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Review: Lost Girl’s lucky day

Things are certainly heating up on Lost Girl—and I don’t just mean that surprise hook-up between Bo and Tamsin, although it does feel like this week’s biggest development. Rookie Blue’s Noam Jenkins made his first move as a resuscitated corpse, bringing the ominous words “beginning and end” to screens and teasing something cataclysmic in the offing.

Considering how long things between Bo and Tamsin have remained at the casually teasing phase, I was pretty stunned to see Tamsin finally make a bold move—and, admittedly, even more surprised to see Bo, after a moment’s hesitation, opt for the second of Tamsin’s gifts. Maybe it’s because their friendship has been so rocky, or maybe because I was sort of digging the banter-creating tension between them as they started working together, but I’m not entirely sure how I feel about these two launching into something that looks like more than a chi-swapping fling.

I guess that for all the hints and chemistry between the two, I’ve always assumed Lost Girl would head to some kind of resolution involving the Bo/Lauren/Dyson triangle—though maybe this move is suggesting the show is considering something a bit less predictable for our loving fae and her friends. Either way, it gave Bo someone to confide in, and I can’t think of anyone who would be more understanding about Bo’s need to separate herself from her father’s legacy than Tamsin.

And while I’m certain that whatever’s brewing with Lauren and Dyson’s elevator crash case is closely tied to Bo’s father—both did, after all, begin with a trip to Hell and one cryptically named candle—I’m guessing that final shot of Horatio, a.k.a. the recently-deceased Kevin Brown means solving the elevator crash might take priority over that rune-covered Jack-in-a-box present from daddy dearest.

It’s certainly more pressing for the fae world now that their signatures—and powers—have been taken from the safety of Trick’s lair and are now being used by Kevin, and, presumably, that mysterious blonde woman responsible for his death, to hunt for whatever fae they need to take out (or collect pieces from). With the oracles now blind to any other visions, there’s no one to warn Bo and the rest about what’s coming, or what it may want from the rest of the fae.

Except maybe Dyson’s new kid, Mark, if he somehow manages to get over being a ridiculous stereotype of a teenage brat in time. Right now it seems like he’s on his way to being recruited to the Dark side—a process Dyson should probably explain to him a bit more clearly, and soon. Because while the kid’s aware his new friend stole the book, he doesn’t seem to have any idea what that means, or why it’s important. And sure, he’s dreaming Bo’s dream of being unaligned, but right now I don’t think he’s savvy enough to pull that off. Especially since Vex seems to be the only friend he’s capable of making, and I wouldn’t be surprised to find out Vex is the one who orchestrated the whole hook up in the first place. Mark’s recklessness may have been cute enough for Bo last week, but it’s quickly turning into something dangerous. And if Dyson doesn’t step it up in the paternity department soon, there may be more problems than a few broken pint glasses.

And as fun as it was to watch Tamsin deal with Bo’s slow transformation into a kitten (note: a napkin is not a suitable cover for the sudden appearance of paws), or to at least watch Anna Silk take up residence in the soothing confines of a cardboard box, I’m still itching to make a bit more progress on what the hell (pun intended) is going on with, well, everything. Or at least see the team start to connect a couple of the dots and give us something a bit more substantial to speculate with.

Lost Girl airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Showcase.

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Eleni Armenakis is a die-hard fan of all things Canadian, including television. She spent almost two years as a critic for TV Guide Canada covering some of her favourite CanCon, including Republic of Doyle, Orphan Black and Rookie Blue (plus guilty pleasure Bitten). When not hooked up to the little black box, she can be found freelancing, growing her collection of Canadian music or snacking.
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3 thoughts on “Review: Lost Girl’s lucky day”

  1. “it gave Bo someone to confide in, and I can’t think of anyone who would be more understanding about Bo’s need to separate herself from her father’s legacy than Tamsin.”

    There is nothing that can be observed about Bo with any sex outlet that isn’t going to be ascribed to ‘shipping’ one way or another by fringe elements of fandoms, but it must be said because it has been the pink elephant in the room of Bo’s relationship with Lauren: “that talk” Lauren asked to have with Bo in Season 1 which Bo promised to find time to have — that was skirted by Bo in Season 2 and 3, and recalled by Bo in Season 4 at the most inopportune moment imaginable for the two to have their long-pending “talk” — remains waiting in the wings. For four seasons Bo has put off “that talk” and for four seasons she has withheld information from Lauren. So now, as the series heads to the finish, Bo finds herself capable of engaging in a needed “talk” with Tamsin, but she who has risked her life for Bo time and again continues to be left waiting for a promise to be kept. This season five Bo we’re seeing is no good for Lauren and no good for Dyson. And this series has been wearing too many long-time followers down to the last straw.

    I don’t know why no one in media has taken a close, hard look at the development of this series since season two, but the ratings nose-dive of season four compounded by the across-the-board complaints from loyal supporters of the series should have been more than a hint to put the once-unprecedented series under the microscope.

    1. I agree with Mazzle. The writers have not given the relationship between Bo and Lauren much dignity. In the second show in which they were a true couple (season 3), the writers had them flinging sarcasm at each other, not a good start for a relationship. When Bo went through the trial of the Dawning, when she emerged, there was no embrace or kiss with Lauren. Lauren was just standing there with all the others, there was no indication of them as a couple. Then shortly after that, the writers had Lauren ask Bo for a break in their relationship. She goes off to join Taft. In the 4th season, Lauren joins the Dark, & foils the Morrigan, which, to me indicates that Lauren wanted Bo all along, that she was trying to gain Bo’s favor by her actions against the Morrigan. And now in season 5, they are “ex’s”? When did we get that discussion??

  2. While i in no way will try to defend the writing of seasons 3.5+ and 4, will say i am liking what season 5 is doing to pick up the pieces and in its own way-thus far-is bring the show back to its core. That being a ‘lost girl’ and the events surrounding her.

    Emotional stability is imho the heart of the thing, Bo is still lost because of her lack thereof. She can’t make any real decisions of the heart because in a very real sense i don’t feel she is capable of separating her need for sexual energy-to live and her need of stable emotional relationships-to live well.

    Honestly, i think everything else: father issues, looming Greek mythological-tinged doom, Kenzi-missage, etc. is going to end up playing second fiddle to Bo having to finally find some sort of emotional balance. If she can’t achieve some sort balance, show isn’t going to be able to just ‘plucky attitude’ to victory this time. Shoot, may not even be able to run away as she has been wont to do in the past.

    I’m very hopeful about the writer’s ability to end the show strong from this first block of eps. Just hope they are able to keep it the plot tight and have no lines that are even a tenth as disappointing as those in the previously mentioned seasons.

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