Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lost Girl – season 2 – review

Director: various

First aired: 2011-2012

Contains spoilers

Everyone’s favourite succubus, Bo (Anna Silk), is back and for those who have not read my review of season 1, I’ll repeat that although she is a succubus (and a fae, making her a natural creature rather than something either demonic or undead), she is certainly also an energy vampire hence being reviewed on TMtV.

The season doesn’t feature a standard vampire (the first season had a fleeting visitation within it) but like the first season does feature a vampire-like/genre interesting creature in one of the stories.

Anthony Lemke as Ryan Lambert
Bo is still unaligned (choosing neither dark nor light faction of the fae) and her love life is as complex as ever. Werewolf Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried, Underworld Awakening & the Death of Alice Blue) sacrificed his love for Bo to help her at the end of season 1 and so is keeping his distance, she is having an affair with human doctor Lauren (Zoie Palmer) but the doctor has a secret with regards her relationship and also falls for a dark fae, a loki named Ryan Lambert (Anthony Lemke) – in this universe loki are a species of fae and the God aspect was just PR on their behalf, but they are tricksters.

Raoul Trujillo as the Garuda
Her professional life is complicated also with a new Ash – the leader of the light fae – in the form of Lachlan (Vincent Walsh), a man who seems to have little tolerance for the unaligned succubus. She is also being stalked by the Nain Rouge (Hayley Nault), a fae that watches tragic events and knows that Bo is at the heart of a threat to all fae. That threat is from a creature called the Garuda (Raoul Trujillo, True Blood Season 1 & House of Frankenstein), a creature that is older than the fae and feeds on their conflict (which is quite vampiric itself, come to think of it, but one wonders what he fed on before the fae came to be).

the mare feeds
I mentioned a vampire like creature and this was a Mare (Kristina Pesic). Made famous in the painting the Nightmare by Henry Fuseli, the mare gives her name to the word nightmare. A creature that would hag-ride victims and feed off their energy whilst giving them nightmares we see her attack Bo in her sleep, an act that makes a psychic link between the mare and her victim. The victim then suffers nightmares and the mare feeds off their fear.

one of the better effects
The series itself had a cheap feeling about it, I’m afraid, something about the quality of the actual filming, the lack of special effects (there were some, and some later on where quite good, but all in all the creatures as humans negated the need for much in the way of effects) and the low body count on screen (large crowds of creatures were mentioned but unseen and the sets felt empty at times). I can’t say I noticed this as much in the first series and it was a shame as the stories are engaging.

Anna Silk as Bo
Of course, the stories being engaging are the main thing and whilst this won’t win awards it does entertain (me at least). I think, therefore, that this deserves it’s 6 out of 10. Thanks to Sarah who got me the boxset for Christmas.

The imdb page is here.

No comments: