Lost Girl – Season 1, Episode 11: “Faetal Justice”

Created by: Michelle A. Lovretta

Cast: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland, Zoie Palmer, K.C. Collins

Synopsis:  Tough times are ahead for Dyson… having been accused by the Dark Fae of killing one of their clan, an infringement that may see the two factions return to all out war.   Problem is, he has no memory of the night before, so seeks Sanctuary in Trick’s bar.   Believing his innocence, Bo begins a hunt for the truth.

Lost Girl has always been good at weaving a sense of mystery and intrigue in its plots, which is certainly a good thing given Bo’s role in the human world as a private investigator.     “Faetal Justice certainly increases the stakes, however, and though the solution seems all to obvious in hindsight, whilst watching the episode, I felt just as in the dark as Bo and Kenzi were themselves.

One thing I loved about this episode was that the conflict between the factions was an integral part of the plot.   As someone who appreciates the “big picture”, and at times is more distracted by diversionary single episode external story lines, to have a plot based on the central conflict of the show with moments of fantastic character development is much more entertaining.   The episode features guest appearances from both The Ash (Cle Bennet) and The Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier. formerly seen on Smallville), both of whom are showing similar animosity to the now apparently very powerful Trick, the politics of the Fae world were once again highlighted.   Furthermore, the curiosity to uncover Trick’s past further whetted.

New characters are also introduced, and time will tell whether they have any further impact on the series.   One witness to the supposed crime is a goth human named Portia (Holly Deveaux), whom does seem to form a strong bond with Kenzi.   Her story line is tied off nicely, though there is definitely enough left open there to introduce her character again at a later time.   I would welcome this, as the way the character was written was appealing, however of all the guest actors in the episode, her acting was the most lacklustre.   So, in the end, I am torn whether I wish her to return or not.   Speaking of returning characters, however, the insidious Vex (Paul Amos) is back, and it seems definitely not for the last time.

Despite my enjoyment, I must admit that all the hints to the external storylines, and the elements of the Fae world and Bo’s past that are as yet unrevealed is getting a little frustrating as well.   This is the unfortunate consequence in many television series, that the audience becomes so involved in trying to unravel all the clues, that every abortive hint can be just as much an annoyance as it is intriguing (for more examples of the same, see my Smallville reviews and the annoyance Lana Lang can be when we all know whom Clark is inevitably destined to be with).   There is little to help this though, and in saying so, it is a bit of a backhanded compliment.   The fact that I care enough to be annoyed is a strong indication that the writers are doing all the right things to keep me hooked!!

This is another strong episode in a series that has been stuffed with them (and it is only the eleventh episode!!).   Hopefully, by the time I get to the season finale in two episodes, at least a few more answers will be revealed, even if they inevitably throw up more questions!!

4 stars out of 5


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