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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Lost Girl Season Two Episode Four: Mirror Mirror
In her drunken state, Kenzi tells Bo about a Russian witch called Baba Yaga. In my brief research on this mythical being, I found nothing about vengeance for lovers that had betrayed their partners however, in this episode that was the purpose of Baba Yaga's existence. Seeking vengeance on Bo's behalf, Kenzi calls upon Baba Yaga to put a curse on Dyson.
The next morning Bo awakes to find something carved into her behind. When she asks Trick about it, she learns that it is the marking of Baba Yaga. Kenzi didn't actually believe that Baba Yaga was real when she cursed Dyson. At the police station, every woman that Dyson interacts with physically attacks him. When he goes to the bar for respite, he is attacked again by the barmaid. Hale has to draw the woman away from Dyson. Isn't it lovely the way that Hale is just there - nice and handy to help solve Dyson's problems? When Dyson learns that Kenzi cursed him he yells at her for meddling in things that she does not understand and once again calls her a human. The catch is the way he said human, it was though she was lower than a cockroach.
The seeks Bo's aunt to contact Baby Yaga and when they finally meet the hag, Kenzi offers herself up to save Bo from being dragged into the mirror. I suppose that because Kenzi started this mess it makes sense, but it irked me that she so willingly surrendered because she always puts Bo above herself. Once in Baba Yaga's cabin she learns that she is but one of many young women being held hostage.
For her part, Bo rushes off to see the Ashe. In return for help entering Baba Yaga's realm, she has to promise to freelance for the Ashe. I think it is worth noting that her attitude with this new Ashe is very different than her attitude with the old Ashe. I am still very disappointed that the new Ashe is White, because it reduces people of color to week sidekicks as regular feature of this show.
Bo asks Dyson to help get Bo back and he holds her down while she lays in a bath of ice water so that a spell can be cast allowing her to enter Baba Yaga's cabin. At this point, the writers actually have the opportunity to let Bo be the heroine that she has constructed to be but once again, it's not Bo who saves the day. Kenzi not only manages to free all of the other women trapped in the cabin but she ensures that both she and Bo escape as well. At this point I don't understand why they don't make Kenzi the star of this show. They continually give her better lines than Bo, and though she is supposedly a lowly human, I have lost count of how many times that she has saved Bo.
Bo actually has the nerve to congratulate Kenzi on facing her fears. Really? What has Bo had to face? She is starting to read like a mary sue to me. She is just so good and so pure, that everyone just wants to run to her rescue, but she never shows much real concern for what others want to do or need. Even when she does try, Bo is so utterly inept, that she might as well have sat down and eaten a tub of ice cream instead of interfering. I don't know about you, but I am sick of the supposedly strong female protagonist, who walk and chew gum at the same time, or occasionally save her own damn self.