Lost Girl

“Lost Girl” is one of the best TV series on the air since 2010 in Canada and this year in the United States. This series is a relatively new addition to the increasingly popular genre of supernatural crime drama, a genre first made popular in the 1990s by shows such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”. It’s series like “Lost Girl”, however, that show us how far supernatural drama television has come since “Buffy”. This series features the life of a succubus named “Bo” who is struggling as she learns to control her powers and find her place in the paranormal world. For any readers who may have skipped “Mythology Day” in school, a succubus is a female supernatural being of the Fae (more commonly known as “fairy”) variety, which takes the form of a human woman to bewitch and seduce men with the purpose of feeding on their life energy. Instead of being raised in a clan of other Fae, as succubi usually are, Bo was raised by an adoptive human family. Therefore, without a supportive group of companions possessing similar powers and urges, she was left to fend for herself and manage her potentially dangerous abilities on her own. Unable to control herself or understand her own strength, she accidentally kills her first love by robbing him of his life energy. Confused and ignorant of what she is and how to control herself, Bo is forced to flee and move from place to place whenever she unintentionally kills again.

Throughout the season, Bo because increasingly embroiled in her newfound Fae and human communities, a process that is rewarding for viewers to observe. As she gains more and more control over her urges, Bo begins to use her powers for good, helping those in need and discovering the truth about where she comes from. “Lost Girl” succeeds at giving the impression of a comprehensive paranormal world, but that viewers have only just scratched the surface, meaning that there is still much more to be revealed. Another thing that makes this series is its inherent sexuality. However, despite the daring nature of some of the love scenes, “Lost Girl” is not interested in giving viewers cheap thrills with the use of nudity. On the contrary, this series is racy without being offensive and erotic without being vulgar.  As each season progresses, Anna Silk (Bo) becomes more and more comfortable in her role of seductress, a transformation that entices the audience onscreen as well as offscreen. The producers and cast do a great job of walking the line between the provocative and the action-packed sides of the storyline. Each important element of classic supernatural drama—action, romance, and mystery—is given its proper attention in this series.  The unusual premise of the show produces a surprising and fun deviation within the genre. Therefore, viewers who love classics like “Buffy” and more recent favorites like “True Blood” will love “Lost Girl” but not feel as if they’re watching something they’ve seen before in slightly different packaging.

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