Every so often, the great country of Canada will send out a show that can break out on its own. In the 90’s there was Are You Afraid of the Dark, and now it seems that they can add Lost Girl to their list. The show is currently in the middle of it’s third season – running concurrently on Showcase in Canada (on Sundays) and on SyFy in the US (on Mondays). Jumping into a show this far in can be a little intimidating, so if you’ve been wrestling with whether or not to take the Lost Girl plunge, we’re here to help. In the next few posts we will give you the low down on everything faetastic about this Canadian import.
You can’t really start explaining the show without meeting a few of their main players. Welcome to Lost Girl 101! Now please allow me to introduce the class.
WARNING: This post contains some minor spoilers for the first two seasons of LOST GIRL.
Bo Dennis (Anna Silk)
Bo has been running from town to town all her life, after finding out the hard way that she wasn’t quite like everyone else. How you may ask? She somehow ended up sucking the life force from her high school sweetie, and has been running from it ever since. A little feasting in the wrong area got her picked up by the local law enforcement, where she suddenly learned that she was actually part of a secret race known as Fae that live among humans, but also feed off of them. She also discovered that she’s a Grade A Succubus, a creature that feeds off of a person’s chi when she is sexually aroused, and in doing so allows herself to heal. That would make for some interesting conversations in bed, eh Bo? On top of everything else, there are two sides to the Fae world: the dark, and the light. Bo, not being one to play very well with others, chooses to remain un-aligned, and as a result, is the only Fae who can work between the two sides. Along with her many persuasive talents, Bo spends her days solving crimes for people whom the others have tossed aside. Bo has come a long way in the last three seasons of the show, not the least of which is progressing from naive new Fae, to a powerhouse of influence among her people.
Kenzi (Ksenia Solo)
Kenzi is 100% human, is Bo’s best friend, and comes armed with an arsenal of pop culture references which range from Heathers to Ludacris. In true sidekick form, she is the comedic center of the show, and uses her powers of coolness to cook up schemes that always end up back firing on her. Also, in a world were humans are seldom allowed to know the Fae exist, Kenzi has been able to gain a bit of a rep. Not a lot is known about her past, but from the amount of favors she’s called in to various cousins, her family is pretty huge, maybe even be part of some sort of Russian Mafia.
Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried)
Wolf boy, better known to Kenzi as “Wolf Junk”, better known to everyone else as Dyson, is a Light Fae Wolf-shifter. He may look like Chris Martin of Coldplay, but this wolf has a bite. For centuries he fought for the Wolf-shifter King in Celtic Scotland before giving it up when he couldn’t prevent the death of best friend. When we first meet Dyson he seems like a brute but Bo is able to bring out his inner puppy. He works along side the humans as a homicide detective making sure all the Fae involved cases are kept hush-hush. He’s also Bo’s insider for anything she may need on a case, and her pick me up when she needs healing.
Lauren Lewis (Zoie Palmer)
Source of great hair, and known to fans as “Doctor Hotpants,” is human doctor Lauren Lewis. Lauren’s past is still quite unknown. We do know that she went to Yale medical school, and served as an army doctor in Afghanistan, before taking a trip to lovely Africa with her girlfriend, Nadia. That trip lead to her being brought on by Light Fae leader, the Ash (sadly this one does not have a boomstick), to cure a Fae illness. Not really used social situations, she tends to overly geek out when around others. Her lab is her true comfort zone, and she finds the science in everything, even baking. She is also the other side of Bo’s love triangle, but more on that later. Here, enjoy a geeky Lauren moment:
Trick (Richard Howland)
Trick is the lovely owner of the local Fae bar, “The Dal”. At first he may appear to be harmless ,but don’t let that fool you. Trick is one powerful being. He’s a Bloodmage, which means by writing in his blood he can control what happens. Before he was a bar tender, he was better known as “The Blood King” and is actually the one who forged a peace between Dark and Light Fae. Unbeknownst to Bo, until the end of season 2, Trick is also her grandfather.
Hale Santiago (K.C. Collins)
In mythology, Sirens are usually women. In Lost Girl, our lovely Siren is a male, and not just any male: the kind hearted and witty Hale Santiago. When he’s not trying to get a date at “The Dal”, he’s busy working with Dyson, his Homicide partner, or getting into mischief with Kenzi. Hale’s family is one of the oldest fae families, and his parents certainly act the part. As much as they may want him to embrace the old ways, Hale struggles to bring unity between the clans, and bring the Fae community into the present. Recently, Hale has become the new Ash, so, in the words of Kenzi, “All Hale the new Ash.”
Now that you’ve met the main character’s there’s some other important people I should introduce you to. Think of this as Mean Girls meets the supernatural.
The Ash is more a title than anything else, and the Light Fae seem to go through as many of them as Hogwarts seems to go through Defense Against the Dark Arts Professors. Once one dies a new one is chosen through a selective process that involves voting and the hunting of one of their own. Why can’t all elections be that easy? The first Ash we’re introduced to was on the kinder side, even though he did trick Lauren into slavery by cursing her girlfriend. Still, he believes in keeping the humans safe and doesn’t treat them like most Fae do. Unfortunatly, due to a little bomb mishap by Bo’s mother, Aife (we’ll get to her in a moment) this Ash was placed into a comma and still has awoken.
Taking his place is a not so nice Lachan, a Naga or Hydra type creature that has many heads and very poisonous venom, that may or may not have infected his social skills when it comes to being nice. He can’t really stand for humans and treats Lauren as if she is his pet. As his season progresses we learn that there is more to him that may meet the eye. Lachan ends up being killed by a powerful foe, the Garuda, which makes way for Hale becoming Ash.
With every Light Fae leader there must be a Dark and with that we have The Morrigan. Beautiful but very deadly. Her cover in the human world is a music producer which also gives her feeding time since she has the ability to feed off of people’s talent. She also can turn them into human mush when really provoked.
Vex should really just be called the Russell Brand of the show. He may be Dark Fae but his small Dark Fae heart and old age has a soft spot in there for one very special human named Kenzi. Not in the romantic sense, more like best friend. He is one of the Morrigan’s highly thought of leaders and would do anything for her, even when she kicked him out of the inner circle thanks to him making her dance around half naked. There’s even video! Yes, Vex loves a laugh and loves control. Wither it be on Team Bo or Team Morrigan he always seems to put his two sense in, and that is why we love him; even though now he’s gone looking for inner peace with monks.
New to Lost Girl this season is Dyson’s new Valkyrie Dark Fae partner, Tamsin. Little is known about her right now, but in the February 17th/18th episode, it looks like we could be seeing something going on between her and 3The Morrigan. Tamsin, or Tammy as Bo has called her, appears cold at first but deep down she cares to see the right done… for Faes anyway. She is also not one for talking someone down off a ledge.
Aife aka Saskia
Aife is Bo’s crazy, Dark Fae, Succubus mother, and Trick’s daughter. She wasn’t always looking for the thirst of revenge. It all started after she disagreed with Trick over the Treaty and was placed in Fae Prison, where she was used as a sex slave for centuries. Those kinds of things can really change a person. When Bo finally meets her she actually goes under the name Saskia and doesn’t instantly tell her daughter her true identity. Using her powers of seduction to control the Chippendales – seriously have a look at her minions – she plans to start a war between the Dark and the Light in order to rule over both. Trick is able to bring back the true Aife, the loving mother, but not in time for Bo to save her. She falls to her death, or so we think. The last image we have of her is being carried away by a strange man, could this be Bo’s papa? Who knows?
Well, now that you’ve gone around and gotten to know a few of the characters of Lost Girl we can move on to Plot. With two and a half seasons to cover there is a lot of drama that happens in the world of Faedom. See you next class! “Lost Girl” airs on Showcase in Canada on Sunday Nights at 9PM ET/PT and on SyFy in the US on Monday Nights at 10PM ET/PT.