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Guest Blogger Series: “Episode 506 – Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts” by Valksy with Mahlers5th

Valksy is back this week with her analysis of 5.06, with contributions from Mahlers5th.   Enjoy!

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!
Chip-chop chip-chop the last man’s dead…

[“Oranges and Lemons” - Traditional Children’s Rhyme]

Acknowledging that humor is probably the single most subjective form of art imaginable, I must say  I was not particularly engaged by the frequently comedic turn in last week’s episode 505 (“It’s Your Lucky Fae”) well-performed as it was.  I was overjoyed to see this week’s episode beginning with something that was far more to my taste: dreams, symbols and layers within layers, all to be puzzled over in search of a clue to the fascinating meta plot that has been running for years.  The presence of the music box alone – something that was in promotional material for season two but was never actually featured, so it is assumed that viewers are paying attention – seems to be a clear message that this story is being told as intended.

The key feature of a music box is that it will only  play the melody which has been mechanically coded into it.  It can perhaps change tempo, at the discretion of the user, but it will never play another tune.  This could certainly be seen as a metaphorical connection to the concept of fate itself within Bo’s life – the tune was set and it must be played, there is simply no choice in the matter.  It is also worth considering that a music box will repeat the same melody as long as it exists.  Is there a relationship here to the coming and going of the gods themselves, in that a story already told once before in human history is to be repeated again, either by placing the gods back into ascendence, or returning them to the fog of history and distant memory?  Certainly the programming of a music box is not subject to the capricious whims of fate. It is an indication of a consciously aware and determined will.

Guest Blogger Series: “Episode 504 – When God Opens a Window…Look for the Trap Door” by Mahlers5th and Valksy

Happy New Year! Hope you enjoy Mahlers5th and Valksy‘s analysis of Episode 5.04.

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We cannot be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou

Mahlers5th

There is a narrative circulating about episode 504 that goes something like this. With Kenzi gone and in the absence of any meaningful contact with Lauren, Bo has regressed to being a thoroughly unlikeable, uninspiring, confused, self-serving, arrogant, insensitive jerk, totally lacking in compassion and humanity, ruled solely by her sexual appetites, screwing whomever she wants whenever she wants, with no regard for who gets hurt, exploited, or abused in the process. In this episode alone, she screws — with dubious consent — some random dude Tamsin brought home. Was it Tad or Frank? Who cares — he was a stud-muffin with a penis, that’s all that mattered. Then she banged a teenager who turns out to be Dyson’s son. Along the way, she makes out with Tamsin several times in front of Lauren who is apparently stuck to her chair with Crazy Glue, unable to escape yet another heartless exhibitionistic display by her soi-disant ex. For this Bo, the world is her oyster and everyone else is there to cater to her every narcissistic whim: “I want, I’ll take.” She really doesn’t deserve Lauren. Never mind that Lauren seems to think Bo deserves Lauren — she’s just a victimized character in search of more talented writers.

Guest Blogger Series: “Episode 503 – Big in Japan or Where in the World is Isabeau?” by Mahlers5th and Valksy

Happy Holidays, everyone! Hope you enjoy Mahlers5th and Valksy‘s analysis of Episode 5.03.

Nanakorobi yaoki – Japanese idiom

(Fall down seven times, stand up eight)

One ship sails East
And other West
By the self-same winds that blow
Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
That tells the way we go.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Valksy

Of all the criticisms which might be levelled at this admittedly routine “monster of the week” creature feature episode, subtle is not likely to be one of them.  Musashi’s tale of familial duty, and the burdens and implications of trying to live up to it, have become a theme within Bo’s story as her origins become revealed to her.   Bo’s life, from the moment of her conception, seems to have been subject to a script beyond her control — she is to be a “Chosen One”, despite this being at odds with her frequently stated wish to live the life that she chooses.  Is fate inevitable after all?  And given the identity of Bo’s paternity, as expressed by Persephone, is it foolish to assume that this is a benign title anyway?  Can we even assume something as basic as whether Bo has been chosen to save the Fae, or to bring about an “End of Faes”?

Guest Blogger Series: “Episodes 501 & 502: Holy Odin! It’s Hades?” by Mahlers5th and Valksy

Mahlers5th and Valksy are back with their analysis of the first 2 episodes of Season 5. Hope you all enjoy!

The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light [Romans 13:12]

You’re not my family. You’re nothing. You’re darkness and I’m not walking into it…I don’t want to meet you. I don’t need to know who you are to know myself. I’ll never be who you want me to be [Bo, Lost Girl, episode 502]

Valksy

I know that I was not alone in joyfully cheering “Bo is back!” during the opening phases of episode 501 — here she is, taking control, successfully performing a quest with a specific aim, throwing punches (and well-deserved kicks to the groin) and showing her old brand of swaggering bravado.  The Bo from the first two seasons largely faced down external monsters and won the day in the style of an irrepressible (if largely two dimensional) heroic archetype.  Even Bo’s biggest failure of season two — her inability to save an innocent bystander, Nadia — left her mostly unscathed.

Guest Blogger Series: “Episodes 412 & 413: Endings and Beginnings” by Mahlers5th and Valksy

And here it is,  Mahlers5th and Valksy‘s analysis of the last 2 episodes of Season 4. We’d like to extend a big thank you to the both of them for their contributions throughout the season.  And we hope that you have all enjoyed their insightful pieces.

Architects of the world
I walk your streets and live in your towns temporarily
Architects of the world
You’ve served us well until now, but soon we’ll be on our own

(Nova Heart, lyrics by Gordon Deppe)

Sometimes the lights all shinin’ on me;
Other times I can barely see.
Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.

(Truckin’, lyrics by Jerry Garcia)

Valksy

A long, strange trip indeed, as the writers placed us all on a mystery train that seemed to obscure boundaries of reality and invited us to accept a world more steeped in “magic” than ever before.  The first few seasons of Lost Girl introduced us to an alternate universe to our own where all myths had an organic biological grounding.  There was always a question whether the Fae created mythology to obscure their own existence and cloak themselves in the supernatural, or if stories were told by humans who had experienced the Fae for themselves and struggled to make sense of the encounter.  But the core of “magic” still had a rational explanation:  Yes, there are succubi.  Yes, there are brownies.  Yes it is all real. 

Guest Blogger Series: “Episode 411: End of a Line” by Mahlers5th and Valksy

Enjoy Mahlers5th and Valksy‘s analysis of episode 4.11.

       “Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves?”

 [Friedrich Nietzsche]

Mahlers5th

“Someone you love very much will soon be dead”

We were certainly given plenty of time to brace for the worst. Even before season four began, the title of the opening episode (“In Memoriam”) hinted that one of the core group might not have survived the season three finale. In Episode 403 (“Lovers. Apart”) the death of the star-crossed lovers – the Fae bodyjumper and her human lover – highlighted the obstacles faced by cross-species romances and seemed to presage a violent end to one of our cherished ships. In episode 406 (“Of All the Gin Joints”), the subplot involving Ianka and Marcus, the aria from La Boheme, and the many references to Casablanca  all suggested that before the season was over, someone dear to us might sacrifice himself or herself for the greater good. Hale was already bleeding from his ear by the end of that episode – never a good sign – but surely the writers wouldn’t rob Kenzi of her first real shot at happiness…would they? Flora’s murder near the end of “La Fae Epoque” (episode 407) left us fretting whether Lauren was long for this world. The Leviathan’s warning in “Destiny’s Child” (episode 409) was unmistakable — someone Bo loved “very much” would soon be dead, and even though her fate had already been written and sealed by the writers, I still prayed, “Dear God, please don’t let it be Lauren.” Tamsin was on her last life anyway, right? She seemed like a logical choice. But my real money was on Rainer. I wanted him dead anyway, and since Bo had been at least brain-washed into believing that she loved him “very much,” he passed the Leviathan test.  Like Cinderella’s older sister, I was desperately trying to make the shoe fit somebody, anybody, other than Lauren.