There’s a nagging feeling of familiarity as I watch Anna Silk in the first episode of [[Lost Girl (TV Series)|Lost Girl]]. I’ve seen her before. Oh yes. She was Erica’s (Erin Karpluk) lesbian friend Cassidy in [[Being Erica (TV Series)|Being Erica]] last year and the two shared a rather erotic scene or two that was very well received by fans.
To say I’m pleased to see Silk pop back up on TV again is an understatement. She’s a beautiful woman, and as she proves in Lost Girl, she’s a fantastic actress.
Let me tell you what Lost Girl is about – it’s a Canadian series, and I almost want to cringe when I say ‘supernatural drama’. This time, it’s about an outsider named Bo Jones (played by Silk) who is a Succubus. A succubus is a derivative of the fae which feeds on sexual energy – typically they drain the life force from their victims and they’re devastatingly sexy. In Lost Girl, even the touch of a Succubus can compel a person, male or female, to do whatever the Succubus wants.
When we meet Bo, she’s tending bar and deflecting the advances of a creepy barfly. The man moves on, with spiked drink in hand to a young blonde who’s been spending her evening stealing wallets in the bar. He makes his advance on her in an elevator, but Bo has followed them down and enters the elevator too. She seductively walks up to him and begins kissing him. By the time the elevator has hit the ground floor, he’s drained with dull, dead eyes and a grotesque smile on his face.
Bo takes the drugged girl back to her place, and the next morning discovers that not only did the girl witness the kiss, she recorded it on her iPhone. However, the two go out for breakfast, and because they’re both loners they seem to gravitate toward each other and eventually become friends. The girl is called Kenzi (Ksenia Solo).
It doesn’t end there of course. The sloppily discarded dead body draws the attention of supernaturals on the police force, namely a cop called Dyson who appears to be a vampire. (Is that a joke name? Vampire’s suck, Dyson’s suck, therefore a vampire called Dyson?) And suddenly Bo is drawn into a world of supernaturals she had no idea existed.
It’s quickly established that there are Dark and Light clans of the Fae. Confusingly, the Dark side is represented here by a white woman and the Light side by a black man. Almost exact opposites. However, there’s an apparent mystery in how Bo managed to stay under the radar of these clans until now. And she has no idea of what she is. This, of course, leaves a wonderful blank canvas of backstory just waiting to be filled in.
After passing a test in which she has to fight a hulking giant with two massive hammers, followed by a trickster who plays with her mind, Bo passes the test. But she rejects the idea of taking sides, potentially making enemies out of both Dark and Light fae. A (presumably) goblin cautions the leaders of each side not to kill her…yet. He sees the wisdom in trying to find out who’s behind Bo’s apparent lack of knowledge about her species.
From the outset, this show pitches itself extremely well. It doesn’t overplay the supernatural element, and neither it should. Succubus and fairies are starting to permeate popular cultrue in the aftermath of vampire/werewolf dramas. We’ve discovered in this season of [[True Blood (TV Series)|True Blood]] that Sookie’s of fairy origin, [[The Gates (TV Series)|The Gates]] has a teenage succubus, and from my reading of Breaking Dawn, I remember some talk of the succubi there as well.
The snappy dialogue and the pairing of Bo and Kenzi remind me a little bit of Buffy. In a good way. It’s entertaining, packed with action. It’s funny and thanks mostly to Silk, very sexy. Alright, ladies may also find vamp cop Kristen Holden-Reid (formerly of The Tudors) a bit of a draw as well. Personally, I think he looks like a slightly more dishevelled Chris Martin from Coldplay.
Lost Girl certainly got off to a promising start. I’ll be tuning in next week for more, especially since it will fill the gap that True Blood left behind. Tell me what you thought of the episode in the comments section! Does the show have potential?
Quotes from Lost Girl
- Kenzi: “Normal people don’t help other people. If you were normal, I would be dead.”
- “Why take the kid? Did she want a little snack for the road?”
- Bo: “You are a tool, and I don’t know what the hell I am. Just a freak, I guess.”
- Kenzi: “Homicidal freak? God, you are so Emo! Learn to enjoy your shit already. You can friggin’ control people by touch. And not in a creepy hand job way.”
- Kenzi: “Let me be your Robin.”
- Bo: “Buddy, for the last time, I don’t have a clan. OK? Or bagpipes. Or haggis. I’m not frickin’ Scottish.”
- Lauren: “I’m in it for the science.” Bo: “Oh, kinky.”
- “You have a chance to be part of something now. The chance to have a family. Or enemies.”
- Bo: “Wow…did you feel that? That was like the fourth of July in my mouth.”
- “Someone hid her from both our sides. It would be wise to know why and who before killing her.”
- “I’m not saying there isn’t going to be a time when she needs to be put down. I’m saying choose it wisely.”