A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this dark sci-fi series is very heavy on sex and sexuality, including promiscuous partners (both same- and opposite-sex), sexual violence, and near nudity (naked backs, barely-covered fronts on women). Though the show's action takes place in the context of a fantasy universe, the sexual sequences are very heated and based in human reality. The fantasy violence is relatively mild, though frequent, and often focuses on using magical powers.
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What's the story?
With mystical creatures like vampires, werewolves, and zombies in constant overuse, LOST GIRL returns to the ancient mythological roots of the genre for its central character. A succubus who draws life from depriving men of their souls during sex, Bo (Anna Silk) has been on the run for 10 years before she's discovered by the Fae, an underground society of similarly mystical humans who offer her a choice and a threat -- choose a clan, or risk your life. Bo decides to go it alone and opens a detective agency with her only human friend, Kenzi (Ksenia Solo).
Is it any good?
Unfortunately, Lost Girl has more in common with SyFy's Megashark Vs. Giant Octopus than it does with Battlestar Galactica or Warehouse 13. Acquired from a Canadian network, the series uses a string of horror and fantasy cliches to thinly connect various titillating sexual encounters. A sexy succubus nearly seduces a steamy female doctor, just after being examined in the nude; earlier, she finds herself changing from one short-skirted tight outfit to a zip-up leather bodysuit so we can catch a quick glimpse of her naked torso and underclothes.
If the show was executed with more wit, originality, or humanity, it might be possible to engage with the characters and make sense of the rampant sexual situations. To be fair, there are occasional moments where a hint of humor will peek through and it's possible to relate to the people cavorting on screen. Then the show lunges for another cheap thrill, and Lost Girl gets lost.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the show's approach to sexuality. The lead character draws her power from violent sexual activity that ends in the death of her partner; what kind of attitudes toward sex does this suggest? Are there positive aspects of human sexuality displayed in the series? What are they?
This series originated in Canada. Can you tell? How would the series look if it had been created by an American team?
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