After last week’s Lost Girl info-dump we catch our breath slightly as we retrace the steps Bo took to free Rainer, while the now shut out triad of Kenzi, Dyson and Lauren go out on their own to solve a case Bo-less. But while the case of the week was rewarding for being actually quite funny and charming at many points, Bo’s flashback to the rescuing of Rainer from the ghost train was never really explained to my satisfaction, not to mention why Bo went all out for some guy she just met.
Initially, I wasn’t sure about this episode. It began with a woman swimming alone in a foreboding though opulent pool. Obviously, since I’ve seen a lot of movies and TV shows, it was pretty well telegraphed that something bad was about to go down in this pool, and likely it would be invisibility-related, and like Nostradamus calling a world war, I nailed it. Diana, a corporate marketer, walks into the pool for a swim at one end, and comes out on the other end with her legs bitten off.
Kenzi and Dyson go undercover at the company, Alaria Tech Biometrics, which Kenzi describes as doing “like I, Robot shit.” What Kenzi discovers is that through the vents and behind the cubicles lies a fine collection of severed legs; Dyson meanwhile discovers that the pool is filled with salt water. The two clues can mean only one thing: there’s a mermaid on the loose at Alaria. Kenzi loves it, but Dyson and Lauren are concerned because in the world of Lost Girl, mermaids are less Little Mermaid and more like the psychos of the sea. In other words, they comb their hair with forks, right after they stab you in the face with them.
The mermaid at Alaria turns out to be the mysterious Darren, and while he does take people’s legs, he only takes them from willing donors. The leg thief turns out to be Darren’s sister, Dominique, who has come to town to bring her brother back home to sea. In a neat detail, we learn that mermaids, like the Amish, have a tradition of leaving home for a year and giving life in the outside world a try before returning home. Only Darren never returned home, and has been using borrowed legs so that he can stay “where the people are.” And so has his sister Diana.
Darren and Diana convince Dominique that life on dry land is better, and as luck would have it, they’re in the company of two girls and a guy who could be leg donors. Lauren makes short work of the mermaids though by spraying them with fresh water from the tap, which melts them into goo like so much wicked witch. Unfortunately, the distraction has got given Bo the time she needed to come to her senses. In fact, she seems to have taken leave of her senses.
Through flashbacks we see Bo meet Rainer on the train, and it’s not exactly a meet-cute moment. Apparently, there’s been a parade of buxom brunettes brought to Rainer’s attention, but he’s had no interest in any of them, until he learns that Bo is an unaligned succubus. Rainer doesn’t know why he was banished, but he remembers that his power was being able to foresee an opponent’s strategy in battle. Considering Rainer’s supposed role to overthrow the Blood King that must have been a handy skill to have.
Back in the real world, and the present, Bo and Rainer go to the Una mens, and, well, kill them all. With his power back, Rainer is able to guide Bo to a butt-kicking advantage in beating the Una mens, killing them all till only The Keeper, AKA: Una mens Prime, is left alive. There’s a vague threat about Bo facing a “fate worse than your own whore of a mother,” but Bo finishes her off with a sword and a simple, tough guy “Bitch.” Did Bo and Rainer behave rashly? You bet, Trick goes to Bo post-massacre and warns her not to wipe out the Una mens, lest all their power be absorbed by the last seed. The one that was stolen from Trick’s Sanctum Sanctorum.
Okay, so what was the point of all that? I feel that the motivations of Rainer weren’t spelled out that clearly, and I’m relatively sure that the show didn’t spell out even a slightly ambiguous explanation as to why Bo would help him aside from her own anti-authoritarian streak. And what about the romantic appeal, doesn’t Bo have two already reasonable and quite fetching suitors? What is it about Rainer?
Although it was the obvious answer, at this point I almost with that The Wanderer had turned out to be Bo’s father. It would have made an interesting play to consider Bo’s mother and her somewhat selfish motivations to bring the fae hierarchy down, and contrast that to Bo’s father as The Wanderer who wants to bring down what is, in his view, an oppressive and oligarchic system. And while I realize the Una mens haven’t been warm and welcoming, I hardly think they deserved mass-extinction, at least from everything we’ve seen this season so far.
Of course, now there’s a sense that there’s a larger game afoot, and that Rainer may himself be a pawn in the game of the person who stole the seed from Trick. This not-shown person had to know that when the Una mens were killed, then that one seed would absorb all the power, and they had to know that that Rainer’s endgame as an Una mens blood bath. So what will this person do, make themselves a mega-Una mens? And what does that get them? That might be an interesting question, and I certainly hope the result is more interesting than all this maneuvering it took to get here, but at this point I’m highly skeptical.
As we head into the home stretch I can’t help but feel a little frustrated by this season of Lost Girl. All the potential seems to have amounted to disappointment, from the revelation of Rainer to Kenzi’s training as a shadow thief, which I still don’t think we’ve gotten a definition of, but apparently it involves being highly adept at stealing the panties your friend is wearing without them knowing it. There are still three episodes left to right the ship and go out with a bang, and really, at this point I expect nothing less from Lost Girl.