Bo has many facets to her personality that make her an interesting, compelling character, including her protectiveness, her resistance to rules and binaries, and her nerdiness. We discuss these characteristics and more, and we delve into Dark Bo/Super Bo's powers as well as her evolving relationship with her human friends.
Drink Special: Hot Kiss
½ oz Crème de menthe (white)
½ oz Crème de cacao (white)
1 oz Irish whiskey
6 oz Hot coffee
Pour the liqueurs and whiskey into an Irish coffee glass. Add coffee and stir. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a chocolate-covered mint.
Drinks at The Dal variation: The Chi Suck
(Kris also suggested “Succubus Kiss” for parallelism, but “Chi Suck” made Stephanie laugh more.)
6 oz iced coffee
1 oz Jack Daniels (ideally, we would have made it with Canadian whiskey)
½ oz crème de cacao (white)
½ oz crème de menthe (white)
Served over ice with a blue straw(!)
Protective and Compassionate Bo
Bo is a protector, especially a protector of women, and we particularly see her protectiveness manifest in her relationships with her human companions.
- In the first five minutes of the first episode, we see Bo recognize that the guy's a scumbag, succubus him to death, and not only rescue Kenzi but take her home with her.
- Bo tries to protect Lauren from Lachlan in “Scream a Little Dream,” saying that she is “no one's property.”
Bo's protective nature can also bring out a darker side to her.
- She murdered Nadia, not when Nadia and Lauren asked her to, but when Nadia attacks Lauren.
- She goes into “dark/super Bo” mode when her loved ones' lives are threatened, as seen in “Death Did Not Become Him,” “Flesh and Blood,” “Faes Wide Shut,” and “The Ceremony.”
- The show doesn't address the ethics of Bo sucking chi from her loved ones to revive Dyson when they return from The Dawning.
- Is Bo aware of what she is saying and doing when she is in “dark/super Bo” mode? Is it Bo saying and doing those things?
In “Adventures in Fae-bysitting,” Bo mercy-kills the Duppy. It was a gentle, beautiful, compassionate moment.
Why We Love Anna Silk
She brings a warmth, compassion, and kindness to Bo, and she gives Bo an earnestness and idealism that makes her likable and relatable.
Bo Breaks Rules and Resists Binaries
- “I choose humans”: when asked to choose between Light Fae and Dark Fae, Bo doesn't choose “neither” – she specifically stands on the side of humans.
- “I will lead the life I choose”: the philosophy of Bo and the show
- Bo thinks “teams are stupid.”
- Bo is full of dichotomies — Bo wants to be “and” rather than “or.” Tamsin's bathtub speech in “Hail Hale” reflects this tendency.
- Stephanie thinks Bo's refusal to choose sometimes translates as indecisiveness in season three.
Bo and Redemption
- Bo had killed people for ten years, but she tries very hard throughout the series to save as many people as she can.
- Bo's greatest fear is that she is a monster. In season three, Bo could literally/physically become a monster. She faces this darkness in her past in “There's Bo Place Like Home,” and learns to let go of some of it.
Moral / Virtuous / Idealistic Bo
- Kris thinks idealistic heroes are too rare. She sees similarities between Superman (yes, really) and Bo. (A nerd-rant ensues.)
- Bo wears her idealism on her sleeve and will sacrifice her happiness for loved ones.
- These qualities can lead to Bo becoming a bit self-righteous, as in “Masks” and “Caged Fae.”
- Bo is (delightfully!) awkward sometimes. It humanizes her. For example, she makes a joking comment about threesomes to Lauren and Dyson in “ArachnoFaebia.” (Now is not the time, Bo.)
- Bo reads self-help books and makes Les Miserables references. She also gets super excited about reading the history of La Shoshain in “Fae Day.”
It seems to me LG started out with the premise of Bo's humanity and her connections to Kenzi and Lauren as the fae's only hope for the future, but progressively abandoned that theme and began presenting Bo as increasingly fae oriented – Bo begins “hanging with a new crowd” and neglects her old friends? Bo still loves Kenzi and Lauren as individuals, of course, but does the shift also imply her growing indifference to all things human? — cleop527
- Bo, in embracing her Fae-ness, grows apart from “her” humans (Kenzi and Lauren) during season three.
- We think this is a plot point and part of Bo's hero's journey. (Heroic tales often involve the hero getting diverted, or lured away, from their primary goal.)
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