|Created by||Michelle Lovretta|
|Written by||Michelle Lovretta, Peter Mohan, Jay Firestone, Jeremy Boxen, Emily Andras, Pamela Pinch, Alexandra Zarowny, Steve Cochran, Shelley Scarrow, Grant Rosenberg, Duana Taha, Harris Goldberg, Alan McCullough|
|Directed by||John Fawcett|
K. C. Collins
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||35 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jay Firestone|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Prodigy Pictures in association with Shaw Media|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original run||September 12, 2010 – present|
Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural crime drama television series that premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010. The series was created by Michelle Lovretta, and is produced by Prodigy Pictures, in association with Shaw Media. It follows the life of a succubus named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she learns to control her abilities, helps those in need, and discovers the truth about her origins. Following good ratings and positive reviews, it was renewed for its second season two months after its premiere, and for its third season in December 2011.
In Australia, Lost Girl premiered on Sci Fi Australia on July 14, 2011. In the United Kingdom, it premiered on Syfy (United Kingdom) on September 1, 2011. In the United States, it premiered on Syfy on January 16, 2012.
Bo is a succubus who grew up in an adoptive human family, unaware of her non-human nature and of the Fae world. Her succubus powers only become apparent to her when she accidentally kills her first love by draining him of his life energy, an act which forces her to flee her home. Bo exchanges her previously normal life for one without family or friends, moving from place to place whenever she kills again.
In the first episode, Bo saves a human girl named Kenzi; the two quickly become friends and Kenzi decides they should team up to create a Fae/Human detective agency. Confronted by the Fae elders with having to choose a side ("Light" or "Dark"), Bo declares herself neutral, deciding to side with humans after Kenzi risked her life to find what had happened to Bo for her own sake, where most of the Fae simply saw her as another factor on the board. Throughout the season, Bo learns more about the Fae world and herself while she searches for information about her origins. Along the way, Bo also develops romantic relationships with both Dyson, a wolf shifter police detective; and Lauren, a human doctor.
With the world of Fae in chaos following Bo's explosive reunion with her mother, Bo must learn to "play the game" and navigate the inner workings of the Fae World in order to protect those who have helped to protect her. Bo finds her resolve to stay free challenged, and is forced to question her own morals and beliefs. While Bo grows stronger and learns more about who she really is, relationships will be tested and passions will ignite, but answers will not come easily.
- Anna Silk as Bo: A succubus, she has the power to steal people's life-force through their mouths with a kiss, to bewitch people with a touch, and to feed from sexual energy. Though at first she could not feed without killing, she has since learned to control her powers. She can only seem to go a few days without feeding before the drive overcomes her. Absorbing power from other Fae can increase her strength. She is best friends with Kenzi and is romantically involved with both Lauren and Dyson. When Lauren's life was threatened and she was rendered near death, she displayed a strange, extremely powerful alternate persona, which drained the life from multiple individuals at a distance of several meters and declared that "there will be no more dark or light, only me". Near the end of the second season, it is revealed that Bo is Trick's granddaughter and is named after her grandmother, Isabeau.
- Ksenia Solo as Kenzi: Bo's best friend and sidekick—declared as Bo's "property" to allow her to participate in Fae society—despite being a normal human, who suggested Bo use her neutrality to her advantage to become a private investigator. A scam artist who displays kleptomanic tendencies, she can speak Russian fluently and possesses excellent street-smarts. Despite their differences, she and Bo quickly became close, Bo choosing humanity rather than Fae because Kenzi risked her life to find out what had happened to Bo during her "trial", where the Fae seemed to consider Bo just another factor in their game. She frequently acts as the comic relief. Her family is apparently highly connected. She frequently assists and/or vexes Hale.
- Kristen Holden-Ried as Dyson: A "wolf-shifter" and a detective in the human world. He is quite strong, possesses an acute sense of smell, is several hundred years old, and very knowledgeable about Fae politics. A member of the Light Fae, his true allegiance is to Trick rather than the Ash. He is in love with Bo and is best friends with Hale, his Fae detective partner. In the season one finale, he sacrificed his love for Bo to give her the strength to defeat her insane mother as part of a deal with the Norn, leaving him with the memory of their relationship but unable to feel his old passion for her. He has since made efforts to remain friends with Bo, which was initially awkward as Bo tried to win him back. After being reunited with his old love Ciara, they began a relationship, which was hampered by Dyson's reluctance to reveal his encounter with the Norn and the price he paid, but eventually ended when he admitted that sacrificing his love for Bo cost him the ability to ever love again as wolves mate for life. His love was eventually restored by the Norn after a coerced deal with Kenzi.
- Zoie Palmer as Lauren Lewis: Owned by the Ash, she serves as a doctor and scientist for the Light Fae. She had an instant attraction to Bo during their first meeting and has since fallen in love with her. She has extensive knowledge of the different types of Fae and their abilities. In the first season, she taught Bo how to control her powers. It was later revealed that she had a human girlfriend named Nadia who was being kept in stasis after contracting a Fae virus. The Ash had offered Lauren help, in exchange for her servitude. With Bo's help, Lauren discovers that she was tricked by the Ash: Nadia was cursed by a Fae to have the appearance of the disease in order to induce Lauren to accept servitude, so the Ash could use her medical expertise to help the Fae. After Bo removes the curse, Lauren and Nadia reunite, however, their relationship is shattered when it is revelled Nadia has been infected by the Garuda. Bo is forced to kill Nadia, leaving Lauren devastated. Grieving, Lauren seeks out comfort in Bo, and the two of them grow even closer. At the end of season two, despite encouragement from Dyson, Lauren once again relinquishes her chance for freedom to stay with Bo.
- Rick Howland as Fitzpatrick "Trick" McCorrigan: He is the owner and bartender of the only Fae pub in town, The Dal Riata, which is neutral ground where Dark and Light Fae can freely go. Trick is very powerful; a Blood Sage, he has the ability to alter fate. Once known as the Blood King, he is on equal terms with the Fae elders, though few are aware of his true self. Compared to other Fae (who have contempt for humans), he is very tolerant and even fond of humans, even trading away his most prized possession to help save Kenzi's life. He is extremely reluctant to use his blood powers, as they always carry a price; for example, his decision to write a future where Bo defeated Aife, Bo's mother, resulted in Dyson sacrificing his love for Bo to give her the strength to win. It has since been revealed that he is Bo's maternal grandfather.
- K.C. Collins as Hale Santiago: Dyson's colleague and another Fae undercover agent in the police force. He is a siren, with his abilities (he can pacify, control, and kill humans and Fae; in addition, he can cure pain and heal wounds) centred around his song, which he produces by simply whistling. Hale is good friends with Kenzi. He is the son of the leader of one of the three most powerful Light Fae clans, Clan Zamora, but despite his family's high social status, he makes his own way in life, although Bo and Kenzi used his contacts when they needed to infiltrate a high-class Fae event. He helps save Kenzi by using his siren's whistle to cauterize her wound in the season two finale.
- Emmanuelle Vaugier as Evony Florette Marquis, the Morrígan: The leader of the local Dark Fae. She is a leanan sídhe and runs a talent agency in the human world, where she represents young musicians and artists while stealing their talent.
- Paul Amos as Vex: A Mesmer. He can control people's actions against their will. Vex is of the dark Fae and "friends" with the Morrígan. He played a pivotal role against the Garuda where he used his powers to delay the Garuda in using Trick's blood to change the Blood Laws. He has a childish personality and uses his powers to amuse himself in such ways.
- Clé Bennett as the Ash: The leader of the Light Fae prior to and during the first season. He hoped to bring Bo into the Light Fae, and uses Lauren to try to manipulate her. He is badly injured by an assassin sent by Bo's mother, and is in a coma at the end of the first season.
- Vincent Walsh as the Ash: A Fae named Lachlan who wins the now-vacant position of the Ash; smug, sexy, dangerous, charismatic and a formidable force in his own right. Power-hungry, he is a stickler for rules (although willing to bend them for his own gain). He was later revealed to be a Naga, having lost his other heads to use his venom for various purposes. He was killed by the Garuda at the end of season two, but he did not die in vain as Lauren was able to save enough venom to kill the Garuda in the season two finale.
- Lina Roessler as Ciara: An old love of Dyson's, known as the fairy queen. While she is initially treated frostily by Bo and Kenzi, Bo eventually comes to consider her a friend. She was in love with Dyson, but he was unable to reciprocate this affection due to his already given his love to Bo and it being taken by the Norn. She was later killed by the Garuda.
- Athena Karkanis as Nadia: Lauren's human girlfriend that was put into a coma by The Ash so he could manipulate Lauren into working for the Light Fae. Bo is later forced to kill her when the Garuda takes over her body.
- Aaron Ashmore as Nate: Kenzi's boyfriend. Kenzi and Nate used to be neighbours when they were children. They broke up when the Garuda threat was most imminent and could have endangered Nate.
- Kate Trotter as The Norn: Able to grant one's strongest desire in exchange for that which they hold dearest. She was called upon by Dyson when Bo was fighting her mother. Due to a subtle error on Dyson's part, the Norn was able to take Dyson's love for Bo instead of his wolf. She later returned Dyson's love to him with the help of Kenzi's effective chainsaw persuasion tactics.
Development and production
On November 16, 2008, Prodigy Pictures issued a press release that they had been commissioned by Canwest Global to produce a pilot for Lost Girl, a drama about a young woman with supernatural powers. The pilot was to be written by Michelle Lovretta who had previously written for the Canadian television series Mutant X.
On August 19, 2009, Canwest Global issued a press release that the Showcase television channel, a subsidiary of the main company, had picked up the rights to a one hour supernatural drama series. The cast would include Anna Silk, previously in such series as Billable Hours and Being Erica, filling the lead role of the character Bo in the series. Kristen Holden-Ried, from the series The Tudors, as another main character named Dyson, an inhuman cop involved in a love/hate relationship with Bo, and two-time Gemini Award winner Ksenia Solo as a third character named Kenzi, Bo’s street-smart and fiercely loyal human best friend. Also in the cast would be Rick Howland, from the film Bon Cop, Bad Cop, as Trick, a friendly saloon keeper with something to hide. The release stated the series' promotional efforts would include an interactive website, graphic novel, and downloadable video game.
On April 7, 2010, Prodigy reported that the green-light had been given for a series to be produced to consist of thirteen one-hour episodes. Production on the series began in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the spring of 2010, at sites across southern Ontario and at a small studio in western Toronto. Completion of the series' primary production occurred June 25, and the series was aimed for a September 2010 release date.
On June 22, 2010 Keyframe Digital of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario reported that they had been given the contract for visual effects on the first thirteen episodes of Lost Girl, referring to it as fantasy/noir.
As part of the promotion of the series, an official site was opened at the beginning of August 2010 at lostgirlseries.com. It contained a short trailer for the series, and a summary of information on the series and the characters. On August 20, an interactive comic book was also released that would serve as a lead-in to the series and characters for viewers. It also was expected to have a forum for viewers to interact with the cast and crew before the series actually aired on Showcase. On the same date, a press release indicated that the series cast and crew would be making an appearance at Fan Expo Canada held in Toronto August 27–29, where they would be answering questions about the series and have promotional items available for watchers of the series as well.
Episode 8 of the series, called "Vexed", was the first episode produced and served as the series pilot which was shown to Showcase to obtain the green light for the series.
On November 12, 2010, the Showcase Blog announced that Lost Girl would be renewed for a second season.
An announcement on July 7, 2011 by Showcase confirmed that the second season premiere would be on September 4, 2011 and that an additional nine episodes had been ordered to bring season two to a total of 22 episodes.
On December 9, 2011, Kirk Hooper announced on the Showcase blog that Lost Girl had been renewed for a third season. It was later confirmed by Showcase on Twitter that season 3 would premiere in early 2013.
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The series premiered in Australia on July 14, 2011 on Sci Fi, and season two began airing on February 23, 2012.
In the UK, the series premiered on Syfy on September 1, 2011, and returned for season two on January 12, 2012.
The series premiered on SyFy in the US the next week, January 16, 2012, and garnered almost 1.5 million viewers. It had previously been reported that the channel had acquired rights to both seasons of the show. SyFy aired both seasons back to back, with the season one finale on April 9, 2012 being immediately following on April 16, 2012 by the season two premiere.
The Romanian channel AXN started airing the first season on February 14, 2012. In Portugal it premired on AXN Black back in 2011
Entertainment One released season 1 on DVD in Canada on April 24, 2012. In Region 4, Sony Pictures Australia released season 1 on DVD in Australia on November 23, 2011. Funimation Entertainment will release the first season in the United States on DVD and Blu-ray on October 23, 2012, followed by the second season on November 13, 2012.
Viewership of the pilot was over 400,000 for the first airing, and "another 184,000" for the second airing, making it the "highest-rated Canadian scripted series premiere of all time on Showcase."
In Canada, Rob Salem of the Toronto Star described the show as one that "definitely bears watching." Vladislav Tinchev, writer for the German site Serienjunkies wrote that the series would benefit from "revealing more background information about the represented world," rather than spend time on "clumsy action scenes". But Tinchev pointed out that "Lost Girl is not lost at all, and has immediately won the audience and entertains them well. And there is nothing wrong with that, because TV series need not be world-shaking events."
Upon its U.S. premiere, The New York Times said "Like other fantasy-tinged shows on Syfy and USA, it offers the minor pleasures of formulaic fantasy and weekly puzzle solving, though in a cheaper-looking and less original package than usual"; "Lost Girl could be more than routine if we felt Bo’s magnetism the way her hapless victims do, but through the first few episodes Ms. Silk is more stolid than steamy." In his review for Variety, Brian Lowry wrote: "At first glance, Lost Girl looks like another one of those Canadian imports picked up mostly for financial reasons. The pilot, however, proves unexpectedly fun—a sort of diluted version of True Blood... but the show has wit, style and an enticing lead in the leather-clad Anna Silk."
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