Bo returns as the half-human, half-fae in this Canadian series, ‘Lost Girl’, about Bo, a girl trying to find her way in a shadowy world existing between science and magic. Bo is a succubus, which is a type of demon who exploits men through sexual attraction. We were introduced to her in the first season where she was exploring personal identity, somewhat puzzled by the fact that she killed all the men she made love to in the past. Basically, they were fornicated to death which, when all things considered, is not the worst way to go. Better than being chucked in a bucket of acid I would say! With the help of the human girl called Kenzi, she tries to discover her family roots, a process made difficult by her dubious origins which couldn’t be illuminated by consulting the national census.
The first season of 13 episodes, while being okay wasn’t the best I’ve ever seen. Apart from being a little tedious, it did not portray her character in very good light and, by its culmination, I didn’t really care what happened to her one way or another. However, there is a marked improvement with season two, which incidentally runs for 22 episodes no less and the show must be a great success because it is now into season four as we speak. They wouldn’t throw out all that money on it in Canada if it wasn’t pooling in a lot of cash!
As mentioned before, the raison d’être of the series is Bo’s attempt to find out who her mother and father were and this is not helped by her fae policeman boyfriend’s reluctance to tell her the truth. He knows and she knows that he knows but it is a difficult world in which she treads because the fae are divided between the ‘light’ and the ‘dark’. A battle is going on between them and, depending on the result, the whole of mankind could be wiped out. That’s why she’s got to watch out what she’s doing. After all, it would be a pity if 7 billion ordinary humans were exterminated.
The DVD package is rated 15 and while it does not exactly reach the status of being soft porn, there are times when it does approach this but it’s all done in the best possible taste. Both straight and lesbians are involved and Bo doesn’t really care about the direction she takes. There is a big cast with lots of different characters, human and otherwise, and lots of scary and humorous moments. That’s what’s good about this show! It can afford to be serious and funny at the same time and the action is continuous throughout, so giving the viewer little time to get bored. You’ve got to pay attention to all the little idiosyncrasies and rules that govern the characters such as the fact that Bo’s blood, if it comes into contact with a person through an open wound, will enslave that person forever. A good enough reason for using a condom I’d say, but you never see them being used here. They don’t seem to be bothered too much about contraception.
The season opens with us being reintroduced to the characters and a lingering feeling of dread and doom is implanted, a feeling which runs through all the episodes, in that an evil presence is stalking Bo. Progressing through the episodes, much evidence of the battle between the sections of the fae emerges and as usual our main characters are right in the thick of it. They also find themselves drawn to one side or another and we are not really sure where they will end up. It’s a personal battle between good and evil but their morals are not based on human ethics. Rather, they have their basis in the underworld we cannot see.
There are wolf creatures, berserkers, valkyries, light fae, dark fae, mesmers, ancients, lodestars and a host of different creatures comparable to the aliens you would find in ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Star Trek’, for example, and at the end it becomes a little bewildering trying to remember who does what and who is good or bad or indifferent. That’s part of the fun! It’s an interactive show which some people can react with, implanting their own identities in some of the characters. Much better than season one, we have a much more dynamic show in season two. That’s not because we have now become used to the characters, although that may be partly the reason, it’s because the episodes are much better written and produced. It just has so much more about it, something you can’t put your finger on, though it’s evident just the same.
Should not be long before season three is out on DVD but this one is a bumper edition with extra episodes. The next season and the one after go back to 13 episodes! Dare I say it, could this be a Christmas present? Mind you, do they celebrate Christmas in fae land?
(region 2 DVD: pub: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 22 * 60 minute episodes ASIN: B00CBMTXP8. Price: £17.73 (UK))
cast: Anna Silk, Kristen Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland and Zoie Palmer
check out website: www.sonypictures.com/