I think I’ve made this confession before this season but here it goes: I never truly liked Lauren.

To me she never felt like a character in previous seasons. She never felt developed beyond her relationship with Bo. She felt much more like shorthand. The token lesbian paramour for the bisexual lead. It was frustrating to watch Dyson and Trick and Hale be developed week after week while all we knew about Lauren was that she A) Liked science and B) Liked ladies.

My hat has to go off to the writing staff for the work they did with the character this year. In thirteen episodes they developed her more than in the last two seasons combined. They crafted her not into an avatar of queerness on which any lesbian could apply themselves but into an actual character with her own motivations and desires and thought processes. And they turned her into a viable love interest for Bo.

Also I went from side eyeing Palmer as an actor to realizing they're all choices she makes and she's freaking fearless.

Also I went from side eyeing Palmer as an actor to realizing they’re all choices she makes and she’s freaking fearless.

It was something I only realized in one of her last scenes of the episode. It’s Lauren’s big moment. She steps out of the shadows and reveals herself to Bo and everything she says is true. She’s a slave of the fae. A toy. She has no power, and only the illusion of autonomy. She has lost everything because of the fae and earned little but contempt in return. But because Lauren has been developed as an honest to god character this season everything she says that is so brutally true rings a little false. She’s developed so much that there is no question of her loyalties. We all know she isn’t betraying Bo and she isn’t murdering Dyson out of jealousy (we know–the characters are a little less informed).

At the beginning of the season her words would have left a viewer concerned or confused. Here it’s just Lauren airing the dirty laundry in her head before going off to do the right thing, which is protect the lives and autonomy of those who would not see the same of her (and maybe making herself fae? Which is awesome but also creepy and then Kenzi gets stuck being the Zeppo). It’s the kind of solid character development that has made this the best season yet of the show.

But it comes at the end of a two-parter that’s filled with cool individual moments but ultimately lacking when it comes to storytelling.

It reminded me, almost painfully, of Davies-era Doctor Who. The first part is a crackling hour of television where the threats just keep piling on and the emotions run high and adrenalin courses through your veins. Then the second part of the two parter arrives and the threats are all dealt with systematically and often times off-screen. It all sort of deflates like a limpid balloon and even the potent impact of Tamsin’s myriad of revelations (if she were any more into Bo she’d actually be banging her) loses some of their punch.

Tamsin loses her punches quite literally people.

Tamsin loses her punches quite literally people.

Which I didn’t think was possible after Rachel Skarsten’s boozy and pathos filled performance in “Hail, Hale.” There she was so wrecked by her divided loyalties that she was splitting apart and little truths were peaking out of the tears and intriguing a despondent Bo. But in “Those Who Wander” she’s back to sassafrass Tamsin (albeit a little balder), restored by alcohol abstinence and a makeover by some Dark Fae kitsune.

Hale also suffers from Davies-deflation. His titular hours is rip-roaring fun as he tries to maintain the peace and figure out who is attacking the fae and protect Kenzi and hide his feelings from Kenzi. He kind of fails on the last part, but it means that we all get to sigh romantically when Hale drops the feelings drama bomb he’s been clinging to for three seasons.

IT TOOK YOU SO LONG HALE. ALSO I HAVE MISSED YOUR PERFECT FACE. AND ABS. THIS SCENE WOULD HAVE BEEN TOPS WITH MORE ABS.

IT TOOK YOU SO LONG HALE. ALSO I HAVE MISSED YOUR PERFECT FACE. AND ABS. THIS SCENE WOULD HAVE BEEN TOPS WITH MORE ABS.

If anything

IT TOOK YOU SO LONG HALE. ALSO I HAVE MISSED YOUR PERFECT FACE. AND ABS. THIS SCENE WOULD HAVE BEEN TOPS WITH MORE ABS.

IT TOOK YOU SO LONG HALE. ALSO I HAVE MISSED YOUR PERFECT FACE. AND ABS. THIS SCENE WOULD HAVE BEEN TOPS WITH MORE ABS.

the final episode of the season feels more like a premiere. It’s less about the wrap up of plot and more about the set up for next year. Kenzi worries that she’s the Zeppo (accurate) and ponders getting a little hit of fae, even after Bruce discourages her, Dyson and Lauren barely share a scene but come to an understanding, Tamsin finally acknowledges her big and messy feelings, and Bo…Bo isn’t the hero for once. She’s the victim, caught up in the tides of struggles bigger than herself. Curious after the season began with her as the threat.

Now we’re at home waiting an entire year to learn if Bo’s father really is Odin and if Lauren is fae and if Dyson and Tamsin are pancakes after their saunter off the edge of a cliff.

And, you know, if Kenzi will choose Hale or Bruce.

Kenzi's second admission of love in a day. You go Kenzi.

Kenzi’s second admission of love in a day. You go Kenzi.

Notes

  • Vex is back! And deus ex machinas the SHIT out of the Morrigan threat.
  • Tamsin somehow stole the show on the back half of the season. Which is impressive because usually I’m not crazy about characters being shiftless alcoholics who can’t put their feelings into words. Girl gives good eye sex I guess.
  • Dyson hunting down Felt was incredibly satisfying, and a nice reminder that Dyson? Not such a great guy.
  • Though that was noted when he yelled at Lauren for betraying the fae. Dude, your kind enslaved her. Shh. Take a seat sir. Over there.
  • Bo doesn’t care what Lauren’s name is. She still loves her. Aw. Also I bet she’d change her tune if she saw old Lauren’s hair because I am still not over it.
  • Bruce, besides being an adora-muffin at the end of this season, was also in the very first episode of the show.
  • The druid is actor Tim Rozon. Let us all hope he shows up more next season because that dude manages to be playful and mysterious and scary as hell all at once.
  • This show turned Dion’s “The Wanderer” into something horrific and I LOVE THAT.
  • Aife lives!
  • Next Year: We learn that Bo’s dad is Odin. If he isn’t Odin I will side eye the HELL out of this show for all the red herrings regarding his identity.
  • Jenny roo

    Tthhat was the best break down of the show I have read yet! Finaly someone who gets it! I do have one question. Did you notice when bo Tamsin was doing her death face to all the guards Bos eyes glowed blue, then they both turn ay the same time then when tamsin stops at the same time bos eyes turn back to brown. Any significance to this? also my thought on the potion not working… Kenzi technically betrayed bo when she let slip bos new power. SheShe dh Dhe

  • EvilMonkeyPope

    I really wish the Lost Girl writers would figure out how to satisfyingly conclude arcs. All the season finales have been massively underwhelming. This year set up evil Bo, humans fighting the Fae, & the Dark Fae taking over. Any one of those could’ve been great if they just focused on them instead of wasting time on so many bottle episodes.
    Did Isaac remind anyone else of a cross between Eric Roberts & Kevin Sorbo?