January 23, 2014 by Drinks at The Dal
Trying to take their minds off of the tense situation with Bo, Kenzi convinces Lauren and Dyson to help her take on a case for a client whose legs were amputated as she went for a swim. Meanwhile, Bo and Rainer commit an act that is bound to have serious repercussions.
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2 oz Coconut rum
½ oz Blue Curacao OR simple syrup dyed with blue food coloring
6-8 oz Sprite
Pour over ice and stir.
- Kris: Surprise, surprise — I liked it! Yay for train flashbacks and Kenzi, Lauren, and Dyson working together!
- Annie: I love seeing Kenzi, Lauren, and Dyson on the case! Not keen on the Bo and Rainer storyline. I wanted the storylines to be connected.
- Stephanie: It was pretty good. I liked the Kenzi, Lauren, and Dyson parts far more than the Bo and Rainer parts. The train flashbacks could have been a little more interesting — I thought they were a little dull.
Bo & Rainer’s Flashback-palooza
- Stephanie thought there were so many Beauty and the Beast similarities (especially to the Disney movie) that there should have been a dancing candlestick.
- Beast initially hostile but warms up to Belle, dinner invitation, Belle leaves and must come back to save the Beast
- Bell jar with the dead butterfly; bell jar with the dying rose
- Handmaiden says, “You’ll look ravishing”; Wardrobe says to Belle, “You’ll look ravishing in this one.”
- Annie is gullible and totally fell for the misdirect at the beginning of the episode.
- “I didn’t bring you here.” — Who chooses who comes to the train? The implication is that someone (possibly Rainer) hired Tamsin (and possibly others) to find the woman who would free Rainer from the death train. Possibly.
- Kris thinks that’s pretty nice for a death train, what with the servants and feasts and all. Stephanie points out that trains hadn’t been invented at the time that Trick banished him. Best not think too hard about unexplainable, mystical things.
- Apparently Rainer can see what’s happening on “our” plane of existence. That’s a common characteristic of purgatory, but what other implications could that have?
More Odin References?
- Rainer’s revealed ability to anticipate moves in battle could be a nod to Odin’s knowledge of the future.
- Trains were nicknamed “The Iron Horse,” so Rainer being banished to a train could reference Odin’s association with horses.
Bo & The Butterfly
- The flashback within the flashback referenced a story Bo’s adopted mother tells in “There’s Bo Place Like Home.” When Bo was a little girl, she found a dead butterfly and cried and cried that it wouldn’t come back to life.
- Do we think it’s the same butterfly? If so, how did it end up on the train?
- Bo apparently resurrecting the butterfly hearkens back to super/dark/possessed Bo’s monologue about, “Only I will decide who lives and dies” in “The Ceremony.”
Why Is Bo So Willing to Help This Guy?
- Bo seems to react differently to Rainer as soon as he touches her. Stephanie really thinks Bo has a whammy put on her in this moment. According to Stephanie, the hand touching happens at about 30 minutes and 30 seconds into the episode. You know, in case you wanted to check it again.
- We think Bo’s line, “What am I doing?” is a huge red flag, though we don’t know yet whether this is Rainer’s doing.
- One way or another, we’re all sure that something is wrong with Bo. (I still think it’s the whammy.) Why else would she shut out her family in favor of some new guy?
- Rainer tells Bo that he didn’t bring her to the train. That was not what we were expecting. Could a third party be involved?
- Don’t kill The Una Mens. (Oops!) That information would have been more helpful if it had been given a day sooner.
- “What if I’m a monster?” “I’ll kill you myself.” Foreshadowing?
- Rainer says he fought to end the divide between Light and Dark and specifically mentions families being torn apart. That made Kris think of Aife (yes, she’s aware that Aife wasn’t the only one in those circumstances), which makes her wonder if Rainer was somehow associated with Aife (possibly either by blood or love). Stephanie thinks Rainer and Aife might have been part of the same rebellion.
- When did Bo and Rainer decide to attack The Una Mens?? We needed a transition scene between arriving at The Dal and going to The Una Mens’ lair.
- Was Bo’s train flashback influenced or induced by Rainer? He held her hand just prior to the first flashback scene, and touching may indicate a whammy.
- How did The Una Mens sending The Wanderer card back at Rainer restore his powers?
- Bo’s participation in the slaughter of The Una Mens: intentionally disturbing, but is it in character or not?
Talk to The Hand (Ask Who It Belongs To)
- Is it Vex? Acacia? Aife? The Una Mens? (Probably not)
- Stephanie thinks it’s Aife. If it is, it could provide some closure for her storyline.
- Early stories from ancient Assyria tell of the goddess Atargatis accidentally killing her human lover and then transforming herself into a mermaid out of shame. Of course, shame over “accidentally killing her human lover” reminds us of Bo.
- In British folklore, they’re unlucky omens.
- Associated with sirens. It’s assumed sailors mistook manatees and dugongs as mermaids, which are both of the genus sirenia.
- A 15th-century compilation of quotations from Chinese literature tells of a mermaid who “wept tears which became pearls.”
- These mermaids and merman were delightfully ruthless and self-centered.
- More Disney references! Stephanie appreciated that the show offered a dark portrayal of mermaids in contrast to Ariel and her dinglehopper.
Kenzi, Lauren & Dyson Shenanigans
- Great sleuthing caper that showcased all their individual qualities perfectly
- Kenzi: wears a costume, charms people, and sneaks around (while looking really good in a power suit)
- Dyson: uses his physical strength and knowledge from being 1000+-years-old (while looking really good in a uniform)
- Lauren: uses her science and her smarts (while looking really good in a swimsuit)
- While Annie liked this storyline (swimsuit! swimsuit! swimsuit!), she wished that it was investigating The Wanderer mystery.
- However, Stephanie thinks that the episode was served by the juxtaposition between the darker scenes with Bo and Rainer and this lighthearted caper.
- Kris thinks that this case cementing Kenzi, Dyson, and Lauren’s camaraderie and ability to work together will be important in the coming episodes.
- Very colorful to contrast with the washed out palette of the Bo/Rainer flashbacks
- Blues of the swimming pool and the room with the amputated legs
- Yellow of the gym
- Red of Kenzi’s suit, pink of Lauren’s shirt, and Dyson got to wear colors!
- Difference between Dyson and Lauren stressed at the beginning — Dyson HAS to do something even against Bo’s wishes while Lauren is able to be more patient and take the time to regroup
- Kenzi’s remark that Bo dropped them for a new guy nods to the fact that’s she’s been through this before when Bo dated each of them.
- Oh, poor Kenzi and her sadness at the end of the episode after putting on such a brave face.
- Don’t call them a triangle!
- Wait, we don’t get to see Dyson train Kenzi to be a Shadow Thief (should that even be capitalized?)? Kris posits that it’s so secret that you can’t see it or know what it is. Stephanie wonders if the show is trying to save money by having fewer fight scenes.
- There is quite a debate about Lauren’s underwear. I won’t recount it here, but I think you can figure out who was on what side.
- Annie is grateful for Lauren in a swimsuit and fan service.
- Memory: Rainer says he can’t remember who cursed him
- Power: All The Una Mens’ power is now concentrated into the one seed
- A fine return to one-liners for Kenzi!
- Director X is a fairly prominent music video director, and this episode is his television directorial debut.
- “Please Respect Your Opponent At All Times” sign — an appropriate way to begin a scene with Lauren and Dyson
- Annie wants TJ Scott to direct next season.
- Lauren cleaning up Dyson’s gym — because she totally would
- Lauren was doing her science in Dyson’s gym because Crystal was in hiding at Lauren’s apartment. You can’t convince Kris otherwise. LIEEEEEEBS! #Hotpantsless friendship (or more) forever!
- Don’t miss the outtakes from this episode.
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