by Mark Greig
Considering Lost Girl's love of Fae based puns, I'm honestly surprised they didn't call this episode 'Single White Faemale', since that is basically what happened to our Kenzi.
I was worried that I wasn't going to enjoy this episode at first. The opening scene sacrificed logic for drama in the worst way possible, making me fear this would be an entire episode of people making stupid decisions simply to ramp up the drama. Why didn't Bo tell anyone about the peanut thing? That was how she knew for certain that Kenzi had been replaced. Trick even asked her point blank how she knew that it wasn't Kenzi and all she said was "I just know". Seriously? Vital information was forgotten simply because it would've interfered with the direction the writers wanted to take the story. They wanted Bo locked up, and that can't happen if she has a reasonable explanation for her seeming erratic actions.
Luckily things picked up once Tamsin sprung Bo out of lock up so they could team up to prove her innocence and rescue the one and true Kenziest Kenzi. Bo's beloved bestie has been chained up in a cave since her abduction two episodes ago. Turns out the liquid that spilled on her at the Norn's place contained the powers of an unhinged Kitsune named Inari, who grabbed Kenzi so she should could Jennifer Jason Leigh her. She even made a play for Dyson that was right out of the movie. Luckily for him (and unluckily for her) there were no stilettos at hand. Gold acting star for Ksenia Solo. It can't be easy acting against yourself, and yet she made it look effortless.
My love for Tamsin just continues to grow and grow with each passing episode. What I enjoyed most about this episode was getting to see Bo and her Dark Fae Javert working together to find Kenzi. Rachel Skarsten has been doing such a great job so far that I hope and pray Tamsin doesn't get Ciaraed. I love how she was the one who had the "Bitch seriously?" face when the sorority girl said Bo wasn't pretty. This was a great episode for Tamsin reaction faces all round, this one being my favourite:
We also got some more details about her past (she used to be a bounty hunter before pissing off someone in power) as well as her Valkyrie powers and their nasty side effects (poor unnamed comatose Dark Fae, we hardly knew thee). So is Tamsin on team Bo now? Her participation in Operation: Kenzi Liberation did appear to warm her heart to everyone's favourite unaligned succubus. Or is she only covering for Bo because she really doesn't like the Morrigan? Either way, I can't wait to see the next exciting instalment of The Madcap Adventures of Succubus and Valkyrie.
It has been obvious for a while now that something is seriously wrong with Bo and now we know what it is. It seems she's gong through Fae puberty 200 years prematurely. At least that's what my understanding of the Dawning was. Bo is evolving, but if it's not handled in the right way she could devolve into an UnderFae. We're still in the dark as to what exactly is causing Bo to undergo this change two centuries ahead of schedule. It is possible that it has something to do with Bo's mysterious father. We still don't know who he is or what type of Fae he is/was. When they first showed us the cage at the end I honestly expected to find Bo's mother, Aoife, inside, not some random UnderFae. Are we ever going to find out what happened to her?
Notes and Quotes
-- In Japanese folklore, a Kitsune (translated into English as Fox) is a magical creature that could assume human form. While some folklore depicts them as tricksters, most Kitsunes were guardians, lovers, friends and wives. The name Inari is likely a reference to Inari Ōkami, an androgynous Japanese deity (kami). The kitsune act as messengers for Inari.
-- Never thought I would ever say this, but that Lauren/Dyson hug was rather adorable.
-- Last week Bo and Lauren won E!Online's Top TV Couples poll, beating Glee's Brittany and Santana into second place. Not bad for a small Canadian show. Let's hear it for Team Doccubus!!!
-- Speaking of my favourite couple, I was dreading that this was going to become the big break up episode for Bo and Lauren after that scene in the cell. We all know that there's nothing TV writers love more than breaking up a beloved couple so they can go back to having lots and lots of will they/won't they tension. Mercifully, this ship is proving very hard to sink.
-- Hale was MIA again this week, no doubt too busy with Ash business.
-- The Kitsune sorority seems to have a very strict dress code, tank tops and primary colours only.
Bo: "Wow! That was amazing. I've never tasted chi like that."
Tamsin: "That's not the first time someone's said that about me."
Bo: “I will never forgive you for this.”
Lauren: “Well, I hope that’s not true.”
Tamsin: "If there's one thing I hate, it's a men getting in the way of what I want. It's so retro."
Tamsin: "What's so good about this Kenzi anway?"
Bo: "She's, uh... she's Kenzi. She's smart, and honest and kind. And she makes me feel normal and special all at the same time. She is my heart, Tamsin."
The Morrigan: "I hope you haven’t fallen in love with the happy sunshine gang on your exchange program with the Light."
Bo: “If Kenzi dies it’s on you. I just want you to know that, sweetie.”
Lauren: "I know the biochemical anatomy of my girlfriend."
-- That is the most Lauren Lauren line ever. By the way, have I ever mentioned before how much I love Lauren's smile?
Three out of four tubs of coconut ice cream no one likes.
Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.