Supernatural TV shows are often few and far between but with the massive success of shows like Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, more and more of these fantastical shows have come out of the woodwork, for better or worse. Angel, Charmed, Supernatural, American Horror Story, Being Human, the list goes on and on. Everything from demon to vampires to ghosts all covered. But what about more mythical creatures, like the succubus, siren and shapeshifter? Well, that’s where this show comes in.
Let’s take a look at Lost Girl Season 3.
A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.
The show follows Bo, a bisexual succubus who drains victims of sexual chi to survive, as well as controlling lust. The show follows her adventures in dealing with other supernatural creatures, finding out where she really came from (as she was raised by human parents) and battling baddies (who are part of the Dark Fae mostly, but some Light Fae as well), as always. The character of Bo is basically one of those rogue badasses who chooses to be on neither side of the “good” and “bad” divide, and that also makes her the potential chosen one because what’s a hero’s journey without being the most special being in the whole world, right?
As you can tell, I don’t love the premise, mostly because it feels like a sexy cliche I’ve seen done better on other shows. Thankfully, the actual show is better than the premise would seem, mostly due to the acting and semi-political play between the two rival groups and the acting that, while hammy, is entertaining. This season deals with Bo trying to settle into a monogamous relationship, which works about as well as you imagine. Tamsin joins the cast, a valkyrie who is also a double agent and Dyson’s police partner. Kenzi, Bo’s best friend, tries to get Fae powers to be more useful, like most human side characters do. Lauren gets drawn into some dark and dangerous research. The biggest mystery is the appearance of The Wanderer, a person who is sending assassins to kill Bo, but may be her father.
Now, to be fair, while I had heard of this show before I watched it, but only in the context of SyFy, thinking it was one of their original series but this gem actually comes to us from Canada, which is probably why they could get away with a bisexual protagonist on TV. The characters themselves seem a little flat at times but there are certainly moments where they grow and develop. Kenzi, who is in danger of being the dullest of all, actually manages to be really complex and sympathetic so watching her doesn’t get boring. It’s good to see that even into season 3, the show still keeps the female characters on the forefront.
I’m about 70% convince this show was made just for the sexy scenes, because boy, is this series chock full of them. Not that I’m against expressing sexuality, but there’s a difference between representing healthy sexual relationships and exploiting them for ratings. Also it feels like they jerk both the on-again-off-again boyfriend and the on-again-off-again girlfriend a bunch, which makes me think the bisexuality is being more exploitative than genuine representation of a bisexual’s love life.
The acting can be a little Shatner-esque at times, but ultimately holds up. Anna Silk and Ksenia Solo as Bo and Kenzie respectively work well off of each other, and Kris Holden-Ried (who plays Dyson) and Rachel Skarsten (who plays Tamsin) also have great chemistry as partners. Zoie Palmer’s Lauren is my least favorite character but that’s more for her occasional pettiness and blandness than anything the actress does with the character. The show itself has some good production values, with good camera work and, since it’s from Canada, good use of on-scene locations. The fight choreography and special effects, arguably the most important aspects on a supernatural thriller, are both good but not great. Still, for a low budget show, it still hold up compared to network shows in the United States.
Overall, while this season was not as strong as the first two, which I recommend you start with, it is still enjoyable. There are good season arcs and while the writing could use a little work, the acting more than makes up for it this time around. I can only recommend the show very cautiously, as it is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you like Supernatural or Buffy, there’s a decent chance you’ll like this, but otherwise watch a few episodes to get a more accurate feel.
– Strong acting.
– Good story lines.
– Good cinematography.
– Overall premise is weak and cliched.
– Writing is flawed.