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Mid-Season Preview: Lost Girl 

Photo Credit: Syfy

Warning: Major Spoilers Discussed

One of the breakout genre hits of 2011 happened on TVs to our north with the Canadian fantasy series, Lost Girl. Following on the heels of their success with British-borrowed programming, Syfy quickly snapped up the U.S. rights last fall and will be launching it tonight at 10/9c on Syfy.

That’s awesome news for viewers hungry for the Buffy/Dark Angel brand of things that go bump and girls that can kill you. What’s even better is that halfway through its second season on Canada’s Showcase network (airing now), Lost Girl has already been renewed for a third season, so U.S. audiences are in the unique and enviable position of getting on board a show that’s guaranteed at least three seasons before they been begin watching it.

So, what is Lost Girl? It’s a little bit of everything—drama, comedy, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror—rolled into 47 minutes every week. The protagonist is Bo (played by the stunning Anna Silk), a succubus who’s been living life on the run since accidentally killing her high school sweetheart because she didn’t know what she was. The events of the pilot introduce her to Kenzi, a young thief and con artist, who quickly becomes her BFF, and a race of supernatural beings called the Fae. Bo learns that there are Light (good) and Dark (bad) Fae and she becomes a bit of an anomaly when she declines to choose a side.

Other regulars in her circle of Fae friends include detectives Dyson and Hale, who aren’t quite what they appear to be, Trick, the local tavern owner (ditto), and Lauren, the resident expert in all things Fae. What’s so refreshing about the show is that anything goes. For starters, Bo is openly bi-sexual and there’s no tittering about—it just is.

There’s a reasonable amount of violence but what I’ll be curious to see the reaction to is the skin quotient—it’s fairly racy for Syfy and they’ve committed to air the episodes uncut. Beyond that hook, though, the series is well written and acted—nobody phones it in. It takes a lot to get viewers to buy into a whole new world just slightly parallel to our own, and the cast and crew here sell it.

Like Nikita, the cast (except for Kenzi, played by Life Unexpected’s Ksenia Solo) skews above the CW set, which is also awesome. I’m so glad American audiences are about to find them, and Lost Girl. Strap in!

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