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Lost Girl "Lachlan's Gambit" Review: The Naga's Got Nada

Lost Girl S02E20: "Lachlan's Gambit"

We're getting close to the end of the season, and since the plot is speeding up I figure I should throw out a spoiler warning before we go too far: If you haven't been watching and intend to, maybe save this review until you're caught up.



That said... I hate when a character dies for no reason, even if it's a character I don't really like. In real life people die randomly all the time. But that's the beauty of fiction—one can find comfort in the knowledge that each plot point will lead to the next with purpose, and as such nothing is completely random. “Lachlan's Gambit” had two big character deaths: one was well executed (no pun intended) ...the other was not.

Overall, this was a good episode. The excitement is finally starting to build as we wind down to the end of the season, but I have to admit—I'm still seeing warning signs that the end of this season may not be so satisfying.

The Garuda is really stepping up his game. It's about time, seeing as he's been pretty lazy throughout most of the season. But last night, he went in with the big guns—he sent berzerkers after Trick. Fortunately, Ciara happened to show up to help Bo and Hale fight them off, but it was too close for comfort for Trick.

Trick concluded that the Garuda must have had an agent inside Trick's circle. He quickly pin-pointed the likely double-agent—the mole-like Fae that had been working for Trick. (Gee, ya think?) After some morally ambiguous torture, the mole told Trick, Bo, and the others where the Garuda was hiding.

At this point Dyson came back after having talked to the Wolf Spirit—this great deity of werewolves who's supposed to be very trustworthy. The Wolf Spirit had some big news: Not only is Dyson the only one who can stop Garuda, but if he does he'll get his heart back. At the end of Season 1he traded his love for Bo to the Norn, which made him lose pretty much all feelings. So now that he has a shot at winning it back, his stakes are pretty high.

Bo was pleased to hear it—not so much about the heart stuff, but the her-not-being-the-champion stuff. She's been under a lot of pressure thinking she had to stop the Garuda, so she was delighted to hear that wouldn't be the case. It was kind of a selfish moment, I guess, but I don't all together blame her.

They made plans to attack the Garuda the next morning. Lachlan was worried this won't work, but without anyone knowing, sent all of his guards to help them. Trick made Hale promise to keep Bo safe.

What's war without romantic goodbyes disguised as random acts of passion? Accordingly, Ciara went to see Dyson for sex and knife-play the night before the attack, and he seemed to enjoy it despite his heartlessness. Lauren came to see Bo for some sexless cuddling, which was actually really sweet. Lauren was clearly still torn up about Nadia, especially since she's still got a blood stain in her kitchen. I've got to interject here... blood can't be that hard to get out of linoleum. Surely Bo could have at least hired a cleaning crew to deal with it.

By morning the gang was ready to follow each other through some tunnels to get to the Garuda's lair. And it totally wasn't a trap: When a hench-berzerker jumps out, threatens you, and then runs deeper into the labyrinth it means you're totally on the right track!

Meanwhile, the Ash called Trick and Lauren to come chill out. Oh, but just kidding! He really wanted them to help him stash away some of his venom because a Naga's blood is the only thing that can kill the Garuda.

Bo and company caught up with the hench-berzerkers, and shockingly, it was a trap. You totally got me, Lost Girl! The team ran smack-dab into even more hench-berzerkers, who lurked behind them with crossbows. When the Garuda finally appeared, it came out with big, fiery computer-generated wings! Okay, it was actually a lot cooler than I'm making it sound. He made them all fight amongst themselves, until Kenzi tried to attack him. And just as he was about to kill her, Bo and Ciara managed to stop the Garuda. Ciara's method was to take the hit for Kenzi. Girl got fire-clawed.

Lame. You're going to bring a character back out of the blue just to kill her off again? I mean, that really came out of nowhere. Killing off a character just to show that the situation is serious is so lazy. Lazier than a lazy Garuda, even.

After murdering Ciara the Garuda left and Bo realized that he was luring them and the Ash's guards away from the compound so Lachlan would be defenseless. Dyson told the others to go save the Ash and leave him to fight off the hench-berzerkers on his own. It was really nice of the hench-berzerkers to give them so much time to discuss their plans, and then also to let everyone but Dyson go even though they were totally outnumbered by the hench-berzerkers.

Before they could get back to the Ash's compound, the Garuda broke in and cut off Lachlan's head. He smelled Trick, who came out with two knives. Instead of fighting, Trick blew a whistle and the mole Fae from earlier dragged the Garuda into the ground. Lachlan actually planned for that to happen: The Garuda thought that with Lachlan gone he couldn't be defeated, but he didn't know about the vials Lauren took.

With the Garuda gone, Bo realized that Kenzi fell behind. Bo went back for her, only to find tiny Kenzi pushing a cart twice her size with an injured Dyson on top of it. What sweet hench-berzerkers! Not only did they let Dyson's friends get away, but they also refrained from killing him, and instead decided to just give him a good beating. It's like they're evil, but they really don't wanna overdo it.

Seeing Dyson in this bruised state convinced Bo that she now had to be the one to kill the Garuda, not Dyson. I'm not entirely sure why she came to this conclusion. I mean, Dyson couldn't kill the Garuda on his first try, but it wasn't like Bo would have it any easier.

Case in point: Lachlan's blood started coagulating, which meant that there might be no way to stop the Garuda. It also meant Lachlan died for nothing. Dun dun.... so just as the credits start to roll, I'm starting to wonder just how far this series is willing to take it next week. Will more characters die? And if Bo does manage to kill the Garuda, does that mean Wolf Spirit dude was a con artist or something? Or... just really bad at his job?

Still, the stakes throughout the entire episode were high enough to keep me interested even though there were a number of flaws that got in the way. It really makes me nervous that the last two episodes of the season might have even more shortcomings, and considering the low note that Season 1 ended on I'm not so sure my fears will be challenged. But here's hoping!


Questions:
-What did you think of Ciara's death? Was it silly, or was it high time for her to go?
-Which Lost Girl character death has frustrated you the most so far?
-If you were the Garuda, what type of henchmen would you want?
-How long do you think is realistic for Lauren to grieve before allowing herself to do more with Bo than just snuggle?

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Dyson's wolf spirit didn't tell him he was the one to defeat the Garuda.. she said that he will play a significant role. That doesn't mean he will play THE ONLY ROLE...that its all up to him. I think Dyson interpreted it wrong. And because Bo didn't want to be the champion anyways..she just let him run with it. Dyson needed a "purpose" because he couldn't love. But I find it interesting that he still "cares" about his friends..



And I have to say I absolutely love Kenzi and Dyson's relationship.
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Good Review Julia! Yeah- this one was tough, there was alot packed in there, but the Garuda just comes across as this nemesis you FINALLY get to... and he backtalks yer little hero group into oblivion. Can I just say I love flaming swords? I want one.



Dyson is unfortunately, just messed up with his inability to get intouch with his love. He fights the good fight with Ciara though. Even though she (AGAIN!) was plot fodder, I enjoyed their dynamic. I believe some of this wolfman stuff changes next episode. In fact, its in my top 5 for the season.



I was glad that Lauren was given some space to really max out on her emotions over Nadia's death. I really dislike that N was just a plot tool instead of a person, but I thought Lauren's flustered linkage with Bo was touching and there relationship is about the emotional support as well as the physical.



And the bloodstain in Lauren's loft is in concrete. You just can't get blood out of concrete. It's very difficult if not impossible.



Anyway-- props on your review. It was fun. I enjoyed it alot and there was no B/L slammage. I'm noticiing the difference and it's greatly appreciated.
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I'm bummed about Lachlan! I liked him!
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they didnt get surrounded by hench bezerkers with crossbows... those crossbow people were lachlan's guards who came to help >.> as for the bezerkers not killing dyson umm maybe he BARELY managed to kill them all and thats the shape he was in when the dust settled?
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Character deaths are always more powerful when they don't really mean anything. Joss Whedon is a master at this. He's also better at building up the drama for big finale fights which Lost Girl seems not to do too well. Sci-Fi and Fantasy shows from England, Canada, and New Zealand are very similar to American shows from the 90s, but they always seem a little more shallow. I miss the lame Hercules/Xena and BtVS humorous from my childhood so of course I enjoy Seeker, Robin Hood, Lost Girl, and Merlin but I wish these shows knew how to handle drama just a tad better.
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I thought the episode was alright, not the greatest but good.

I like Ciara so it sucked that she had to die but it clears the way for Dyson and Bo to get back together.

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Garuda definitely needs better henchmen cause the ones he has are worthless.

There is no realistic time frame for someone to grieve the death of a loved one. Everyone reacts to death differently, it can be anywhere from a few days to months. Its obvious Lauren still has feelings for Bo but she loved Nadia a lot. I doubt she would jump into bed with her right away, but I wouldn't be surprised either.







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I love Ciara's return in this episode. Just seeing her show up and ready for battle and on Team Bo. Just love it so much.
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Aren't you people caught up yet?
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I really miss this show. Unfortunately Comcast doesn't offer SciFi in HD or OnDemand. I guess I'll have to wait a couple of years before I can "catch up." :(
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Cut us some slack, the USA's getting close the end of Season 2. Though I don't know how they're going to treat Season 3: @ the same time, a few weeks behind, months behind, etc.
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S3 is most likely going to air "simultaneously" with Canada. It premieres in January in both countries.
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IMDB has lost girl S3 airing 2 Sept 2012. Anyone know whats right?
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No IMDB isn't correct. Both Showcase (in Canada) and SyFy US are airing in January. SyFy US's premiere date is Jan 14. Showcase hasn't published one yet. I don't know about SyFy UK or AUS.
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It is on another network Showcase. I have been waiting for season 3 for months now. :) Can't say anymore about how it ends.
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Showcase already confirmed a winter 2013 premiere.
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It was a decent episode. The berzerkers only being able to be clubbed to death was kind of random. The clubs were hilariously cheesy.



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Ciara's death was lame. Lame, lame, lame. I actually liked her character and felt Bo needed another girl that she could look up to as a potential mentor. But no. Dead. But more to the point she was a billionaire, who gets all the money.



I am going to have to go with Dyson. I know he isn't dead but he might as well be. His story line is lacking so badly that it is absurd and not in a good way. I am the chosen one because the wolf spirit told me so. Really? Even for this show that exists in a made up world that was a little much.



Hot henchwomen of course.



Hopefully not that long. Nadia was a horrible character. Horrible. She served no purpose, for 90% of the time she has been in a fae induced coma and then she was possessed by the Garuda. And then Bo killed her and Lauren was mad that she killed her despite several attempts at killing her. Also, it was just a freaking stab wound, she is a Doctor. Do something more than cry.

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First of all, "Wolf Spirit"? Could Dyson's storyline be any more pathetic?



1 - They did not have to kill her, come on. Her death and Nadia's were pure fan service.

2 - Definitely Ciara's.

4 - Next season. It is too soon and Lauren did the right thing by not jumping into bed with her.



BTW, Lauren can talk science to me any time. Adorable.
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I loved this episode. Sure, the Garuda was taken underground a little too easily and the henchmen let Bo and the other get away with no problems, but aside from those flaws, I thought it was really exciting. The last sex scene between Dyson and Ciara was hot (although I'd still rather see Bo and Dyson together). BTW, it was cool to finally see what special power Ciara had. I never saw what she could do in any of the other episodes. It was really brave of Kenzi to stay behind and save Dyson at the end. My only real gripe was Lauren. First, she was angry with Bo and acted like she didn't want to be bothered with her, and the next minute, she wants to cuddle. I know the girl's grieving, but doggone!



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1. I liked Ciara, and it was sad to see her go (although it makes it for Bo and Dyson to get back together when and if he gets his love back).



2. None of the characters' deaths have frustrated me, but I will say that at times Bo takes out her enemies a bit too easily. Those deaths frustrate me a little.



3. I damn sure wouldn't want the henchmen he has right now! They're useless!



4. Personally, I don't even want Lauren to cuddle with Bo. She works my nerves.
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The Wolf Spirit was vague, a lot more vague than Dyson admitted. She said something like "He will play a pivotal role in the fight against the Garuda" and "The Garuda's defeat will come when he thinks he's already won"

I don't recall hearing the Wolf Spirit say "Dyson, you are the champion and will kill the Garuda in your next battle"
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Yeah, Ciara's death was silly. Most of the encounter with the Garuda was silly, for that matter.
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Ciara's death was surprising, but not silly. Bringing characters out from the blue just to get killed is nothing new in any drama series. You're just mad because it was Ciara, which is very understandable cause I liked her too. Unfortunate turn of events for her, but it happens.



I'd have to think about that one a little more.



Yeah, his henchmen were idiots to say the least lol. If i were him I would want Gargoyles lol! Just kidding!!! Who knows! As powerful as he is, he may not even need them.



She just lost the love of her life. That could take a long while to get over, even with Bo in the forefront. I think it could take anywhere from 5 episodes to a whole season realistically.
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