LOST GIRL – Season 4 Episode 9 – SPOILERS
TAMSIN: In 5th century Japan, a fisherman, Hiroshima Tara met a turtle. This turtle was the cursed daughter of an Emporer. She gave the fisherman a magical box. If I’m not mistaken, it’s this magical box.
KENZI: Like, make a wish magical box, or just, like, have a late period magical box?
Tamsin and Kenzi locate a Japanese folding box in which Trick keeps some of his blood, in case he needs to quickly rewrite history. (Apparently Fae blood doesn’t go bad for quite a while even if stored at room temperature.) Kenzi, who doesn’t know what she’s doing, uses some of the blood to fingerpaint Bo’s name on a page of Trick’s book, which likely has no effect. If someone else writes with Trick’s blood, it probably does not change history, because it would be simple to knock out the Blood King and borrow a pint.
Trick is busy trying to uncover memories that he himself has blocked. He consults Dao Ming (Jadyn Wong), a Truth Fae, whose sister (it is implied) was once his lover. Dao Ming hates Trick, not for wronging her sister, but for choosing her sister over her. She requires the Blood King to truthfully answer whatever questions she might ask as a condition of her assistance.
Trick is made to describe the last time he used his blood to rewrite history and how many were killed as a result. He responds ‘more than 200,000’, and justifies the deaths by saying that his actions avoided a larger catastrophe. 200K is the approximate number of deaths in Hiroshima and Nagasaki (by conservative estimates), and a similar justification is used by the US for the bombings. Remember the name of that 5th century Japanese fisherman?
Bo is off counting crows and that is another story entirely. The LOST GIRL version
of the rhyme goes this way:
One for sorrow
Two for mirth
Three for a funeral
Four for birth
Five for heaven
Six for hell
And seven is the devil
His own self
The general notion of this cautionary verse is that a few crows (or magpies, or ravens) are harmless, but a bunch of them can be dangerous. If you’re counting crows and get up to seven, you might be in for a devil of a time. The lead crows are Hugin (Jonathan Watton) and Munin (Joris Jarsky) and those are the anglicized names of Odin’s advance scouting birds, which mean ‘thought’ and ‘memory’, respectively in Old Norse. The birds, which are able to shift into human form in a cloud of black smoke, are depicted as not particularly intelligent, and this is an insult to Magpies and Crows, both of which species have been shown to be quite bright.
OBSERVATION: It is interesting that black smoke is used by The Wanderer’s minions for teleportation and for shape-shifting. It indicates that some sort of technology is involved in both processes. Remember that the only Loki to show up on the show (Ryan Lambert played by Anthony Lemke) also was a techie. Loki and The Wanderer are part of the same mythology.
Bo meets the birds in a Fae graveyard, and we learn that all of the graves are portals to the underworld. Bo escapes the treacherous but apparently dimwitted murder of crows by calmly falling backwards onto one of these portals. Arriving in Irkalla (the Babylonian underworld) she meets Leviathan (Jennifer Dale), the keeper of that place who does not look in the least dragon-like. Levi challenges Bo to a riddling contest, which Bo wins, though perhaps unfairly, as Bo could not answer her own riddle. Levi lets Bo leave Irkalla, but tells her that someone very close to her will be dead soon, and that she will be back.
Bo is returned to the graveyard where she quickly reduces the number of crows to three, but is still outnumbered. Interestingly, she remarks “Three for the girl” which is a reference to another version of the nursery rhyme that goes this way:
One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret, never to be told
The numbers of crows in this version were a predictive omen regarding pregnancies, but it might be used to predict any unknown gender. It might, for instance, be an indicator of the gender of Bo’s friend who is soon to die.
Lauren and Dyson show up to even the odds and force the crows to help Bo get back on the train. She does that, and frees Rainer (Kyle Schmid) from Trick’s curse before Trick, who now remembers who Rainer is, can warn her not to do that.
Glenda MacInnes (Hugin’s wife) appeared in episode 9 of BITTEN as an unnamed blonde woman. She will be Amber Solaire in the film CHAMBERS GATE, which was filmed in Toronto and Copenhagen, and seems to be about the inadvertent corruption of an idealistic government official. No official release date yet.
Other crows were portrayed by the following stunt persons: Jason Gosbee, Casey Hudecki (who will make a credited appearance in episodes 4.12 and 4.13 as Rosette), Toronto author/actor Adrienne Kress, who was described in a previous post), Chris Mark, and Alain Moussi.
Kyle Schmid (Rainer) will star in the NBC drama pilot BABYLON FIELDS which is about a town’s residents coming back from the dead, and sounds a bit similar to ABC’s RESURRECTION. Schmid will play Thomas Wunch, a scientist working for the CDC.