Lost Girl: Body-Swapping Musical Chairs

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Lost Girl S02E9: "Original Skin"

Lost Girl's characters didn't have much fun this episode, but it was clear that the writers (and actors) did. I really liked this one, too—it's hard not to smile when you're watching people having such a blast on screen. It's like arriving to a kid's birthday party just as all the little ones start to trip out on too much cake.

Everybody somehow wound up at Trick's bar...for bingo night...where there were no other customers. Let's not question it, let's just move on. A psychotic killer broke in and poisoned the beer so that everyone in the bar, which by then included a gruff bounty hunter named Woods, got trapped in each other's bodies. Except for Trick, who apparently hated his own beer enough not to drink it. Awfully convenient, that—but again, this episode was not about plot so much as it was about getting to see Kenzi-in-Dyson prancing around like a drag queen and witnessing Ciara and Bo having a serious heart-to-heart in the bodies of Hale and the bounty hunter. The name tags were also inspired (and convenient!).

So which mix-up was you're favorite? Let's break them down one at a time, and since the coming Olympics are making me feel competitive, I'll go ahead and name a winner!


BO & WOODS:

Loved seeing the big burly bounty hunter walk around with Bo's Succubus-style delicate stroll. That actor nailed Bo's mannerisms. It was particularly great seeing Bo and Kenzi gossip when both were in manly man bodies. However, this team was really brought down by Woods-in-Bo. Anna Silk was hard on a Southern accent, y'all. She's a great actress when she's playing Bo, but every time she opened her mouth I winced. Bo-in-Woods brought a lot to this pair but for me, Woods-in-Bo really dropped the ball.


CIARA & HALE:

Hale-in-Ciara didn't get to do much, since Woods-in-Bo succubused him pretty early on. But he still got a chance to feel himself (or Ciara's body) up, which I'm pretty sure made it all worth it for Hale. Ciara-in-Hale was pretty good, especially during Ciara's talk with Bo. Those two were going to have to talk it out at some point—what with Ciara's sleeping with Dyson, who used to be in love with Bo, and Bo's still being kind of in love with Dyson even if she doesn't want to be. It's not exactly something you can just ignore without a boatload of passive-aggressive behavior. I'm just glad they got to talk while full of testosterone: It made the conversation so much more entertaining. Unfortunately, since Hale-in-Ciara was out of commission, Ciara-in-Hale was just not strong enough to carry the team.


LAUREN & REYNARD:

There really wasn't a Lauren-in-Reynard, since Lauren's soul was the loser in this game of musical chairs, and had to float around unseen for most of the episode. But oh my goodness, wasn't Reynard-in-Lauren fantastic?! Maybe this is sadistic of me, but I really want Lauren to go totally crazy now. She's so good at it! I was really surprised how close Reynard-in-Lauren came to killing the Ash, though. I know Lauren's allowed into his inner circle and everything, but I thought the Ash would be a little more guarded. And after everything he's been putting Lauren through lately, the dude ought to be worried that she's ACTUALLY going to try to murder him. Even without the appearance of Lauren-in-Reynard, Reynard-in-Lauren was so good that I might be tempted to give this pair the win, if it weren't for...


KENZI & DYSON:

The clear winners. These two were on fire. Ksenia Solo nailed Dyson's "I want to kill you" gaze, especially when Dyson-in-Kenzi saved the Ash from Reynard-in-Lauren. That was amaaaazing. And it was hilarious how Kenzi-in-Dyson kept acting like she/he was a small woman, like when she/he slammed a chair onto the ground and accidentally broke it. Kenzi does not know how to be a big muscular man. All good things must end, but I was honestly sad to see these two go back into their original bodies. Couldn't they have stayed swapped for the rest of Season 2, at least? If only.


In other news, Bo got another visit from the creepy little girl, who identified herself as the Nain Rouge. She alluded to disaster yet again, but this time got a little more specific: Unless Bo can stop it, the Fae will go extinct and Trick will die (which you'd think would be a part of the Fae going extinct, but whatever). Honestly, I am getting a little sick of this whole, "SOMETHING BIG IS COMING! RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER! ALMOST THERE!" mentality Lost Girl has been putting us through for the last few weeks. It's taking me out of the overarching plot completely. But... if there absolutely has to be a another filler episode, I'll take body-swapping musical chairs any day.


Questions:

1. Which was your favorite mix?

2. What's up with the Ash's head-in-a-box?

3. .I haven't been paying attention, but have there been any scenes of Trick drinking the beer before? Because I feel like he must have had some at some point.

4. Does Reynard's ability to escape from the Dark Fae mean that they're having some internal problems over there?

5. When is this big bad evil thing going to show up already?

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