Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summer TV Rewind: Lost Girl 1.09: "Fae Day"

“I’m willing to bet the Goblin Disposal Agency is closed today.”

“Fae Day” gave us an interesting look into an aspect of Fae culture that we hadn’t really seen yet – a celebration. The episode takes place on La Shoshain, which is apparently the holiest day in the Fae calendar. It’s a day when Fae do no work, use no electricity, and party down. It’s supposed to be a serious remembrance of the Blood King’s sacrifice to end the Great War, but like I said, it’s pretty much just an excuse for the Fae to party. The party atmosphere is short lived, though, when a Banchee’s wail signals that a death is immanent. The characters spend the rest of the episode trying to work out who is going to die, then trying to prevent that death. Meanwhile, Kenzie gets close with the doomed Fae. It’s another Hale-less episode, which makes me sad, because Hale does like to party, but the good dose of mythology that we get does something to make up for it.

Kenzi drags Bo out for a night on the town (well, night at the Dal), and to Bo’s horror, not only is the Dal crowded, but it’s a Fae holiday. Trick explains what I mentioned in the intro – it’s La Shoshain, and it’s supposed to be a super-holy holiday for the Fae, but it’s mostly now a big party. The fun comes to a grinding halt, though, when a Banshee, who is working the party as a harpist, suddenly lets out a bloodcurdling scream. It’s a wail, which we soon learn heralds the death of someone from one of the five noble Fae families. Trick kicks everyone but Family members out until they can figure out who is supposed to die. That job falls to Bo and Dyson. They have to go to the Banshee’s place of employment and force feed her a liver shake to get her to say who is fated to die. It’s incredibly gross, but apparently the iron in the liver is required to cause a reaction that will allow the Banshee to retrieve the name from her subconscious.

The name of the person fated to die is Sean Kavanagh. He’s fairly young (appears to be in his 30’s), and Kenzi has taken a liking to him. They’re hanging out at the Dal and getting along well when Bo and Dyson return and Dyson announces that Sean is supposed to die. Kenzi decides that Sean needs to make a bucket list. The first thing on Sean’s list is reconciliation with his younger brother, Liam, but that turns out to be much easier said than done. Bo agrees to help, and she finds Liam at some offices that are being rather hastily cleaned out. As she enters the offices, a guy screaming about being cheated is leaving. Liam has no interest in granting his brother’s dying wish, in fact, he’s looking forward to reading the obituary. When Bo and Dyson confront Sean about this, they finally get the full story. When they were younger, Sean accused Liam of stealing $30,000 from their father. Liam was kind of ostracized from the family then, and he decided to join the Dark Fae, even though the rest of the family is Light.

Bo and Dyson resume trying to get Liam to speak with Sean, and Kenzi tries to get Sean to live a little. They play a game of darts at the Dal, and Kenzi encourages Sean to talk to a waitress he’s had his eye on. That doesn’t work out well, so Kenzi ups her game. After an incident where a huge chandelier almost falls on Sean, Kenzi decides that they need to engage in some grand theft auto to feel alive. Kenzi hot wires a sweet sports car, and they drive off. Kenzi and Sean end up at Sean’s father’s estate, and Sean tells him that the Banshee wailed. Sean’s father is most concerned about whether or not all Sean’s affairs are in order. Sean leaves in a rage (he was hoping his father would show some emotion), and Kenzi realizes that Sean’s father has been squandering the family money on gambling. Back at Liam’s (soon to be former) office, Bo confronts Liam. Liam admits that Sean is about to die because he, Liam, put a hit out on him.

Bo demands to know who Liam sent after Sean, but back at Bo and Kenzie’s apartment, it’s all too apparent. A goblin bursts into the apartment and looks ready to attack Sean and Kenzi. After kissing Sean, Kenzi tells him they need to fight. Luckily, Bo and Dyson arrive at the apartment just in time to break up the party. Dyson gets hit in the throat by the goblin, but he still manages to shoot it. Once the danger has passed, Bo tells Sean about Liam ordering the hit. Dyson tries to convince Sean to let the Fae authorities deal with it, but Sean leaves, armed with a crossbow.

Bo takes a really stupid step to try and resolve the whole family grudge. She finds Sean and Liam, and she invokes “Agallamh,” which is a special kind of peace talks that can only happen on La Shoshain. The stupid part is that after she invokes Agallamh, she learns that if Sean and Liam don’t reach an accord, she, Bo, has to kill herself, thanks to the rules of Agallamh. The negotiations don’t go especially well at first, so Bo calls in the big guns and gets Kenzi to go bring in Sean and Liam’s father. Bo swears Sean and Liam’s dad into the Agallamh circle, and she has him admit that he stole the $30,000 himself to pay off gambling debts. Liam then forgives Sean and calls off the hit. All appears to be well, but then, out on the street, the guy who was yelling earlier about being cheated by Liam approaches. He tries to shoot Liam, but Sean takes the bullet and is instantly killed. How’s that for irony?

Throughout the episode, Dyson and Trick have some secretive conversations that impart some important information about Bo’s mother and Fae culture in general. In a conversation early in the episode, we learn that Lou Ann, the death row inmate Bo was trying to save in the last episode, was the midwife who delivered Bo. At the end of the episode, Trick and Dyson are having another conversation about whether or not Bo is ready to know the truth about her history. Dyson thinks she is, Trick thinks she isn’t, so of course Trick wins out. Dyson then offers a toast “to the Blood King.” Meaning that Trick isn’t just any old Fae Elder. He is actually the Blood King. Who would have thought?

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