Zombies have risen, which requires a day trip to find out who’s controlling them. Meanwhile family is very much a topic of conversation, but looks like one couple may never get the chance to start their own. Major character death ahead!
Let’s bitch it out…Alright, this episode features lots of interesting things about Rainer and lays the foundation for the fiery dragon/horse thing that’s appeared sporadically on scrolls throughout the season, but let’s be honest, the only thing anyone is going to talk about is Hale’s (K.C. Collins) death. And not “went out on the battle field in a blaze of glory” died. More like “stabbed in the back by that sniveling druid Massimo (Tim Rozon) who we all thought was dead after he pitched head-first into lava back in 4×04” died.
It’s a cheap death, that’s for sure, but hardly a surprising one. Lost Girl hasn’t really known what to do with Hale for some time now. Of all of the show’s core cast, Hale is always the first to disappear when the budget for the series shrinks and he’s the least-well integrated into the main plots. More often than not I’ve wondered if the writers truly knew what to do with the character and after he was removed as the Ash, his prominence in the series decreased even more. That’s not to say that I won’t miss Hale: he and Ksenia Solo’s Kenzi have always had great chemistry, he provides a dry comedic sensibility that contrasts the others’ silliness and he can rock a hat like no one else in the cast. If I had to pick someone to go, however, it would be him.
At this point it’s unclear how the character’s departure will affect the show moving forward. From the single scene following his death, his death will provoke some very powerful grief and anguish, as evidenced by both Bo (Anna Silk) and Kenzi. I hope that we spend a substantial portion of next week’s penultimate episode on his death: not only does Hale deserve it, but this is a major event for Lost Girl. After all, the series has never killed off a main character before, so this is a bit of a big deal (I refuse to count Nadia…that bitch had it coming).
Aside from Hale, the other parts of ‘End Of A Line’ are a mixed bag. Rainer is sidelined, which is unfortunate considering the issues I raised last week about not understanding his relationship with Bo. It’s a bit ironic, then, that so much of Bo’s storyline concerns every other character feeling the same way. After a Revenant zombie attacks Bo in her house, she, Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) and Acacia (Linda Hamilton) spend the day with Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) tracking down the individual controlling the dead. In reality it’s little more than an excuse to remind us that lots of individuals are after the lone remaining Una Mens seed. Aside from that it’s a good opportunity to beat up on Bo’s new choice of lover. It’s interesting to hear from Acacia how terrible Rainer is, though she’s unreliable so we should probably take her comments with a grain of salt. In comparison, Dyson’s concern in the bar rings far more true: it’s a conversation between former lovers wherein one doesn’t understand the other’s choice of suitor. For me it’s Bo’s inclusion of the word “Destiny” that’s off-putting because it connotes a lack of agency (even coercion) which is something I definitely don’t equate with Bo. A part of me hopes that we’ll learn that Rainer has used some kind of mind-control (despite her protests otherwise); it’s one of the few excuses that would explain why she’s acting the way she is.
- The Televixen makes a good point wondering if Hale’s death is the one the Leviathan predicted in ‘Destiny’s Child’. Any thoughts? Does this mean Bo can travel to the underworld to save him?
- Vex (Paul Amos) pops by to visit Trick in an undercooked B-plot. I appreciate that Vex, mirroring Kenzi, had a difficult childhood relationship with his father. What I’m not sure about is why this particular story needed to be included at this time, especially when it’s clear at the end of the hour that Trick really just wants to convince Vex to give him the seed.
- Similarly Kenzi’s story of abandonment with her mother feels awkwardly inserted (again – why now?)…or at least it does until Hale proposes. Then it makes a great deal more sense. Ultimately I still don’t particularly care about Kenzi’s mother outside of her narrative function (ie: making Kenzi hesitate to accept Hale’s proposal because she’s afraid of making her mother’s mistakes). This indecision nicely sets up Kenzi’s despair when Hale dies, prompting her wails to Bo that she would have said yes and married him.
- Side Note: I know it’s only about two minutes long, but Ksenia Solo destroyed me in that final scene. She’s easily the most sympathetic crier since Alyson Hannigan on Buffy (to this day when Willow cries, I cry). Silk’s no slouch herself.
- Tamsin reveals to Bo that the image of Rainer being rewritten back into history is not the man who hired her to deliver Bo. Hmm…what does that mean? Trick definitely recognized Rainer, so clearly Tamsin was hired by an outside party (or Rainer had a different face?)
- Finally, what’s more likely to signal the end of the world: ominous references to the rise of the dragon/horse Pirapiss-thing (spellcheck isn’t going to help with that one) or Tamsin and Dyson hooking up at the Dhal?
- Kenzi (announcing their nickname for Dyson after he gave his love for Bo away): “We called him Mopey Dick”
- Tamsin (asking Bo about Rainer): “What do you really know about Crazy Train?”
What are your thoughts on ‘End Of A Line’? Is Hale really dead? Did Solo slay you with her grief? Was Tamsin secretly working for someone else all along? Is Rainer good or bad? And who has the final Una Mens seed? Sound off below
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