Lost Girl
Three and a Half Stars (out of five)
2013. Not Rated. Some action/adventure violence, and mild gore. Widescreen. Running time: the full first season. Released by Universal Home Video. Equipped with English subtitles. This was reviewed on Netflix from July 12 to August 20, 2014.

You're coming along great with the karate, but this is just practice, so you need to stop killing your oppoents, ok? Being a huge fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer (and still missing it to this day), Iím always on the hunt for a good supernatural series with a female lead and a great sense of humor. A potential contender is Lost Girl, a Canadian-produced series about a succubus named Bo whoís on the run from her past and who winds up being a part of a rag-tag family while fighting off various otherworldly threats. The series runs with the notion that all supernatural beings are members of a secondary race called the Fae, and that the Fae are divided into two groups: the light and the dark. But Bo is special in that sheís an unaligned Fae; she takes no sides and can walk between both worlds without a care.

I really like this version of spin the bottle! Lost Girl very quickly settles into a nice crime thriller/dark fantasy mode of storytelling, with Bo becoming a private investigator while taking on Kenzi, a young runaway, as her assistant/best friend. Since Bo is a succubus, a being that feeds off the sexual energies of both fae and humans, the series thankfully pulls no punches in showing her healthy sex drive. Itís refreshing to see an adult character engage in sex without the usual shame or guilt trip that some TV series fall for. Thereís this weird sensibility in TV that the heroine must be chaste, or at least have crappy relationships, until she meets the "proper" Mr. Right. But Bo just wants to have a good time--sometimes with more than one person at a time (and with both sexes).

Fighting Fae is hard work! The fact that Bo is played by the impossibly gorgeous Anna Silk also doesnít hurt. Silk is a great actress with a screen presence sturdy enough to easily carry the series on her shoulders. She plays Bo with a casual, unflappable quality that works very well. But she gets a lot of help from the equally charming Ksenia Solo, who plays the scrappy Kenzi with great wit and a natural affinity for some truly funny one liners. Kenzi, a street hustler from way back before she met Bo, is the perfect match for Silkís Bo. Their warm relationship as platonic surrogate sisters feels genuine, and the viewer winds up caring about what happens to them deeply.

Whoo, these fae parties...wipe me right out.... If only the writing was as good as the cast. Donít get me wrong, the show is oftentimes extremely funny in a laugh out loud kind of way. But the writers seem to sacrifice common sense and ignore the small details all so they can either throw their characters under the bus in silly comedic moments or have them lust after each other, causing odd love triangles better suited for a vapid soap opera. Maybe thatís exactly what theyíre after. But Buffy rose above the genre, as well as most TV shows, by having sharp writing and clearly defined characters who felt very real. That was a series that paid attention to the little details, and it pays off in repeated viewings. Lost Girl, while funny and charming (thanks mostly to its great cast) is ultimately a piece of fluff that doesnít stand a second viewing (unless you're looking for a quick laugh). --SF

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