Supernatural series Lost Girl is fun, sexy and soon on SBS
TV is awash with vampires, zombies and all manner of monsters.
But the Fae? Not so common - unless you've discovered supernatural series Lost Girl.
This Canadian romp about a beautiful succubus and the mysterious, underground world of the Fae has built up quite a following.
It's fun. It's sexy. It's light-hearted but piled high with danger and action - all up, a breath of fresh air amid the vampire/zombie blood fest.
Never heard of it? Not to worry. You can dip a toe into the Fae world when SBS begins showing season two later this month. Pretty soon you'll find yourself on either Team Dyson or Team Lauren (we'll get back to them).
Our heroine is Bo (Anna Silk), a powerful succubus brought up in ignorance of her Fae heritage. She can influence humans through her touch and until she learnt to control her powers, tended to suck the life out of her lovers.
Bo discovers she's part of a dark and dangerous society of Fae divided into warring Dark and Light.
The Fae elders demand she chose a side but Bo is determined to stay neutral. That way she stays free. That way she retains her humanity.
True, her values are closer to the Light Fae yet they're not necessarily the good guys - just not as nasty as the Dark Fae. All Fae, both Dark and Light, view humans as inferior, to be enslaved or even fed upon.
Bo's best friend is human, a street-smart Goth and con artist called Kenzi (Ksenia Solo).
Their relationship is a strong element of the series. Kenzi and Bo are simply good friends; they hang out and have fun. When they're in trouble, the half-Russian Kenzi always has a cousin of a cousin of a great uncle who can help.
Bo and Kenzi set up a detective agency and because of Bo's neutrality are called in to solve Fae messes. We meet all manner of Light and Dark Fae with different powers.
Now for Team Dyson and Team Lauren.
Bo's love life is complicated. She's attracted to human doctor Lauren who belongs to the "Ash", the leader of the Light Fae. But then there's hunky wolf shifter and detective Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried). He becomes Bo's lover to help her heal and to meet her needs - which leaves wolf boy a little weak at times.
Soon their attraction becomes love.
Then Dyson makes a shocking sacrifice in the final episode of season one, a heartbreaking decision.
It means Bo turns to Lauren (Zoie Palmer), but can she even trust her?
Lost Girl is sprinkled with fascinating characters: Hale Santiago is a siren and Dyson's partner in the police force. "Trick" (Rick Howland) owns a bar that's neutral ground for both Light and Dark Fae. He's much, much more than what he seems. Never fear, all will be revealed ... in typical Fae style.
Lost Girl is entertaining and sexy. It has an MA rating - there's sex in nearly every episode. Still, it's essential to the plot given the main character is a succubus.
Anna Silk as a leather-clad Bo is engaging. She's nice; we like her. We're on her side.
Kris Holden-Ried is magnetic and masculine as Dyson. He and Silk sizzle in their scenes together; one almost expects an R rating there, with R definitely for raunchy.
Lost Girl creates a good balance between action and mystery and having fun.
It takes us in a different direction to the usual series about vampires and zombies and does so with wit and drama. We want to come along for the ride.
Even if you missed season one of lost Girl, you'll catch up if you dive into season two, starting on SBS 2 at 9.20pm on Monday, September 29.
SBS is certainly picking up some edgy shows - Vikings, Real Humans, even From Dusk Till Dawn. Lost Girl is another to put on the TV viewing radar.
What we're watching this week
THE CODE, Sunday, September 21, 8.30pm, ABC1
NEW series The Code tells the story of two very different brothers who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power would kill to keep secret.
Stars David Wenham, Lucy Lawless and Aden Young.
WITCHES OF EAST END, Monday, September 22, 8.30pm, ELEVEN
ANOTHER fun supernatural series that's "witchy" soap with action, drama and romance. It's worth a look if you're a fan of series like The Vampire Diaries.
SUITS: Tuesday, September 23, 11pm, SEVEN
ON the new season premiere of Suits, Mike is reaping the benefits of his new job at Sidwell Investment Group but soon learns his noble approach to the law doesn't sit well with his ruthless boss.
Meanwhile, Louis learns that Eric is plotting revenge on Pearson Specter. Harvey and Mike go up against an international arbitration team from France.
BATES MOTEL: Wednesday, September 24, 11.30pm, SEVEN
A STYLISH but creepy prequel to Psycho. It's dramatic, well-written and well acted.