It’s a long hiatus to Season 4 of Lost Girl, scheduled to premiere in the U.S. in January 2014. That doesn’t stop us from speculating on what might be afoot in Faeville next season. After the long suffering of having to endure season three’s disappointing and ultimately failed Doccutopia, the season ended with a literal bang with all players (save Doctor Lauren) in jeopardy and tossed to the far winds.
Word is that Season 4 starts right up from where Season 3 ended: Bo off somewhere with a now red-headed Wanderer. Dyson and Tamsin saved from their Thelma and Louise cliff dive as they were swept from the truck by The Black Smoke right before impact. Kenzi and Bruce hunting down the druid, Massimo, so Kenzi can maybe become Fae. A hunted Trick running off to Scotland with Stella. A newly-dethroned Hale finally chasing after Kenzi amidst what looks to be the beginnings of another Great Fae War. Or is it a Fae vs. Human War? The Dal blown up!
With their first table read on Friday, May 31st, the cast began filming Season 4 on Monday, June 3rd. Rick Howland, Ksenia Solo, Kris Holden-Ried, KC Collins, and Paul Amos all had call times last week. Anna Silk has a delayed start due to some recent “giving birth” excuse (lame). No word yet on whether or not Zoie Palmer’s had her first day on set.
Back in the saddle again!!! Lost Girl Season 4! Here we go! pic.twitter.com/HHINpysnvn— Kris Holden-Ried (@KrisHolden_Ried) June 3, 2013
Announcement for guest stars in the season have already been made.
As seen in KHR’s tweet, Season 4, Episode 1 is entitled “In Memoriam,” which doesn’t instill a lot of confidence. Given that The Wanderer is speculated to be not only Bo’s father, but also the god Odin who can bring people back to life, he could be flexing some power muscle by killing and reviving our Not-So-Merry-Band-Of-Fae to prove a point. As Aoife spewed in the Season 3 finale, “If your father was here, he would kill them all! And then resurrect them and kill them again!”
@canadiantvfan So. Many. Death. Scenes.— Emily Andras (@emtothea) June 4, 2013
I, for one, am going to have big problems making it through another Dyson death scene. Not that he’s necessarily on the chopping block, but we all know how the show and everyone on it loves to offer up the wolf man first. But that’s what the rum and whipped-cream flavored vodka is for, right?
It’s easy to speculate on what could, would, or might happen in the upcoming season, a speculation that’s only fueled by unconfirmed rumors like the recent one about Kris Holden-Ried taking tango lessons for an upcoming episode (be still my locomotive heart). But it’s nearly impossible to know anything of merit for sure. Just look at the H&H Season 3 speculation post; hardly anything hypothesized there actually happened. Is that going to stop me from compiling another wish list for Season 4? Surely you know me better than that by now!
More Kenzi. More Kenzi with Bo. More Kenzi with Dyson. More of the three of them together, working that great dynamic that truly makes the show sparkle.
Get back to the mythology. Let’s see more inner workings of the Fae. Not outside threats who never measure up to their billing (like The Garuda) or Rights of Passage that go nowhere (The
YDawning). Bring us the Fae politics and cultural missteps that made this show so dynamic and interesting in the first place. Bring back the Urban Fantasy we fell for in season one and evolve it to fit the characters growth, or lack thereof, that’s happened since.
Backstory. We’ve had rich hints of characters backstories, Kenzi, Dyson, and Trick particularly, but little follow through. What happened to Dyson after he left the lupine brotherhood? What events caused him to be so loyal to Trick? I want a flashback episode that explores those ties. How does Kenzi’s Russian family affect her current Fae-related life? She hasn’t called on her cousin to get anything off a truck since mid-Season 2. Those connections made life-or-death difference to her and Bo’s cases once-upon-a-time when they had cases. Where are they now? And what else might lurk in the past of the Blood King? How has Hale’s snotty family reacted to his ascension and subsequent dethroning as The Ash? Can he go back to being a detective after being so close to ruling? Enquiring, insatiable minds want to know!
Having said that, can we please get back to the Fae-related cases of the day? And not the egregious, exploitative likes of Caged Fae and Fae Wide Shut either. If I never see episodes of that ilk again, it’ll still be too soon. Much like Kenzi’s humanity makes Bo a better fae, so do the cases of the week illuminate the staid and often brutal nature of Fae society as Bo is constantly forced to make hard decisions based on what she wants and/or believes in and what Faedom demands of her. We’ve lost the core character conflict that is Bo: how does her human upbringing influence her increasingly Fae-aligned nature? How does her insistence on remaining officially unaligned (even though she is actually, in all things, Light Fae) continue to shake up the Fae status quo?
There needs to be a Come to Jesus scene between Trick and Aoife. Hell, a whole episode. Get it done.
I’m looking forward to whatever is in the works for Tamsin. Her adrenaline shot to the series has been welcomed and her interactions with Bo and Dyson particularly have room for rich character development. Not to mention her yet-to-be-fully-revealed back story and connection to Bo. I think she’ll turn out to be Bo’s half-sister and I love the possibilities that connection could create. An actress has been cast to play a teenaged Tamsin, so hopefully that means flashbacks to the Valkyrie’s past. Either way, the dynamic Rachel Skarsten brings to the show has been delicious and I, for one, am very glad she’ll be back for Season 4.
Team Badass back together. It’s BEYOND time for that to happen. Drawing it out any longer is just absurd and delaying gratification for delay's sake. I was locked on Lost Girl for good from the moment Bo and Dyson first hooked up. To me, that indicated that this show at least would not follow the tired trope of drawing out the “will they or won't they” sexual scenario so that it could focus on the more important relationship aspects of their union. Only every other season since has succumbed to such tired storytelling shenanigans. Let’s return to the ethos that made this show so addictive and revolutionary in the first place, a true lack of shaming for all romantic relationships on Lost Girl, and that begins and ends with Team Badass reunited.
More Vex. Come on! It’s Vexalicious!
Stop retconning Doctor Lauren’s back story. The huge “Karen Beattie” misstep must be rectified and then, for the love of her lab coat, give the woman a rest. There are only so many hoops you can create for her to jump through before it gets beyond ridiculous, and I think we hit that point somewhere around the whole Afghanistan thing. She had a key position ancillary to the day-to-day goings on, a clinical expertise that came to the fore when needed with a dodginess to her character that prohibited her from being completely pigeon-holed. Shoehorning in an adventurous past that never fit with the character on the screen just to make her a more viable love interest has only served to ruin the complex character she once was. Personally, I would love to see her in opposition to the Fae, because I think she’s much more interesting when her true, questionable character isn’t stifled just to keep her available to bang Bo. She’s out there now with Dyson’s stolen DNA. She has the dead Taft’s resources and funding at hand. Having realized it true toxic nature, she has deliberately ended and willfully trashed her relationship with Bo. She’s been betrayed by a human she trusted, a man who’d given her hope for a new, Fae-free future. She is majorly pissed off. There is a rich, intriguing story to be explored if only somebody has the guts to write it.
Dear writers: please watch previous seasons of your show before attempting to write new episodes. I beg you. We are smart and savvy viewers. We know what happened. Honor Lost Girl’s established history rather than blithely and ignorantly changing it without care and we promise to think better of you. At least for that. Also, embrace the notion of balance. Don’t drag out the action and then cram it all into the last two episodes of the season so that the overall takeaway is a bewildered sense of abundant plot holes. Two seasons like that is far too much as it is.
Finally, let Bo be Bo. Confining her to romantic shenanigans with Doctor Lauren has transformed her into a whining, self-centered, borderline obnoxious “hero.” All too often, her actions and responses have come too close to too stupid to live when not being border line amoral. Bring back the take-no-prisoners hero she was, the, dare I say it, champion for her Faemily and those the Fae would subjugate under their antiquated notions of superiority. It’s hard to root for the lead of the show when you so often want to whack her upside the head for being a dumbass.
Do you have hopes or fears for Season 4? Speculate away in the comments below!
Editor's note: A cookie (okay, just a virtual one, but still) to anyone who got the Veronica Mars reference in the photo caption!