Rick Howland


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…)


As the fourth season of Lost Girl comes to a close, we try to unravel once and for all who’s who, what’s what and how it all fits together. As I’ve noted, the last couple of episodes there’s a lot of loose ends to tie up, and a lot of them don’t tie so easily together, so it will be interesting to see how the show handles them. Whether its Bo’s father the ancient evil, or the druid with severe to excessive mommy issues, let’s just say there’s a lot at stake for just one episode of Lost Girl. (more…)


So to recap: Hale’s dead and Massimo’s alive. One would think that after such a significant episode that Lost Girl might take the week to cool off and let the viewer catch their breath, but nope. “Origin,” was not only the penultimate episode of the fourth season, but it was another info dump as we unravel the details of the nature of Bo’s connection with Rainer, the real identity of her father, and the stakes going into next week’s season finale. (more…)


If this Lost Girl recap comes late in the game, it’s only because of the lingering death wail that’s emanated out from this week’s instalment and cast a pall over the last two episodes of the season. It’s impressive that the final 10 minutes of the episode packed the emotional punch that it did considering that the preceding 30 minutes were all about performing the complex narrative gymnastics to explain just what the heck this season’s been all about. What’s up with Rainer? Who’s the bad man Tamsin used to work for? What’s the plan with the last Una mens seed? And what about that death the Leviathan predicted? (more…)


After last week’s Lost Girl info-dump we catch our breath slightly as we retrace the steps Bo took to free Rainer, while the now shut out triad of Kenzi, Dyson and Lauren go out on their own to solve a case Bo-less. But while the case of the week was rewarding for being actually quite funny and charming at many points, Bo’s flashback to the rescuing of Rainer from the ghost train was never really explained to my satisfaction, not to mention why Bo went all out for some guy she just met. (more…)


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


If you were somewhat confused by this week’s Christmas-y themed Lost Girl, it’s understandable. Granted, the holiday our fae friends were celebrating is somewhat, ahem, made up, but it is called Yule, and it does borrow a lot of Christmastime imagery, and Krampus is the reason for the season. The explanation is simple, this episode originally aired during the holiday season in Canada on Showcase, but considering that many places in North America still look like a winter wonderland, we can let the exact time slide and just enjoy the company of old friends in somewhat merry times. (more…)


On initial reflection, if we’re going to spend a week poking around in someone’s memories, shouldn’t it be Bo? I mean, it’s not like there’s a season and a half long mystery waiting to get answered, is there? But once this week’s Lost Girl went into full-throttle, what was gained as an appreciation for a card that the show doesn’t play that often: the flashback. Other shows with characters more than century old – your Vampire Diaries, your True Bloods – revel in the chance to show their characters in period dress, but Lost Girl though doesn’t go there too much. It’s not the only reason, but it is the main reason, why “La Fae Époque” was a winner. (more…)


When the episode starts with opera singing, you know it’s going to be a classy affair. This week’s Lost Girl felt like a back-to-basics adventure where Bo, perpetually raging against the machine, tried to help another locked between a rock and hard place, someone with the desire to be free from centuries of tradition to live their own life, their own way. The Una mens and the who’s-dark-now questions seemed to take a back burner, but Bo’s questions get more questions as to how she became dark, and what’s Wanderer/Reynor/Dad got to do with it? (more…)


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.