When we last left off on this show, we saw Bo swept away by The Wanderer in a haze of black smoke. Now that we’re at the second to last season (season five will be the big finale of the show), we’ve got a lot to start wrapping up, and like similarly-titled Lost, there’s not a ton of signs that they’re on track to doing that. Still, should this show have wrapped up last season while on a high note? I’m going to go ahead and say yes.
Let’s take a look at the fourth season of Lost Girl.
A review copy was provided by FUNimation Entertainment.
I am just going to say that this season was one hair away from total disaster. It basically started off like a Hot Topic wet dream but now it’s charm has slowly and assuredly worn off like a cheap venire. It never bothered me as much as it did this season, perhaps because now the plot is so convoluted and has so many of the trappings these would-be epics fall into. It could also be because somehow everyone on the show was cranked up to levels of maximum annoying-ness and mixed into a plot that made little sense.
The season revolves around Bo turning into a dark Fae, not by choice, but because her blood decided, whatever that means. There’s a one-off villain named Massimo that gets caught up in the bigger events of the story so its basically pointless in the grand scheme of things other than, SPOILER ALERT, killing off characters we actually like and being completely annoying while the end of the world is going on. The actors themselves haven’t lost their touch per se, but the things they have them do in this season just don’t work and the writing has been deteriorating since season 2. Not to mention that Anna Silk’s lack of presence in the first two episodes gave the season a very rocky start.
Game of Thrones may have a reputation for killing off characters left and right but at least they make their deaths important, make them feel grave and shocking. When Hale and Kenzie die, it just felt rushed, like there was no time to process, no time to grieve and while the latter was shocking, it just felt disjointed. I mean, Kenzie was already mad that Bo didn’t save Hale (and to be fair, she’s right to be since they could have just called some Fae and used their chi to restore his life but plot hole convenience) so her sacrifice also felt a little bit vindictive, if that’s the right way to put it.
The whole sacrifice itself feels spur of the moment and somehow dulled by the rushed pace of the finale. It seems like next season is going to go into Supernatural territory where there’s going to be a portion of the season dedicated to bringing Kenzie back which is both necessary, as Kenzie is one of the best characters, but also annoying since these plots are typically cliche and drawn out unnecessary. Are they going to try and bring back Hale? Or anyone else?
I still dislike Lauren and while I know people are fond of her, I just feel she’s so often in the way. I’m not sure why they keep her character around other than they want a foil to Dyson as a love interest/rival for Bo. Speaking of our main character, there is so much whiny going on with Bo — she’s gone from scared but confident ass kicker to queen of the manipulative and whiny.
Seriously, she even uses her power to knock Kenzie out so she won’t have a full on freak out over her dead lover, because suppressing your emotions is what friends would do. Massimo and Evony are annoying as villians and I couldn’t wait until their part was over (hint: it wasn’t over fast enough). Dyson, Kenzie, Trick, Hale and Tamsin are what really hold the season together for me and I’m glad to see that they actually have something to do this time rather than being the foils to our succubus who just interact when it’s convenient.
I will also say the production value has also seem to have gone down. Did they lose a portion of their budget to another pseudo-soft core porn with plot show? There are a lot more indoor shots and they don’t look as detailed and cool as they used to — lots and lots of warehouses, parking lots and abandoned buildings. The special effects look particularly bad at moments, though the succubus powers and smaller special effects look fine. Case and point, Tamsin’s awesome new Valkyrie wings. In some shots they look fantastic, moving realistically and looking gorgeous. In other shots, it looks like they let an intern mess with the Photoshop and didn’t have time to fix it before they aired.
It is in this season that Lost Girl begins to fray at the seams, and whether or not it can be salvaged in their finale season depends entirely on the writers, less so on the cast. If they can go back to a inner politics plot that isn’t harder to map than the movement of electrons, then maybe the show can end on a high note instead of being yet another show that dragged on for way too long. If it really is a Hot Topic wet dream, it is time to wake up before it really does put the suck in succubus.
– Good acting.
– Some special effects still look good.
– Poor writing/plot.
– Character death used poorly.
– Drop in production values.
– Bad villains.