February 10, 2015 by Drinks at The Dal
We discuss what has and hasn’t worked for us in Season 5 of Lost Girl thus far. We also talk about some of our favorites of the first half of the season, including favorite episode, character arc, and quote.
Our friend Sally from Unaligned joins us to share her thoughts as well. Check out her Season 5 recaps!
Drink Special: Godfather
1½ oz Scotch
¾ oz Amaretto
Pour ingredients over ice into an old-fashioned glass.
- Annie: “Here Comes the Night”
- Kris: “Like Hell, Part 1”
- Sally: “Like Hell, Part 2”
- Stephanie: “Like Hell, Part 1”
What Has & Hasn’t Worked for Us
- I think the Ancients as adversaries has worked pretty well. The overarching storyline has been developed at a good pace this season. We’re getting some information, but there’s still questions to answer.
- However, I do feel like the writers have been investing more time in developing pieces of the Ancients plot than creating strong character arcs for our characters.
- I ranted last episode about the lack of follow through with Bo & Lauren’s relationship, so I won’t repeat myself. Though CC and Stacy offered another reading of the party scene in “End of Faes” that calmed me down a bit. They understood it as Bo was clarifying to Lauren that she didn’t mean she wasn’t OK that they slept together. Rather, she wasn’t OK with it only being a one-time thing.
- We have also mentioned before that Bo’s strong reaction to learning that her father is Hades hasn’t made a lot of sense to me and Kris. Also, why has she been keeping it such a secret from people? What’s in a name? She had strong suspicions her dad was a pretty bad guy.
- Where is the Light/Dark divide this season? It’s been mentioned only once, which is strange to me given that it’s the last season of the show.
- I feel like there should have been more fallout from Kenzi leaving. Yes, it was addressed in “Big in Japan,” but then it pretty much vanished. Maybe the way Bo’s relationship with Tamsin developed was supposed to be in response to Kenzi’s absence, but if it was, that wasn’t super clear to me.
- I like this group of villains (“villains”?), but I don’t particularly like the setup that they’re the gods of Ancient Greek mythology.
- I appreciate that we’re getting a strong through-line with the Ancients, but I’d rather have the focus more squarely on our main characters and their growth.
- Bo is getting sidelined a lot, and a lot of the stuff she has been doing doesn’t feel quite right.
- I want to make clear that I’m enjoying the season, but I think because it’s last season we’re expecting a lot from these episodes.
- There’s just enough mystery and just enough clarity being revealed at a fast, but not too fast pace, that I’m intrigued but not frustrated. I also really like the Ancients and the actors playing them.
- There has been some lack of character growth. It feels like there has been a lot of shorthand this season.
- There’s been a lot of funny moments.
- I feel a lot less stressed watching this season than I did during Season 4. The Season 4 episodes were very dense and full of symbolism that ultimately didn’t feel like it led to anything. In this season, they seem to be setting themselves up to end the season more crisply.
- I recall in Season 1 Trick saying that the Fae have encouraged humans to create myths about fairies, etc. so they can remain unnoticed and hide within and behind stories, superstitions, and mythology. Why am I bringing this up? Because it seems like, according to Zee, Bo probably knows her as Zeus because Bo is a Western-bred and Western-educated type and likely knows Greek mythology better than Egyptian, Norse or other, but other cultures called her other things.
- Anyway, her father is Hades, and I share the confusion about why finding out his name was so startling for Bo. The only thing I can think of is, knowing your dad is a bad Fae is one thing, but knowing he’s a Fae who was worshiped as a god for many years is maybe another? Also, we can’t take everything we know about Greek mythology as canon.
- There are aspects I like, but other aspects have frustrated me. The season has been OK so far but not great.
- I wish there was more time spent on character growth. The Ancients plot has grown on me, but I think time has been spent developing that plot to the disservice of our characters.
- Maybe because it’s the last season, the pacing has felt slow to me. I thought it would build more quickly than it has.
- I wish Bo was more in the center of things and that Dyson and Lauren weren’t just on the side solving the case of the week.
- There have been a lot of funny moments, and I’ve enjoyed Lauren getting more humor.
- And I really miss Kenzi. I really want that character back.
- Annie: Bo and Lauren dancing and talking in “Here Comes the Night”
- Kris: Bo telling Kenzi that it’s okay to stay in Valhalla if she wants to in “Like Hell, Part 1”
- Sally: Bo as cat on date with Heratio, all the slapstick (FACE IN CAKE) in “It’s Your Lucky Fae”
- Stephanie: Bo gives Kenzi her “somethings” and Bo tells Kenzi that she saved her everyday and that she doesn’t want to leave her in Valhalla but she will because she’s happy and OH! FEELS! in “Like Hell, Part 1”
Favorite Character Arc?
- Annie: Tamsin
- Kris: Tamsin (Honorable mention to Vex)
- Sally: Tamsin (Honorable mention to Mark)
- Stephanie: Tamsin
- Somewhataddicted: “I’ve loved Tamsin’s journey, and I hope we explore more of her backstory. I feel she’s really integral to the ending.”
- BollyGolly: “Most unwelcome plot – Tamsin’s obsession with Bo. If they are going to make Tamsin suffer unrequited love, then there had better be a good reason, such as Tamsin getting back at Bo later. If all is forgiven when [episode] 509 starts, I’ll be quite pissed.”
- Tamsin has had a pretty robust storyline this season involving her unrequited feelings for Bo.
- However, we have conflicting emotions about it because while it has been the best written, the writers seemed to jettison the foundation laid in “Dark Horse” for Bo and Lauren to get back together to pursue Tamsin’s storyline.
- The way the storyline of Bo and Tamsin sleeping together was executed ultimately made everyone look bad. Both Bo and Tamsin seem much more naive/oblivious than usual.
- Annie thinks having Bo and Tamsin sleep together felt like fan service rather than a necessary piece of the storytelling.
- Stephanie wonders if the Bo/Tamsin hook-up might have worked better for her had the physical intimacy emerged from an emotional intimacy they forged in Kenzi’s absence.
- Rachel Skarsten has nailed it. Her face and body language reflect the emotions her character is going through so well. ANGST.
- Valhalla seemed like a very competitive place, and Freyja pitted the Valkyries against one another, and there wasn’t much mutual, girl-power support, at least not from what we saw between Tamsin and Stacey. It throws into sharp relief how Tamsin was raised versus how Kenzi (and to some extent Bo) raised her on her last life and informs a lot of her behavior.
- What happened to Bo? Where was Bo for the middle part of this season? She has felt more like a plot device than a character.
- Besides having moments of general angst about her father, Bo hasn’t had much of a character arc. She has been primarily driving the A plots.
- We feel disconnected from Bo’s internal life. We’ve questioned many times this season what she has been thinking: in regards to sleeping with Tamsin, her feelings about Lauren, and why she was so thrown by discovering her father is Hades.
- We appreciated Bo’s decisiveness and determination in “Like Hell, Part 2.” We like it when she makes stuff happen, rather than reacting to things.
- Lauren has had some nice moments — such as her saying “I’m the boss” — but she hasn’t had the strongest storyline. It has primarily involved finding happiness and freedom in her professional life.
- Another confrontation between her and Evony seems imminent. How long can she blackmail her? Evony surely has more tricks up her sleeve.
- Will the serum come into play? People are worried about her safety because of it.
- What will be the significance of Bo’s dream about Lauren and the jack-in-the-box?
- It seems like developing a serum to make Fae into humans is a specific process, rather than a generic one. The serum she made for Evony is Evony-specific. In order to make one for Hera, or any other Fae, Lauren seems to need blood, hair, DNA, and months to work on it. Important point.
- Again, he has had some nice moments but not a strong through-line.
- In “When God Opens a Window,” he makes a speech about not wanting to be the good guy anymore, but that hasn’t carried over to subsequent episodes.
- His relationship with Mark has been explored some, but it hasn’t resulted in much of a storyline as yet.
- Romance between Dyson and Alicia seems to be a distinct possibility. Bo-racle urged him to change the rules. Will he go for it?
- Is it possible his finding out Bo and Mark slept together might nudge him to pursue a relationship with someone besides Bo?
- It seems like they might be setting Dyson up for a “settling down” story.
- BollyGolly: “Most welcome surprise – the hint of sparks between Dyson and Alicia. For a long time, Dyson has shown that he doesn’t approve of human-Fae relationships, and if he ends up falling in love with Alicia, it’ll be a great twist to his story.”
- Nope. Nothing happening here. Move on.
- Isabeau-racle saying that she will “see Trick soon” is very intriguing.
- Will Trick’s ledger that Hera and Iris stole play a more major role in the future?
- Vex’s affection for Mark has been interesting to watch and has really brought out some vulnerability in the character.
- It’s uncomfortable-making that there was a confrontation between Vex and Dyson about Vex’s fatherly love for Massimo and then Vex ends up crushing on Dyson’s son.
- Is a conflict (about Mark or something else) brewing between Dyson and Vex? Or will their mutual care for Mark perhaps mend some fences?
- It’s surprising that we haven’t seen more of her this season.
- She has faced an ancient before. Will she have useful knowledge to contribute to Bo?
- Emmanuelle Vaugier mentioned that we would get back story on Evony this season. Is there more to come than what we got in “Here Comes the Night”?
- Annie: Lauren in anything
- Kris: Bo’s casual look from the end of “Like Hell, Part 2,” Dyson’s too-small tank top from “When God Opens a Window,” Tamsin and Bo’s Kill Bill outfits in “Big in Japan”
- Sally: Zee’s red dress in “End of Faes” (Honorable mention to Bo’s black dress)
- Stephanie: Bo’s black dress in “Like Hell, Part 1” & “Part 2”
Themes & Motifs
- Life and Death
- Annie: “I’m the boss.”
- Kris: “He’s an asshole. Perceived by me as an asshole.”
- Sally: It’s a tie between “He’s an asshole. Perceived by me as an asshole,” and “Even the ancients have their Achilles Heel.”
- Stephanie: “He’s an asshole. Perceived by me as an asshole.” (Honorable mention to “Holy Odin, your jawline is insanely distracting”)
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