Lost Girl is a Canadian supernaturaldrama television series that premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010. The series was created by Michelle Lovretta and is produced by Jay Firestone and Prodigy Pictures Inc., with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund (Canada Media Fund), and in association with Shaw Media. It follows the life of a bisexualsuccubus named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she learns to control her supernatural abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about her origins. Following good ratings and positive reviews, it was renewed for a second season on November 12, 2010 (two months after its premiere); a third season on December 9, 2011; a fourth season on February 28, 2013; and a fifth season on February 27, 2014.
In Australia, Lost Girl premiered on Sci Fi Australia on July 14, 2011. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it premiered on Syfy (UK) on September 1, 2011. In the United States, it premiered on Syfy on January 16, 2012.
Episodes begin with a cold open; followed by the opening title sequence showing the top four main actors, series creator and show title, accompanied by the Lost Girl Theme song. Over the top of the sequence and theme song is the voice-over monologue by the protagonist, Bo (Anna Silk), summarizing her story:
Life is hard when you don't know who you are. It's harder when you don't know what you are. My love carries a death sentence. I was lost for years, searching while hiding; only to find that I belong to a world hidden from humans. I won't hide anymore. I will live the life I choose.
The Lost Girl Theme song was composed by Jody Colero, Marco DiFelice and Benjamin Pinkerton.
Total episode running time is 44:00 minutes, including opening title sequence and fade to black closing credits roll.
Episodes on Syfy in the United States are 90 seconds shorter to allow for more commercial advertisement time. Starting with Season 3, 30 seconds that would have otherwise been cut from the episodes for Syfy were preserved by substituting the original opening title sequence with opening credits superimposed over the first scene of each episode.
"It's kind of tough growing up thinking that you might have a shot at being prom queen and find out that you're part of some ageless secret race that feeds on humans." (1.02)
Bo is a Succubus who grew up in an adopted human family, unaware of her non-human nature and of the Fae world she descended from. She began to feel "different" when she entered puberty and didn't know she was not normal until she accidentally killed her high school boyfriend by draining his life energy during her first sexual encounter. When she told her parents what had happened, they broke the news to Bo that she had been adopted (see "Raging Fae"). Not knowing what she was and what she had done, Bo hated herself and ran away from home, exchanging her previous life for one without family or friends, moving from place to place and assuming a false identity whenever she killed again.
In the first episode, Bo saves a young human woman, Kenzi, from a rapist who had surreptitiously drugged her with a "roofie" in her drink. The two quickly become friends and Kenzi decides they should team up to create a Fae/Human detective agency. Confronted by the Fae leaders of the local territory with a demand for her to choose a side – either "Light" or "Dark" – Bo declares herself neutral, deciding instead to side with humans after Kenzi risks her life to find out where Bo had been taken by force and what they were doing to her. Most of the Fae considered Bo an unknown entity that should either be eliminated as a risk to their secret existence or exploited for their benefit. 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 Light Fae wolf shapeshifter and police detective; and Lauren, a human doctor and scientist in servitude to the Light Fae.
"I can be more powerful than all other Fae. Everyone will kneel at my feet. There will be no more Dark and no more Light. There will be only me." (2.08)
Bo faces personal challenges with Dyson after she finds out in Blood Lines that he lied to her about knowing who her birth mother was and that he had been Trick's undercover agent, then later about his lost feelings of passion for her; and with Lauren when their relationship became complicated after The Morrígan informed Bo in "It's Better to Burn Out Than Fae Away" that Lauren had a girlfriend. At the same time that she is coping with these turmoils, a villainous and evil ancient enemy of the Fae, the Garuda, is awakened and reappears with the intent to destroy the truce between Light and Dark Fae, and reignite the Great War between them. The new Ash, Lachlan, recruits Bo to be his champion in the battle against the Garuda and she agrees on the condition that he regard her as a partner, not as his servant. Bo learns in Into the Dark that she is not only Trick's maternal granddaughter, but deduces that she has inherited some of his Blood Sage powers: if her blood comes into contact with someone's open wound, it can enslave and bind the recipient to her will (the same power that her mother, Aife, used to create male slaves). She uses her blood power to unite her team in the final battle against the Garuda.
Recurring characters: The Morrígan, Vex, Lachlan, Ciara, Nadia, Ryan Lambert, Nate, Nain Rouge, The Garuda, The Norn, Val Santiago.
"One hair from someone she loves. Two from someone she trusts. And three from her own head. Put them in the bottle and the Druid will do the rest." (3.10)
With Fae society in upheaval, Bo finds herself facing further changes and challenges as former ally Hale becomes the acting Ash – trying to forge a new balance between Light and Dark by appointing a Valkyrie aligned with the Dark Fae, Tamsin, as Dyson's new detective partner. Meantime, Tamsin is a secret agent working for two separate clients: The Morrígan, who wants to build a case against Bo so that she can execute her; and as a mercenary for someone who wants to entrap Bo. Matters become complicated when Kenzi is kidnapped by a crazed Kitsune who assumes her identity and deliberately sows distrust in the relationships between Bo and those closest to her, just as Bo must prepare for and go through an evolutionary Fae rite of passage that forces her to explore her past and future. Danger escalates when a human scientist convinces a despondent Lauren to join him in conducting scientific research in his private laboratory – all the while deceptively concealing his intent to harness Fae genetics for himself with the use of her expertise. The third season culminates with Bo being engulfed by black smoke and disappearing into thin air, presumably whisked away by her mysterious and powerful biological father (who may be "The Wanderer" that recurred throughout the season's story arc).
Recurring characters: The Morrígan, Vex, Tamsin, Stella, Dr. Isaac Taft, Bruce, Massimo, Aife.
"One with eyes both brown and blue. One who shifts. A valkyrie, too. One with blood that rules the world. One who sings, his life unfurled. A warrior to be her guide. A healer always by her side." (4.12)
While Kenzi, Hale, and Dyson, are all living their lives, Bo is nowhere to be found. It's later realized that they simply forgot Bo, as someone was forcing them to. Massimo has been giving Kenzi temporary powers to appear Fae. Bo finally awakens to find herself on a train, and later jumps off. A group of Fae called the "Una Mens" are introduced. When she arrives home, it is discovered that while Bo herself did not consciously choose a side, her blood has chosen Dark. Tamsin is found reborn, as a little girl, and grows up with Kenzi as her pseudo-mom. Massimo steals from Bo and Kenzi in an attempt to convince Kenzi to pay him, and Bo figures out that he is not Fae, but human. He also kidnaps Tamsin to acquire her Valkyrie hair, and after being defeated by Bo, chases after the hair into a pit of lava, where at that point he is assumed to be dead. Many of Trick's secrets and past actions are revealed, including a tie to a past life of Tamsin's, and the fact that he used his blood to "erase" someone from existence. Tamsin discovers that by not taking the soul to of a man named Rainer to Valhalla, she is part of the reason "The Wanderer" was created. Bo is able to get back on the train, where she finally meets Rainer, and brings him back to the Dal. Hale and Kenzi admit their feelings for each other. Lauren, who has been working with the Dark, somehow turns the Morrigan human. Kenzi's mother is introduced, and Hale attempts to propose. Massimo returns, and protecting Kenzi, Hale is killed. Kenzi tries to get revenge, but is stopped by Vex, who mentions that he is Massimo's guardian. Evony is revealed to be Massimo's mother, and gave him to Vex years ago when he was a boy. Bo learns that not only is her father coming, but that to close the portal, she will need to give her heart. That is revealed to be Kenzi, who sacrifices herself. It ends with Bo visiting Kenzi's grave.
Recurring characters: The Morrígan, Vex, Tamsin, Massimo, The Keeper and The Una Mens, Rainer, Crystal, Clio, Bruce.
Season 5 (2014/15)
Season five of Lost Girl is set to air Fall 2014.
Anna Silk as Bo: A Succubus, she has the power to absorb the life force (the "chi", or Qi) of humans and Fae by drawing it out through their mouths. She feeds from chi intake; and heals from the absorption of chi and from the energy created by sexual encounters. She can also seduce and manipulate both humans and Fae with the touch of her skin. Though at first she could not feed without killing her sexual partners (both male and female), with Lauren's help she learned to control her sexual drive and chi-drawing powers so that she can have sex with both Fae and humans without injuring or killing them. She can only go a few days without feeding before the hunger overcomes her. Absorbing the chi of Faes can increase her strength; however, although Fae are stronger than humans and can better endure her feeding on them, she can drain their chi and leave them comatose or dead. She is best friends with Kenzi and is romantically involved with both Lauren and Dyson. When Lauren's life is threatened in "Death Didn't Become Him", a strange and extremely powerful alternate persona emerges from her, which drains the chi from multiple individuals at a distance of several meters, and she declares "there will be no more dark or light, only me." In the first season, Bo finally meets her birth mother, Aife, who is also a succubus. Towards the end of the second season, she learns that Trick is her maternal grandfather and that she is named after her grandmother, Isabeau. In the third season, Bo willingly enters into a monogamous relationship for the first time in her life when she asks Lauren to be with her.
Kris Holden-Ried as Dyson: A Wolf-Shapeshifter and homicide detective in the human police force. He is 1,500-years old, very strong, possesses a sharp sense of smell, and is acutely knowledgeable about Fae politics. A member of the Light Fae, his true allegiance is to Trick rather than to the Ash. He falls in love with Bo while under orders from Trick to keep an eye on her, and is best friends with Hale, his Light Fae detective partner. In the Season 1 finale, he involuntarily sacrifices his love for Bo when he offers his wolf to the Norn in return for her giving Bo the strength to defeat her murderous and maniacal mother, Aife; but the Norn – who demanded his wolf the first time he asked a favor from her in "Brother Fae of the Wolves" – realizes that his wolf is no longer what he values most and takes his love for Bo and his ability to love anyone else again instead; leaving him with the memory of their relationship but unable to feel his passion for her. He makes efforts to remain friends with Bo, which is initially awkward when Bo can't understand why he is distant (until Bo comes to terms with his detachment and declares to Kenzi in "Can't See the Fae-Rest" that her relationship with Dyson is over). After reuniting with his old love, Ciara, their relationship is hampered by Dyson's reluctance to reveal his encounter with the Norn and what he had lost in the exchange; however, he eventually admits to her that he offered his wolf but it had cost him his ability to love anyone. This ability is restored by the Norn after Kenzi threatens to mutilate and cut down her Sacred Tree in "Into the Dark". Although the idea that a wolf mates for life was ascribed to his relationship with Bo, in "End Of A Line" the voodoo witch Laveau told Dyson that his "prison" (i.e. his love for Bo) was of his own making.
Ksenia Solo as Mackenzie "Kenzi" Malikov: a human and Bo's best friend and sidekick, declared as Bo's "property" and "pet" to allow her to participate in Fae society. She suggests Bo use her neutrality and bewitching powers to her advantage to become a private investigator, with her as partner. Kenzi ran away from home at a young age and lived on the streets and underground for a long time before meeting Bo. A small-time criminal, somewhat compulsive pickpocket, and scam artist with a long rap sheet, she can speak Russian fluently and possesses excellent street-smarts. She prefers to be underestimated at first glance and tends to put up a facade of generic sidekick cowardice, silliness, and uselessness for camouflage and to keep herself out of harm's way. Her plentiful extended family, all local diaspora, provide a steady stream of shady connections, sources, and services, usually exchanged over the phone as "favors owed" or "favors called" (as prevalent in real-world Russian culture). This and her character's Russian streetwise slang lines, swagger, and attitudes are all quite authentic in both scripting and delivery, with in fact the only notable faux-Russianism in the series being Kenzi's name. Despite their differences, she and Bo quickly become close friends, with Bo choosing humanity rather than Fae in "It's a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World", after Kenzi risks her life to find out where Bo had been taken by Dyson and Hale, and calls out to Bo to help her break out of a spell she had been put under during the trial to determine her alignment with Light or Dark. She has a vast wardrobe of clothing and wigs to change her appearance at will. Kenzi and Hale became friends, and she frequently teases or assists him; and by the third season she has also endeared herself to Vex. Her character is the show's comic relief and primary source of its trademark banter, but being so far from the typical incompetent and bumbling "weakling human sidekick without any abilities", grants it much of its signature style. It can, however, also be noted that her thieving, though not of supernatural origin, is one of the most regularly used special skillsets in the show.
Zoie Palmer as Dr. Lauren Lewis (a/k/a Karen Beattie): A Human owned by the Ash as his property, she serves as a doctor and scientist for the Light Fae. She had an instant attraction to Bo during their first meeting and hence fell in love with her. She has extensive knowledge of the different types of Fae and their abilities. In the first season, she helps Bo learn how to control her powers so that she can have sex with both Fae and humans without hurting or killing them. It is later revealed that she has a human girlfriend, Nadia, who fell into a coma after contracting a mysterious virus while in the Congo with her. In exchange for her servitude, The Ash offers Lauren access to the Light Fae's laboratory and resources to find a cure for Nadia's condition. Lauren learns from Lachlan in "Masks" that she was tricked by the previous Ash: he ordered a Dark Fae Shaman to curse Nadia into a coma so that he could induce Lauren to accept bondage to him and use her scientific and medical expertise for the Fae's benefit. After Bo (unbeknownst to Lauren) removes the curse, Lauren and Nadia reunite; but their relationship is soon shattered when it is revealed that Nadia had been infected by the Garuda and he can control her mind and body. Bo is forced to kill Nadia when she threatens Lauren's life, leaving Lauren devastated. Grieving, Lauren seeks comfort in Bo and the two grow closer emotionally. In the Season 2 finale, Lauren relinquishes her chance for freedom from the Light Fae to stay with Bo, despite encouragement from Dyson to leave while she can. In the first episode of the third season, "Caged Fae", Bo asks Lauren to be in a monogamous relationship with her. However, in "Delinquents", Tamsin visits Lauren to furtively carry out one of her mercenary tasks, and intentionally provokes Lauren by telling her that she and Bo kissed without Bo feeding from her (not knowing that the kiss was caused by Trick and Stella touching the Dawning invitation machine at the moment they shared a first kiss in "Fae-ge Against The Machine", which made the machine spark, and propelled Tamsin towards Bo to kiss her). In consequence, Lauren feels betrayed by Bo and inadequate to satisfy Bo's succubus desires, and tells Bo that she needs to take a "break" from the relationship. As time passes, however, Bo becomes concerned that it might not be a temporary separation. In the third season, a part of Lauren's past is disclosed and we learn that her "real" name is Karen Beattie and that she is a fugitive wanted by the International Criminal Offences and Criminal Intelligence Bureau. In addition to English she is also fluent in Spanish, French and Swahili. In "Those Who Wander" Lauren feigns being through with Bo in the presence of Dr. Isaac Taft and rejects her to protect Bo, and herself, from him. After this encounter, Bo and Lauren go their separate ways. Lauren then sabotages Taft's plan to extract Dyson's DNA and transfer the cells into him so as to become a Wolf-Shapeshifter, and turns Taft into a human/Cabbit hybrid instead, making him an easy kill for Dyson. She goes missing thereafter. (The conversation that she and Dyson had during a phone call in "Sleeping Beauty School" showed that Dyson was aware of Lauren's motives for subjecting him to the deceptive procedure.) In "Turn to Stone", Lauren reveals to Crystal that she has a brother, they had been inseparable, and decided together "to change the world", but their cause had turned into blowing up pipelines. Lauren knew how to build pipe bombs and made them for her brother to position; however, one location was supposed to have been deserted but wasn't, and eleven people were killed in the explosion. This led Lauren (Karen Beattie) to go on the run, change her identity, and keep running ever since. Lauren confesses that not a day goes by that she doesn't hate herself for what happened. (By the details in the ICOCIB wanted poster, the incident occurred in 1998, when Lauren was 17 or 18 years old.) In "Let the Dark Times Roll", at a Dark Fae party in a mansion, Bo and Lauren are reunited after the passage of a month during which the first 30 days of Lauren's memory of Bo is removed by The Wanderer. In the meantime Bo has been asleep until she awakens from his influence. They jump into each other's arms and kiss passionately. Lauren tells Bo that she fled for her life after the Una Mens began to kill humans, and the Dark Fae (i.e. The Morrigan) came looking for her, and offered refuge, protection, and freedom to come and go as she pleased. When Bo tells Lauren that she can offer her protection by claiming her, Lauren turns her down. After being owned by The Ash for over five years, Lauren doesn't want to be owned by anyone, even Bo. Bo walks away, stunned and bewildered by Lauren's response.
Rick Howland as Fitzpatrick "Trick" McCorrigan: The Bartender and owner of the only Fae pub in town, The Dal Riata, which is neutral ground where Light and Dark Fae can freely socialize and find sanctuary. Trick is very powerful: he is a Blood Sage and can alter fate by writing it with his blood. Once known as the Blood King, he forced the truce and wrote the decrees that ended the war between Light and Dark Fae, and is on equal terms with the Fae Elders. Compared to other Fae, who have contempt for humans, he is tolerant and often fond of humans, even trading away his most prized possession to help save Kenzi's life in "Food for Thought". He respects Lauren and when necessary seeks her opinion and expertise with matters involving Fae. Trick is extremely reluctant to use his blood powers as it can have unforeseen consequences: in "Blood Lines", his writing a culmination where Aife's maternal instincts emerge and stop her from hurting and killing Bo not only leaves him weakened and wounded from the loss of blood, but in "Lachlan's Gambit" he tells Lachlan that it awakened the Garuda. Near the end of the second season, he reveals to Bo that he is her maternal grandfather.
K. C. Collins as Hale Santiago: A Siren and Dyson's colleague as another Light Fae undercover agent in the human police force. He can pacify, control, and kill humans and Fae alike with his whistling; in addition, he can cure pain and heal wounds with it. He is the son of the leader of one of the three most powerful and wealthiest Light Fae clans, the Clan Zamora, but despite his family's social status he makes his own way in life, preferring to create his own connections and leverage (although he allows Bo and Kenzi to use his high-class social contacts when they need to infiltrate an upper-crust Fae event). Hale becomes good friends with Kenzi, with an undercurrent of mutual attraction gradually developing between them. He helps save Kenzi's life using his siren's whistle to cauterize her wound in the Season 2 finale. In the third season, he becomes the acting Ash after Lachlan's death. Hale dies protecting Kenzi in Season 4, Episode 11, "End Of A Line".
Emmanuelle Vaugier as Evony Fleurette Marquise: The Morrígan. The ruthless, cunning, and vengeful leader of the local Dark Fae, she can melt and dissolve flesh with her touch. She is a "leanan sídhe" and runs a talent agency in the human world, where she represents young musicians and artists while stealing their lives in exchange for fame. (Original Pilot; Season 1, 2, 3, 4)
Paul Amos as Vex: a Mesmer. A sadomasochist Dark Fae with a sarcastic and raunchy sense of humor, he can control people's bodies against their will, including forcing them to kill themselves or commit murder. Vex is a favorite of the Dark Elders and has a "like-hate" relationship with The Morrígan, serving as her hit man. He plays a pivotal role against the Garuda when Bo recruits him for her team and he uses his powers to delay the Garuda using Trick's blood to reverse the Blood Laws and reignite a war between Light and Dark. (Original Pilot; Season 1, 2, 3, 4)
Inga Cadranel as Aife (aka Saskia in Season 1): a Succubus and Bo's birth mother. She is the daughter of Trick, the Blood King, and Isabeau. After rebelling against the truce imposed between the Light and Dark Fae and killing a Dark Elder, she is delivered to the Dark Fae for execution. Instead of being put to death, she endures many centuries of imprisonment, torture, and rape by a Dark King before she is able to escape. She masterminds a suicide bombing that kills most of the Light Fae Elders and critically injures The Ash. (Season 1, 3, 4)
Rachel Skarsten as Tamsin: a Valkyrie. Dyson's new detective partner after Hale became the acting Ash. A mercenary and bounty hunter working for the Dark Fae, she is not pleased with being forced to work with a Light Fae partner. She is building a case against Bo for attacking and feeding on a member of the Dark Fae, and rendering him unconscious. Initially, she has no problem showing her distaste for Bo or Dyson's infatuation with her, but develops an attraction and respect for Bo, to the point of questioning her own loyalties. (Season 3, 4)
Kate Trotter as The Norn: an Ancient with the power to grant one's strongest desire in exchange for that which they hold dearest. When Bo was fighting her mother, Aife, Dyson sought her intervention, for the second time in his life, and offered her his "wolf" in return for transferring his strength to Bo; but he did not realize that what he now valued most was his love for Bo, and The Norn took his ability to love her or anyone else, instead. (In "End Of A Line" the voodoo witch Laveau told Dyson that his love "prison" – i.e. his love for Bo – was of his own making.) The Norn returned Dyson's love passion after Kenzi threatened to cut down her Sacred Tree with a chainsaw. (Season 1, 2)
Rob Archer as Bruce: a bodyguard and hatchet man for The Morrígan (species unknown). (Season 3, 4)
Clé Bennett as the Ash: leader of the Light Fae. He wants Bo to choose alignment with the Light, and orders Lauren to find a way to distract Bo so as to prevent her from attacking and killing Vex – which could have jeopardized the peace between the Fae clans and given the Morrígan a reason to execute Bo. He is badly injured in an assassination attempt by Bo's mother, Aife, and left in a comatose state on life support at the end of Season 1. (Original Pilot; Season 1)
Aron Tager as Mayer: a Luck Fae. He is a bookmaker running a gambling business with both Fae and human clients. He was Bo's Dark Fae contact and told her where Vex could be found. His niece, Cassie, is an Oracle and in exchange for a favor allowed Bo to meet with her and reveal information about her birth mother. (Original Pilot; Season 1)
Vincent Walsh as Lachlan: the Ash. He wins the position of The Ash in a stag hunt after the previous Ash is left comatose. He is a stickler for rules and a commanding leader who does not hesitate to assert his authority, punish insubordination, and do away with anyone who threatens the Light Fae and the secret existence of the Fae. He is revealed to be a Nāga, having violently lost his other heads for their venom. The Nāga has the power to kill the Garuda with its venom; but with the loss of his other heads, Lachlan knows he cannot defeat his ancient enemy and before facing him in a fight to the death he has Lauren draw his venom so that she can turn it into a weapon for Bo to kill the Garuda with. (Season 2)
Lina Roessler as Ciara: a Fairy-Scuffock hybrid. The warrior daughter of a Fairy father and Scáthach mother with powers of lightning-fast velocity, she taught the art of war to Dyson and his wolf-shapeshifter pack. Referred to as a Fairy Queen by Trick and Bo. She is a past love of Dyson, and they are reunited after the passage of centuries and become romantically involved; but although she is in love with Dyson, he is unable to respond in kind since The Norn has taken his ability to love. While she is initially treated frostily by Bo and Kenzi, Bo eventually comes to consider her a friend. She is killed by the Garuda when she shifts in front of Bo to protect her from the thrust of his sword. (Season 2)
Anthony Lemke as Ryan Lambert: a Dark Fae Loki. He is a wealthy playboy who amassed a fortune as an inventor, alchemist, and supplier of rare and costly items. He crashes Bo's birthday party to give her an engraved bracelet that, she later learns, can protect her from a species of Fae. Without her knowing that he is Dark, the two become lustful lovers after Bo's relationship with Dyson ends, and her romance with Lauren is interrupted when Nadia is released from her coma. (Season 2)
Hayley Nault as the Nain Rouge: a divine Fae spirit that likes to observe tragic events and materializes as a young girl. The Nain Rouge appears to Bo when unexplained Fae deaths begin to occur and gives Bo a vision wherein she is the cause of Trick's death. When the reemergence of the Fae's ancient enemy, the Garuda, begins to create strange events in nature, the Nain Rouge answers Bo's call to show herself and tells Bo that for her to defeat the Garuda she needs to build a united team of Light and Dark Fae. (Season 2)
Raoul Trujillo as The Garuda: an ancient and fiendish powerful enemy of the Fae. The Garuda transforms into a gigantic fiery eagle, and can possess and control its victims. Its source of food is anger and rage, and can only be killed with the venom of a Nāga. When the Blood King (Trick) writes the truce and Blood Laws that ended the Great War between Light and Dark, the Garudas dwindle as they starve to death until only one is left, remaining dormant for eons. When Trick uses his blood powers to stop Aife from hurting and killing Bo, it revives the Garuda, which then comes in search of Trick to force him into using his blood to repeal the Laws and reignite the war between Light and Dark. He is killed by Bo with Lachlan's venom. (Season 2)
Shawn Doyle as Dr. Isaac Taft: a psychotic human scientist and Fae hunter. He appears at Lauren's apartment delivering a research award after she fails to attend the special presentation ceremony. Dr. Taft deceptively courts Lauren until, after several failed attempts, he convinced her to join him in performing cutting edge medical research in his private laboratory. He knows about the Fae and Lauren's involvement with the supernatural race, and wants her expertise about them to inflict cruel revenge against the Fae after his brother was beheaded by one and he was blamed for the crime. Taft kidnapps Dyson to extract his DNA for use on himself, but Lauren secretly sabotages the DNA transplant and turns him into a human-Cabbit hybrid. He is killed and eaten by Dyson. (Season 3)
Deborah Odell as Stella Nashira: a Lodestar. She is recruited by Trick to mentor Bo in her preparation for the tests she has to face during The Dawning. She and Trick fall in love and leave together for Scotland in the season finale. (Season 3)
Athena Karkanis as Nadia: Lauren's human girlfriend. She accompanied Lauren to the Congo as a photographer and while there The Ash caused her to be stricken by a mysterious illness that leaves her in a coma – thereby manipulating Lauren into pledged servitude to him and the Light Fae. Bo is forced to kill her when she becomes possessed by the Garuda and attacks Lauren, threatening her life. (Season 2)
Aaron Ashmore as Nate: Kenzi's boyfriend. Kenzi and Nate used to be neighbours when she was six years old and they meet again by coincidence sixteen years later when he answers an ad for a musician gig at Bo's surprise birthday party. Kenzi breaks up with him when the Garuda's threat is most imminent and could have endangered his life. (Season 2)
On November 16, 2008, Prodigy Pictures issued a press release that they had been commissioned by Canwest (Canwest Global Communications Corp.) 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. Principal photography was completed in February 2009.
On August 13, 2009, Canwest issued a press release announcing that the Showcase television channel, a subsidiary of the main company, had given the green-light for a 13-episode, one-hour supernatural drama series: "A drama loaded with mystery, romance and intrigue, Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo – a Succubus with heart. While Succubi are inhuman women who seduce and feed off their human partner's sexual energy, Bo is not your average Succubus. Raised in secret by humans, Bo tries to survive in the human, modern world without giving in to her instinctive urge to kill. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan and its strict regimes, Bo uses her feminine wiles – along with some help from her friends – to fight for the underdog. All the while, she is on a very personal mission to unlock the secrets of her origin and find her birth mother...Leading the Lost Girl cast is Anna Silk (Billable Hours, Being Erica) as Bo. The gang of monster misfits and human helpers includes Kristen Holden-Reid (The Tudors) as Dyson, an inhuman cop involved in a love/hate relationship with Bo – he absolutely hates how much he loves her. Two-time Gemini Award winner Ksenia Solo (Renegadepress.com) stars as Kenzie, Bo's street-smart and fiercely loyal human best friend. The cast also includes Rick Howland (Bon Cop, Bad Cop) as Trick, a friendly saloon keeper with something to hide...Lost Girl will also offer a cross platform experience to viewers. Production is currently underway on the development of an interactive website, graphic novel and downloadable video game."
On April 6, 2010, Prodigy Pictures reported that "principal photography is underway for 13 one-hour episodes of the new original Canadian fantasy-noir series, Lost Girl. Filming will take place at a West Toronto soundstage and on location in the vicinities of Toronto and Hamilton until June 25, 2010. The series is set to air on Showcase in the fall...Lost Girl follows supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk), a Succubus who feeds on the sexual energy of mortals...Bo's succubus nature tangles her in a sexy, romantic love-triangle with Dyson (Kris Holden-Reid), a shape-shifting Fae and homicide detective, and Lauren (Zoie Palmer), a human doctor who has found a way through science to help give Bo the sexual self-control she's been aching for. Navigating this complicated life with Bo is her human confidante and street-smart survivor, Kenzi (Ksenia Solo)...Writers include Michelle Lovretta; Peter Mohan; Jeremy Boxen; Emily Andras; and Pamela Pinch...A companion website for the series is being produced concurrently and will launch with the show to give viewers an unprecedented, interactive experience." The series was aimed for a September 2010 release date.
On June 22, 2010, Keyframe Digital Productions Inc. reported that they had been given the contract for visual effects on the first thirteen episodes of Lost Girl.
As part of the promotion of the series, an official site was opened at the beginning of August 2010 at www.lostgirlseries.com. It contained a short trailer for the series and a summary of information on the show and its characters. On August 20, 2010, "Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic" was released as a lead-in to the series. On the same date, a press release indicated that Lost Girl cast and crew would be making an appearance at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto on August 27–29, 2010, where they would be answering questions about the show and have promotional items available for audience members as well.
Lost Girl premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010. The show's debut became "the highest-rated Canadian scripted series premiere of all time on Showcase."
The first season episode "Vexed" (1.08) is the original pilot shown to Showcase to obtain the green-light for the series.
Showcase renewed Lost Girl for a second season on November 12, 2010, announcing "record-breaking ratings" and the "number one scripted series for Adults 25–54 across all specialty channels" in Canada.
Production on thirteen episodes for Season 2 began on May 17, 2011, with filming taking place at a Toronto soundstage and at locations in and around the city until September 22, for a targeted Fall 2011 premiere.
On May 18, 2011, Syfy (U.S.) announced that it had acquired 26 episodes (Season 1 and Season 2) of Lost Girl from Prodigy Pictures.
Showcase announced in a July 7, 2011, press release that the Season 2 premiere would be on September 4, 2011, and that an additional nine episodes had been ordered to make the season a total of 22 episodes. The order for more episodes was made public two weeks before the first appearance of Lost Girl cast and producers at San Diego Comic-Con International.
Naming Lost Girl its "highest rated drama series", Showcase announced the renewal for a third season on December 9, 2011, with production beginning in spring 2012.
The United States debut of Lost Girl on January 16, 2012, was announced by Syfy on December 12, 2011; with the last episode of Season 1 (1.13) on April 9 followed by Season 2 (2.01) on April 16, 2012.
Prodigy Pictures announced the start of principal photography on Season 3 on April 17, 2012, with the season premiere slated for fall 2012.
On July 12, 2012, Showcase declared via Twitter that Season 3 would premiere in winter 2013 (i.e. early 2013).
Syfy confirmed the January 14, 2013, U.S. premiere of Season 3 in a general press release on November 12, 2012. The following day (November 13), Showcase announced the Canadian premiere date of January 6, 2013.
Midway through Season 3, Showcase announced the renewal of Lost Girl for a fourth season on February 28, 2013, citing consistent delivery of "stellar ratings" and a "cornerstone series" for the network. Later on the same day, Syfy announced it had renewed Lost Girl for a fourth season containing thirteen episodes, and premiering in 2014.
On May 31, 2013, Prodigy Pictures and Showcase announced that filming had begun on thirteen episodes for Season 4, with an expected premiere in Fall 2013; followed with a start of production announcement by Syfy on June 4, 2013.
Showcase announced its 2013 Fall schedule on July 11, 2013, with Season 4 premiering on November 10, 2013, and its Sunday night broadcast changing from a 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot.
As a lead-in to the premiere of Season 4, Showcase announced the streaming of a four-part original "webisodes" series on its Lost Girl website, with the first episode released on October 13, 2013.
On November 22, 2013, Syfy announced the January 13, 2014, premiere of Season 4, with the show's Monday broadcast schedule changed from 10 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Syfy announced on Twitter on January 23, 2014, that the series' broadcast was returning to 10 p.m. (effective Episode 4.03 on January 27, 2014).
Showcase and Shaw Media announced the renewal for a fifth season of Lost Girl on February 27, 2014. Vanessa Piazza, who joined Prodigy Pictures Inc. in 2009 as a producer, was elevated to the position of executive producer on the show. Michael Grassi, who became a writer and consulting producer for the series in its fourth season, moved into the position of showrunner and executive producer for Season 5.
On April 9, 2014, Prodigy Pictures and Showcase announced the start of production on 13 episodes, with filming taking place in and around Toronto, and Season 5 premiering in Fall 2014.
In a 2011 interview for The Watercooler, Michelle Lovretta described her reaction to being asked to create Lost Girl: "When Prodigy (our studio) asked me to create a show about some kind of bisexual superhero who uses sex as part of her arsenal, my first thought was "hell, yes!"...The challenge was to create a fun, sex-positive world that celebrates provocative cheesecake for everyone, without falling into base stereotypes or misogynistic (or misandristic) exploitation along the way...Bo has lots of sex, with men, women, humans, Fae, threesomes... and she's still our hero, still a good person worthy (and capable) of love, and that's a rare portrayal of female sexuality...It's also rare to have a female lead who is so honestly sexual, without judgment...I think the single element I will remain proudest of is just that we've been able to create and put out into the world a sex positive universe where a person's sexual orientation is unapologetically present and yet neither defines them as a character, nor the show as a whole...I felt it was crucial to also demonstrate that sex and romance aren't the only ways that Bo measures a relationship's worth, to give the show balance...Fans may have noticed that Kenzi clarified her hetero orientation at the end of ep 101...That line was necessary because...I was determined to protect their platonic-yet-epic BFF-ness, so I made sure it was written in as canon. Partly, this was to debunk the gay-panic cliche that bisexual people sexualize everyone, and are incapable of platonic friendship. But there was another, simpler and more personal reason: I think friendship is the fifth element...So, hidden in amongst all the romance and cleavage and threesomes, the Lost Girl Bo and Kenzi relationship is my own little love poem to all the BFFs out there who do it right.""
Series creator Michelle Lovretta teamed with industry veteran Peter Mohan to co-showrun Season 1. Lovretta and Mohan left (on good terms) after the first season to pursue other opportunities, and the Season 2 showrunner role was split between Lost Girl writer Jeremy Boxen and another industry veteran, Grant Rosenberg.
Emily Andras, who had been involved with the series as a writer and consulting producer since Season 1, became showrunner effective Season 3. In an interview for The Huffington Post after the announcement by Syfy that it had renewed the show for a third season, Andras described what direction she would like to see Lost Girl go in the future: "Into a world where a bisexual protagonist is non-news. I'm so proud of the comedic ambitions of Lost Girl, that it's dedicated genre [fare] that doesn't take itself too seriously, but I also love exploring the shades of gray; the moral ambiguity of characters who may live forever and their relationships with mortals who will not." In a December 2012 interview with the Writers Guild of Canada, Andras detailed the flow of the Lost Girl showrunner title, followed with a second interview in the guild's magazine, Canadian Screenwriter. In an interview with SpoilerTV, she addressed the fervor of the show's fandom. On March 10, 2013, after the Showcase broadcast of Fae-ge Against The Machine, Emily Andras participated in a special live question and answer session on Doccubus.com with fans of the show and of Bo & Lauren. In the Q&A, Andras also discussed the selection of Zoie Palmer for the role of Dr. Lauren Lewis, the theme of death, and the love triangle between "the wolf" and "the doctor". Starting with the premiere episode of Season 4, In Memoriam, Andras held a series of exclusive post-episode weekly interviews with The Loop (TV Guide.CA). She discussed the process of writing Lost Girl and her involvement with the series in an interview with the popular podcast fan site, Drinks at The Dal.
Michael Grassi, who joined the show as a writer and consulting producer for the fourth season, succeeded Emily Andras as showrunner for Season 5. (Andras moved into the position of executive consulting producer on the series.)
The series premiered in Australia on July 14, 2011, on Sci Fi, with Season 2 returning on February 23, 2012, and Season 3 on SF (formerly Sci Fi) on January 10, 2013. (The series was replayed on free-to-air network SBS2 [as opposed to SF which is a subscription television network], with Season 1 premiering October 1, 2013, and Season 2 to return in late 2014.) Since the launch of Syfy (Australia), which replaced the defunct SF, and SBS2 only having the rights to Seasons 1-3 of the series, no Australian network has the rights to Season 4 at this point in time.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the series premiered on Syfy (UK) on September 1, 2011, and returned for Season 2 on January 12, 2012, followed by Season 3 on April 23, 2013, and Season 4 on January 16, 2014. The series changed timeslots due to dropping ratings from February 5, 2014, with the series moving from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The series premiered on Syfy in the United States on January 16, 2012, after Syfy purchased the rights to Seasons 1 and 2 from Prodigy Pictures on May 18, 2011. Syfy aired both seasons back-to-back, with Season 1 ending on April 9, 2012 and Season 2 starting on April 16, 2012. Season 3 premiered on January 14, 2013., and Season 4 returned on January 13, 2014 in the new timeslot of 8 p.m. (in contrast to 10 p.m. for previous seasons) but was returned to the 10 p.m. timeslot from January 27, 2014 (episode 4.03).
The finale of Season 2 on April 1, 2012, was preceded by the Showcase special, Lost Girl Finale Pre-Show. Filmed on the series' "Dal Riata" set, the live audience one-hour program hosted by Lost Girl writer Steve Cochrane featured behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland, K.C. Collins, Paul Amos, and executive producer Jay Firestone.
Lost Girl ConFAEdential, a special roundtable discussion about the previous two seasons and characters, aired on Showcase before the premiere of Season 3 on January 6, 2013. Moderated by Jay Firestone, Executive Producer of Lost Girl, it featured (in order of introduction): Rick Howland ("Trick"), Zoie Palmer ("Dr. Lauren Lewis"), Anna Silk ("Bo"), Kris Holden-Ried ("Dyson"), Ksenia Solo ("Kenzi"), and K.C. Collins ("Hale").
The premiere of Season 4 was preceded by Lost Girl: An Evening at the Clubhouse, a one-hour special featuring cast-on-cast interviews, webisode footage and a sneak peek. During the pre-show, cast reflected on both the past and upcoming seasons, revealed behind-the-scenes stories, and responded to fan questions.
A series of four webisodes streamed on the Showcase website were created as a promotional lead-in to the premiere of Season 4 in Canada, with the first installment released on October 13, 2013.
Home media and digital distribution
On October 12, 2011, Prodigy Pictures and Showcase announced on the show's official Facebook page that episodes of Lost Girl had become available for purchase and download from iTunes Canada. Episodes later became available for purchase on iTunes U.S. HD and SD (Standard-definition) episodes of all seasons also became available for either streaming or purchase from Amazon Instant Video.
In Canada (Region 1), Entertainment One, Ltd. released the DVD of Season 1 on April 24, 2012. On November 13, 2012, Berkshire Axis Media released Season 2 in Canada on DVD and Blu-ray.
In Region 2, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released Season 1 on DVD in the United Kingdom and Ireland on February 25, 2013; Season 2 on September 9, 2013; Season 3 on March 3, 2014; and Season 4 on May 19, 2014.
In the United States, Funimation released the uncut episodes "not seen on Syfy" on DVD and Blu-ray with Season 1 on October 23, 2012, followed by Season 2 on November 13, 2012. The DVD and Blu-ray of Season 3 was released by Funimation in Region 1 (U.S. and Canada) on November 19, 2013. The Season 4 DVD and Blu-ray for Region 1 (U.S. and Canada) was released by Funimation on June 24, 2014.
Motion comics – Comic book – Mobile game
As a promotional prequel to the show's premiere on September 12, 2010, Showcase released a six-chapter series of interactive motion comics, Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic, on its Lost Girl website. The comics introduced users to Bo, the heroine of Lost Girl, and other characters in the show. The first chapter premiered on August 20, 2010, and all chapters were later made available for downloading.
To promote the show's United States premiere on Syfy in January 2012, a limited edition comic book, Lost Girl: Prologue, was distributed during the Lost Girl panel on July 22, 2011, at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.
On April 14, 2013, Showcase released Lost Girl: The Game, a free interactive mobile game app for iOS and Android devices. The release of the game coincided with the Season 3 finale. Syfy launched the game on April 22, 2013, to correspond with the conclusion of the season in the United States.
On January 6, 2013, Showcase and Prodigy Pictures held the first Lost Girl live tweeting event during the broadcasts of the Lost Girl ConFAEdential pre-show special and the Season 3 premiere on Showcase, with Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland, and K.C. Collins.
The live tweeting event was repeated on January 14, 2013, during the U.S. premiere of Season 3 on Syfy, with Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo, Zoie Palmer, Rick Howland, K.C. Collins, and Paul Amos.
As of February 1, 2014[update], the show's Facebook page had 307,000 likes and its official Twitter had 51,959 followers, giving them a large social media presence.
Ratings for the 9 p.m. series premiere on September 12, 2010, was over "400,000 viewers (2+)" and "another 184,000 (2+)" for the episode rerun at 10:40 p.m., making Lost Girl 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."
In anticipation of its United States premiere, Brian Lowry of Variety 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." Writing for The New York Times, Mike Hale 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...." In a post-premiere review for The Huffington Post, Mauren Ryan wrote: "No one can say there's been a dearth of genre-tinged programs on television in recent years. The vampire boom of the mid-aughts was followed by the zombie bonanza of the last couple of years; all in all, we're awash in various undead and otherworldly creatures...But one of the reasons Lost Girl has made such a big impression on me...is because the Syfy show does what so many genre programs fail to do these days: It has fun with its premise...But don't expect Lost Girl to be perfect: Bo's universe can seem constricted at times, the weekly clients and monsters aren't always interesting and occasionally the storytelling has abrupt moments. But my occasional complaints have been overwhelmed by my growing appreciation of what creator Michelle Lovretta has done with this light drama: She's created a Hero's Journey with a self-confident woman — a succubus, no less — at the center of it...Lovretta has done something subversively impressive with Lost Girl. She's built a whole show around the idea of a woman who is learning just how much she can or should take from others, and how much she can rely on herself."
The pairing of Bo and Lauren became popularly referred to as "Doccubus" after fans of the couple combined "Doctor" Lauren Lewis with Bo's "Succubus" species (i.e. Doc+cubus) to create the alias.
Episodes broadcast by Syfy in the United States have :90 seconds cut from their original 44:00 minutes to allow more time for commercial advertisements. In Season 2, the decision to edit an emotive scene between Bo and Lauren from "Scream a Little Dream" created controversy among LGBT fans of the show, resulting in the network being accused of insensitivity and censorship. Lost Girl producers responded to the backlash by issuing a public statement on the show's Facebook page explaining that the edits were done in-house, and not by Syfy, for "timing and not content." As noted by Dorothy Snarker writing for AfterEllen: "With so little representation of gay relationships on TV, every little touch matters." After this experience, beginning with Season 3, the original opening title sequence accompanied by the Lost Girl Theme song was replaced with opening credits superimposed over footage of the first scene, sparing :30 seconds from being cut from the episodes for Syfy (U.S.).
In a 2012 report by TiVo of television programs watched at bedtime, Lost Girl was rated one of the top ten, most watched shows.
In a Slate magazine 2012 year-end list of 15 favorite television shows that are a pleasure to watch, Lost Girl (on Syfy) was named "Number 1" on the list, and hailed as "Sexy, snarky, and Canadian."
"Bo and Lauren" was named Top TV Couple of 2013 by E! Online (E! Entertainment Television), with its competition in the annual popularity contest compared to a "David versus Goliath".
On February 14, 2013, a CNN (Cable News Network) broadcast of the twenty, past and present, favorite couples in television included "Bo and Lauren" as couple "Number 9" in the list.
"Lauren Lewis" was chosen "Number 1" by AfterEllen in its November 2013 survey of The Top 25 Lesbian/Bi Characters on TV (Right Now). "Bo" was named "Number 7" in the list.
In an exclusive selection of the best Canadian television shows of 2013, Lost Girl was rated "Number 6" by some of Canada's top critics and television editors in Canada's Best in Show by TV Guide (Canada).