The show follows the life of a bisexual succubus, who feeds on the sexual energy of humans, named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she learns to control her supernatural abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about her origins.
The show’s pilot, opens with the typical young female named Kenzi at a bar harassed by an older gentleman. It’s interesting to see that the young woman is choosing to tolerate his harassment to be given the chance to steal from him.
When I was watching the show, I was afraid that the writers would stick with the civilian’s tropes of a white knight coming to her rescue. From a female’s viewpoint, it was interesting to see Bo, another woman coming to her rescue.
Kenzi, played by Ksenia Solo, is teased throughout the series as a vulnerable human, who puts herself in harm’s way by interacting with things a human should not understand.
I saw this portrayed, as a string female staying true to her morals. I found her character to be the one I relate to the most because even if the characters she meets have supernatural abilities, she contributes to solving problems the main protagonist Bo faces.
We all want to be superheroes, yet Kenzi uses her wit and charm to get her way. I felt the writers of the show tried to derail from her character’s moral compass by making the audience believe she wishes to have supernatural abilities to be more like those around her.
The writers try playing this off in season two, by showing Kenzi seeking out more about the fae lore to find magical creatures that might offer her magical abilities for a price. Throughout the series, the writers portrays her relationship with Bo as her best friend or even the limited role of a sidekick.
I tried to overlook this by judging the character on her heart. By being human, she prevents the other characters from manipulating Bo and taking advantage of her seductive powers.
The show’s protagonist Bo played by Anna Silk, a powerful young woman who can manipulate others through the sense of touch. In the pilot. Bo comes to Kenzi’s rescuer without the intention of being the hero. There is a flirtatious exchange between Bo and the older gentleman at the bar. It is not until the audience sees Bo kissing him, that she is giving into a sexual hunger.
A white light escapes through the man’s lips before collapsing to the ground. We learn later in the episode, that Bo is on the run from her past. Not knowing much of her gift or even that she is part fae frightens her.
She is only aware that her touch can leave others in a cataclysmic shock that feeds her secret desires. I felt that even if her intentions were not to save Kenzi, it offered her hope that she could have an ally in her life.
The show plays on the parallel, of having humans live in a world ignorant of the fae, showing that their only role is to serve as food for the faes. Amongst the division of class, the audience is later on introduced to a war between light faes, who wish to keep their world secret from humans verses the dark faes.
The dark faes fail to see why they shouldn’t use humans to fulfill their selfish desires. Both sides see Bo as the key to gain dominance over one another and so both Bo and Kenzi are confronted by Dyson and Hale, expecting Bo to acknowledge her heritage and choose whether she wants to work with the light or dark faes.
Dyson and Hale both work together at the police station in the State of Oregon in the United States. To the humans around them, both Dyson and Hale serve as police officers, yet to the fae community they serve the light faes using their connections to protect humans against dark faes and other supernatural creatures.
Dyson, played by Kris Holden, embodies a protective and supportive character. It isn’t until Vo and Kenzi meet them and the other faes that it is revealed to be a powerful wolf shape-shifter.
Later in the series, Dyson and Bo develop a strong relationship. He is the only fae shown that isn’t drained by her sexual hunger and can offer her the fastest means of recharging. In the first few seasons of the show, Dyson’s character doesn’t reveal much of his background.
The audience sees him using his animal senses while investigating crime scenes with Hale. I understand the wanted to keep a feminine perspective for a strong female lead, yet they could have offered more feminine characteristics to his character to make it easier to relate to and draw in more male viewers.
Hale, played by K.C Collins is introduced with Dyson while investigating the older gentleman that was attacked by Bo in the bar. He is the first person of color featured on the show. He serves as Dyson’s partner and ally to offer him logical advice regarding working with Bo.
Throughout the series, there aren’t many other main characters played by people of color. I find it interesting that the audience learns that Hale is a siren by the abilities he portrays.
Hale admits a low whistle that emits a high frequency sound-wave that can weaken other faes and leave humans unconscious. I found his character even more intriguing because I love sirens and mermaids.
Also, Hale struggles to trust Bo because she chooses not to align herself with humans and refuses to choose to work with the light or dark faes.
As the series’ progresses, the audience learn that despite both the light and dark faes being at war, there is a safe-haven. It is a bar known as The Dal Riata, owned by Fitzpatrick McCorrigan, better known as Trick, who is played by Rick Howland. The Dal Riara is named after the ancient Gaelic kingdom which crossed Scotland and Ireland.
He seems very knowledgeable about the fae realm, and like Bo makes a valiant effort to hide from his past. Throughout the series, there are whispers of a fae king using blood magic to win the war between the light and dark faes.
In the fourth season of Lost Girl, Bo tries to learn more of her past. She hopes that by doing so, she’ll be able to understand the strengths and limitations, she learns that her mother was a succubus as well. When Bo learns more of her mother’s past, she learns that Trick is her grandfather.
The only other human that helps the fae aside from Kenzi, is Lauren played by Zoie Palmer. The people that govern the light faes, have hired Lauren for her knowledge of science and using herbal chemicals to treat the faes. When Lauren meets Bo, they form a connection instantly.
Her curiosity of Bo’s powers intrigues her because the last known succubus to help fight the war, was Bo’s other who was aligned with the dark faes. It always amused me that Kenzi is very sarcastic toward Lauren and refuses to trust her. I wondered if Kenzi could see that Lauren was attracted to Bo.
During the fourth season of the series, the writers made Lauren and Bo a couple. I have nothing against the media covering lesbian couples, yet it came across to the audience as being forced.
In season one of Lost Girl, (2010) the pilot rated 7.8/ 10 and was watched by men and women of all ages. Most of the episodes in season one focused on Bo and her path of discovery.
She tries to prove to the light faes that her allegiance is with humans, which is reinforced by her refusal to choose a side. It frustrated me near the end of season one as Bo’s actions defies this notion by working closely with Lauren and Dyson. Bo defends her actions by stating she is helping her friends.
I liked that Bo and Kenzi were portrayed as strong female warriors giving the show a strong feminine perspective, yet they crippled the ideology of feminist values by having them being saved by male faes.
In season two (2011). The writers build on the development of the characters introduced in season one. By working closer with Trick, the truth of his past is revealed to both Bo and Kenzi.
They learn that Trick was the fae king and used his blood to create the laws that currently govern the fae realm. This causes a rift to form between Bo and Dyson. He had kept the truth from her, as well as keeping the identity of her birth mother, told to him by Trick.
After season one, the writers tease the foreboding threat of a dark entity coming. I understand that the show-runners wanted to expand on the universe and the rich characters they had created, but I felt that the main characters of the show could have been developed further before new characters were introduced.
In season three (2012), Hale becomes the new acting ash, which serves as the leading ruler of the light faes. Prior to the change in position, little is known of Hale’s background.
Through flashbacks and conversations with Dyson, we learn that Hale comes from a noble family that are also sirens sworn to serve the light faes. With Hale’s new responsibilities, he steps down from being Dyson’s partner within the Oregon police force.
Dyson is given a new partner named Tamsin played by Rachel Skarsten. At first, Tamsin seems like a coy detective, yet questions his relationship with Dyson. I was under the impression that if the writers were pushing the relationship between Bo and Lauren, the writers would pursue a physical relationship between Dyson and Tamsin. It isn’t revealed until season four, that Tamsin isn’t human and is a Valkyrie.
In season four (2014) Kenzi continues to pursue magic to grant herself fae powers, so she is no longer the weak human that needs protection. The change in her morals bothered me because it seems like she wants to discard the one thing that makes her unique.
Kenzi was my favorite character because her reactions to the magical things occurring around her seemed genuine. That season is where I started to lose interest in the show. A lot of the characters appeared to be rewritten with outlandish reasons for the sudden change of morality.
The one thing that kept me interested in the show and had me continue to watch it, was adding to Tamsin’s character. Tamsin’s Valkyrie abilities and past lives eludes to the focus of Norse mythology. Tamsin explains to Kenzi that she is troubled by a mistake that occurred in one of her past lives.
By feeling pity toward a fallen hero, Tamsin refuses to return the soul to Valhalla. Despite not showing much interaction between Hale and Kenzi, in the last few episodes of the season, they reveal that their friendship has changed into a physical relationship.
I wondered if the writers had intended to end the series with season four. Many minor plot holes are tied up with the death of Hale. He is at least given a heroic death by protecting Kenzi from a dark fae.
In season five (2015), the final season, I was disappointed that the series didn’t stick with how season four had wrapped.
Too many minor characters were added to flesh out the dark universe. Kenzi is killed to save Bo from her father, who is a powerful demon. I feel like they wanted Bo to be the dark heroine sworn to protect humanity from faes.
Furthermore, the series started out strong with a female centric heroine. The series could have ended after the second season. Each character’s story is stretched out over the course of the seasons.
I liked the diversity of each character and how they interact with one another. I would have preferred more developed characters to make them more relevant to the audience. I would have enjoyed if the network had included other characters like Kenzi during the first season.
Overall, it gets a 7/10.