Yay, I met one deadline and have a bit of a break from the next, which means I'll have a chance to do all the errands that have been piling up. I also have to get ready to go on Tor Teen's Girls Night(mares) Out Book Tour later in the month. I'll suddenly be thrust into the country's sweltering summer from the cool of the fog belt. I didn't really understand humidity until I once went to Baltimore and I found myself saying, "Let's get back into the air conditioning!" I'll post about the tour tomorrow.
You know I'm a fan of Lost Girl, the low-budget urban fantasy series that's shown on SyFy, whose tag line is "Everyone has vampires. We've got a succubus." I definitely have my quibbles with the show, not the least of them being the inconsistent writing of Bo (Anna Silk), the succubus who refuses to align with either dark or light fae sides.
My fandom jumped up a level with the introduction of a new character, Ryan, a Loki. I've always loved the characters of trickster gods, which is why some of my favorite novels are Christopher Moore's Coyote Blue and Neil Gaiman's American Gods. Actor Anthony Lemke is delightful as the amoral, charming, sexy, and troublesome dark fae trickster who steps into Bo's world. Lemke also adds to the show's considerable eye-candy quotient.
If you're a fan of urban fantasy, here are some reasons you should be watching Lost Girl.
- Great worldbuilding. The fae include diverse forms of paranormal beings all woven into the structure. There are alliances, renegades, old grudges, serious oddities, but everything is cohesive (so far).
- Great secondary characters. Each of the secondary characters has an individual personality. Trick (Rick Howland), the owner of the fae pub who is a Blood king, really grounds the series with his gravitas. Trick has more secrets than anyone else and, one suspects, more power.
- Charmingly cheezy production values. The series is shot in Canada, which was also the location for the most awesome seasons of The X-Files. However, The X-Files had a good budget. Lost Girl is filmed in rundown warehouses, modest homes, and miscellaneous bars and offices. The characters wear their favorite outfits over and over. I dig the lack of Hollywood glitz and the focus on story instead of the shiny shiny.
- Fun. The humor is ever present in this series, from Kenzi's quips, to Hale's snark, to the oddball story lines.
- Smexiness. This show doesn't shy away from Bo's bisexual succubus nature. Bo likes sex. A lot. And with a lot of different people. And in groups. I like the fact that they don't treat her lesbian girlfriend as any less of a serious love interest than her former werewolf dude. And when Bo's new guy gives her a treat of a beautiful girl, Bo's happy to accept his gift. No prim morality for this succubus.
- Action. The action isn't elaborate but there's usually a brawl or ten. For Bo's birthday, the joke was that everyone gave her a weapon.
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