It was a grab bag of folklore on this week's Lost Girl — some of it brilliant, some of it laughably terrible. Odin's crows, Japanese puzzle boxes, Chinese fae, and even a biblical serpent/demon.
Bo has made up her mind once and for all to find out who the Wanderer is, and the writers have made up their minds to let her. Dyson supports her, while Trick, Kenzi, and Lauren think it's too dangerous (although Trick ends up having ulterior motives that even he doesn't entirely understand). Bo opens the jar of smoke from last week, and from it emerges a crow man who is apparently Huginn – he refers to his brother Muninn. Strangely, Lost Girl seems to have divorced these mythological crows entirely from their Norse origins as companions of Odin. They're just part of a race of fae crow-people. For a minute there I was thinking the Wanderer/Bo's dad would turn out to be Odin, which would have been pretty excellent.
Bo heads off with Huginn, leaving her friends behind against their wishes. We'll catch up with Bo in a second. Meanwhile, Dyson and Lauren gear up to track Bo down. In an effort to make Lauren a more dynamic character (rather than the girl who waits at home doing science stuff), they've given her…science holsters. Weaponized vials and syringes. She can still do science stuff, but now on the front lines. I complained so much about simpering, mopey Lauren that I'll accept it.
Lauren and Dyson's friendly competition over Bo continues, although Dyson seems to admit he's kind of into Lauren as well. I'm pretty sure Lauren is a lesbian and not at all bi, so she doesn't reciprocate that feeling at all. Still, doesn't it feel as though there's a build-up toward a three-person polyamorous relationship happening here?
Bo gets waylaid by the crowfolk, but she jumps through a fae grave to meet Leviathan in the underworld. It sounded like Huginn called it Ocala, but I can't find any reference to a mythological underworld with a name like that. Maybe the writers had a rough time in a Florida bar when they were in college. Anyway, Leviathan is a woman, and she challenges Bo to a riddle-off, which is not exactly Bo's strong suit. Someone helps out Bo in answering the first question, then Bo totally Bilbo Baggins the contest by asking an impossible question – should she choose Lauren or Dyson? The fact that there seems to be no correct answer again suggests a poly relationship is in the works. Oh, Leviathan's parting shot was that one of Bo's friends would be dying soon. I kind of hope it's Trick.
Back at the fae graves, Bo confronts the crows. Let's talk about these crows. Some of the worst fake British accents I've ever heard. One of the most hilariously inept fight sequences I've ever seen. The crows basically just jumped into the graves while Bo ducked, like some kind of fae Three Stooges routine. Then Dyson and Lauren somehow show up, I mean literally out of nowhere. Dyson "tracked" them there, to a place Bo apparently reached magically, but I guess it also is a stop on Toronto's subway line. But again, Bo says she needs to go to the cosmic train and confront the Wanderer alone, leaving Dyson and Lauren behind. No problem, they'll catch the next bus.
Trick, back at the Dal, is a total dick and refuses to help Kenzi and Tamsin. He heads to an old friend, a Chinese fae named Ming. I didn't catch the name of her fae type, but apparently she has the power to force people to tell the truth. So it's like Wonder Woman's lasso of truth without the bondage subtext. I want to take a moment to talk about Jadyn Wong, the actress who played Ming. She was awesome. She managed to skirt around the edges of the "dragon lady" clichés, what with her claw nails and extravagant gestures, yet she felt very modern and real. I'm actually finding it hard to explain why I thought she was so great, but I would absolutely watch a show with her as the main protagonist.
Anyway, she forces hidden memories out of Trick, memories he'd hidden himself. We learn that, welp, Trick the Blood King is pretty evil. He's murdered millions with his future writing powers, he cackles gleefully, and in a weird flashback that apparently Trick and Tamsin shared, he makes fun of her for not wearing makeup or doing her hair and erases someone named Rainer the Defiant from history, turning him into the Wanderer.
That shared flashback came about because Kenzi and Tamsin were poking around Trick's storehouse of fae curios. They found his blank book, and eventually a Japanese puzzle box full of Harry Potteresque gags and some Blood King juice. They try to write in the book, which somehow controls Tamsin, makes her go all Valkyrie, then plugs her into Trick's flashback. Totally logical. Lost Girl keeps using magic boxes as macguffins, and of course we all make the obvious joke, but I think it's intentional. It's rarely a magic sword or scepter or other phallic thing like you find in most fantasy tales
Back on the cosmic train, Bo meets a mysterious man in a welder's helmet. I guess in all those centuries, the Wanderer picked up some vocational classes. He takes off the helmet and turns out to be a super handsome dude with a beard. Bo tries to fight him, despite finding him really hot (girl is way into beards), but there's a sort of rough sex choke hold thing and suddenly Bo is all smiles.
She turns up at the Dal out of nowhere with Rainer in tow and declares that he's not her dad, he's her destiny. Except maybe he's both? No polyamory after all, now Bo is a one-Wanderer woman. For however long that lasts.
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