Lost Girl “Rise” Series Finale Review (Season 5 Episode 16)

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On the series finale of “Lost Girl,” things with Bo (Anna Silk) and her father, Hades (Eric Roberts) finally came to a head, as her friends united to try and help any way they could- but could they stop Bo from going full evil succubus? In “Rise,” we found out, once and for all how the story ends…or was it really how it truly begins? Paging “Lost Girl 2.0”!

When we last left Bo, she had finally come to the realization that she herself was the famed Pyrippus, horse of Hell, not the horse that breathed fire that she encountered in “Let Them Burn,” the penultimate episode. Or at least in a metaphorical sense. Or something. Okay, granted, the show can be a little confusing sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less.

Whatever the case, Bo realized that she had to lead her father to believe that he had “broken” her to his will and that she had joined his team once and for all. The plan was to fool him into thinking she would turn against her friends and join him, but only if he got rid of the baby he’d sired on the sly with Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten).

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To that end, she burned down the Clubhouse- no!- supposedly with her friends inside, then killed Tamsin back at Hades’ place by sucking out her life-force or whatever you call that squiggly stuff she feeds on. Was it Chi? I think it was Chi. Or maybe I’m thinking of the late Deftones bassist, RIP. Who can say? Someone? Anyone?

Moving on…naturally, it was all a long con, as Bo left the magical horseshoe behind at the Clubhouse to protect her friends and later slipped Tamsin a key to free herself from the cage Hades had locked her inside. Unfortunately, no fool he, Hades wasn’t fooled by her ruse, knowing full well that his daughter might be capable of a lot of things, but turning on her people was not one of them.

So, he dupes Bo into standing in a particular spot on his roof, where she becomes, in effect, frozen in place. Goading her into feeding on others, Bo finally caves and does so, but once again, spares her friends, which does not go unnoticed by Hades. But, as she is possessed by the power of all the Chi or whatever, she agrees to seek them out, revealing that they have the horseshoe and are thus under its protection.

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But first, Hades activates his army, which is basically all of the people Bo just fed on, only made evil now, to aid in the hunt to capture and bring down Bo’s friends, lest she is lying yet again. She isn’t, but Hades follows her just to make sure, regardless. Or as he put it, a gleeful look of mischief in his eye: “Hell on Earth, baby. Make it happen.” (Was this part tailor-made for Eric Roberts or what?)

At first, it doesn’t look good for Bo’s pals, as even Kenzi (the indispensible Ksenia Solo), aka Bo’s “heart,” fails to win her over back to the “light” side. Indeed, Bo acts as if she is wavered by Kenzi’s pleas, but it proves to be a mere ruse, as she uses the moment to snag the horseshoe and snap it in half, leaving everyone concerned vulnerable, which also includes Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried), Lauren (Zoie Palmer), Vex (Paul Amos), and Mark (Luke Bilyk), aka Dyson’s son.

Things aren’t looking good for the gang as Bo goes full evil and starts to suck out their life-forces all at once, as she did with everyone else in the immediate vicinity beforehand. Fortunately, in doing so, Bo begins to get flashbacks of all the moments she’s had over the years with them, and the memories are enough to bring her back to her real self and back off just in time to save them and put their Chi back.

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However, with the horseshoe now broken, they are nonetheless left defenseless against the impending hordes of Hades’ army, which start to close in. Bo leaves them to confront her father, but time is of the essence, as among the risen are various Elders of both the light and dark fae, who are some of the most powerful fae on the planet.

While Vex tries to hold them off as best as he can, using his Mesmer powers, and Dyson and Mark fight others, Kenzi and Lauren take an arriving Tamsin into their RV or whatever you want to call that monstrosity on wheels that Vex drives, as her water breaks and the time to deliver the baby has come.

Bo and Hades clash, with Bo doing her best to defy his darkness with her light, but it’s an uphill battle, to be sure. Thankfully, her biggest defense is her love for others, with which she is able to combat Hades just enough to send him packing back to the Underworld, where he belongs…but not kill him altogether, just keep him trapped for the time being.

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But is it the last we’ve seen of him, what with his baby on the way? Hard to say, but there are nods to that being where the show would be heading, should it continue in some form on down the line. Before that, though, we see Bo return everyone back to normal, and Tamsin’s baby being born.

Alas, as Hades alludes to earlier in the episode, all Valkyries die during childbirth, and sadly, Tamsin is no exception. Besides, what would a series finale be without a major death? As much as I hate to see it be Tamsin- I’m sure a lot of people were rooting for it to be Lauren- at least they waited until the end, and she died for a good cause: bringing a baby into the world.

Sadly, the same could not be said for poor Trick (Rick Howland), who died at the hands of the evil Hades, in a previous episode. How creepy was that death tableau Hades left for Bo to discover? Ick. Pity he didn’t get to see his beloved Bo rise to the occasion and defeat her father, at least temporarily.

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We ended the “present” part of the episode with a series of quick moments: Bo vowing to give things yet another shot with Lauren, despite all their ups and downs; Mark finally showing his romantic interest in a thrilled Vex (unfortunately, we didn’t get to see Dyson’s no doubt horrified reaction to it!); and Kenzi riding off into the sunset with baby Dagny in tow, which means “New Day,” appropriately enough.

After that, we got a brief “future” epilogue of the show, as we saw a teenage Dagny get brought to the Dal Riata Tavern, after getting caught making out with a girl by a policeman, who turns out to be none other than Mark. There, she meets the rest of the gang, including Dyson and Bo, who tells her about how, with puberty, she will come into her powers and there’s a lot they have to talk about to that end.

Dagny signs the ledger and is told that she no longer has to “choose a side,” as it were, anymore, as that ritual is on its way out and will no longer be required. A handprint glows on her chest, indicating that her father Hades knows that her puberty is being reached, and that he is still out there, waiting for his chance to strike again. Bo promises to help with that, as do the rest, and that’s all she wrote, literally and figuratively.

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Not a bad ending for the show, all things considered. They basically went the pseudo-“Buffy” route, with a new generation coming in to assist and eventually, one assumes, supplant the old in time. I can live with that, especially as it leaves the door open for a possible revival on down the line, or possibly a TV movie or the like.

I can see where all concerned would want to end things, at least on a regular basis, to focus on other projects, with Ksenia Solo in particular starting to see her career take off, thanks to gigs on BBC America’s “Orphan Black” (which was why she died her hair blonde) and AMC’s “Turn: Washington’s Spies.” Zoie Palmer has also cropped up on the cult favorite “Dark Matter,” which also airs on Syfy and Rachel Skarsten currently stars as Queen Elizabeth on CW’s “Reign.” I imagine we’ll also see the others show up in new projects soon enough, no doubt some of them of the Canadian variety.

There’s no denying this show could be a wacky one, between Bo having a “Wizard of Oz”-style flight of fancy to Kenzi riding a farty unicorn in this season alone, not to mention staying in an afterlife hotel that provides movies that don’t exist but are made so at the whims of their tenants!

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And yes, the plotting could be a little out there, often nonsensical and occasionally just plain ludicrous, but that was just part of what made “Lost Girl” the show it was, which was sort of like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Meredith Gentry series filtered through a Joss Whedon-like sensibility, circa “Buffy” and “Angel.” If that hit the sweet spot for you- and for me, it did- then you were onboard with the show. If not, not so much.

I can see where some might- and did- find it all a bit much, and yes, some were likely turned off by the frequent homosexual/bisexual content, but it wasn’t made for those people anyway. No, this show was made for the fringe-dwellers that like their entertainment a bit off-center, and who liked their characters that way as well. I guess that’s me, in a nutshell, so I dug it.

I’ll also allow that the show could sometimes be erratic, especially in the latter seasons, and losing Solo as a full-time cast member, along with K.C. Collins even before that probably lost them some viewers over the course of the show’s five season run, but these things happen.

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As such, it was probably just as well that the show ended when it did, lest it get even worse in some people’s eyes, but for while it lasted, it was a lot of fun, IMHO, and certainly one of the more unique and original shows I’ve ever seen.

So, yeah, “Lost Girl” wasn’t perfect, but then, what is, really? At least the final season was relatively strong and I liked the ending well enough, especially as it left the door open for more potentially. I can live with that. But damned if I won’t miss Kenzi, that’s for sure. Who else could get away with lines like this, from the finale: “We always come back. Because we’ve got back. And this Kenzi-conda don’t want none unless you got buns, hon.” LOL. Love it.

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But as the Kenz-meister herself says near the end of the episode: “Tearful goodbyes are so last season,” so I’ll quit while I’m ahead, and bid “Lost Girl” a fond adieu. What did you think of the series finale? How about the final season as a whole? Did you like the way it ended? Or should it have ended some time ago? Who was your favorite character? Or your least favorite, for that matter? Would you like to see it continue in some form, on down the line? Sound off on this and more down below, and remember to always keep the “faeth.” 😉