Show: Lost Girl
Episode: Season 2, Episode 22 – Flesh and Blood
Aired: Thursday 9:30pm, July 19th 2012
Channel: SCI FI (125)
*SPOILERS – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THIS EPISODE AND PREVIOUS EPISODES OF LOST GIRL*
Bo’s busy whining about how she doesn’t think she’ll be able to beat the Garuda when Kenzi slaps her. Kenzi swears it wasn’t her and, when Bo slaps her back, she calls on Vex who is sleeping on their couch. He claims to just be sick of having to listen to her bleat and wanted to get some sleep – I knew there was a reason I’d like having him around. Trick is worried about Bo succumbing to the dark and never coming back to them. He takes her cane, explaining it belonged to Isabeau (her grandmother) and, removes a vial of life essence by unscrewing the top: the essence has incredibly curative powers, explaining where Bo got her ability to heal from. He tells her to keep it safe and if she feels the darkness taking hold, to use it to restore herself.
As Trick and Bo investigate a noise upstairs, the smoke monster materialises and kidnaps Trick. Hale explains it was probably a Rabisu – a shadow Under Fae and a friend of the Garuda. Dyson has checked the abattoir but there’s no sign of life. Hale and Kenzi head to look at Trick’s notes while Vex wonders why they’re making such a fuss over a barkeep. They explain who Trick really is and Bo goes to update Lauren. Kenzi finds that Trick’s notes are in another language and sets about cracking the code. Lauren has only been able to salvage one dose of Naga venom. Returning to the bar Bo reveals she wants to unite them with her blood: eliminating personal goals or bitterness that the Garuda can use against them.
Trick is delivered to the Garuda and the Garuda transports him back to the moment he used his blood to end the war: the Garuda wants to prove to Trick his decision to end the war wasn’t a selfless one. In the past, Isabeau offered to go to the leader of the Dark Fae army Horvis as she believed (with their history) she could bring him to Trick to broker a peace but Trick strictly forbade it. Isabeau went anyway because she’d begun to fear her husband and wanted the Trick she knew back. Present Trick wants to leave but the Garuda shows him that his war chancellor, Alastor, betrayed them both: he sent orders for assassins to kill Horvis and Isabeau under Trick’s seal. The Garuda wonders how Isabeau felt knowing she’d been betrayed. He reminds Trick that because of the assassination of Horvis, Light and Dark turned against the Blood King and he wrote the laws restoring peace to save himself. The Garuda asks him to put it right, unwrite the laws and let the natural peace come about instead.
Bo asks Kenzi to unbind the others if she sees Bo turning dark, and if that doesn’t work, she asks her to kill Bo. Lauren injects the others with Bo’s blood but when she gets to Vex, he causes Lauren to drop the needles and pretends to inject himself. Dyson comes to visit Bo and asks her to sleep with him to give her strength for the battle, but she believes it’s the blood talking and doesn’t want to take advantage of him. Kenzi bursts in, she’s cracked the code and knows where the Garuda’s hiding – of course, it’s an abandoned asylum for the criminally insane. Val arrives to join the team, bringing weapons from the Santiago vault.
The group enter the asylum and split off into smaller groups. Dyson and Vex meet some Berserkers and Vex injures his arm. They meet up with Bo again and Lauren checks Vex out, declaring he has broken his arm badly in several places. Lauren tells Bo Vex can’t travel and needs care or he could go into shock, and she decides to stay with him in a safe place until they get back. Bo reluctantly leaves them while Kenzi, Val and Hale meet up somewhere else in the asylum. A fatally wounded Berserker recovers enough to slice into Kenzi’s side with his sword. Hale brings Kenzi to Lauren. Trick is about to unwrite the laws when Bo and Dyson interrupt him – telling Trick that deep down he knows what’s right. Trick agrees that he made a mistake in the past and he won’t make one again.
The Garuda isn’t concerned by Dyson and Bo believing, with the Naga gone, he is invincible. Dyson tackles the Garuda but the Garuda throws him across the room. Kenzi is bleeding badly, Berserkers are on their way and Vex wants to abandon Bo and leave. The group realise Vex isn’t bound to Bo and Lauren injects him with the blood, strengthening Bo’s power and weakening the Garuda. Bo starts to win as she fights the Garuda. Lauren asks Hale if he can whistle high enough to cauterise Kenzi’s wound, otherwise she’ll die. The visions have made Trick weak and the Garuda possesses Trick as he did Nadia. Hale succeeds at cauterising Kenzi’s wound.
Dyson comes round as the rest of the group join them. Lauren reminds them if they stab Trick, they’ll only kill him like with Nadia, and the Garuda will be left unharmed. The Garuda tries to rewrite the laws but Vex takes control of Trick’s hand, stopping him. Bo believes that, because Nadia’s blood test showed Fae DNA, the venom should work but Lauren says it’s likely to kill them both. Vex can’t hold him for much longer and Bo injects Trick with the Naga venom. The Garuda explodes in a burst of fire shaped like an eagle and a snake. Lauren announces that Trick hasn’t made it. Bo’s eyes glow and Kenzi tells her she’s losing control and she has to take the life essence. But Bo feeds it to Trick instead, who wakes, and orders Kenzi to unbind Bo as fast as she can. Bo goes all deep voicey but before Bo is completely lost, Kenzi unbinds them.
Bo assures Trick you can’t put any stock in visions, using the fact that he’s still here as evidence of that. However, she promises him she’ll help him make amends to Isabeau. Kenzi seems to be fine after her near death experience but complains of a pain in her arm. When she pulls her shirt up, her arm is orange. Dyson tells Lauren it’ll take them a while to select a new Ash and she should take the opportunity to run, but Lauren has decided to stay. Bo is about to head outside to check on Kenzi when she notices her eyes glow and flicker.
Thoughts on the Episode
Let’s kick off with a few of the negatives. This episode dipped into cliché; it’s always an abandoned asylum - it’s amazing there are any abandoned ones left considering that every supernatural evil ever seems to inhabit one. Also I’m of the opinion that if you’re a mentor and your name isn’t Gandalf, you really shouldn’t die and be resurrected but I feel like the writers wrote themselves into a corner with that one. It was blatantly obvious from the outset that Bo would use the life essence on Trick and I was definitely more concerned for Kenzi. Although I found Hale’s healing powers a little too convenient and Kenzi’s healing powers amazing considering a human with a cauterised wound is actually far from healed or healthy. I didn’t understand the point of Val tagging along. I thought she was brought along so they could lose a member in battle without any of the main characters dying, but she didn’t die, in fact she didn’t do much of anything.
Surprisingly though the good seemed to outweigh the bad in the finale. The story was enjoyable, the team worked well together and Vex (of course) stole the show, making everything infinitely more fun. Vex featured in all my favourite moment of the episode, Vex laughing at the thought of Trick being the Blood King, then slowly putting down the bottle he’d been drinking from, “I never touched this...”, and almost as funny, his commentary on Hale and Kenzi, “Oh, go ahead and merge naughty bits already! I mean seriously, am I the only one seeing this”. I’m definitely hoping Vex gets boosted to a series regular next season; his blunt honesty in that lovely British accent reminds me of Spike, which can only be good.
I was very happy to see that in at least a few of the battle scenes Bo used a combination of the sword and her powers, reminding us it’s the succubus side that makes her special. And her epic fight with the Garuda’s sword of fire was a lot of fun. There were some very decent special effects and I was impressed how wisely they used them. I loved that Lachlan still got his epic final battle in a way, the snake and the eagle battling in the fire was beautiful and well executed.
Overall, after a weirdly paced and inconsistent season, Lost Girl ended on a high note. It set up enough for season three that I am intrigued enough to tune in when it starts again in 2013.
What Did We Find Out?
Here are a few things I noted that may or may not be important later:
- Kenzi’s funky arm is clearly a result of whatever spilled on her in the Norn’s house. My bets are still on her becoming Fae.
- Now Dyson’s love is back will Bo end up returning to him or has she fallen more deeply for Lauren while he was off being damaged?
- Will Hale and Kenzi ever get together or will the show continue to dance around their relationship?
- Will we get to see Bo’s mysterious father or learn any more about her genealogy? I feel like by season three we should be getting to know more about her past.
- With her eyes flashing dangerously as we left her looking in the mirror, Bo clearly hasn’t completely beaten her inner darkness down. So the biggest question going into the next season appears to be how long before Bo’s dark side takes over and what will her friends have to do to bring her back?
If you picked up anything else in the episode to hint at what’s to come, let us know below (but for those ahead overseas, please no spoilers).