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Lost Girl

A couple of friends recommended I watch "Lost Girl". They said it was like Buffy, a kick ass girl with superpowers fights evil. the blurb said "Discovering she's a succubus who sustains herself by feeding on the sexual energy of humans, seductive Bo sets out on a journey to understand herself."

I watched the first episode and I'm not that impressed. It was clunky and badly written. They were clearly trying to get a lot of exposition in to get the show on the road. I'm willing to give it a few more episodes to get on track, but there were problems.

My first problem is that Bo is not a girl, she is an adult woman. When I watched the opening scene I thought Kenzi was the "lost girl", she looks and acts like a lost girl. Kenzi is a teenaged pick pocket. Bo has a real job. And saying Bo "discovered that she's a succubus" is a bit misleading. When we meet her she clearly knows that she can kill people with her kiss and she knows she can charm people with her touch. What she doesn't know is that she is *called" a succubus and there are other people out there who have other powers.

A better blurb would be
"A woman who can kill with her kiss is caught between two warring courts of Fae and must tread carefully and learn to control her powers if she wants to keep her freedom."


There was a lot that the first episode didn't handle well. We got a lot of exposition on the two courts of Fae. We know who the players are there and the conflict is pretty obvious. Good vs Evil. And they even agree on which is which. What they didn't tell us was anything about our protagonist. We know that the courts expect all Fae to belong to a clan and are upset that Bo claims to have no clan affiliation but we know nothing of Bo's story. Who did raise her? How did she discover that she had powers. What has she been doing with her life since than. When Bo is asked to choose sides she chooses "humans". What is the basis of that choice? Aren't the "good" Fae on the same side as humans? The Fae clearly live and work among humans.

Well, I have only seen one episode, there are four seasons and 49 episodes. One of the reviews said it is more like Dresden Files then Buffy. And the description of the third episode seems to point that way. Bo and Kenzi open a private detective business and act as freelance Fae crime solvers.

I thought the guy who gets killed in the first scene looked a bit like Geraint Wyn Davies. But apparently it isn't him.

UPDATE: I've seen three episodes. Still some writing problems. I could tell that Dyson was a werewolf from when he went all fang and fur in the first episode. Bo didn't figure it out till she was told in episode 3. And in the beginning of episode 2 Bo says it's hard to go home "when you find out you are part of some ageless secret race that feeds on humans". But 1) she just found that out 2) who said anything about being ageless? We still don't know why she ran away from her adopted parents or anything that happened before we met her.

Family seems to be running theme. But it's all about biological family, no love for people who take in children and raise them as their own. That's unfortunate. Biology has it's place but so does love.

I think Trick was wrong to tell Dyson to break up with Bo. "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned." Honesty would be better all around. Someone should sit her down tell her everything they suspect about her background, and everything she needs to know about Fae society and Succubus biology.
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Lost Girl does suffer from some bad writing, especially in the beginning, and the actress who plays Bo never really learns to act well. It's okay if you don't expect much.

The show does handle fey in somewhat like the traditional way. The light fae aren't so much on the side of humans as they don't treat them as badly as the dark fae, rather like the old Seelie and Unseelie courts. With the light fae, you have a chance; with the dark, you're pretty much just prey.
I don't really have a problem with how they depict the Fae. I don't even have a problem with werewolves and succubi being Fae. I just felt that Bo declaring she was on the side of Humans came out of nowhere. It would have made more sense if she had just declared that she was on her own side. She already claimed one dependent. And what about the little guy? He seems to be a free agent too.