As TV season hiatus gnaws on the very last nerve of every series junkie it’s as good a time as any to dip into some binge watching.
However, the plethora of series and all its sub-genres are so vast that it’s often difficult to determine what is worth your valuable binge-watching time. Fear not, for we have identified, for now, at least one series that is worth getting under the duvet for.
Based around the main character Bo, played by Anna Silk, Showcase’s Lost Girl is a supernatural drama, created by Michelle Lovretta, which ran for five seasons between 2010-2015. At the outset of the series Bo is a girl who has been running from place to place as she struggles to find her place in the world and grasp her supernatural abilities.Although Bo was raised by a human family and led a, relatively normal life until she hit puberty; she is a succubus who feeds on the sexual energy of humans and Fae. What are Fae? In Lost Girl the Fae are a non-human species with several dozen variations. They’re divided into two sub-groups of light and dark Fae however when Bo is forced to pledge allegiance to one side she chooses to remain neutral.
Throughout the first season Bo, with the help of her human friend Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) becomes a sort of Fae detective for hire. Throughout the narrative of the series Bo’s purpose is to find where she belongs and who she is. However, Bo isn’t alone in her quest. There’s her human best friend Kenzi who she saves in the first episode. Kenzi might be the ‘inferior’ human without any supernatural abilities in the equation but her biting wit and craftiness is the perfect foil for Bo. The differences between Bo and Kenzi are, clearly, vast but through solid writing and the on-screen chemistry of the actors the dynamic of the characters not only works but is an essential part of the show’s narrative and appeal.
In Season One Bo gains several champions and friends including a Fae wolf shape-shifter named Dyson (Kris Holden-Reid), a mentor in the form of a Fae-elder masquerading as a barkeep Trick (Richard Howland), and a human doctor/scientist Lauren (Zoie Palmer) who is pledged in servitude to the light Fae.
While the central narrative of the series revolves around Bo the rest of the characters are rich and nuanced in a manner that not only serves the storytelling but also entices and holds the viewer’s attention.
The five seasons of Lost Girl invites the viewer along on numerous explorations and undertakings within an intricate world that draws inspiration from an immense landscape of influences from medieval times to myths and urban legends to the most modern trends. Most importantly, through all of the various circles that Lost Girl explores it never loses sight of the principal story arc: Bo and the journey of finding herself.