We have been along for the entire ‘Lost Girl’ ride, so closure is needed. As we wrap up the semi-long running Canadian series, we are presented with what is curiously considered the fifth and sixth seasons in one collection. More on that later.
We continue to follow the trials and tribulations of Bo (Anna Silk). She has lost her friends Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) and Hale (K.C. Collins) and has no intention of letting go. At the same time, she also is at the point where she must choose between Lauren (Zoie Palmer) and Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried). Meanwhile, Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten), as a relatively aging Valkyrie, is going through some drastic changes herself. All the while, some startling truths about Bo’s lifelong search for her parents will finally be revealed.
The title is a bit deceptive as there wasn’t really a sixth season. The fifth season was split into two halves, as has become a common practice. On the other hand, things really do pick up after the midseason finale, so much so that they felt they could call it a different season. All of these late-game episodes are propulsive and build upon each other. It gives the impression they were given notice that the end was approaching and were able to wrap a lot of, fairly efficiently. The finale does give us a lot of the closure that we want but also leaves things a tiny bit open-ended so a special episode could occur or we can image Bo and Friends getting into some other adventures.
The first half of this is a bit of….not a mess, but there are a lot of pieces to be picked up after the fourth season. Things remain entertaining, but much as the characters don’t know what to do, it seems as though the plot is also trying to figure out where to go. This could reflect the producers’ possible uncertainty about the show’s fate. Thankfully, once it was confirmed, things too shape remarkably quickly….maybe too quickly as it almost seems rushed by the end.
As far as the cast, it’s mostly the usual crew. The big addition for this final volume is Eric Roberts in a much built-up and vital role. He was worth the wait. It almost makes up for the sadness we feel at the loss of a few characters earlier. Sure, we get one back and one seems inevitable, but the other is tough to swallow. There are also a few majorly violent occurrences that are brushed off with no consequence, one in particular late in the game really stretches things. As was always the case in this series, some of the dialog is a bit cliched, but the characters often shone through.
Special features include: a look at the main characters, unveiling Hades, and a look at the directors of the show.
“Lost Girl: Season Five and Six” makes the necessary steps to break out of its narrative rut. By answering so many of the questions that we had.for so long, it made for a fairly satisfying conclusion. Again, if there would be a standalone episode or TV movie for one final, larger-scale and definitive ending, that would be even better. If this is all we get, though, it’s certainly good enough.
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Not Rated 704 minutes 2016