After two episodes of sitting on the sidelines, Bo (Anna Silk) returns front and center and gets back to doing what she does best: getting involved in other people’s business and making things personal.
Let’s bitch it out…Ah Bo…it’s good to have you back. Anna Silk really is the glue that holds Lost Girl together – moreso than other series that center around a prominent central figure. It’s not that the supporting cast isn’t solid, but Silk has the gravitas required to keep the wacky (and occasionally wonky) elements of this particular series grounded.
In truth ‘Lovers. Apart’ is not a great episode. It’s not even memorable. The case of the week is a little predictable (obviously there’s more to the story about the family haunted by a ghost, but the body jumping bit has been done before and better). There’s a sweetness to the resolution that’s unexpected, though, as Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) and Bo put “Jumbee” and Noah to rest with a ceremonial marriage uniting their bones. I’m not sure that Doccubus fans will appreciate the underlying message about the wolf and the succubus joining together in holy matrimony, but I do love that Cleo (Mia Kirshner) has to helpfully provide Noah’s name when Dyson’s recites his part of the vows as though he’s actually the one getting married.
As we move out of the first third of the season, there are still quite a few plot threads remaining from Bo’s missing time that have yet to be resolved. During their time aboard the mysterious inter-dimensional train, Cleo and Dyson discover there’s apparently only one stop (this may simply mean that the train is caught in a loop, travelling en route to nowhere) and – more significantly – the train itself appears to be living, physically responds each time Dyson calls Bo’s name. It’s not clear how this will all come back into play since both Dyson and Bo forget all about the train en route back to Toronto, but rest assured that the mystery behind Bo’s capture will continue to occupy the narrative of the fourth season moving forward.
- I may be extra sensitive this week, but the paper-thin race parable of the “Jumbee” did not do the subject justice. The alien nature of the Fae on this show has often stood in as a marker for “difference” (here it’s how “Jumbee”, reacts to water), but the flashback, its rationale and the resulting vengeful blood lust are all too quickly glossed over
- “Jumbee” is an Elemental just like Cleo. Is this an issue of convenience considering that inter-dimensional travel requires treatment by one (allowing Bo to avoid kidnap by Cleo when she executes her double-cross)? Or is something more significant at work? We haven’t met Elementals before now and in season four we’ve met two of them in only three episodes. That’s weird, no?
- Lauren’s (Zoie Palmer) story continues to exist on a completely different show again this week. She’s still hanging out in a dive of a diner in bizarro witness protection program limbo, but this week “Amber” caves to Crystal’s (Ali Liebert) suggestive flirtations (Side Note: let that be a lesson, ladies. Talking about owning a farm will get you pizza, beer and sex!) Naturally Crystal turns out to be working for the Light Fae, who promptly kidnap the good doctor just as Bo and Dyson drive by. Guess Lauren’s luck isn’t going to change anytime soon…
- More than half of our regular crew don’t appear in ‘Lovers. Apart’, so no Kenzi, Hale, Trick or Tamsin. Lost Girl better make up for this with some kind of awesome, all-in episode down the line!
- Oh yeah, the Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier) is back, liquifying minions and getting replacement eyes grown by Kenzi’s dealer, the Druid (Tim Rozon). I kinda like the idea that the Morrigan has taken over Lauren’s pad in her absence, but aside from that these scenes don’t really work. Vaugier’s usually magical line-delivery feels off and the dialogue itself is far too campy, even by Lost Girl standards
- Finally, Ian, the father of the haunted family is Lochlyn Munro, who Huffington Post reviewer Melissa Girimonte remembers fondly from the 1998 comedy, Dead Man On Campus. I literally had the exact same reaction when I saw him!
- Bo (responding to Ian’s story about ghosts): “Well you know, dealing with weird shit is kinda what I do.”
What’s your take on Bo’s big return? Glad to have her back? Miss everyone else? Should we feel bad for Lauren considering she still got lucky with Crystal in a really un-sexy sex scene? Will Cleo return? What happened to the Morrigan’s eye? And what’s the deal with Bo’s imprisonment? Sound off below
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