Lost Girl “44 Minutes to Save the World” Review (Season 5 Episode 9)

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On the mid-season premiere of the final season of “Lost Girl,” we picked up right where we left off, with Bo (Anna Silk) about to summon her father, Hades (Eric Roberts, also of “Suits”) via his dubious “gift” of a “Hellraiser”-esque magical jack-in-the-box, despite the warnings of a reincarnated Zeus, aka Zee (Amanda Walsh, “War Games: The Dead Code”). Of course, Zee had good reasons to not want Hades back around, given that she was plotting to end the world and all!

If you’re new to the show, then God- or better yet, Zeus- help you to make heads or tails out of that last paragraph. To the rest of us, it’s just insane business as usual on “Lost Girl.” No doubt about it, this show has gotten progressively crazier and more out there over the last couple of seasons, with the sort of long-term plotting that shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Lost” pioneered, but which can prove frustratingly dense and off-putting to newcomers. Hell, I love the show, and half the time I don’t know what the hell is going on.

Thankfully, the last few episodes finally started to pull things together in earnest- just before the show pulled a “Mad Men” and opted to split its final season into two chunks, with nearly a year passing in between one half and the next, at least in the States. The show, like many of Syfy’s regular shows, is Canadian-made, so Canada gets it slightly before we do. So, to that end, if anyone out there happens to be from Canada or has access to satellite TV, please, if you don’t mind- no spoilers for the rest of us!

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That said, this was as action-packed a premiere as one could possibly ask for, with lots of twists and turns, and as one might expect in a show headed into the final leg of its existence- a major death…maybe. Okay, probably not. We’ll get to that soon enough, regardless. Until then, a quick summary of what preceded it. Needless to say, if you haven’t watched it yet, you might want to do so and then come back later on, because spoilers for the entire season, if not the series on the whole, will abound.

After successfully summoning her father, Bo waited to see what would happen, and at first, nothing did. Then, in an amusing touch, there was a knock at her door, but instead of her devilish daddy, it was…a Jehovah’s Witness? Lol. Talk about bad timing! Boy, was he barking up the wrong tree, regardless. No, daddy Hades was off causing pseudo-mischief elsewhere.

Interestingly, at first Hades seemed to be helping matters, not hurting them, as he showed up at the scene of the crime of the gutting Mark (Luke Bilyk, “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” another Canadian mainstay production) took from the actual mother of the host body Cece that Iris, daughter of Zeus and Hera was currently occupying.

The mother thought that Mark had killed her husband, which Iris (Shanice Banton, also of “Degrassi”) actually did as she was being possessed by The Nix. Clearly bleeding out and in danger of losing his life, Hades stepped in with an assist and helped Lauren (Zoie Palmer, “Dark Matter”) stop the bleeding and save Mark’s life. But why?

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As it turns out, it was as a bit of insurance policy. As with Bo, by touching Mark directly, Hades left his, um, mark on him as well, which basically insured that Bo wouldn’t be able to put Hades back inside the box and thus back to the prison world he came from, the Tartarus. Namely because, if Hades is put back inside said box, it will kill Mark instantly, because of said mark he left upon him.

However, there is one catch, which Hades lets them know about, oddly enough: if Bo can convince Iris to put back on the bracelet her parents, Zeus and Hera gave her, it will effectively end the nefarious Nix’s current occupation of her and stop her from wreaking havoc, by giving Iris control back over the plague-inducing creature. It seems that the trouble only started when Iris openly defied her parents and took it off in the previous episode.

Of course, it was their plan all along that Iris be driven to taking it off in the first place in order to hasten Iris’ occupation by The Nix, as we learn from Zee herself, who admits that she (or technically he, I guess, being as Zeus is actually a man occupying a woman’s body- yep it’s that kind of show, folks) wanted to destroy the world so that they could start over from scratch. After all, it’s like the saying goes: if at first you don’t succeed…try, try again.

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However, there is another issue with Zee’s master plan besides the possibility of Iris, their daughter, getting enough control back over The Nix to put the bracelet back on, and it’s that Trick (Richard Howland, “The Penumbra”) has absconded with the shield that is the only thing that can protect Zee and Hera from the impending apocalypse, which The Nix can set into motion with a touch of its hand- and which is destined to take place at midnight. (Hence the clever title of the episode, “44 Minutes to Save the World,” which, of course, also doubles as the length of the episode itself, sans commercials.)

Zee goes to confront Trick with an ace up her sleeve: it seems that Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten, currently playing Queen Elizabeth on “Reign”) survived Zee’s lightning bolt-induced electrocution attack on her in the last episode, and is being watched over by Hera, aka Heratio (Noam Jenkins, “Covert Affairs”). The plan is to trade Tamsin for the shield, but will Trick go for it?

In the meantime, Tamsin taunts Heratio, pointing out that he (once again, technically she, being Hera, occupying a male’s body) doesn’t even know for sure that Zee will spare him as well. After all, Zeus is still angry over an affair Hera had with Athena, which is where they got the shield in the first place. (Of course, if I remember my Greek mythology correctly, Zeus had his fair share of affairs, even fathering several children on Earth, including Athena herself, so he’s certainly one to talk!)

Trick tries to work some Blood King magic, but to no avail, and Zee takes out his companion in short order, and threatens to make it her mission to take out all of Bo’s friends, starting with Tamsin if he doesn’t hand over the shield. He does, but I’m not sure why, as she doesn’t really seem like the kind of person to take at their word. Then again, it’s not like he has much of a choice, as even the Blood Magic seems to not be working- although that may come back to haunt him later, possibly, as he did write something in it before Zee could stop him.

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Be that as it may, Zee actually does ultimately honor her word, as she opts to let Tamsin go in the end, what with her successfully having obtained the shield, and the apocalypse only a matter of time. Before she does, though, she actually proves true to Tamsin’s taunts, as she does indeed end up taking out Heratio, after he drunkenly rages against her when she returns, in part because of what Zee has done to their daughter, but mostly because Tamsin agged him on.

Tamsin leaves, taking Heratio’s body with her at Zee’s request, but points out that, though Zee might survive the apocalypse, she’ll be left all alone in it, as she’s killed Hera and basically ensured the death of her daughter, Iris, in the process, whereas Tamsin will at least be with her loved ones when she dies.

Meanwhile, Bo and her father track Iris/The Nix to a club, where she has taken out a host of people, starting with the bouncer that refused her entry. A by-now healing Mark suggests the gym as a possible option, which is a problem as Alicia (Lisa Marcos, “Hemlock Grove”) is currently hiding out there, so naturally Bo and Hades make haste there, with Dyson not far behind.

Alicia, you’ll recall, is the “widow” of Kevin, aka the host body that Hera is currently occupying, and there’s been a bit of a love connection between her and Dyson, albeit untested as of yet. After “Kevin” showed his true colors and attacked Alicia as Hera, she got the better of him and stabbed him and he took off, with Dyson present at the time, who took her with him to keep her safe. Never a dull moment in “Lost Girl” land!

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Everything converges in a tense scene in which Bo, Hades and Dyson confront Iris/The Nix. Dyson does manage to spirit Alicia away to the back room and out of harm’s way, though she’s as confused as ever about what’s going on. This isn’t likely to be helped by the fact that he husband- or his body, at least- is back at Lauren’s lab, courtesy of Tamsin, and is seemingly in a coma from which he may or may not awaken, given Zee’s attack on him. And if he does awaken, will it be as her husband Kevin, or as Hera/Heratio?

Bo and Hades try desperately to talk Iris into putting the bracelet back on, but The Nix has completely overpowered Iris by now and tosses the bracelet aside. Hades grabs Iris by the neck and threatens to kill her, much to Bo’s horror. This leaves Bo with no choice but to take The Nix out by using the box to entrap it the same way her father was entrapped long ago. Of course, in doing so, she also kills Iris and Cece, the host body, alike- and ensures that her father stays put on Earth in the process. Still, apocalypse averted!

Bo locks Hades up in a cell at Lauren’s lab and informs him that he’ll stay there until she figures out what to do with him. Of course, as he points out, he can get out of the cell with no problem- but he’ll honor her wishes- for now, at least. He does leave her with one nugget to chew on, however. According to Hades, it was actually he who sent Bo away for her own safety, after her mother, Aife (Inga Cadranel, “Orphan Black”) went insane after being tormented ad infinitum by Bo’s grandfather.

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Whether true or not, Hades did essentially force Kenzi (a dearly missed Ksenia Solo, currently doing double duty on “Orphan Black” and “Turn: Washington’s Spies”) to sacrifice her life to close the portal back at the end of Season 4 in “Dark Horse,” which Bo will never forgive him for, so Hades isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Of course, Kenzi was thankfully brought back from the dead in the two-part premiere, “Like Hell” at the beginning of the season, only to leave again, ostensibly to decompress, but really to go off and shoot those aforementioned shows. Hopefully, she’ll be back before the end of the season, though, as, to me, at least, she was the heart and soul of the show.

Otherwise, why did they even bother bringing her back in the first place, least of all with her seemingly happy in the afterlife? Remember her set-up in the swanky hotel, where she had access to movies that technically never existed, like “Clueless 2” (!) and all the room service she could eat, plus a wedding on the way with the also-departed Hale (K.C. Collins, now on “Saving Hope”)?

Speaking of departed, though, in an ending I think we all saw coming right before it happened, Bo watched in horror as a celebratory Lauren, standing in the middle of the road like a tool, was run down in a hit-and-run by a truck. Bo immediately went to her side and injected her with her succubus spirit- or was it the other way around?

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Yes, in a twist, I’m pretty damned sure that Lauren is now a succubus herself, having finally perfected the serum that The Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier, “Mistresses”) set her up in the lab to do after Lauren turned her mortal. She did so, somewhat ironically, by virtue of Hades’ help, when he helpfully suggested the solution to the recipe that was eluding her to perfect the serum.

Did Hades see what was coming and do it to help get himself back into his daughter’s good graces, knowing that saving Lauren would go a long way towards making up for what he did to Kenzi? Or, as with the mark he laid upon Mark, is there a more sinister element to his helping that we don’t know about yet? I’m guessing the latter, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one.

All in all, a suitably bonkers mid-season premiere that was well-worth the wait and effectively cleared up a lot of the confusion and swept away some major issues while still leaving enough loose ends to keep thing interesting. After all, as if Hades wasn’t bad enough, the team still has Zee to contend with, who can’t be too happy her plan failed. Factor in this business with Lauren, which may well have a catch to it as well, and it’s plenty enough to go on for the remaining seven episodes.

Let’s just hope they can come up with a strong ending to this admittedly oft-wacky series that’s satisfying enough to us long-time fans. And it better involve bringing Kenzi back at some point! I’m guessing that may well be the reason for the long break in between the first and second half of the season, so prospects are good on that front, I think. Whatever the case, I really enjoyed the episode and look forward to the final run of episodes to come!

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What did you think about the latest episode of “Lost Girl”? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Or has the show gotten too far out for you? Is there a resolution you’d like to see happen? Any predictions? (No cheating, Canadians!) What was your favorite moment, if any? How about your least favorite moment? What do you think is up with Lauren? Sound off down below, and see you next time!