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Lost Girl: Season One (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

October 29, 2012 by  



A mature, sexy and action-packed supernatural series… “Lost Girl: Season One” is recommended!

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TITLE: Lost Girl: Season One

FILM RELEASE: 2010

DURATION: 13 Episodes (572 Minutes)

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 1:78:1, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

COMPANY: FUNimation

RATED:  TV-14

Release Date: October 30, 2012

Directed by Steve DiMarco, John Fawcett, Robert Liberman, Paul Fox

Written by M.A. Lovretta, Emily Andras, Jeremy Boxen, Peter Mohan

Associate Producer/Co-Producer: Vanessa Piazza

Consulting Producer: Emily Andras

Producer: Wanda Chaffey

Executive Producer: Jay Firestone, Plato Fountidakis, Paul Rapovski, Peter Mohan

Co-Executive Producer: Jeremy Boxen, M.A. Lovretta

Consulting Producer: Trevor Fencott

Music by Benjamin Pinkerton

Cinematography by David Greene

Edited by Paul G. Day, Teresa Hannigan

Casting by John Comerford, Lisa Parasyn

Production Design by Ian Brock

Art Direction by Kim Karon, John MacNeil

Set Decoration by Andy Loew

Costume Design by Anne Dixon

Starring:

Anna Silk as Bo

Kris Holden-Ried as Dyson

Ksenia Solo as Kenzi

Richard Howland as Trick

Zoie Palmer as Lauren

K.C. Collins as Hale

Paul Amos as Vex

Bo is a gorgeous renegade, an irresistible beauty, and a deadly succubus. For years, she had no idea what she was – or why every new lover died in the throes of passion. She fled one corpse after another until a chance encounter with the puckish thief Kenzi exposed Bo’s existence to the clandestine order of the Fae. This ancient society of supernatural freaks exists outside the realm of mere mortals. Within their world, there are only two sides: Light and Dark.

Each member of the Fae must choose who they will serve – but not Bo. Driven to understand her own aura of desire, Bo vows to live on her own terms, even if it means existing in the abyss between good and evil. With the help of the mischievous but loyal Kenzi and the handsome shapeshifter Dyson, Bo will use her powers of seduction to unravel the riddle of her mysterious past.

In 2010, the Canadian supernatural crime drama known as “Lost Girl” premiered on Showcase.  Created by Michelle Lovretta and produced by Prodigy Pictures and Shaw Media, the series would go on to air in other countries in 2011 but in the United States, people had the opportunity to see “Lost Girl” in January 2012 on the Syfy channel.

And now the first two seasons of “Lost Girl” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of FUNimation in October and November 2012.

“Lost Girl” revolves around a woman named Bo (portrayed by Anna Silk, “Breakfast with Scot”, “Earthstorm”).  A person with the special ability to touch a person and control one’s emotions.

Living on the run and not knowing why she has special abilities, Bo works many dead end jobs, living on the run as she gets herself in bad situations.  With the latest incident, she sees a a young woman/thief named Kenzi (portrayed by Ksenia Solo, “Black Swan”, “My Louisiana Sky”) being taken advantage by a man in an elevator.  Bo uses her powers to seduce the man and literally suck the soul out of him.

Seeing her powers, Kenzi is literally looks at Bo as out of this world and decides to become friends with her and because both are on the run, they both decide to be on the run together.

As the incident of a person’s life being sucked out of them is unusual, the case is then investigated by Dyson (portrayed by Kris Holden-Ried, “Underworld: Awakening”, “K-19: The Widowmaker”) and his partner Hale (portrayed by K.C. Collins, “Bulletproof Monk”, “Owning Mahowny”).  While both seem like regular investigators, the truth as both are Fae’s and they must find Bo as quickly as possible, as word will get around that a person with her special abilities is in the city.

Both Dyson and Hale are able to kidnap Bo and take her to a secret location.  At this location, it is revealed to her that she is a Fae and with her ability, she must choose a faction.  To serve the light or the dark.

Ash (portrayed by Cle Bennet) is the leader oft he Light Fae and Evony Florette Marquis (portrayed by Emmanuelle Vaugier) a.k.a. “The Morrigan” is the leader of the Dark Fae.  Both want her to join their side. But first, test must be done to determine what type of Fae she is.

It is revealed by Dr. Lauren Lewis (portrayed by Zoie Palmer), a doctor and scientist for the Light Fae, that Bo is a Succubus.  A Fae that has the ability to steal one’s life-force through kissing them and to control people with a touch.  She also needs to feed via sexual energy.  We learn that Bo has been on the run as she has used her power to kill bad people in order to feed but has been trying to find ways of not having to kill anyone.

With no memory of her past, when she is asked to make a decision to decide who’s side she will fight on, she chooses neither side but the side of humanity.

With the help of investigator Dyson, a wolf-shifter, he allows her to touch him and have a sexual relationship clearly for feeding.  But as he find himself falling for Bo, and as she falls for him, he is warned by Fitzpatrick “Trick” McCorrigan (portrayed by Ric Howland), the owner and bartender of the Fae pub, “The Dal Riata” in the city.  He himself is a Fae but what kind of Fae is a mystery to many people.

With Bo and Kenzi needing to make a living, both form a private investigation business and take on human and Fae clients.  But both find themselves handling cases that may be a bit too difficult, challenging and riskier than they ever thought.  But needing to survive, both are willing to put themselves on the line in order to take on these deadly cases and solve them.

“Lost Girl” features the following characters:

  • Bo – The primary protagonist who has her own investigative business.  She is also a succubus, who has the power to steal people’s life force when kissing them and also able to take control of people when touching them.  But as a succubus, she needs to feed and must have sexual energy in order to feed or by kissing someone in the mouth in order to steal their life soul.  Because she is not interested in taking part of any side for the Light or Dark Fae, the Fae are shocked because she would rather side with humanity.  But Bo has no intention of choosing any side until she finds out more about her parents.
  • Kenzi – A thief and sidekick to Kenzi.  She has the street smarts that Bo doesn’t have and because she will do anything to help Bo, she has earned Bo’s trust.
  • Dyson – A police detective who happens to be a a Fae.  A wolf-shifter, he is strong, has remarkable tracking skills and smell and also happens to be several hundred years old.  He is a member of the Light Fae and despite working for Ash of the Light Fae, his true allegiance is to Trick.  He likes Bo but knows his position with the Fae makes things difficult, but he gives himself to Bo in order to satisfy her feeding.
  • Lauren Lewis – The scientist/doctor for the Light Fae and works with Ash.  She is also attracted to Bo and does what she can to help her.
  • Fitazpatrick “Trick” McCorrigan – Owner and bartender of the Fae pub, The Dal Riata.  His is also a mysterious Fae that only Dyson knows of his true ability and identity.
  • Hale Santiago – A police detective and partner for Dyson.  He is also a Fae and a siren.  His abilities allow him to control and kill humans and Fae but also cure and heal them by whistling.

 

VIDEO:

“Lost Girl: Season One” is presented at 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio).   The series is shot in digital and for the most part, the series looks very good on Blu-ray!  Some scenes may be a bit soft but overall, the series features great detail on character closeups and black levels are nice and deep.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Lost Girl: Season One” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.  For a TV series, “Lost Girl” features crystal clear dialogue but during its more action-intense scenes, the series utilizes the surround channels but also LFE.  It’s important to note that an entire episode is not immersive, as the majority of an episode is primarily dialogue.  But when those action sequences do take place, that is when things become more immersive and for the most part, “Lost Girl” and its lossless soundtrack is well-done!

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Lost Girl: Season One” comes with the following special features:

  • Interview Clips – The following interviews are with Anna Silk (Bo), Kris Holden-Reid (Dyson), Ksenia Solo (Kenzi), Zoei Palmer (Lauren), Rick Howland (Trick), K.C. Collins (Hale), Michelle Lovretta (creator of “Lost Girl”), Jay Firestone (Executive Producer), Peter Monahan (Executive Producer), Anne Dixon (Costume Designer), David Greene (Director of Photography),, Ian Brock (Production Designer).  I wish the interviews were presented as straight through interviews, but they broken up interviews via segments which are not that long.
  • Behind the Scenes – Featuring ten short behind-the-scenes clips.

A very cool and sexy supernatural drama… you will be hooked!

When “Lost Girl” first appeared on the SyFy channel, my first impressions was a modern take on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” minus the Scooby gang!

The concept of Fae’s with different supernatural abilities living alongside humans and two different factions that are opposed to each other, is quite fascinating, if you are into supernatural dramas.  But what makes “Lost Girl” so cool is its characters.

The character of Bo reminds me of Buffy, in the fact that she’s beautiful, sexy and can fight!  But unlike Buffy, she is not human, she is a succubus.  But unlike other Fae, she chooses to side with humanity, not choosing one Fae side, she lives her life, the best she can.

Actress Anna Silk exhibits a side that looks so gentle and pure but then later transforms into a vixen that can seduce.

Add the character of Kenzi, the spunky, blunt sidekick who no doubt says what she wants and does what she wants, but yet having the approval and friendship of Bo. Actress Ksenia Solo is excellent for the role and the costume design of this character of having her in different wigs, with different looks but yet maintaining this dark yet spunky image, is very cool!

These two characters are very fun to watch and then you add the man-wolf, Dyson into the mix and things get a bit exciting.

Unlike other supernatural dramas on television, “Lost Girl” features profanity and is not afraid to be sexy without having to showcase nudity.  Sure you see a little T&A but its supernatural fan service and audiences who enjoy watching Bo will no doubt be thrilled.

I use the comparison with Joss Whedon’s “Angel” in terms of the investigative angle of the series.  Both Bo and Kenzi take on cases, which typically are related to Fae’s, may it be homicide or abduction cases and more or less, we see the growth of Bo as a character trying to learn about herself and control her abilities (primarily, her thirst of feeding on a person).

So, while the investigative cases plays a big part of the “Lost Girl” storyline, so does its theme of sexuality.

Bo needs to feed and Dyson, a wolf-shifter, doesn’t mind Bo making out with him or having sexual encounters just enough to feed her.

And of course, it causes concern for Dyson as he knows he shouldn’t be having any emotional connection to her because she has not pledged her allegiance to any Fae side.

Then you have Lauren Lewis, the doctor and scientist who wants to help Bo carve her craving to feed.  But at the same time, there is a deep attraction between her and Bo.

Suffice to say, Bo tends to be able to touch people and make them want to be with her.  Succubus abilities that need to be conquered when her body needs to feed and an ability she is trying to control.

The first season of “Lost Girl” is quite entertaining and with only 13-episodes for the first season, by the season finale, all hell breaks loose and no doubt will set the pace for Bo in the second season.

As for the Blu-ray release, “Lost Girl” looks very good on Blu-ray and the lossless track is actually pretty good considering a lot of series are front-channel driven.  As for special features, it looks like there is a lot, but for some reason, each Q&A is separated as an individual interview feature.  I wish they just had the interviews with the option of “play all” versus of having to select each interview one by one, because some of them are just too short!  Better yet, why not one full interview with each cast or crew, instead of breaking up the interviews questions.  This also goes for the “Behind-the-Scenes” which are short but no option to “play all”.

Other than that, “Lost Girl: Season One” was a lot of better than I expected and I’m looking forward to season 2.  Not all Canadian supernatural series do all that well in the U.S., “Blood Ties” while popular in Canada, fizzled in the U.S.  But I think it does help for “Lost Girl” that it is presented on the Syfy channel versus “Lifetime”, the cable channel that “Blood Ties” was featured.

But while there are similarities to shows such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” with “Lost Girl”, it’s a totally different series and because it is shown on cable, writers can utilize mature language and feature more sexuality which is part of the efficacy of “Lost Girl”.

A mature, sexy and action-packed supernatural series… “Lost Girl: Season One” is recommended!






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