I think the first, and possibly most important observation, is that I don’t think that we, as a couple of 50/60 somethings, are amongst the target demographic for this series. Bo the succubus wanders around with her décolletage bursting out of her clothes all of the time, serving only to blatantly give teenage boys something to daydream about. Equally, the almost incomprehensibly nasal, whiney, faux Goth wannabe Kenzi adds nothing to the show beyond cheap, throwaway one-liners. Deep and cerebral this show is not.
On the plus side, however, the show demonstrates potential in the development of the Fae mythology and the back-stories of the main characters and the whole idea of a Fae underworld integrated into the human population was, at first airing in 2010, an original idea. However, although Bo is a succubus and, inevitably, there is a bound to be a bit of sexual content, it is overstated, American’ly bland and serves no purpose but to give the show a frisson of risqué while stopping any narrative flow dead in its tracks. In this first season, the stories are episodic, formulaic and obvious with little character development.
There are many parallels with the far superior Grimm and this is a rare case of the successor being a massive improvement on the progenitor. While Grimm is mature, cleverly plotted with a deep vein of underlying witty self-deprecation, Lost Girl is somewhat juvenile, shallow and unsatisfying. It’s a shame really, it could have been quite good and I’m sure the teen/20 something target audience will vehemently disagree, but there are far too many “good grief not again” and “surely you can’t be that dim” moments. Being in its fourth season, it is plainly very popular but, needless to say, we shan’t be delving further into the Lost Girl universe. Roll on Season 3 of Grimm!!