LOST GIRL – Season 4 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
TAMSIN: “What’s the difference between between Light and Dark anyway?”
KENZI: “Well the Light are assholes and the Dark are assholes who have fun.”
Lauren dances as she packs. The Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier) arrives unexpectedly bearing pizza and beer, and the doctor largely ignores her. Quoth Evony: “Your hostessing skills, they suck ass, disco queen.” Lauren is very protective of one ‘fragile’ box, and we find out that it contains DVD’s of Star Trek Enterprise, Next Gen, and Voyager, along with the movies, as well as collectible, and presumably fragile, Kahn action figures. Lauren is a trekkie. No mention of DS9, but she probably just left that out because the sentence was too long. The question is: Why Kahn?
One might expect her to collect action figures of Doctors McCoy, Crusher, and Bashir. Yet she chooses to collect replicas of a genetically engineered tyrant from the Eugenics Wars. The genetic research that led to Kahn’s creation is a bit similar to the work that the late Dr. Isaac Taft was pursuing.
Lauren is surprised to discover that Einstein and Madam Curie were Fae. She and Evony get into an ethical debate around using humans as medical test subjects. (Although this is not mentioned, humans still do this sort of thing openly when economically desperate people are persuaded to test unproven drugs.) It becomes apparent that Evony doesn’t find Lauren’s ethics bothersome. Forcing Lauren to abandon her beliefs would make her less effective, so The Morrigan does not attempt to impose The Dark’s (lack of) ethical standards.
Lauren then spysnogs Evony to get a DNA sample. Ethics be damned. It is worth noting that Lauren collected her sample from a transparent film she had applied to her lips, yet Lauren was apparently surprised by Evony’s visit. Does Lauren have a spy alerting her to The Morrigan’s plans, or does she wear this film all the time, just in case she gets to kiss someone useful?
An opera singer named Ianka (Lara Jean Chorostecki) collapses at the Dal. She has come to see Bo, whom she met during her recent imprisonment. The singer is Russian, and a kind of bird-fae that can jog memories with her song (and has a death-note in her repertoire). She has the power to help Bo remember what she has forgotten, but Ianka runs off with her lover Marcus (Colin Lawrence), who turns out to have evil aspirations and has included an explosive crystal in her necklace which he can detonate by remote control. Trick explains that the necklace is made of ‘Atlantean quartz’. To neutralize the explosive, he sends Kenzi to Lauren to obtain “volcanic argon”.
BORING SCIENCE STUFF: New Agers believe that Atlanteans stored data in quartz crystals. Energy can also be stored in such crystals, but not in sufficient measure to create a meaningful explosion. Argon is an inert element. The argon in the atmosphere and that found trapped in rocks are pretty much the same. There might be a tiny bit less Argon 40 in atmospheric argon because of exposure to cosmic rays, but it is doubtful that such a tiny increase in Argon 39 would have a noticeable effect on whatever mystery explosive is in the necklace.
In an operatic ending, Ianka sings her evil lover to death, and herself dies as a result. Bo is left with only a recording to help jog her memories. Somehow, Kenzi and Hale end up snuggling on a park bench. The Una Mens burst in on Dyson and Bo in flagrante delicto, and arrest Dyson, but not for Light/Dark fraternization.
Mairzee Almas, who directed this episode, will also direct the third episode of Season 2 of MOTIVE, Overboard. She also directed the episode of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Don’t Die On Me, that aired on 13 January on the CW. Episode 4.6 is the first episode of LOST GIRL Season 4 to be directed by a woman.
Colin Lawrence (Marcus) was Skulls McCall in 13 episodes of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.