Lost Girl Episode 3 – Oh Kappa, My Kappa

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.


Lost Girl Episode 3 on IMDB

Season 1 opening credits [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHl8h-osrUw]

Supanova “Lost Girl” preview – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: M.A. Lovretta

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

Synopsis: Bo lives a life of secrecy due to the fact that she hungers for sexual contact, yet consumes the life-force of any sexual favour.   The first two episodes of the series, shown at the preview night of Sydnova in the main theatre and at the SciFi stall throughout the weekend, is the story of Bo learning she is one of the Fae, more specifically, a succubus.   Yet she remains alone, refusing to choose whether to join the light or the dark faction.

A review by Film Nerd.

As mentioned in my Summary for Supanova, I was one of the lucky few to catch this special screening in the JB Hi Fi theatre on the preview night.   I feel sorry for those that missed it, as I found it a really entertaining experience.   I would summarise the feel of the show as a Buffy style show for fairies.   Bo is a kick arse leading lady, very independent, facing up against other supernatural beings, while maintaining a friendship with a quirky side-kick.   All of this has the capacity to travel too far down the path of pandering to an audience, but there is enough darkness to give the episodes seen some gravitas.

The first episode was a little full of exposition, but what pilot of a series ever escapes this fate.   Relationships are established, inner conflicts are hinted at, and settings and themes established.   This type of stuff can be a bit overloading, but thankfully at the same time, it remains interesting throughout.   Having a cool action set piece towards the end of the first episode also helped though to show something of what the show hopes to achieve with time.

The second episode settles into the story much more quickly, and though the story at first appears slight (Bo is helping a Fae recover his stolen treasure), it is told with a good mix of humour and drama.   It was not without faults, with pacing being one issue, but there is a lot to like, and hopefully when the writers have settled in a little bit more than they can pull together something spectacular.   The first episode hinted at some season-long, and potentially series long, story arcs, so when this juicy stuff happens, these early episodes make me want to see it.

One problem, I don’t have Foxtel in this house.   My parents may see me a little more often come July….

3 stars out of 5

Lost Girl on IMDB

Lost Girl promo