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Lost Girl Review: Through the Dawning

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On "Ceremony," Bo finally faced her Dawning. Only it wasn't nearly as dangerous or scary as everyone made it out to be. Perhaps because she had Dyson with her.

When the Dawning was talked about, I expected it to something similar to the tests the Morrigan put her through in the Lost Girl pilot, but more intense and dangerous. Instead, Bo was forced into an alternative reality. And then had to kill Dyson.

Bo's Greatest Challenge

Before Bo entered the Dawning, Dyson offered to be her Hand. The self-reliant and strong Bo initially refused his offer, but at her friends urging, including Lauren's, she accepted his offer. Since she refused to align herself with either the Light or the Dark, she couldn't take a weapon with her. In a way, Dyson was that weapon for her. When they were first approached by an Underfae, Dyson immediately attacked and protected Bo.

His actions irritated her understandably. When it was later revealed that Dyson knew he wouldn't make it out of the Dawning alive, his actions made more sense. He was there to protect her and get her through the end unharmed. It wasn't that he didn't think she could handle herself, rather that he took his duty as Hand seriously.

And, finally, the truth came out about Dyson's love. He told Bo he loved her. It was a touching moment between the two, even when Dyson turned it into a joke. 

Dyson: Look I'm just a wolf standing in front of a succubus asking her ... I deserved that.
Bo: You are the most frustrating, stubborn, assface that I have ever met. | permalink

He respected that she was with Lauren now. Even though he said they could be together in 100 years and gave her a kiss, it really was a goodbye kiss of sorts. Since Dyson couldn't be with Bo, he sacrificed himself to the Dawning to make sure she got out of it alive. And, he was right, she would have done the same for him. Bo is a dedicated friend in that way.

Even after watching the episode twice, there are various interpretations that I can see for the alternate reality. In the simplest way, it was truly a Dawning or an awakening of Bo. Through those visions she gained insight into herself and learned her true nature. She may have lived within the human realm, but she is Fae. And, by saving Dyson and making her own rules, she truly showed her independence.

A couple key moments stuck out for me in her visions. 

  1. Doctor Jason prescribed anti-psychotic drugs for her. And, Bo didn't want to take them any more because they messed with her head. It seems likely that they equated to the serums and injections that Lauren was giving her in the real world. Those were messing with Bo's natural Fae abilities. When she returned to the Dal, was she able to control her powers because she was clean? If true, then she needs to stay away from them in the future.
  2. Tamsin said, "Hi neighbor. Great day for a wander." This ties into the Wanderer cards. Is Bo the Wanderer? Is she Odin's daughter? Bo also saw her father in her vision, so it could all tie together.

In the end, Dyson was able to pull Bo out of her vision to complete the Dawning. Bo's refusal to kill him was logical. She didn't want to kill her friend, but she also has a moral code against senseless killings. That was her burden to overcome as a Fae. He ended up manipulating her into stabbing him. The pain she felt from killing him was distressing to watch, but she showed her strength by finding a way to get him out.  

We've seen the powerful, Dark Bo before but in those instances she wasn't aware of what she was doing. This time, after the Dawning, Bo was in complete control over her power. She was able to pull energy from her friends - human and Fae - without risking their lives and then use that to revive Dyson. Bo's joy at seeing that Dyson was still alive was heartening to see. I'm not sure she could have lived with herself if she was responsible for his death.
 
Lauren looked on in discomfort at the two former lovers. Even though Dyson declared his love for Bo and they went through this twisted ritual together, that doesn't mean that Bo is going to leave Lauren for Dyson. Now that Bo has found the Fae within her, the relationship between Lauren and Bo will undoubtedly change in some respects, but not regarding their love for each other.
 
Lauren should be more concerned with Tamsin than Dyson at this point. There was a connection between those Bo and Tamsin that was unique, plus it could be even deeper due to the Wanderer aspect.
 
Now that Bo has found these powers within her, how will it change her? Will she remained unaligned? Or, is it possible that she will be pulled to one side or the other?
 
Odds and Ends
  • For Bo's sake, it's nice to see Lauren and Dyson getting along together and being friendly. They both care about her and don't need to be at odds. 
  • Kenzi had wonderful heart-to-hearts with both Bo and Trick. She really is part of their family now. Could she be a Fae?
  • Was Bo's vision about her mother and father real? Or, was it just part of her alternative reality vision?
  • "I will reign as he did. I am his daughter." -- Bo
  • We've known that Bo was special from the beginning, is it because of her father? 
  • Why was Lauren looking after Dyson, while Bo had a drink with Kenzi? That was odd.
  • Trick saw a picture at the end and said, "Not him." Did that picture reveal Bo's father? It all seems to be about him right now, doesn't it?

Review

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I loved loved loved this episode! My favorite episode of the season so far. Did you notice they were playing "The Wanderer" in the bar as well? I'm sure we'll soon find out what that business means. Also, I believe there were pictures of Bo's mother on the walls and then there was the small flashback to her as a baby that she remembers. I hope we learn of Bo's origins sooner than later. This was a very psychological episode which I love. The scene in the police station showed her dedication to humans despite being a Fae and I thought it was interesting how they twisted Lauren and Dyson's characters in the faux world. Of course, the best part of the episode for me is Bo and Dyson and their special moments together. They both got to demonstrate how much they truly love each other...enough to bring each other back at all costs. Both Anna Silk and Kris Holden-Ried were magnificent in this episode. I also loved Kenzi's response to the Lode Star when she said that Bo was going to surprise the s**t out of everybody like she always does. I love Kenzi!!!

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PS: Just read my opening post and it sounds rather rude towards the reviewer. I'm sorry did not intend for that. This episode had A LOT going for it but I was just a bit floored by the hmmm angle? The realities constructed by Bo and then influenced or messed with by Dyson (up for debate if he did it on purpose or not though it hints on being on purpose) gives a lot of insight into important aspects of the show and character so I guess I was expecting more about that. That does not excuse my rudeness so sorry for that :) Last thing of the episode. I wish Bo would get a say in the whole "we will date in a 100 years after ur current love drops dead". It is an instant annoyance this kind of shit. Making these assumptions on Bo and what her decisions would be.

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The episode was really a mixed bag, neither good nor bad, IMO. Dyson got some much needed attention for the writers, but IMO they did him no favors. He essentially inserts himself into Bo's Dawning and then tries to run the show all the way through. It was selfish--I get that he has noble, protective intentions, but IMO this tendency ends up being more of a hinderance than a help. I also felt the other message for Dyson was that Bo has moved on, which I think the character and the show sorely need to hear. The "wolves mate for life" thing drags the character down, and I hope this episode freed him of that. He deserves better development, outside of his pining for Bo and his desperate attempts to play the hero. He is a hero, just not in the way he thinks, or feels he has to be, because Bo can do those things for herself. The best thing about the episode for me: Dyson's fantasy is to be Lauren. Can't say I blame him. :)

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that helped Bo gain control to start with. Another view is that the injections were to be seen as something Bo is past now in her new stage. Now they prevent her to gain true control of her increased power / they keep from reaching her true potential. So much more to say. The worlds Bo set up tell so much about the relationships and the fact that Dyson thought he had to be Lauren to be with Bo despite how dismissive he seems to be at times of that relationship is interesting. Got more to say but no more time. There was a lot of symbolism that I wonder if it was just for giggles or if it was intended cause damnnn.

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talks about giving love away and Bo with doctor!Dyson their talk is very much like their flirting. There were a lot of anvrils being thrown. I find that very telling in how both Bo and Dyson percieves both Bo/Lauren and Bo/Dyson. You say he took his job as hand seriously but I think they made his character look bad. The constantly jumping in front of Bo actually ended up making things worse and derailed the Dawning. So not sure if the writers intended to highlight this flaw in their dynamic (Dyson's constant need to protect Bo even when she explicitly tells him to back off). The injections I am not sure on. I seen many ideas being thrown around and I can give credit to several easily. Some think it was related to the growing under Fae in Bo and the injections were meant to show the attempt to curb it, while there is a side of Bo wanting give in. Others have as the reviewer talked about stopping Bo's Fae control but it makes little sense when it was those injections that helped Bo gain control to start with. Another view is that the injections were to be seen as something Bo is past now in her new stage. Now they prevent her to gain true control of her increased power / they keep from reaching her true potential.

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??? My impression is the reviewer is a huge Dyson fan. I do feel A LOT of things got overlooked in this review. Now there was SO MUCH stuff in it, but there are some key things that I feel are important. Bo's Dawning got messed with because of Dyson. There is a slew of theories going around about this and how she picked the wrong key. The symbol on Bo that was representing right path/truth was a symbol worn by Kenzi in the cop reality. Therefore many think Kenzi was the real proper key, and not Dyson.
Also while it was Bo's realities Dyson inserted himself into them and at least initially wanted to stay. The guardian dude entices Dyson about with the idea of making his own world queue Dyson suddenly as Doctor with happy family in the making life reality. Obviously the doctor Dyson was suppose to be Lauren as per Bo's reality but Dyson inserted himself so he could be with Bo. This caused Lauren to be Dyson. The dialog is a dead give away in this perspective as Bo with cop!Lauren talks about giving love away and Bo with doctor!Dyson their talk is very much like their flirting. There were a lot of anvrils being thrown. I find that very telling in how both Bo and Dyson percieves both Bo/Lauren and Bo/Dyson. You say he took his job as hand seriously but I think they made his character look bad. The constantly jumping in front of Bo actually ended up making things worse and derailed the Dawning. So not sure if the writers intended to highlight this flaw in their dynamic (Dyson's constant need to protect Bo even when she explicitly tells him to back off). The injections I am not sure on. I seen many ideas being thrown around and I can give credit to several easily. Some think it was related to the growing under Fae in Bo and the injections were meant to show the attempt to curb it, while there is a side of Bo wanting give in. Others have as the reviewer talked about stopping Bo's Fae control but it makes little sense when it was those injections that helped Bo gain control to start with. Another view is that the injections were to be seen as something Bo is past now in her new stage. Now they prevent her to gain true control of her increased power / they keep from reaching her true potential. So much more to say. The worlds Bo set up tell so much about the relationships and the fact that Dyson thought he had to be Lauren to be with Bo despite how dismissive he seems to be at times of that relationship is interesting. Got more to say but no more time. There was a lot of symbolism that I wonder if it was just for giggles or if it was intended cause damnnn.

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Good episode. The dawning was nothing I expected I thought it would be a series of challenges not some alternate reality. In glad Dyson finally told Bo he loved her it was about time. Kenzie talking to trick about how the fake kenzi she might be Fae was so sweet. I'm very interested in whether Kenzie is Fae or not I mean is it possible she could be part Fae and the being the reason no one knows and they all think she's human? Something I've just been thinking about is that we don't know a lot about Kenzie's family and I think they should explore that more. Tamsin in the alternative reality freaked me out she was real creepy. The wanderer story is interesting and I'm wondering if that's Bo's dad. Can't wait till the next episode it looks good

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I felt a bit let down by the Dawning too. I thought it was going to be a bunch of trials...but it was just her chasing after this thing. It was very short.
I'm not sure Bo was saying goodbye to Lauren now...but I think she realizes that she will have to say it eventually. The reviewer is definitely a Lauren fan....and seems to know what future episodes will bring. You don't know that Lauren and Bo won't break up. We'll just have to wait and see. I think tonight clearly showed that Dyson is definitely still 'in it'...much more than we thought. Lauren is ok...she just bugs me. Most of the time she has the same mopey face. And she is always trying to 'fix' Bo. I think she wants to keep her as human as possible because she knows she might lose her if not.

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This reviewer is clearly a doccubus shipper because I do not know how many times she could have mentioned "friend" when referring to Dyson. LOL. Who are you trying to convince? Us or yourself? This episode showed Bo still loves Dyson and is angry at him from keeping the news from her. If you did not get that from watching this episode then nobody can help you.

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Am I watching a different show? I thought it was pretty clear that Bo was saying goodbye to Lauren. I thought that the Alternate Universe was a representation of Bo's sub-conscious/ her true desires. When she's talking to AU Lauren she tells her that she really did think she loved her, but she just doesn't. Oh well. I am all about a tamsin, dyson, bo love triangle. Tamsin is more interesting and she is the first dark fae I can get behind.

Lost Girl Season 3 Episode 9 Quotes

I will not murder for pleasure.

Bo

I'm really glad you and Bo are in such a good place.

Dyson [to Lauren]
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