I remember going to Toronto’s National Fan Expo the summer after Lost Girl aired its first season, and this was back when the Expo was confined to the south end of the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The Q&A for Lost Girl was set for 11 am Saturday in one of the medium sized panel rooms; it wasn’t the huge one reserved for the celebrity guests, but it wasn’t one of the small ones reserved for comic book discussion or indie film screenings either. Arriving at the Q&A, it was apparent that this “small” Canadian show had struck a chord, because it was standing room only. Four years later, Lost Girl is still filling rooms at Fan Expo. Bigger rooms. (more…)
Oh no, not another zombie show. Yes, the trend is powerful, and it continues in full force and without any sign of stopping with the upcoming new series Z Nation. At the National Fan Expo in Toronto, executive producer Craig Engler and co-star Tom Everett Scott were on hand to tell fans why their show was different from The Walking Dead, why you don’t have to choose between the two, and how the show will reconcile both slow and fast zombies into the same show universe. (more…)
It was supposed to be a day of big change, but everything fell apart in the end. Instead of “Hail to the Chief,” the record of choice was R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” With a missing doctor, missing Fae, and a whole lot of questions left unanswered, we open last week’s installment of Lost Girl.
Bo and Dyson go to Lauren’s apartment and find it empty, worse still everything there screams that she abandoned it. Later, Dyson updates Hale on the mass grave he and Tamsin found, 18 dead Fae, Light and Dark, were buried there.
Bo tries to relax before the inauguration with a bath, only to be interrupted by a completely drunken Tamsin. “Where do you get off being so perfect?” Tamsin says in sweet, beautiful drunk talk. Tamsin’s clearly on about something, but Bo’s hardly in a mood to try and figure it out, or play along. Especially after Tamsin gets in the tub with her.
Meanwhile, Kenzi helps set up the celebration at the Dal for Hale’s inauguration, and given the way Hale’s treated her lately, she’s not pleased. Maybe I’ll start a union for human companions to the Fae, Kenzi opines. But Trick warns her that that didn’t work out so well for Jimmy Hoffa. Natch. During the course of the evening, Kenzi keeps bumping up against a Fae named Mossimo, he warns her that she will always feel like an outsider to the Fae, and, if she wants, he can make the impossible happen for her. As in he can make her Fae.
At Isaac’s lab, Lauren’s making a breakthrough, but there’s something about these organic compounds that Isaac’s developed that seems all too familiar. Lauren is more than a little curious about Isaac’s intentions, and he tells her that all he wants to do is make humans better through genetics, to help humanity evolve to another level. Undaunted, Lauren does a little snooping of her own and discovers exactly where Isaac gets his material: he’s the man behind the Fae mass grave, and he’s using Fae genes to make humans better.
Back at the Dal, Dyson gets kidnapped by human paramedics posing as Fae, and some incriminating evidence left at the scene points to Lauren’s involvement. The Morrigan, who was at Hale’s inauguration at the new Ash’s invitation, calls for a gathering of the Fae elders to decide on a course of action, and to hold a vote of non-confidence in Hale. More than that though, The Morrigan calls for the immediate arrest of all human companions to the Fae, starting with the unaligned succubus’ favourite, Kenzi.
But while all this is going on, Bo returns to Lauren’s apartment only to find a slightly more sober Tamsin squatting there. Reluctantly, Bo recruits Tamsin to help her track down Dyson, but in the process Bo discovers Tamsin’s little secret, or rather a piece of it. She finds the mystical pill bottle where Tamsin has the hairs meant to bind Bo for her mysterious former boss.
As the hour winds down, Tamsin and Bo manage to find Dyson’s location at Isaac’s heavily protected compound, but before they can get a closer look, they’re jumped by some guards and Tamsin is shot. Meanwhile back at the Dal, Trick manages an escape only to get kidnapped and tossed in the trunk of a car. Kenzi is arrested, but before she’s taken away, Hale gives a little trinket to protect her, and a big, passionate kiss.
As for our man Dyson, it appears that Isaac puts his subjects through a fight club to determine that he’s got the best specimen. Dyson defeats his opponent, and ends up back in the stocks. When Lauren discovers the full extent of Isaac’s operation, including Dyson, she too ends up imprisoned. But they’re not alone. In the plastic cage across the room, none other than Aife, Bo’s mother, is imprisoned right beside them.
Which brings us to this week’s season finale. Here’s the precap:
1) The Plot Thickens – Last week I compared Isaac to Brian Cox’s character from X2: X-Men United, but it turns out that he’s more like Syndrome from The Incredibles, a wannabe driven by anger and jealousy to become Fae himself. Oh, and he’s a little crazy too.
2) Case of the Week – The Great Escape. Dyson and several other Fae, including Bo’s mother Aife, are trapped in Isaac’s compound. Tamsin’s been shot and Bo is unable to revive her. The Fae are in turmoil, now locked in a presumptive state of war with the human race. The Ash is missing, so to the Blood King. And Bo’s BFF is in the custody of the Morrigan. Could things get any worse?
3) Things Get Worse – It turns out that Dyson became Isaac’s target because of Aife’s white lie. Isaac wanted to know who the most powerful Fae of all was, and Aife told him it was Dyson rather than the real answer, which is Bo. Also, one of the Sunshine Happy Gang is dying, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. And hey, does anyone else think that being the Ash is a lot like being Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts?
4) What About Kenzi? – After being arrested at the end of last week’s episode, Kenzi finds herself in the company of The Morrigan and her hired goon, Bruce. So Kenzi’s in a bad way, right? Never underestimate the sidekick. She can stand up to The Morrigan, convince another loyal sidekick to betray his boss, and make sudden, life-altering decisions.
5) Seduced By the Dark Side? – Lauren’s in big, big trouble. Isaac is pushing her to continue with her experiments, but Lauren won’t hear it. She can’t go back to the Fae either, they all think she’s a traitor. So what is doc, ex-con human going to do? Does “if you can’t beat them, join them” ring a bell?
6) Old Friends – Keep an eye out for the reappearance of a couple of old friends during the hour. One Dark Fae in particular will be welcome returnee for long-term fans of the show.
7) Don’t Trust Aife – No, really. Even when you think she just might be crazy enough to trust, don’t trust her. I can’t stress that enough.
8) Who Snatched the Blood King? – Let’s just say it’s someone we know, and their motives may not be as sinister as originally thought?
9) Burning Questions – “Do we have time for a makeover?” “Is my daughter okay?” “Are you losing your edge?” “Do you guys know where the mall is?” “Did you know my name isn’t even Lauren?”
10) How Does it End? – The Wanderer card left behind now has two figures standing in it.
SEE YOU NEXT SEASON!
With the new series Defiance Sy-Fy tries something unexpected: original science fiction! Kidding aside, Defiance is a promising series that genre fans are going to find a lot in common with. It combines the desperate group of survivors motif of Lost and Battlestar Galactica with the strange new worlds right her on Earth concept of Primeval and Terra Nova, and the high-minded, cross-cultural moralizing of the grandfather of all TV sci-fi, Star Trek.
That’s highly ambitious, right? Fortunately, Defiance might have the pedigree to pull it off. Developed by Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape, Cult) and executive produced by O’Bannon, Kevin Murphy (Caprica, Reaper) and Michael Taylor (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Battlestar Galactica), Defiance introduces us to a brave new world called Earth. Forty-three years from now, the planet’s been altered by the arrival of seven alien species collectively called the Votans. Terraforming accidents have introduced new plants and animals into the ecosystem, entire landscapes have been altered with plains being turned into mountain ranges, flowing rivers completely drying up, and entire cities buried under the new Earth.
The series’ namesake is the frontier town of Defiance, named after a group of human and alien heroes of the Pale Wars called the Defiant Ones. Humans and aliens live together side-by-side in Defiance, building a community and maintaining some semblance of human civilization. Into town arrive former Marine Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler), and his adopted daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), a member of the feral Votan race called the Irathient. The town is governed in a fair-handed but idealistic manner by Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) though her job is occasionally made politically difficult by Defiance’s two biggest patrons, human mine owner McCawley (Graham Greene) and Datak Tarr (Tony Curran), a member of the noble Castithan race who’s ostensibly the town’s mob boss although he struggles too to be seen as a legitimate businessman.
The pilot episode chronicles Nolan and Irisa’s arrival in Defiance after loosing their ride and their supplies to a group of Irathient bandits called the Spirit Riders. Nolan immediately ingratiates himself with the matron of the local bordello, and gets on the bad side of Datak Tarr. But mysterious forces conspire to destroy Defiance for some mysterious MacGuffin that will alter the destiny of all races – human and alien – on the new Earth. Defiance fans, say ‘hello’ to your mythology. What is this MacGuffin? Why are they after it? How will it change the world? Let’s just say that Fionnula Flanagan is perfectly cast as Defiance’s former mayor Nicky Riordon.
The follow on two episodes settle pretty quickly into the format of a new danger arising weekly in Defiance as its inhabitants struggle with their own personal angels and demons. In “Down In The Ground Where The Dead Men Go” we see how Castithans treat deserters, torturing them to death on a rack like device, and how that affects more moralized members of Defiance, while Nolan and McCawley follow a traitor into the ruins of old St Louis to stop another plot to destroy the town. Then in “The Devil In The Dark,” Irisa discovers some insight into an interesting Irathient ability as some unknown assailant targets certain townspeople with creatures known as “Hell Bugs.”
In these first few episodes of Defiance I see a lot in common with a personal favourite of mine, Babylon 5. Like the beginnings of that show I see it struggles balancing its cultural examinations and its determination to deliver new and interesting stories in a well-worn genre. Fortunately, I think there’s a lot to work with. Like B5, the aliens are instantly and distinctively drawn suggesting a unique and intrinsic culture for each one. Some are better drawn than others in these first three episodes, the bird-like Liberata are barely seen, and the orangutan-resembling Sensoth only stand out as background players, but I expect they’ll each get their day before season’s end.
The actors tasked with bringing this series to life ares certainly a compelling bunch. Julie Benz is a highlight giving Mayor Rosewater a hopey-changey disposition while confidentially playing the realization of the somewhat daunting office she carries. Greene is always solid, even if he has to play straight one of the most contrived storylines as the scorned father who learns that his daughter Christie (Nicole Muñoz) is engaged to Datak’s son Alak (Jesse Rath). Tony Curran is good playing the shifty nature of Datak, a masochist in some ways, but at heart essentially a street kid trying to prove he’s worth a damn, but if there’s a Tarr to watch it is Jaime Murray’s Lady Macbeth interpretation of Datak’s wife, Stahma. My favourite character though has to be the prickly Dr. Yewll (Trenna Keating), a member of the bio-mechanical Indogene race whose delivery is as tart as her medicals skills proficient.
As for the series’ leading man, Grant Bowler, he gets to show off a lot of swagger, and sometimes some deep emotion. Initially Nolan is played as a Han Solo-type, a look-out-for-number-one lone wolf trying to make his way to the beautiful (and somewhat fabled) beaches of Antarctica. He’s also a capable man with a gun, and a jack of all trades so far as the arts of tracking, scavenging and scheming, but he’s initially hesitant to get involved in the affairs of Defiance. We learn that Nolan actually grew-up in St. Louis pre-invasion, but so far that hasn’t been played up much, not that we really need to know more on that end. I think both Bowler and the writers paint enough complexity on Nolan to avoid trying to shoe-horn him into the show’s mythology, and Browler easily proves that he can handle both the action requirements and the emotional beats with equal skill.
Of course, one of the things that will set Defiance apart is the concurrent game that’s part-in-parcel with the show and its canon. I’m not sure how that aspect of the franchise will be handled, but I will say that the climactic battle of the pilot felt a bit too much like a video game for my taste given the faceless, personality-less, and rather omnipresent threat of the apparently terrifying Volge. Like a good video game villain, there are a lot of them, they’re supposedly scary, they can climb walls, and they have a bad ass reputation. The big fight in the pilot’s third act was, I think, the weakest part of the series I’ve seen so far, so hopefully that’s not indicative of the game, or how the series will handle action from now on.
But overall I found Defiance, as a show, engaging enough to return for episode four. Like many sci-fi (and Sy-Fy) predecessors it shows great promise. I’m very interested to learn more about the world and the aliens, but more importantly, I’m very interested to see where these characters are going, and how they’ll interact on a weekly basis. I’m also interested, to a lesser degree, in seeing what the big mystery is. It will undoubtedly be disappointing, but Defiance has enough going on that I (probably) won’t mind.
Defiance airs Mondays at 9 pm on Sy-Fy in the Unites States and at 10 pm on Showcase in Canada.
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.
Hey, did you hear about the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign? There may have been something in the news about it.
Anyhoo, it’s awakened all kinds of desire in creators to kickstart movies based on their cancelled cult TV shows, and Rockne S. O’Bannon is no exception. The creator of such series as The CW’s Cult and Sy-Fy’s upcoming Defiance is still looking at his past successes, and is considering, as some point, getting made a feature film based on Farscape.
The series, which followed the adventures of human astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) who falls through a wormhole, ends up on the opposite end of the universe and falls in with a crew of escaped convicts on a living ship called Moya who are relentlessly pursued by all manners of bad guys, ended in 2003 after four seasons on Sci-Fi (now Sy-Fy). And although the series’ main storyline was wrapped nicely with the 2004 miniseries The Peacekeeper Wars, O’Bannon says there’s still more story to tell.
Here’s what he told SciFiNow:
“A feature [film] is something we’ve talked about. That’s not out of the question. Obviously, Firefly found new life in features as Serenity, so it can happen. We continue to talk about it. I would love to go and revisit that world.
I don’t know that it would necessarily come back as a series. But I’m in touch with [co-creator] Brian Henson… and we’re always talking about where else we could next present that world.”
Farscape was enjoyable enough, I wasn’t a huge fan but at least appreciated the creative energy of the series. Of course, I think I’d rather see a reboot of another O’Bannon project, one that didn’t live up to its potential or really get its due. Say it with me: seaQuest DSV movie! Natch.
What do you Bastards think? Would you pay money for a Farscape movie.
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?”
So this is not a Merlin recap. Sorry if you clicked on this expecting a recap of the latest episode.
While traversing the information super-highways this week, I happened upon the Sy-Fy website. Now this important because I watch Merlin on the Canadian channel Space owing to the fact I live in Canada, and Merlin has aired continuously since bowing in January. But what I didn’t know is that Sy-Fy is holding on to the finally five Merlin episodes until May, so while I’ve been merrily continuing on spoiler-filled recaps for the past three weeks, I was blissfully unaware that our American friends had not yet seen the episodes.
So for the benefit of all fans, I’ve decided to wait until Sy-Fy airs “Diamond of the Day” Parts 1 and 2 before recapping them. Now the episodes themselves have been in the internet ether since season 5 of Merlin debit last fall on the BBC, so if you want to find out how Merlin ends badly enough, it’s not going to be that hard for you, these are the times we live and I get it. But since I think the purpose of a recap is meant for the enjoyment of all who’ve seen a given episode, and since there are still many who insist on sitting in front of their TV to catch that new episode on the day and time it premieres, it seems to me better to wait till all fans have been able to see the show to recap.
So see in May Merlin fans for the series epic conclusion. Will Merlin’s secret be revealed to all? Will Morgana and Mordred have their revenge? Will destiny be met or defeated? See you in a few weeks for the answers.
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.