Lost Girl is gone after lasting for five seasons. The show focuses on a succubus, which is a storybook beast, named Bo, who is played by Anna Silk. A succubus uses sex to survive, and to sometimes eradicate others. Bo was raised to be human by very stern adoptive parents who taught her that sex was bad, and she should never attempt it. By the time she turned 17, she could no longer resist her desire for sex, which she would later become to call her “chi.” Her essence was very strong, but she was never told anything about her power; not even how to control it. Her power got away from her with her first love, which turned out to be deadly for him. Bo eventually began to utilize her supernatural power to help others, while at the same time trying to focus on her own romantic relationships. It is difficult to combine a show about sex with any real issues facing men and women today, but Bo’s struggle in Lost Girl to control her non-human side is relatable to anyone trying to control their emotions in stressful situations.
Another main character on Lost Girl was Lauren, played by Zoie Palmer. Lauren is portrayed as a beautiful, intelligent doctor, and spent the past several years studying mythological life forms for her own reasons. Her more refined upbringing is much different from how Bo was raised, but as opposites sometimes tend to attract, there was a strong attraction between her and Bo, and the two became lovers. Her medical background and knowledge was useful in teaching her lover how to control her powers and her desires.
Kenzie, played by Kensia Solo, is Bo’s only true friend. Kenzie is a streetwise con artist who understands Bo and vows to protect her from harm. Bo meets other mystical beings who provide comfort for her in knowing she is not alone. Fans learning that Lost Girl is gone after only five seasons are split in their opinions. Some fans have commented that the chemistry between Bo and Lauren was just not there, and the relationship did not make sense. Others were devastated that the Syfy show is being canceled. One viewer commented that the show had killed itself by killing off key characters such as Kenzie.
Statistics show that once main characters start leaving a television program, the ratings start to fall. The reason may be that different actors who play different characters in an established show can take time for the audience to get used to. A good example of this is when Charlie Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Men, and his replacement, Ashton Kutcher, brought a completely different look to the show. Kutcher’s character was introduced as a billionaire, who was depressed because everyone loved his money and not him, which is very different from Sheen’s character, who was a drunk, rich womanizer who only cared for himself. The show had a new look, and new characters were brought in to mix with the original remaining cast members. In Lost Girl, the character of Kenzie was popular and adored by the fans, so her leaving was a devastating blow to them.
Silk told Entertainment Weekly that she really wanted to do one more season, but she is at least relieved that the show is going out before the ratings slip too much. There were only several episodes per season, but season five was different, and had 16 episodes to close out Lost Girl. The final episode aired on April 17, with Silk saying that even though she was saddened at the show’s ending, she is glad that they went out with a bang.
Opinion by Katherine Miller-Chichester
Syfy.com: Lost Girl
EW: ‘Lost girl’ star Anna Silk on the show ending after season 5
tvseriesfinale.com: Lost Girl: Season four Ratings
IMDB.com: Lost Girl Plot summary
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