January 3, 2015 by Drinks at The Dal
Against Tamsin’s advice, Bo tries to help a young man who is being pursued. Dyson is tasked by Trick to look into three dead bodies that were dumped just outside the Light Fae territory. Much to Dyson’s annoyance, Vex tags along to help. Evony puts pressure on Lauren to develop a serum to “re-Fae” her.
We’re joined by Jess from the Those Who Wander podcast for this discussion.
We discuss “When God Opens a Window” in depth in this episode, but you can hear our first impressions in our previous episode.
Drink Special: Captain’s Son
6 oz Ginger ale
2 oz Spiced rum
Pour over 3-4 ice cubes in a highball glass and stir.
What Does That Title Mean?
- It’s the second half of the expression, “When God closes a door, he opens a window.” Does that mean that God/a god has closed a door somewhere?
- Jess thought the title was referring to the very last scene where Dyson matches up the photos to make a symbol. Was that a god (such as Hades) opening a window to this world?
Dyson’s a Daddy
- We’re all intrigued by the idea of Dyson having a son and think that it could create a good storyline.
- He is clearly a “baby Bo,” and we thought the parallels they were trying to draw between the two of them were a bit overwritten.
- Though she doesn’t mind the plot twist of Dyson having a son, Stephanie didn’t care for Mark. He was off to a bad start with her in his first scene where he sits next to a young woman on the bus even though there are plenty of other empty seats. (Note to people tempted to do this: DON’T. It makes people feel unsafe.)
- Annie didn’t mind Mark, and Kris thinks it’s too soon to tell whether she likes Mark or not.
- Stephanie wishes that they had cast a biracial actor as Dyson’s son because she thinks his background could have made an interesting race metaphor, even if the writers didn’t explore it all that much.
- Kris Holden-Ried mentioned in Q&As that he asked Jay Firestone about delving more deeply in shifter mythology in Season 5. Given that Mark hasn’t shifted yet, will he be a vehicle for exploring this side of Dyson?
- We’re surprised that this seems to be the first time that Dyson found out he had a child, given what they have suggested about his past.
- It was interesting that Mark didn’t know what kind of Fae he was, but he did know other aspects of Fae culture. It was surprisingly that Mark suddenly knew that Bo needed sex to heal.
- What exactly was wrong with the hunter’s ear? It looked pretty OK to us.
- Kris inappropriate giggled at the line about how Mark slaughtered the hunter’s family because the actor, Aaron Poole, plays John Slotter on Strange Empire.
- Annie and Stephanie were a bit confused why Dyson described the smell at Lauren’s lab as “bad.” Kris thinks that Dyson was smelling the hunter.
- It was hilarious that when Dyson made that comment, Lauren smelled herself.
Bo Slept with Dyson’s Son?
- While the age difference between Bo and Mark didn’t bother Stephanie, she was somewhat bothered by how young Mark was. (While they didn’t give Mark an exact age, the actor playing him would have been 19 at the time.) But it bothers her that it bothers her. Annie was also struck by how young Mark was.
- Bo didn’t know who Persephone and Mark were when she had sex with him, so we’re not trying to say that Bo did something wrong. But we don’t understand why the writers have chosen to have Bo sleep with people either related to her or someone with whom she is very close.
- Are the writers going somewhere with these subsequently awkward hook-ups?
- We were unhappy that they chose to show Tad looking scared as Bo approached him for sex.
- While Jess and Annie appreciated Tamsin’s funny moments, they wish that she would stop making out with Bo. Kris and Stephanie just generally found her enjoyable.
- Seeing Bo and Tamsin negotiate their working relationship was great, especially the scene in the alley in which they try to talk about their feelings.
- Annie was happy to see Tamsin’s boomerang blades again.
Bo & Tamsin
- It’s clear that Tamsin is interested in Bo, but she hasn’t said anything to Bo about it. Why?
- After the nice moment between Tamsin and Lauren in the last episode, we were disappointed that she was so territorial about Bo around Lauren in this episode.
- Though even Annie totally can’t blame Tamsin for using a legitimate excuse for kissing Bo
Bo & Lauren
- Last week, Lauren reacted as if Bo was putting the brakes on their relationship. But in this episode, Stephanie thought that it seemed like Bo wanted to get back together with Lauren.
- Annie thought Bo was maybe reacting to Lauren, but then was thrown off by Bo referring to Lauren as “her ex.” Kris points out that they probably didn’t get back together like we had assumed after the end of Season 4.
- Jess points out that Bo was only wearing the necklace Lauren gave her half of the time in “Big in Japan,” and she didn’t wear the necklace at all in this episode. She saw Bo as being both aloof and a little flirty with Lauren.
- Stephanie allows that what she saw as hopefulness about getting back together might have been Bo reacting to the awkwardness of Lauren seeing her kiss another woman.
Dyson’s Anger at Vex
- We liked Dyson’s storyline in this episode and thought that Kris Holden-Ried did a good job with the material.
- Stephanie felt like there wasn’t quite enough tension or build up to Dyson’s explosion of anger at Vex. The last time we saw them together they were drinking buddies, so Stephanie would have liked a moment that indicated Dyson blamed Vex for Massimo’s death.
- Jess doesn’t understand why Dyson was so angry at Vex and blamed him for Hale’s death. Stephanie suggests that Dyson felt guilty about letting Massimo go in “Origin” and was projecting his anger at himself on to Vex.
- None of us really bought Vex’s outpouring of fatherly love toward Massimo. It was also a big, big, big hint at the reveal that Mark is Dyson’s son.
- We all liked the scene in which Lauren talks Dyson out of shooting Vex.
- Stephanie really liked that when Dyson is holding Mark back from going after the hunter that he looks to Lauren for understanding and support.
Bo & Dyson
- The moment between Bo and Dyson was really sweet.
- It was great to see Bo offer her friend support and see Dyson kindly assert his needs.
- But what was going on with his face? Was that all dried blood?
- Why did Vex show up?
- It’s suggested he brought the information about the three bodies to Trick. Where did he get that information? Why did he bring it to Trick?
- When Dyson was beating him up and threatening him, Vex strangely didn’t defend himself.
- Does Vex just desperately want to be part of Bo’s family group?
- We did really enjoy Vex’s story about Andy the mummy.
Did Dyson Open a Window?
- Not much from the mysterious blonde woman this week, but we did see something interesting happen when Dyson lined up the photographs.
- Jess points out that the symbol resembles a triskelion, which is a motif that consists of three interlocked spirals, bent human legs, or curved lines extending from the center of the symbol.
- The triskelion is a symbol associated with Manannán, a sea deity. The three curves can also represent sky, land, and sea.
- Jess wonders if the symbol could represent three deities associated with the sky, land, and sea, such as Odin (maybe Rainer really was Odin?), Hades, and Manannán. Maybe this symbol calls them together?
- Manannán can turn to smoke or mist, and Jess wonders if he is what is in Evony’s tank that she gives to Lauren.
Lauren & Evony
- Annie wonders what was in the box that Evony gave to Lauren. She was surprised that she still had a secret weapon like that to use.
- Jess likes how the dynamic has turned with Lauren exploiting Evony. Annie thought it was like watching a chess match.
- Evony is still very much Evony, even though she is human.
- We think that Lauren has already developed the serum to re-Fae Evony.
- Stephanie liked seeing that Evony is still around, and that she is trying to stay in the game.
- Annie notes that the horse Evony rode in on was named was Bruce.
- Does Evony tell the stablehand to milk the horse? Did we mishear that line?
- We loved the scene in which Evony breaks down about trying to be Lauren’s friend for a whole day. Emmanuelle Vaugier is so good in that role.
- Annie is glad to see Lauren have more jokes this season.
- Jess is iffy on Lauren’s jokes this season. She thinks that some lines she has been given were really Kenzi or Tamsin lines, but since they weren’t in the scene the lines were given to Lauren.
- Jess liked her British accent jokes, but she didn’t think the 12 Years a Babe line was funny. Stephanie gives it a pass as a dorky Lauren joke. Annie thought the joke was about Babe and not 12 Years a Slave, so she was just confused.
- The line delivery of the carbon dating joke struck Jess as off. She doesn’t think that Lauren would scoff at Bo and make her feel stupid for not knowing something.
The Light & The Dark
- In “Like Hell, Part 2,” Dyson mentions that the strict division of Light and Dark has loosened since Evony was deposed as The Morrigan.
- Stephanie hopes that we learn more about the state of the Light/Dark divide this season, and that it isn’t just relegated to a line of exposition.
- Jess wonders why Trick hasn’t had a strong reaction to this situation yet, since he created the divide.
- Who is The Morrigan now? Is there a Morrigan now?
- Annie was thrilled to see Lauren in a white lab coat again.
- She also was pleased that the kimono that Bo wore didn’t get destroyed this time.
- Stephanie is a little sad that they’re introducing all of these new kimonos in the last season because she likes when TV shows reuse costume pieces.
- We liked that Mark chose the shirt with Hale on it. Was that the same shirt that Ciara threatened to throw out? Stephanie thinks that shirt might have been white. Was this shirt Hale’s? Either way, it was a nice callback to both Hale and Ciara.
- We were glad to see the Bo’s Private Investigation pamphlets from Season 1.
- Mark pronounced Schnapps as though it rhymes with “snaps.” Is that a Canadian pronunciation?
- We were annoyed that when Mark was attacking the hunter in Lauren’s lab, she was just standing there saying, “Mark, don’t!” Give her a weapon or something!
- It was very disappointing to see that the only people of color in this episode were a Black maid and butler at Evony’s mansion, and they had no lines.
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