Created by: Michelle A. Lovretta
Cast: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland
Synopsis: At Kenzi’s behest, Bo starts advertising to be a private investigator. She gets her first case, a mother seeking her missing child. Bo and Kenzi go undercover at this girl’s college to track her down. Bo joins campus security, while Kenzi, much to her horror, joins the missing girl’s sorority house.
I am already a burden on a few friends getting tem to record Foxtel shows for me while Bride of Film Nerd and I are without, so I was going to leave my reviewing of Lost Girl with the Supanova preview that I was lucky enough to see. As luck would have it, however, @RevengeFilmNerd follows @scifitv on twitter, and they posted up a link to watch this episode legally for free. I took advantage of this opportunity to continue following the adventures of Fae Bo and her human sidekick Kenzi.
As with any fledgling television series, in these early stages the show is striking me as very episodic, in the sense that a large focus is on fighting the new supernatural beasty every week. Some over-arching storylines are hinted at, especially in Bo’s relationship with Light Fae Dyson, but these probably will not be largely expanded on until the season’s end. What I fear though is that this episode sets up the elements that will make the beast of the week format more easy to write. Trouble is, I watched the early moments of this episode with a bit of a feeling of deja vu…
Lets recap. So we have a series about a supernatural being who is set apart from its supernatural kin. With a desire to use these supernatural abilities, our hero reluctantly becomes a private investigator, largely due to a less than heroic human friend wanting to cash in on the heroes benevolent actions. Said human sidekick also provides the series a quirky counterpoint to the serious attitude of the hero, and provides a large majority of the series comic relief. Yes, the thought that was entering my head is that we now have the Canadian female equivalent of Joss Whedon’s Angel.
Time will tell whether this is a good or bad comparison. Angel started of very strongly, but I feel it went downhill with each progressing season, with the fifth and final season really jumping the shark. This did not prevent individual episodes from shining though. There were many strong points about episode 3 of Lost Girl that also bode well for the future. Both Silk and Solo have settled really well into their individual roles, and they share a natural chemistry on-screen that works despite their many differences. Also, the hints that the Light Fae have much bigger plans for Bo and that in some way they are manipulating her loyalties in the background is also quite intriguing. So as long as establishing the format does not lead to lazier screen-writing, there is still a lot to watch out for here. The fact that a second season of the show has been approved bodes well, especially given how competitive the TV market is in modern times.
I will keep watching, there is no question of that. Here’s hoping that while I remain out of Foxtel connection, SciFi TV Australia remains generous enough to keep some episodes online!!
3 stars out of 5.
Season 1 opening credits [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHl8h-osrUw]