Lost Girl – Where There’s a Will, There’s a Fae (S01E02) – Episode review

Well, the second episode of [[Lost Girl (TV Series)|Lost Girl]] saw us delve a little deeper into the murky fae world – as a will o’the wisp hires Bo (Anna Silk) and Kenzi to help him track down his stolen stash of jewels.

Oooh, but before we get stuck into the latest Lost Girl episode, I was pleased that the series has added a monologue to explain the premise. It’s a little bit light on actual ‘succubus’ lore, but it gives you an idea what the show’s about and doesn’t step on cliches like “maverick” or “renegade” fairies.

“Life is hard when you don’t know who you are. It’s harder when you don’t know what you are. My love carries a death sentence. I was lost for years, searching while hiding, only to find that I belong to a world hidden from humans. I won’t hide anymore. I will live the life I choose.”

So tonight Bo gets hired to track down a missing pot of gold. The protagonist is a will o’the wisp we’ll call Will. He’s a fae who can fart fire, he’s a tad overweight, and he has a wonderful line of banter with Bo’s sidekick, Kenzi (Ksenia Solo). The two girls go in search of the thief and discover him – after a lesbian kiss from Bo kills off a female witness – in a hotel room. And after fighting off a headless assassin, Bo gets the whole story – the thief is actually the mortal son of Will, who impregnated his mother when she got lost in the woods 30 years ago.

Of course, Bo’s trust is abused by both parties – Will has hired the assassins to kill off the thief, and the thief simply wants to out his father for the mental stress his mother suffered. But by the end of the episode, we’re all getting a little tired of this schtick. The truth is, we’re more interested in the drip-drop of information about Bo’s background – why she was taken through the forest by a fae midwife in fear of her life. We haven’t found the details out yet, but I’ll bet they’re coming. And I’m guessing Bo’s birth parents aren’t the nicest people in the world.

Things to like

  • I adore the quick witted dialogue between Silk and Solo (ooh, sounds like the name of a sexy cop show) – they’re drawing favourable comparisons with Buffy in that department.
  • The headless assassins were a nice touch, very creepy and not your average supernatural fare.
  • I like that they’ve avoided vampires and werewolves for the moment. Those critters have reached saturation point, and it’s refreshing to see them being creative with the different types of fae. 
  • Ksenia Solo is hot…in a quirky, goth way.

On the negative side

  • Lost Girl may have come too late to the party. From the absolute saturation of ‘supernatural dramas’ out there, I’m a little fatigued by the concept already. That’s not Lost Girl‘s fault, but it does suffer from being another face in the crowd so to speak.
  • The pacing of this episode was a bit on the slow side. There wasn’t really much sense of danger or urgency to make me feel excited.

Quotes from Where There’s a Will, There’s a Fae

  1. Kenzi: “With a little work our crack shack is going to start feeling downright homey.”
  2. Bo: “It’s kind of tough growing up thinking you might have a shot at being prom queen when you find out you’re part of some ageless secret race that feeds on humans.” Kenzi: “I hate it when that happens.”
  3. Kenzi: “How about we make a deal? We don’t kill where we shop.”
  4. Kenzi: “Not everybody here is a nookie-powered Amazon.”
  5. Bo: “Nice decor. Early Tolkien?” Trick: “Where do you think he got it from?”
  6. Bo: “Thanks for the cock block.”
  7. Bo: “Which hand do I break first? Which hand? You’ve only got two and I don’t have all night.”

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