Last week’s episode delivered both some old school frivolity and some dangerous implications for the last few episodes of the season. The stakes are getting huge, but who, or what, might be the biggest danger of all to the Fae right now?
But right this minute – or last week anyway – someone seems to be killing grey-flannel dads in a posh suburb. Lisa, a comely and innocent babysitter has a vision of man hanging from the staircase at a home she’s babysitting in, and then watches as the man turns to ash before she’s awoken. The vision feels disturbingly real, so who is she going to call? Fortunately, she finds the answer in a black-and-white flyer tacked to the bulletin board at the laundromat.
Bo and Kenzi eagerly get on the case and pose as a pair of sisters looking to make a fresh start by moving into the Wisteria Lane-looking neighborhood where the disappearances have taken place. Bo makes easy friends with Caroline and Susan who turn out to be, of all things, witches. These witchy housewives though, unlike the original witchy housewife Samantha from Bewitched, don’t use their powers to keep their men happy, but to get payback against those that offend them. And they’re weapon of choice is Lisa the babysitter.
It turns out Lisa is a Fae and didn’t know it. A dead Fae at that. She reappears every hundred years or so and the witches have manipulated her into being their little killing machine, making her a “Dead Killer Babysitter,” as Kenzi put it. The witches want to use Bo’s power to give Lisa a super-charge, but Bo’s able to make the witches implode and free Lisa from their control. But it might be too late for Lisa sadly. Running on the last of the witches’ chi, Lisa doesn’t have much time, and if she can’t be human than she doesn’t want to live, er, be living dead anymore. She asks to take the last of her energy and destroy her magical resurrection necklace, and Bo obliges with regret.
Wanderer Clue of the Week: That Dion song got a re-arrangement as the music playing at a carousel in the local park, but was that real or was it in Bo’s head? Tough call.
In other news last week, Lauren struggled with the post-break-up from Bo (or just break depending on who you ask). While reporting to the about-to-be-minted as Ash Hale, Lauren requests a sabbatical, which Hale swiftly denies. Hale really lowers the boom on Lauren and tells her, basically, to suck it up and take the weekend off. “Power doesn’t change people,” Lauren tells Hale, “it reveals them.” But Issac returns to sweep Lauren away with promises of big science and breakthroughs, and she’s initially hesitant because of Bo, her connection to the Fae and her mysterious past. Through Issac we learn that Lauren has a criminal past as “Karen,” and to prove that he doesn’t care, Issac says he’ll help Lauren put the past to rest if she comes work for him. After her conversation with Hale, and feeling even more distant from Bo than ever, Lauren eventually takes Issac up on his offer.
But the biggest news of all may have been in an ongoing case that inferred our succubus heroine was on a killing spree. Dyson and a very clearly in the tank (read: drunk) Tamsin uncover a killing field where several Fae, both Light and Dark, are buried. Someone’s been hunting the Fae, and they have eyes on the mass grave and know that they’ve been discovered.
Phew. So where does this leave us going into the penultimate episode of the season? Let’s dive into the precap.
1) Case of the Week – It’s Hale’s inauguration as the Ash, but it’s not wall to wall celebrations. There’s still the small matter of the mass grave Dyson found and the one or ones who are behind it. And Hale invited The Morrigan to his inauguration, so you know she’s going to be up to no good…
2) Familiar Science – Lauren is getting down to work with Issac and his team, already securing a major breakthrough in heart disease research. But how does Issac come by his biological samples? The answer will probably not surprise you.
3) Tamsin Spiral – Tamsin seems to be getting more worse for wear as time goes on. After catching Bo in a compromising position, Tamsin manages to sober enough later on to help Bo search for the missing Lauren and in the process Bo learns that Tamsin’s friendliness (and also her drunkenness) may have a very specific, Bo-related reason.
4) A Friend in Need – Kenzi’s kind of left out in the cold again this week with all the Fae fussing over Hale, who she’s still mad at, but she hasn’t escaped the notice of a Fae named Massimo, who naturally – probably – has a secret agenda.
5) X-Men United? – We also learn more about Issac’s motivations this week, and to give you a hint think of Brian Cox’s character in the second X-Men movie, and the blowback from the Fae may definitely make Magneto proud.
6) It’s That Kind of Week – The episode will feature more than one kidnapping by its end, as well as one very big spontaneous admission of love. Also, somebody gets shot, someone else gets arrested and there’s one very surprising return.
7) Burning Questions – “Do you always bathe with weapons?” “You just keep getting better and better, don’t you?” “Which one was about the haircut that gives you cancer?” “So one of your exes took out the other?” “Why are you still here?”
8) How Does It End? – “Where’s my daughter?!!”
NEXT WEEK: The End!… Of Season 3.
In the aftermath of The Dawning, Bo was in good spirits, and we all know that that can’t last.
Indeed, there wasn’t much room for Bo and the gang to take a break from the Dawning-related drama from the week before. Dyson approached Bo and Kenzi with a case: a camp for delinquent youth has suffered a couple of casualties that are obviously Fae-related. There are three victims so far, and they’ve all been killed in different ways although there are some commonalities. Bo and Kenzi go undercover at the camp, Bo – once the most popular councilor three years running at Camp Chipowa – goes embedded as a councilor, and Kenzi – owning all her skill as a delinquent herself – takes up the part of the camp’s newest camper.
Bo, Kenzi and Dyson eventually discover that one of the campers is actually the Fae killer they’re looking for. The killer, Jolene, is a Tikbalang. a type of Fae from the Philippines who disorient travelers in the woods and forests and leads them astray. But more than that, a Tikbalang hunts in pairs, and Jolene had a human lover at the camp. He attacks Lauren in retaliation for Bo killing Jolene, but Bo manages to save Lauren in the nick of time.
But there is one thing that Bo couldn’t seem to save in regards to Lauren, and that’s their relationship. Feeling a greater distance now more than ever between herself and Bo, Lauren also learned this week of the unexpected kiss a couple of week’s ago between Bo and Tamsin. It’s the last draw. Lauren tells Bo that she feels like she’s losing herself, and that she needs a break, and Bo reluctantly agrees. Is this the end of Bolo? I guess we’ll see.
Speaking of Tamsin, she stayed busy this week with matters of the non-home wrecking variety. She’s visited by her mentor Acacia (played by Linda Hamilton) who knows that Tamsin has discover the identity of The Wanderer, and the man they once both worked for also knows that she knows, and is demanding that Bo be brought to him. But Bo’s getting too strong right? Well, Acacia has the solution to that: in a magic pill bottle Tamsin must collect one hair from someone Bo loves, two from someone she trusts, and three from the succubus herself. When the spell’s complete, Bo’s power should be contained enough for her to be taken to him with a minimum of fuss.
So what does Tamsin do? Well, she initially goes about collecting the hairs, but eventually refuses to go through with it, even if that means betraying one of her oldest friends. As punishment, Tamsin receives Acacia’s severed hand in a box implying that Acacia was killed as recompense of Tamsin’s refusal to play ball. By the end of the episode though Tamsin reluctantly sees the light and collects the hairs from Bo, but what is she going to do now that she’s got Bo in her power.
To find out, let’s go to the precap of tonight’s episode, “Adventures In Fae-bysitting”:
1) Three Episodes Left! – Tonight’s entry is the antepenultimate season three episode of Lost Girl. As you may or may not know, the show has been renewed for season four on both Showcase and Sy-Fy.
2) Case of the Week – Bo and Kenzi get back into being gumshoes for hire when a babysitter named Lisa brings them the case of a number of mysterious disappearances from an upper-middle class suburb. Bo and Kenzi go undercover as prospective buyers to get a feel for the neighborhood and make friends with the desperate housewives only to learn that the whole thing is way freakier than the trappings of some cancelled ABC dramedy.
3) More Mysteries – Dyson makes progress on another mystery this week: the mysterious Fae murders that looked as though Bo might have been doing them. A couple of overlooked clues – an odd bite mark, the imprint of an extra digit – point to something completely different. Tamsin, still mourning the loss of her mentor Acacia in last week’s episode, sobers up long enough to help Dyson unearth an incredible new development in the case.
4) Hale Sighting! – The not-so-temporary Ash makes a brief return appearance, but the nice suit isn’t the only change in Ash Hale. Lauren requests some time off to deal with personal issues, like her recent break from Bo, but Hale goes all Scrooge on her telling her to take the weekend, but be back ready to work Monday morning.
5) You Don’t Know Jack About Lauren – The enigmatic Issac (Shawn Doyle), Lauren’s fan in science, returns to make her an offer she can’t refuse. No, it’s not an indecent proposal, but rather the opportunity to work in the interest of pure science; he offers her a job. But what tethers Lauren to the world of the Fae, especially now that her relationship with Bo is all but over? The answer will probably surprise, as do the implications.
6) Creepy Carousel – Dion’s “The Wanderer” comes back as a motif this week. Guess how.
7) Where Do I Know Her From? – Caroline, the head desperate house-witch, is played by Canadian actress Gabrielle Miller. Miller played Lacy on the Canadian sitcom and modern classic Corner Gas, and was a regular on another CTV comedy Robson Arms. She’s also appeared in such fine stateside series like Brothers & Sisters, NCIS and Cold Case (which was actually “inspired” by a Canadian series, Cold Squad, which launched in 1998 and co-starred Michael “Col. Saul Tigh” Hogan from Battlestar Galactica).
8) Klassic Kenzi – “Bo likes them all,” she says when one of the desperate housewives inquires about Bo’s taste in men. Kenzi also showed that she can channel her inner-Randy from Scream. “I thought only stupid girls go into the house,” she reminds Bo.
9) Burning Questions – “Does daddy have the same anger issues you do?” “What would Lisa do that I’m not doing?” “What’s a siren?” “What am I doing here, Kenzi?”
10) How Does it End? – “Something is hunting the Fae.”
NEXT WEEK – Hale gets official, Ash-wise speaking.
*Of course, the real headline for this week’s episode should be, “Holy Crap! Is that really Linda Hamilton in an episode of Lost Girl?” But I digress. Before peeling back the layers of this week’s episode, let’s first look back at the events of last week’s ultra-metaphorical “The Ceremony.”
Last week, Bo entered The Dawning, but she don’t go in alone. Before beginning she had to choose a weapon to take with her, but choosing a weapon meant having to choose a side – Light or Dark – and Bo wasn’t about to do that. Instead, Dyson volunteered to be her hand. Most people looked concerned, and Bo didn’t like the idea of Dyson shoe-horning himself into her big night, but Lauren convinced Bo that with Dyson in tow she stood a better chance of coming home. So with werewolf in tow, Bo entered the temple.
Initially, the setting for the Dawning ceremony looked suspiciously like the Dal – even Bo remarked on The Dawning’s seeming thriftiness on choice of locales – but instead of the usual Celtic music, the song selection playing on the faux-Dal’s sound system was Dion’s “The Wanderer,” another not-so-subtle hint that there’s another Bo-centric prophecy in the ether. But this wasn’t the time to go into that. A man named The Caretaker appears and tells Bo and Dyson that they must find the key, and accept it in the form it’s offered, which is the only way Bo can complete The Dawning ritual and leave the temple.
Bo and Dyson’s journey through The Dawning takes them to facsimiles of Bo’s house and Dyson’s boxing gym, where the two of them encounter a monster with a key. Bo beats down the monster, gets the key and vanishes before Dyson’s able to react. Now this is where we enter “Restless” territory. We see Bo and Lauren as uniformed cops, partners, at the local precinct. Trick is Bo’s boss, compelling her to break a confidential informant named “McKenzie” (AKA: Kenzi) to testify against “the family.”
At home, Officer Bo is married to Doctor Dyson, and her neighbor is the happy and cheerful Tamsin, who enjoys pruning bushes and baking cookies, but the animosity between Bo and Tamsin remains the same (Bo secretly refers to her as “Bitchy Crocker.”) We can see that Bo and Dyson are having some kind of issues, but all that’s laid aside when Bo reveals she’s pregnant. But the fantasy does not last, and it’s revealed that Dyson’s the key, and that he must die in order for Bo to escape, because while two can enter the temple, only one can leave.
Bo eventually is able to stab Dyson, but refusing to play by the rules, she realizes her true self and is able to leave the temple taking Dyson’s body with her. Back in the real world, Bo is able to take the chi from Trick, Lauren, Kenzi and Stella in order to revive Dyson. Bo now owns her power as a full-fledged succubus. She has passed The Dawning. But somewhere between all the domestic drama, Bo got a vision of herself as a baby. A man (her father) leaves her in the care of a nanny, who is slain by Aife who then takes the baby Bo. Was Bo seeing her actual origins, or a vision of what she imagined to be true?
In other news, Stella departs for Scotland to help another Fae prepare for their Dawning. She invites Trick to go with her, but Trick is the ever dutiful grandfather and needs to stay for Bo. But while Trick may miss Stella, Kenzi certainly won’t. Stella whispered to her the fate of humans “claimed” by Fae and lose their claimant, and it did not look like a fun fate. To assuage her fears, Trick tells Kenzi that if anything happens to Bo then he will claim her. It was a very sweet moment.
But now that The Dawning has passed, what new dangers await for the Happy Sunshine Gang? Let’s go into the precap of tonight’s entry, “Delinquents.”
1) So Yeah, Linda Hamilton? – The star of The Terminator and Beauty and the Beast plays Acacia, a Fae bounty hunter/assassin who has a past with Tamsin. In fact, Acacia was Tamsin’s mentor in the, ahem, head hunting business, and she comes to her old pupil with a dilemma. Some mysterious “he” who is never named wants our favorite succubus collected, and Tamsin, who is in “his” debt, needs to make good.
2) Speaking of Bo… – She seems fully recovered from her experience during The Dawning. Filled with new confidence, positivity and comfort with her place in the universe, Bo is ready to meet new challenges and new missions. Naturally, this is not meant to last…
3) Case of the Week – Several teen delinquents are being killed at random by a Fae at their reformation camp. Dyson recruits Bo and Kenzi to go undercover to help him investigate with Bo posing as a camp councilor and Kenzi posing as the latest teen criminal trying to go straight. But what kind of Fae uses more than one method to kill, and leaves the scent of slightly singed hair at the scene?
4) Strained Relations – While Bo’s in the post-Dawning glow, Lauren’s feeling a little left behind. Obviously, there’s been a disconnect for a couple of episodes now, and although Bo does want to get away Lauren (travelling is part of Bo’s post-Dawning plans), Fae business keeps getting in the way. And then there’s that small matter of a kiss with another hot blonde two weeks ago…
5) Favorite Fae Trivia – Bo, as it turns out, was voted favorite councilor three years in a row at Camp Chipowa. and Tamsin sided with the Americans during the War of 1812. (Incidentally, her mentor Acacia worked with the Canadians.)
6) Wander No More? – No overt clues this week as to why Bo is “The Wanderer” or why that has Tamsin and other Dark Fae so sketchy at the mention, but Acacia does identify Bo as The Wanderer, knows that Tamsin knows, and admits that the “he” they’ve both worked for wants The Wanderer, and not necessarily Bo by name.
7) Klassic Kenzi – Bo’s spunky sidekick is fine form this week, going undercover as a teen (again) and with a group of like-minded hoodlums. As for K-bombs, it has to be a tie between, “What is this camp and why does Freddy Krueger work there?” and “What are you going to do, pipe self-actualization through the intercom until they fall for a group hug?
8) Burning Questions – “The Dawning, intense huh?” “You’re going to cook?” “Are you $#!%ing me?!” “Who here knows how to make pipe bombs?” “Was it hard dating me?”
9) How Does it End? – “Would you like some wine? Tamsin?”
With the Dawning getting closer, Bo’s preparation reaches a critical phase, but she can’t even catch a good luck cricket blindfolded, so what is an unaligned succubus to do? Take a break, of course. And then Lauren stops by with exciting news, she’s getting a big science award that night after the previously announced recipient was found the author of some dodgy science (as Lauren always knew he would be.) But for Bo it’s not so easy to get away to a fancy awards banquet, especially when Tamsin arrives at the Dal to say “we need to talk.”
At a Dark Fae bar (for a change), Tamsin tells Bo straight-up: her friends are blowing sunshine up her perfectly toned butt telling her she’ll be fine because The Dawning is pretty much the worst thing she’ll ever go through times a thousand. But before that news can truly sink in, one of the Dark Fae patrons starts trouble. Bo notices someone trying to get her attention at the back of the bar, and after a quick brawl, Bo and Tamsin follow him out.
We’re introduced to Balzac, a Spriggan Fae to whom you’re indebted to until you payback their favor, and by indebted we mean you literally can’t get rid of them no matter how hard you try. Bo agrees to help him, and Tamsin, for some reason, decides to tag along. Meanwhile, back at the Dal, Trick and Stella’s first date comes to an end when Bo’s invitation to the Dawning is delivered, not on paper, but in the form of a bizarre device that has to be piloted by Bo’s closest blood relative, meaning Trick.
And Balzac’s favor? Bo has to help him free a young Fae named Hannah from the Dark Fae encampment Brazenwood, and return her to the Demetrius School for Higher Learning, a special school for Fae (like the X-Men?). The scavenger hunt includes a meeting with a man named Mr Fang to get a fortune cookie, which is then read to a Tarot card reader in order to get a prescription, and that’s before Bo and Tamsin even step foot in Brazenwood, a place that operates according to its own rules (naturally).
Once in Brazenwood, Bo and Tamsin are able to find Hannah, a type of Fae known as a Squonk, whose tears make for a very potent and expensive drug. But when Bo and Tamsin find her and free her, the fae that’s holding her prisoner draws Bo into a game of quick draw, Brazenwood’s sheriff and his six shooter and Bo and her knife. Bo manages to overcome the sheriff’s ability to duplicate himself by killing the sheriff before he could sneak up and kill her from behind. The mission successful, Trick and Stella share a kiss at the Dal, which makes Bo and Tamsin share a kiss in the field.
When Bo returns to the Dal she discovers that yes, she has successfully completed her mission to get the invitation to The Dawning, and there was a delightful explosion of streamers, confetti and noise from the invitation itself to prove it. Even Tamsin has reason to celebrate and let’s herself experience a rare smile, but outside the Dal she finds a Tarot card, The Wanderer, the same card that caused so much discomfort when it was drawn at Brazenwood. “Please tell me she’s not the one,” Tamsin says regretfully.
Uh-oh. I guess The Dawning is not the end of Bo’s problems. But it is her problem this week, so let’s get into the precap.
1) What the…? – The episode kicks off with happy news. Bo and Dyson are living together in a beautiful and exquisitely lit home somewhere, and Bo announces that she’s pregnant. Whoa, say what?
2) Case of the Week – As you may have guessed, this could be a part of Bo’s Dawning ritual. Our succubus heroine does indeed enter the temple this week to face the challenges of The Dawning. We’ll tread carefully this week because what happens in The Dawning is spoiler-filled. But if you’ve seen “Restless,” the season four finale of Buffy, you might have some idea as to what to expect.
3) How Stella Stomped on Your Groove – Bo’s teacher in the ways of The Dawning seems to go off the deep end this week. First, she insists that Bo feed on a “model buffet” of nubile humans to power up for The Dawning, but Bo refuses to feed on and kill innocents. Later, Stella tells Kenzi what happens to human companions of Fae once their “owners” die. Let’s just say Stella does not have a friend in Kenzi.
4) What’s Everyone Else Up To? – Trick and Bo have a nice moment together before The Dawning, Lauren comes to support Bo despite last week’s social mishap, and Dyson makes an unusual request on Bo’s behalf. Tamsin also appears at one point during the episode.
5) Secrets Revealed – Let’s just say Dyson’s ballpark age isn’t the only thing Bo learns this week.
6) Who’s That Guy? – When Bo enters the temple, we meet The Caretaker, who is played by Canadian actor Ron Lea. Recognize him? You should. He’s guest starred on a number of Canadian shot genre series like Supernatural, Smallville and Mutant X, as well as having appeared in films like Punisher: War Zone and Saw IV.
7) Name That Tune – A certain Dion song makes a rather ominous appearance, and you can probably guess what that is if you saw last week’s epsiode. Here’s a hint: it’s been covered by The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, and Mel Gibson.
8) Burning Questions – “Is that brand name liquor?” “The Dawning couldn’t have sprung for a different bar?” “Is this some kind of suicide mission?” “When are you going to learn to play by the rules?”
9) How Does It End? – “Not him.”
NEXT WEEK: A Fae serial killer, hints of Tamsin’s past, and Linda Hamilton?! Yes, that Linda Hamilton.
Sorry Merlin fans but after tonight it’s just two more episodes till the end. But hey, wasn’t tonight’s antipenultimate episode amazing? It was the moment we’ve all been waiting for: fate is met, secrets are revealed, and the chess board is set for the ultimate battle of ultimate destiny. But where did it all go wrong? Let’s dive into the recap.
As you’ll remember from last week, Camelot is in the midst of a full-scale war with the Saxons led by Morgana, so when a Camelot patrol comes upon a bunch of slain knights, the assumption is Saxon attack (which is fun to say, but not so much fun to live through). Mordred thinks he sees someone in the nearby woods and gives chase, but it’s not who he expected. Indeed it is a young woman named Kara, and its painfully clear that she and Mordred share an affection. Naturally, Mordred covers for her with Arthur and the others, saying that he merely saw a deer. Merlin, however, is suspicious.
Mordred later tries to sneak remedies and supplies to Kara, but is caught by Merlin on his way out of the castle. Merlin points out that there’ll be big trouble for the knight who helps someone who helped attack Camelot citizens, but Mordred pleads with Merlin, she’s a Druid, one of them, he was duty-bound to help her. Merlin, despite himself, promises to keep Mordred’s secret, but while patrolling in the woods with Arthur later, the king and Merlin come across a trail of boot prints that lead them to Kara. Kara attacks immediately, but is captured in the process.
Because of her seemingly bottomless appetite for murder, Kara is sentenced to death. Mordred blames Merlin, thinking he betrayed him and promising retribution. In the meantime though Mordred sees Arthur to beg for clemency and to take credit for helping Kara out in the first place. Although Arthur’s sympathetic, his judgment stands: Kara will be executed.
Visiting Kara, Mordred is beside himself. he thought he and Arthur were friends, brother knights through and through, but Kara says it just proves that Arthur and Uther are cut from the same cloth. Mordred comes up with a plan. He goes to Arthur and apologizes for his earlier outburst, and Arthur appreciates that. All is forgiven. But Merlin knows that Mordred’s not going to let it drop, and that Mordred is going to spring Kara from the Camelot brig. Gaius points out the irony in Merlin’s decision to stop him, but Merlin says that if Mordred leaves the castle, he’ll run straight into the arms of Morgana, and by then it will be really too late.
And Mordred does indeed escape with Kara from the citadel, with the knights in hot pursuit. When cornered Mordred decides to fight, and Kara urges him to kill the knights with magic, but Mordred hesitates, and they’re both taken into custody. Merlin feels that he’s brought about the very thing he was trying to prevent, but Gaius says that “some paths woven so deeply into the fabric of the world, that nothing can be done to change them.”
Merlin tries to convince Arthur to let both Mordred and Kara go, a desperate plea to avoid the future Merlin knows is coming. Arthur is resolute, but after thinking about Merlin’s words – How will two more deaths help secure a peace in the overall scheme of things? – Arthur gives Kara a chance to repent. But Kara repents not, she says she’s not guilty of any crimes, and that it is a not a crime to fight for your freedom.
So she’s hanged. Mordred, in that moment, loses his $#!% and escapes using magic.
Arthur and Merlin talk later. Arthur feels bad for letting Mordred get so close, but Merlin says it’s because he’s got a good heart and believed in Mordred. Arthur asks Merlin if he’s made a mistake, and Merlin says he hopes not.
But yep, Mordred heads straight to Morgana…
Mordred: I bring you the news you have longed for.
Morgana: Arthur’s death?
Mordred: The key to it. I was wrong to ever question your wisdom, my lady, and I wish to make amends.
Morgana: Tell me!
Mordred: There is someone you have been searching for, someone who has always eluded you.
Mordred: I know where he is.
Mordred: Camelot. And I have his true name. It is Merlin.
Boom. There it is.
-Oh man, that was so worth it. After five years, for Merlin’s secret to be out to the worst possible people waylays all my petty complaining about how Merlin’s secret was on lockdown for so long. I don’t think I was wrong, of course, but it was just a great moment when Mordred let drop that it Merlin was Emrys I let it slide for a minute.
-There was also compelling drama in the Arthur and Mordred dynamic. Their relationship was ruined not by an issue that was cut and dry. Yes, Kara did kill people, and Mordred was in the wrong trying to spring her, but Arthur also offered an olive branch, and it was batted out of his hand. It’s compelling that it was more a moral play than Arthur was 100 per cent right, and Mordred was 100 per cent wrong.
-Good on Gaius for calling double-standard on Merlin. I mean come on, how many people has Merlin sprung for the Camelot jail?
-With Merlin’s whole swan analogy, is it just me or did he come out of the closet in tonight’s episode? Or am I reading too much into that?
NEXT WEEK: The End, Part 1
You know you’re big when your show starts attracting the creme of the crop of genre talent. Lost Girl, welcome to the big time.
Terminator star Linda Hamilton is appearing in an upcoming episode of the fantasy series Lost Girl. The episode, called “Delinquents,” airs Sunday March 24 on Showcase in Canada, and on Monday March 25 on Sy-Fy in the U.S.
So who is Hamilton playing? According to the press release posted below, she’s playing someone from Tamsin’s sorted past, and Bo, Kenzi and Dyson get caught up in the mystery.
Here’s the press release from Showcase:
Golden Globe-nominated Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) will guest star on an upcoming episode of Showcase’s hit series Lost Girl airing Sunday, March 24 at 9PM ET/PT.
In the episode titled “Delinquents,” Hamilton portrays Acacia, a tough, sexy and ruthless assassin who has resurfaced from Tamsin’s (Rachel Skarsten) secretive past. Her arrival spells trouble for Bo (Anna Silk), Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) and Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried), who are undercover at an urban camp to catch a serial killer Fae preying on at-risk youth.
The hit Showcase original series’ third season will finale on Sunday, April 14. Rounding out the season three cast are Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland and K.C. Collins.
Episode 310 “Delinquents”
Airs Sunday, March 24 at 9PM ET/PT
Bo, Dyson and Kenzi go undercover at an urban camp to catch a serial killer Fae who preys on at-risk youth. Meanwhile, a blast from Tamsin’s past makes an appearance, but the visit may not be purely social. Bo is given some hard to accept emotional news.
Be sure to visit Nerd Bastards every Monday for our Lost Girl precap.
Last week, Bo was greeted to her first official challenge on her way to the Dawning, a Fae right of passage with will either let her pass to the next level of Fae maturity, or leave her a scavenging UnderFae relegating her to a life of being locked in a cage in the dungeon under the Dal.
Assistance comes from a Lode Star Fae named Stella, who Trick summons to help Bo prepare, starting with a return trip home to her human foster parents where Bo will have to make peace with her past before confronting her future. Bo takes a road trip to her hometown Grimsley with the newly unkidnapped Kenzi, who, despite her protests, could use the country air. But Bo’s return home turned out to be not only limited to her human issues.
It turns out Grimsley is haunted by Lady Polly, an UnderFae who attacks when people are caught in the dreamy sunlight haze of midday. Bo, who was known as Beth in her Grimsley days, helped summon Polly with a group of friends when she was in high school, oddly enough on the same night Bo fed as a succubus for the first time, killing her boyfriend Kyle. The two incidents are kind of unrelated, but on the night Kyle died, all the friends left town with the exception of poor Dougie, who’s stayed in town for the last decade trying to put Polly back in the bottle on his own.
Polly, having been reawakened by the group of friends all returning to town for the first time, is out to finish the job, but Bo and Kenzi with Dougie’s help are able to trap Polly again by putting her down the local well.
With Lady Polly no longer feeling well (Kenzi’s pun!), Bo dealt with the business that brought her to Grimsley in the first place. Her adoptive father long dead, Bo’s adoptive mother now suffers from dementia, which has more or less rendered her once vicious, puritanical human mother to a complete June Cleaver makeover. Despite her original desire to tear a strip off mommy dearest, Bo instead tells her instead that, “I can’t hate you anymore, and I’m done hating myself.”
In other news, Trick and Dyson have a little secret sharing time. Trick clues into the fact the Dyson has his love back, and Dyson, ever the gentleman, assures that he has no desire to get between Bo and Lauren. Trick points out that humans have significantly shorter lifespan than Fae, which means that Bo and Dyson may have their time yet. Meanwhile, we learn that Trick is kind of sweet on Stella. I guess everyone wins by bringing Stella onto Team Bo.
In the end, Bo confronts Kenzi with the question of the hour: exactly what was everyone’s favorite sidekick doing at the Norn’s when she spilled the essence of Kitsune on her arm?
And that brings us to this week’s episode, “Fae-ge Against The Machine.” But before we dive into the precap, I’ve learned that Sy-Fy has followed suit with Showcase and renewed Lost Girl for season four. Good news for all the fae-natics out there State’s side. And now, on with the precap.
1) If at First You Don’t Succeed… – The episode opens with Stella putting Bo through her paces. In this new round of Dawning training, Bo has to capture a lucky cricket while blindfolded. Naturally, this is not as easy as it sounds. Bo’s gonna need all the luck she can get because…
2) The Case of the Week – Bo’s official invite to the Dawning arrives. On really fine stationary from a thousand year old Staples Print & Copy? Hardly, the invitation to the Dawning is a wacky, steam punk-looking Rube Goldberg like contraption that Bo’s closest blood relative has to use to help her navigate the challenge to complete the invitation. Trick steps up to work all the levers, pullies, and looking glasses as Bo plays out the game in the field.
3) Little Help? – As Trick works the machine at the Dal, Bo gets a helpful sidekick in this adventure in Tamsin (Kenzi, apparently, puts out too much human interference for the purposes of Bo’s training). Tamsin takes Bo out for lunch to lay some truth on her, despite what the others are telling her, the Dawning is “the most brutal thing you’ll go through plus infinity.” So does that mean Tamsin is warming to our succubus heroine? Let’s just say the answer’s a definite “Yes, uh-oh” by the end of the episode.
4) Beware of Handshake Deals – After having a drink at a Dark Fae bar, Bo and Tamsin meet Balzac, a Spriggan Fae who commits you to one favor as payback for their help once you shake their hand, and by commit, we mean you can’t get rid of them till you do them a solid. Balzac’s favor is a trip to Brazenwood, a sort of Dark Fae frontier town with it’s own sense of lawless rule-making. Bo and Tamsin have to rescue Hannah, a Squonk Fae with an unusual and financially lucrative ability.
5) Doctor, Doctor – Lauren pops into the Dal to let Bo know that she’s being given a big award at a banquet that night. The last minute notification came after the original recipient was found to be the author of some dodgy science (as Lauren always knew), so Bo’s favorite Doc gets the prize instead. The news makes Lauren giddy, even concocting the celebrity couple nickname “Bolo” for he and her girlfriend, but their fabulous night out was not meant to be. Of course, Bo gets sidelined with the quest, but Lauren is introduced to an admired colleague, Dr. Taft. Why is this significant? Taft is played by Shawn Doyle, a well-known and respected Canadian actor recently of the Showcase series Endgame and the HBO series Big Love. If I were a betting man, I’d bet that Dr. Taft is a face we’ll see again.
6) Missing in Action – Kenzi’s not the only one who sits out this week. Apparently, both Dyson and Hale have some important Fae business elsewhere to keep them occupied.
7) Surprise Kissing – There are two surprising kisses by the end of the episode. One of them is really surprising.
8) A New Mystery – Be on the look out for a particular scene this week. There might be a clue in there to suggest that the season’s big obstacle might not be whether or not Bo passes The Dawning or becomes an UnderFae.
9) Burning Questions – “What if I’m not strong enough?” “What’s your type, blondie?” “Infinity or a pit of snakes?” “Do you want to tell me what that Wanderer business was about?”
10) How Does it End? – “Please tell me she’s not the one.”
NEXT WEEK: The Dawning, um, dawns.
First some really good news for the fae-thful, Showcase has renewed Lost Girl for a fourth season! The news, which broke late last week, is really a no-brainer as Lost Girl is both Showcase’s number one show, and the number one show on Canadian basic cable overall. The show was also trending worldwide on Twitter the night of its season three premiere.
“Lost Girl remains an anchor series for Showcase, and with its sharp writing and palpable cast chemistry, it has amassed a fan following second-to-none,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media, owners of Showcase, in a press release. “We are delighted to bring fans another season of the series and can’t wait to see where the creative team takes the story next.”
Shooting will begin on season four sometime this spring. No word yet on if Sy-Fy is going to pick it up, but I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t, it barely costs them anything and Lost Girl is one of like five original shows on the channel that aren’t reality-based.
But for now, we’re literally in the middle of season three, and last time (after a week off because of the Oscars, I guess), we got some serious answers to many of this season’s biggest questions. What did Kenzi spill on herself at the Norn’s? The essence of another Fae called a Kitsune, a trickster Fae that can take the form of others. The Norn took the Kitsune’s powers, which Kenzi then spill on herself causing her rash, which acted as a lure for the fae who kidnapped Kenzi, took her powers back and ingratiated herself on Kenzi’s life.
The only person who wasn’t fooled, and continues to be unfooled is Bo, so naturally she ends up being caged up at the Dal by the others who worry that their favorite succubus might be getting out of control. (And incidentally, hasn’t Bo be spending a lot of time this season locked up? Just saying.) But as Bo tried to convince everyone that a) Kenzi wasn’t Kenzi, and b) she wasn’t crazy, Trick began to realize what the real problem with Bo is.
It turns out that Bo’s going through “The Dawning” a process where Fae mature to the next stage of their immortal lives. Typically, a Fae reaches this point after a couple of hundred years, but something has spurned Bo to mature a little bit quicker than the other girls. A ritual must be undertaken and passed by all those undergoing The Dawning, or else become an UnderFae. With only a couple of weeks prep, Bo must ready herself for the most important rite of a Fae’s life, so no pressure.
In other developments, The Morrigan tries to make Tamsin get the goods on Bo’s attack on the Dark Fae victim in the season premiere, but Tamsin is becoming more a member of the gang then she’d like to admit. She’s the first to believe Bo that the real Kenzi might be missing, and uses her rather creepy Valkyrie powers to help Bo escape from the Dal. Later, she uses her powers again to awaken Bo’s Dark Fae victim from his coma, under The Morrigan’s orders, to find out once and for all if Bo was his attacker, and even though he confirms, Tamsin lies to the Morrigan to protect Bo. Combined with helping to rescue Kenzi from the Kitsune’s cave, and her past as sorority sister, it was quite a week for warming to the buxom blonde Dark Fae who’s always been more bitter than sweet.
But now, we have to deal with the implications. Heading into this week’s new episode, “There’s Bo Place Like Home,” we have a whole new series of questions that need answers: What’s involved with The Dawning? How will Bo be tested? What’s changed about Kenzi? And when will she spill about why she was at the Norn’s in the first place? Let’s dive into this week’s precap:
1) Trivia Question – What was the name of the boy that Bo went all Rogue on the first time she fed as a succubus? If you can’t remember, don’t worry, this episode’s going to color in some detail on our heroine’s backstory.
2) Breaking Dawn Part 1 – As we learned last time, Bo is going through a period of transition for Fae called “The Dawning,” and something that normally takes years to prepare for, Bo just has days. At the top of the episode, Bo’s prepping with Trick by trying to unify her body and mind to step through a kind of portico or else get zapped by a force field. Naturally, this first test is presenting Bo some difficulty.
3) Case of the Week – As part of her Dawning prep, Bo must return home and make peace with her adoptive mother. Not a prospect that Bo relishes considering that the last time she saw her momma was the night she accidentally killed a boy with succubus powers, for which she was called a devil child by her mother and forced to runaway from everything she knows. Bo just wants to go home, and get it over with – like tearing off a band aid – but things maybe more complicated than that, both with her mother and with current events in her hometown, Grimsley.
4) It’s Complicated – It looks like Bo may have been involved with Fae business before she even knew she was Fae. Just in time for Bo’s homecoming, and the local Cherry Festival. Her name is Lady Polly, and let’s just say that she won’t be feeling very well by the end of the episode.
5) STELLA! – Trick recruits a Lode Star Fae named Stella to help Bo prepare for the Dawning. It’s Stella’s brilliant idea to send Bo home to Grimsley to forgive her mother, as trying to reconcile her past is one of the things that’s going to help Bo avoid being an UnderFae after the Dawning. In addition, Trick finds himself kind of sweet on Stella too. Stella is played by Toronto actress Deborah Odell who you may recognize from other genre shows shot in the Toronto area like Nikita, Alphas and The Dresden Files.
6) What About Kenzi? – Everyone’s favorite adorable sidekick has trying to adjust post-Kitsune kidnapping. Bo takes Kenzi along to Grimsley feeling that her BFF could use the road trip is spite of it being a very rural destination for our very urban girl. Obviously, talking about the kidnapping, and all the things leading up to it, is still kind of raw for Kenzi, but by episode’s end she may have to confront them point blank.
7) In Other Secret News – Trick comes to realize that Dyson got his love for Bo back, and that could mean some complicated dimensions for the Happy Sunshine Gang (HSG, which I know is The Morrigan’s turn of phrase, but maybe we can make it the new “Scooby Gang”). Or not.
8) Grimsley? – Fair question for American viewers, is there such a place as Grimsley, Ontario? Close. There’s actually a Grimsby, Ontario, a town with the population of just over 25,000 located in Ontario’s Niagara Region, southeast of Hamilton on the coast of Lake Ontario. Grimsby is known more for peaches than it is for cherries, but it is in the heart of Niagara farm country where a lot of the province’s fruit is grown. Grimsby is also notable for being the birth place of Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn and Del Lord, director of more than three dozen Three Stooges short films between 1935 and 1945. And now you know more than you ever wanted to about Grimsby, Ontario.
9) Burning Questions – “Haven’t you always wanted a pet?” “Will I meet a brave knight and marry away all of my problems?” “Does a horse shit in the barn?” “What is this place?”
10) Klassic Kenzi – “Double Dutch? I thought that was only on Wii.”
11) How Does it End? – “Kenzi, why did you see the Norn?”
NEXT WEEK: Dark Fae scavenger hunt! Which probably won’t be nearly as awesome as it sounds.
This week’s Merlin brings to a head the last month’s storyline involving a puppet Gwen and her attempts to bring down Camelot and Arthur according to the will of everyone’s favorite bastard princess and witch, Morgana. The episode’s title, “With All My Heart,” refers to what Gwen said to Arthur when she accepted his wedding proposal, but it’s also a reference to an Elvis Presley song, “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You,” recorded by The King as a single in 1956. It was his second number one hit on the Billboard pop charts. I’m not sure if the writers had that in mind with the line, but it’s where my mind went anyway.
But let’s get down to this very important episode, which opens once again with Guinevere meeting Morgana in the woods outside the castle to discuss their latest takedown options. This time though, Merlin and Arthur are hiding nearby listening to every word. Arthur wants to strike now, but Merlin advises patience. They need to find a way to free Gwen from Morgana’s control.
Gauis says there is a magic that can help Gwen, and although Arthur is hesitant, the combined convincing power of Gaius and Merlin brings the king around to the idea. But first, a field trip for Merlin. Gwen is suffering the Tiene Daga, a magical method of brainwashing that binds the brainwashee to the High Priestess by instilling horrific fear (see: The Dark Tower). Merlin must see the Dochraid in order to find a possible cure for Gwen, and she’s not going to be very accommodating.
Merlin goes in disguise as Dragoon the Great, but that doesn’t fool the Dochraid, she knows who she’s dealing with: Emrys, and he ain’t no friend to the Old Religion or Morgana. Screw it! Merlin goes gangsta on the Dochraid, and busts a cap… Or rather wounds her on the arm with Excalibur. The Dochraid gives up the info: Merlin and Co. will have to travel to the Cauldron of Arianrhod where Merlin will have to summon the Triple Goddess herself as only her healing touch can hope to save Gwen. But the rub is that Gwen will have to enter the waters of the Cauldron willingly, she cannot be tricked or enchanted, or else risk losing her soul forever. As Merlin turns to leave, the Dochraid tries to kill him with an enchanted knife, but Merlin deflects it easily and instead uses it to strike down the Dochraid.
With info in hand, Arthur, Merlin and Gaius plot to get Gwen to the Cauldron (and to disguise Merlin in order to perform the ritual, since Arthur is already aware of the Dragoon ruse). Using a belladonna-spiked drink to put Gwen’s lights out, Arthur and Merlin head out, surreptitiously followed by Mordred, who, at just the right moment, reveals himself in time to save both our heroes from falling off a perilous cliff. But that’s not the only danger. The Dochraid survived and has tipped off Morgana that her old friend Emrys is looking to de-puppetize the queen.
Morgana ambushes the gang as they’re nearing the Cauldron, and she has dragon back-up. Merlin tells Arthur to take Gwen ahead and he uses his Dragon Lord powers to call off Aithusa’s attack, but then Morgana strikes, knocking out Mordred and leaving Merlin with just enough juice to get away. That was fine by Morgana, who, with some lingering degree of affection for Mordred, tries to get out of the knight the identity of Emrys. But nope, Mordred will not tell her anything, or betray Arthur, so he knocks Morgana out with magic instead.
Finally at the Cauldron, Arthur and Gwen are confronted by the sorcerer who will help them: Dolma. If she looks familiar, it’s because she’s Merlin in drag (with some temporary magical sex reassignment, not that we got into the technicalities of the spell). Arthur tries to get Gwen into the lake, but she’s not having any of it. Merlin/Dolma reminds Arthur that he has to convince her to enter the lake of her own free will, so Arthur offers some romantic words to his queen: “Do you remember when I asked you to marry me? Do you remember what you said? You said with all my heart. That’s what you said Guinevere. No subterfuge, no trickery.” Gwen is moved, and enters the lake with Arthur. Merlin lays on the spells, and all is right with the world again.
Arthur prepares to depart and thanks the Dolma for her efforts. The Dolma asks Artur to remember that it was magic that healed his wife, and that the practice itself isn’t bad, it’s how people decide to use it. And by the way, do you want your serving boy back? I’ve got “him” all “tied up” back at my “lair.” Our heroes make their way back to Camelotand everything’s grand, at least until till next week’s crisis, and Mordred tells Merlin that he wasn’t fooled by the whole Dolma ruse. Not one bit. Arthur however, totally bought it.
-Who else is loving bad ass Merlin? Taking on the Dochraid was just the latest in a long line of ballsy moves the wizard’s done since offing Uncle Agravaine in “The Sword and the Stone, Part II.” Of course, somewhat muting Merlin’s development as a magical Punisher was this week’s experimentation with cross-dressing, but you kind of have to respect a man who will literally do whatever it takes to save the day.
-But seriously, is there no such thing as Polyjuice potion or fake mustaches in the Merlin universe? The two options were going old, or going fem?
-Mordred once again got involved in the action this week, which was nice considering he’s done a lot of standing on the sidelines lately (and to prove it, Alexander Vlahos has been made to do that standing on the sidelines to show that Mordred’s still around). However, I found Mordred’s still rather staunch defense of Arthur and Camelot interesting given our proximity to the series finale. Maybe Mordred should be questioning his commitment given that Arthur was using magic to solve his own personal problems while Merlin was perfectly happy to leave him to Morgana and whatever fate she concocted?
-It’s somewhat disappointing that the episode didn’t lead to someone who’s not Mordred discovering Merlin’s secret identity, and I don’t mean Dolma. From the looks of next week’s episode though it looks like somebody might be getting close, perhaps too close. Still, I will call the evil Gwen storyline a mostly success. It added some nice shades of grey to Gwen’s story arc and the resolution was actually very emotionally moving. Bravo!
NEXT WEEK: Morgana goes from 0 to 1,000 in her quest to get rid of Emrys once and for all.
On this week’s episode of Merlin there were devious plots galore: assassinations, revenge, poisoning, and at least one good deed that goes off the tracks. Things get pretty hairy for our young warlock and his king as Queen Guinevere becomes more dangerous than ever, and Morgana smells blood in the water.
At the top of the episode, we meet Daegal, a young Druid boy who seeks out Merlin to heal his sickly sister. Daegal lives with his family in the Valley of the Fallen Kings, which is a bit like saying you live in South Central in the 90s. Regardless, Merlin’s a good Samaritan, and promises to help the boy making the trip. Gaius is concerned because it’s a bad neighborhood, but Merlin says “Relax,” one day and he’ll be back home in the safety of Camelot.
Camelot itself, meanwhile, is playing host to Sarrum, ruler of the kingdom of Amata. Sarrum is an interesting character know for being brutal to his enemies and assassinating his friends. He’s also slightly less known for holding Morgana captive for two of the three intervening years between Merlin season 4 and 5. An alliance with such a man might prove deadly, but Arthur points out that sometimes you have to be diplomatic with people you disagree with in order to achieve the greater good.
But the greater good is a foreign idea to some. Morgana sees the situation as the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: Gwen will get Sarrum to take out Arthur, the knights will in-turn eliminate Sarrum out of retribution, and Gwen takes the throne. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, this is usually where Merlin steps in, but he’s on a mission to help Daegal. Kind of a coincidence, isn’t it? After trying and failing to warn Daegal telepathically about some approaching bandits, and being lead to seemingly a dead end in the valley, Merlin comes to the conclusion that Daegal isn’t what he says it is. The Druid tattoo on Daegal is a fake too, but as Merlin’s left holding the bag, Morgana appears with the real plot and intention: she knocks out Merlin, feeds him poison and warns Daegal that she’s still got some poison left if he steps wrong.
Meanwhile, back at Camelot, Arthur engages in some sparring with one of Sarrum’s men, who manages to get the upper hand on the king. It’s all in good fun, until Gwen approaches Sarrum on the sly and drops a few hints about hating her husband and wanting him dead. Sarrum picks up on the hint and starts to put a plan in motion.
Back in the Valley of the Fallen Kings, a guilt-ridden Daegal returns to the dying Merlin and following Merlin’s instructions manages to make a antedote to the poison. Daegal tells Merlin that he met Gwen and Morgana only once, but that Morgana was putting a plan in motion to kill Arthur. (Incidentally, killing Merlin was a bonus as he’s constantly interfering in Morgana’s evil schemes.) Daegal promises to help Merlin get back to Camelot and thwart Morgana’s plans.
The next morning, Arthur makes ready to sign the new accord with Sarrum, and Sarrum makes ready his assassination attempt on Arthur. The signing will take place in the round table room, and Sarrum’s assassin is positioned in a hallway overlooking the room on the level above. Merlin and Daegal arrive back at the castle, and searching the castle, Merlin notices an unlocked door that’s supposed to be locked. Discovering the assassin, Merlin manages to thwart his first shot, which ends up missing Arthur and killing Sarrum. Before he can get off a second shot, Merlin magically spears the assassin, but in the fight Daegal is killed with a well-placed knife.
When the dust settles, Arthur tells Merlin to make sure that the mysterious boy who saved his life gets a proper burial. At Daegal’s graveside, Merlin and Gaius agree that something has to be done about Gwen.
Next Week: Arthur and Gaius do something about Gwen!
-Although Merlin’s sojourn into the woods could be considered the B-story of the week, but Colin Morgan made it the A. He’s really quite convincing showing Merlin’s growth and wisdom, and this week was one of the few instances where Merlin has to carry out action solo without Arthur or any of the knights as back-up.
-John Shrapnel was also good as Sarrum, an oily sort of villain who gets his proper comeuppance in the end. Obviously the guy who’s made us sympathetic to Morgana had to be appropriately bad ass, a little slimy and completely morally bankrupt. Let’s just say that Gwen wasn’t the only one whose stomach was slightly turned by the clinical way Sarrum described imprisoning Morgana and Aithusa, and the quality of their captivity.
-For some reason, I love that old Merlin cover about being at the tavern. Arthur’s assumption for Merlin being MIA was that his servant was down at the pub washing away his sorrows with glass after glass of meade. If Merlin isn’t, by reputation, the biggest functioning alcoholic of the Middle Ages, then it’s got to be Friar Tuck.
-Admittedly I was a bit disappointed with last week’s adventure and the rather clumsy method of Gwen and Morgana’s attempted disposal of Arthur, but the Machiavelli dimensions of this week’s plot were much more satisfying. I’m still ready for this storyline to end though, and it appears next week I get my wish, but it was nice to see the writers actually able to take the proverbial bull by the horns with this one.
-Gwen Trivia Alert! Her favorite flower is the Gillyflower. This is what it looks like:
-We’ve now had two episodes out of the last three where Mordred is seen, but not heard. Way to be the bringer of doom, Mordred. Gotta love the way you just stand there and say nothing. Bravo. Good on Alexander Vlahos for being a sport about it.