‘Tis the season for giving, whether that’s in terms of actual gifts, love or other … love-related things. So it’s kinda tragic that at this time of the year us Lost Girl lovers were given an episode in which our dear Bo, the sexiest succubus around, couldn’t give herself or others the pleasure of her, well, greatest pleasure. But then again, as we saw by the end of Sunday’s episode (“Big in Japan”), her gift was only taken away for a little while and once it returned, she was able to really cash in on it with none other than a certain werewolf.
But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. We got to speak with Lost Girl showrunner Michael Grassi about everything that happened in “Big in Japan” and you can read the full Q&A, which includes some interesting info about Bo and Dyson, as well as Bo and Tamsin, below!
So let’s talk about the big reveal of the first part of the episode, which was Bo not having a sex drive! I’m assuming that was the thing “we’ve never seen before” you were referring to last week?
Michael Grassi: That is correct. It’s been five seasons now and we were kind of wondering what it would be like for Bo if she lost her sex drive and lost her powers as well. We wanted to explore that and how it affects everyone—Dyson, Lauren, Tamsin—and how Bo navigates taking a case without her power and her sex drive and going into situations like a massage parlour where you usually go to someone to get information and now that’s a lot more challenging.
It was an interesting twist for Bo and I’m surprised you didn’t do it previously. Is it something that you had talked about previously in the writers’ room and just not gotten around to doing?
MG: We came into Season 5 and the brainstorm and it was one story we were really excited to tell this season. It was just the perfect time for it. Kenzi leaving brings up one of Bo’s biggest fears—being alone—so I think she had to deal with that fear to regain her power.
Was the loss of her sex drive purely psychologically, or was there a secret, bigger picture reason for it?
MG: You know we see her talk to Trick, we see her sort of ask the question ‘Is this part of my life? Is this part of me getting older?’ and it is purely a psychological thing in the episode. It’s her not dealing with Kenzi leaving and the fears that brings.
But in general a succubus can go through a dry spell and come back from it in the Lost Girl world, like with Aife?
MG: It is possible, as we heard Trick talk about with Aife.
We also got a Dyson/Bo hook-up at the end after teasing it in the beginning, but can we really say that they are indeed No Strings Attached? Are they just going to keep being Friends With Benefits for the next little while, or should the Byson fans out there still have hope for something more?
MG: [Laughs] Bo is a succubus and her heart might be torn in different places. In terms of where her heart lies, in this episode it’s more about Kenzi. In terms of her relationship with Dyson, they’ve laid out some serious groundwork in terms of how they feel for each other. I think they make it very clear about where they stand about their relationship right now.
I guess other people see it too, in that Lauren felt okay about her getting it on with Dyson.
MG: I think what’s really unique about Lost Girl is that in Season 5 now they all understand that the way she feels and the way she functions is through feeding through sex. That’s complicated and there are complicated emotions and I do think that Lauren understands who Bo is and what she needs to do.
Especially when she’s as weak as she was and in need of new energy!
MG: Exactly! And Dyson was one of the first Fae Bo fed off, so she knows that she heals off of him.
Getting to the other plot of the episode, I really enjoyed the Lost Girl-powered twist in that the sister revealed herself to be the warrior that Mushashi was claiming to be. How important was including that as a mirror to Bo’s own journey towards returning to her own warrior form?
MG: So, so, so important. This episode is really exciting because I feel like it’s back to basic Lost Girl. We get back to our gang, we get back to a case. We also get back to Bo working with a new partner. Kenzi leaving brings forward a new question of who Bo is going to work with on cases. We sort of see Tamsin try to be the new Kenzi in a weird way and what Bo really needs is the unapologetic and awesome Tamsin.
In terms of what the case is and unveiling the true warrior, we always like to echo back to what’s happening with Bo. It helps ground the story and we were excited to find this really amazing balance between what Bo was going through and the case. The writer, Alex Zawrowny, came to us in the brainstorm with this amazing Japanese mythology and we wanted to explore it because we’d never done it on the show before.
So, to clarify, the human plunger fate thing was taken from actual mythology?!
MG: Yes! [Laughs] That is absolutely taken from mythology and it’s interesting because it’s actually something that we’ve talked about for a while now but just never got a chance to do it.
Wow. That’s disgusting and nightmarish, but also hilarious?
MG: And horrible! That myth is actually representative of the fear of going to the bathroom in the night. The origin of that myth is really interesting. I recommend you all look it up!
Going back to Tamsin, awesome Kill Bill reference, which you teased a few episodes back. But also it’s been really interesting watching Bo and Tamsin’s relationship develop more. When everyone was trying to reassure Bo in the room, telling her that they really cared about her and she wasn’t alone, Tamsin went the tough-love route. But should we assume that underneath it all she feels the same way about Bo?
MG: Tamsin’s an interesting partner for Bo. She’s been around a long time, she’s lived many lives and she definitely has her way of doing things. She’s different than Kenzi and as far as her navigating being this new partner, we’ll see that as the episodes progress.
In terms of her feelings for Bo, I think she’s still figuring that all out. I think what we’re seeing from Tamsin right now is that she’s really happy to be included in this group. I think we sort of got that sense in the movie scene as well. We’re going to see not only what it’s like for Tamsin to be partners with Bo, but also roommates.
Do you have any idea what movie they ended up settling on? Were there werewolves or not?
MG: [Laughs] Well, they settled on horror. But what could they have watched? Good question….
Let’s say they watched The Conjuring. I think they watched The Conjuring.
Alright. That’s a good choice. It’s relatively modern and doesn’t have any particular creature allegiances.
We learned a bit more about Amanda Walsh’s character here as well. Her name is Elizabeth, she’s part Fae, she really likes lipstick….
MG: [Laughs] Sorry, I’m not even hearing your question cause I’m laughing so hard! ‘She loves lipstick.’
Sorry! What I was going to get to was she can apparently come back from the dead as well, and she seemed surprised to be alive, not to mention surprised that she’s not invisible. How much should we read into those things and could they be clues to what she really is, or who she really is?
MG: I don’t know if she was so much surprised to be alive as gaining her bearings. But I think there are some clues in that scene—she wants to be seen and confirmation that she’s really there. It’s definitely a mystery.
What can we expect from next week’s episode? I know last year we got a holiday-themed instalment involving Krampus.
MG: We always want to do a holiday episode, but we didn’t know our airdates yet when were mapping out the season, so we didn’t do it this year. But next week we have to look forward to a new exciting case and not only that, but also the return of Vex. We are excited about that last one because Paul Amos is so incredible!
Everyone’s excited to see Vex back!
MG: It’s a very exciting episode written by the wonderful Steve Cochrane and I’m excited for everyone to watch. There’s a lot of big stuff coming and it’s going to shake up the world.