Last year, Syfy acquired the rights to the series “Lost Girl” and premiers it with their other supernatural series “Being Human.” I will come right out and say it -- I love the “Lost Girl” pilot and feel this show is a perfect fit on Syfy.
The episode opens with our protagonist Bo (Anna Silk) saving the life of a young woman we will know as Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) from a man who drugged her with intent of sexual assault. Bo draining the life out of the intended attacker saves Kenzi. Bo then removes Kenzi from the crime scene.
Shortly after, the police arrive and appear to know what happened. The detectives Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) and Hale (K. C. Collins) make reference to “our side,” leading me to believe they are not investigating this crime for the police. Them wanting crime scene videos for their eyes only cements that theory.
As our detectives wait for the video, Kenzi awakens from her drugged state and freaks out about what she witnessed Bo do. After she calms down, she and Bo have a discussion, where Bo tells her she has no idea what she is, but does demonstrate another of her abilities -- that she can control others with a touch.
The detectives finally get the video and it leads them to Bo’s car, which they then trace. They go to a bar and meet a man named Trick (Rick Howland), where they share a mysterious conversation. They get a call that Bo’s car has been spotted, and off they go.
Bo is taken and Kenzi is left behind. But Bo isn’t taken to a police station, but to meet The Ash (Cle Bennett). There she is interrogated, and her captors believe she has no idea who she is. A woman named The Morrigan (Emanuelle Vaugier) arrives, and we learn she and The Ash are on opposite sides.
Bo is examined by Dr. Lauren (Zoie Palmer) and learns the truth about what she is. A Fae, and more specifically a succubus. Since Bo was raised without being a part of either side of the Fae society, the decision is made that she is to be tested, and if she survives she may choose a side. She is taken to the glass factory, a location considered neutral by both sides.
Meanwhile, Kenzi has her criminal cousin trace the license plate of the truck that abducted Bo. She gets the address and off she goes, arriving as a group of others do. Kenzi then finds a way to access the glass factory.
Dyson tells Bo to kiss him, and she uses her Succubus ability to take his strength to aid her in her upcoming test. Bo has two tests, the first one a fight to the death, which she wins. The second is a mental attack.
It is at this time that Kenzi calls out to Bo, giving her the strength to resist the mental assault. The Ash declares that Bo has passed her test, and she is to choose. Bo defiantly chooses neither, and instead chooses to be human.
The Morrigan and The Ash try to decide howq to handle the situation when Trick appears and gives them both advice on how to handle things. While not a part of the leadership, both seem to abide by his word.
Bo and Kenzi are "pardoned" and head back to Bo’s home after being told to stay out of Fae affairs and not to leave town.
What it all boils down to is the story of Bo and Kenzi. Bo is a natural survivor, looking for family, and Kenzi has the street smarts to capitalize on Bo’s abilities. They bond quickly, but then it’s important for television that they do. It’s much like how in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” that Buffy bonded with her Scooby Gang.
And I have to say, this show was fun, and sexy and a spiritual successor to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Bo, our reluctant hero, and Kenzi, a mix of "Buffy's" Xander and "Xena’s" Gabrielle.
As a pilot, this hit all the marks, and hit them right. You have a tantalizing taste of the world, and a good idea about who these characters are. I wasn’t thrilled with Dyson, but this really wasn’t his story. I imagine he will be fleshed out later.
Points of Interest
1. Fae is the genus, not the species. In this world, it appears all supernatural creatures are Fae.
2. Kenzi gets the best lines. She is the perfect comedic sidekick.
3. I think Lauren has more than doctoring on her mind, and that’s before Bo worked her mojo.
4. Emmanuelle Vaugier sure plays an evil bitch well.
5. The Conversation between Dyson and Trick spells out there is a destiny at work here, and we can be certain it involves Bo. Every show needs an arc and this appears to be it.
I like that the show was aired as it did in Canada, complete with partial nudity and profanity. The profanity in particular is a departure for Syfy, and I think if they want to compete effectively, they need to take more risks.
I really liked that this show was fun, without being silly. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a silly show every now and then. But this had a real grown up feel to it, while putting a smile on my face. I really hope it keeps that up.
What Didn’t Work
A couple of instances of bad writing threw me out of the story. First is that Dyson tells Bo they are going to the glass factory because it’s neutral territory. Then when Kenzi gets the address for the owner of the van that took Bo, it’s the glass factory? Why would the Light be driving a car owned by a neutral location? I understand it was a short cut to get Kenzi to the location, but it didn’t work.
My other writing problem is also at the glass factory. Kenzi get close to the building by hiding under an arriving SUV. Ummm how did she get under the car, and how did she know that particular SUV was heading to the glass factory? Hiding under the car is usually used in TV and film when you know that vehicle is going to a particular destination. Kenzi could not know some SUV was going to the glass factory. She could have guessed, but that guess could have been wrong. Again, bad writing.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
“Lost Girl” stars Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo, K.C. Collins, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland and Cle Bennett. This episode also guest starred Emmanuelle Vaugier. “It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World” was written by M.A. Lovretta and was directed by Erik Canuel.
“Lost Girl” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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