Lost Girl is a true gem of a show and merits revisiting and bingeing—hard. It’s the story of one girl (ahem, succubus) and her fight for freedom.
With the recent news that Zoie Palmer, who plays Lauren, and series star Anna Silk will be guest-starring in another gem, Wynonna Earp, what better time is there to familiarize ourselves with the fantastic actors and their characters?
Here’s the basic premise of the show: An evolutionary branch that precedes humans called the Fae secretly rules the world, but Bo Dennis (Silk) has never heard of any Fae. All she knows is that she keeps killing people she tries to sleep with. Enter Dyson (Kris Holden-Reid), a Fae, and Lauren, a human doctor who works for the Fae. It’s a love triangle from the jump.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Bo’s superpower is being bisexual. Or, at least, her power is greatly assisted by her bisexuality, but I prefer the former.
If it isn’t obvious already, there are a ton of spoilers in this binge guide, but nothing can spoil the way Lost Girl will make you feel.
“It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World” (Season 1, Episode 1)
Bo Dennis leaves a trail of bodies behind her everywhere she goes—and she has no idea why. In the pilot episode, Bo meets her best friend, Kenzi (Ksenia Solo), as well as the Fae cops, which include her soon-to-be-lover Dyson, and she meets the Fae in charge, who happens to employ her also soon-to-be-lover Lauren. We get a quick overview of her powers, including chi-sucking (feeding) to power and heal herself, and the ability to manipulate humans with just her touch.
We’ve already met the three most important loves in Bo’s life: Kenzi, Dyson, and Lauren. (Although her love for Kenzi is platonic, the two have a bond that changes each of them forever.)
“Oh Kappa, My Kappa” (Season 1, Episode 3)
The episode opens with Bo all messy-haired and sex-eyed looking at Dyson as he sleeps. At the end of the prior episode, Dyson and Bo got their freak on, all under the pretense of helping Bo heal.
Bo and Kenzi investigate a disappearance at a college campus and things heat up between Dyson and Bo. After he heroically saves Bo from being killed by an underfae (the ancient, inhuman cousins of the Fae), she decides to tell Dyson how she feels about him but finds him macking with another woman. Dyson does so purposely to distance himself from Bo, and she gets the hint.
“Food for Thought” (Season 1, Episode 6)
Bo and Lauren go out for a night on the town to test Bo’s self-control with feeding. What’s great about this adventure is that we see Bo and Lauren flirt while Bo explains how her powers work (and—hot dog!—that’s some chemistry). When Bo accompanies Lauren on a medical visit, pulling Kenzi along, Kenzi eats soup during the visit (CORPSE soup!) and gets very ill. Don’t worry, though, everything ends well and Lauren and Bo get even cozier, too cozy for Dyson’s liking, even though he tries to hide it.
“Vexed” (Season 1, Episode 8)
While searching for her mother, Bo stumbles upon the path of a killer. Unbeknownst to Bo, that killer is a Dark Fae and killing him would lead to Bo’s death. The Ash is still interested in Bo, so he sends Lauren to seduce and distract her. Bo realizes what Lauren has done and they fall out. Hard. But not before Lauren can set Bo on the right path to finding the killer, which is how we are introduced to one of my favorite characters, the bisexual Mesmer Vex! Dyson stops Bo from killing Vex, interrupting Vex’s disclosure of more information about Bo’s mother. This really pisses Bo off and just might be the end of Bo and Dyson! (JK. It’s not at all.)
“(Dis)members only” (Season 1, Episode 12)
After Dyson is wrongfully accused of killing a Dark Fae, he and Bo realize how much they care for each other. While they’re riding the high of their relationship, they pose as a married couple to investigate a series of disappearances. Shockingly, it turns out there was Fae involvement in the murders. Bo ends up walking in on Dyson and Bo’s friend and fellow succubus, Saskia, having sex where she nearly drains Dyson. Bo saves and revives Dyson, but he ends up in bad shape.
“Blood Lines” (Season 1, Episode 13)
Dyson reveals his dark secret: Bo’s friend Saskia is actually Bo’s mom! And she’s here for vengeance. She tries to get Bo on her side and they battle, leaving Bo injured. She feeds on Dyson and heals. He begs her to forgive him, and she promises that they can talk after she kicks mama’s ass. Dyson can’t handle the guilt, so he makes a deal with the Norn (an ancient tree witch) to give Bo his power in exchange for his wolf. The surge powers up Bo and she defeats her mother. The Norn has played a trick on Dyson, though, and did not take his wolf, but rather his love for Bo. He’ll never feel for Bo again.
“Something Wicked This Fae Comes” (Season 2, Episode 1)
Dyson returns after having been missing for a few weeks and eventually tells Bo he’s unable to feel anything for her. Bo doesn’t understand at first but laments her wreck of a love life over a glass of wine.
“Scream a Little Dream” (Season 2, Episode 3)
Finally, we get to see some real Lauren and Bo flirtation going now that Dyson and Bo’s thing is all tied up in a nice bow. But there’s a new Ash in town, and he makes it clear to Bo that Lauren is his and she’ll have to ask permission if she’d like to use his property.
"BrotherFae of the Wolves," "It's Better to Burn Out Than Fae Away," and "Fae Gone Wild" (Season 2, Episodes 5-7)
In this three-episode run, things heat up between Lauren and Bo when the two live together because Lauren's running from the Ash. Lauren and Bo get freaky (yay #Doccubus!), but then it’s revealed that Lauren has a girlfriend (d’oh) who is in a coma.
“Midnight Lamp,” “Table for Fae,” "School's Out," "The Girl Who Fae'd With Fire," and "Fae-nted Love" (Season 2, Episodes 14-18)
This is a fun side story that slips away from the normal love triangle tension. Bo hooks up with a Dark Fae, Ryan. She then spends two episodes trying to break up with him a couple times before they have their minds erased, which, for some reason, leads to them deciding to get married. (There is no divorce for Fae, so this is not a good situation.) They get their memories back just in time and break it off for good.
“Into the Dark” (Season 2, Episode 21)
Kenzi asks the Norn to trade for Dyson’s love so that he can help Bo with her big end-of-season battle, but she refuses. Kenzi gets a chainsaw and goes to town on the tree-like Norn, who begs for mercy and then offers Dyson’s love for Bo to Kenzi. She returns it to Dyson, who pledges to follow Bo alongside Lauren and the others.
"Caged Fae" (Season 3, Episode 1)
Bo and Lauren decide to make it officially official, and we all rejoice! There’s lots of cute flirting, and they share a passionate kiss just as Dyson arrives to help Bo. He feels real sick and the wheel turns ever on.
Be forewarned, though, there is a problematic, and potentially triggering, negative trans trope in this episode. The show’s producers issued a statement clarifying that they didn’t intend their storyline to be about a trans character in the first place, but nonetheless, there is a “shocking” reveal that a woman is “actually” a man.
"Fae-de To Black" (Season 3, Episode 4)
Lauren grows weak from being constantly fed on by Bo, and Bo doesn’t get enough energy when feeding off Lauren. The two find themselves fighting, but they’re probably just both hangry.
Bo gets injured and Dyson encourages Bo to feed off of him, which she does readily. Later, when Dyson is injured, Bo gives him a chi-kiss to heal his wounds. Thankfully, Bo owns up to Lauren about her dalliances. They discuss it, and they both realize Bo is going to need to feed on Fae to survive, but Lauren clarifies there’s one limitation: no Dyson.
"Fae-ge Against The Machine" (Season 3, Episode 8)
Earlier this season, we met Tamsin, a badass Valkyrie and Dark Fae who doesn’t much care for Bo. While out on a training mission, Bo ends up in a duel with a cowboy Dark Fae. After she wins, Tamsin unexpectedly kisses Bo, who is dating Lauren and thinking about Dyson’s returned love. Bo misses a very important event of Lauren’s while out on her mission/smooching Tamsin.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of #Valkubus and the new dimensions of both Bo and Tamsin we get to see because of their… thing.
"Ceremony" (Season 3, Episode 9)
Dyson reveals that he has feelings for Bo, but clarifies that he will wait for her until after she and Lauren are done, with the implication being that they’ll either break up or Lauren will die. (Fae live impossibly long lives.)
"Delinquents" (Season 3, Episode 10)
Lauren tries to find time to connect with Bo, but Bo goes on a mission instead. At the same time, Tamsin battles with herself over whether she will finish her own mission, which is to capture Bo for a client called the Wanderer. Tamsin reveals to Lauren that she and Bo kissed, and Lauren is devastated. The boyfriend of the episode’s Big Bad goes after Lauren because she’s Bo’s girlfriend and tries to kill her. Bo stops the assailant, almost choking him to death, but the damage is done and Lauren breaks up with Bo. There’s a sweet moment at the end when Lauren and Dyson bond over their failed relationships with Bo and how wonderful Bo is.
"Hail, Hale" and "Those Who Wander" (Season 3, Episodes 12-13)
Dyson and Lauren are both kidnapped by a creepy doctor who wants to defeat the Fae, which results in them working together to get away from their captor. Meanwhile, Tamsin helps Bo break into the facility. They’re captured and Bo feeds off Tamsin, even as she injects her with a serum that will power up Tamsin. Tamsin betrays Bo and reveals her real goal. Bo battles for Tamsin’s soul, and Tamsin rejoins the good guys, which results in a very tense moment of attraction.
As the season draws to a close, Tamsin tries to stop the Wanderer, but he bests her, heading for Bo, who is stolen away in a cloud of black smoke.
"La Fae Époque" (Season 4, Episode 7)
This may be the single sexiest episode of television ever. Bo must enter Dyson’s memories to prove he’s not guilty of a crime, but when she gets there, every person in his memory is populated with people from Bo’s life, with Bo playing the role of Dyson. At one point, Bo-as-Dyson seduces a dancer who is Lauren. Let’s just say, there is some seriously gender-bendy, bisexual goodness going on.
"Destiny's Child" (Season 4, Episode 9)
Bo has been missing for much of the season, trapped on a mystical train where she faces The Wanderer. In this episode, she finally antes up to face him, but instead of fighting, they end up doing, if you catch my drift. Bo then introduces the Wanderer, aka Reiner, to Lauren, Dyson and the gang as her “destiny.”
"Dark Horse" (Season 4, Episode 13)
In the episodes between the last and this one, we find out that Reiner isn’t actually the Wanderer. That dude is even scarier. Bo’s “destiny,” Reiner, dies in this episode at the hands of a druid who wants to open the gates to Hel and free the Wanderer, who we now know is Bo’s dad. The only thing that can close the portal? Bo’s heart. But nothing is straightforward with the Fae, and though Bo loves both Lauren and Dyson, it is Kenzi who is her heart. Accepting her fate, Kenzi dies closing the portal to Hel.
“Like Hell Pt. 1" and "Like Hell Pt. 2” (Season 5, Episodes 1 and 2)
Bo saves Kenzi from Valhalla, which is actually a pretty fancy hotel, and in the process ends up in her dear old dad’s realm. Things get steamy with Lauren when Bo returns, but they’re interrupted by an angry Fae.
“Big in Japan” (Season 5, Episode 3)
When Bo realizes she’s not attracted to Dyson, or anyone, she decides to go out with Tamsin to see if she can get her groove back. It doesn’t help, and that leaves her more vulnerable than she’s ever been, since feeding and getting groovy are how she heals. Bo finally admits that she doesn’t want to bear the burden of being special anymore, and that’s why she hasn’t been able to feed. Everyone talks her through her freakout, and she and Dyson get her healed up real nice.
“When God Opens a Window,” “It’s Your Lucky Fae,” “Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts,” “Here Comes the Night,” and “End of Faes” (Season 5, Episodes 4-8)
A wild run of love-related adventures takes place in these episodes, taking Bo from having a threesome with Tamsin to sleeping with Dyson’s long-lost son to Tamsin developing a doomed crush on Bo, who she sleeps with a couple more times. Oh, and did I mention that Dyson still has a thing for Bo, but Bo wants to be with Lauren?
It’s a bisexual succubus mess, but it’s a (mostly) fun mess.
“Judgment Fae” (Season 5, Episode 12)
Since the last episode, Bo and Lauren have been together and Lauren has turned herself Fae, which has resulted in some good times for Bo and Lauren (no more feeding problem like before). The problem is that humans can’t be turned Fae, and instead Lauren has gotten very sick. When Lauren finally reverses what she’s done to herself, she breaks things off with Bo because eventually Lauren will grow old while Bo stays the same. It’s just too much for Lauren to bear. Seeking to soothe her wounds, Bo hooks up with poor, love-struck Tamsin.
“Family Portrait” (Season 5, Episode 13)
In this heartbreaking episode, we realize someone has been impersonating Bo and did so even when Tamsin thought she was making love to Bo. Who’s the culprit? Bo’s dad, Hades. We then find that Tamsin is pregnant—it’s a devastating story of sexual assault.
“Let Them Burn” and “Rise” (Season 5, Episodes 14-15)
Hades kidnaps Tamsin, and we realize Hades is trying to repeat what he did to Bo and her mother with Tamsin. He cuts off her wings and cages Tamsin so that he can keep her contained until she’s finished gestating and dies—the fate that befalls all Valkyries who give birth. Bo shows up where Tamsin is being held and seems to be trying to unite with Hades. She even sets her home on fire with all her friends inside.
Bo slips Tamsin the key to her cage in a kiss while feigning killing her. Hades is too smart for this, though, and he gets Bo to go real dark, resulting in Bo killing everyone in the city by sucking their chi—everyone except her friends who are protected by an object that limits Bo’s powers. She declares herself Queen of the Fae and breaks the object protecting her friends. She feeds, but as she does so, she remembers everything that made her love these people and turns on her father.
It’s an old-school showdown, but Bo comes out on top because she carries both light and dark inside her. Meanwhile, Tamsin has given birth, and Bo sends chi back into everyone to save them, but Tamsin does not want to be saved. It is time for her to rise. Tamsin dies and leaves her daughter Dagny to be raised by her half-sister/her mom’s ex-boo Bo, who is now engaged to Lauren.