After such a long time without Lost Girl, it was so nice to be back with this show and these characters. I had missed them so much! I also didn’t have time to do a rewatch of 5.01-5.08, but that was okay because the “previously on Lost Girl” caught me right up.
We were right back in the action and I like that the show didn’t drag out questions that had been raised in 5.08. Tamsin is alive! Mark is alive! And Hades is out of the box and on the scene. Aw, hell.
Let’s talk about Hades for a moment. After being trapped for so long in the box, and going to such great lengths to get out, his behavior was different than I was expecting. He didn’t go into major destructive mode, or seek out Zee and her crew for immediate revenge. Instead, he was calm and, dare I say…helpful?
He helped Lauren and Dyson stop Mark’s bleeding, and then helped Lauren solve a nagging problem with her stem cell research when he dropped by her lab (ostensibly to check on the patient). Then he just sort of follows Bo around and tells her that she’s in charge and he’ll do whatever she decides is best. Maybe he’s not such a bad guy?
I don’t think so. As Mrs. Unaligned pointed out to me, people who are trying to manipulate others often try to make them think they’re in charge. Just as lessons learned are more powerful when you learn them yourself instead of having someone tell you the answer, it’s more powerful when you decide to do something on your own, rather than feeling forced into it.
Maybe whatever Hades has in mind for Bo’s role in his vision of the future requires that she chooses it freely, or maybe he just prefers to manipulate and cajole. Either way, I don’t trust anyone who grabs someone by the neck because they REALLY REALLY wanted to talk to you.
Speaking of manipulation, as the Drinks at the Dal hosts noted in their initial reactions to this episode, how great is it that Tamsin was able to engender doubt in Hera even without her Valkyrie powers? This could be a theme – how people allow themselves to be manipulated by doubt. Hades goes down this road a bit by telling Bo that what she believes about Aife and her captivity isn’t true. As well, the Leviathan told Bo in S4 that she wears Lauren’s humanity like a shield. Maybe, in trying to help Lauren achieve immortality, Hades is removing a check and balance on Bo that keeps her grounded.
Nyx is in the box, Hades is out of the box, Iris is dead, Alicia is alive, Hera/Kevin is in a coma, and Tamsin escaped. Zee is having none of it from Trick. Dyson and Mark are bonding. Kenzi is still gone. I think the box can’t be the only solution for getting rid of Hades, and it’s possible that he was posing a false dichotomy to Bo, but she did what she had to do to stop Nyx in the short term, anyway.
And finally, the ending. Holy crap! In the past, I’ve often watched promos, but this time, I just didn’t get around to it so I had NO IDEA what was coming, that Lauren was going to get hit by a truck. And it had so much more impact! (Pardon the pun.) I think from now on I won’t watch promos, to the best of my ability.
Here’s what I thought in seeing the final scene – I thought that Lauren had given herself succubus powers, and was chi-sucking Bo so she didn’t die. But then Mrs. Unaligned told me that she thought Bo had been pushing chi into Lauren. I’m not sure which is correct, but I’m sure we’ll find out tomorrow. What did YOU think was going on there?
I leave you with a final question, which I puzzled over. Why did Bo and Lauren decide to go for a walk instead of heading directly to bed? I mean, REALLY. #DoccubusSex
(Though as Mahlers5th noted, it was so nice to see them on a semblance of a normal date, walking around holding hands like a real couple. Trust M5 to spoil my pervy observation with a sentimental comment that made me say “Awwwww.”)