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The Fannish Life: ‘Lost Girl’

Ann Morris shares her views on the Syfy series starring Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo


A couple of years ago, I went to a “Doctor Who” convention in Los Angeles where I not only heard a lot of talk about The Doctor (which was expected) but also many, many mentions of the show “Lost Girl.” It seemed as if everyone was watching this show but me.

I am not sure why the show was not on my radar, but it wasn’t, and even after attending the con I didn’t seek it out.

It was my husband who suggested we watch the show — he had found it on Netflix. So we watched and were so very hooked we were begging for more. Apparently, we were not the only ones as the show will begin its fourth season on Syfy on Jan. 13.

While the stories deal with all kinds of crazy fae — or faerie — mythology and get pretty wild, the real story is of friendship. Yeah, I know that sounds all kinds of corny, but it’s really not.

The main characters, Bo and Kenzie, are thrown together in a life or death situation, and an instant friendship is formed. That kind of thing will often produce a bond, though most of us just find our friends by living next door to them or at school — something less dramatic at the very least.

Bo is portrayed by Anna Silk and Kenzie is played by Ksenia Solo. Recently, I was able to participate in a conference call with the two actresses.

I’ve done a lot of these press calls and some are better than others. This was one of the best. These ladies were just delightfully sweet and willing to share with the press and the show’s fans.

They aren’t spilling the beans on what happens in the new season, though.

Whenever they were asked about the stories, the relationships between various characters or the resolution of problems set up in Season 3, they had to decline to answer. Both lamented that it is very difficult doing press for the show because everything they might say about Season 4 is a spoiler.

That being said, they told us that Season 4 will be even wilder and crazier than the past seasons have been. Silk quoted showrunner Emily Andras as saying: “The highs are high and the lows are low.” Solo says she likes the new season because it takes things to extremes.

We didn’t talk about the show exclusively. I always find it interesting to learn what shows people in series of their own watch when they are not working. This is a question I ask because I think it’s probably not one they get more than 100 times a day while working on press.

Some of Silk’s faves are “Breaking Bad,” “Scandal” and “The Closer.” Solo watches “Homeland,” “House of Cards” and “New Girl.” Solo also mentioned the HBO series “Girls” as being one that shows young women in a positive and powerful light.

They both like movies and television with kick-ass women. Silk was a fan of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Alias” for this reason.

While not working on “Lost Girl,” Silk and Solo take on other projects. They have about a half a year in which to do so. One of Solo’s projects has been a movie called “Another You,” a love story with a science-fiction twist. Her co-star is Diego Boneta.

Silk’s project between filming seasons 3 and 4 was becoming a mom. When you see the first episode of Season 4, you’ll notice that Silk is barely in it. That’s because she was not ready to come back to work full time when shooting started. When she was back on set full time, her son Sam was with her.

As Silk was speaking about this, Solo jumped in. “He’s the most wonderful child in the world,” she said. “He smiles all the time.” Silk agreed that Sam smiles all day long.

When you watch Season 4, just know that there is an unseen member of the team, and that’s Sam.

Because I am a mythology geek (listened to a lot of Joseph Campbell audio books), I asked what the two actresses thought about the mythology used on the show.

Solo said that what amazed her most and made her want to know more was that she kept finding out that things she thought the writers had just made up were actually parts of existing mythologies.

Silk says she loves the mythological aspect of the show, and that she got her love from a book called “Faeries” she was given as a child. The book has beautiful pictures, but not all the faeries are nice. Some are decidedly awful.

I’m pretty sure this is the same book with Brian Froud illustrations I have had forever. I don’t know if it’s still in print, but find it to at least look at, if you like all things faerie.

If you need to get caught up on past seasons of “Lost Girl,” they are available on Netflix.

“Lost Girl” airs Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy, starting Jan. 13.

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