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06 April 2014 @ 06:55 pm
April Question Meme: Day Six  
Asked by giallarhorn:

The things you would've changed in S4 of Lost Girl?


Oh boy, where do I start?

I wouldn't have allowed the mystery of what happened to Bo go on for that long, since it really served no purpose anyway, and it only delayed having everything else involving her father be rushed in the last couple of episodes of the season. Instead, I would have had the premiere be about what actually did happen to her, along with some things back at home with her friends and family (not with the memory loss) to try and locate her, and either by the end of the premiere or the second episode she would have returned to them with some startling information which sets off the season with a bang leading into the ultimate reveal about her father.

I would have spent more time on the mythology of things, considering they already introduced bits and pieces but it seemed weird that they never really dealt with anything of it until the last minute, and even then it was all scattered and made no sense to what we were led to believe.

Rayner/The Wanderer reveal was such a disappointment, he was very useless and kind of a tool (and was there for Bo to immediately fall in love with? the fuck was that nonsense.) I wouldn't even have included him at all, tbh. I would rather have had the Wanderer be a messenger for her father, and nothing more other than that.

Massimo should have died immediately when he jumped into that fire pit at the beginning of the season.

Lauren should have had more to do. I thought they were going to go more into her past this season, which we did get a little bit of information but nothing else came from that. I would have wanted more of Lauren and Evony bonding and teaming together, even with Lauren just playing her the entire time. It was a wasted opportunity to see them kind of working together and seeing a whole different side of Evony, which is something I've wanted for a long time but we never really see her as her own person. Just the embodiment of the bad reputation the Dark Fae represent. I also wanted more dealing with the fact that Lauren can make Fae human and make human a Fae, since that seemed like to be a huge fucking deal, you know.

I WOULD NOT HAVE KILLED HALE AND KENZI.

I would not have killed off these two beautiful souls who have finally just got together in the season, and instead would have allowed them to be cutesy with their relationship and have tons of making out and sexytimes. To be fair though, the thing with Kenzi does make sense because she made the decision to sacrifice herself, and besides we know that the show will bring her back anyway because the very essence of the show is about the friendship between Bo and Kenzi. However, Hale? There is no guarantee he'll come back, and what they did to him was bullshit. And again, it didn't really serve any purpose because they played it off like he was ~supposed to have died in order to bring Bo closer to her destiny or whatever, and I just. Ugh. No. Also, the resolve for Kenzi to sacrifice herself was obviously done because she seemed done with everything; she wasn't in a good place with Bo, but had to make her peace before she did what she needed to do to save everyone, and she thought it would have been able to see Hale again. It's just all devastating and it shouldn't have happened. I wouldn't have allowed that to happen. They both deserved to be happy and not with all this heartache.

Basically, as much as I love Lost Girl, the fourth season was a scattered mess. It had so much dumped into the last few episodes when they should have explored it all throughout the season. While it did have some good things (Tamsin and Kenzi, for example, Tamsin/Bo moments, and just Tamsin in general), the execution of the storyline was disappointing and the overall seasonal structure was horrible. It should have been more plot and mythology and less wasting time with memory loss and filler episodes.


Since Lost Girl has a new showrunner for its fifth season, it can go either way, but I'm hoping it will be much better and that things will actually start making sense again.
 
 
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an idea is bulletproof: Bring It On - go Missyelizalavelle on April 7th, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
I vote for you to write for season five!
Renée: Lost Girl. Bo. Succubus.rogueslayer452 on April 13th, 2014 04:38 am (UTC)
lol, I wish. But thank you! That's a nice compliment.

I think I just like stories that have a consistent flow to them, and where even if things get complicated in the plot they can still make sense if they have good planning ahead, or at least if they don't know at the time they can still make it work with what's already been established. It's interesting how the show has planted these seeds in previous seasons (Bo's father, her Super Succubus powers, etc.) and yet there hasn't been much delivery or dealing with it as consistent as they could be doing it, you know?
an idea is bulletproof: Alice - wonderlandelizalavelle on April 14th, 2014 01:25 pm (UTC)
I feel like the writer's room for Lost Girl is a mess. They need a show bible that lays out all of these plot lines and plots them through to completion so they don't just drop things. It seems like one writer has a great idea and writes it but the others aren't reading their work or following through on the ideas, they're all just doing their own thing.
giallarhorn: Lost Girl- Tamsingiallarhorn on April 9th, 2014 04:00 am (UTC)
S4 was a mess. Not even in a good way, but just a mess that was all over the place and didn't know what to do.

Yeah, they had built up a lot of momentum in S3, and S4 had set itself up to be a continuation of S3 in that respect while providing answers. Yet, we never really got any and the ones we got didn't end up mattering in the end?

I would've expected Lauren to go off on her own subplot, where she's in the position to literally turn the tables on every member of the Fae and turn them human- or turn humans into Fae. Like, both of those things seem like pretty big deals in the scheme of things, especially the former, but it all gets swept under the rug and used in a...setup for a petty revenge plot?

Kenzi's death didn't make sense in the narrative, since it seemed like her relationship with Hale was setting her up to be moving on to become something apart from Bo and more of her own person- that said, we didn't see that from her a lot of the time? It would've made more sense for Tamsin to have sacrificed herself, since she had set herself on a sort of redemption arc and they dropped hints all around, like this being her last life and whatnot. Killing both Hale and Kenzi makes it seem like cheap emotional manipulation of the audience, particularly when it seems like at least Kenzi is coming back.
Renée: Lost Girl.rogueslayer452 on April 13th, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yet, we never really got any and the ones we got didn't end up mattering in the end?

That still confuses me. Like, they made such a huge deal with the build up only for it to be tossed aside easily. It's almost as if they didn't know how to execute it thoroughly so they completely half-assed everything, and it shows. It's so frustrating.

Like, both of those things seem like pretty big deals in the scheme of things, especially the former, but it all gets swept under the rug and used in a...setup for a petty revenge plot?

While Lauren isn't my favorite character, I'm quite offended that they didn't take advantage of expanding her storyline. They could have gone to so many different areas with her, from her backstory to her impressive skills to be put into good use plot-wise, but instead they missed that great opportunity and underused her, greatly. We didn't even get to see what she was doing while she had sided with the Dark; like we kinda understood a little what she was doing, but there could have been so much more. I would have preferred that over all this Rayner/memory loss nonsense that happened for more than half of the season tbh.

It would've made more sense for Tamsin to have sacrificed herself, since she had set herself on a sort of redemption arc and they dropped hints all around, like this being her last life and whatnot.

I know, and it's the one thing I dreaded because I love Tamsin so much and I didn't want her to die, but at the same time it did make better sense than what the show decided to do. What happened with Hale hit me hard, and with Kenzi it was still sad, but it didn't really hit me as hard because we all know that this show was built around the friendship between Bo and Kenzi; without one there cannot be the other. So it truly is emotional manipulation because we know one will definitely be saved while the other probably not. And it sucks, it really, really does.

I think Lost Girl, in general, kind of forgotten its footing in this season. I liked the way things were setup in the previous seasons, there was an obvious plan of action and it worked well. But for some reason, the fourth season just didn't work, which doesn't make sense since, as you said, it should have been a continuation of S3. It just seemed like they had too much to deal with, and yet did so little with it at the same time. Like, those last few episodes was like a literal infodump that had so many things happening left and right and I got completely lost and confused, it's almost as if they had forgotten they had all this stuff before the season ended. I'm just disappointed because this show, as ridiculous as it can be, has always been on point at least in terms of their storytelling. Here? It was all disorganized and one huge mess.