Every film set needs a boom operator to stand out in the rain holding a microphone. Every baseball game needs a guy selling peanuts in the blazing sun. It's not the most glamorous position, but their contribution makes the whole enterprise better. "Fae Gone Wild" was Lost Girl's seemingly unimportant—yet critical—part of the team. It didn't do anything particularly fun, but it did set a few things up for future episodes. Though I've never had such an intense inclination to write off a Lost Girl episode as filler than I did after watching this one.
"Fae Gone Wild" accomplished two things: It gave Bo a reason to be conflicted over whether to give Nadia's cure to Lauren (though did you believe for a second that she wouldn't?), and it established Trick as the guy on the trail of something big and super evil.
Both of those plot points are great for story development, and I'm reasonably confident that in future episodes they'll pay off, but they took up maybe five or ten minutes of the episode—and the rest of it fell pretty flat. It was as if one of the writers asked, "What should we use to fill the time between when Bo gets Nadia's cure and when she decides to give it to Lauren?" and another one shouted, "Boobs!"
I mean, I get it. Lost Girl is a show about a succubus, so there's bound to be some scantily clad ladies running around. The show loves to service its fans—you know, visually—no matter what gender they're attracted to. In "BrotherFae of the Wolves," Bo sprayed Dyson with a hose when he was wearing a white shirt; there was no hiding what that was about.
But it's nicer when the show strives for a little more complexity. When the fleshy visuals are merely the chocolate chips in the cookie, providing miniature bursts of sensuality without overpowering the big picture, all is right with this show. "Fae Gone Wild" was a massive chocolate chip—a collection of shots where women danced in very little clothing—and the cookie crumbs weren't nearly enough to satiate my need for balance.
The whole story about the Selkies (a.k.a. seal shape-shifters) getting their pelts (a.k.a. their fur, when in seal-mode) stolen was just alright. A Selkie hired Bo to find her daughter, Sheri, who ran away as a teenager and hadn't been heard from until she joined a gang of strippers who broke a murderer out of jail. The mother knew her daughter wouldn't have been doing something so illegal, so she hired Bo to find Sheri before the police could. The murderer Sheri helped was Russian, so Kenzi found out where he parked his van...because apparently she knows every Russian criminal in town, and where they park their vans. Man, Kenzi's awesomeness defies even the weakest of episodes. Love her.
The van was exactly where Kenzi suspected it would be—and it came with the murderer at no extra charge! Except he was hanging from a noose with his hand chopped off. There was a hilarious moment there when Dyson and Hale arrived and Bo turned around and said, with a totally straight face, "Officers, I would like to report a murder" while the dude dangled behind her.
I wish this episode had more scenes like that. Lost Girl usually manages to slip in some pretty solid humor, but this installment was severely lacking in it.
Based on the murderer's, well, murder scene, Trick concluded that whoever killed him needed his hand to make a Hand of Glory, or a magical object allowing the owner to steal anything. Bo followed a lead to a strip club and found Sheri using supernatural abilities to entrance men. And also Kenzi.
Wanting to know more, Bo went undercover as a bartender at the strip club. There, she discovered that Sheri was trying to steal back her pelt and the pelts of her fellow strippers—who were also Selkies—from the strip club owner. Without the pelts they would never return to the ocean. Sidenote: I will give credit to Lost Girl for turning pelt-less seals into human strippers. It's a fantastic unspoken pun on the concept of nakedness.
Bo's always willing to help out someone in need, even if that someone is a murderer (and besides, she murdered a murderer, so we should clearly give her the Dexter morality pass), so she offered to help. Dyson wasn't so understanding. That is, until Sheri gave her little speech about how hard it is to have something so important be taken from you. Man, that girl could not have picked a better tactic. Dyson, who was still grieving losing his feelings of love for Bo, was instantly convinced, and helped stage the murderer's death to look like a suicide.
And that's when something genuinely cool finally happened. Bo decided to give Lauren the little box that The Morrigan gave her in the previous episode. But once opened, the two discovered there was no medicine inside, just a small rusty nail.
That scene, and that scene alone, is why I'm willing to forgive this episode—and why I'm hopeful that it was just a blip. However weak the storytelling was, it gave us just enough delicious hints of what's to come: the mysterious rusty nail; something out there that makes the light and dark Fae fight each other; that sad look Dyson gave when Ciara couldn't see.
Plus, we enjoyed the return of Kenzi's wigs.
So that's something!
... Did you think this episode was just filler in the same way I did?
... Did you catch the pelt-less-seals-turned-strippers metaphor?
... If Dyson is grieving over his loss of love for Bo, is it bound to return?
... How great are Kenzi's wigs? And how can she afford so many nice ones?
... Would you have been as easy on Sheri and Bo and Dyson were?