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Lost Girl Review: Through the Dawning

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On "Ceremony," Bo finally faced her Dawning. Only it wasn't nearly as dangerous or scary as everyone made it out to be. Perhaps because she had Dyson with her.

When the Dawning was talked about, I expected it to something similar to the tests the Morrigan put her through in the Lost Girl pilot, but more intense and dangerous. Instead, Bo was forced into an alternative reality. And then had to kill Dyson.

Bo's Greatest Challenge

Before Bo entered the Dawning, Dyson offered to be her Hand. The self-reliant and strong Bo initially refused his offer, but at her friends urging, including Lauren's, she accepted his offer. Since she refused to align herself with either the Light or the Dark, she couldn't take a weapon with her. In a way, Dyson was that weapon for her. When they were first approached by an Underfae, Dyson immediately attacked and protected Bo.

His actions irritated her understandably. When it was later revealed that Dyson knew he wouldn't make it out of the Dawning alive, his actions made more sense. He was there to protect her and get her through the end unharmed. It wasn't that he didn't think she could handle herself, rather that he took his duty as Hand seriously.

And, finally, the truth came out about Dyson's love. He told Bo he loved her. It was a touching moment between the two, even when Dyson turned it into a joke. 

Dyson: Look I'm just a wolf standing in front of a succubus asking her ... I deserved that.
Bo: You are the most frustrating, stubborn, assface that I have ever met. | permalink

He respected that she was with Lauren now. Even though he said they could be together in 100 years and gave her a kiss, it really was a goodbye kiss of sorts. Since Dyson couldn't be with Bo, he sacrificed himself to the Dawning to make sure she got out of it alive. And, he was right, she would have done the same for him. Bo is a dedicated friend in that way.

Even after watching the episode twice, there are various interpretations that I can see for the alternate reality. In the simplest way, it was truly a Dawning or an awakening of Bo. Through those visions she gained insight into herself and learned her true nature. She may have lived within the human realm, but she is Fae. And, by saving Dyson and making her own rules, she truly showed her independence.

A couple key moments stuck out for me in her visions. 

  1. Doctor Jason prescribed anti-psychotic drugs for her. And, Bo didn't want to take them any more because they messed with her head. It seems likely that they equated to the serums and injections that Lauren was giving her in the real world. Those were messing with Bo's natural Fae abilities. When she returned to the Dal, was she able to control her powers because she was clean? If true, then she needs to stay away from them in the future.
  2. Tamsin said, "Hi neighbor. Great day for a wander." This ties into the Wanderer cards. Is Bo the Wanderer? Is she Odin's daughter? Bo also saw her father in her vision, so it could all tie together.

In the end, Dyson was able to pull Bo out of her vision to complete the Dawning. Bo's refusal to kill him was logical. She didn't want to kill her friend, but she also has a moral code against senseless killings. That was her burden to overcome as a Fae. He ended up manipulating her into stabbing him. The pain she felt from killing him was distressing to watch, but she showed her strength by finding a way to get him out.  

We've seen the powerful, Dark Bo before but in those instances she wasn't aware of what she was doing. This time, after the Dawning, Bo was in complete control over her power. She was able to pull energy from her friends - human and Fae - without risking their lives and then use that to revive Dyson. Bo's joy at seeing that Dyson was still alive was heartening to see. I'm not sure she could have lived with herself if she was responsible for his death.
 
Lauren looked on in discomfort at the two former lovers. Even though Dyson declared his love for Bo and they went through this twisted ritual together, that doesn't mean that Bo is going to leave Lauren for Dyson. Now that Bo has found the Fae within her, the relationship between Lauren and Bo will undoubtedly change in some respects, but not regarding their love for each other.
 
Lauren should be more concerned with Tamsin than Dyson at this point. There was a connection between those Bo and Tamsin that was unique, plus it could be even deeper due to the Wanderer aspect.
 
Now that Bo has found these powers within her, how will it change her? Will she remained unaligned? Or, is it possible that she will be pulled to one side or the other?
 
Odds and Ends
  • For Bo's sake, it's nice to see Lauren and Dyson getting along together and being friendly. They both care about her and don't need to be at odds. 
  • Kenzi had wonderful heart-to-hearts with both Bo and Trick. She really is part of their family now. Could she be a Fae?
  • Was Bo's vision about her mother and father real? Or, was it just part of her alternative reality vision?
  • "I will reign as he did. I am his daughter." -- Bo
  • We've known that Bo was special from the beginning, is it because of her father? 
  • Why was Lauren looking after Dyson, while Bo had a drink with Kenzi? That was odd.
  • Trick saw a picture at the end and said, "Not him." Did that picture reveal Bo's father? It all seems to be about him right now, doesn't it?

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Watchestoomuch

(Part 4) Stella could easily have told Bo "Meet me at this address; there's something important I have to show you about the Dawning." Why the extra trouble? Finally, when Dyson was lying on the floor dead, Bo asked if this was "real" or not. This is understandable, given where she just was. I wouldn't rule out the possibility that it's not real, although the subsequent scene with Trick where Bo isn't present suggests that it was real. The episode just seemed a bit patched-together and didn't make thematic sense. But maybe that's just me.

Watchestoomuch

(Part 3) The third weirdness was mentioned in the review. Dyson says that maybe he and Bo can get together in 100 years. Maybe he was just trying to be comforting, but, given the context, that doesn't really fit. It's a lie at a time when there's no need to say anything. The fourth weirdness -- and this may just be bad editing -- comes when Trick is looking into his strongbox and uncovering the book or engraving or whatever it is. As he unwraps it, you see initially see a J-shaped image for a few frames, then it cuts away, and then it comes back to a larger engraved scene. The J-shaped image looked like a dragon's head. Did the writers change their minds about what Trick saw? Fifth, and least important, that Stella would convince Bo to chase someone in order to lure her into a fake modeling gig (apparently she was touted as a talent agent from Rio or something) ... it makes no sense. Stella could easily have told Bo "Meet me at this address; there's something important I have to show you about the Dawning." Why the extra trouble? Finally, when Dyson was lying on the floor dead, Bo asked if this was "real" or not. This is understandable, given where she just was. I wouldn't rule out the possibility that it's not real, although the subsequent scene with Trick where Bo isn't present suggests that it was real.

Watchestoomuch

(Part 2) If she has control over it, why is she saying that she rules the world and decides who lives and dies? Are we supposed to believe that even the fae who were present see this as a non-issue? The second weirdness is the "key". It's clear that the big issue is Mommy Aife. (Aren't many of the pictures scattered around portraits of Aife? I mean, the ones that aren't Bo, of course.) How exactly does killing Dyson amount to Bo overcoming her rather substantial mommy issues? Dyson isn't a major obstacle to Bo moving forward as a fae or a person. It doesn't make sense. And what about the dark fae that Bo put in a coma at the beginning of the season and that Tamsin killed to protect her? Is that just going to drop? (Perhaps that act is why Tamsin had blood on her hand when seen as the next door neighbor.) The third weirdness was mentioned in the review. Dyson says that maybe he and Bo can get together in 100 years. Maybe he was just trying to be comforting, but, given the context, that doesn't really fit. It's a lie at a time when there's no need to say anything. The fourth weirdness -- and this may just be bad editing -- comes when Trick is looking into his strongbox and uncovering the book or engraving or whatever it is. As he unwraps it, you see initially see a J-shaped image for a few frames, then it cuts away, and then it comes back to a larger engraved scene. The J-shaped image looked like a dragon's head. Did the writers change their minds about what Trick saw? Fifth, and least important, that Stella would convince Bo to chase someone in order to lure her into a fake modeling gig (apparently she was touted as a talent agent from Rio or something) ... it makes no sense. Stella could easily have told Bo "Meet me at this address; there's something important I have to show you about the Dawning." Why the extra trouble? Finally, when Dyson was lying on the floor dead, Bo asked if this was "real" or not. This is understandable, given where she just was. I wouldn't rule out the possibility that it's not real, although the subsequent scene with Trick where Bo isn't present suggests that it was real.

Watchestoomuch

This was one of those episodes that doesn't seem too bad on the surface but begins to fall apart when you look closely. That's not a horrible thing; most TV does fall apart when you look closely. It's written and produced in a hurry and under substantial constraints. Still, there were a number of odd things about the episode that suggest that it was substantially rewritten during or after the conclusion of shooting. The biggest weirdness was Bo going all deep-voicey and declaring "I will reign as he did. I am his daughter." Then said she would decide who lived or died, drained life from the whole crowd, and resurrected Dyson. If that's not scary and portentious, I don't know what is. Yet the next scene after commercial is Bo drinking with Kenzi as if this was no big deal. Oh, she has control over it now -- that major succubus power that corrupted her mother being "it". If she has control over it, why is she saying that she rules the world and decides who lives and dies? Are we supposed to believe that even the fae who were present see this as a non-issue? The second weirdness is the "key". It's clear that the big issue is Mommy Aife. (Aren't many of the pictures scattered around portraits of Aife? I mean, the ones that aren't Bo, of course.) How exactly does killing Dyson amount to Bo overcoming her rather substantial mommy issues? Dyson isn't a major obstacle to Bo moving forward as a fae or a person. It doesn't make sense. And what about the dark fae that Bo put in a coma at the beginning of the season and that Tamsin killed to protect her? Is that just going to drop? (Perhaps that act is why Tamsin had blood on her hand when seen as the next door neighbor.) The third weirdness was mentioned in the review. Dyson says that maybe he and Bo can get together in 100 years. Maybe he was just trying to be comforting, but, given the context, that doesn't really fit. It's a lie at a time when there's no need to say anything. The fourth weirdness -- and this may just be bad editing -- comes when Trick is looking into his strongbox and uncovering the book or engraving or whatever it is. As he unwraps it, you see initially see a J-shaped image for a few frames, then it cuts away, and then it comes back to a larger engraved scene. The J-shaped image looked like a dragon's head. Did the writers change their minds about what Trick saw? Fifth, and least important, that Stella would convince Bo to chase someone in order to lure her into a fake modeling gig (apparently she was touted as a talent agent from Rio or something) ... it makes no sense. Stella could easily have told Bo "Meet me at this address; there's something important I have to show you about the Dawning." Why the extra trouble? Finally, when Dyson was lying on the floor dead, Bo asked if this was "real" or not. This is understandable, given where she just was. I wouldn't rule out the possibility that it's not real, although the subsequent scene with Trick where Bo isn't present suggests that it was real.

Theblakeness

this was a most interesting episode. Sadly i don't know anyone who watches it. When Dyson went down i was like who the hell will i tell??? I don't know why but i've always shipped for Bo and Dyson. Lauren annoys me, always has. Kenzi is the best friend we all want.
The big question has been where her power comes from and yes Trick is powerful but what about her father? Does this also tie into the Wander? I feel the questions are building only to leave us hanging. is the season finale coming up soon?

Lost Girl Season 3 Episode 9 Quotes

I will not murder for pleasure.

Bo

I'm really glad you and Bo are in such a good place.

Dyson [to Lauren]