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Results: Your favourite Canadian shows of 2014 were …

Well that was a nail-biter. In the last days of our poll for your top three Canadian shows of 2014, Lost Girl and Murdoch Mysteries took turns in the lead. Fans of several shows got in on the online action, with over 20,000 voters participating.

In the end, your top three shows of the year were:

  1. Lost Girl (41%, 8,279 Votes)
  2. Murdoch Mysteries (39%, 7,948 Votes)
  3. Orphan Black (18%, 3,654 Votes)

Thanks to everyone for voting and spreading the word about your favourite Canadian shows. See the full poll results (and comments on the poll for more thoughts and write-in votes):

What were your top 3 favourite Canadian shows of 2014?

  • Lost Girl (41%, 8,279 Votes)
  • Murdoch Mysteries (39%, 7,948 Votes)
  • Orphan Black (18%, 3,654 Votes)
  • Rookie Blue (15%, 2,993 Votes)
  • Bitten (9%, 1,926 Votes)
  • Rick Mercer Report (9%, 1,804 Votes)
  • Republic of Doyle (8%, 1,728 Votes)
  • Vikings (8%, 1,614 Votes)
  • Haven (8%, 1,571 Votes)
  • Continuum (6%, 1,287 Votes)
  • Heartland (6%, 1,233 Votes)
  • Saving Hope (5%, 1,002 Votes)
  • Amazing Race Canada (5%, 937 Votes)
  • Dragons' Den (4%, 855 Votes)
  • The Listener (4%, 836 Votes)
  • 22 Minutes (4%, 781 Votes)
  • Masterchef Canada (2%, 503 Votes)
  • Motive (2%, 488 Votes)
  • Top Chef Canada (2%, 465 Votes)
  • Degrassi (2%, 382 Votes)
  • Big Brother Canada (2%, 362 Votes)
  • Mr. D (2%, 341 Votes)
  • Remedy (1%, 287 Votes)
  • Strange Empire (1%, 274 Votes)
  • Mohawk Girls (1%, 257 Votes)
  • Some Assembly Required (1%, 197 Votes)
  • 19-2 (1%, 180 Votes)
  • Blackstone (1%, 173 Votes)
  • Bachelor Canada (1%, 159 Votes)
  • Spun Out (1%, 135 Votes)
  • Seed (1%, 123 Votes)
  • Canada's Smartest Person (0%, 91 Votes)
  • Package Deal (0%, 66 Votes)
  • Working the Engels (0%, 63 Votes)
  • Sensitive Skin (0%, 61 Votes)

Total Voters: 20,394

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Review: Lost Girl goes to hell and back

If last week’s Lost Girl, “Like Hell Pt. 1,” was all about wrapping up Season 4’s cliffhangers, then “Like Hell Pt. 2″ was clearly meant to set up the rest of the series’ final season. It was hard not to mull the end as Bo made a big play to get Kenzi back and the rest of her team braced themselves for another showdown—but in its second week, Season 5 started to look forward to the story it has to tell before the lights go down, namely all that unfinished business with Bo’s father.

And right now Hades is, predictably, looking to be like the bad guy you’d assume he is—especially as Bo peeled back the wallpaper (The Yellow Wallpaper anyone?) to reveal Aife’s haunting drawings of herself and Bo as she dreamt of ways to escape. That the moment was quickly followed by a mysterious arm, presumably belonging to Hades, as Bo declared her rebellion and stole Artemis’ Candle was just the final piece of damning evidence that began long ago but was really driven home this week with the cage in Bo’s childhood room.

Although I’m feeling pretty suspicious of that candle considering the screaming that echoed over the credits after Bo lit it and evil former Much VJ Amanda Walsh grinned maniacally (I’m assuming that look had nothing to do with her previous pizza order, because no one should love pizza that much). Considering Persephone’s message—that lighting the candle would let her family know she was alive—my initial thought was that Walsh was Demeter but that elevator slaughter doesn’t really gel with the traditional representation of the goddess of hearth and home I’m used to.

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Then again, having her daughter imprisoned by the god of the underworld for 6,000 years might have left Demeter feeling slightly less generous towards the world. Or maybe, as is usually the case when you go wandering the underworld, things with Persephone weren’t what they seemed. After all, she’s currently the stepmother who was completely fine with sleeping with Bo and that should be a pretty big red flag. We already know the maze was designed to trick Bo, and Persephone might have been working her own deceptions.

Still, if lighting that candle does mean a storm of violence in the human world—via Demeter or whatever/whoever else Walsh may be, does that mean that hand trying to stop Bo was actually her father trying to keep her, or someone trying to keep the candle from unleashing whatever it is Bo just woke up? I can only assume next week is going to help me tease at least some of that out, and in the meantime I can start to wonder if the things Persephone told Bo are really as true as they sounded. At this point I’ve read just enough mythology to feel confident questioning everything Bo heard and saw—and to be certain that taking something from hell guarantees bad consequences.

And they’re ones Bo is going to have to face without Kenzi. After Ksenia Solo was only listed as a guest star last week, I figured Bo’s best friend wouldn’t be around much longer and the suggestion of a Pt. 2 to the premiere seemed to indicate this would be the last of Solo’s run on the series. Though, since Kenzi only took off for an island as per Hale’s will and not back to the afterlife to be with him, we can continue to hope for one final reunion to go with that brief family dinner they had after Bo’s return. Kenzi may have said it best as she shot the now animated ghost haunting Lauren, interrupting the family yet again. But the moment also made me hope that maybe the finale would end with a similar moment—this time ghost free. In the meantime though, I am so ready for some baby daddy drama.

Lost thoughts:

  • While the continuity critic in me was at least happy to have an explanation for how Kenzi had matches with her, the real life critic in me questioned the wisdom of lighting fires when you’re short on oxygen.
  • Ditto drinking out of a beaker, which is a Science 101 no-no.
  • Kenzi: “So are you going to swallow the ritual blood sausage willingly, or am I going to have to hold you down?” Lauren: “You are going to have to hold me down.”
  • Dyson’s “Always” to Bo was downright Harry Potter-esque.
  • Is anyone else skeeved out that a ghost had sex with Lauren while she was sleeping?

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

Review: Lost Girl visits Valhalla

While I’m all for movies wrapping up a series that came to an unexpected end, I’m happy to see Lost Girl joining the ranks of Canadian series that have known the end was nigh and been able to plan accordingly. And maybe especially for a show like Lost Girl, that has such a deep, complicated mythology that—at times—felt like it was getting murkier as the story went on. Knowing that the answers are (hopefully) all going to come out in the next 16 episodes is, in its own way, a relief.

Or at least, that’s the upshot I’m going with now that I have to say goodbye to yet another Canadian series this year.

Lost Girl didn’t waste any time getting to some of those answers—even if it technically has the extra time to play with—and Bo managed to find the missing Hell Shoe in the first minutes of the opening episode (and take out a trio of creepers along the way). Although, I don’t know that just letting herself drop from an eagle’s nest was the best idea unless she was already counting on sucking the life energy out of some hikers. And I would have liked an idea of how she found the mythical other shoe after such a big deal had been made about reuniting the pair to at least explain why this only happened now.

Though perhaps in the long run managing to locate the shoe (and re-find the other one) were minor details in an episode that had to explain the inner-workings of Valhalla to us, and with minimal help from Tamsin. Or rather, and far more to the point of any fan that’s been waiting in agony for Lost Girl to return ever since Season 4’s harrowing finale, the story of the shoe was really about getting Bo and Kenzi back together again—and once that happened I don’t think anyone cared if the devil (or mistress) wore Prada or hemp because the girls were eating Chunky Monkey.

I had a sinking feeling in my stomach as Bo approached Kenzi’s room thanks to the ominous and not to hopeful comments the showrunner and producers have been making all summer that she was going to find something terrible there instead. But then it started to look like last season’s double death was going to end up being a fake out—or at least looked like a partial fake out when Kenzi was returned unceremoniously to her body, which happened to be inconveniently located in a coffin, underground. I was torn between wanting Kenzi and Hale to head off into the Bifröst together—as heartbreaking as that would be for the friends—if only to give the girl the happy ending Bo was right in saying she deserved, and having the friends live out this last season together on Earth. Since the series has been given its chance to say goodbye, it was good that Bo and Kenzi got that chance too, even if it looked like that might not have been necessary.

But with Ksenia Solo listed as a special guest in the end credits, I don’t know that the goodbyes were entirely pre-emptive. Now that Kenzi knows Hale is there and their marriage something Freyja (Michelle Nolden, Saving Hope) was more than happy to arrange, I can see her opting—now that she’s gotten out of her deal with Bo’s father—to return to Valhalla and the wedding (and, I assume, put the kibosh on Freyja’s plan to take another soul from someone close to Bo). I just can’t help but wonder if Bo is going to get out of wherever that elevator shaft is taking her before Kenzi makes that decision, or what would happen if Kenzi leaves for a second time without telling Bo.

And while it didn’t seem like Dyson and Lauren had too much going on in comparison to Bo heading off to meet her father, I feel like the episode did a great job raising the stakes for everyone. Whether it’s potential fallout from Dyson and Lauren trespassing in Valhalla as Freyja ordered Stacy to take another soul, or Tamsin’s bout of Valkyrie resting face leading to Bo doubting her again, or even Lauren turning to Tamsin and Trick to help Bo, there’s a sense they’re all ready to start making sacrifices to settle things once and for all. Which should mean plenty of answers and fun for us.

Lost items:

  • I’m not one to judge how someone snacks, but why did Tamsin have the world’s sharpest knife next to her while chowing on a sandwich?
  • Did anyone else get confused by all that white light and think for a second that Hale might be an angel?
  • “Please tell me that’s your resting Valhalla face.” This is why we need Kenzi for the final season.
  • And I’m calling it now: the answer to the Bo/Lauren/Dyson love triangle is her being with both of them. Digging Kenzi up is bonding time.

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

Tonight: Lost Girl, Heartland

Lost Girl, Showcase – season premiere
Lost Girl follows supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk), a tough yet loveable Succubus who feeds off sexual energy. Since realizing she is part of the Fae, creatures of legend and folklore who live among humans, Bo has forged her own path between the human and Fae worlds, while embarking on a mission to unlock the secrets of her origin. In the blow-out final season, Bo goes to hell and back to try to save the people she loves, triggering an explosive chain of events that play out over the exhilarating final episodes.

Heartland, CBC – “The Pike River Cull”
When a threat of a cull looms over a herd of wild horses, Jack and Amy go to the aid of an old friend in Pike River.