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DVD review: 'Lost Girl: Season Four'

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'Lost Girl: Season Four'

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For those of you who have been keeping up with 'Lost Girl', it has been a seemingly long journey of self-discovery, superpowers and interpersonal drama. We left last season on a cliffhanger, so let's see how season four resumes the action.

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After the events of the third season, Bo (Anna Silk) wakes up on a mysterious train with no recollection of how she got there.

At the same time, Kenzie (Ksenia Solo) and Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) are also without their memories which is inconvenient as they are trying to find Bo while also solving supernatural mysteries. Tamsin (remember her from the previous season?) finds herself to be reincarnated as a rapidly growing little girl who Kenzie and Dyson must look after.

It sounds like everyone is starting over from scratch!

Perhaps sensing that the show was in danger of stagnating, this is a season of changes, revelations and loss. We learn a great deal more about Bo's past (finally), characters have further anxiety about their place in the world and a few very important characters are killed off. As far as the last point, anything is possible as far as the permanence of these occurrences, given the show's sci fi leanings, but for now, there is a lot to deal with.

Interestingly enough, during the filming of this season, Silk was pregnant, to varying degrees. This seems to be especially obvious in some of the earlier episodes where she wears many flowing, loose-fitting garments and is often strategically filmed in close-up. Many episodes push her way to the background, concentrating on other characters and how they deal with situations. One would think that a show that has been around this long could sustain itself for a few episodes with some of the more peripheral characters. That is not the case here. The story loses a lot of focus without Bo grounding things.

To her credit Solo's Kenzie is always a magnetic presence and lifts the sagging stories up the best she can. The problem is that everyone except for Bo is saddled with relatively minor or less interesting problems compared to that of the titular 'lost girl' of the series. When the episodes focus on answering some of Bo's long-standing conflicts, then we get satisfying results. As an added bonus, one or two of the stories here get delightfully dark (leg-stealing mermaids!). As a really added bonus, keep an eye out for an appearance by George Takei. Oh my!

Special features include: Cast Roundtable: Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes, ‘Lost Girl’: Inside Look at Season 4, ‘Lost Girl’ Panel at San Diego Comic-Con, ‘Lost Girl’ Panel at New York Comic Con.

'Lost Girl: Season Four', leaves off with a lot of unanswered questions. The stakes have been raised so much and the story has been protracted so much to this point that it might make sense for the upcoming fifth season to start wrapping things up.

Not Rated 572 minutes 2014

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