Lost Girl 5.09 – “44 Minutes To Save The World”

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.”)

6 thoughts on “Lost Girl 5.09 – “44 Minutes To Save The World”

  1. Re: the chi. Blue = taking and red = giving. The chi was blue so Lauren was taking. Also her eyes turned blue 🙂

    Had seen the promo so quickly saw where this was headed with Lauren standing in the road. This scene irked me because 1) Lauren felt OOC and 2) getting hit by a truck? Why not Lauren getting hurt in a more plot relevant manner? Was the driver drunk or texting b/c she had been standing there. I also kind of expected Bo to freak out more. When Dyson came out of the Dawning dead she went DarkBo and chi sucked four people to save him. Speaking of which, Bo told Kenzi she couldn’t bring Hale back b/c there wasn’t enough chi but I’m guessing whatever Bo had in her tank was enough to save Lauren–is that because Lauren also has accelerated healing as a succubus or whatever she is?

    But enough kvetching! I’m glad out peeps are back on out TV and trying not to think about there only being 7 new episodes. How are they going to wrap this up? Though taking care of Nyx was fairly quick — and dare I say anticlimactic.

    1. So wild that Bo brought up all the same questions about the chi to Dyson when they were on stakeout in 5.10! I also agree that the taking care of Nyx felt anticlimactic – although as we’ve seen with Hades, he seems to have more up his sleeve.

  2. Sally, thank you as always for your insightful (and funny) comments. Another reason Bo may not have been in a sexy state of mind is she had just killed an Ancient (Iris). In fact, if you include Cece, she’d just killed a human AND an ancient. At first it seemed like a giddy Lauren might be ready for some action later in the evening (you remember what “pizza” was a code for back on the Crystal ship) but we can forgive her if she was feeling a little run down.

    About Hades, if I’d had the energy I was going to write a 20-page exegesis on why I still don’t believe his account of Bo’s birth or anything much that he has to say. In fact, I was going to put forth a theory that he wasn’t Bo’s father at all, at least not in the conventional sense. There has been a theme of genetic engineering running through Lost Girl from the beginning but especially from mid-season 3 on. And it has always troubled me how the writers were going to get around the issue of Bo’s being the product of a rape.

    Even if we buy that Hades rescued Aife from the Dark King (which I don’t) are we really expected to believe Bo was the love child of the Lord of Darkness — who tends to take whomever he pleases (like Persephone) — and a raving lunatic he had to keep locked in a cage? Was she artificially inseminated? Where’s the consent there? This seemed to me like a case of taking Aife out of the Dark King’s frying pan and throwing her into Hades’ Fire. I hated that idea.

    So my solution? Bo is a test tube baby, a product of a Light Fae egg (Aife’s) and an Ancient Daddy’s sperm or genetic material or however that would be handled in the world of Lost Girl science. And please forgive me but I STILL can’t shake the idea that Daddy may not be Hades but the Wanderer — whoever he is (if he isn’t Hades). But Grassi seemed to eliminate that possibility with his remark that “Hades has been playing a long game for many seasons now. I think our fans will be satisfied to see how it all adds up.” I kinda doubt they’d reintroduce another Big Bad Daddy with just 7 episodes left — although they still have to work the Pyrripus back into the story at some point, don’t they? They shoot horses, don’t they? ‘Cause this show is wearing me out!

    Whether he’s Bo’s father or not, Hades is definitely up to no good. Why does he appear near Dyson and Lauren? What better way to get close to Bo than to win her faemily’s trust by saving Mark and — as Valksy pointed out — being a competent peer (much like Taft) to pique Lauren’s intellectual interest.

    He’s a Trojan Horse — like the TTV (Transfusion Transmitted Virus or Torque teno virus to the non-MD’s) he suggests Lauren might use: “Stem cells won’t attack it. Sometimes a catalyst that appears the most innocuous can cause the most damage…think of it as a Trojan horse.”

    I think he’s a big liar — but once again Michael Grassi cast doubt on that point of view with his enigmatic comments about Hades in 509:

    Hades is many things, but we don’t think he’s a liar.

    We don’t?

    Of course, everything he says can be open to interpretation.

    Open to interpretation indeed. Like everything that happens in this little show that has come to occupy such a big place in our hearts.

    1. Isn’t it great how at the end of 5.10 the Pyrippus rears his head again? It gives me hope that that storyline is about to circle the track and be reined back in.

      I do wonder if and how the storyline will resolve the question of Bo’s parentage. Lost Girl can have troubling and complex themes from time to time, and I don’t know if I think that removing the story of Aife’s trauma would help or hurt. Whatever conclusion Bo’s arc with her father reaches in the final episodes of the final season, in addition to answers and clarity I hope there is also resolution and some balancing of the scales. And maybe some sweet sanity for Aife, to boot.

  3. The consequence of falling in love with a TV show is always in finding yourself in the bittersweet state of being sad that the story will end, but also relieved that this ending is planned for. It is an obviously preferable that the cast and crew should take a bow before the curtain falls, rather than have the hook drag everyone from the stage before the punchline! The multi-season story arc has long been the foundation of the show and Episode 509, as the first chapter in this home stretch, continued in the show’s tradition of asking questions and placing tantalising clues, while still hitting character nuance and reminding once more of why the bumps in the road are so worthwhile. As the episode drew to its tantalising cliff-hanger I was also feeling certain that whatever the executive producer, Michael di Grassi, will bring to the show during his tenure in terms of story and eventual resolution, one thing seems obvious — these women are in love, and the ambiguity and teasing seems to be over.

    The first long-running story element to be addressed is the truth of Bo’s conception and infancy. In reviewing past episodes, and comparing to the narrative given in 509, there is clear evidence of inconsistency. Understanding who is a reliable narrator, and who is lying and why, remains key to the truth of Bo’s origin. We have a number of hints and clues to consider:

    Tamsin describing Bo’s intention creation in episode 408 (Groundhog Fae) “That thing would’ve done anything to claim his ideal mate. Even if it meant creating her himself.”

    A vision of Bo’s father during the Dawning in episode 309 (Ceremony) in which he indicates that he has been waiting a long time for Bo. Does this suggest an intentional creation for purpose, an argument reinforced by numerous instances of a possessed Bo expressing a wish to rule with her father.

    Persephone describing a tyrant in episode 501 (Like Hell: Part I) who kept Aife caged and only allowed her to hold her baby in order to feed her.

    LouAnn, Bo’s midwife, described as a frightened woman on the run and trying to protect the infant Bo from someone who wanted to hurt her (episode 102 Where There’s a Will, There’s a Fae).

    Hades describing himself as a benevolent saviour to Aife, but unable to rehabilitate her from her torture: “Your mother was sick. The Dark dungeons drove her crazy, I saved her, I brought her to Tartarus but she was too sick.” Hades then makes an arguably ambiguous statement in response to Bo’s outrage that he had kept Aife in a cage: “To protect you from her, she wanted to take you from me, I couldn’t let that happen. Sending you away was the only way to keep you safe.”

    Aife describes herself as being held in a dungeon and tortured, and does not mention her removal to Tartarus. So we only have Hades’ statement to support his claim that his cage and the dungeon are two separate locations. Aife’s most direct reference to Bo’s father is in 313 (“Those Who Wander”) in which she describes him in terms of an entity who will punish Dr Taft by killing him, just to resurrect and kill him again. Aife’s demeanour during this scene seems less one of someone disgusted or afraid, but of someone exalting in power and retribution — for the sake of Bo and not herself. Is she actually invoking her own abuser as an avatar of revenge?

    The question is, how do we, as viewers, decide who is the most credible source and who is relating an experience subject to their own interpretation of the truth? Without input from LouAnn, should we have assumed that the person who wanted to hurt Bo was Bo’s father? What if she had not been Aife’s co-conspirator, but had elected to protect Bo from Aife herself? I have to question how LouAnn had the power to enter Tartarus, and then escape from it with Bo if someone had not been helping her. But who? Was Hades already imprisoned? Was it Persephone, who was shown in 501 to be in possession of the music box and could have been either ally to Hades or custodian of his jail? Did Hades himself perhaps feel he could no longer protect Bo from an unstable Aife? We assume physical harm from the concern people express about “hurting” Bo, but what if it is a more abstract philosophical or emotional harm?

    While we see Aife in a state of mental collapse from episode 313 onwards, she was capable of functioning successfully before her battle with Bo in 113 (“Blood Lines”). The Saskia/Aife that we saw in the first season was sadistic, vicious, careless about loss of life for people she did not value, and able to carry out a successful assassination plot. Is this what Hades (and LouAnn) wanted to protect Bo from? An upbringing which would make her actually monstrous?

    In episode 401 (“In Memoriam”) the removal of Bo from Aife’s memory may be argued to restore Aife’s mind, which would dispute any suggestion that Aife was already psychologically injured before she was taken to Tartarus and Bo was conceived (in that Aife’s insanity and Bo’s existence are linked) but we could just as easily be viewing the higher functioning season one Aife, who is able to carry out a charade of concern (with the more florid version of her mental state becoming evident when her memory is restored and she instantly reverts to a violent state). Does this explain why Trick was so adamant to keep Bo’s mother from her in the first season, because he knew she was a direct danger to Bo? This would certainly explain why Aife was so quick to turn on Bo, and so willing to kill her at the end of the first season. Might this then suggest that Hades’ claim is more credible than first thought and Hades claim that Aife was dangerous to Bo was a truthful narration?

    I find myself considering the possibility of whether Aife may prove to be the ultimate villain of the show. As so much of Lost Girl is grounded in the world of faerie tales, the use of the wicked matriarch trope would not be a hugely surprising choice.

    Lost Girl often challenges us to think outside a moral binary: Bo has killed, although regrets it and does not wish to (despite our being encouraged to at least tolerate her killing a would-be rapist in the very first episode), Dyson claims to love Bo while consistently denying her information and does not hesitate to carry out an extrajudicial execution in 313 despite is role as law enforcement, Trick is shown as both a tyrant and a loving grandfather, who also handed his child over to a regime that would torture her, Vex kills to order but is also a victim seeking to survive the annihilation of his species for the very powers that make him a useful tool of the Dark Fae and so on. This pattern holds true for so many Lost Girl characters that I have to think that the production is resistant to anyone being portrayed as purely villainous or purely virtuous — Kenzi perhaps comes closest, having not been shown moving beyond petty criminality. What does this pattern mean for the character of Hades?

    The truth of Bo’s conception still remains unclear, as Hades says in his quote “I thought you’d know by now that truth is open to interpretation” — we have been told about fear abuse has been strongly hinted, we have seen frightening spectral avatars and possessed voices expressing a will to rule, but now we have also seen intervention in the end of the world and the loss of billions of lives with the defeat of Nyx. How much of Hades’ actions in the past may reasonably be argued to have been with the intent of preventing global armageddon? Is everything that we thought we knew turned on its head?

    The first two and a half seasons of Lost Girl laid a foundation of Bo building a family of her own choosing, further illuminated by story threads by the resolving of conflict within Bo’s familial unit as Lauren and Dyson come to terms, and the awkward teething trouble of inviting a new face into the family (Tamsin). Later seasons focused on Bo being separated from her support system; from the interpersonal friction that her Dawning created to her erasure from the memories of loved ones, those who kept Bo grounded and protective seemed scattered, and there was an argument that the remote machinations of her father were the cause. This argument seems reinforced by Bo’s ferocious blaming of Hades for Kenzi’s death — an event which she clearly considers deliberately orchestrated, and which he does not dispute.

    If Hades can be blamed for other acts that fractured Bo’s improvised family, how does this reconcile to his actions in this episode, in terms of how eager (and capable) he seems to be to ingratiate himself with both Lauren and Dyson? Is it incredible convenience that Hades just happens to exit his prison, arrive on the scene of a stabbing and have a medical bag to hand? How does the time frame fit together? This seems at the crux of the mystery – I am starting to wonder if Hades’ underworld exists outside linear time itself — Not unlike Odin (who he is not…dang it) able to see future and past and craft interventions.

    I’m even wondering how/if Hades is implicated in Trick’s power – since Trick is the only pure magical invention within the show, with an evolved power not connected to food source. If Bo’s Destiny was to intervene to save billions of lives, as she did in this episode (is there a worse cataclysm to come?!) then might everything in the past have been crafted deliberately to shape her path? To the point of a non-linear time constrained Hades able to travel back and forth to see Trick’s sanguine “wishes” and make them come to pass (a god-like power). It is Trick’s role of King that is connected to the faction war, the eventual peace, the surrendering of Aife, Hades bringing her to Tartarus. Trick’s intervention in 113 leading to the awakening of the Garuda, which leads to the awakening of Bo’s true power which eventually leads to Hades, the Ancient, Nyx and the thwarting of Armageddon.

    Is this an intended and interconnected series of events?

    Which offers an old philosophical question – is it wrong to harm one to save many? Did someone on staff develop a fascination for the “Trolley Problem” (googling is quicker, I forget how it goes and would hate to not do it justice, forgive my laziness)

    With regards to the hand in hand strolling. I might well have found that deeply romantic =) Yes, it allowed a shortcut to the next chapter in the story so it had a practical purpose. But more meaningful perhaps is the easy, comfortable, non-sexual intimacy on display. Are we viewing an act of a romantic couple — given that we know Bo can compartmentalise love and sex. Is the loving act of being hand in hand also a way to unequivocally demonstrate that love between them has won the day? Is this kind of fully-dressed, open, chemistry and connection and intimacy more illuminating to the characters than sex?

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