Last night, Syfy premiered the new series Lost Girl, which stars Anna Silk (pictured) as a Succubus – a female who feeds off the sexual energy of others – named Bo. Was the acting stellar? No. Was there enough ‘S’ in that TV-MA LSV rating? No. But a lot of exposition is required in a pilot like this, and now that we’ve got the setup, I assume there’ll be a little less conversation and a little more action in future episodes when Bo becomes a private investigator specializing in the paranormal. (Hello, Angel!) By the end of the hour, I was setting my DVR to record new episodes (not at 10 p.m. ET, but the midnight repeats). Here’s why:
The story is actually pretty layered: So Bo has never known what she is, just that she’d wake up next to dead lovers. Working as a bartender in the premiere, she spotted a man drugging a young female pickpocket named Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) and fed on him in an elevator before he could hurt the girl. Bo took Kenzi to her place to sleep it off, and the next morning, Kenzi didn’t buy that Bo killing the guy was a hallucination because she’d filmed it on her cell phone. (These kids, today!) Reluctantly, Bo filled Kenzi in on her life – she can’t control the hunger when she feeds, she can make people do what she wants by touching them but it wears off and takes a lot out of her – and Kenzi didn’t see it as a problem. “Learn to enjoy your s— already,” Kenzi told her. “You can freakin’ control people by touch – and not in a creepy handjob way. That is awesome.” Kenzi wanted to be Bo’s manager, but before they could skip town, two supernatural cops caught up to them. Not that you could tell what those guys were from the premiere, but according to press material, Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) is a shape-shifter and his partner Hale (K.C. Collins) is a male Siren, a.k.a. an eternal bachelor and the ultimate wingman.
This is when it got good (again, despite the acting): They brought Bo to the Fae leaders, who asked her to declare her clan. It turns out, unbeknownst to humans, there are all kinds of Fae, creatures of legend and folklore, living among us, passing as human while they feed on us. They are split into two clans: Dark Fae and Light Fae. We haven’t learned the differences between the clans yet, but I’m guessing since the leader of the Dark Fae (Emmanuelle Vaugier) mentioned that they could help her dispose of her kills, the Light learn to control their hunger so there’s no body count? Bo had to undergo a test – facing two under Fae, who don’t try to pass as humans, in a Thunderdome setting – and if she survived, she’d choose her clan and the leaders would let her live. At least until they can figure out who was hiding her from both sides of the Fae for all this time and why. Do we detect a season-long mystery?
Bo got to choose her weapons – she opted for knives – and Dyson let her take some of his energy in a fairly hot kiss. (The Fae respond to her powers differently and at least some, like him, can stop the embrace.) She kicked the ass of a large guy with a snake-like tongue. The second opponent worked his way into her mind and claimed to be helping her by giving her a way to end her life since no one cared for her and she carried the pain of all the lives she’d taken. But somehow all those supernaturals let Kenzi, who’d found their location by having someone trace the plate of the van that kidnapped Bo (sure, why not), yell to bring her back to reality and save her. In the end, Kenzi chose humans – and again, all the Fae were okay with this. At least for now.
The promo for what’s coming up this season showed Bo and Dyson having some ‘S’ on his desk; Bo continuing to flirt with Lauren (Zoie Palmer), the human doctor who determined her species and said she can help Bo learn to control her hunger when she feeds; scenes of Bo practicing that in a threeway; Kenzi explaining her idea for Bo to become a paranormal P.I., and Bo being told that someone is coming for her and since she has no clan, she has no protection. Again, I’m in. What about you?
And did all this talk of clans make anyone else miss Fox’s Kindred: The Embraced?