Lost Girl: When Basilisks Go Bad

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Lost Girl S01E06: "Food for Thought"

This week we learned that the darkest Fae are the ones who bother the living: The nice ones only bother the dead. In Monday's episode, "Food for Thought," an Aswang named Halima (an Aswang is a type of Fae that eats human corpses) became ill and started bleeding from her eyes. The Ash, leader of the Light Fae, sent Lauren to investigate. Lauren, of course, had been helping Bo control her Succubus-ing, so she invited Bo and Kenzi to come along. How nice.

Lauren listened to Halima’s symptoms as well as her self-defensive spiel about corpse-eating. After all, most Fae do bad things to humans while they’re alive; Halima just deals with the bodies. It was all very green. But is it just me or did this show suddenly turn into a supernatural version of House? Not that I’m complaining: That would be awesome! Would there be a lupus-equivalent? Like, they always think it’s leprechauns, but then it never is? Fans start wearing T-shirts that say “It’s Never Leprechauns”?

I’d buy one.

Anyway, since Kenzi was creeped out by sick people and didn’t want to go into the sick room, she decided to instead go into the kitchen and steal some food. Smart. Look, I know Kenzi steals whenever possible, but that’s just dumb. When going to visit a Fae, why on Earth would you even consider eat their food? It's too easy to assume the jam in their Pop-Tarts is made from pixie blood and their lemonade is a rare form of ghoul urine.

Kenzi found a stew, and because she wasn't the least bit concerned about what Fae put in their stews, she helped herself to a bowl. Naturally, it turned out to have a human foot in it. Which was not only gross, but since Halima ate the stew right before getting sick, it was likely the foot that caused the eye-bleeding aliment. Terrible move, Kenzi!

Bo and Kenzi tracked down the man the foot had, uh, been attached to. He was supposed to have been killed in an innocent hit-and-run, but when they showed up at his place some dude broke in and pulled a gun on Bo. She fought him off, but then realized Kenzi was bleeding from her eyes. Good gravy. You don’t have to be Dr. House to put two and two together here: That foot was totally to blame.

With Dyson’s help, Bo tracked the dead man to a motorcycle gang. And seriously, this was the most stereotypical motorcycle gang ever. They looked like they did a Google images search for “motorcycle gang” and then copied everything they found. The man Bo had seen earlier was there, and said he had been hired by Behren Chemicals, a pharmaceutical company. Lauren deduced that the dead guy must have been infected with something, and if she could find the source, she could make an antidote.

Bo and Lauren went off to investigate, leaving Kenzi to the Light Fae doctors. It was not a good combination. Kenzi wound up running off to chill out in a graveyard. Because when you’re dying, a graveyard is just the place to cheer up.

Dyson found her there, and Kenzi explained that she hung out there a lot as a child. I can only imagine she had the most depressing childhood ever. Dyson comforted her, and promised to take her someplace safe. These two actors have such great chemistry, it’s a shame the show doesn’t try to make anything happen between them. Dyson took Kenzi to Trick, who traded the chain that bound the fenris wolf for a horn. Apparently, drinking it with tea would prolong, but not cure, whatever was killing Kenzi.

While Kenzi "temporarily recovered," Lauren and Bo went undercover at Behren Chemicals, where Lauren realized the lab's Sector 6 seemed to be pulling some shenanigans. Bo went to meet her there, only to be stopped by a guard. She tried to seduce him the old-fashioned, non-supernatural way, but her “I love a man in a uniform” line was only met with a, “Honey, that makes two of us.” BURN!

Since succubus-ing is apparently not restricted by sexuality, Bo fed on him anyway, but just enough to make him pass out for a minute. Which, for her, was a huge accomplishment. Hurray for being able to not kill people! He got right back up, but Lauren was there with a needle to make him pass out again.

It really wasn’t his day.

In Sector 6, Lauren and Bo found a big green tank with a basilisk on life support. Bo managed to get a sample of it, then Lauren took it off life support so the lab couldn’t use it for any more evil-ness.

Quite frankly, I think the basilisk was underused. You can’t just throw in a basilisk at the end of an episode! Let it have more time to be awesome. There are also a lot of unanswered questions here: What was the deal with Behren Chemicals? What did they hope to achieve by making a toxin that kills Fae? Where did they find a basilisk? Pretty sure you can’t just buy those things at Wal-Mart!

While Kenzi still thought she was dying, she made Dyson promise to take care of Bo if she couldn't, even if it meant giving Bo up. Just when we thought this episode couldn't get more cliche, right? So when Bo finally came back with basilisk juice for Kenzi and the news that she can likely have sex with humans without killing them (due to her little experiment with the security guard), Dyson tried to act like he didn’t care. The weird thing about this, though, was that you'd think Dyson would actually have been ecstatic for Bo if he was truly trying to heed Kenzi's advice, because Bo's ability to sex-up humans means Dyson won't have to be responsible for healing her all the time and will actually be able to let her go. But maybe his interpretation of 'letting her go' translates to 'confusing her until she leaves him alone.' It's worked before, I guess.

Overall, this episode was decent, but where Lost Girl really seems to suffer most is that it doesn't understand where its cool parts are. Last episode we had a possessed cat that lost out to a body snatcher. This time we had a basilisk on life support that got way less screen time than a dying, corpse-eating Fae. Learn your strengths, Lost Girl.

Questions:

– Kenzi stated in this episode that she doesn’t entirely trust Lauren’s intentions. Do you think she has reason to be worried?

– Did anyone notice that when Lauren arrived on the medical scene she flashed her necklace like a badge?

– With all this Fae medicine, I gotta wonder: How does their health insurance work?

– Where did that basilisk come from?

– If you were in a Fae’s house, would you start chowing down on everything you saw, or maybe be a little more concerned that there might be a foot in your soup?

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