Sorry there was no Lost Girl review last week! As you can guess if you've already noticed my new byline, I was busy getting married. But I came back just in time for last night's episode to carry me from newlywed bliss to an army of women screaming about men and their propensity for betrayal.
Oh life, you are full of contrasts.
I'm not complaining, though, because this episode was awesome. Random monster? A Kenzi-centric episode? What's not to like?
"Mirror, Mirror" kicked off at the Dal Riata where Bo and Kenzi watched Dyson flirt with waitresses, then responded the only way they knew how: by going home, getting drunk, and complaining about it.
For most women, the morning after a heartbreak might result in the discovery of an unfortunate text message or seven—sent in the heat of passion (or pity, or guilt, depending on the circumstance). But when you roll with the supernatural crowd, the morning after a heartbreak results in the realization that you invoked a Russian witch to torment your friend's ex. Yes, while wasted, Kenzi wrote Dyson's name on a mirror and summoned Baba Yaga, asking the supernatural hag to make all women despise him.
So this meant that "Mirror, Mirror" quickly morphed into a Random Monster Episode! My favorite kind of Lost Girl episode! I've mentioned before that I like them way better than the Fae Bureaucracy Breakdown Episodes. Fae politics are so much more enjoyable when there's a major distraction. When an entire episode centers on the ins and outs of how supernatural beings construct their power structure, things get weird—and there's never anything interesting for Kenzi to do!
And OH man, was "Mirror, Mirror" an awesome Kenzi episode, or what? Let's take a second to discuss something I've been thinking for a while but finally want to make clear—Kenzi makes this show. Lost Girl has a lot going for it, sure, but the best stories are character-driven ones and there aren't really any other characters like Kenzi on television right now. So while the show may try its best to make Bo the protagonist, Kenzi consistently manages to upstage her based purely on the fact that her character is just that much stronger and, frankly, more interesting to watch.
Though her crazy antics and one-liners do make up most of the show's humor, Kenzi's role is bigger than the sidekick we look to for comic relief. She's a much more active character than Bo: She takes crazy risks. Sloshed on booze or not, Bo never would have invoked something as powerful and dangerous as Baba Yaga, even though she was the one with the broken heart. Yeah, it wound up being a terrible idea, but we—the audience—wound up with a great hour of television as a result.
In the cold, hard light of day, Kenzi recognized that her prank put Dyson in legitimate danger. He was being threatened by just about every woman he encountered. So, following their conscience, Kenzi and Bo decided to try to reverse the curse, but they had to visit a being who knew more about Baba Yaga than they did to make it work. Quick question here, just for the sake of it: Isn't it interesting that Kenzi and Bo weren't suddenly drinking the haterade for Dyson, too? They are women, after all, and they asked Baba Yaga to make all women hate him. How'd they manage to get out of that one? Anyway, the "being" Bo and Kenzi sought wasn't a Fae: It was Kenzi's aunt, Ludmilla—a fortune teller who didn't actually believe in the supernatural. Fraud! A gullible fraud, though: Bo and Kenzi quickly convinced Ludmilla of the existence of the supernatural, and so she summoned Baba Yaga.
Annnnnd that brings us to yet another great thing about Kenzi: She has crazy relatives. I can't wait to meet more of them! Her stepfather sounds like a jerk, but I'll bet she has an uncle who's a puppeteer, or a second cousin who sells snow globes on Broadway.
Ludmilla showed her true (and by true I mean fraudulent) colors when she failed to stop Baba Yaga from hauling Kenzi back to her realm. There, Kenzi waited with all the other girls who tried to take back their curses. It was kind of like a purgatory, but with an expiration date, because eventually Baba Yaga would make the rounds and eat them all—one by one. Yayyy. Being the revolutionary that she is, Kenzi tried to incite the girls to revolt against the vicious witch, but they were all too scared to try. Considering that they were all going to die anyway, the girls' hesitation was pretty short-sighted.
Kenzi couldn't convince the girls to fight Baba Yaga, but she did manage to build trust with all of them, and very quickly. Kenzi's good with people. Bo might manipulate people supernaturally, but Kenzi doesn't need superpowers to get people on her side.
Score four (are we even keeping track anymore?) for Kenzie: Her people skills make her a great con artist, but they also help her outwit creatures that are far more powerful than she: Kenzi actually talked Baba Yaga into not eating her by pretending to be an expert animal trainer, tempting Baba Yaga by saying she could train Baba Yaga's unruly pet. By the way, what was that thing? Man? Beast? Manbeast?
While claiming to work with this "pet" of sorts, Kenzi snuck past the manbeast to Baba Yaga's treasure chest, where she found a mirror. Remembering that all of Baba Yaga's powers involve mirrors, Kenzi handed out pieces of the mirror to all the other girls, allowing them the chance to return home. But Baba Yaga got PISSED! She attacked Kenzi and hurled her toward the oven, but just in the nick of time the manbeast broke his chain and pushed Baba Yaga into it instead. He must have been harboring some serious, pent-up aggression. Walk your dogs, everyone.
Man, even writing about what happened gets me excited again! What an excellent way to end the episode.
Except that it gave the writers a problem: The ending had nothing to do with Bo. So before the credits rolled, Bo got some screen time to negotiate with the Ash to get a nymph that could transport her to Baba Yaga's realm. She didn't really do much when she was there, though. Moral support, I guess?
So basically, Kenzi is no Watson to Bo's Sherlock. She's a unique character who deserves more than that. There are so few female characters on television, or even in fiction, with her particular brand of outrageous spunk. And while I do like Bo a lot, I think this show needs to embrace the fact that Lost Girl has two main characters, whether it wants to or not.
...Would you still watch Lost Girl without Kenzi?
...What would a Fae Sesame Street be like?
...Is the new Ash going to be better or worse for Bo than the last one? She seems more annoyed by him, but he also seems more playful.
...Which type of Lost Girl episode do you prefer? Fae Politics Episodes or Random Monster Episodes?