LOST GIRL – Season 3 Episode 9 – SPOILERS
Kenzi: “You will always be my girl, Bo, even if you come out of there with a dong.”
When Bo enters the Temple, Dion DiMucci‘s THE WANDERER is playing on the jukebox.
Turns out that The Dawning involves creating and playing out possible life choices. Bo does something quite interesting. Her mind switches Dyson and Lauren. In her alternate reality, Dyson is the doctor and Lauren is the cop, and Lauren is the one who “gave her love away”, not Dyson. Dyson is the one trying to drug Bo into fitting into a middle-class lifestyle. Also, Bo has flat hair.
THE VALKYRIE NEXT DOOR
Bo (Anna Silk) finds herself driving a late model hatchback to her suburban house, and is greeted by her neighbor Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) who suggests that it’s “a nice day for a wander”. (She suspects neighbor Tamsin of having an affair with her husband.) Bo, like the rest of us, is struggling to understand the wanderer reference.
It is important to note that none of these fantasies come from Dyson. It is Bo’s Dawning, and she controls it. Remember that Stella (Deborah Odell) initially tried to strengthen Bo for the ceremony by arranging a feast of underwear models? Though Bo refused to eat them, a picture of the lead model (played by Sarah Jackson) turns up in each fantasy scene in the Temple. This demonstrates that the fantasies belong to Bo and not Dyson. Dyson never met the model.
There is one vision that cannot have come from Bo. When she her mother Aifa (Inga Cadranel) abduct her infant self from her father’s house. I have a suspicion that this vision comes from either Bo’s father, or from the probably deceased Aifa. (At the end of the episode, Trick unwraps an engraving and mutters “that’s him”. It seems Bo’s dad may be a dragon.)
In Bo’s alternate world, the “Doctor” has her on anti-psychotics and Bo can’t remember why. She then discovers that she is pregnant with Doctor Dyson’s child. Initially happy about this, she is soon afflicted with severe abdominal pains. This makes Dyson, who has been controlled by Bo’s fantasies, return to his senses and tell Bo that she’s not pregnant, he’s not a doctor, and the whole suburban drugged-out and pregnant thing is what’s turning her into an underfae (I paraphrase, but the essential meaning is right).
Dyson tells her the key she needs to get out of The Temple and survive is within him, and that she must kill him to get it. When she refuses, he goes wolf and attacks, forcing her to stab him.
BO BREAKS THE RULES
As Dyson expires, a portal forms. The caretaker appears, and tells Bo she has passed the test and can leave. Again, Bo defines herself as one who does not play by the rules. Bo refuses to leave without Dyson, and with his blood draws a rune (the one that Trick had earlier drawn on her forehead) on the floor between herself and Dyson The rune becomes a portal and both Bo and Dyson appear in the real world. Dyson is quite dead.
Her sense of helplessness seems to activate Bo’s superpowers. Refusing to accept Dyson’s death, Bo does what she did when the Lich threatened Lauren (Episode # 21 – Death Didn’t Become Him). She sucks chi out of everyone in the room, and then uses it to bring Dyson back to life.
Bo: “I will reign as he did for I am his daughter. Together we will bridle the masses and ride on to victory. Even death will fear us; only I will choose who lives.”
There is a difference this time. Nobody dies.
Bo’s worlds of speculative fancy indicate that she (quite rightly) is upset at Dyson for holding back information and trying to protect her all the time, and she is upset at Lauren for trying to develop drugs that, by curbing her appetites, might transform her into something less Fae and more human. She is also a bit ticked at Trick’s thinly hidden belief that Fae are more important than humans. A fear of being abandoned by Kenzi also shows in her little police fantasy.
When Bo draws chi from everyone in the room to resurrect Dyson, she is able to do so without killing. Afterward, she tells Lauren that she “can control it now”, and this may be true, or she may be trying to convince Lauren of that so Lauren stops concocting drugs for her. Or Bo may be being controlled by her mysterious father as the Temple takes revenge for her rules violation.
Bo goes for a walk at the end of the episode, much like she did at the very end of Season 2, but this is not season’s end, and I suspect there is much more to the story.
Lost Girl Fae_Bles has all the images of Sarah Jackson in Temple scenes.
The guy in Bo’s vision holding her infant self is played by Steve Cochrane, one of the show’s writers. He also had a cameo as a bartender in Episode #25 (Masks, also directed by Lee Rose.)
Sarah Jackson, the underwear model who so tempts Bo at the episode’s start, was Miss Carrington in the 2010 film THE DOGFATHER. It can be streamed on Netflix.
Stunt man Simon Northwood (The Key Guardian) plays a character named Fleas, and Miriam McDonald (‘Hot Fae’ in Episode #40) will be Haley in the film WOLVES, due out later this year.