Bo discovers that a second curse will kill Rainer in a very short while, and they go on a quest to break the curse with the help of one of Rainer’s former lieutenants. In her grief, Kenzi turns to Bo, Dyson, and Vex to help her go after Massimo. Meanwhile, Lauren overhears The Morrigan threaten Bo, but she has a plan to deal with her.
Drink Special: Unknown Warrior
½ oz Cointreau
½ oz Vodka
1 Sugar cube
Pour Cointreau and vodka into a shot glass. Light the liquor on fire. Hold the sugar cube on a fork over the flame so that the sugar melts into the shot glass. Extinguish the fire before drinking.
- Kris: I wasn’t sure if my reaction was “wuh?” or “whoa,” but I realized that it was both. I kinda liked it, though I know Stephanie is about to strongly disagree with me.
- Stephanie: I really did not like this episode. With the exception of most of the scenes with Lauren and a couple of the scenes with Kenzi, I really did not like it. I thought it was a hot mess with characters running around and doing things just because the plot demanded it, rather than because we as the audience understood their motivations or reasons.
- Annie: Annie joined the recording late so she did not give a quick review, but she had similar reservations about the episode as Stephanie did. Because Rainer and Pyrippus have been introduced so late in the season, she had difficulty caring about the stakes of this episode.
Bo, Rainer & Rosette
- This plot made no sense to Stephanie.
- “We can break the curse with Bo’s blood.” OK, I’m with you. “And find Pyrippus!” Wait, what? How does breaking the curse find Pyrippus?
- “We have to find Pyrippus to de-curse Rainer.” Why? They just established breaking curse involved an alliance between Bo and Rainer/Bo’s blood somehow.
- “To do that we need something Bo and Rainer shared.” Why?
- Guess they needed the braid for the handfasting but wish they had taken a more logical route to get there. Shouldn’t the leading question have been “how do we form an alliance”?
- Wish Bo & Dyson’s handfasting from “Lovers. Apart.” had come into play somehow. Maybe it still will?
- Comes from Gallo-Roman religion (fusion of religious practices of the Gauls and Roman religions)
- Protects horses, donkeys, and mules
- Might have been leaders of the souls in the afterlife
- Epona says that Bo’s blood can hurt Pyrippus, she’s a loose cannon
- Epona says, “If it comes, you will bring death and destruction….Do not play games, betrayer of all. You’re interfering with destiny.”
- Mythology Revisited
- Stephanie’s friend Elizabeth who has access to approximately 40 mythological encyclopedias, databases, and bestiaries through her job, cannot find evidence of this beast as a mythological creature. (I also had trouble finding information about Pyrippus on the internet. There is one source on the internet, but it’s on fantasy sites for folks to make up their own stuff.) There are horses associated with Hades/Pluto/god of the underworld but they have names — they are not called Pyrippuses as the internet entry suggests. (Does anyone have evidence to contrary?)
- Quite possibly the writers are creating this creature more or less whole cloth (Which is great!)
- Glowy handprints on both Bo & Rainer suggests that they have both been manipulated by Pyrippus
- Rainer says “The one who’s been manipulating me” in regards to Pyrippus. When was it established he felt manipulated?
- Why were Bo and Rainer so surprised at the end? They knew their handfasting would release Pyrippus.
From Rosette’s Book
“He shall rise and seek her out — the succubus — the one.”
“If The Wanderer is rescued and the first curse should fail, he shall be cursed again to suffer and perish within seven days of being on this earth.”
When cackling maniacally, Rosette says, “The prophecy has been written: she will rise with The Wanderer as her soldier and together they will release the Lord of Darkness….The Dark Lord rises from Hel!”
From the Book Lauren Finds in the Darkhives
“Behold the demon beast, evil pure. Fanged teeth. Horned. Him they call Rainer. Thousand years shall be ended, he shall be unbound to wreak torment beyond comparison and betray the Fae.”
“The Warrior shall escape his curse. The Valkyrie shall be reborn. The blood of Zamora shall be spilled. The Women of the Horse shall rise. Between the Warrior and the Queen, one of the two shall die.”
“One with eyes both brown and blue. One who shifts. A Valkyrie, too. One with blood that rules the world. One who sings — his life unfurled. A warrior to be her guide. A healer, always by her side.”
- Does Rainer have two faces?
- What is this second list about? Are all these people accompanying someone? Is it Bo? Could it be Kenzi?
Zamora Family Code
“Complexity, courage, strength, and beauty
Mindful always of your duty
To ties of blood and those we love
With gentle hands, wings of a dove
Ready thyself, on guard, be keen
To reunite with me, The Queen.”
- “Queen Bee” talk didn’t actually reveal anything, though the music would have us believe otherwise
- Does Dyson’s reference to “the one” refer to the hel-shoes?
- We should have had more Kenzi!
- Dyson & Kenzi
- Lets her down (just to let her down)
- We should have gotten a hint of why he spared Massimo
- Vex & Kenzi
- Lets her down (just to let her down)
- Don’t mind the reveal of the relationship between Vex & Massimo but the set up was too quick, too convenient
- Bo & Kenzi
- “Of course” reaction when Rosette shows up
- Bo lets her down (better be a spell on her, dammit) because of her mushy Rainer feels
- “Unclaim me” — did she really want to be unclaimed? Did Bo fail a friendship test?
Bo & Lauren
- “I chose you & you broke my heart.” — Lauren did break her heart. Lauren had reasons, which Bo isn’t acknowledging, but she did have reasons. Bo may have been ready to commit with Lauren, but she never said “I choose you,” and Lauren was well justified in asking for a break if she needed one.
- “Everything I do is for you.” Well, not everything. (And that’s not a bad thing!) “Humanizing” The Morrigan certainly helps Lauren too.
Lauren & The Morrigan
- She did what? How? Oh wow.
- Issues of consent
Regarding “Origins”, I’ve read a wide variety of opinions about the way in which Lauren ‘de-faed’ Evony. I have to admit that I’m struggling with it. On the one hand I’ve viewed it in terms of a person who has a VD having unprotected sex with someone who is not aware of the other person’s status….On the other hand, Evony (and many of the fae) feed on humans without consent and, in fact, often kill her victims. We’ve seen Evony do this many times. She has also often threatened Bo’s life – verbally in this episode and physically in other episodes. Lauren has no reason to doubt the threat this time and moves to protect Bo (and others) from Evony. And, yes, I also think she wants to level the fae-human playing field. If Lauren had injected the serum into Evony with a syringe, it’s very possible that Evony would have seriously hurt or even killed Lauren before the serum took effect.
- What was Lauren’s long game?
- Yes, as some suspected, he is The Morrigan’s son
- Also, crazypants
- What’s going to be the consequence of his swallowing the seed?
Tamsin & Dyson
- Nothing!!! No follow-up from the last episode! Why?
- Dyson delivered a nice eulogy.
- Tamsin telling Rosette, “We just got back from a funeral” — LOVE
- Family: Bo tells Rosette she can’t help her because her family needs her
- Destiny: Bo made a statement about finally accepting her destiny. Why did it feel so anticlimactic?
- Blood/Power: “What is it with my family and blood?”
- LIEEEEBS! #Hotpantsless forever!
- Also, Ali Liebert has confirmed she is aware of the LIEEEEBS! cry, and it makes her happy.
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