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What’s a Lost Girl to do with a big old jar of smoke? Open it, of course! Come on, when Kenzi gave Bo the jar last week, did you really expect this to go any other way? Naturally, the jar doesn’t contain what you think, but what jar ever does? In other news, we get insight into Trick’s hidden history, Tamsin’s issues, and what The Wanderer wants and what it means for the gang.

Let’s get to The Wanderer first because it’s kind of been a thing for two years now. The jar of smoke led to a crow named Hugin, “the most humble servant of the Wanderer.” Hugin says he was betrayed by his brother Munin and jarred, but in exchange for some payback, he will take Bo back to the train and The Wanderer. But to paraphrase, the course of revenge never did run smooth, and Hugin set up a trap for Bo. Skipping over the how Bo got the upper hand for the moment, she is eventually brought back to the train and The Wanderer, Rainer. Bo made herself dark so that she’d be driven to solve the mystery and find Rainer, who, as it turns out, is neither her father nor her enemy, but rather, he’s her destiny. But what does that mean?

Let’s start with Rainer, and why Trick has been somewhat unwilling to help learn about the guy who took her. There’s always been something to Trick, something dark. His time as the Blood King drove him to unbelievable acts of tyranny, but how does that reconcile with the kindly old bar keep that moonlight’s as the gang’s Yoda? Also, there’s the matter of how few people don’t know about Trick’s origin as the Blood King, even the Una mens who are charged with enforcing the Blood Laws. But Hugin recognizes the Blood King when he sees him, so does The Wanderer have a beef with Bo’s gramps?

Even Trick isn’t 100 per cent sure, the memory of The Wanderer’s been buried by someone very powerful, and Trick thinks that person is him. He sees Dao-Ming, a powerful fae who can literally drag the truth out of people and with whom Trick has a romantic background. After going through an interrogation that would make Jack Bauer nod with admiration, Trick confesses that he used his abilities to erase Rainer from the history books, including, apparently, his own memory. But why? What was so bad about The Wanderer?

We learn through Tamsin why. Kenzi and her new partner in crime search Trick’s lair for the reason that we won’t/can’t help Bo. Coming across the book Trick uses to re-write the future in, and the vials of his own blood he writes it with, Kenzi tries to get answers, but the only answers the book has are for Tamsin. In a flashback, we see Tamsin in armor looking to take a dead warrior away. Trick is there in full Blood King mode, mocking her. Trick refuses to let her take the warrior away, as Trick wants to curse him with the words of his blood for his defiance, so he will never rise again. The name of the warrior is Rainer the Defiant, and he was one of the rebels against the heavy-handed reign of the Blood King.

So is that why the Una mens freaked out at the sight of his name? Rainer was the most rebellious of the rebels against the Blood Laws, so obviously the mention of the man would drive those charged with enforcing them mad. To the show’s credit, it wasn’t until I was watching Trick struggle in this episode that I realized how subtly the show’s played with Trick’s dark side, some of the things revealed in the second season final, for example. I guess it’s also safe to assume that if Trick pulled Men in Black like memory wipe on himself, it’s probably also why the Una mens can’t remember that Trick is the Blood King.

There’s some interesting implications here as Rainer has now officially taken the stage. Why is he Bo’s destiny? Did he seek her out because of Trick, and wants to use his own granddaughter against him in some way? Naturally, Rainer is really, really handsome too, which I guess shouldn’t be that surprising since this is Lost Girl, but there are still other questions to be considered like why he asked Tamsin to find Bo, and what was it about him that made Tamsin think he was so “utterly evil.”

And if all that wasn’t enough to bake your noodle, Bo encounters a Leviathan while trying to outrun a murder of crows, and after winning a game of riddles by putting her romantic dilemma to the Leviathan, Bo is told that, “Someone you love very much will soon be dead.” Ruh-Roh. Sounds like the kind of vague warning you sometimes get in these shows, to put on us on guard in case bad things are on the way. So is someone going to die? It’s so hard to be sure there days if a show is just playing with us or bluntly foreshadowing a pending tragedy. So what do you think: is someone’s time running out?

The episode answered a lot of questions, and did so with a lot of energy and without feeling like it was filling in those answers like it was filling out some kind of quiz sheet. The crows were a bit of distraction, mostly because I remember a similar concept being used in an episode of The Dresden Files, but in the end I didn’t mind taking a roundabout trip to get some of the of the plot points that have be longer for all season. There’s also a lot of death talk and death themes in the episode, so it does feel like we’re being genuinely set up for tough times ahead. There are four episodes this season, what might happen is anyone’s guess.

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