After a much-to-long hiatus, Lost Girl is back! In Canada, at least. Kiersten Hallie Krum will be recapping weekly for H&H beginning in January as the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy. Until then, however, Jackie Lester will bring us word of major developments as the show airs on Showtime in Canada, beginning with her thoughts on the highly anticipated Season 4 finale, 4.01, “In Memoriam.” (Beware of MAJOR SPOILERS if you haven't yet watched.)
When last we left our Fae friends, Dyson and Tamsin had driven off a cliff, Bo had been abducted by the wanderer, Kenzi went in search of Massimo in hopes of becoming Fae herself. True to the formula of previous Lost Girl episodes, we don’t start at the moment the last season ended.
Instead, we see a set of gates open ominously and an old car (circa 1930s-ish) drives through. From the looks of it, it could be a scene from an Indiana Jones movie, but as the car comes to a stop, someone rolls out from under it. From the sound of the breathing and the clip-clip of heels, it's easy to tell it's a girl. Kenzi! She offers up a “Boo-ya!” for making it this far.
A couple of robed men are moving a heavy boxes and Kenzi confirms my earlier statement with her excited “This is so Raiders! Let's hope this ark contains less melty face Nazi goodness.”
She heads to the container, which seems more Pier 1, less Ark of the Covenant. It’s tied with heavy rope, and as Kenzi looks at it, she says, “the Una Mens.” She's quickly caught by a guy who claims “they are coming. And they will be hungry.” That doesn't bode well. He threatens to deliver her to them but she makes a comment about delivering him to a place for some decent oral hygiene. “Your breath smells like the anus of a yeti.” One can reasonably assume that that's a very bad thing.
Dyson and Hale show up, telling the bad guy (Butcher?) he's making a mistake, to which Kenzi adds that she's been telling him she's not human. Without much suspense about whether this is true or not, Kenzi makes a grand circular gesture with her arms and flames start shooting out of her hands. Well, actually, it's more like sparklers in her sleeves, but whatever. Now we know she's totally faking and perhaps didn't even find Massimo after the end of last season, but Butcher seems slow to catch on.
With a little groin chop motion and a few more sparks, Kenzi signals she’s about to exit, this idea encouraged by Dyson and Hale with some tugs on her arm. Butcher makes an icky threat about Kenzi's skin lining the chambers of the Una Mens, so the guys hustle her out more determinedly. Dyson looks all pensive and growl-y but follows closely behind Kenzi and Hale.
Kenzi is convinced she could've taken the guy; further, she claims she's “a terrorist,” to which Hale asks her if “terrorists smell like sunflowers and Chardonnay?” Awww!
Dyson says he's taking “Tinkerbell” home (fairy punny, Dyson), which is exactly what he does. Sniffing around the Hovel for bad guys, he comments on the number of thongs Kenzi has lying around the place. Is it my imagination, or is there something...going on with the way he's talking to her? A bunch of smiles and jokes are exchanged....then they move closer together, like, real close, and what?! There's kissing! Dyson and Kenzi! How in the name of the Bloodking, or whatever supreme being shows up this year, did this happen?
Dyson breaks away after a fair amount of heavy breathing and lots of kissing, to confirm he knows Hale has strong feelings for Kenzi. He’s obviously feeling something is wrong but the conversation is interrupted by the door knocking. Outside it stands Aoife in a little black dress, looking for the “the talented private investigator,” and by this, she means Kenzi. Aoife tries her succubus tricks on Kenzi, but Dyson is there to cut in. Aoife assures them that she's not out to cause trouble, rather she needs help to find her daughter, Bo. When Kenzi responds with “kind of a dude's name, am I right?” We know there's an explanation for what we just witnessed between Dyson and Kenzi, plus a whole lot more, I’d say. Undoubtedly things are going to get much worse before they get better.
Sitting at a diner, Dyson proclaims that Aoife is THE succubus who went after the light fae elders, which she dismisses as a natural reaction of her “agitation.” Now she claims to have “a higher purpose,” which is to find her lost daughter. She touches Dyson and says she's met him recently. He tries to brush it off, he's thinking it’s from their early encounter a few seasons back. Instead, she's referring to Taft's, which seems to shake the wolf man’s memory a bit. He honestly seems to have forgotten all the shenanigans at the evil doctor’s lair. Weird.
Kenzi brings the discussion back to the topic of Aoife’s potential business, comments that the succubus has “a grown daughter no one has ever heard of or seen.” Aoife proudly announces that her body shows no sign of ever giving birth (succubus as cure for stretch marks? If it could be marketed, it would make a killing!) After prepositioning Dyson to check for proof, she continues to make her case that her heart leads her to believe she has a daughter and that she would have named her after “her own mother.”
Aoife has picture proof and shows Dyson, who thinks the woman in it is beautiful. Kenzi with her newfound investment in Dyson now, bares her ugly jealousy side, though the snark she delivers is a bit weak, and snatches the pic. Aoife understands that they'd be sceptical, so she shows them proof: a mark just under her lower eyelid that Dyson confirms indicates her memory has been tampered with.
Dyson's phone beeps with a what turns out to be a reminder of his daily search for Tamsin. Kenzi thinks it's futile, because the Valkyrie drove him off a cliff. Dyson knows she saved him and that he would’ve died if he hadn't shifted mid-plunge. Now it's his mission to find her, despite a month having already lapsed. Kenzi is justifiably worried about being left alone with Aoife.
Kenzi holds up the picture with a lame attempt at speaking with D in private. It's blurry, but it looks like the other side of the picture has the image so familiar last year of the wanderer Tarot-like card. Dyson leaves, and Aoife prepares to head out also. Apparently it's Fleet Week, which is succubus speak for an all you can eat buffet.
Dyson, at the crash site, flashes back to the pickup truck, but still sees no new evidence of his old partner. The scene is just long to see his bared shapely shoulders, as well as his fangs, in the truck.
Cut to the Dal where Trick and Kenzi are talking. She jokes about “what happened with Stella,” like the possibility that Trick got her pregnant. Trick is playing with a metal globe, it somehow indicating that something in the space/ time continuum is out of whack.
We get a quick tutorial of what The Una Mens are, the new council or authority. They are “near omniscient,” their “sole purpose [being] to ensure the old laws are followed.” They're heading to town to check on why everything has gotten so messed up [since Bo hit town?] Kenzi jokingly blames Bieber fever (she might have a point there.) Then she asks if they'd mess with people's memory but Trick says that would be too subtle for them. Kenzi tells him she's just looking into it for her case. Trick gives her the info for Dr. Snook, a fish fae that feeds off memories. Kenzi asks the Trickster about Lauren, who says she abandoned the light fae and that her motives have always been unclear. There is a bit of bitterness behind his words. Kenzi blames it on losing the love of her life, Nadia. More proof Bo appears to be gone gone.
Dyson and Kenzi walk into an optometrist's office, asking to see the doc. After a little resistance, they make it in to find him erasing a woman's memory of her husband’s affair, so he’s clearly not concerned with moral issues. Snook tells the pair that he takes memories away, but doesn't return them. This confuses them a bit until Snook admires the “work” that he can tell has been performed on Kenzi at least. Turns out she's got the Requardo coil, like Aoife, as does Dyson. Kenzi ponders her true possibilities “I could be a Kardashian,” and Snook, weirdly speaking of himself in third person, says the whoever did it would have to be much more powerful than him.
Over at the Dal, Kenzi and Trick talk about the sheer immensity of the memory spell and the need for destroying the Requardo compass that would presumably control it. History on the compass says it was lost when a boat was grounded near Madagascar. Someone has paid for it to be salvaged, and it's now in the possession of Anglerum, the collector. He's also throwing a pre-Una Mens arrival party, which Kenzi knows about because she has apparently scoped out his dealings....thoroughly scoped, is more like it. She says she'll arrange with Dyson for tickets to the party. As she's leaving, Trick calls her out on some thieving, so she unloads a bizarre selection of Trick’s stuff (a Lady of Summer’s Eve collectible doll?) Trick notices the picture of Bo and asks what it is. He touches it and starts shaking. Now he needs to know everything about Kenzi’'s client.
Vex is sitting talking to a massive image of Evony, or so it seems. He's, in fact, conversing with his assistant. Vex, through hits disgruntled rantings about inappropriate “costumes” for the big party (“why do you hear 'dress me like an asexual hobo'?”) also confirms he is the new Dark fae leader. He’s isn’t happy with the assistant and mesmers her into holding a clothes iron up to her face.
Dyson walks in, which spurs a “Marmaduke” reference from Vex. Dyson claims Vex has “mommy issues.” It’s also revelaed that Evony named him as heir to the Dark throne, which definitely has an off ring to it. Vex has been letting everyone know he killed Evony but the wolfie senses can smell her, possibly in behind the picture? He taunts Vex that he was “not man enough to finish the job.” Dyson blackmails Vex for the (three) party tickets, and when that’s all sorted, threatens to de-throne Vex if/when he gets his memory back.
At the party, Hale and Dyson are all dressed up for the ball. It’s stated that the Collector, Anglerum, is also a wish granter and gives this honour to one lucky lady each year. Hale says he wishes his “lady would get” there.
Back at the hovel, Kenzi is lamenting her wardrobe, with items being dismissed for having “toe cleavage, real cleavage...” To sort it out, she calls Lauren, hoping she'll get a response. After looking at the invitation again, she looks up to find someone holding a cross bow to her. Massimo?
It looks like Kenzi has him on speed dial and he's brought some special cream to give her. Well, more like happily rub it onto her shoulders for her. She’s annoyed with the small quantity but she's already in debt for previous visits. He offers to take repayment in others forms in a smarmy kind of way. Kenzi complains that instead of turning her Fae, he tricked her, making her “a hot human sheep in twinkly fairy clothing.” She begs for more cream, which he grudgingly gives her as she promises to get his money, but he doesn't give it up without a threat. One “with teeth.“
Dyson jokes with Hale and picks out a woman with her back to him in a very revealing dress ”to interrogate.“ What do you know? It's Kenzi. Scolding her because she's late, Dyson also says she might be out of her league here, that she has little hope compared to say, the swimsuit models, to make it into Anglerum's chamber.
She walks off with Hale to show exactly what moves she's does have, so Dyson heads over to the bar. At 36 minutes into the show, we get our first glimpse of Bo, at the bar, which Dyson writes off as déjà vu, though if he’s forgotten her, how could it be that? Another woman is trying to hit on him (a nymph) but Dyson says he's got some bad memories from the last time.
Elsewhere at the party, tango music begins to play, and Hale begins to count his steps as he dances with Kezni. This should be interesting.
But Hale's making a mess of things, to which Kenzi tells him to ”act like [he] wants to tear [her] clothes off.“ The nymph at the bar says it ”looks more awkward than [Dyson's] attempt at small talk.“ Dyson agrees, and walks towards the floor.This is heading for a not good place between the Fae police partners.
Now the real tango begins. Or that's the way it seems until the partners start trading Kenzi in a tango-off. Several times, there's a threeway dance, then as things heat up, Hale gets miffed while Dyson continues on for the final moves. Not one for dealing with male dominance, Kenzi throws Dyson to the floor, ending the number with a large array of sparkles, all thanks to the sprite that infused Massimo's cream concoction.
Kenzi gets ”the final rose“ and makes her way to the Collector’s private chambers. It actually looks more like a warehouse. Regardless, Kenzi's bravery seems to be waning. Anglerum (George Takei!) appears from the dark, dressed in a suit worthy of Mark Twain perhaps. At least the top half is dressed. The bottom writhes and hisses, as we see he’s also a VERY large snake.
Back in the main party, Vex crashes, looking a bit like something out of Alice in Wonderland (the adult movie version,) complete with neck ruffle, demanding ”the wolf“ be turned over to him. He performs a little mesmer trick and scares everyone out but Dyson and Hale, though Hale is sneaking out of the main area.
Anglerum is all excited with his new guest but shows a little disappointment at her request for the compass. He tosses the compass to Kenzi saying he thought she would have asked for ”her“ to come back instead, and calls Kenzi out for being human. Things are looking bad as he threatens to swallow Kenzi whole. Rather than the cool visual effects this would call for, he delays his meal to inform Kenzi that she's got no idea what she's messing with.
Dyson and Vex are tossing words when Vex demonstrates the he too has been marked by memory loss. It seems maybe they're on the same team after all. But Vex has enough paranoia going on that he might be challenged in his role as leader, plus he really likes being the Morrigan now, so he won't let Kenzi mess it up for him. Hale comes in just in time for Vex to perform his juju, in part having Hale cover his own mouth so his power is nullified. Hale’s other arm is wrapped tightly around Dyson’s neck. Dyson manages to pull Hale's hand free and allows Hale to ”sing“ to Vex, temporarily incapacitating him. Wolfman goes running to find the helpless human snack, while Hale stays to showdown with Vex, looking ferocious as he promises to end him.
Back in the warehouse, Kenzi is running from the snakeman, but he finds her.
Vex and Hale are still fighting, Hale trying to bring Vex to his senses, saying the he, too, loves Kenzi (in a BFF kind of way, or he'd be doubly dead). Vex fights back with the accusation that ”your alpha male is doing her right now.“ Not the best time to being sharing that tidbit, I’d say. Then Hale goes full on siren, causing Vex agonizing pain.
Dyson catches up with Kenzi running from Anglerum. He throws a (conveniently placed) trident. Dyson pulls Kenzi away but not before complimenting her 'do. Meanwhile, in the corner, Anglerum offers up an ”Ohhhh my,“ (which I'm sure George must have trademarked by now.) We don’t actually see him die though, but we do get a clear shot of the actual snake head at the what looks like the other end of his body. Eek.
In a dark alley, Aoife sees a sailor and heads for her starter? dessert? from the buffet. She's stopped as she hears her name. She turns to find her ”daddy“ standing there, and welcomes him with a smile.
Back at the warehouse, Kenzi and Dyson ponder the compass. It's cracked, but they both still bear the memory-tampering mark. Dyson pauses, sharing how they've always been there for each other. He doesn't want her to break the compass to maintain what they have, saying this could be a good thing. Kenzi says that something hasn't been right for a while, her hurting heart tells her this. Dyson points the compass to true north, thinking this is the reason it hadn't worked the first time. Both Kenzi and Dyson hold their heads in momentary pain, then they know; they remember.
Over in the alley, Trick and Aoife remember now too, and Aoife’s smile has turned into an expression of brutal anger. She pulls a wicked blade from her clutch, while Trick pleads with her. He says that he will find Bo. But Aoife doesn't care; she lunges in for the kill.
At the party venue, Dyson and Kenzi turn to help their friends. Vex says he's happy Kenzi didn't get eaten by the snake and compliments her mascara. To be fair, she does look well put together still, considering the recent threat of being eaten. Dyson runs off as his phone beeps to remind him it’s time to try to find Tamsin again. Kenzi doesn't want him to go until he tells her Tamsin was the last person to see Bo alive. Kenzi all but pushes him out the door. Hale wants to talk but Kenzi will have none of it until they get Bo back. She takes off running.
Back at the wicker basket, there is indeed a big gooey mess and it's making its way out of the container with a fair number of groans and growls. Evil is coming (again.)
Somewhere in a dingy cafe, Lauren is cleaning plates. She's also wearing a name tag that marks her as an employee. It seems she was the only one affected to the point that her career has taken a severe plunge. Her memory has apparently now come back and she calls for Bo. “I remember,” she cries.
Then Bo's eyes fill the screen. They're closed but when they open in surprise, wrinkles in her forehead seem to indicate she’s aware now.
Jackie Lester imagines a day when she can make a living as a writer. Until then, she reviews eclectic books at My Ever Expanding Library and lives in small-town Ontario with her daughter.