Monday, January 16, 2012

'Lost Girl' brings the Fae to Syfy tonight

Tonight marks the American debut of the fae soap Lost Girl on Syfy (at 10 p.m. after the Season Two premiere of Being Human), and we're predicting the network will have a hit on its hands - if Buffy fans turn out.

A sexy one-hour drama,  the show focuses on  "supernatural seductress" Bo (Anna SilkThe Ghost Whisperer), an orphaned succubus faerie who feeds off sexual energy, and must learn how to control her abilities while navigating the world of the fae. She is aided by human friend Kenzi (Ksenia Solo), along with love interests Lauren (Zoie Palmer), a human doctor who works with the fae, and wolf-shifter Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried). 

Now in the midst of its second season on Canada's Showcase channel, the series premiered in Sept. 2010 and had already gained a loyal following, when Syfy picked up the first two seasons last spring.

Based on the first two episodes, it's no surprise why the show has connected with both male and female audiences in Canada and has the potential to do so in the States. Lost Girl combines the sex, magic and action which made hits out of True Blood and Buffy the Vampire Slayer without forgetting to occasionally laugh at itself. The show seems to embrace the sometimes-ridiculous nature of the supernatural without making the viewer feel ridiculous for enjoying it. Perhaps similarly to True Blood, Lost Girl features a gay relationship between main characters without (refreshingly) feeling compelled to overplay it or label it as "gay" or different.