We’re not in Kansas anymore, Faenatics. Not after “Follow the Yellow Trick Road.”
We talked to Michael Grassi about this week’s Wizard of Oz-inspired episode of Lost Girl and you can read the whole chat, which also includes a preview of next week’s penultimate episode, below!
This was a high-concept episode, between the changes in colouring and effects to the Wizard of Oz-esque plot. How far did you have to go, production wise, to bring it to life?
Michael Grassi: When our director, Paolo, got the script, he knew he had a unique task ahead of him. The script by Ley Lukins was so funny and beautiful, then combined with Paolo’s vision, it just took the episode to the next level. Every department stepped up and had a lot of fun with locations, sets, wardrobe, hair, make-up, editing, VFX, music. Thinking back to the process on this episode reminds me how committed everyone was to making the end of this season truly special.
In order to work through their grief, Tamsin, Lauren, Dyson, Vex and Kenzi were very different from themselves in the Bo’s dream world. How did Rachel, Zoie Kris, Paul and Ksenia like the change of pace?
MG: We thought of this episode as our last opportunity to do one of our Lost Girl “out of the box” episodes, and this one in particular presented a new challenge for each of our actors. As always, they stepped up to the plate and delivered performances that exceeded our expectations and made this one of my favorite episodes yet. And not just because of the fun performances in Bo’s dream. I thought the scenes in the clubhouse were especially strong. The reading of Trick’s will is particularly special.
In the non-dream world, Rachel is getting to try something new in that Tamsin’s rocking a baby bump. How far along is she at this point from a human physical standpoint? (Obviously things are different for Valkyries.)
She’s far along. It’s all happening fast, and like Lauren says in the episode, there isn’t much information available on Valkyrie pregnancies. We got to see Zoie and Rachel really shine in this episode, and I will miss these two on screen together.
While Bo was away, we got appearances from MIA Faemily members Mark and Kenzi! Will the fam be together for the rest of the season as they band together against Jack, or will they float in and out?
It seems like the gang’s back together, doesn’t it? Our team has always been at their best when they’re working together. Let’s hope it lasts.
One member who should be out of the picture going forward is Vex. Why was this the way you wanted Vex, and Paul, to go out? And did Paul get to take any Vex toys home as a parting gift?
This was an important episode for Vex. A character who was always tempted by the dark, and who struggled to commit to a side (mirrored in his dream self), finally picked a side. He picked his new “family” despite the consequence. At the end of the episode, we see Vex bleeding out. You’ll have to wait and see what happens to him.
Should we get used to losing one loved one per episode? Because that’s becoming a tragic trend.
With two episodes left, anything can happen. And yes, when dealing in apocalyptic matters, things can get tragic. I encourage fans to stay strong!
There was a really powerful moment when Bo was reading Trick’s will and he called Dyson his son, gifting him the Dal to share with his own son, Mark. How will that moment motivate Dyson going forward?
Dyson’s story will bring a lot of what we’ve seen over the past five seasons full circle. Kris’ performance in these last two episodes is so strong.
How much should we read into the gifts Trick left the gang?
The gifts speak to the series-long journeys each of these people have been through. These stories were represented in Bo’s dream, as well as in their clubhouse interactions. The gifts also show us how closely Trick has been watching everyone grow. He considered what they might need as they move forward after his death. And in his absence, reminding everyone that there’s a little Trick in them all. Look out for one of these gifts in the finale….
What can you tease about next week’s episode?
It’s called “Let Them Burn” and it’s jaw dropping. A lot of answers are coming. I can’t believe there are only two episodes left.
Emily, who am I going to talk to on Sundays after it ends?
Lost Girl airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showcase in Canada.
Head back to Cinefilles next week for our next post-show Q&A with Michael.