by Mark Greig
Dark Horse! Dark Horse! Dark Horse! It's bad. Like really bad. I'm tempted to go as far as to say that this was not only the worst season finale Lost Girl has done so far, but one of the worst season finales I have ever seen. Parts of it reminded me of Buffy’s fifth season finale, ‘The Gift’, just without all the really good bits.
First time I saw this episode I was outraged and heartbroken. Heartbroken that my beloved Kenzi had been killed and outraged by how it was done. How could they kill Kenzi? Why would they kill Kenzi? She is not just Bo’s heart she is the heart of all of us. She is the one character they were not allowed to kill off. And certainly not like this. If Kenzi had to die she deserved a better ending than this. Not only did her need to sacrifice herself just appear out of the blue, there were plenty of hints that it wouldn’t be permanent so there was really no reason for her to die anyway.
I’m not a big fan of the false sacrifice trope, where writers kill off a popular character simply for shock value and resurrect them not long after thus rendering the death completely redundant. Because they often deal with magic, supernatural shows tend to treat death as being the equivalent of having a bad back. It might keep you on your back for a few days, but you’re soon over it. Especially if that show happens to be called Supernatural and the dead character’s name is Sam, Dean or Castiel. Those three have died and come back so many times now it just isn’t funny anymore.
If you want the death of a character to have any kind of meaning then it has to be permanent. If not, then the resurrection has to come with dire consequences for those involved. Death should not be something that can be easily fixed with a simple wave of plot magic. For example, Bobby Ewing stepping out of the shower created a fracture in the space-time continuum that erased an entire year of people's lives and created a new timeline where the devil was real and able to torment J.R.
Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. I shouldn't really be criticising the show for how it brings Kenzi back before it has even brought her back. I just hope they really are bringing her back. The press release for season 5 may not have Ksenia Solo listed as returning, but I’m convinced this is misdirect. No one has officially said that she has left the show and won't be back. There have been no after show interviews to say goodbye and thank all the fans for their support. Bo made it perfectly clear at the end that she was going to find a way to bring Kenzi back. But just because she's determined to save Kenzi doesn't automatically mean that she will. If Kenzi is really dead then I’m not sure I want to keep watching. Lost Girl without Kenzi is not a show I want to watch.
Along with the mishandling of Kenzi’s death, the episode also suffered from having two season finales storylines competing for attention. One saw mummy’s boy Massimo gaining superpowers and going after Bo. The other saw the door to Hel being opened and the dead pouring out. Normally a zombie apocalypses would be a big issue and the focus of everyone’s attention. Bizarrely though, this is pushed to the side-lines in favour of dealing with Massimo. The epic battle to save the world is treated like an afterthought. Well, epic isn't exactly the right word for it. Without the money to do this well the struggle to save the world just ended up looking absolutely pathetic. The Massimo storyline ended up being the stronger of the two story threads, not because it was that great, it wasn't, but because it made some sense and wasn't trying to bite off more than it could chew. Seriously, that final battle was beyond naff.
Rainer is now dead, killed by Massimo in what he no doubt considered to be an act of moving self-sacrifice for his beloved Bo, but I saw as the writers getting rid of the dead weight. Well done, Massimo, you’ve finally done something right. Your mother would be proud of you if she didn’t despise the very air you breath. It goes without saying that no one is going to miss Rainer. Even Bo didn’t seem to upset about his passing. I did wonder for a bit if he was going to be brought back as a zombie host for Bo’s father. That way all this conflicting information we’ve been given about him and the Wanderer would make some semblance of sense.
This episodes marks the end of Emily Andras’ time as showrunner. She’s standing down and passing the reins over to Michael Grassi for season five. Grassi wrote some of my favourite episodes this season (including ‘La Fae Époque’) so I’m confident he’ll do a good job. To be frank, I think the show needs a change in leadership. This season started well but quickly lost its way in the second half, becoming increasingly contrived and convoluted. A new boss will hopefully get the show back on track. And by back on track, I do mean resurrect Kenzi as quickly as possible. I’m not joking around here, people. If she’s not alive and well by the end of the season premiere there will be blood.
Notes and Quotes
-- Why didn’t Bo just take some of Dyson and Tamsin’s chi and revive Kenzi?
--Following Rainer's death and Tamsin's pep talk, it looks like the old Bo is finally back. Better late than never I suppose.
--It also looks like Bo and Lauren are going to be back together next season.
--Kenzi's full name is (I refuse to use past tense) Mackenzie Malikov and she was born in 1991.
--What did Tamsin see in Valhalla that made her so scared? Why doesn’t she want Bo to find the other Hel shoe? It was said that they were meant to be worn by a hero. Is that hero Bo?
--We're still no closer to knowing who Bo's father is. Is this guy ever going to show up?
Lauren: “Now your only chance to be immortal is for someone to write a shitty pop song about you. About a villain who cries about his mommy whose hair goes prematurely grey.”
Tamsin: “Why don't you suck it up and get your shit together?”
Bo: “Daddy Darko waited thirty years to show up, he can wait another hour.”
Bo: “You ready for a threesome?”
Dyson: “And you're saying I need new material?”
Lauren: “You are a psycho loser with a brain full of shit that you don't even know how to use.”
Bo: "You really are Dark.”
Lauren: "No, Bo, I'm yours.
One out of four bad zombie extras.
Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.