that Dyson’s loss of love for Bo was enough to fill an episode, so they through in some Carnies and rave dancers to keep us entertained.
This week, this focus remains on the case of the week (and once again helpfully provides much appreciated Fae mythology), but the emotional crux of the episode all points back to our star-crossed lovers. This is most evident in the:
Case of the week: This week Fae mythology is once again tied into the case of the week, which concerns the forbidden love affair between a Light Fae named Sabine (Natalie Brown) and a Dark Fae named Hamish (Chris Hoffman). It’s treason to fall for a Fae from the other side, so when Hamish’s family learns of their affair, they ensure that Sabine is imprisoned for 80 years.
In the present day, the hunt is on (literally and figuratively) to find the new Ash. Sabine has been selected as the sacrificial stag in the hunt, but needs Bo’s help tracking down Hamish to say a final goodbye. The reason? The stag in the hunt has a chance to earn their freedom (by ringing a bell) but this never happens. Bo, internalizing her own issues in the lovers’ dilemma, only has a short time to reunite the pair before Sabine is killed.
Undercover Stints: It’s a pseudo-quasi undercover stint as the gang – sans Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) – hatches a plan. I loved the Mission: Impossible-style plan to rig the hunt and allow Sabine to reach the bell. The most memorable part of the episode are the fun sequences at the party as everyone works the room to ensure Hale (K.C. Collins) becomes one of the three Fae competing in the hunt. It’s a bit of (un)fortunate timing for the episode to air so close to the release of The Hunger Games since so many elements seem similar: Fae from “old money” families who want into the hunt have to woo voters to hunt the stag, which is a human being released into the game against their will (Side Note: Remember that Lost Girl is produced in Canada significantly earlier than it airs in the US, so this episode technically came out before the hit film). My favourite scene from the party? Bo, charged with taking out Hale’s competition, drains chi from one victim and turns to talk to Dyson, at which times it’s revealed that there are two other bodies slumped on the ground beside the first victim. It’s an unexpected, hilarious sight gag.
Kenzi Hair-o-meter: With Kenzi shut out of the party, she’s absent for a good portion of the episode. Instead, allow me to just take a moment to let my eyes pop out of their sockets (cartoon style) over Bo’s incredible red dress. Or rather, as SirBeegus muttered while we watched, “did her boobs get bigger?” A valid question indeed! Bah-zoonga!
Bo Personal development: Although the majority of the episode involves rigging the hunt so that Sabine appears to be arrowed by new Ash, Lachlyn (Vincent Walsh), in reality the whole affair pointedly reflects back on Bo and Dyson. Although Bo tells Kenzi early on that the case has nothing to do with her, it’s so clearly an opportunity for Bo (and the show) to metaphorically address the elephant in the room: Bo wants Dyson to fight for their love. And since Dyson can’t (or won’t) make that commitment, Bo lives out her wish via proxy by reuniting Sabine and Hamish at the end of the hunt, faking Sabine’s death so that they can, against all odds, run away and be together.
This leads to the emotional fireworks when Bo and Dyson finally have a face-to-face talk (the one we were waiting for them to have in ‘Something Wicked…’). Bo first tries to flirt with Dyson, then she becomes frustrated when he resists, and for a brief moment she even threatens to make him love her using her powers. Later she whines that she shouldn’t be punished because she hasn’t done anything, but she also knows that this has happened because Dyson loved her enough to sacrifice everything for her. Her scene with Dyson and then with Kenzi (wrapped in a shawl, eating ice cream) are emotional, powerful and feature some of Silk’s best acting on the show thus far. My heart ached as she realizes that this isn’t something that she can fix, and that moving forward her relationship with Dyson will now be a lie, because although she can say that they can be friends, in her heart, that’s not what she wants.
Sexnanigans: Nada – the girl’s too busy saving other people’s love lives and getting her heart trounced!
- Throughout the episode, there are clues that the search to “find the new Ash” is set in motion by The Black Thorn’s (Conrad Coates) desire to learn more about Bo. At the end of the episode, this is revealed to be true, though The Black Thorn also has other motivations: he’s investigating Trick (Rick Howland). The Black Thorn wants reassurance that Trick will not pursue higher power, something Trick confirms he has no intentions of doing. In return, however, the Fae Elders must promise to abandon all efforts to find Aoife, Bo’s crazy mama.
- When Bo alerts Lauren (Zoie Palmer) that the search for a new Ash has begun, Lauren is confused and…what else? Clearly it’s meaningful that we see her reach for her necklace – the symbol of her servitude to the Light Fae Elder – but her face remains unreadable. Now that Lachlyn is in power, is she free or will this mean trouble for her? Knowing this show, I’m betting the latter.
- Speaking of Lachlyn, he takes a liking to Bo at the party and then later singles her out after the crowning. Clearly this guy is bad news, but what’s his agenda? It’s still too early to tell, but Bo better watch out for this guy.
- Kenzi: “Bo, honey, I know that you’re a little sensitivo right now to penis rejection”
- Bo (when Trick describes the hunt, whose name sounds like Gyllenthal): “Which one: Jake or Maggie?”
- Kenzi (egging Hale to compete in the hunt after he protest): “Come on, Lord Gutless of Knobsburg”
- Hale (surveying the antiquated system used to count votes): “Old people like old shit.”
What did you think of the second episode? Was this more in line with what you were expecting last week? Did you get a Hunger Games vibe? How much do you want to learn more about Hale’s “old money” family that he’s bent on disappointing? Sound off below
Lost Girl airs Mondays at 10pm EST on Syfy