If this Lost Girl recap comes late in the game, it’s only because of the lingering death wail that’s emanated out from this week’s instalment and cast a pall over the last two episodes of the season. It’s impressive that the final 10 minutes of the episode packed the emotional punch that it did considering that the preceding 30 minutes were all about performing the complex narrative gymnastics to explain just what the heck this season’s been all about. What’s up with Rainer? Who’s the bad man Tamsin used to work for? What’s the plan with the last Una mens seed? And what about that death the Leviathan predicted?
But first, let’s welcome back Acacia, Tamsin’s mentor in bounty hunting, who’s more than a little surprised to see her former charge hanging out like best buddies with their own time mark. But before too many questions are answered, boom! Zombie attack. Okay, so zombies in the Lost Girl world are called Revenants, and they’re dead fae brought back to settle old scores. The revenant has a Wanderer card on him, which leads the foursome of Bo, Dyson, Tamsin and Acacia on a quest to find out if The Wanderer is good, bad or confused.
The diversion into Zombie Town, a kind of tent city/slum where the revenants seemed to come from, which allowed our heroes to recount the convoluted collection of facts and innuendo that we know about The Wanderer/Rainer: he was a rebel, Trick erased him from history using his blood, and Tamsin took his soul to the train, but is he a good guy or a bad guy? As for his relationship with Bo, it’s a pretty bad sign that everyone is mocking her for falling into bed with Rainer, and yet Bo still can’t really explain why. “I feel like I’m provided something to a relationship […] it’s bigger than love,” she explains to Kenzi and Tamsin. Uh, say what? That’s a little vague and hyperbolic for a woman that has already had two epic loves in four seasons.
Ultimately, what we learn is that Rainer had nothing to do with the zombies, but rather Acacia sneaked the card on the one that attacked Bo in the clubhouse so that she could get the gang on side to fight The Wanderer. It’s too bad no one fell for it, and the plan came apart so easily, but we did get some great scenes with Linda Hamilton as Acacia, and if she were to make a once a season appearance like Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation, then I would be okay with that. Hamilton seems pretty at home in the Lost Girl world, and as opposed to some of the rest of the season’s stunt casting, she didn’t stick out like a sore thumb (sorry George Takei).
As for Tamsin, she finally got a look at the face of Rainer when he reappeared in the register of fae, and surprise, he wasn’t the pure evil guy that contracted her in the first place to find the impossible girl/chosen one that turned out to be Bo. So who is this horribly evil guy? No clue and it seems that the show’s been so obsessed with the tug of war of Rainer being good and/or bad it hasn’t really offered up any other potential suspects. Those narrative gymnastics I spoke of at the beginning seem to be about shaking anything evil off Rainer so we can fully believe he’s a hero, but the whole thing just seems to be getting more and more confusing.
Speaking of odd pairings, Trick and Vex got a chance to hangout and bond, and those scenes were fun. Trick, it seems, knew Vex’s father and they battled together back in the day, so Trick knew some pretty gnarly war stories about Vex’s old man. As it turned out though, Trick was just softening Vex up to ask him about the missing Una mens seed, and yup, Vex snatched it, and he was very determined to not reveal for whom, but we’ll come back to that.
In much happier news, Hale arranged for a little reunion between Kenzi and her long estranged mother (and cousin Dmitri). A lot of Kenzi’s pre-Bo life is still in the dark, and the episode didn’t exactly fill in the blanks, but it painted a pretty bleak picture that involved none-too-subtle inferences that abuse was involved with her mother’s boyfriend. But progress, it seemed, had been made, and Hale sprung for the family reunion so that he could get the blessing of Kenzi’s mom to propose, and propose he did. It was a proposal so sweet and heartfelt, it practically telegraphed bad things coming, but damned if you didn’t get swept up into the romance.
Although the intensions of Kenzi’s relatives were less than altruistic, the romance was between Kenzi and Hale was very real, and although Kenzi didn’t immediately accept the proposal, she did decide to wear the ring. What was unexpected though was the return of the druid Massimo, who had a lot of pent up anger in regards to Kenzi, not just because she owes him money, but because she and Bo dumped his ass in that lava pit. Hale comes to Kenzi’s rescue, and just when you think the hero’s defeated the nasty villain, the villain comes back to life and kills the hero by stabbing him in the back with a sword. It turns out Massimo can’t be killed because of a magic twig, the same one that Kenzi paid him with in exchange for magic Jubilee powers.
So we bid farewell to Hale and his portrayer K.C. Collins, who I got a chance to meet at Fan Expo a couple of years ago and is a heck of a nice guy. But despite the fact that I don’t think Hale’s been used to his fullest the last couple of seasons, Hale’s heroic death scene was still a body blow, and I tip my hat to the fine acting of Ksenia Solo, who uses some tools she’s not typically called upon to use as Kenzi. Her reaction to Hale’s death is beautifully understated as the show went into its final act break, which made Kenzi hysterics when Bo returns all the more powerful. Solo goes from one extreme to the other so easily that it impressive for its emotional devastation. Solo didn’t get any Canadian Screen Awards consideration this year, but it’d be crazy if she wasn’t nominated for next year on the basis of this one 10 minute performance.
So now what? Are we to believe that Massimo’s the big bad? Does he have the Una mens seed? What’s his end game, and what, if anything, does Rainer have to do with it? Two episodes left, and it feels as though we have as many questions now as we did at the beginning of the season. Hopefully, through our grief, will come clarity.