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.
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.
This 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.
Think 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.
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.
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?
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.
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!