TV REVIEW: Lost Girl Season 1 Overview

Right now, if you want some supernatural or mythical elements in your weekly TV you are spoilt for choice: Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Once Upon A Time, Grimm, True Blood, Being Human (US and UK), American Horror Story, Walking Dead, the list goes on and on.

The one show that you might not be watching, but which I assure you deserves the attention of your eyeballs, is the Showcase original drama Lost Girl.

What would you do if you woke up tomorrow and found out that all fairytale creatures and myths were real? Not only that but those creatures live unnoticed amongst normal humans and have done for centuries. Not only that but you are one of them – a Succubus to be precise – and as an ‘unaligned’ creature there is a ruling elite of Light and Dark Fae who are very interested in making your sudden acquaintance?

That is the in-a-nutshell premise of the show Lost Girl. Currently airing a second season in the US on the cable network Showcase, and the FX channel, as well as Syfy (U.S) and Syfy in the UK.

The Pilot “It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World” establishes the supernatural-with-modern-world rules quickly and effectively. That the Fae view humans as lesser beings at best, and as food at worst is made apparent. With its ‘trial by fire’ and ‘chosen one’ motifs it could have come across as cheesy, but Anna Silk as Bo plays everything straight, and reacts fairly logically to the bonkers information constantly thrown her. As Bo, Silk excels at kicking ass first and dealing with the details later. Ksenia Solo as Kenzi portrays a street smart Goth who easily exceeds the initial ‘sidekick’ label. She may be the only human amongst the recurring cast but she can kick butt with the best of ‘em, and is always on the lookout to turn any situation to her personal advantage. The rest of the regular cast consists of Kristen Holden-Reid as Dyson, a Werewolf who is also a detective in the human world, and his friend and co-detective Hale, a Siren played by K.C Collins. Lauren is the official Light Fae human doctor played full of angst by Zoie Palmer. Trick the ‘way-station’ bar owner and Bo’s mentor is played with great humour by Rick Howland, and Cle Bennet rounds off the regular cast as “The Ash’; head of the Light Fae council and owner of a melodious baritone voice.

Bo and Kenzi establish themselves as an unofficial Fae detective agency, treating Fae and human clients equally. Although the show deals with an impressive variety of supernatural and mythological creatures across the entire season, it manages to avoid that over familiar ‘monster of the week’ feeling, even though it plays to the format. Over the course of the first season the show manages to deal with forty-six different types of Fae, although fifteen of those are only referenced and not actually seen. The show also manages to carry a consistent overall story arc and show believable character development.

It has moments of pure awesome – I challenge you not to smile during Kenzi and Trick’s negotiations at the bar in “The Mourning After”. Moments of real squick – beware the soup in “Food for Thought”. Moments of ‘duh!’ Fae frequently lie – “Bloodlines” and “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Fae”, and moments of ‘wtf?’ – “ArachnoFaebia”. Plus more on-screen sexytimes – pretty much every episode – than I could possibly count. As a Succubus it’s easier to count the people that Bo doesn’t share naked times with. All this plus faster narrative pacing than your average F1 race. My only reservation is that if you are an arachnophobe then you should definitely skip Episode 7 “ArachnoFaebia”, which is also (arguably) the weakest episode in the entire season.

Aside from the writers incurable’ penchant for ‘cute’ Fae related episode titles – see full episode list below – and the slightly restrictive ‘monster of the week’ format, Lost Girl is an all around entertaining and engrossing modern take on the supernatural-as-reality.

Season One Episode List:

1 – It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World

2 – Where There’s A Will, There’s A Fae

3 – Oh Kappa, My Kappa (aka Sorority)

4 – Faetal Attraction

5 – Dead Lucky

6 – Food for Thought

7 – ArachnoFaebia

8 – Vexed

9 – Fae Day

10 – The Mourning After

11 – Faetal Justice

12 – (Dis)Members Only

13 – Bloodlines

**Spoilers**

If you enjoyed season one, then season two gives you more of the same, as well as possibly one of the funniest body-swap episodes ever in “Original Skin”.

At the beginning of season one Bo didn’t know what she was, or that anyone else possessed her skill set. By the end of the season not only has Bo found her mother (who it turns out is also a sociopath), she also gains a mentor in the form of bar owner Trick. A mentor who may have more keys to her past and personhood than he at first lets on. Bo also gains some friends for life in the shape of the surprisingly resourceful human Kenzi, and the Siren detective Hale. Still unsure of her place in the labyrinthine Fae social hierarchy, Bo stands stubbornly determined not to pledge allegiance to either the Ruling Elite ‘Light Fae’ or their counterparts the ‘Dark Underfae’. Helping the helpless, Bo encounters alluring and alarming myths and Fae every week, whilst also sitting at the apex of a love triangle involving the Werewolf detective Dyson, and the human Lauren who is also the Light Fae official doctor.

The end of season one leaves most of the Light Fae council deceased, Bo’s mother dead, and the worrying implications of the deal between Dyson and the wish-bargaining Norn. Season one might be viewed as ending on a low note, but the finalities are wonderfully balanced out by the unknowns: Who is Bo really? What is the extent of her Succubi powers? Where, who (and what) is her father? What does Trick know about her heritage that he’s not telling Bo? What *exactly* did the Norn take from Dyson, and what is Kenzi’s full back story?

**End Spoilers**

Two Sentence Sum-up: Fairies and Myths are real; the good, the bad and the very ugly. Discovering her Fae heritage, Bo the succubus, along with her street savvy friend Kenzi, must learn how to navigate the ancient world of mystical and deadly creatures that exists alongside our own.

The Syfy UK channel currently shows new episodes of Lost Girl every Thursday night at 9pm, with repeats shown every Monday at 11.50pm. Episode 12 of season two airs in the UK on March 29th 2012. The full second season is twenty two episodes, an increase over the original thirteen episode run of season one. Showcase has announced that Lost Girl has definitely been picked up for a third season of thirteen new episodes to be aired sometime in late 2012, although no specific air dates have been finalised.

Unfortunately only season one has been released on DVD and is Region 1 locked. It also appears to only have been released in Canada. If you are lucky enough to have a region-free device to play DVDs, then season one is available from various internet retailers

GS Reporter: Faintdreams

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