Lost Girl 5.01 – Like Hell, Part 1

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Last season there were many questions about changes in Bo’s personality. What happened to her? Why was she so strange? Why did she act so selfish and mean, even cruel at times? Why on earth did she fall in love with Rainer? Was there a “whammy?” etc., etc.

There is much that remain unclear about last season, and let’s face it, season 4 was not the show’s best. For the most part, it left fans confused and frustrated. But as I’ve written before, I choose to see at least some method in the madness that is Lost Girl. A madness I happen to be quite fond of. And as I’ve also said before, Lost Girl continually jumps from literal to metaphorical and back again. So while last season’s Rainer plot made little sense, and while Bo’s behavior seemed at times inexplicable, I will interpret both – Rainer and Bo’s attitude – as metaphors for “Mr. Wrong” (could have been Ms. Wrong too) and how sometimes you dump your friends over this person. Especially when your friends have disappointed you and/or broken your heart. And usually you regret doing that, and then if you’re lucky and your friends are true, they take you back and love you all the same. On the other hand, on a literal narrative level, Bo’s attitude, and indeed her presence on a mysterious train in the 5th dimension, were the result of supernatural meddling. Daddy’s first attempt at getting his hands on her power. I do think that Bo’s evil side – her dark blood – has been speaking to her, pressuring her, at times possessing her to some degree even for a long time. And certainly this could have been made a wee bit more explicit in season 4. Kenzi’s death, Rainer’s and Hale’s murders at the hands of Massimo, Dyson’s declaration of eternal fealty, Lauren’s declaration of love and the Doccubus kiss that followed, all brought Bo back from the dark side. Especially Kenzi’s sacrifice.

The big powerful things are big and powerful for a reason. Bo is a big powerful thing. So are the Helskor. Power is at best ambiguous. From a Judeo-Christian perspective, which western culture and Lost Girl both operate within – and I don’t mean in terms of the world mythologies LG researches and uses. I mean the writers themselves, the way they think, even without realizing it perhaps – power can only legitimately belong to God. Anyone else is to some degree transgressing and trespassing, and there is always room for evil to be born of power. Absolute power/absolute corruption, etc.

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This brings me to say that when Bo finds the Helskor something shifts. The mountain shakes. Bo falls, but doesn’t die because the dudes from… what was that horror movie? … show up and she eats their chi and kind of castrates the most obviously rapey among them. But anyway, something is put into motion then and there. It continues when Bo puts the shoes on her feet in Lauren’s examining room. The “jokey” choking moment that I and many others found super weird, should, I think, be seen in the ambiguous perspective of the Helskor’s great power. You know, the whole “just kidding” when someone’s really not. Or not entirely.

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This season the new showrunner, Michael Grassi, seems intent on getting back to basics.

Back to classic Bo and Kenzi.

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Back to what we love about Bo and Lauren.

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But not back to Bo and Dyson. That relationship is suffering from some strain, which perhaps will be addressed at a later time. Clearly, Bo’s a much harder, stronger, and less sentimental person than she was before the Dawning and what came after. And clearly a choice was made with regard to Dyson’s position in the relationship, and with regard to Bo’s leadership. The latter no longer appears in question.

Back to basics, but with a twist. The characters feel older and graver, and the hues are darker.

In my opinion, Grassi’s episodes from last season were the best ones. I think “Waves,” directed by Director X, in particular, was great. He is a solid storyteller and even if his jokes are not quite as funny as, for instance, Jeremy Boxen’s in 4×05, his episodes are well structured and move forward nicely. In fact, while 4×05 ,“Let the Dark Times Roll,” directed by Ron Murphy, contained brilliant visual and verbal wit, the story itself was only so-so. I am thrilled that Grassi has taken the helm of LG’s last season even though I did feel that some middle parts of the episode dragged on a bit. Well, ok, it may not totally be his fault, as it was clearly necessary to explain a lot of stuff.

I am also thrilled at what I see so far as the “queerness” of the show this season. It’s a sexy campiness that Grassi excels at I think. In particular I loved Michelle Nolden’s performance and deadpan.

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Bo and Freyja ogling the beach volleyball team.

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Bo seducing the maid and stealing her uniform.

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I also think that Grassi does the Dyson-Lauren bromance pretty well. In “Waves” it was great. Kris Holden-Ried and Zoie Palmer have great friendship/comedic chemistry together and Grassi is right to exploit that to the fullest.

Loved the visual Buffy reference. Here’s the gang “doing research.”

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On the whole, it’s a promising beginning. Sad that this show has to end, but it was going to be sad no matter what.

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Using the paintings of Rene Magritte (the Belgian surrealist artist) I decided to do another  Art Dart for this first episode of Season 5: Like Hell

Magritte’s work is known for challenging observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality.  Surrealism was a movement in art and literature that flourished in the early 20th century. The aim was to express imaginative dreams and visions by freeing them from conscious, rational control.

timeThe whole of Season Four seemed Surreal to me in many ways, and Season Three Dawning as well. This painting titled “Time Transfixed”  sums up the overall feel I was left with at the End of Season Four.

Kenzi was gone? Dead? in Valhalla? Bo was devastated by the loss. The fandom was confused about all the loose ends.  Wanderer? Rainer? Bo’s Dad? The Train to nowhere that travels out of time housing lost souls.

This 5th Season’s opener: “Like Hell” was exciting to watch and that feeling of the Surreal, both visually and narratively, is woven throughout the whole episode.

After a grueling free climb up a stone tower/eyrie, in the middle of the Badlands or some such place, Bo finds the key to another realm:  Valhalla. eyrie

The second Hel Shoe in an eagles nest. Up top, the sky is big and blue, the colors are bright and rich and warm.

cliffpanoramaThe bottom of the cliff the colors are darker, monochromatic, and somewhat dramatic with the wind etched cliffs and rock formations.  I see a skull as well but don’t know if that’s intentional or just the way I look at stuff. Lol.

Of course Bo falls on the climb down, is injured badly and discovered by a trio of Rednecks with bad intentions.

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She handles them swift and fast with little mercy, although she does leave them alive.  We get to see her ability to suck chi from a distance and from multiple people at the same time.  After crotch kicking the would be rapist, and taunting him; she strolls out of there as though she was having a walk in the park, all the while singing a folk song.


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“She’ll be driving six white horses when she comes” (Coming ‘round the mountain is a folk song that references the rapture and the second coming of Christ. Sally, your Bo as Savior spec. is right on track)

A theory posed on Doccubus.com suggested that the shoes might be influencing Bo, or making her vulnerable to her father’s dark influence.

It was subtle, but there seemed to be a change in her demeanor  after finding the shoe.

 

jokeAlso, in Lauren’s Dark Lab, after eyesex and flirting, Bo decides to pretend  to choke Lauren. Ha Ha. Funny, funny. Not!  That was  such a weird scene and completely off character dark humor, and again, Bo is now in possession of the Helskor.  Are they affecting her behavior already? So much so that she’s too impatient to allow Lauren to help her?

While Lauren is pondering whether or not to use a rectal something (ew) to manage Bo’s vitals while wearing the shoes, Bo just puts the second shoe on and disappears. Poof.

Apparently Time stands still in Valhalla.  Why does Freyja need a clock if time doesn’t flow?

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empireoflightIn Empire of Light,  a dark, nocturnal street scene is set against a pastel-blue, light-drenched sky, spotted with fluffy cumulus clouds.  With no fantastic element other than the single paradoxical combination of day and night, René Magritte upsets a fundamental organizing premise of life. Sunlight, ordinarily the source of clarity, here causes the confusion and unease traditionally associated with darkness. The luminosity of the sky becomes unsettling, making the empty darkness below even more impenetrable than it would seem in a normal context.

Magritte used this idea (technique) in many of his paintings.

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Although the hotel is brightly lit in many of the locations, the scenes in Kenzi’s room are dark. When Kenzi changes the view we get very similar fluffy clouds and bright blue sky.

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TamTam going all Redrum with the ax juxtaposed to that striking “View” hammers  home the idea of the light and dark contrast . The conscious and subconscious. The real world above, the world of the living, in contrast to the under-realms and those who reside in them. redrum

It’s also apparent she has no control over what the realm of Valhalla does to her.  Her behavior is irrational, like dreams are often, and controlled by something unseen.   We see and do stuff in our dreams (things our subconscious creates) we never would in the waking world.

Bo was able to subdue Tamsin  wasn’t she?  Bo’s Succubus touch brought her out of that murderous trance.  Bo’s abilities seem to straddle both realms.

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About this painting, Magritte said: “ At least it hides the face partly. Well, so you have the apparent face, the apple, hiding the visible but hidden, the face of the person. It’s something that happens constantly.  Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see. There is an interest in that which is hidden and which the visible does not show us. This interest can take the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say, between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.”

Is this a dream? Or is it real? Bo’s Dawning happened prematurely, she cheated the temple by taking a dead Dyson out with her.  She brought him back to life after chi sucking her friends and announcing: “I decide who lives.”

Much of the story from that point on has been a Surreal trip; like a dream that jumps around, giving you details, vibrant images and symbols that stick, and you remember them clearly when you wake up, but you aren’t entirely  sure what they mean, or if they mean anything at all?

Bo now has the power to go between the under-realms, she can also resurrect the dead, and with the Helskor, raise a dark army.

I bet she’ll be riding six white horses when she comes.  six

 

 

 

 

As a p.s. I don’t necessarily think this is still the Dawning going on, or a dream (it could be), but enjoyed this exercise in relation to my love of Surrealism and the beautiful images of this particular episode.

“If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.”   Rene Magritte

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WELCOME BACK, LOST GIRL. Never go away again. (Lalalalalalala this is the last season I’m not listening lalalalalalala.)

Because I have small children and the movie Frozen took over our lives in the spring of 2014, right after the end of Lost Girl Season 4 I made a weird fanvid mashing up Bo/Elsa and Kenzi/Anna. I ended it with an exhortation to the Lost Girl writers to bring Kenzi back. As well, in my post about 4.13 “Dark Horse,” I also expressed that I wanted Kenzi to come back. (Who didn’t, though, right? KENZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!)

What I didn’t expect, and I don’t think many of you expected either, was that she’d be back in the very first episode. (Props to Ksenia Solo and all of the Lost Girl publicity and PR machine for keeping it a secret that she was filming and on set – I heard nary a peep! But check out Ksenia’s twitter feed for some fun stuff, code names and other things she’s tweeting now.) I think we were all mentally and emotionally preparing ourselves for a long wait and an arduous story arc for Bo rescuing Kenzi. I thought we would be lucky to see her before episode 8, in fact, and that her return to the show would be the big moment/cliffhanger/catharsis that wrapped up the first half of Season 5.

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Hold up, yo. Kenzi’s in the first episode! Awwwwww yeah.

WRONG. She’s back, baby. Back in her coffin, to be sure, but at least Lauren and Dyson caught on to that and are probably trotting off even as we speak to exhume her.

I wondered at first if Kenzi would appear only in the first episode and then would marry Hale and be absent from the rest of the season, but of course, that’s crazy talk. When you have a character as good as Kenzi, and an actress as good as Ksenia, you don’t let either of those things go. Although this article appears to slightly contradict that sentence. Or maybe it validates it.

So Kenzi’s back! Yay! But Bo’s gone – AGAIN. Boooooooo. After Bo spent so much time isolated from her friends in Season 4, I was looking forward to seeing her working with her pals as a team this season. But alas, Frejya sent her off to gods-know-where. Tartarus? Somewhere else? I didn’t catch every single otherworld on the map that Trick showed to Dyson and Lauren. Regardless, I hope Bo claws her way back soon.

Speaking of Bo, the episode opens on Bo finding the second Helskor and pretty quickly donning them both and going to Valhalla. I’m glad the search for the shoe isn’t going to drag out. As well, I’m glad to see it validated that Bo is a worthy hero – she didn’t go all Flora when she put the shoes on – they seemed to accept her. Though she did have a moment where she choked Lauren and then they laughed it off, so something about the shoes seems to be calling to her dark side.

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Who else loved the little chat Bo and Lauren had about Bo seeing Flora as Lauren? Raise your claws if you did too.

Similarly, it seems like the Rainer/Wanderer storyline has been put to bed by Tamsin saying that she thought her employer was the Wanderer and/or Rainer, but he wasn’t. That was a nice way to put that storyline to rest and to signal to the viewers that we wouldn’t be revisiting that storyline this season.

I’m glad about this – I’m interested in what new ground Lost Girl will break in its final season, rather than rehashing things from Season 4. Onward!

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Last season started out with some questions we thought we’d get answers to but didn’t. Who is Bo’s father? Who’s The Wanderer? Why was Bo erased from everyone’s memory? By the time we got to Bo rescuing Rainer off the train we were inundated with conflicting prophecies, and  by the season finale I was like…

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“DA FUQ?”

Confusion reigned and I have a theory about why but I’ll save that for a little later on in the season.

“Like Hell” Part 1 brought back everything I love about Lost Girl.

                                                                                      Bad Ass Bo

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                                                                                   Hair Porn

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                                                                    And This Amazing Friendship

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Back to Basics is what the producers are calling this season and I couldn’t be happier. Well I’d be happy if Doccubus were picking out china patterns together but we won’t know that till the fracking fall of 2015. Who made that decision?!?!

I’m telling ya’ll right now, access to first hand knowledge of the under-realms in the hands of the Blood King is no bueno.

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Tamsin’s diary will only tempt Trick to interfere with altering time and space again. His inability to control his insatiable thirst for power guarantees he’s gonna cause another shit storm.

I was happy to finally get some backstory on Tamsin. Freyda revealed Trick gave Tamsin 7 lives. 7! “That’s quite a deal you made with The Blood King” Now I understand why she was prohibited from returning to Valhalla and becoming a mercenary was her only choice for survival. Delivering Rainer’s soul wasn’t enough to make amends and satisfy Freyda and something tells me she isn’t going to let her off the hook anytime soon.

The twist of Kenzi having been mistakenly brought to Valhalla was interesting and it harkens back to a character from last season. Willingly sacrificing herself to close the portal and save Bo she inadvertently promised her soul to an under realm that was not Valhalla. So all the phone calls to her hotel room from the “mouth breather” were merely reminders that her days of squatting would soon be over. “You belong to him.” By “him” Fredya means the man that hired Tamsin to find Bo.

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Now Bo’s taken Kenzi’s place on the elevator trip to hell. Bo seems certain she’s going to meet daddy. I’m skeptical. They’re going to drag this out a while longer.

I’m curious about something I don’t understand. Dyson swore fealty to Bo but didn’t he pledge fealty to Trick first? How’s that work? How do you backtrack on something like that?

“Hey you there man with a stick. You’re out. Queen Tits is in.”

You all should have known I wouldn’t be able to resist mentioning tits before I was done.

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11 thoughts on “Lost Girl 5.01 – Like Hell, Part 1

  1. Great stuff and all thoughtful and well done. I’m not sure where we’re headed but unlike last season the pacing was fantastic. I needed Bo to find that other shoe, connect with Lauren (“there’s choking.”), and give us Kenzi. The rest of the story can unfold now. I am excited to see where we go.

    1. You know, your comment about the choking reminded me of the episode in S3 after Fae-de to Black where Bo and Lauren found that blonde Fae that Bo took home and fed from and Lauren walked in and said “Oh, there’s choking!” I wonder if that was intentionally mirrored.

  2. Thank you again ladies for sharing your thoughts!

    The show is back with a great episode and as you say it looks like the Bo we felt in love is back too.

    I was kind of irritated with the beginning with the would be rapists. They way they were standing, how they were dress and the make up…I know the visual was important to convey the «bad guys» message in a few seconds but sorry show you took the easy way. The same scene with ordinary «handsome» guys would have work even better imho, more creepy… It’s kind of irritating to see most of the time rapists shown this way. Sorry I had to rant.

    Sbsneech, yes I’m with you it’s a safe bet that Trick will interfer. Also, you pointed to some backstory about Tamsin that was needed. I kind of agree even if felt a bit odd about her. I don’t get how the show can say now that she can’t talk about her job when they showed us in S4 she had no problem saying Rainer was not the one who hired her. Maybe there are some nuances I don’t get.

    And thank you keets for your lesson in surrealism and how it plays in Kenzi’s room. Blew my mind (but what else is new with you guys lol).

    I’m still kind of holding back on the show – thinking about the posters especially – but looking forward more than ever for the next episodes.

    1. Thanks Nic for reading 🙂 When Tamsin mentioned Rainer didn’t hire her she was talking about the deal she made during her mercenary years. The years of her 7 lifetimes while she was banned from Valhalla.

      I’m assuming she wasn’t allowed to talk about anything regarding her “assignments” and responsibilities as a Valkyrie while she was still in good graces with Freyda and Odin.

      Keets does an amazing job comparing art and Lost Girl. I’m always very excited every time she does it.

    2. I’m agreeing completely about the stereotyping with those guys Nic. Wish they would have used wholesome looking men, it would have made it much more creepy.

      The way Trick was looking through Tamsin’s diary in that scene, he was almost fondling it, and I can’t wait for the Blood King’s true role in this whole mess to get revealed.

      Thanks for the kind thoughts nic. you too Sneech.

    3. Hey nic, thanks for reading! And I’m with you on the stereotypical men. Not all rednecks/country boys are like that. But on the other hand, having men in business suits out in the middle of a canyon wouldn’t be quite right either. Or granola-type hikers. I dunno, there’s not really any one profile of a rapist or any great way to portray them. Rapists suck.

  3. Well, I don’t watch those kinds of movies, but the three bad guys in the beginning were a shout out to horror movies like… House in the Woods? The ones where pretty young people get kidnapped and tortured by inbred hillbillies, etc. Not that that’s not offensive in and of itself in some ways. It is. But that’s the reference I believe. And the episode continued with horror movie references.

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