Lost Girl Season One (DVD) Review
Meet Bo, one woman on the run leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake in a sci-fi show for grown ups.
Bo (Anna Silk) has always been odd, since her eighteenth birthday when she got close to her boyfriend and drained him dry of his energy or ‘chi’ leaving him dead. Thinking of herself as some kind of freak or monster she takes odd jobs and drains men when she must to survive. Think vampire needing energy instead of blood and that’s the general tone of the material.
After her most recent feeding to save a drugged young woman, her new friend Kenzi (Ksenia Solo), Bo is discovered by others with usual abilities. They introduce themselves as ‘fae’, non-humans that have been around for a very long time living in secret feeding on humans as needed. All fae are aligned to one side or the other in a mandatory two party system. The light side feed only as essential, the dark feed for pleasure and can get away with doing some very nasty stuff. The only rule is you can’t kill a member of the other side without consequences. It’s all very political with a stuffy upper-class air to it all and those in power on both sides.
So enters Bo, after being identified as a succubus and learning she is not unique she is tested to be deemed worthy to live. Then asked to make the choice between light and dark. Choosing neither she becomes an oddity. Playing closely with the light she acts as a freelancer doing fae related jobs to save humans and fae alike.
Bo is backed up by Kenzi, her short and feisty sidekick who’s filled with attitude, always ready with a sarcastic comment. Then we come to the love interests, Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) the wolfman police detective and Lauren (Zoie Palmer), a human working as lead scientist for the light fae. With secrets keeping them apart and an extreme risk in going to bed with a human she has reasons to be with neither yet wants them both in a soap opera style love triangle where Dyson and Lauren are both controlled by their jealousy.
Put simply Lost Girl is very much like the critically acclaimed Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In each episode Bo discovers then fights a new monster of the week with swords or other weapons while searching for information on her mother. Some of the storylines could easily be taken from the generics cache used for any sci-fi show, undercover in a frat house episode etc but the way they’re done makes it more enjoyable than some versions of the same story we’ve seen before. For the overall season arc the writing does keep the interest and wanting to play a few episodes in a row during a single session will frequently occur.
Now we get to the elephant in the room. Lost Girl was promoted heavily with regards to sexual content. Indeed, the main character interrogates suspects by kissing them and making them more compliant in a number of suggestive ways. There is an odd point to the way it’s done however. Throughout the episodes there’s constant joking about and references to the content with the one or two maximum sex scenes per episode but they are all shot in a very 12 (PG-13) way. No explicit nudity of any kind at all and yet the imprint of sexual content on this show is much more persistent than when watching the extremely explicit content of Spartacus. There’s no extreme language about it either but it might just be down to if it’s not talking about killing the monster every discussion moves back to the other subject. Sometimes a break is needed.
For the DVD release the thirteen episode season is spread across three discs with no extras of any kind. For a show covered in created lore it’s a real disappointment to have no supplementary materials of any kind past the episode guide on the inside of the paper sleeve cover.
Lost Girl can be watched comfortably together by the older members of the family who enjoy sci-fi content or Buffy style action, so long as you’re ready to be uncomfortable when the hot and heavy music starts. As a first season it introduces the characters well, has a nice variety in the monsters of the week and leaves it in a good position to start the second season. If you’re up for the gamble and want something new Lost Girl is worth the risk.