TV REVIEW: Lost Girl, Season 2 Episode 19 – “Truth and Consequences”

Lauren discovers the root of Nadia’s sickness, and Kenzi has to make a heartbreaking choice – Bo or Nate? Last week, temporary amnesia led Bo to almost marry Ryan. Bo discovered that exposure to her blood has the ability to emotionally enslave other people, and Dyson left town on an unspecified wolf walkabout. First episode to not feature either Hale, Nate, Nadia, or Lauren at all.

Nate continues to be utterly lovely, and gives Kenzi a key to his apartment to symbolise their maturing relationship.

Lachlan informs Bo that he has an assassination assignment for her. Bo reminds him that she doesn’t perform murder for hire, but will investigate the potential defection of the Glaive to the Garuda’s cause. The Glaive acts as Justice of the Peace  (lawmaker and sheriff combined) for all Faekind.

Lauren is increasingly concerned over Nadia’s unexplained illness. Nadia continues to show no explainable pathology which would explain her current symptoms – blackouts, fever and general paranoia. Nadia doesn’t appear to be getting worse, but she definitely isn’t improving either.  Lauren still suffers guilt over Nadia’s five year coma and also for being unable to diagnose Nadia’s current malady.

Unbeknownst to either Lachlan or Trick, both ask Hale to be their ‘man on the inside’ in the other’s camp. Both Lachlan and Trick suspect each other of siding with the Garuda. As Hale makes an incompetent spy he instead opts to make both Lachlan and Trick pool their resources to form a definitive alliance against the Garuda.  Hale accidentally reveals Trick’s title of ‘Blood King’ to Lachlan, leading the Ash to finally defer to Trick on all matters Garuda. Trick admits to knowing that Lachlan is not only the Ash but the last known Naga. With everyone’s secrets aired, an alliance is forged.

Lauren later discovers that Nadia’s illness is of Fae origin, which shouldn’t be possible because Nadia is human. Nadia refuses to take the serum that Lauren is convinced will flush out all traces of the Fae virus from her system.  Later still, Nadia – while seemingly in a trance state –  attacks a terrified Lauren with a carving knife.  Whatever is causing Nadia’s strange behaviour appears to be accelerating.

Alongside her Justice duties, the Glaive is a outspoken mentor and advocate for Fae women’s rights.  Bo and Kenzi attend a public speaking event led by the Glaive, and Bo is charmed by the ‘empower yourself’ personal creed of the Glaive. Trick gives Bo a pill that should enable her to shield her mind from the Glaive’s telepathic abilities. Armed with the pill Bo goes for a private meeting with the Glaive. Whilst sitting in a wooden chair, Bo discovers that the Glaive’s mother was a wood Nymph, giving her the ability to manipulate wood, trapping Bo. Believing Bo to be helpless, the Glaive reveals that she has given her allegiance to the Garuda. The Glaive believes in survival of the fittest and the general consensus is that the Garuda will win the approaching war. Bo escapes and delivers the Glaive – alive – to a surprised Lachlan.

Trick has a heart to heart with Kenzi, explaining that Kenzi and Bo’s friendship could prove a major liability in the upcoming war. As devoted as she is to Bo, Kenzi is a human and the upcoming conflict shouldn’t concern her.  Kenzi mulls over Tricks’ advice to go away and live an uncomplicated life, and chooses to stay and fight, even though that means ending her relationship with Nate.

After attacking Lauren, Nadia leaves her apartment and returns distressed and unsure where she’s been. Lauren explains everything about the Fae world and what caused the coma to Nadia. Nadia starts asking a lot of pointed questions about Bo’s abilities and the Ash’s compound security. Bo arrives at the apartment to find a Nadia possessed by the Garuda. Confused and in pain Nadia begs Bo for release. Killing Nadia seems the only way to defeat the Garuda, but Lauren is too conflicted to do the deed, so Bo reluctantly kills Nadia. Nadia’s dying words to Bo are a whispered ‘thank you’.

Review:

Recurring character death is something that fantasy TV can often get wrong.  For a character’s demise to truly mean something for the audience it has to a: be permanent and b: be more than just  a last minute attempt to drive the plot forward.  Poor Nadia never stood a chance. Aside from Kenzi, humans and the Fae world don’t appear to mix well at all.

Nate. Poor, doomed Nate. Nate always seemed to be too good to be true, and the obvious chemistry between the two actors portraying Kenzi and Nate rang true. Alas due to the nature of this show Nate was always only going to have one of three character arcs: 1: Death by Fae 2: Joining the usual suspects in knowing about the world of the Fae, followed (eventually) by death by Fae 3: Relationship with Kenzi finishes and he is saved from death by Fae. I really did  hope that option 2 is where the series was heading – with Nate staying in the picture – but this would just have added additional human targets to Bo’s list of weaknesses. As  much as Kenzi adds to Bo’s life – and as often as she also saves Bo’s life – being the only human amongst a group of supernatural beings means she is an undeniable liability. Kenzi choosing to support Bo now, and postpone having a ‘normal’ life for later, may be her undoing. Firstly because once you know about the Fae world it seems almost impossible to extricate yourself, and secondly unless the Garuda’s plans can be stopped there may not *be* a future for either the Fae or human worlds. Both Bo and Trick plead with Kenzi to leave before it’s too late. Let’s hope that’s not the writers setting up a grisly departure for Kenzi.

Kenzi breaks Nate’s heart to ultimately protect them both. Him from potential death-by-Fae in the upcoming battle and her from having to watch the man she loves die.  Although it’s a sound choice on Kenzi’s part – she loves him so she sets him free – the actors Ksenia Solo and Aaron Ashmore manage to convey what an immensely painful decision it is for both characters.

Humans involved in the Fae world seem doomed to make emotional sacrifices – which brings me to Lauren and Nadia. Their relationship has always seemed lopsided, at first this was because Nadia was in a coma and Lauren was obviously wracked with guilt. When Nadia finally woke up the situation didn’t necessarily improve. Having Nadia die by Bo’s hand must have been particularly bitter thing for Lauren to experience. Even if Bo was only putting Nadia out of her Garuda possessed misery, it was still tough to watch, and I suspect that the resulting emotional fallout is going to effect all involved in the near future. This is the first knowing human murder that Bo has had to commit, and although it was for the greater good killing an innocent has to weigh heavily on Bo’s conscience.

Regards the Garuda, the Ash still hasn’t unveiled his plans to defeat the big-bad, leading me to question if he even has any. The Garuda excels at using  higher Fae’s own self interests against them, and Bo ferreting out traitors on an individual basis is inefficient and time consuming.

All in all a great episode, again with nice believable character development and tying up of arc loose ends. There were emotional highs and lows aplenty and I’m eager for Dyson to come back and add his snarl to the mix. That is presuming he is going to come back at all.

For me the only real mystery this episode is why no one mentions Dyson’s sudden absence. Not once. Did his recent lone wolf temperament cause all his friends to shun him? Did they just not notice he is missing? Similar to the absence of Hale and Lauren in last week’s episode, if felt like the writers just temporarily forgot Dyson.

Best Lines:

Kenzi: “Since when did you become ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter”?

Nadia: “Thank you.”

Kenzi: “I couldn’t have him in my life and protect him at the same time.”

The Syfy UK channel currently shows new episodes of Lost Girl every Thursday night at 9pm, with repeats shown every Monday at 11.50pm.

Reviewer: Faintdreams

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