American Syfy viewers are about to take a journey that Canadians (and many Europeans ... and even some South Americans) have been traveling for well over a year now. A journey into a hidden world so deeply integrated into the human one that we still laughably consider ourselves the top of the food chain.
Welcome to the world of “Lost Girl,” a world that gives name and history to the bumps in the night, the eyes in the woods and the voices in the darkness that humans have disregarded or belittled as myth and imaginings of children. Be careful where you tread for the Fae do not suffer fools lightly but they do enjoy making fools suffer.
How It Works
The Fae are ancient and powerful and diverse. They predate human civilization and, for the most part, have adapted and blended into human society over the millennia. They are your doormen, your chefs, your bartenders, your sales clerks, your bus drivers, your friendly neighborhood police officers. They encompass a huge range of abilities and are driven by a variety of motivations. The unifying factor is that they view humans as chattel and food. Cute and entertaining, yes, but food nonetheless. The Fae feed off of emotions, fears, dreams, life force and flesh too. Politically, they are divided between the Light and Dark, which should not be confused with Good and Evil. A Dark Fae is as likely to be helpful (if it is worth their while) as a Light Fae is deadly.
The Who’s Who
Our heroine: Bo (Anna Silk)
Raised by humans and with no knowledge of the Fae World, we first meet Bo on the run, afraid of her own actions that she cannot seem to control and which have proven deadly for people close to her. Beautiful and driven by an instinct to survive, she catches the attention of local Fae authorities when she leaves a victim with a VERY happy expression on his face, still dead but HAPPY. Brought in for a “chat,” she is quickly educated about her Fae heritage: a succubus, she needs sexual energy or “chi” to survive, and it is her uncontrolled feeding that is killing the humans she encounters when her tank is low. At the same time, she is encouraged to declare for a side, Light or Dark. Of course, that’s only if she survives her initiation.
The Not-a-Sidekick: Kenzi (Ksenia Solo)
A human with similar survive-at-any-costs instincts, Kenzi teams up with Bo and brings a plethora of unconventional skills and resources to the table. She too is educated on the world of the Fae and makes herself right at home, despite being viewed by most as a very cute and chatty appetizer. Kenzi’s humor, loyalty and straight-shooting optimism make her Bo’s touchstone and BFF in times of need and plenty.
The Not-So-Lone Wolf: Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried)
Bo’s first contact in the Fae world, Dyson puts his keen senses to work as a police detective on behalf of the Light Fae, keeping an eye on any possible Fae activity in the human world. As it turns out, Fae have a larger store of chi than humans and a better ability to disengage from a succubus feeding frenzy. Bo and Dyson come to a early ... arrangement ... to their mutual benefit.
The Police Siren: Hale (K.C. Collins)
Dyson’s partner of the police force and wingman in life, Hale brings his unique combination of cool competence and chillin’ style to the team. The “put your lips together and blow” adage takes on a whole new meaning when this Light Fae whistles for ... well, anything. No one can resist dancing to his tune.
The Sanctuary Guardian: Trick (Rick Howland)
Owner and bartender of the Dál Riata pub, neutral territory where both Light and Dark Fae can kick back with a pint, Trick is a treasure trove of advice and knowledge on all things Fae. (Kenzi lovingly refers to him as their “Trick-opedia.”) He mentors Bo, advises Dyson and tries to keep Kenzi out of the top-shelf liquors. Keeping himself largely out of Fae politics, he nevertheless has a vested interest in seeing that the peace between the Light and Dark is maintained.
Strong and Silent: The Ash (Clé Bennett)
A title given to the leader of the Light Fae. When Bo is discovered as an undeclared Fae, The Ash makes an effort to recruit her for the Light. A powerful political creature, he exploits the fact that Bo has developed relationships with several Light Fae and Light-affiliated individuals, despite her unaligned status.
The Doctor in the House: Lauren (Zoie Palmer)
A human doctor sworn to the servitude of the Light Fae. She is compelled to do the bidding of The Ash which, as it pertains to Bo, begins with study and examination and develops into an intimate relationship, thus forming the central romantic triangle of the series. Although her emotions are genuine, her motivations are not her own. She is a consummate scientist, having studied the Fae for many years and proves resourceful and innovative in her solutions to medical dilemmas.
Watch Your Back: The Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier)
A title given to the leader of the Dark Fae. Beautiful and calculating, the current Morrigan is utterly ruthless and frighteningly brilliant when it comes to getting her way. Backing her up and getting things done in his own way is the sadistic and vicious, Vex (Paul Amos). This is a duo that you do NOT want to piss off.
And there you have it, dear readers -- the quick and dirty on your main players in this exciting, sexy new series. Prepare yourselves for new faces on familiar stories, unexpected humor and moments of tenderness, for heroes and villains at a whole new level. It’s a world of deepest shadows, intense beauty and genuine emotion.
Tune in to Syfy on Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. ET for the premiere. You will laugh. You will gasp. You will willingly lose yourself in “Lost Girl.”
View a series teaser here.
About the Author
Diana Keng is a freelance writer and photographer from Vancouver, B.C.Email author