This week's episode of Lost Girl can be summed in two bizarre sentences:
Lauren helps Bo use a Kabbalah bracelet to hack into Dyson’s memories. They have to find a pair of Tom’s shoes that give you Wolverine claws.
No joke! That’s what happened. Luckily, as with most flashback episodes, it gives major origin and character development. Plus, Dyson hasn’t had as much screen time these past few weeks.
Last episode, Dyson was detained by the Una Mens. It seems like it was because he and Bo were sleeping together. The real reason is he allegedly murdered a bunch of humans and Fae. As stated earlier, Bo and Lauren try to find his alibi by entering his memories. But memory travel requires The Red String of Fate which bears a striking resemblance to Madonna’s favorite accessory. This episode brings back the hilarious Dark Fae oracle, Cassie (Vanessa Matsui). She was amazing in the episode “Dead Lucky” as a lollipop-sucking, twerking super Fae. And she did it before Miley.
In Dyson’s memories, Bo literally enters Dyson by reliving his experiences in his body. This opens up a world of double entendre. They go to 1899 France, which bears a striking resemblance to the Old West. Apparently, because Bo is merging with Dyson, their memories blur together and the cast play different roles in his past. Kenzi is a French bar maid, Vex is a bumbling French prince, and Trick is… Trick. Lauren is Dyson’s wood Fae love interest the creatively named Flora Bloom. Zoie Palmer showcases an amazing singing voice and some French vocal styling.
This episode has a lot of bizarre throuple vibes. Lauren and Dyson have seemed to embrace each other as family. Bo has sex with her version Lauren while in Dyson’s body. It makes for a metaphysical three-way. It seems like the writers are just guiding everyone towards television’s first polyamorous relationship. That scratching sound is One Million Moms trying to figure out how to sign a petition on America Online.
The plot of the episode is pretty formulaic. As expected, Bo gets stuck and Lauren saves her. In an interesting twist, Bo rescues Dyson and Kenzi. What’s really juicy is this episode fills in a lot of Dyson and Trick history. We’ve only seen Dyson as the loyal werewolf soldier who gets separated from his pack. He spent the rest of his time as a con-man and a philanderer. Trick even gets his nickname from Dyson sarcastically shrinking the name Fitzpatrick McCorrigan. It’s also revealed that Dyson helped Trick form the Fae community we know and love.
The episode ends with some pretty major questions. The Wander is still being referenced but no one can really place how or why they know his name. The Una Mens are super untrustworthy and are responsible for crimes Dyson was tried for. In their hunt for the Helskór, which are a pair of Tom’s shoes that turn you into a killing machine... unless you’re a worthy warrior. Bo and Kenzi point out that Trick has been shockingly unhelpful in The Wanderer and Una Mens drama. Could this be a clue? Here’s hoping the Wanderer isn’t Trick. Because that would mean that he slept with his daughter so Bo could be his all-powerful mate. Also, the Big Bad question remains: is it the Una Mens or The Wanderer?
SuccuBest Lines of the Episode
"Latin is a dead language!" –Kenzi in response to a monk dying
"Heartwarming. What’s next? Soy candles and a little Tegan and Sarah?" –Cassie the Oracle
"Imminent death, hair-frizzing humidity... yeah, what a snoozefest." –Kenzi
"It stinks here! Dear Period France. Wash!" –Cassie
"I always thought I’d go motel poolside. A twizzler in one hand and Liam Neeson in the other." –Kenzi’s ideal death
While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
[Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox]