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Lost Girl
The Complete First Season


Starring: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland and K. C. Collins
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
RRP: £29.99
Certificate: 15
Available 25 February 2013

Supernatural seductress Bo, is a succubus who feeds on the sexual energy ("chi") of humans. Growing up with human parents, Bo had no reason to believe she was anything other than the girl next door - until she drained her boyfriend to death in their first sexual encounter. Now she has hit the road alone and afraid. She discovers she is one of the Fae, creatures of legend and folklore, who pass as humans while feeding off them secretly and in different ways, as they have for millennia. Relieved yet horrified to find out this she is not alone, Bo decides to take the middle path between the human and the Fae while embarking on a personal mission to unlock the secrets of her origin...

Lost Girl is a Canadian show which is currently (as of 2013) in its third season, with a fourth commissioned. The first season is made up of 13 episodes.

The show opens with Bo being introduced to the world of the Fae after she kills a man who prays on young women. She literally sucks the life out of him, something she's been able to do since puberty, but she has no idea that she's a Fae creature known as a succubus. The police are called in and the two main investigators are themselves part of the Fae community. Bo is brought in to the Fae world for questioning and, when it's established that she really doesn't know what she is, she is introduced to the Fae world and asked to chose whether to serve the dark or light Fae. Bo chooses neither, opting to stay outside of the petty systems that bind each Fae.

As the show progresses we see Bo attempting to find her mother so she can learn why she was abandoned at birth, form a love triangle with one of the Fae creatures as well as a human doctor, and opening an off the radar private detective agency.

I don't know why this show works as well as it does because it's a mix of loads of other shows that have been popular in the past. From Angel to Grimm (which started in the same year as Lost Girl) the premise is hardly original it's like a flipside version of shows like Supernatural and Buffy - where we are party to the goings on of the supernatural side of things, rather than seeing events from the human perspective.

What makes this show stand out is the excellent cast, who all gel incredibly well. Anna Silk, as Bo, isn't your typical female lead, and the love triangle (which throws together a Fae woman (Bo), a Fae man (Dyson) and a female human (Lauren)) makes for an interesting mix. On the slightly cynical side, I couldn't help thinking that the lesbian angle was brought in just to appeal to the single males and middle-aged men in the audience.

For comic relief we have Kenzi (played by Ksenia Solo) who is a thief that Bo saves and then befriends in the first episode. The two flatshare and work together to provide a roof over their heads. Every episode Kenzi has a different hair style which works incredibly well - it's amazing to see what a transformation this can make. Another injection of comedy is provided in the form of K.C. Collins as Hale Santiago, who in later episodes has some great comedy scenes with Kenzi.

The show starts off as rogue Fae of the week, but slowly grows to encompass small story arcs - like Bo looking for her mother and the complicated relationship between Bo, Dyson and Lauren.

It was a little disappointing to see that there were no extras at all on the discs. A gag reel, or behind the scenes feature would have been interesting.

For a show that treads well visited ground Lost Girl is an incredibly enjoyable show.


Darren Rea

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