Lost Girl 5.06 – “Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts” – Sally

Sometime during Season 4 of Lost Girl I had given up trying to decipher what was going on with the melange of mythology by the time the fourth or fifth prophecy about Bo reared its head. (I exaggerate, but not by much.) So far in Season 5 I haven’t twisted myself into knots trying to unravel the mythology stuff. I’ve just been watching the show and taking the story as it comes.

So it’s ironic that just as I successfully let it go, now I think that I have it all figured out. What became clear during this episode was that the blonde woman with lightning powers, who IMDB says is “Elizabeth Helm/Zee” is Zeus, and the dude is Hera. His name is HERAtio, after all. In Greek mythology these two were married to each other and had some children, including, according to some sources, Eris, the goddess of chaos, strife and discord. Iris, I guess. She’s a teenager, so chaos, strife and discord sounds about right.

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Zeus was also the father of Hercules by a mortal woman, and Clay the quarterback is a descendant of Hercules – in the Fae world, a “heraclid”. And like all Fae, Zee, Heratio and Iris feed off something that humans can provide. In their case it seems like they feed from the crowd’s positive feelings about their descendant and his performance on the field.

tinkerbellThis reminds me a bit of Tinkerbell and how she survives when children affirm that they DO believe in fairies. There are also some theological and faery legends that gods and/or fairies survive when people worship them or believe strongly in them, but fade away if people don’t believe. Like everything involving faith, whether in a deity, a political ideal, or in oneself, this is both literally true and a powerful metaphor.

1984Think back to 1984 by George Orwell with me – the only thing that allowed Oceania to continue to exist was the people’s ability to believe what the government told them to, even when it contradicted reality. (Side note, Winston Smith, the protagonist of that book, kept remembering fragments of the English nursery rhyme “Oranges and Lemons” throughout the story, which is the same tune Bo’s jack-in-the-box played when Lauren turned the crank in her dream.)

What does all of this mean? I don’t know, but I want to believe.

Anyway, so back to Greek mythology – Zeus and Hades were brothers, along with Poseidon. The show’s writers and producers have said that Season 5 is all about family. In addition to Bo fighting her father and his plans to bring hell on Earth, it looks like her genderswapped uncle, aunt and cousin are also set up as her antagonists.

During a conversation with Trick, he refers to these folks as “the ancients” and says that they have gone by many names – a clue that while these three Fae have much in common with Zeus, Hera, Iris and Hades, that they aren’t necessarily one and the same and we, the viewers, can’t rely too much on what we know about mythology to inform our understanding of what’s happening. It also seems like they were all banished to a different plane of existence a long time ago, and that something – the Artemis candle, I guess – allowed them to return to Earth, albeit in repossessed human bodies.

Confession:  I didn’t watch Friday Night Lights, and I’ve never seen Bring It On. I did see Not Another Teen Movie, which spoofed, among other movies, Bring It On. But I lived through high school in the Midwest where football and cheerleading were big.

There was something about Tamsin’s behavior in particular during this episode that felt very high school to me. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the episode and I don’t have any animosity toward Tamsin’s character. I also loved high school, though it was stressful in many subtle ways, mostly because of interpersonal relationships – similar to the stress that Tamsin appears to be feeling. I can’t figure out if Tamsin’s behavior is a product of her life experiences this time around only (so, a few months), or if she has the benefit of all her other lifetimes and memories. But either way, she’s behaving like a teenager who has a ways to go in figuring out people and relationships.

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The episode started out with Tamsin reading way too much into her relationship with Bo, taking offense to Dyson and Lauren’s doubts that she could successfully go undercover as a cheerleader, her awkward and cringe-inducing comments to Bo all throughout the episode, and the insecurity she feels about Bo’s feelings about Lauren.

It’s also clear that Bo either doesn’t know what Tamsin is feeling, or is deliberately avoiding acknowledging it – until the end of the episode, when Tamsin says “That’s what girlfriends are for” – an obvious bookend to Bo’s “roomie” comment from the opening scene. I don’t know if I think Bo is oblivious or avoiding, and I don’t know if Tamsin is deliberately deluding herself or if she really thinks Bo is on the same page as she is. But either way, I feel bad for her.

Questions:

1. Do Zee, Heratio and Iris see Bo as an impediment to their plans? If so, why didn’t they kill her when they had the chance? Zee seemed to just swat her aside, like she was an annoying mosquito. Do they know who she is? They know she’s Bo Dennis, succubus, but do they know who her father is? Do they care?

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2. If Trick hadn’t made that whatever cocktail (Cockatell?) in a thousand years, how did he just happen to have all three of the ingredients right in front of him within arm’s reach? That is one well-stocked bar.

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3. Trick needs a Bluetooth. Speakerphone is, like, so 2004. It’s so easy for ancient gods to overhear confidential important conversations over speakerphone.

4. Mark. Ugh! You know, I was thinking about this earlier this week. In Season 4, I didn’t like Rainer’s character or storyline at all – but mostly because he and his storyline were BORING. Zzzzzz…

Mark irritates the heck out of me, which at least is a strong emotion. So let’s take heart – it could be worse!

7 thoughts on “Lost Girl 5.06 – “Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts” – Sally

  1. Great review Sally!
    It does seem evidence is mounting that Elizabeth and Kevin are gender-reversed Zeus and Hera figures, respectively. That “Zee” is hard to explain any other way. But for the hell of it, let me make a case for one other possibility. The third member of that family of Ancients is Iris. You suggest this is Eris – a daughter of Zeus and Hera. But the writers offered quite a few hints that she is Iris the Rainbow Goddess and messenger of the gods. The human corpse she inhabits — “a bike courier taking classes at a night school” — is a messenger. Also, Iris tells Mark the best things come after the storm and proceeds to demonstrate an ability to create rainbows. In the topsy-turvy world of Lost Girl mythology, Iris might well be the Rainbow Goddess and still be daughter to Zeus and Hera, but I got curious about who Iris’ “real” parentswere in Greek mythology. She is the daughter of the sea god Thaumas and the Okeianid sea STORM nymph ELEKTRA (also called Ozomene). Turns out Zeus isn’t the only figure from Greek mythology associated with lightening. Elektra (from which we get the word electricity) was the Goddess of Sea Storm clouds that formed around mountaintops near oceans and of the lightning that was often seen in them. An argument could be made that all of the references to storms and electricity in episode 506 — the atmosphere in the stadium is “electric,” Elizabeth feeds off that “electricity,” she zaps Bo with electric charge, the team is called the Thunder, a storm is coming, etc. — might apply equally well to Elektra as Zeus.
    I was tempted to point out that like “Elizabeth,” Elektra begins with “EL” and that there’s a “Zee” in Ozomene, but that’s kind of a stretch. But I’ll add one more detail — Elektra was one of the Okeanide nymphs chosen to be a handmaiden to…Artemis (I guess this was in Elektra’s bachelorette days because they all had to be virgins, like Artemis).

    1. You might very well be right, Carolyn. I also noted in my exhaustive research about Iris (er, when I just read the Wikipedia page about her) that Iris appears in the Iliad as an agent of Juno (the Roman Hera) to carry out certain tasks for her. That seems to jibe with how she was dispatched to steal Trick’s ledger for Heratio. I thought about Eris when I recalled how Iris referred to Zee and Heratio as her parents (though also her keepers). More will be revealed in time!

  2. Thanks for the review, Sally! While there were some moments I really enjoyed the episode overall was so-so for me.

    1. The whole gang is now on the case and more or less on the same page except Bo is still hiding her dad’s identity, which could come back to haunt her. Now she is keeping two secrets from Dyson and that could have ramifications.

    2. Is there a particular reason Bo didn’t chi-suck the ancient trio prior to being zapped by Zee? Too soon?

    3. Do you think the human widow is a love interest for Dyson, who is still spouting Fae law about dating humans even after Kenzi & Lauren?

    4. Was Bo’s dream (nightmare?) about Lauren just a dream or a portent of Lauren’s role in things to come (btw, ZP looked fantastic in that scene)?

    5. The dance between Bo & Tamsin is so odd. Are they really that out of tune with each other or blinded by their own desires? Regardless, after T dropped the “g” bomb, Bo can no longer live in denial. If Bo doesn’t feel the same (and her face said a lot) then I hope she gently lets Tamsin down sooner rathet than later else she will be using T and that is icky.

    6. Glad Lauren called Bo on only contacting her when she needs something doctor-y. Geez no “hi” or “how are you?” just I need a favor? Bo, stop taking your friends for granted! It’s a main reason Lauren broke up with you in the first place.

  3. 1. Yeah, Bo doesn’t like it when people keep secrets from her, especially for her “own good.” The only thing I can think of here is that she feels a lot of shame about her parentage. Though, devil’s advocate, she’s known for a while that her dad is a bad guy, so I’m not sure why finding out he’s Hades or that she was born in Tartarus was such a big deal.

    2. I’m not sure if Bo perceived any threat from the trio, and I still think her multiple chi-suck abilities only present themselves when she’s under stress – like I don’t think she consciously knows how to turn it on at will. What do you think?

    3. It seems possible that the human widow could be a love interest for Dyson, but frankly I would be surprised about that.

    4. I think Lauren is and always has been central to Bo’s storyline and happiness. I don’t know if it’s a portent in any negative sense. I think Bo misses Lauren – maybe in her white dress and her smile she’s a counter to the negative emotions Bo associates with her father and the box.

    5. I’m sure that Bo will try to let Tamsin down gently but that she will botch it and there will be drama. And honestly, TV and drama go hand-in-hand.

    6. I think Lauren seems like she has infinite patience, but it’s good that she establishes boundaries for sure.

  4. Enjoyed the episode and the review! Not much to add that others haven’t.

    Tamsin makes sense to me for a couple of reasons. Her backstory as a new, childish Valkyire; her general emotional stuntedness was established in her last life as well, but with a much more cynical veneer because she was an aged Valkyrie; the general characterization of all powerful beings as overgrown teenagers. This is a very, very genre thing to do; all the way from Greek mythology, to Q in Star Trek, to Glory on Buffy, to Bo herself. She started off with the dating skills of a 15 year old. I guess she’s made it to about 20 now, which is probably about as far as anybody gets! Even Dyson and Hale were juvenile in their development. And Ryan. But in the Cinefillies interview, MG also referred to the succubus effect. I’ve always wondered how much the writers account for it. It helps explain not just Tamsin, but a lot about all of the major lovers.

    1. Hi Maigray! I agree with you anout everyone’s emotional development. I think the part I don’t fully understand is how, if Tamsin eventually regained all of her memories of her past lives (like how she remembered who hired her to find Bo, etc), that her emotional state didn’t revert to what it had been previously. I guess memories and emotional intelligence aren’t necessarily linked, but yeah.

      Genre characters as overgrown teenagers. I like it. Seven of Nine on Voyager, etc.

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