Four years in and things are barely any clearer on this show than when they started.
The show has lots going for it and could be a gripping, stellar piece of work, but that’s the problem: it could be. So much is left unexplored- and unexplained- and for no good reason so that there’s not much more to the show than some salty language and gratuitous PG-13 titillation (no frontal nudity). Check out the website here.
The pre-requisite love triangle.
**SYNOPSIS SPOILER ALERT**
Bo’s disappearance is more than what it seems as she’s also been wiped from everyone’s memories, paving the way for some interesting developments- like Vex reigning as the new Morrigan. She awakens on a strange train traveling through the void and meets an enigmatic figure named Rayner, who’s suspected of being The Wanderer. After everyone gets their memories of Bo back Dyson discovers the reincarnated Tamsin- as a young girl. Without Bo around, Kenzi still hangs out with the Fae thanks to a little mojo from the druid Massimo which comes with a very hefty price tag- and it’s a check her behind can’t cash. Lauren’s gone into hiding but soon ends up back in the hands of the Fae, just not the ones she expected, which brings a wealth of possibilities. And an opportunity.
Hale and Kenzi finally begin to explore their feelings for each other. Tamsin eventually matures into a full-grown Valkyrie again, which helps her realize her memories of the Great War, Trick and Rayner regarding who/what he is. With no Ash to lead the Light, coming in to lay the smackdown this year is the Una Mens: a council of Fae whose purpose is ensuring strict and total adherence to the Blood Laws. And they can back it up.
With Rayner’s help, Bo finds a way to free them both from Limbo, which brings more questions than answers. Conspiracies, intrigue and mysteries surround the identity of Bo’s father and what he wants, and Massimo strikes the group hard and fast. In the wake of a prophecy regarding Bo and The Wanderer, a heartsick Kenzi seeks release from her ties to the Fae, but soon discovers Fate still has a role for the human girl to play.
L-R: Trick (Blood Sage), Kenzi (Human), Hale (Siren), Bo (Succubus), Lauren (Human), Dyson (Wolf Shifter)
What’s Good: the show continues to draw from the entire range of mythology and folklore to work with. Even beyond what’s made up just for the show, even a dedicated geek will find creatures and relics you’d never even heard of popping in and out of the storyline. We get insight into Lauren’s history, Trick’s mentality (he’s got a lot more in common with the Dark than anyone realizes), the usual laughs and some intriguing depth from both Vex and Kenzi, and finally there’s a couple of plot twists, tragedy and the usual cliffhanger. We even got appearances from George Takei, Mia Kirshner, Ali Leibert and yes- Linda Hamilton came back!
What’s Bad: everything that’s been wrong still is. There’s no rhyme or reason for how things work with the Fae. No rules have been established other than what’s been slapped together to fit the current dilemma. Can anyone tell me how Fae genealogy works- how anyone gets their powers and how they don’t? Why is Trick who/what he is and were there any others? How exactly does his power work? What was Isabeau that Aife became a succubus? And how the blazes did Massimo empower Kenzi and Lauren neutralize Evony? Granted, the two methods may be connected and may even tie back into last season but that’s my supposition, not the show’s- and how the heck didn’t anyone ever think of doing this before?
The clumsiness of this season’s arc was simply ridiculous; that whole business with Rayner is just not even worth mentioning anymore ( a TRAIN? For fuck’s sake- how’d a medieval warrior get stuck on a industrial age steam engine TRAIN!). For a Dark Fae, Tamsin lost a lot of her edge and pretty much became a Scooby; nothing about her defection was even touched upon after her last chat with Evony- it’s like the writers forgot all about it (and other things). Going back to Season 3, we’ve been practically clubbed over the head with the identity of Bo’s father. Yet it’s as if no one on the show’s ever heard of Google or D&D… or even a library. Anyone who can’t figure out The Wanderer’s identity by now is simply Too Stupid To Live… which means the entire cast. And it’s not like the Valkyries don’t know who he is (HINT, HINT!), but the show dances around the subject in such a clunky manner with the asinine way no one ever just spits out what they know just to keep dragging things out it’s actually insulting. The only explanation to this is it’s all a red herring, and he’s not whom we’ve been led to believe he is, but that’s pretty unlikely. And if he’s trapped somewhere else how’d he manage to kidnap Bo from The Dal, run Dyson and Tamsin off the road and basically muck around with everyone if he needed the Pyrippus cult to free him?
What’s Left: that chinese food feeling where soon after you’ve finished you’re still hungry. Just not in a good way; this was all very unsatisfying and left you wanting much more than what was delivered. It just looks like it’ll be more of the same.
Overall, this was a very average to sub-par season. And after four years it shouldn’t be. For all us fans of the show, we deserve so much better than this shit.