This week Amber West and I flip channels over to SyFy to review two of their science fiction dramas on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday — a revisit to the soon to end series, Eureka, and a look at the Canadian hit picked up by U.S. television, Lost Girl.
What if we made a habit of waking up next to dead lovers?
That’s the story of Bo’s life (Anna Silk) — her life as a succubus. Of course she doesn’t know what she’s doing or what her powers are called; she only knows that she has the tendency to kill those she is intimate with. Over the years, Bo has learned to keep a stash of fake identification documents handy and to flee her whereabouts at a moment’s notice to keep her secret safe.
But Bo’s life is about to change forever.
After saving a human girl’s life (Kenzi, played by Ksenia Solo) from an overly aggressive man looking to take advantage of her, the human actually sticks by Bo and the two become fast friends and roommates. Throughout the investigation into the dead man, Bo also meets Dyson (played by Kristen Holden-Reid) and Hale (played by K.C. Collins), two detectives who understand her more than anyone has ever understood her in her entire life.
Courtesy of Dyson and Hale, Bo finally learns all about her supernatural powers and about the Fae organization. Dyson and Hale also belong in this world – Dyson is a wolf shape-shifter and Hale is a siren.
The Fae is broken into two groups — the Light and the Dark — the good and the evil. The leaders of the Fae world insist that Bo choose a side, but she fights for her freedom and remains neutral — a rare oddity in the Fae organization.
Regardless, Bo has finally found a home.
Lost Girl follows Bo as she attempts to control her power and balance her supernatural and human lives. She works alongside a combination of supernatural beings and human friends as a private investigator, hired by those who can’t seem to find help anywhere else — human or supernatural.
Kenzi works as Bo’s partner, and uses her history as a scam artist and her “street” talents to their advantage. The two constantly rely on Dyson and Hale, not only for their access to the police department but also because of their knowledge of the Fae worlds. Also helping the team from time to time is: Lauren (Zoie Palmer), a human doctor with valuable knowledge of the supernatural Fae organization; and Trick (Rick Howland), the owner of a town pub where Light and Dark Fae comingle.
In addition to previously not knowing about her powers and the Fae existence, Bo also doesn’t know anything about her birth parents. She now understands that either one or both belong to the Fae world — her mother could be another succubus; her father could be an incubus; or her mother and father could both be “sex chi eaters” — regardless, Bo wants to know more; and for whatever reason, Dyson and Trick are keeping her past from her.
Lost Girl has aired in Canada for the past few television seasons, and has been renewed for a third. The SyFy network recently acquired the rights to air the first two seasons, and the series premiered this winter.
The succubus storyline is a nice twist on the usual vampire, werewolf, and witch filled supernatural TV programs, plus the special effects are great. Perhaps it’s because the series originated outside the U.S., but the language and sexual situations are far more risqué than what we’re accustomed to here in the States.
One might wonder just how much the sexual element plays into the story, and that would be a lot. See, Bo uses sex with Dyson to curb her succubus cravings and to heal. In bed, where she’d normally kill a human, Dyson can take it. It may drain him, but he keeps her satisfied. And, to test her ability on controlling her powers, Bo played a little sexual game with Lauren. It seems Bo can’t make up her mind — Dyson or Lauren; Lauren or Dyson?
So how does Lost Girl rank? For now, we’re giving the SyFy series a solid JFTV rating; like Bo, every once in a while we need to satisfy our succubus cravings (only ours come in the form of chocolate miniatures). The show might rank higher, but considering we’re not current on the episodes and tend to let them stockpile on the DVR queue tells us that it’s not quite a MacTV favorite.
However, give us some more shirtless Dyson, and Lost Girl could move up the WatchWed food chain overnight…
What do you think? Have you watched Lost Girl? Who’s your favorite character and why? If you could have any one supernatural power, what would it be and why? I’d love to hear from you!
Before we go, give Lost Girl a chance — don’t give up after watching the pilot. The episodes get much better…
Now click over to Amber’s blog and see her continued thoughts about the soon to be gone Eureka.
Come back next week when Amber and I review something fun and interesting…
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A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:
GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV): It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (Nyquil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech