TV Review: 'Lost Girl'


Syfy Channel's new "original series" Lost Girl follows a woman, Bo, who learns that the reason she can suck the life out of her lovers (whether she wants to or not) is because she is a succubus. After saving a young woman from a date rapist, she is kidnapped by a cop, Dyson, after he finds her last victim with a creepy smile on his face. After bringing her to an undisclosed location, Bo learns she is a fae, which is an "evolutionary branch that predates humans." Fae is the genus, and succubus would be the species. All fae align themselves with one of two "political" parties: light and dark. Bo was adopted by human parents as an infant, so she knows nothing of the fae world, has no alliances, and has no clue about the shitstorm she just stepped into.

That is the bare-bones outline of Lost Girl, which is actually a Canadian program going on its third season up north. Syfy picked up the American rights to the program and paired it up with the network's other supernatural drama, Being Human. And when I say "bare-bones," I mean it. There seems to be a deep mythology being set up in Lost Girl, but the show is taking its sweet time revealing it. For example, Bo doesn't know she is a fae, but we don't find out why she doesn't know that until episode two. That seems to be the kind of info the audience would want right up front.

Bo befriends Dyson, also a fae, who has aligned himself with the light. His partner, Hale, is also a fae. It seems that humans do not know of the existence of the fae, but the fae don't seem to really  hide. Dyson brings Bo to the light's leader, Ash, who calls the dark's leader, Morrigan, and they force Bo to fight two "underfae" - fae who cannot pass themselves off as human. This is some kind of test to prove she is a fae (as if her sucking blue smokey "essence" out of her victims wasn't a clue) and after which, she must choose her side. She chooses humans, which includes her new "sidekick" Kenzi, the pickpocket and would-be rape victim who feels a kinship to Bo, her savior.

I find Lost Girl to be very similar to Grimm: lead characters who have supernatural secrets they are just learning about; lots of mythology; and both shows seem to have a hard time deciding if they want to be a monster show or a procedural show. Like Grimm, I am not sure how I feel about Lost Girl. It's not as "polished" as American television is: the action is clunky and inelegantly choreographed, and the special effects are utter crap. But there is something endearing about Bo, played by Anna Silk. She reminds me of Julie Benz when she was on Buffy. Once you get past the forced "cool-kid" lingo Kenzi has going on, I rather like Ksenia Solo's portrayal of the character. She reminds me of Jet Girl, if Jet Girl were trying to be Tank Girl. I can't get a feel on Dyson, but I like his partner, Hale, also a fae. 

Verdict? It's fine. After two episodes, tt has enough to keep me coming back, but I'm not hooked yet.

Lost Girl premieres January 16th at 10pm on Syfy Channel.