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Jan 16 2012 10:00am

Kiss of Life: Canada’s Lost Girl is Must-See UF TV

Dyson, Bo, and Lauren in Lost GirlSex. Death. Black-clad hotness. Swordplay, and magic, and werewolves, and yet more sex. (Some of which: same-sex.) If any of this sounds good to you, and yet you have somehow not already become wise to the wonder that is Lost Girl, then I urge you to immediately set your DVR for Syfy tonight, Monday, January 16, at 10/9c. This original series from Canada’s Showcase channel is currently mid-Season 2 in its native land, but with its premiere stateside, now all can finally experience the pleasure and pain, the triumph and torture that is this exceptional piece of Urban Fantasy writing… dude, it’s proper UF, but it’s on TV!

The Cast of Lost GirlSo, just who is this girl, and how did she get so lost? Well, therein lies a tale. A fairy tale, in many ways, though there is also much of mysticism and mythology among its sources. Our titular, misplaced heroine is Bo (Anna Silk), a woman of great beauty and even greater charm, whose very touch can seduce even the most hardened of hardasses and who lives her life always with one foot out the door. We first encounter her tending bar, and watch as she saves the elfin, gothic, not-as-streetwise-as-she-thinks-she-is Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) from a roofie-dispensing douchebag. One kiss from Bo, and presto, dead roofie-dispensing douchebag; a crime that captures the attention of Toronto detectives Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) and Hale (K. C. Hollins), who find it to be suspiciously “fae.”

Because they are fae, you see, and part of an elaborate, underground society of magical peoples who all cleave to one side or other of very defined loyalty lines, going back centuries: the Light or the Dark. Bo, of course, is indeed fae – she’s a succubus, of course, which she’d surely have worked out for herself if she’d ever, y’know, read a book – and yet she, unlike all others of her ilk, was raised human. As our story begins, she knows nothing of her history, her parentage or even the true extent of her powers; only that her kiss can kill, that sex gives her strength, and that she need never fear the words “It’s not you, it’s me.”

Dyson in Lost GirlNaturally enough, she soon: fights a battle for her life; defies all expectations; becomes an unlicensed Private Investigator, as any good UF protagonist must (alongside her new, way-too-cool-with-all-this sidekick, Kenzi); and hooks up with perhaps the hottest specimen of manhood ever to come out of the Great White North. (Sorry, Ryans Gosling and Reynolds, and my beloved Joshua Jackson, but… damn!)

And that’s just the first episode.

What’s to love about Lost Girl? Oh, so very much. There is the crackling dialogue. The intriguing, ever-evolving backstory. There are our leads, and their crazy chemistry, along with their (of course) tumultuous relationship – no precipitous HEA’s to kill things here, I promise you. There’s the enigmatic, diminutive Trick, owner of the local “way station”, a pub at which both Light and Dark can commingle at will (it’s kind of like Caritas, but without the karaoke and Cosmos), and just what he might know about Bo’s mysterious past. There is Bo’s complicated friendship with human doctor-to-the-fae Lauren (Zoie Palmer), who is not above a little sexual healing, and there are a few representatives of the Dark, seductive and sardonic, that appeal even as they repel, in that very best of smooth criminal ways.

Bo and Kenzi in Lost GirlMy favorite part of the whole show, though, would have to be – without a doubt! – sidekick Kenzi, played with consummate adorability by Ksenia Solo (a name I cannot even begin to pronounce, which just makes it even cooler). I have to tell you, when I first saw that name in the credits, I was somewhat dismayed. I had seen Solo’s earlier work in Life, Unexpected, as flame-haired, belligerent troubled teen Tasha opposite that series’ luminous young star, Britt Robertson (now similarly gone spooky, in The Secret Circle), and I had been less than impressed. I think, now, that it must have been the character and not Solo herself that I found so grating, because as Kenzi, along with some new raven-black bangs and an even more finely-drawn frame, she is a constant delight, her face mobile and expressive, her bright blue eyes mesmerizing, her every witticism delivered with snarky élan—even the ones in Russian.

Of course, no show is perfect, and Lost Girl has, I regret to inform you, experienced one or two issues over its past season and a half. For a start, this show may well have caused an eyeliner shortage in all of Eastern Canada, and quite how our leading ladies manage to awaken with perfectly applied goth-esque makeup, sporting nary a smudge on face nor pillow, is a mystery I hope will soon be solved when we discover the cosmetic company they patronize is run by some obscure variety of image-conscious pixie or something. There have been plot holes, and some dubious developments, and the occasional “huh” episode; also, I don’t really get how Bo became quite suddenly master of all weaponry, I can’t help but question the general laxity of the Toronto Police Department’s employee oversight, and the genre’s tropes do tend to take a beating here now and again.

Bo and Dyson in Lost GirlNone of this, however, has managed to dampen my enthusiasm for this fun, funny, frenetic flight of fancy, chock full as it is of involving mysteries, tense interpersonal drama, bunches of angst, and sex—and angst about sex—along with myriad layers of unbelievable hotness, which alone make it worth the price of admission.

For anyone who’s ever wished their favorite Urban Fantasy series would make it to TV – and no, True Blood does not count; Bon Temps is hardly a bustling metropolis – this show is truly a dream come true. I mean, it stars a chick in black leather wielding a sword! If you’re anything like me, you would totally read any book featuring that for a cover. Here, it’s like the cover has come to life. And really, is there a single UF reader in the world that hasn’t wished for that to happen, at least once?


 

Rachel Hyland is the Editor in Chief of Geek Speak Magazine.

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12 comments
CdnMrs
1. CdnMrs
I love this series. I found it last year and quickly watched the season's episodes online. Kris Holden-Ried is gorgeous and his voice *swoon* brings to mind every romance hero's "baritone" that I've ever read about. Usually I avoid Canadian television because I find the production value is often less than stellar, but this one was great. I don't begrudge my tax dollars going to this series at all. Also, I want to be Kinzi when I grow up.
Carmen Pinzon
3. bungluna
Thanks for the heads up. A good tv series is so hard to find.
CdnMrs
4. Lege Artis
Oh, Dyson is very hot.... His voice, his eyes, just gorgeous.
Deborah Joell
5. Deborah Joell
Watched the opener last night, after my fav "Being Human". It was a little slow getting started (which comes on at 11:00 my time) and I almost fell alseep. But it picked up towards the end. My hubby and I will watch next week and see if it catches us.
CdnMrs
6. Shark with Lasers
I liked the pilot and am looking forward to more of this series. One of the best things about it is that it brings a lot of food for thought about the concept of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. That theme came up repeatedly in the pilot and I hope it's a recurring one in the series.
Toni Horton
7. Tonidh69
I also stayed around to watch after the Being Human season premiere and was pleasantly surprised. I love the guy giving her strength before the fight...not sure who he is, but man is he hot! I'm sure I will know who he is very shortly. I think he might have been on The Tudors first season, not sure though. I love the sidekick...she's too cool. So far...I really like it!
Nicole Leapheart
8. BoxyFrown
Yes, he was on the Tudors, and since I am impatient I finished the first season (Yeah Canada!) Dyson is my new honey bunny.
Elizabeth Halliday
9. Ibbitts
It took about ten minutes for me to put this show on my "must watch" list. I really liked it!
CdnMrs
10. Tawni
"eyeliner shortage in all of Eastern Canada..." still laughing. ;)
CdnMrs
11. Susan L. White
Nice review. I agree about Kris Holden-Ried. It's wonderful to have a mature man playing the sexy male lead, and not some pretty boy barely out of teenagerhood. But one small correction -- while the show is shot in Toronto, Toronto is never mentioned. We don't know where they are living. Canadians will recognize a few Canadianisms from time to time -- e.g., Bo describing her car's top speed in "klicks" (kilometres) and Kenzi's habit of throwing in occasional French words and phrases.
CdnMrs
12. Laurenfan
Love the show. It took me awhile to warm to her, but Lauren is my fave character. I discovered the lovely Zoie Palmer while watching this show. She is an amazingly talented actress!
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