April 3, 2014 by Drinks at The Dal
Drink Special: Shot in the Dark
½ oz Coffee liqueur
½ oz Coconut rum
5 drops Bailey’s Irish cream
Pour equal parts coffee liqueur and coconut rum into a shot glass. Add a few drops of Bailey’s and serve.
Our Season 4 review begins with a discussion of Bo. Bo’s character arc in Season 4 took a darker turn with Bo doing some downright unlikeable things. We discuss how Bo’s memory loss at the beginning of the season affects her, her eschewing her friends’ assistance, and her evolving relationship with Dyson and Lauren. We’re joined by guest Melanie Killingsworth who is a writer and filmmaker who writes about television, including Lost Girl, at mehlsbells and at TVquila, and you can follow her on Twitter @mehlsbells.
Bo was separate from the gang, not just physically, but emotionally too, and it just didn’t feel right. – Amy
- A lot of fans expressed disappointment and frustration with Bo’s character arc in Season 4
- All her bad qualities, dialed up to 11 (thoughtlessness, selfishness, tendency to flip flop from one romantic partner to another, anger when people disagree with her)
- Melanie thought the choice was interesting because Anna Silk is so instantly likeable and the show has never really asked the audience to question Bo’s actions even when they weren’t great. The fact that the writers used to guy to explore Bo’s bad qualities may rub some people the wrong way.
- Feeling helpless, out of control due to memory wipe
- Bo is exhibiting signs of post-concussive syndrome, and the show mentions Bo has “Wanderer PTSD” in “Groundhog Fae.”
- Extensive memory loss amongst main characters may have prolonged Bo’s acknowledgment her “Wanderer PTSD.”
- Rift with friends over Rainer
- Stephanie felt like she understood why Bo was acting badly at the beginning of the season because of the trauma of not remembering. However, she did not understand Bo’s motivations in regards to Rainer.
- Kris thinks that the show should have resolved the Rainer situation more clearly.
- Melanie points out that the handprints on Bo and Rainer suggest that she and perhaps Rainer too was being controlled somehow, but she agrees that the show could have been more clear about their effect.
Bo Is a Hero?
What the..Bo – Dark Bo ..really? Where is the power.. where is that rage.. honestly i found nothing impressive in Season 4 version of Bo .. .. she really was nothing like a hero .. even if a dark one.. Dyson found her .. Lauren helped her .. Kenzi saved her/everyone with her sacrifice ..what exactly did Bo do? – maverick
- Melanie agrees with maverick that Bo wasn’t really a hero this season.
- Stephanie thought she still had heroic moments in Season 4, but she certainly wasn’t the hero we expect her to be.
- Kris says that Bo was trying to resolve her own missing time, and while Melanie agrees she points out that Bo took action toward that goal in very unheroic ways, such as ignoring her friends.
- Stephanie says she doesn’t mind Bo getting help from other people, and she thinks that Season 4 really emphasized the important of Bo working with her friends as a team. When she tried to go it alone, bad things happened.
- Kris thinks the most significant movement on the triangle storyline had nothing to do with Bo, but rather Dyson and Lauren coming to respect each other.
- Melanie agrees. Dyson has always been the power player, but she thinks that Season 4 really made them equal potential partners for Bo. Like Stephanie, she wonders if the show might be heading toward an open relationship in which Bo is partnered with both of them.
- Annie was frustrated that Bo said that she couldn’t choose in “Destiny’s Child,” but she liked that both Lauren and Dyson took their own journeys apart from Bo this season.
Bo’s Relationships with Dyson & Lauren
- Melanie felt like Bo used both Dyson and Lauren in Season 4, Dyson physically and Lauren emotionally.
- Stephanie feels like Bo was more naive and short-sighted when reuniting with Lauren rather than treating her poorly. However, Melanie thinks that Bo laying down an ultimatum was treating Lauren poorly.
- Kris thinks that Bo perhaps reacted so strongly to Lauren staying with The Dark because she was taking out her own confusion and frustration about her alliance on Lauren.
End to the (This) Triangle?
- Bo seems to say to Dyson in “End of the Line” that she doesn’t love him anymore. Does that still stand now that Rainer is gone?
- Melanie thinks that she says that to Dyson because she is so firmly with Rainer in that moment. She also thinks that statement won’t stand because the writers aren’t ready to give up the Triangle yet.
- While Stephanie agrees that she thinks the writers aren’t ready to give up on the Triangle, Bo’s confrontation in “Origin” with Lauren makes her question if Bo might have meant it. If Bo’s almost declaration of not being in love with Dyson was due to her relationship with Rainer, shouldn’t she have had a similar conversation with Lauren? Also, in the finale when Dyson tells Bo that he loves her, she doesn’t say that she loves him back.
- Annie ultimately wants everyone to respect each other and for Bo not to be so indecisive.
With the season finale I felt like they were finally, maybe, hopefully putting an end to the triangle and thank heavens for that. I think it hurts the show and the charcters to have this triangle drawn out any longer. We saw Bo ‘friend-zone” Dyson in 4×11 and I was worried that we would get the same with Lauren, but instead we got the scene in 4×12 with Lauren declaring that everything she’s done has been for Bo and Bo admitting that she chose Lauren but got her heart broken….Plus the necklace and the differences in the Bo/Dyson kiss and the Bo/Lauren kiss in 4×13. – Jess
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