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

November 21, 2012 by  



A mature, sexy and action-packed supernatural series… The second season improves over the last with a darker storyline, more characters, more action and excitement! “Lost Girl: Season Two” on Blu-ray is recommended!

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TITLE: Lost Girl: Season Two

FILM RELEASE: 2011

DURATION: Episodes 14-35 (968 Minutes)

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

COMPANY: FUNimation

RATED: TV-14

Release Date: November 13, 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

Vincent Walsh as Lachlan

Lina Roessler as Ciara

Rachael Skarsten as Tamsin

Athena arkanis as Nadia

Paul Amos as Vex

Anthony Lemke as Ryan Lambert

Kate Trotter as The Norn

Emmanuelle Vaugier as The Morrigan

Bo is back, and she’s ready for action! As always, her mortal bestie Kenzi is along for the ride, eager to add a human touch to Bo’s supernatural existence. The new season gets off to a bang as the succubus finds herself navigating a web of seduction between Dyson, Lauren, and a dark fae she just can’t resist.

As if Bo’s hands weren’t already full, there is a new Ash in town and he has his own agenda for Bo. Throw in some shocking revelations by Trick, a new boytoy for Kenzi, a fae-devouring beast with fiery wings, and it’s enough to make any girl head straight for the spa. But Bo’s not just any girl. She’s a succubus to be reckoned with, and juggling the romantic entanglements of a modern woman while saving the fae world from fire and brimstone is what she does best.

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” have been released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of FUNimation.

Season two of “Lost Girl”

In season two of “Lost Girl”, the series begins three weeks after the result of Aoife’s attack.  The first season finale featured the reunion of Bob and her mother, Saskia a.k.a. Aoife and it was learned that she was trying to cause a war between the Light and Dark Fae and literally kills many of the Light Fae elders.

As the Dark Fae have now taken advantage of the situation, The Ash is closed to death and Trick, Bo, Kenzi and Hale are trying to keep things under control.  Dyson on the other hand has literally gave up his love for Bo in order to save her.

But the investigations continue in season two as Bo investigates Fae’s that have gone out of control and with sexual tension between Bo and Lauren, both decide to let everything go and become intimate with each other, but Lauren already has someone named Nadia.  Meanwhile, a new man enters Bo’s life, a Loki named Ryan.

And a new threat is in town, The Garuda, as they try to find a way to turn Bo into the dark side.

Can Bo resist from turning towards the dark side?

What is “Lost Girl” about?

“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 Two” 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 Two” 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 Two” comes with the following special features:

  • The Making of Lost Girl – Featuring the making of an episode (6:38), Stunts (4:38), Set Design (5:10), Wardrobe (5:46), Hair/Make-Up (6:21) and Props (5:21).
  • Anna Silk Interview – (2:31) Anna Silk talks about how she was cast for the role, season two and more.
  • Rick Howland Interview – (6:59) Rick Howland talks about how he was cast for the role, season two and more.
  • Zoie Palmer Interview – (7:24) Zoie Palmer talks about how she was cast for the role, season two and more.
  • Blooper Reel – (7:29) Bloopers from the second season of “Lost Girl”.

The second season of “Lost Girl” was the right step for writers in building this world and the characters around Bo.

Season one was fun, but there was only so many of these investigative episodes that you can take and wondered if there was any story that would affect the characters at all.  And fortunately by the latter end of season one, things started to become much more exciting and also a bit dire.

With season two, we get to see this battle between the Light and Dark Fae and because the Light Fae elders were killed off in last year’s season finale, now there is a new Ash and the desire to have Bo join either side continues.  But this time around, the episodes start to feature more of the other characters such as Lauryn, Trick, Hale and new characters named Ciara and Ryan.

With Bo, she is still trying to find her way but now, with The Garuda trying to bring out the darkness within her, it remains to be seen of how strong Bo can be as her friends are now put into danger.  The Ash is also quite interesting in this second season as we see what it does to Lauryn and really play with her mind, and with things going so badly between Bo and Dyson’s relationship, it was no surprise to see Lauryn and Bo become sexually intimate with each other.  But it will be interesting to see where Lauryn’s girlfriend Nadia will fit into upcoming storylines.

But the second season definitely has quite a bit of angst as Dyson wants to see his love restored, Bo wants to feel loved and tries to look for love while all this chaos is happening between the Light and Dark Fae.  And by the second half of the series, things start to heat up when it is revealed who Trick really is (in terms of his relationship to Bo), what happens to Nadia, Ciara and Ryan?

And after all is done, what happens to Bo as this darkness within her is starting to grow.

Suffice to say, I can’t wait for season three of “Lost Girl”.  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 and relationships.  As “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” tried to showcase a lesbian relationship, “Lost Girl” is not afraid to go even further with the relationship between Bo and Lauryn.  And also, writers are not afraid to kill character(s) off, so its quite an interesting storyline to see happen in the second season of “Lost Girl”.

Where the first season had many cheerful moments, the second season shows us that Bo’s world can easily be turned upside down.  And where that takes her for season three, it will be interesting!

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, you get quite a few special features including an interview, gag reel and making of.

Overall, “Lost Girl” is an exciting series that doesn’t shy away from having a mature theme, mature language and emphasizing the character’s sexuality but also adding a darker element behind-the-scenes.  I’m enjoying this series a lot and quite happy that the writers were able to include more characters but also feature storylines with a theme that continues with each episode that would impact the characters. Definitely a major improvement over the first season!

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

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