Zee wants Bo to think they’re on the same side and that they share a common goal – to stop Hades from escaping the underworld and ending life on Earth as we know it.
I have my doubts.
Zee doesn’t seem trustworthy. I have trouble believing that someone who wants to be aligned with Bo in stopping the Big Bad Dad would also be responsible for killing a lot of people indiscriminately as she works to establish herself in a new world. It’s like this broken calculator that I have – it doesn’t add up.
Zee and Heratio have also kept Iris tied up in her bedroom with some industrial-strength restraints. While Iris does seem to harbor a destructive power within herself – the Nix, a power born of chaos which confers upon Iris the Midas touch of death – it was put into her by her parents/keepers so they could use Iris as a weapon. When Iris took off her bracelet that kept the power at bay, death commenced.
(I wonder if Iris has seen Frozen – she might want to invest in a pair of gloves for the time being.)
So despite Zee’s protests, her hands are not clean, and she does have ulterior motives. Iris said as much to Mark after she was distraught to learn she hadn’t actually been putting people to sleep, and was killing them instead. She said that Zee and Heratio had told her that everyone would need to go to sleep, and then later they would all wake up.
“Everything that ends is going to start again,” said Iris.
Like many gods throughout history, it looks like Zee and Heratio want to push the reset button. It sounds like they want to end the world and start again, this time making it more in line with their own interests, and probably with people who will worship them without question. In golf, we call it a “mulligan,” and as children, we call it a “do-over.” This is reminiscent of the flood myth which flows through many cultures and time periods.
The vision that Bo saw when she drank the drink of prophecy was a world of utter destruction. And it’s what Zee intended for her to see – though Zee deceived Bo in allowing her to think it would be the result of setting Hades free. Instead, it seems like ending the world is part of Zee’s plan – using Iris as her weapon.
It’s probably a good thing that Zee was interrupted from carving Bo’s mark off her chest, because she might have been able to bind Bo to her immediately afterward.. With Bo’s ability to extract chi from many people at the same time, maybe she could suck all the chi from all 7 billion people in the world at once, and then be supercharged to do something else, like create a new world.
But I don’t necessarily buy that Hades is a good guy, either. Let’s not forget that he kidnapped Aife from the Dark Lord, took her to Tartarus, and then kept her captive and raped her in order to conceive Bo. To create his perfect mate, if Tamsin’s story was true. That’s still awful, dark and super gross.
Hades said to Bo “You will do things you don’t want to do,” and “Sometimes the greatest evil is the greatest mercy.”
Lost Girl has shown us some morally gray areas over the years, and the characters aren’t always 100% right or moral in what they do (just like life). Sometimes there is no right choice, only one that’s less wrong. The best anyone can do is to keep trying to do the next right thing.
However, I don’t see Hades suddenly being recast as a good guy, or that Bo would commit a lot of evil acts that end up being for the greater good. That’s not how she operates, and in general, we haven’t seen a lot of narrative up to this point that would make me expect to see an “ends justifies the means” storyline that is endorsed by the show.
We can’t take Greek mythology as canon here, but the origin story of Zeus, Hades and Poseidon is that they drew lots for shares of the world and Zeus became the supreme ruler of the gods. His brothers probably harbored resentment ever since. Zeus ruled the air and land, and Poseidon ruled the sea. Hades had the worst draw and became god of the sucky underworld – so anything that caused more death increased his power. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Hades wants a better gig and Bo is just one of his latest machinations to try to escape and take over – and to stick it to his brothers.
Sibling rivalry – it cuts deep. I wonder if we’ll see Poseidon at all this season?
So back to my original question – what the Hades is going on? At this point, I think this is a power play between the Greek gods (or rather, these powerful Fae who were once worshiped as gods and then were banished, but now they’re back) and they are all trying to use Bo (and Iris) to help them win because she’s special and powerful.
So that’s what I think is happening with the storyline. But what does it mean? What is the show trying to say? What’s the message? Here’s what I’m getting out of it:
There’s a long tradition on Lost Girl of people trying to use women for their own ends, and Iris reminds me of a few characters we’ve seen before. Just a handful of examples:
- Lisa, the duppy didn’t have evil intentions either, and was controlled by an amulet by people who wanted to use her for their own evil purposes.
- Hannah the Squonk, who never hurt a fly, was held captive in Brazenwood because her tears were valuable.
- Ianka the opera singer who was held captive because her beautiful singing could evoke powerful memories, both good and bad
Bo helps Lisa, Hannah and Ianka, and many other people who need help, to break free from people who are trying to control them or use them. Zee, Heratio, and Hades are trying to use Bo. But put not your trust in princes, or gods, or prophecies, or visions, people. Trust yourself, and your friends who have earned your trust – your chosen family.
Bo will live the life she chooses.
And it seems like as of this episode, she chose Lauren. Oh boy, yes she did! I’m still unclear on why she was keeping Lauren at arm’s length – because Lauren’s comment about “I get it, it was a mistake that we slept together” indicates that it was Bo keeping her distance, not Lauren – but anyway, she’s not doing that anymore.
A few more random thoughts:
Speaking of Bo and Lauren, when Mark and Iris were talking at the party, that seemed like a callback to “Vexed” where Bo said to Lauren “Nobody owns you.” Mark said to Iris, “You’re not [Hera’s] property.” Lauren wore the Ash’s necklace, and Iris wore a bracelet.
Bo’s blackened hand reminded me of Dumbledore’s. But it also enabled her to resist Zee’s lightning and gave her some kind of super strength. Maybe it will help her with whatever’s in that box. Or maybe it’s a ticking time bomb that will kill her unless she can figure out how to stop or reverse it.
Tamsin. I’m confident she’ll be back. This isn’t how the Valkyrie will go out, if she goes out at all.