July 10, 2014 by Drinks at The Dal
We’re going back to the beginning this week for an in-depth discussion about the premiere episode of Lost Girl, “It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World.” Lost Girl‘s first episode provides a solid introduction to both the characters and the world of the series, and it seems to remain a fan favorite.
NOTE: We are not intending to discuss all of the Season 1-3 episodes, rather we’re going to feature some of our favorite episodes to discuss in detail.
Spoiler Warning: This episode is not spoiler-free. We approach the discussion of this episode with the context of having seen through Season 4 of the series.
Drink Special: Death by Chocolate
1 oz Irish cream liqueur
½ oz Crème de cacao
½ oz Vodka
1 scoop ice cream
Combine ingredients in blender with 1 cup of crushed ice and blend until smooth. Pour into parfait glass. Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls. Serve with a straw.
Why Kris Likes This Episode
- Great introduction to the characters, especially Bo and the relationship between Bo and Kenzi
- This episode is not the pilot (“Vexed” is), but it does a better job setting up the world of the series.
- It doesn’t give everything away immediately. Instead, the episode really draws you in with the slow reveal of what’s going on with Bo.
Introduction of Bo & Kenzi
- Interesting introduction of a main character! Even though the business man was going to do a very bad thing, it’s unusual to introduce a main character by having them kill someone.
- Stephanie thinks it is revealing of the series’s pro-woman, feminist values that what makes the bad guy a bad guy is that he sexually assaults women.
- Even though Bo is frustrated that she has to run again because she helped Kenzi, we get the sense that Bo couldn’t have just left Kenzi to a bad fate.
- What do we think Bo’s previous kills were like? Did she target other people, like Kenzi’s would-be rapist?
- Bo’s feed looks different here than it does subsequently. (The victim dies with a smile, has marks on his face, and his eyes are frosty.) This type of inconsistency is common with first episodes; however, we don’t see Bo kill anyone with her succubus kiss (except Kyle in flashback in “Dead Lucky”) after this episode so Stephanie can live with it.
Introduction of Dyson, Hale & Trick
- Upon first viewing, you have a sense that something strange is going on with these cops, but you’re not sure what. (How come the beardy guy keeps smelling everything?)
- They introduce the idea that supernatural creatures exist among humans. They are employed as cops, but other cops don’t know that they are Fae.
- Trick is full of vague comments. (What’s beginning, Trick? What? We still don’t know!)
- Trick remains pretty mysterious in this episode, but we get the sense that Dyson has loyalty to both The Ash and Trick. His interaction with The Ash and The Morrigan also suggests that he has some power, but it’s very unclear.
- Trick seems a lot more dark and sinister here than he does in subsequent episodes.
Bo & Kenzi Bond
- Kris likes that Bo gets miffed by Kenzi insinuating that she meant her harm, but then is immediately concerned for Kenzi’s well-being when she has a panic attack.
- Stephanie likes that Bo doesn’t judge Kenzi for stealing wallets. Bo herself obviously has had to live not entirely on the up-and-up because she has been on the run.
- Kenzi is similarly compassionate rather than judgemental when Bo reveals her succubus abilities that have made her accidentally kill people.
- Bo and Kenzi seem to recognize their similarities. Bo helps Kenzi out, and Kenzi helps her out in turn. She doesn’t just leave Bo to her fate, even though she had no idea the type of danger she might be walking in to. (Brave Kenzi!)
Introduction of the Light & Dark Fae
- This episode gives the audience a good glimpse into the political side to the Fae World.
- Once Bo is hauled back to The Ash’s compound, we learn that Dyson is some kind of shifter, but we’re unsure what kind.
- We see how much of a badass Bo is when she headbutts The Ash.
- The Morrigan breezes in like a villain out of a Disney movie. The charisma! It was great to see a female leader introduced very quickly.
- The confrontation between The Ash and The Morrigan is very revealing of the dynamics between both those two leaders and the different clans.
Introduction of Lauren
- Annie’s favorite part of the episode. It might be the only part of the episode that she watches on rewatches.
- Lauren clearly knows a lot about the Fae World and is embedded in that world, even though she is human. Even from Lauren’s few scenes in this episode, Stephanie found her immediately intriguing because of her position as a human in the Fae World.
- Annie, of course, loves the chemistry between Lauren and Bo in their first interaction. Stephanie remembers having a lot of questions about it — whether the attraction was temporary because of Bo’s succubus powers and whether Lauren and Bo would turn out to be LGBT characters.
Dyson’s Feelings toward Bo
- Why does Dyson decide to help Bo out before the test? He is very hostile to her prior to helping her. (Bo even comments on it.)
- When Dyson collects Bo from Lauren’s lab, he makes a comment that her being given the test without training isn’t up to him and Lauren. He sounds like he also doesn’t think it’s very fair.
- He also seems impressed by Bo when he realizes that she was protecting Kenzi. (Makes sense because we learn later on that Dyson is very protective too.)
- His conversation with Trick might have also influenced his actions.
- Yeah, that kiss looked like the Fourth of July in Bo’s mouth. We get a nice demonstration of the very different kinds of chemistry between the two couples in the Triangle in this episode.
- Even though Stephanie remains unclear about Dyson’s motivations for helping Bo, it is revealing of Dyson’s character that he helps Bo even though he’s not supposed to and at potentially great risk to himself.
- The first UnderFae is played by the lovely Rob Archer, who later plays Bruce. Is this Bruce’s uncle?
- This sequence really showcases the fantasy elements of Lost Girl, with the special effects and make-up, as well as how it is a descendant of shows like Xena: Warrior Princess and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Bo excels at the first battle, which involves quickness, agility, and muscle, but it almost defeated by the second UnderFae, who uses her guilt against her.
- Bo doesn’t just remain unaligned — SHE CHOOSES HUMANS. Annie thinks that the inclusion of the human characters really adds to the dynamic of the show.
- Hale’s power is SO COOL, y’all! It’s SO COOL.
- Bo’s car in this episode is a late 1960s Chevy Camaro (thank you, Will, for confirming the model) but it’s blue rather than yellow as we see in later episodes. Again, this type of continuity error is not uncommon for first episodes. There’s a lot of reasons why they might have had to use another car subsequently.
- Lauren mentions checking Bo for brands, but we haven’t heard/seen much about brands since then. Lost Girl recently released some temporary tattoos featuring Dark & Light Fae clan symbols. We wondered where those had come from, but Stephanie noticed in rewatching this episode that they are featured on the banners hanging from the walkway in the glass factory.
- Bo is made out to be very unusual because she was ignorant of her succubus abilities and not aligned to either clan. However, in “Raging Fae” the frog/lizard boy was in a similar situation, and when Bo turned mentioned the situation to Lachlan, he said that it happens all the time and that the boy should be given to children services. Was it because Bo was an adult that it was so unusual?
- From the cracks The Morrigan makes at Trick’s expense in this episode, Stephanie thought at first that Trick was supposed to be a gnome or something. We’re all very glad that the show did not go the route of making Trick a stereotypical creature played by actors who are Little People, such as a leprechaun, dwarf, or elf.
- Also, Lost Girl loves an up-turned collar.
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