February 1, 2015 by Drinks at The Dal
Bo receives an invitation from the Ancients to a mysterious party in her honor where Zee tries to convince Bo to emancipate herself from her father. Even though Bo has doubts about Zee’s motives, a dire prophetic vision sways her to believe that Zee could be an ally. Meanwhile, Mark tries to get closer to Iris to get more information about the Ancients, which leads him into a perilous situation.
You can also listen to our first impressions of this episode.
Drink Special: Dead Hand
1 oz Whisky
1 oz Rum
1 oz Vodka
2 oz Melon liqueur
Pour over ice into an old-fashioned glass. Stir well and serve.
That’s Party Spelled T-R-A-P
- The party storyline didn’t really work for us. There were a lot of elements that didn’t quite make sense.
- Our characters were brought to the party so quickly that they were essentially planning their strategy in the midst of the people they were strategizing against. And what if it had been a trap?
- We think Zee trying to convince Bo to emancipate herself from her father could have begun more quickly.
- Trick especially seems overly gullible in this episode. He has warned Bo about how visions can be deceptive in the past.
- The scene in which Bo is choosing a weapon doesn’t feel necessary since it didn’t ultimately have any payoff.
- If Zee’s true designs were on the jack-in-the-box, why did she take this tack with Bo? Why didn’t she go after the box to begin with?
- We all are really liking Amanda Walsh as Zee. She showed some good range in this episode, and she is just hitting it out of the park as this villain.
Hera & His Smug Face
- Noam Jenkins is just so smug and menacing as Hera! He really is very punchable.
- The dialogue in the exchange between Dyson and Hera made us groan. Really? Dog puns? You don’t think Dyson would have been sick of those by now?
- How did they manage to get Hera tied up? When Dyson punched him, he was pretty unfazed, and he seemed very cooperative about being held hostage. Why did he feel threatened enough to spill the beans about Iris?
- We think the writing could have been tightened by combining the scene in which Dyson punches Hera and the scene where Hera is being held as a bargaining chip.
Lauren & Tamsin
- Annie didn’t understand why Lauren and Tamsin were so bothered by Zee and Hera restraining Iris since she wasn’t really a teenager. Also, they hang out with Vex, who made a woman kill her own children.
- Stephanie was unsatified with the confrontation between Lauren and Tamsin. If that was the conclusion to all the sniping between the two of them, it’s a letdown.
- Kris’s big issue with the scene was that they were having such a personally revealing conversation in front of a nemesis.
Iris Isn’t Just Iris!/?
- What the hell? We thought having the Nyx be inside of Iris was an overly complicated plot twist.
- Are the Ancients trying to save the world or destroy it? What is their plan with the Nyx?
- If you take off your bracelet and immediately feel like something is wrong, wouldn’t you put the bracelet back on?
- Did Mark pick up the bracelet? It looked like he did, so we wonder if the bracelet will come into play later.
- Is the “‘don’t touch me,’ then they do” thing a commentary on the relationship between young women and society? If it isn’t, can we choose to see it that way anyway?
- Now Bo has a black hand, which could potentially (hopefully?) require lots of sex to heal?
Mark & His Dumb Gut
- Annie was hoping that Mark might become more likable to her by actually listening to Dyson and following the plan, but she was annoyed when he seemed to disrespect Dyson and do something stupid instead.
- While they agree that Mark did do something stupid, Kris and Stephanie think that Mark was actually trying to be a team player. Things just went badly for him.
- Why did you try to move the body, Mark? Why didn’t you call your father, a police officer who covers up this sort of thing?
- The stabbing didn’t grow organically out of the story for us. It felt like it happened just because the writers wanted to put a character in peril to create a cliffhanger.
- Annie thinks it would have been more effective to put a main character whom we really care about in danger instead. She thought that Zee might use Lauren as a bargaining chip against Bo, but Stephanie and Kris are glad that they didn’t go that route.
- Annie was confused why Mark would call Vex instead of Dyson, but Stephanie and Kris point out that it’s a character revealing moment. Mark feels closer to Vex than to his own father.
- Stephanie’s favorite parts of the Mark storyline were his interactions with Vex. It was so nice to see Vex share that type of relationship with someone.
- It was sad to see him so distraught about Mark being injured. We had a lot of compassion for Vex here, even though we haven’t necessarily in the past.
Bo vs. Zee
- What a great knock down, drag out dirty fight between Bo and Zee. Kudos to both the stunt doubles and to Anna Silk and Amanda Walsh.
- It’s even more impressive given that they were in formal wear!
- Stephanie wondered why Bo didn’t try to feed off Zee to heal her hand when she had her by the neck. Annie points out that the hand seemed to be an advantage at that point.
- Annie loved seeing Zee so terrified when Bo began to open the box.
- Is Zee afraid of what Hades will unleash on the world (meaning she could be an ally to Bo) or is she just afraid of Hades’s wrath?
- Stephanie liked the suggestion that the second half of the season will show a battle between two evils. The idea that there are no real good guys is very appropriate for Lost Girl.
Riddles Wrapped in a Father Inside a Box
- “Only family can destroy them.” — Bo replies with “So what, I need you?” but did Hades just mean that she could stop them? Could he be referring to Bo’s surrogate family? Kris thought it pointed to what Bo discovered last week that it takes the power of an ancient to kill one.
- “You will do things you don’t want to do.” — Annie worries this means Bo will hurt the people she loves, but Stephanie and Kris point out that it could mean a lot of things.
- “The answer lies with you. A gift.” — Some people theorize the gift he refers to is the necklace Lauren have to Bo. Bo assumes that the jack-in-the-box is the gift, but maybe the necklace will come into play as well.
Purty Party Clothes
- Stephanie picks Lauren and Trick as best dressed in this episode. Annie picks Lauren, and Kris can’t choose. Everyone looked so good!
- None of us love the one sleeve look or sheer bits in general. Solid fabric or nothing, please!
- Annie didn’t care for the collar on Zee’s dress, but Kris thinks it was chosen for effect.
- Mark wasn’t looking too shabby either, but he’s Mark. We tend to look through him a bit. (It’s hard to see him clearly when our eyes are rolling so much.)
- Bo and Tamsin’s dress had basically the same neckline and a similar sheer sleeve with stuff attached to it. Is the wardrobe playing up the similarities between Bo and Tamsin here?
- Dyson’s collar looked really ridiculous in the still photographs from this episode, but less silly in action. He would have made Stephanie’s best dressed list if the pointy bits of his collar were reigned in a bit. His suit was great!
- Stephanie loved the shirt that Lauren was wearing at The Dal when they were comparing invitations, but she doesn’t really understand Tamsin’s loose fitting shirt with the hole in the back.
Bo & Tamsin Aftermath
- Stephanie really loved the first scene between Bo and Tamsin. Rachel Skarsten was very funny.
- Stephanie still wants to see Bo give Tamsin a better apology or at least talk about it further in a more open, understanding way. Clearly, there’s still more unresolved stuff between the two of them.
- We thought there was a decent build of tension between Bo and Tamsin in this episode, to the point that when Zee started talking to Tamsin about hurting people instead of letting them hurt her, we were worried Zee might recruit Tamsin to her side.
- It was nice to see Bo try to plead with Tamsin to stay, but Tamsin is right. It’s better if she leaves, at least for now.
- Bringing up Kenzi in that moment: good idea or bad idea? Tamsin could read it as manipulative, even though Bo may not intend for it to be. We feel like Bo is trying really hard in her interactions with Tamsin, but she’s not doing the best job.
- Why did Bo approach Tamsin in such a confrontational, hostile manner at the party? Her attitude contradicted her assertions that they needed Tamsin’s help. The only reason Stephanie can think of for the hostility was that Tamsin didn’t tell Bo that she got an invitation to the party and was planning to attend.
Tamsin vs. Zee
- Rachel Skarsten was really wonderful in the scene with Tamsin and Zee on the balcony. That scene was Stephanie’s favorite scene of the entire episode.
- Again, Tamsin is being a bit too emotionally revealing in front of a nemesis.
- We like that Tamsin doesn’t back down from Zee’s close-talking intimidation tactics.
- We don’t think that Tamsin was killed by Zee’s lightning bolt. Zee comments to Bo earlier in the episode that Bo had healed from her lightning bolt faster than most, so there is evidence her lightning doesn’t always kill people. Hopefully her wings aren’t clipped like Zee implied!
- Stephanie wonders if Tamsin’s injury might lead to a more emotionally bare, honest conversation between Bo and Tamsin.
- What are Zee’s plans for Tamsin? Is she going to kidnap Tamsin to use against Bo? Is she going to try to turn her against Bo?
Oh Boy Yes
- Some folks have expressed disappointment at the “oh boy yes” line, but we thought it was cute. However, after keeping them apart for eight episodes, we can understand why fans would want a little more when they reunited.
- Annie is worried that there might be more backtracking when the show comes back from hiatus, but it seems very, very unlikely at this point. They had a conversation that was basically, Bo: “Relationship?” Lauren: “Yes.”
- While she is happy she no longer has to yell at Bo and Lauren, Stephanie is still so confused about how their relationship has been written in Season 5.
- Why did they start from a place of “oh, the thing during the blackout was just a one-time thing” in this episode? WHAT IS THE REASON THAT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN TOGETHER, BO???
- Annie was disappointed that Lauren was willing to shrug off their sleeping together in “Here Comes the Night.” Stephanie and Kris think Lauren was just trying to protect herself. What frustrated Stephanie was to hear Bo suggest that their sleeping together was just a one-time thing after she said to Lauren, “I wish we could lie here forever.”
- Bo was very determined and clearheaded when she talked to Lauren in this episode, which was great to see.
- We were glad Mark asked about Lauren turning the Ancients human.
- We’re not sure how we feel about Lost Girl personifying deities. We preferred it when instead deities were portrayed as types of Fae, such as Ryan being a Loki.
- Jenah found Trick’s obsession with clam dip very strange. Stephanie thought that Rick Howland delivered the clam dip lines well, and she liked the very domestic moment of Hera saying Zee’s new clam dip recipe had “been a whole thing.”
- Kris is glad to see our heroes working together again.
- Especially on Tumblr, fans tend to call Dyson “Dyson Thornwood,” and Stephanie had always wondered where that last name came from because she can’t recall anyone referring to him as anything other than Dyson. (It seems like it probably came from when Bo and Dyson go undercover in “(Dis)Members Only.”) However, the invitation that Dyson received in this episode looks like it might have been addressed to Dyson Thornwood, so maybe that is his last name!
- Bo mentioned condoms! Yay!
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