By Matt Springer,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sexual violence and fantasy are central to dark sci-fi.
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The show's main characters are mostly fantastic creatures in human form; they occupy a very real world and behave with little moral compass, though there is an underlying sense that the characters want to be good. Sex is represented largely as a weapon.
Positive Role Models
The show's lead character spends 10 years of her life murdering men to satisfy her own mystical need for power. Although she exhibits a minor degree of guilt, her behavior and attitude about violence are mostly ambivalent.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is one of the show's key components as both the protagonists and antagonists engage in varying forms of fantasy violence against one another and unsuspecting mortals. Though there is a heavy amount of hand to hand combat, there is little blood or explicit gore, though there is sex mixed in with violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The show's action often seems designed to guide the lead character into a variety of sexual situations that often also incorporate violence. Her mystical "power" involves sexual activity with men that is designed to rob them of their lives while satisfying her own hunger. While there is no full nudity, there are lots of lingering shots of bare backs, barely covered female chests, and passionate kissing and groping. The main character's sexual partners are both male and female.
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Frequent use of unbleeped language such as "a--hole" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink socially and scenes are frequently inside bars and nightclubs. One sequence involves a male character drugging an unsuspecting woman in order to rape her.
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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?
- Premiere date: January 16, 2012
- Cast: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Ksenia Solo
- Network: Syfy
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: March 31, 2022
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