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Lost Girl Review: Suburban Adventure

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Throughout Lost Girl season 3, the weakest storytelling element has been in the Fae cases-of-the-week. That shifted in a positive way this week in "Adventures in Fae-bysitting."

Instead of feeling forced into the story as is usually done, this case was the primary plot and it worked. Bo and Kenzi have gone undercover before, but never with as much humor and heart as their trip to the suburbs. It gave them each the opportunity to see what their "normal" life could look like.

That is, with a witch-controlled killing Fae in the neighborhood.

Fitting In

After her "break" or "break-up," -- it's still not clear which it is -- from Lauren, a trip to the suburbs was what Bo needed. She was surrounded by other women who had been scorned by their lovers, which made her appreciate Lauren even more. Though, her constant insistence that they were just on a "break" was becoming an annoyance. No matter which terminology she used, she was no longer in a romantic relationship with Lauren. 

It was odd that Bo called Lauren "Lawrence" though. Lost Girl is one of the most progressive shows on television, so for Bo to shift Lauren's gender to male in the suburbs showed that the world of Lost Girl isn't as gender neutral as has been showcased. While I was initially disappointed in the writer's decision, I now wonder if that was done specifically in order to highlight that the Fae world is gender neutral, while the real, human world is not. Looking at it from that perspective, the decision not only makes sense, but is a larger statement on our society.

Even though the case itself was not all that original (regular women getting witch powers and using them to punish cheating men), the way it played out worked because it allowed Bo and Kenzi to learn about themselves. A highlight of the episode was when Kenzi watched Ethan and told the story of Super-Kenzi with the Fae powers of her friends. Kenzi may have gotten Ethan's attention, but I'm pretty sure she taught him a few new inappropriate words too.

And, through the witch circle, Bo was given another clue about presumably about her father. He (or someone) said through Susan, "You know not your true strength child but soon you will and the world will bow down before us." Given the previous Wanderer mentions and this prophecy, it continues to add up to Bo's father being Odin. Could Tamsin be working for him? Or, is she working for someone else who is aware of Bo's true parentage? I hope this mystery is revealed by the end of the season. 

In the end, Bo used her succubus power to bring an end to Lisa's tortured soul. Even though she was dead, her essence and being was able to be controlled. Bo's offer to help Lisa protect herself was touching. Not only because she offered to help Lisa on a long term basis, but that Bo has started to accept herself as a Fae and all that it entails. She may have decided that she was a non-killing Fae, but when it could be used for a compassionate reason she didn't hesitate.

With the case resolved, Bo had to face the reality about her relationship with Lauren and then meant confronting her. Are they broken up? Or, on a break? Bo's initial confidence that her and Lauren would find their way back together was challenged and she needed to know the truth. Only Lauren wasn't there to answer her call.

First, who is Lauren? Isaac found proof that she isn't Lauren at all, but a fugitive, Karen Beattie. Wow. That's a shocker. And, regarding her relationship with Bo, it's just another secret that she'd been keeping. There's probably a good reason that Lauren didn't tell Bo, but how will she take it?

After Hale refused Lauren a sabbatical, she decided to leave her Ash necklace behind and take off for a new job with Isaac. After Hale's comment about the Dark killing Lauren, I fear that Isaac is not who he says he is. Could he be Dark Fae and after Lauren? It was bad enough that she left without telling anyone where she was going, but even worse that she took off with someone that she barely knows. Will Bo just assume that Lauren needed space and took a vacation? Will anyone worry about where is has gone? If she's in trouble, she's hasn't left many clues for them to help her.

Dyson and Tamsin took another look at the murder that was attributed to Bo and found new evidence that exonerated the succubus. Riley was killed by a 6-fingered Fae. The investigation led them to a field of death. Someone or SomeFae is killing Fae and leaving them in a mass grave. The dead were different Fae creatures, both Dark and Light. Is this somehow tied into the return of Bo's father? Or, is this entirely unrelated? Whoever is doing the killings was watching over the burial site, so it's likely they will come out into the open soon. 

Odds and Ends

  • Book Club Lady: If it's getting hard something's wrong.
    Kenzi: I always say the opposite. If it's getting soft ... am I right? | permalink
  • What was the deal with the carousel? The imagery probably means something, right? 
  • Lauren's attachment to the Ash is odd. Earlier this season she wasn't working for Hale and now all of a sudden she's not only working for him, but he's claiming her? Plot hole?
  • Bo felt love from her father in the Dawning. Could his appearance be a good thing? From the words that have been attributed to him after the Dawning and then in the witch circle, it doesn't seem likely. Though, he could love her and still be a negative force in her life.
  • What was wrong with Tamsin? She was pale and appeared weak. Does it have something to do with the potion?

Review

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    Thanks-a-mundo for the blog post.Thanks Again. Want more.

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    the carisol was playing the song called "the wanderer" and was covered in horses which is wat was in that picture that freaked trick out after bos dawning so it was deffiently connected to her father somehow, likely some sort of symbolic connection

    and lauren belongs to the ash not to hale... she has belong to both the former ash's that we have seen in the show and her ownership is passed along with the title of ash... that pendent she left behide is basicly like her collar telling all the fae to leave her the frack alone becuz she belongs to someone important, so by leaving it behind she was essencally renouncing the ash's protection

    Fortyseven

    :D I loved the carousel playing The Wanderer. Well done Lost Girl. Maybe Kenzi is not-yet-activated witch. The case was a bit better.

    Deann

    I caught on to the song "The Wanderer" right away, because Odin the god of Norse mythology was called a wanderer, "However, it could also mean Odin represented an older cult of proto-Germanic hunter-gatherers, his association with being a wanderer and having shamanic qualities.." Because part of his mythology was being thrown out by the other gods and made to wander among humans (and probably fae, which was how he could have met Bo's mom) and having sex with human women to create titans or heroic humans. I think that Lauren is going to be in trouble, but I also think she's lied to Bo too many times, so I hope that this will end their relationship for good. I hope that Bo and Tamsin and Dyson can get back together and help one another, because they're all good together and Bo needs to feed off of Fae more than weak humans. LOVED Kenzi in this ep (but I love her in every ep), especially SuperKenz, and I think that someone has gotten to Hale to turn him into such a jerk. Can't wait for next week!

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    Interesting eppy! My theory is that there was a camera in the tree and that humans (possibly a government agency) is hunting the Fae. Plus the promos where the Morrigan is declaring humans as terrorists and Dyson being kidnapped by humans makes me think that is the case. I think Lauren's buddy Isaac is a part of that. I think that's why he's gung ho in getting her on his team.

    I'm pretty sure we'll find out who Bo's father is and I'm excited about that. He may be good...I think he was helping Bo out when he broke the circle.

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    I think Hale knows something we do not. He is trying to protect Lauren. He is also obligated by the rules of his office.
    Could Bo and Tamsin be related?
    I think Issac is Bo's father...or a liason possibly. Dark something.
    Just thoughts.
    Kenzie loves Hale...they are connected after he sirened her.

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    I don't trust Issac at all. I think Lauren is walking straight into a Dark Fae trap and she'll need Hale, Knezie, Bo, and Dyson to save her. I miss the old Hale. It seemed to me that Tamsin looked horrible because she had been drinking; Dyson said something about her being drunk I think.

    Wolfshades

    @Aimee: THANK YOU! I recall humming along with the song while watching it - and never clued into its title and its complete relevance to Bo.

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    The music the carousel was playing is the 1960s song, The Wanderer.

    Watchestoomuch

    Hale is being a jerk, but he appears to be correct about Lauren needing protection. Lauren's scientist friend may really be a cool rich dude, but it seems much more likely that he's either a dark fae or a human who has an anti-fae agenda. How did he know that Lauren needed her freedom? That didn't seem to be a reference to her fugitive past (hmm??? why is she a fugitive???). I'll bet he ties in to the killing field they're investigating.




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