Lost Girl Finds Explores Polyamory When Mantas Attack
By Alex Cranz
Last week Lauren and Bo acted all responsibly and made a plan to get Bo lots of lovin’ so neither she or Lauren would die. They were passionate, caring and far more adultlike than 99% of people would likely be in their situation. And this week that kind of perfect relationship was put to the test, and not at the climax but in the opening moments of the episode! It meant another week of the showing playing with our expectations of romantic drama. Instead of focusing on the Big! Crazy! Drama! It wisely centered on exactly how Lauren and Bo, two ladies very passionately in favor of monogamy, were processing their new polyamorous state.
Not so well. Lauren tiptoed through half the episode, nervously spouting off science factoids to make herself more comfortable with where things between herself and Bo were headed and Bo, being our fearless heroine, dove headlong into the fairy f-in’ to avoid processing. It was a great highlight of both women’s considerable strengths and emotional weaknesses. Lauren and Bo are both strong women, but in very different ways. Lauren disappears behind a curtain of science and wry jokes and Bo embraces bravado and clings to even the remotest feelings of joy.
The difficultly of the situation was then promptly compounded by the murder of Bo’s blond fairy companion aaaaaand Kenzi.
Kenzi has been known, on occasion, to be a little selfish where her Isabo is concerned. She also has been known to ignore boundaries. So perhaps on first glance, especially if one wasn’t a fan of the Kenzi (who are you and how do you exist) it might have seemed like she was just poorly written this week. But then you notice the complete lack of energy Ksensia Solo brings to the table and holy hell it is all an acting choice. Kenzi actually sits the entire episode out. Whether she’s been kidnapped, possessed, or consumed by some devil fae (I will murder someone if it’s the last option) she’s no esta aqui. Something sinister sits in her place and Solo does a wonderful job playing her just off enough to tip off the audience while still maintaining enough of Kenzi’s unique traits to make the subterfuge believable.
Until she eats some noodles in peanut sauce and sets off Bo’s spidey sense in one of my favorite mini-cliffhangers ever.
But Counterfeit Kenzi isn’t the only villain this week. There’s also the bacchus who happens to be allergic to shirts and carries a very phallic stick and his sea cow…yeah I was confused by the latter one too. You never see more than its tentacles and the share horrors of Bo, Lauren and sort of Kenzi, but the just sound, horror and descriptions paint enough of a picture of the manta.
In fact I think actually seeing the thing would have ruined my image which has her looking like a multicolored Ursula but with a snout and a whole mess of lady bits and man bobs and…okay let’s just leave it there. My brain hurts if I think about the manta too much.
There’s one more villain this week. Dark Phoenix Bo, who hasn’t really made an appearance since she saved Lauren waaaay back at the beginning of season 2. It’s telling (if you’re a shipper) that we’ve only seen her twice now and both times it was because Lauren was in danger, and both times it was Lauren who talked her off the supervillain cliff. Her appearance was also the last mega anvil for viewers that Kenzi wasn’t herself, what with her completely blasé reaction of the Dark Phoenixing. Something both Lauren and Bo might have noticed if they, like everyone else, wasn’t so wrapped up in whether or not Bo is going Dark Phoenix even when Lauren isn’t present and slaughtering fae.
Between that, the painfully angsty and mature Doccubus relationship and poor Kenzi’s whatever is happening this season’s become ridiculously entertaining.
- Tamsin continues to be a treasure even when she’s just standing around in the background looking sassy.
- I think this is the first episode this season that Dyson kept his shirt on. DYSON I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN YOU.
- Yeah the bacchus was topless but it’s just not the same people.
- Lauren, realizing Bo’s got mad issues with her powers, secretly calls someone at the episode’s end. Taking bets now on who it was.
- Evil Kenzi was so dang manipulative! All putting wedges where wedges already were and then hitting them with hammers.
- Like now Bo thinks Lauren is betraying her when it would appear, from my couch, that she is doing the exact opposite.
- And speaking of the doctor, can someone get her a lab again? Autopsies and manta secretion study in the kitchen canNOT be sanitary.
- Evil Kenzi also hinted heavily to Lauren that Dyson’s got his love back. That conversation is going to hurt so good.
- Next Week: Bo tries to find out who the Kenzimposter is but gets jailed herself. And then Tamsin helps her out? It’s like the Midnight Run of my dreams!