Lost Girl: It's a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World

“You're pretty. I saw you eat some dude's face, it was amazing.”

Lost Girl is a Canadian fantasy series that aired way back in 2010 and is now airing in the US for the very first time on Syfy.

It's all about Bo, a succubus who grew up with an adopted human family, unaware of her non-human nature or the Fae world. After she saves a human girl, Kenzi, from being date raped, Bo is confronted by the Fae elders with having to choose a the two main Fae factions, the Light or the Dark. Instead, Bo gives them both the finger and declares herself neutral.

Before I start, I feel that I should point out that I'm currently onto season two, so I'm going to try my best to keep this review completely spoiler free. Lost Girl is my current guilty pleasure, only I'm starting to get over the whole guilty part. First time I watched it, I thought it was just completely ridiculous, a slightly trashy mixture of everything from Buffy to True Blood, with some questionable acting, corney dialogue and special effects that can't help having that cheap, made in Canada look.

But, and this is a big one, I liked Bo and Kenzi (especially Kenzi). Bo might not be Buffy Summers, but Anna Silk still makes for a engaging leading lady. Granted, I'm probably unashamedly biased on this one since I go weak at the knees every time she smiles. And Ksenia Solo just steals the whole show as Kenzi. Oh, Kenzi. You wig wearing, wisecracking, runaway Russian kleptomaniac, you. They are exactly what a show like this needs: fun, likeable characters you care about and want to spend time with, no matter how absurd things get. Now, compare this with show like, say, Alcatraz, where the characters are so lifeless that if they stood still for too long you would easily start mistaking them for furniture. If given a choice between the two, I'll go with the cheesy, low-budget Canadian show about the bisexual succubus and her human BFF every time.

Despite its faults, Lost Girl is a fun show that knows not to take itself too seriously. It isn't out to break new ground or reinvent genre television as we know it. This is a show that is content with what it is. Lost Girl will not be to everyone's tastes, but I thoroughly recommend it.
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Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.

11 comments:

Michal Dvorak said...

Lost Girl is my current guilty pleasure too, except I still can't get over the "guilty" part. I always have the feeling the show is this close to being good, but it never quite manages. Plus Anna Silk doesn't do much for me (as an actress, anyway). But I still watch it, mostly because I like Trick and of course I adore Kenzi :-)

Jess Lynde said...

I'm a complete newbie to this one, but enjoyed the pilot. It certainly didn't blow me away, but like you, I liked Bo and Kenzie, and I thought the initial world-building was interesting.

Minor edit: In your second to last sentence you say that the show is "contempt with what it is." I'm guessing you meant "content"? Or maybe it is a pun I don't quite understand yet because I've only seen the first episode? :)

Mark Greig said...

No pun, Jess, judt was my typical bad spelling. Thanks for pointing it out, I'll correct it.

Mark Greig said...

Just* I'm so not with it today.

Jess Lynde said...

No worries, Mark. Sorry to be one of those commenters! :)

I'm usually loathe to point out spelling errors and such, because heaven knows we all make those kinds of mistakes. Even after proofing several times over! I only pointed out this one because it changed your meaning.

Billie Doux said...

Just saw it, and I thought it was fun. Certainly enough fun to make me want to see the next episode.

Nice review, Mark. I didn't see anything spoilerific in there. It's nice to know it has gotten a second season.

Ceridwyn2 said...

Billie & Mark, 'Lost Girl' got a renewal for a third season before they were 3-4 episodes into the second season.

Really looking forward to the second half of season two to start this coming Sunday on Showcase.

Seriously, Bo (succubus) & Lauren (aka Dr. Hotpants) = Doccubus. THUD

Billie Doux said...

We're at the beginning of season two and I just enjoy the heck out of this series. Like Anna Silk. *Love* Ksenia Solo. She's a big star waiting to happen.

Jess Lynde said...

We're really loving Lost Girl around these parts, too. We can't usually watch it Monday night, but it doesn't stay on the DVR for long. We really enjoy all the characters, and they are doing a wonderful job of slowly building out the world and the mythology. Some developments feel rushed, at times, but overall it has been a very fun and interesting addition to our viewing schedule. I'm so glad they rolled right into S2!

Mark Greig said...

Great to see that you're still enjoying Lost Girl guys. Overall, despite a few bumps here and there (mostly likely because it was extended to 22 eps at the last minute), I thought season two was a big improvement over season one. And Ksenia Solo is a star.

Suzie_B said...

Hey there, Mark, and everybody else on DouxReviews. I just started this show at the insistence of several of my friends. I also noticed you guys reviewed it, and I will always take your word on a show!

I found the pacing of this episode and the following 2 or so very strange. It just felt... weird. The dialogue was a bit off too. I'm going to stick it out, though. Glad someone is reviewing these!