LOST GIRL – Season 3 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
It all begins with Bo trying to catch a cricket while blindfolded. She fails (the cricket was right behind her all the time) and Stella (her trainer for The Dawning) gives her the rest of the day off. When Lauren arrives and covers Bo’s eyes from behind, we see that Lauren is (to Bo) both the blindfold and the cricket.
Lauren tells Bo she’s getting an award that night and asks Bo to come with. Lauren is so excited about the award that she is impossible to refuse, so Bo agrees with the best of intentions.
Later, when Bo doesn’t show, Lauren decides to stay home rather than go alone. Perhaps she was less interested in the award than she was in involving Bo in her work. Then Dr. Isaac Taft (Shawn Doyle) shows up with Lauren’s award. He offers to take her out for drinks and says very flattering things about her work. Lauren, who is a brilliant scientist and looks like Zoie Palmer, for some inexplicable reason is so insecure that she is amazed that another scientist would be interested in what she thinks.
BALZAC THE SPRIGGAN vs WHITMAN THE GUNSLINGER
On the other side of town, two 19th century writers (or at least their names) turn up and put Bo in the middle of a fight for a young fae’s freedom.
Over a liquid lunch in a unnamed Dark Fae bar, Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) tells Bo that everyone has been lying to her. (She’s right. Nobody ever tells Bo anything.) A fight breaks out, and Bo and Tamsin escape via a freight elevator with the help of a Spriggan named Balzac (Ryan Belleville).
A Spriggan is a creature from Cornish myth that steals things (sometimes children). Spriggan are usually ugly, but this particular one is well-groomed, civilized, and seems to be in the business of rescuing children rather than stealing them.
Meanwhile, back at the Dál, Trick discovers that Bo accidentally activated her “invitation” to The Dawning. This invitation is in the form of a Rube Goldberg contraption that appeared in the Dal and went unnoticed because of Hale’s redecoration of the place. Bo toyed with the thing while talking to Lauren on the phone, setting it (and events) in motion. Bo is supposed to be at the Dál choosing between alternatives offered by the device. Instead, Trick (her closest relative) must do that for her, and Bo must suffer the consequences of Trick’s decisions.
Shaking Balzac’s hand somehow commits Bo to doing Balzac a favour. Of the three of them, only Balzac knows that The Dawning is afoot. Bo and Tamsin are in the dark about this. The favour Balzac demands is that Bo liberate a fortune cookie from the leader of the Tong, and use it to gain entry to Brazenwood, a gated community of voluntary outcasts. There resides Mr. Whitman, who is exploiting a young Squonk named Hannah for her tears which are a valuable drug. Bo must rescue Hannah.
They need to get a “prescription”, to gain access to Hannah (Allie MacDonald), because her tears are a drug and she is being held by an apothecary in Brazenwood. For that they are led by Balzac to a woman who insists that Bo pick a Tarot card. Bo chooses The Wanderer (The Fool, or Tarot Card Zero). This is clearly something that neither Tasmin, the woman, or Balzac expected to happen. The Wanderer (Tarot Card Zero) keeps turning up (literally).
Balzac (the realist) does not follow Bo into the den of Whitman (the bohemian), where he would not be at all comfortable. He arranges to be shot with a poison dart and sends Bo and Tamsin off on their quest without him.
One of Trick’s decisions makes Bo temporarily drunk. Just then, Lauren phones. Leaning on a donkey, Bo says more of what she is really thinking than she perhaps should, and Lauren, who is also drinking a bit, hangs up angry.
When they find the girl, they discover that she doesn’t want to leave Brazenwood, having been told by Mr. Whitman that the modern world is a terrible place. Bo’s initial impulse is to drag the girl out of there, willing or not, because she needs to get back to Lauren. Tamsin warns that the Squonk must go willingly, or she will dissolve into a puddle of tears. When asked, Bo assures Hannah that Balzac’s school will have boys, and Hannah quickly agrees to leave. Whitman (as an old west gunslinger) tries to stop them. Despite having brought a knife to a gunfight, Bo manages to slay Whitman and save the girl.
Trick and Stella (Deborah O’Dell), releved that Bo’s ordeal is over, kiss, and inadvertently touch the machine while doing so, Tamsin spontaneously kisses Bo (rather passionately). One would have expected Bo to kiss Tamsin. Why does the machine affect Tamsin?
Tamsin and Bo end up at Lauren’s apartment. Lauren is not there, having gone out for drinks with Dr. Taft. Bo is having warm feelings for Tamsin and apologizes to her for treating her like an enemy. Tamsin is both pleased and disconcerted by this, implying that she may harbour dark and secret motives for her actions. She gives Bo an awkward pat on the arm and leaves.
Outside, Tasmin finds another Tarot Card Zero. “She can’t be the one,” Tamsin says pleadingly, and the heavens rain Wanderer cards upon her. Someone or something has a hold over Tamsin, forcing her to do things she’d rather not do. The Norn is most likely involved.
Tamsin has been assigned to work with Dyson in the first Dark/Light effort at cooperation, right after Kenzi attacked the Norn to get Dyson’s love back. Norns are the Nordic version of The Fates, and fate is what the Tarot predicts. Perhaps the Norn plans indirect revenge on Dyson by having Tamsin use her Valkyrie powers to destroy Bo?
The film UNDER THE APPLE BOX, starring Tammy Gillis (Marissa in TABLE FOR FAE) as the adult Leila, will be screened 21 March at the Women’s International Film Festival in Miami. The film is about an expatriate Iranian photographer (Leila) who, having become successful in Vancouver, is forced to come to terms with her past when a long lost lover returns.
Brian Frank (Whitman) played an escaped partisan in the excellent 2007 film THE POET which also featured Miriam McDonald (‘hot fae’ in FAES WIDE SHUT) as Willa.