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Lost Girl 5.16:  “Rise”

I loved the Lost Girl finale.

LOVED it.

Lost Girl has always had so much heart. The finale, with its big moments of reaffirmation of friendship, callbacks to moments from episodes past, righting of old wrongs, and Bo and Lauren pledging to each other that they would spend the rest of their lives together, moved me so much.

This show has had such a tremendous impact on my life and has helped me learn so much about myself. It has given me new role models for what kind of person I want to be.

I want to adapt to changing circumstances with as much emotional honesty and resilience as Evony.

I want to believe, like Vex, that I can change for the better and forgive myself for shameful things I’ve done in the past and always keep trying to do better.

I want to be a living example of the courage of my convictions, like Hale.

I want to find the strength to endure and survive, like Aife.

I want to know as much stuff as Trick, and to help others as a way of atoning for past mistakes.

I want to be brave and dependable like Dyson. I want people to be able to turn to me for help when they need it.

I want to tackle life head on like Tamsin, drawing strength from the bonds I forge with chosen family and by facing my fears.

I want to be as loyal as Kenzi, never ever losing faith in my friends and counting on their unconditional love without question.

I want to be as smart and curious as Lauren, and as courageous as she is when she overcomes her trepidation about the Fae and loving Bo.

And finally, I so, so want to be like Bo. I want to trust people and see the best in them. I want to have my friends’ backs. I want to be vulnerable yet strong, sensitive yet resilient, and brave. I want to nurture the capacity to have an open heart and an open mind despite fear of abandonment. I want to accept my loved ones for exactly who they are. I want to own my sexuality without shame and live the life I choose.

I didn’t cry during the finale because I was too overwhelmed with wonder and delight, but I just teared up while writing that. I love this show so much. It changed my life in so many ways.

I started writing about Lost Girl at the invitation of my friend Doccuficient, one of the founders of this blog. I wanted to write about the show because I was so blown away by the relationship we were shown between Bo and Lauren.

The promise of that relationship was realized in a huge way during the finale, when Lauren tells Bo that she wants to spend the rest of her life with her, and asks if Bo wants to. A changing expression of mild consternation and the remembrance of past hurt flits across Bo’s face, then resolves into a brilliantly beautiful smile and she says “I do.”

 

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I want to acknowledge and celebrate this SO MUCH, beyond the story for a moment. The protagonist of a show ended up with her female true love. No painful callbacks to past shows where female relationships ended in death, breakups, painful separation, unrealized subtext – nope. Bo and Lauren ended up together. I wrote before that Lost Girl was an LGBT TV game-changer, and with this happy ending, it’s even more so. It’s time.

Thank you, Lost Girl. Thank you to everyone who made this relationship happen through words and acting and discussion and decisions, who made it come alive on screen, and who cemented it forever with “I do.”

Thank you. 

The message about love and friendship was also beautifully exemplified by Bo’s chi-suck of her friends. The memories we saw when she inhaled their chi were like a fanvid love letter. As we’ve seen so many times, the knowledge that you are loved can confer strength. Strength to throw off the whispering of Hades, the intoxication of a city’s worth of chi, and to find the courage to right your wrongs.

Friends are the family you choose. I met my BFF Rebecca because of Lost Girl. She lives in Canada, and I was visiting this past weekend before a work trip. I had to leave Sunday before the finale aired. When I arrived in Texas at 12:45pm Central time, with my roommate fast asleep in our shared hotel room, I shut myself up in the bathroom and Rebecca aimed her computer at the TV and replayed the finale so I could watch it via FaceTime. Friends stay up late and have your back, yo.

 

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Here’s where I watched the Lost Girl finale

 

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Here’s a picture of me watching the Lost Girl finale. My father was a piece of fruit and left his glowy print on my body. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. #captionpun

 

Let me tell you what else I loved about the finale. I mentioned righting old wrongs. Kenzi raised Dagny in the world of humans, paralleling Bo’s story. But she did it right this time. She told Dagny what would happen when she hit puberty, she told her about Bo, Lauren, Dyson, Mark and Vex and the group, and about the world of the Fae. Raised without shame and rejection, Dagny  doesn’t carry the same scars that Bo did.

She does, however, carry Hades’ handprint. She will have challenges in her life – and also a strong group of friends who will help her and won’t hide the truth from her. She has the ability to live in a Fae colony without the structure of being forced to choose between Light and Dark.

What a great setup for a spinoff series or a movie! This made my heart happy. I was always going to be sad that Lost Girl ended, the question was how sad and why. But the potential for a spinoff keeps the story alive, and the possibility for new tales that preserve and bring back beloved characters is tremendously exciting.

This show came upon me in 2013 like a beautiful Canadian steamroller and cut a swath through my life that opened up my eyes and mind, expanded my borders, and brought me so much joy. I am very grateful to have had the good luck and good sense to become a fan of this show.

May all of you reading this have love, laughter and Lost Girl forever in your lives.

Thank you, Lost Girl. 

Lost Girl 5.15 “Let Them Burn”

I will live the life I choose. 

I choose humans. 

The first sentence is the last thing Bo the narrator says in the opening montage of Lost Girl for the first several seasons.

The second is something that Bo says when she defeats the three Fae and then refuses to choose Light or Dark. She’s always been the unaligned succubus, but she didn’t refuse to make any choice – she just didn’t choose the Fae.

Those words kept returning to me as I watched “Let Them Burn.” Kenzi, a human, has always been Bo’s heart. Lauren has been her great love. The Leviathan told Bo she wears Lauren’s humanity like a shield. The choice of and for humanity seems like it will play a role here in the final scenes.

The comic relief of the flatulent unicorn in this episode was very welcome, especially since the Tamsin storyline was so, so dark. Despite the dark themes that emerged in the first and second season about the Fae and Bo’s origins, actually seeing in real-time the rape, imprisonment and torturous mind games Hades played with Tamsin was shocking.

As humorous and Buffyesque as Lost Girl has been at times, seeing played out on screen these actual terrible things shocked me. I gasped when Hades appeared in the shot while Tamsin was trying to pick the lock with a fork. I thought up until that point that Tamsin would escape, and we’d find out that the baby was actually Dyson’s, not Hades, and Bo would take the teeth out of Hades’ plan in some roundabout and anticlimactic way, and we would have a happy ending.

Nope. The stakes are very high. Shit has gotten very real.

What’s going on, what do all the little asides about phoenix eggs and callbacks mean, why is Hades doing what he’s doing, and what’s foreshadowing what? Read Mahlers5th and Valksy’s post about this episode. They have really good ideas and hypotheses, and noticed many details.

That Bo has the Pyrippus inside of her and the Pyrippus is what you make it, neither inherently good nor bad, seems a good allegory for life. No one is necessarily good or bad due to their parentage or circumstances, and your life is what you make it. Make it the best you can. Live the life you choose.

Speaking of choosing, that Bo is choosing to play along so she can trick and defeat Hades, I have no doubt. I also have no doubt that Bo’s having Trick’s Blood King powers will figure in, as well as Evony’s reference to her ability to suck multiple chis. What her plan is, we’ll find out shortly.

I can’t believe it’s almost over.

Lost Girl 5.14 – “Follow the Yellow Trick Road”

I felt like Vex this week, the man with two faces. I really liked this episode, and I was also exasperated with it.

What I liked:  I thought this episode was really well put together. It was funny, it was moving, and it was about characters. There were some twists that shocked me.

The scenes that alternated between the real world, where Bo lay unconscious on her bed, and Bo’s dreamscape dovetailed nicely. The transitions between scenes for conversations between Thomasina and dreaming-Bo to real-life conversations in Bo’s bedroom were great.

I loved the funny things Bo said – “How did I dream a MEANER Tamsin?” Seeing Dyson as Nosyd was also funny. Kris Holden-Ried is often playing a brooding dude, but he is really funny when he gets a chance to be. I also loved the vacuum cleaner joke – at last. And let me tell you, Lola was HILARIOUS. It was great to have Kenzi back, too. She is a brilliant, shining piece of Lost Girl.

I even loved the discussion about the Pyrippus. I still don’t have much of a clue what the Pyrippus actually is, but I liked the dream-Kenzi’s statement that the Pyrippus is neither inherently good nor evil, but rather, what you make of it. Finally, some progress toward an answer.

And the ending, when they read Trick’s will – it was a moving moment that reestablished the group’s commitment to each other. I also enjoyed the surprise throat-slashing at the end. I don’t know if Vex will end up dead-dead, or if he was just dying but will be saved, but I didn’t see it coming, and I liked that.

I think Hades is purposefully trying to isolate Bo from her friends and family. He slyly set the wheels in motion for Lauren and Bo’s breakup, he lured Kenzi back for probably nefarious purposes, and he killed Trick and Aife, perhaps thinking to cause Bo to despair. Maybe Bo was lucky that the moth bit her, since otherwise she might have had trouble accepting Trick’s death.

What aggravated me:  at this point in the series, doing an alternative-reality episode that takes place in a dream was an aggravating choice. I like episodes that mess around with reality and people’s perceptions, by and large. But for the third-last episode in the entire series, I wanted more time with the real characters.

Second, the entire point of Bo’s coma and dreamscape was so she could accept that Trick died and that she would need to rely on herself to find a way to defeat Hades. Here’s my beef with that – hasn’t Bo learned that lesson a million times already? At the end of season 4, she had Tamsin giving her tough love, and she accepted that she had to be the One. At the end of season 2, she decided to be the Ash’s champion to fight the Garuda. I know, there’s been water under the bridge and trauma, but this coming so late in the game felt so repetitive.

No show is obligated to follow anyone else’s script for how things ought to go, but here’s how I was feeling – so late in the series, with so few episodes left, I want the hero to more or less have her shit figured out and be taking steps toward defeating the big bad thing, whatever it is.

Maybe that’s what we’ll see in the remaining two episodes.

Lost Girl 5.13 – “Family Portrait”

I usually try not to read other blogs about Lost Girl episodes before I write whatever I intend to write, but I haven’t done that this week (or last week either, full disclosure). So what I’m giving you is still my own opinion and reaction after seeing the episode, and I’m trying not to be influenced by other things I’ve read, if that’s possible. Probably it isn’t, but I’m trying!

I really liked this episode. It was gripping, it made sense, it went from one thing to the next in logical and dramatic fashion – I was enrapt. And I didn’t see IT coming, the big twist at the end. The two big twists, I guess – that Trick and Aife would be killed, and that Tamsin was pregnant.

This episode was also really dark. I was afraid they were going to gloss over Hades’ rape of Tamsin, but they absolutely didn’t. When she realized what had happened, that he had impersonated Bo, she had such a visceral reaction to the violation that she threw up, and then afterward said to Bo “Don’t touch me.” That was good – and was commentary on that what happened was absolutely bad.

Having her be what looks like several week’s pregnant was also horrifyingly mind-blowing, since the logical assumption is that she’s pregnant with Hades’ baby (Bo’s half-sibling). Although, I did talk with a couple of people about the timeline for when she and Dyson slept together – maybe it’s not Hades’ child after all. Though honestly, that seems unlikely. For as dark as this episode was, having Tamsin contend with contemplating carrying Hades’ child, or contemplating not carrying it, seems important.

Speaking of what seems important – Trick’s comments to Bo about narrative truth. This struck me when watching, and reminded me of several comments I’ve heard about art and how it’s open to interpretation (what some have called the concept of “ulteriority”). There’s the art, there’s the viewer, and in between, there’s the message.

Trick was talking about each person’s version of events and what is true for them, but as a viewer of the show, I also take it as a commentary on each viewer of Lost Girl, and all stories and art, that each person will take different things from the same story. It also reminds me of how eyewitness testimony is unreliable – because memory is subjective, and because sometimes what you see is not actually the truth – like Aife thinking Bo visited her in the asylum, but it was actually Hades. Poor Aife – she never had a chance to strike back at Jack and take revenge, and now she never will.

It was Dorothy Snarker who observed that Bo’s visiting Estelle in the asylum – a woman who has been catatonic for 300 years because her entire family was murdered – was foreshadowing to the end, where Bo appears in a catatonic state after finding Trick and Aife murdered. I didn’t catch it then and I also didn’t catch it at the end. Thanks, DS. (I did catch how the “Family Portrait” tableau engineered by Hades was a clear shout-out to The Silence of the Lambs, one of my favorite movies of all time.)

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Closer, Clarice. Closer.

Doccubus report – the interaction and tone between Bo and Lauren was a little weird in this episode for its very lack of drama and angst. Although they’ve broken up so many times now, maybe it’s old hat. I did appreciate Lauren’s statement that she has neither the right nor the desire to control Bo’s actions. Is anyone else a fan of Poi Dog Pondering? “The Hardest Thing” is a song that reflects this theme.

So sit down beside yourself and take a look around
There are no chains here
No shackles to be found
And if we are to be
Together you and me
Then nothing will hold us here
But our desire to be

Let’s end at the beginning. In the opening scene, Bo is kvetching about the horseshoe Hephaestus made for her, wondering how it will be useful in the battle to come. Aside from the good-luck superstition about horseshoes, you use them for shoeing horses. This could mean domesticating them, somehow harnessing the Pyrippus (and I’m eager to see what this infernal beast will actually end up being). But would shoeing the Pyrippus take away its power? Or would it contribute? The presence of gold with the adamantine will likely play a role.

The question I have, though, is:  will Bo tame the Pyrippus? Defeat it? Or will she become it?

PS – oh hey, I forgot to mention this. As Trick is dying, he whispers to Bo “Don’t forget, you’re my blood too.” Maybe this points to what the eventual ending will be – Bo can somehow erase all the terrible things that happened, somehow. Maybe she can erase the Fae altogether. Perhaps the last scene of Lost Girl will show us all our old friends living happily ever after – as humans.

Lost Girl 5.12 – “Judgement Fae”

I love Lost Girl and over the years if an episode hasn’t clicked for me, then I have given it the benefit of the doubt. I would look for deeper meaning, and whether I found the meaning or not, I usually found some interesting questions – questions about the meaning of life, fundamentals of human nature, or societal commentary. Even if I was confused, there was usually something in an episode for me to like, laugh at, or otherwise appreciate, so on balance I liked most of the episodes.

What’s all this preamble and buildup about? I really didn’t like this episode. The acting was great. The story, the plot, and the arbitrary actions from the characters, it all drove me batty. I watched it twice. I tried to understand.

I’ve said before that I want the story to make sense. I want to understand the rules of the world. I want to understand why the characters do the things they do. I don’t need to have their motivations spoon-fed to me, and I’m willing to spend time having things revealed to me and figuring out what it means, trying to uncover basic truths. I’m also willing to accept that real people are complex and often make the same mistakes a few times. But honestly, this episode defied all of that.

Lost Girl built a very interesting, original world with interesting rules in Seasons 1-3. Even the confusing Wanderer/Rainer storyline in Season 4 with prophecy overload and the scary Una Mens melting like butter when the hot knife of Bo cut through them were original, at least. I can get behind the Greek gods being Fae, to a point – after all, Greek mythology itself was the Greeks’ attempt to explain the natural world around them – but the storyline of the Ancients seems to have completely overshadowed all of the Fae world that we’ve learned about so far. And that’s a shame.

Anyway, Bo had to pass a test in order to see Hephaestus, and in order to gain access to the test, she had to approach Judge Megaera, who is apparently Fae posing as human, as they do, and then win a court case, but not actually win, just learn a life lesson about her inner justice. I didn’t understand the point of it all. Bo gleaned from the allegorical software company founders’ dispute that she needed to be more supportive of Lauren, and when she said that, Judge Megaera nodded approvingly and let her go see Hephaestus. There were many more emotionally resonant and dramatics ways for Bo to have an epiphany.

After passing this pointless test, Bo is granted an audience with Hephaestus. He stands around, doesn’t say much, and looks attractive. I don’t think we even see him swing his hammer, and he’s supposed to be working at the forge. Hephaestus is a pretty interesting god in Greek mythology, but why bring him into this at all if he’s not going to have much to do besides wear an apron? This was one of several arbitrary hoops the story had for characters to jump through.

Then Lauren shows up without passing any tests. Maybe since Zee is possessing her, she’s allowed readmittance to Hephaestus’ forge. But how did Tamsin and Beth get in? Is it only if you need to have a weapon forged by Hephaestus that you have to pass the test? Otherwise you can stroll in willy-nilly?

After that, the whole situation with Zee and Hera was baffling. First they’re turning on Bo, but then they’re not, they’re going to Myth, and Zee apparently wants Bo to defeat Hades, and she’s proud of her niece even though she tried to kill her. Why are they beating a retreat instead of staying to stand and fight against Hades? Is there some rule that they can’t fight Hades anymore?

Then Lauren broke up with Bo. Mahlers5th and Valksy wrote extensively about it here on UNALIGNED, and both Dorothy Snarker and Melanie Killingsworth had some excellent things to say as well. It was wonderfully acted, and I cried both times I saw it. It was also contrived and forced, which annoys me. I do understand Lauren feeling like she lost herself, although there just wasn’t that much time spent on establishing that in the previous episodes of this season, and the conclusion she came to just doesn’t make any sense.

Contrast this to the tension between Bo and Lauren in Season 3. They had challenges there, too, but it was a slow buildup over several episodes interspersed with some good times and back-and-forth conversation. This latest breakup happened to create drama for the last part of the last season, in my opinion. Drama without sufficient nuance and buildup coming before it rings hollow, no matter how good the acting is.

I have some TV whiplash, y’all. I loved 5.11, “Sweet Valkyrie High,” and thought it was tightly plotted, made sense, provided excellent backstory and was funny. This episode had a couple of funny moments, but overall it was sprawling and confusing, and things happened without justification.

I said that Lost Girl has often raised questions for me. But unfortunately, the question that this episode made me ask most often was “Huh?”

Lost Girl 5.11 – “Sweet Valkyrie High”

As soon as I saw the episode title I was excited. See, when I was a kid, I read all the Sweet Valley High books, which chronicled the lives of the Wakefield twins Jessica and Elizabeth in Southern California, starting with Double Love and ending when I finally couldn’t keep up with all of the ghostwritten special editions, spinoffs, melodramatic twists, the terrible, awful College Years and then finally culminating in the most recent publication written ten years after the last book ended, Sweet Valley Confidential. I did read that one to find out what happened. I will never get those hours of my life back.

I’m not proud. Amusing as the books are now, I’m horrified at the messages they put out and how I thought being like the Wakefields was something to aspire to when I was a kid. No wonder I’ve needed so much therapy. If, like me, you read the books, I highly recommend reading IF YOU LIVED HERE YOU’D BE PERFECT BY NOW by Robin Hardwick – a hilarious takedown of Sweet Valley High and what it said about being female (or even just human), and was a much-appreciated antidote.

Much more empowering is Lost Girl and this episode specifically for reminding us that who we were doesn’t have to determine who we are, that forgiveness and reconciliation are possible, that decency and honesty are still going concerns, that we are all in this together, and we are better as a team.

Plus, Stacey said she chalupaed in her pants! In this new spoiler-free world I’ve been trying to live in, I knew nothing of the plot or the writer of the episode, but as soon as I heard that line I knew it HAD to have been written by Emily Andras. And I’m a sucker for a good pants-soiling joke. (Here’s one I taught my kids: “Knock knock!” “Who’s there?” “Poop!” “Poop who?” “Poo-poo pants!”)

This episode advanced the story in the present, filled in some history, and resolved some lingering tensions between the characters that needed resolving.

First, the plot:  it thickens. Hades is a bad guy (and even though this puts me at odds with Bo et al, I prefer to call him Hades over Jack), and he’s out of his cage. We all knew mere walls couldn’t keep him confined. In trying to figure out how to send him back to Tartarus (and presumably trap him there), Tamsin at least succeeded in flushing out his true colors, maybe. Escaping his cell won’t engender more trust in him from Bo, but I guess that’s only if she finds out.

The history:  we know more about Tamsin’s past, how she met Acacia and where she fits in, and a bit more backstory on Hades and his plans to build an army. It seems like a roundabout plan unless manipulating Bo to choose freely is part of the plan, but hey. I wonder why he needs an army anyway.

Then Bo and Tamsin buried the sorry-I-slept-with-you-and-toyed-with-your-heart hatchet, Lauren came clean to Evony, and Acaia took over Valhalla.

Plus this episode was just fun to watch. I laughed. I felt emotions. I didn’t know what would happen next but was excited to find out. And if, as Mrs. Unaligned observed, it seemed odd that Tamsin was outcast from Valhalla forever back in medieval times for giving Rainer’s soul to Trick but then in the 1950’s she was sent back to the Valkyrie Academy and had to learn (relearn?) that she was a warrior, not a nursemaid, I didn’t let those details trouble me.

(But if anyone can explain the timeline, please tell me in the comments.)

Finally, knowing as we do that Lost Girl is the sexy descendent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, did anyone else think that Stacey’s working at the Bayou Burrito (where you tell us how you like it) was an homage to Buffy and the Doublemeat Palace? I did.

I wrote this on a plane and probably won’t edit it, so if it seems rambly and disjointed, that’s why. And if it’s better than usual, tell me so I can stop wasting time on editing!

Until next week!

–Sally

Lost Girl 5.10 – “Like Father, Like Daughter”

This week (last week) on Lost Girl, I noticed a theme of seduction.

Big whoop, yeah? This is Lost Girl, after all. But wait – it wasn’t sexual seduction this week. It was how power seduces us, and can distract us from our true priorities.

Lost Girl has shown us how power corrupts through Trick’s storyline. Whether this is a continued exploration of the theme, or just a natural progression of Bo’s storyline to the end, both she and Lauren in particular were confronted with situations in which their choices might lead to trouble.

Lauren used herself as a guinea pig for the solution Hades suggested, using a viral vector as a Trojan Horse to further her experiment seeking eternal life. A surprising side effect was that she is also now a conduit for Fae powers.

Or is it actually surprising that that was the side effect? Hades suggested the vector that she used, and maybe this was his intention – to show her how it felt to have powers. Her face was filled with wonder when she tested out having Vex’s powers – seemingly without much concern for how she was flinging around her male patient’s limbs like a rag doll. When it came time to help Hale’s grandfather after Zee froze his larynx, she didn’t hesitate to channel his powers. (As well she shouldn’t have, since Zee would likely have flash-fried them all like thinly-sliced eggplant.)

Most telling was her behavior around having this new ability, though. She has shown a mistrust of Hades and refused his offer to let him examine her. However, at the end of the episode, we see that she did let him examine her after all – and then she lied to Bo about it. Lying to Bo creates distance between them and erodes their absolute trust and will likely lead to problems later.

For now, my money’s on Lauren’s ability to act as a conduit for Fae powers having a pivotal role to play in defeating Hades – since she could channel his powers too and have power over life and death. First, there will have to be some come-to-succubus reckoning and resolution about the deception and Lauren’s seduction by power and long life.

Bo is also dealing with complicated feelings about her father. She says all the right things – that she doesn’t trust him and will get rid of him soon, but admits to Kenzi that she didn’t banish him with the painting and the First Song when she had the chance. Is it curiosity about her origins, or is she gradually warming to the idea of having ultimate power – especially since Lauren isn’t strictly human anymore? With Kenzi skedaddling back to Spain after the painting caper was complete, there are precious few strictly human humans left in Bo’s social sphere to keep her grounded.

Sidenote – I absolutely loved Bo’s interaction with Suri Middleton at the art gallery. Being thwarted in her attempts to succu-touch the germophobic curator was amusing, as was her frustrated mock-sneeze and Suri’s ensuing look of horror. Bo could probably have forced her touch upon Suri, but didn’t – which I appreciated.

Speaking of humans, in time-honored tradition, Dyson had to claim Alicia because Mark couldn’t keep a secret. I can’t blame the kid too much, because Alicia’s self-recrimination about stabbing Kevin when he was actually just possessed, as far as she knew, clearly pushed all of Mark’s guilt buttons about how things with Iris played out. Mark isn’t good at keeping his cards close to the vest – since, unlike Dyson, he doesn’t wear vests. (Ha! That’s your only joke for this post.)

Dyson bears some responsibility here too, because who lets a human stay in his boxing gym apartment with all the occult books and the confidential files about Fae doings without even trying to clean up first? At least put all that stuff in a cardboard box and write “dirty jock straps” on it. His aghast “That was PRIVATE!” when Alicia told him she read the file on Kevin amused me – he’s been around long enough to know that people who are desperate for answers that you’re keeping in the dark will not respect boundaries.

There wasn’t much Tamsin nor much Trick in this episode – Tamsin’s role was to look hurt when reminded of Bo and Lauren’s relationship and to locate the museum offscreen, and Trick’s role was to look up information. It looks like next week (tonight) we’ll get a more in-depth look into Tamsin’s past, though.

Last week I thought it all seemed a little too easy how docile and cooperative Hades was with Bo’s ordering him around and answering questions, and this week I thought it was way too easy for the gang to banish Zee with the painting. But as we suspected, Hades really does have a big, bad agenda – he deceived everyone and Zee isn’t in Tartarus. Instead, she was “banished” to Hades’ corporeal location. They have a stilted conversation and she walks away. Where was she going? To the mall?

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry now that Pyrippus is back in the picture (literally! Ha! Two jokes! Because he was in the painting!). I’m glad the storyline didn’t just let Pyrippus go, since it was such a big deal in Season 4. But how will it make sense?

Here’s a thought:  maybe Pyrippus isn’t actually Hades or Bo’s father, as we used to think. Maybe Pyrippus as a harbinger and agent of destruction is what Hades wants Bo to become in his quest to rule the world. Many have googled the world “Pyrippus” and haven’t been able to find that this name exists in bona fide mythology. Maybe it’s something that the Lost Girl writers made up. A Pyrrhic victory is one where you win, but you’ve also lost, because in the process of winning, you lost everything.

Pyrippus – Succubus?