This week on Lost Girl Season 4: A raucous romp through the famous French Belle Époque (trans.: The Beautiful Era, roughly 1870-WWI), as Bo uses Fae magic to roleplay Dyson’s past in order to find out if he is a heinous homicidal maniac or just a wolf in haute couture. Should Bo fail to prove Dyson’s innocence, he will be executed by the Una Mens. Worse, a clock is ticking: if she fails to get to the heart of the matter quickly enough, Bo will be trapped not just in Dyson’s mind but in his very memories. If you have not yet seen “La Fae Époque,” watch it here. Below, some highlights from the episode. [WARNING: SPOILERS, SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!]
This episode of Lost Girl opens with another classic case of more-than-meets-the-eye — or, “foot.” The central plot involves Dyson’s trial for a series of murders that occurred some 150 years ago in the aforementioned “Belle Époque” France, directly tied to a not-so-mythical pair of Hell Shoes. It’s said that the shoes are sought by the most powerful Fae, including “the one who Wanders,” and that “they can lead to the end of days.” (More than meets the eye here, as I mentioned, because it turns out that when the Una Mens arrested Dyson last episode — “Of All the Gin Joints” watch it here — it wasn’t for the fact that he was was breaking the Light/Dark intermingling laws. Guess the Una Mens is more concerned with sects than sex.) Bo enlists the oracle Cassie to help her enter Dyson’s memories and walk a literal mile in his paws. The result is a howling good time that sees Bo become Dyson and respond not as she would, but as he would — until their lives start to merge…
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Bo’s choose-yore-own-adventure (heh) leads Dyson/her to the burlesque performer Flora Blooms, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lauren. Actually, the lookalike factor is no coincidence: Even if Bo can’t change Dyson’s actions, she still controls her own thoughts within his memories, so she is (probably) projecting Lauren onto the singer. In any case, extreme sexiness ensues, leading to the immediate-classic Bo-in-bed quote, “So…this is happening for investigative purposes, right?” For her part, Lauren’s character sees multiple new facets revealed in “La Fae Époque,” which explains why this episode is @ZoiePalmer’s fave of S04.
Will this episode divide @ZoiePalmer fans between those who like Poison Ivy and those who like Lady Deathstrike?
In a season that is gradually revealing more and more Trickery, this episode shows us the very first time that Dyson met Fitzpatrick McCorrigan. Together, they plot a conspiracy that lasts to the current day (basically, much to the annoyance of the Una Mens, they play hide-the-shoes. Big surprise when 1870s Dyson swears fealty to The Blood King — or is it? — as well as when 1870s Trick calls Dyson “pure of heart” — or is it? The two swear to join forces to start a Fae splinter colony, which we know is still going strong today.
Episode highlight: Trick enters into battle with, yep, a Bō Staff.
By episode’s end, Dyson has been proven innocent. Proverbial nick of time, too, because Kenzi’s life was also on the line. (It’s complicated; just, watch the episode, OK?) Big teaser moment when Dyson and Kenz share a cell for a while and he tells her that she is officially ready to learn to become… a Shadow Thief. She says she likes the sound of that. Well, so do we.
Dyson, suitable for framing.
Finally, as this week brings us a certain nice ‘n’ naughty night (as well as, same description, another episode of Lost Girl), we here at Showcase bid you the happiest of ho-ho-holidays with the following Succubus’t-a-move: “Santa’s TWERKshop”.
What are your thoughts on this week’s episode? Watch Lost Girl “Groundhog Fae” on Sunday, December 29th at 10pm e/p.