LOST GIRL – Season 4 Episode 7 – SPOILERS
“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.”
—– Chinese Proverb
Most of this story is a flashback (similar to those of Angel on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to a pivotal episode in the life of Dyson in 1899. That’s one year after Angelus was cursed by a Romanian gypsy and turned into an angsty superhero, plus the LOST GIRL writers named the bartender (played by Ksenia Solo) Angel so the parallel is quite strong, but it is possible that the writers were merely going for an association with the Victoria’s Secret angels.
Both the cursing of Angelus and the conversion of Dyson happened in one of those lovely periods of flourishing art and culture that happen between wars. This one was between the Franco-Prussian conflict and World War I, and was called (in Europe) La Belle Epoque. We learned last episode that many influential people from this era were Fae, including Einstein and Madam Curie, hence the episode’s title.
Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) seems to have acquired what can only be described as religion as a result of his turn-of-the-20th-century experiences. The Una Mens put Kenzi in a cage with Dyson and the wolf explains with questionable reasoning that, despite the fact that he didn’t kill anyone in 1899, he is responsible for Flora’s death. Kenzi looks at him like he needs to see a shrink and she is probably right.
Cassie the Oracle (Vanessa Matsui) is called upon to help Bo investigate after the Una Mens accuse Dyson of murder. Cassie climbs into bed with Bo but only to assist her in probing Dyson’s memories to find out what really happened. Doc Lewis (Zoie Palmer) is there to monitor the procedure, which is kind of like a long-distance mind-meld achieved by tying the “red string of destiny” around the ankle of each participant. Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) masquerades as a monk to attach the string to the imprisoned Dyson’s ankle as she gives the naked and restrained wolfman a sponge bath.
19th century Dyson was a philanderer and a con-man. Trick rescues him from being shot by an irate father, and then sends Dyson after something called “hell shoes”, to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. It turns out that Flora Bloom (Zoie Palmer), one of Dyson’s 19th century conquests, was at the time banging The Prince (Ron Kennell), who happened to be in possession of said hell shoes. Dyson and Flora subdue The Prince and steal the shoes, which they conceal by putting them on Flora. The shoes tighten on Flora’s feet and cannot be removed.
It is then Flora who runs amok, on an Angelus-like killing spree.
Before all that happens, Dyson and Flora have sex. Bo sees herself as Dyson, Flora as Lauren, and in a fascinating succubus sexual fantasy, gets to watch her two exes have sex with each other and at the same time participate in the act as a male.
Eventually, Bo discovers that the Una Mens themselves were responsible for the crimes of which Dyson was accused. There is only a vague, barely worth mentioning, parallel to the Dreyfus Affair.
Samantha Espie (Pietra), who gets run through with a sword in this episode, will make her next TV appearance as Julie Roxborough on THE BEST LAID PLANS, Episode 5 which will air in Canada 27 January on CBC.
Vanessa Matsui (Cassie) will be the voice of Erin in the game THIEF, due for release 25 February. In the game, Garrett, a master thief (and the game’s main character) gets entangled in an uprising against an oppressive ruler called The Baron, in a effort to minimize bloodshed.
La Fae Epoque is the 12th LOST GIRL episode directed by Steve DiMarco.