Being a Fae really stinks. Lost Girl has touched on this notion before, but it's never been as obvious as it was in Monday's "I Fought the Fae (and the Fae Won)."
Most fantasy stories involve an element of wish fulfillment. Teenage girls read Twilight and want to be/fall in love with vampires. Kids read The Chronicles of Narnia and want to set out on adventures with talking animals. But considering the world of Lost Girl, if you'd choose being Fae over being human, you've got issues. Sure, Fae feed off humans, but with all their ridiculous rules, ceremonies, and backstabbings, it just doesn't seem worth it.
The Blackthorn, a member of the Light Fae's elders, actually put it nicely: All Fae feed off humans. The Light Fae do it because they have to, and the Dark Fae do it because they want to. What he didn't have to add was that this makes their existence a pretty brutal one. Most Fae customs involve some form of violence, right down to their elections. We have yet to see a Fae wedding, but I can only imagine it involves death and destruction. No matter which side you're on, and no matter how high up you are, being a Fae means you're constantly a target.
Consider the Ash: One day he was sashaying around his marble palace as if on top of the world, and the next, a bomb went off in his library. Not only did that put him in critical condition, it also got him fired! The Fae need to form a union in the worst way. Naturally, the method of selecting a new Ash, as we witnessed in last night's episode, involves killing a volunteer prisoner. Because voting alone would be way too civilized. Meet Sabine, the sacrificial lamb of sorts:
Last night's ritual of replacing the Ash actually seemed incredibly easy to cheat at, to the point that I wondered why they didn't just draw a name out of a hat. Bo, being Bo, was drawn into the drama when Sabine, the metaphorical stag in the stag hunt, begged her to let her see her beloved one last time. Unable to do exactly that, Bo decided she'd just go ahead, cheat the system, and try to keep Sabine alive.
At first, I wondered how she could possibly do it. But as her plan unfurled, I began to question why Fae don't pull stunts like this every single year. During the voting, Bo succubused as many competitors as she could. She didn't even bother to hide the bodies. But it was fine, because at any extremely important political event people will trip over unconscious bodies and move on as if nothing happened. Granted, I've never been to a fancy political shindig (closest I ever got was student government day in high school), but I have a feeling that even if there was just one body on the floor, it would be a bit of an issue—it might even create a stir.
So here's another bad part about being Fae: If you pass out at a party, no one will try to help. Instead, you become a rug accessory.
I will say it was nice to see Hale do something last night besides computer research. He actually got to do some political maneuvering! And also run around with a bow! When I write it out it doesn't sound like much, but it was still nice to see Lost Girl do more with this woefully underused character than it usually does.
After the voting concluded, the three Ash-hopefuls with the most votes picked up bows and arrows and went off to hunt Sabine. But this part was just as easy to manipulate as the voting element. Bo and friends seemed to have no trouble sneaking onto the grounds to help Sabine. Was there even a fence? I didn't see one. Why doesn't every competitor bring underlings to help out? Where are the rules?! Who's refereeing this thing? Bo couldn't have been the first one to think of this. She's not that smart.
Even after Sabine got shot, nobody seemed to notice that there were a number of people standing around who shouldn't have been there. Bo and her crew were greeted with a mere, "Oh, you came to help the stag? That's cool, but too bad you failed." I mean, had they been trying to help Hale win, would that have been an issue? Or was it okay because they were just a bunch of do-gooders?
Going back to how much it stinks to be Fae, that poor needled-to-death Ash wannabe! All she wanted to do was run for office, and now she's full of holes! For all we know she was going to open Fae orphanages and animal shelters and give everybody free ice cream cones. Being a Fae is terrible!
If the whole contest was an elaborate, rigged plan to select the most underhanded Fae of all to be Ash, it appears to have worked. The new Ash seems like a complete douche. I guess the Fae pretty much never get benevolent leaders, but that's probably because their succession rituals have way too much in common with The Hunger Games.
– How is the new Ash going to affect Bo? Nightmare, or only a slight annoyance?
– Would you have voted for Hale to be the next Ash? Is it because of the hat?
– How awesome of a name is Blackthorne?
– Should Bo get over Dyson or keep trying? Or are you feeling kinda done with that whole storyline?