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Bo must confront the effects of her and Rainer's alliance which released a hell beast, but first she has to deal with Massimo who has kidnapped Lauren to bait Bo. Dyson, Tamsin, and Trick try to hold off the hell beast's undead army in the meantime, and Kenzi realizes that she might, in fact, have a role to play in the fight.
Drink Special: Broken Heart
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Chambord
2 oz Orange juice
1 splash Grenadine
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- Kris: I really liked it. I liked that it addressed some questions that had been lingering this season. I could see where it was headed in regards to Kenzi, so I didn't get too choked up while watching it, but I must admit when I woke up the next morning I had a little cry.
- Annie: This episode was my favorite of the season. I was crying pretty much the entire way through.
- Stephanie: I thought this episode was pretty good. I liked it better when I watched it a second time. It did try to tie up some loose ends from this season, though I must admit they weren't tied up in an entirely satisfactory way for me.
Bo & Rainer
- Was Bo under a spell? We're still not sure, but it seemed less likely in this episode.
- “My father manipulated all of us” — are the writers suggesting that Bo wasn’t always in complete control of her actions? The hand hickies are apparently Pyrippus' mark and not Rainer's.
- But Bo is upset at Rainer, thinking he deceived her, and Rainer says that they share something real.
- Bo later tells Dyson that Rainer was her partner in wanting to end the Light/Dark divide. Annie would have preferred the show take the tack of Rainer being Bo's partner rather than her lover.
- And Rainer dies. We wish that his death could have had more impact on the audience.
Trick as Giles
- Trick was so Giles-y, explaining things (and with visual aids!)
- Fae History
When the Blood King’s daughter attacked the Dark to avenge her mother’s death, the King had to set an example to prove that his blood laws were infallible. I had no choice but to hand her over to the Dark. I prayed she’d be executed. She wasn’t. All those years in the black dungeons. Centuries. They used her.
- Bo’s Blood
Aife has my Light blood the blood of a mage. Blood that drains life for nourishment or self-survival. But the blood of your father, whoever he may be, allows you to draw life from many victims, and more importantly to transfer that life force to someone other than yourself. You’ve inherited the abilities of both your mother and your father.
Bo Is Back
- Even though the audience didn't seem to be particularly moved by Rainer's death, it did seem to help Bo snap back to being herself.
- Part of the reason why Annie loved this episode so much was that it felt like we finally had our Bo back.
- “I let everybody down. I don’t know what to do.”
- Tamsin’s “snap out of it” speech was fantastic.
- She tears up the Dark Fae contract, which is a nice symbolic gesture. But like Dyson says, will that work?
- Telling Dyson that she needs him to serve with her, not for her
- “Lauren comes first.” (But then they go to the temple anyway?)
- He was a bit over-the-top for us and not very menacing.
- Stephanie doesn't think that Massimo should have been able to use Hale’s power. But how the origin seed's powers worked was quite fuzzy.
- While Bo had to do some fighting, this confrontation was more psychological than physical.
- Bo talks about how love allows her to stop herself from killing people, which calls back to Lauren’s comment of nature vs. nurture to Massimo. Bo’s nurturing of her circle of family and friends is what makes her special, not her blood.
- The Morrigan says all Massimo wanted to be was Fae. He has Lauren — the person who could make him who he wants to be — but he just uses her as bait instead.
- She's more in character with how she has been acting in this season especially in this episode than she was in “Origin.”
- Being snarky, trying to get under Massimo’s skin
- Picking the handcuffs
- Her staying at the Darkhives to take care of The Morrigan is a nice reassurance that Lauren hasn't completely lost her sense of medical ethics after what she did last episode.
Bo & Lauren
- The necklace! (Sorry, Annie. It wasn’t an engagement ring.)
- “You shouldn’t have come.” “I always do.”
- The hug was very sweet. We loved that Lauren comforted Bo in her moment of catharsis.
- TV characters finally listened to what Annie told them to do when Bo turned back to give Lauren a kiss.
What's the Future of the Triangle?
- This episode suggested to us that Bo and Dyson's relationship may be evolving into a loving but more platonic one. Though sexytimes possibilities certainly remain. Bo is still a succubus after all.
- Dyson swears fealty to Bo, saying that he wants to fight the same battles as she does.
- Even though Dyson kisses Bo and says he loves her, the rapport between them feels more familiar than romantic.
- In contrast, the scenes between Bo and Lauren were pretty romantic, and Bo putting on Lauren's necklace certainly seems significant.
- Are the writers leaning toward ending the triangle next season? (Or at least this triangle?)
At the Cinvat
- Mythology: Cinvat Bridge
- Idea from Zoroastrianism
- Separates the world of the living from the world of the dead
- All souls have to cross the bridge when they die. If the person was bad, the bridge would appear narrow and a demon would take their soul to a place of torment. If the person was good, the bridge would be wide and a spirit would take their soul into the House of Song.
- Decent battle scene, but most importantly we got character moments
- Dyson, Tamsin & Trick fighting together! Yay!
- Trick says, “Time to stop dwelling in the past and get to fixing the future.” What does he mean exactly?
- Annie was excited to hear The Wilhelm Scream during the battle sequence.
- Annie wished we had seen the Pyrippus in full glory, fire coming from its nostrils and papayas shooting out of its posterior.
- Kris asks why Pyrippus needed Bo as the Dark Queen. Stephanie says she got the impression that Bo was needed to lead the army of revenants emerging from the Cinvat.
- “Destiny. Boo-ya.” WE NEEDED MORE. This storyline was too condensed, though it does work a bit better on rewatch.
- The “You’re going to be fine” moment really reads as a goodbye scene on a second watch.
- Death of Hale gave Kenzi nothing to lose (“Maybe I can see him again” — sniff!)
- Kenzi choosing to close the portal was her finding her place in the Fae world, where she thought she had no place. It's a nice ending point for her season arc.
- With Bo being “off” all season, Stephanie suspected something like this might happen to Kenzi in the finale to get Bo back on track.
- Tamsin spreading her wings over Kenzi was a beautiful image — great use of special effects.
- Beautiful scene with Bo visiting Kenzi’s grave
Lighter Kenzi Moments
- Kenzi went looking for Lauren when she left Bo! And called Dyson to help when she thought something happened to her! Awwwwww!
- Punching The Morrigan!
- We all really enjoyed Dyson in this episode.
- Loved how lighthearted Dyson was at the beginning
- Calling Vex “a little shit”!
- Great reaction to hearing that Bo fed off Tamsin, a combination of surprised and curious
- Calls Lauren his friend! Aw!
- His swearing fealty to Bo was nice follow-up to seeing him swearing fealty to Trick in “La Fae Époque” to give his life purpose.
- Bo says she tastes different, “Happy.” This comment both reflects that she is happy to have Rainer's soul to take back to Valhalla, and that she is happier in this lifetime than she was in the last.
- Walking in on Bo & Dyson having a tender moment — poor Tamsin!
- “SHUT UP!” We love when Tamsin yells at people.
- Family: Bo talks about the importance of her family & friends in what makes her special and tells Massimo that at least they will die a family
- Destiny: Kenzi's sacrifice, Lauren's comment of “Destiny's calling”
- Blood: Bo’s blood may harm her father
- Power: Massimo absorbs The Una Mens’ & other Fae’s powers has the Twig of Zamora, but he’s bested by Lauren taunting him & Bo using his mother against him; “powerless,” human Kenzi stops the Pyrippus
Set-up for Next Season
- Kenzi gives Dyson her plan: Tamsin can go to Valhalla with Rainer’s soul; Bo won’t stop until she gets her back; Kenzi will wait in Valhalla
- Season 5 will definitely be the Quest for Kenzi (™ Kris).
- Tamsin’s comments suggest it won’t be easy: Kenzi’s gone, Bo can’t find the second hel-shoe
- Based on the Leviathan’s comments in “Destiny's Child,” will Bo have to travel to Irkalla instead of Valhalla? Will the Leviathan use Kenzi as a bargaining chip to get Bo's hand hickie that she wants?
- Apparently some fans are trying to decipher the runes on the graffiti wall that hides Valhalla.
- Kris notes that the wall features a “3 in 1” graffiti. In season 3, “5 in 1” graffiti appeared several times, and Kris comments that we've lost two people since then.
- We liked the details of Kenzi wearing one of Hale's sweaters, and Bo bringing sunflowers to Kenzi's grave like Hale gave Kenzi sunflowers in “Sleeping Beauty School.”
- Several items from mythology and history were mentioned:
- Raijū — From Japanese mythology, a creature made of lightning that can be shaped as one of several animals
- Terracotta Army — Funerary art depicting the soldiers of the first emperor of China's army
- Sharur — From Sumerian mythology, the weapon of the god Ninurta described as an enchanted talking mace
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