Yes, we missed last week’s Lost Girl Talk (sorry, Faenatics, but there was a scheduling issue!), but we’re back big time as we catch up with Michael Grassi and get schooled on everything Tamsin, Lauren, Hades (or is it Jack?) and Bo in “Sweet Valkyrie High”!
Before I get into anything else in the episode, KENZI WAS BACK LAST WEEK! Why that episode for her return? Was that the last we’ll see of her?
Michael Grassi: We were so excited to have Kenzi back for this episode. Since we were delving into Siren mythology and Hale’s legacy, we thought we couldn’t do it without our beloved Kenzi. It was also an opportunity to catch up with her and see how she’s handling the loss of Hale and her return from the after-life. Also, there’s so much going on in Bo’s life right now, with Dad being back and Lauren’s new power, that we thought this was the right time to have the iconic friends reunited. It needed to happen.
As for her return, Kenzi’s back in Spain for good. But who knows, maybe there will be a good reason for her to come back to Faeville….
Also from last week, was that Anna favourite moment you mentioned in the first Lost Girl Talk back the laser room sequence? How did you guys go about shooting that from a choreographing standpoint?
MG: It was the laser sequence! The process was interesting, and Anna was incredible throughout. Our stunt team coordinated the sequence with Anna. The sequence was shot using strings instead of lasers. Later, our VFX team added the laser effect in post. Anna blew us away on the day. She did most of the choreography herself.
Lauren has not only turned Fae, but also has the ability to take on other Fae abilities by touch. Where did this twist come from the writers’ room? Because Lauren becoming Fae has been a long time coming, but this is next level.
MG: Great question!
We were struggling to come up with an interesting take on Lauren’s power and Jay Firestone came up with the idea to make Lauren’s power like Rogue’s on X-Men, only Fae-style. She’s a conduit. This choice made it complex and gave her Fae ability limits. She has to be touching a Fae for it to work. It’s not perfect. But in Lauren’s mind, it’s a step in the right direction. She’s thinking: “If this works out, it could lead to a longer lifespan with Bo.”
How big an effect will Lauren’s transformation have on the course of the rest of the season? We’ve already seen some effects in terms of her relationship with Evony. And surely Jack/Hades might be interested in her new talents as a soldier.
MG: In the Fae world, nothing comes without consequences. It’ll be interesting to see who wants to make use of Lauren’s new power and how that affects our gang.
Moving on to this week’s episode specifically, Linda Hamilton returned! How did she like getting to play a different side of Acacia in the flashbacks? I loved how she was still badass in the retro garb.
MG: Linda Hamilton is a force and we are so excited to have her back. She has brought so much dimension to Acacia, and when we presented her with the idea of playing a Valkyrie teacher in flashbacks, she jumped right in. And she nailed it. She captured the spirit of that one teacher we all had growing up, the one who pushed us to want more and to see things differently. We were inspired by Robin William’s character in Dead Poets Society, John Keating.
I can’t tell you how much we love having Linda Hamilton as part of the Lost Girl team. She’s so generous and funny and talented. I can’t imagine anyone else playing this part.
What made you want to explore Tamsin’s Valkyrie High days? Was this meant to be a bit of a send-off for Tamsin and her story, especially considering the heart-to-heart talks between her and Acacia?
MG: The amazing Emily Andras wrote this episode and had such a unique vision for it. Our goal was to tell a coming of age story, An Education style, but embed it in Valkyrie mythology. It’s about breaking the mold, rising above your station. This is not only an empowering story for women, but for anyone who has ever been told they had to follow a path or be subservient.
We’ve known Tamsin for a few seasons now, and this is, in many ways, her origin story. The beginning of her legacy. Legacy is a big theme for all our characters as we approach the end of the series. This is not a send-off for Tamsin. Her story in these final episodes is only just beginning.
Rachel is such a talented actor and we were keen to see her tackle a younger, more naive Tamsin. Her performance in this episode is not only very funny, but also grounded and touching. There’s nothing the woman can’t do.
What building did you shoot the Valkyrie High scenes in? It looked like a building in the University of Toronto area, but I can’t be sure.
MG: It was! Right at Queen’s park. Christie Mansion. Our art department did incredible work emphasizing the contrast from pristine flashback to dilapidated present day. We were all blown away with the final result. It was our very own little Valkyrie Hogwarts!
Before I get into questions about Jack/Hades, let’s settle the score. Is it Jack or Hades? What should we be calling him, officially?
MG: Jack, which is a play on Jack-in-the-box. In French, Jack-in-the-box is called diable en boîte. Literally devil in a box. In our case, Hades in a box. The box that Bo cranked at the end of episode 508 that brought her father to Earth.
We saw Hades break out of his cell near the end of the episode. Is that an official confirmation that he’s not the good guy that Bo thinks he might be?
MG: The jury is still out on Jack and whether or not he has Bo’s best interests at heart.
What do you want to tease about next week’s episode?
MG: The end of next week’s episode changes everything. It is truly the beginning of the end. I recommend deep breaths and keys to the clubhouse liquor cabinet.
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Head back to Cinefilles next week for our next post-show Q&A with Michael.