Lost Girl – Season 1, Episode 7: “ArachnoFaebia”

Created by: Michelle A. Lovretta

Cast: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland

Synopsis: One of Kenzi’s scams inadvertently has her bring a spider home tot he apartment she shares with Bo.   This is no ordinary spider however.   It is a mystical creature that feeds on paranoia and anxiety after inducing it in the victims that it bites.   When it bites both the flatmates, they come to blows in a milieu of distrust.

I have not been examining the credits for the responsible screen writer with each individual episode of Lost Girl, yet I am starting to get the feeling that there are two writers that are essentially taking turns.   Both have talent, but one writes good episodes, whereas the other writes edge-of-your seat storylines.

For this episode, it had to be the latter behind the pen (okay, perhaps showing my age, should I say “behind the keyboard” instead?).   Kenzi may once again prove to be the catalyst of the action for this episode, and it may even be related to her more overbearing personality traits, yet this time it really works.   At no point is her developing stronger character broken away from,yet her eccentricities work really well as a manner to introduce the evil arachnid into the Bo/Kenzi living quarters.

This episode was also both skilfully written and directed to such an extent that tension is built up overtime, and the payoff is never a disappointment.   The paranoia that is ratcheted up between Bo and Kenzi is something that would not have been out-of-place in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock presents… it may not be quite at the height that cinema can achieve, but it is splendidly done for television.   I was certainly glad to have been watching this on DVD, as having to wait for some of the in-episode cliffhangers to be resolved after the adbreak would have been torturous.

In achieving a tight episode like this, some character development was also successfully interwoven.   The love triangle that Bo is getting in with Lauren and Dyson is further explored, as well as indications that Dyson’s dislike of Lauren stems from something deeper than mere jealousy.   This is clearly something that will not be resolved in the near future, but it is a ride I will be excited to take.   Also nice to see was Hale’s growing affection for Kenzi, in a very obvious but realistic “sidekicks unite” move.

There have been episodes that have worried me in the short run of the season up to this point, but this was one of the ones that will successfully keep me hooked in for the long run.

4.5 stars out of 5

 

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