Before I begin, I’d like to mention that in my blogs I do refer to male and female genders, when I do so I am referring to the way a person appears to identify. I do understand that there are many forms of gender and do not want to be ignorant to that especially due to what I wish to achieve with the blog.
So I’ve decided to have a break from ‘My Story’ this time as I recently attended a comic convention (Yes I know, I’m officially a geek now, I have carried out my right of passage…). The main reason I wished to go was because four members of the Lost Girl cast would be guests at the event; a very fine Zoie Palmer, one jolly Miss Rachel Skarsten, a lively Paul Amos and the Wolfman himself, Kris Holden-Reid otherwise known to viewers as Lauren the Doctor, Tamsin the Valkyrie, Vex the Mesmer and as said Dyson the werewolf.
I absolutely love the show, but I am also a fan of Zoie Palmer of course! She’s attractive, funny, beautiful, lovely and plays kick ass characters, what’s not to love?! I don’t think I’ve met another woman of the more same gender persuasion that would disagree … She also plays a role in a series called ‘Dark Matter’. Only one series has run so far, but it is also brilliant, although not on the same level as Lost Girl I have to admit. In Lost Girl Zoie plays a Doctor/Scientist so is seen in a white lab coat a reasonable amount, therefore I had to don one for the con (obviously). In Dark Matter she plays an android who is largely distinguished from humans by a tattoo on her neck, so I felt a need to pen this tattoo on me (I know, I am weird).Then I completed my outfit with a name badge:
I figured it was a clever mash up, but I think only two people out of around 50,000 that were there understood the reference and one of those was there with me. Feel free to let me know if you appreciate it though! I liked it and enjoyed wearing it so I’m not that fussed, but it’s always good to hear from an appreciative geek/nerd.
Anyway, I digress, let’s move away from Zoie, before I get TOO carried away. Well for a little bit at least. So for those of you who have no idea what Lost Girl is and think I’m just a bit strange and going off on one (probably true), I do have a point to this post and I will get there. However, I better start by giving you a little idea about the show. Lost Girl is set in present day in a world where people with supernatural powers and elongated life spans are living among humans, but in good fantasy fashion, do not want the humans to know of their existence. These supernaturals are called Fae and there are some Fae that are more creatures than people and others that are out to threaten or destroy the world. Our heroine ‘Bo’ and her new friends that slowly grow into her family are always full of action in different scenarios to save the world. I imagine that maybe you could be thinking ‘sounds like any ordinary show’ and perhaps in a way you are right. Yet to me, it is not the genre (although I do love it) or the individual episode story lines that make the show, it is the background relationships that are created and the way that the show explores sexuality that makes it stand out from anything else.
Bo is a Succubus; this is a Fae that feeds on sexual energy and life chi in order to survive. She can’t go long without some sort of interaction with someone, be they human or Fae. I have to say, she is one hell of a sexual beast, but it is not always a blessing to have been born that way. What makes it so interesting is that she has both male and female sexual and romantic partners and it is never discussed or labelled. Also, neither male or female characters are seen as the more likely to gain her affections, it just is what it is, she feels what she feels. I cannot say that I’ve ever seen sexuality portrayed so well and seen as an issue not worthy of conversation or labels on television. The only mainstream show with a lead character exposing similar is ‘Torchwood’ (also awesome!) where Captain Jack Harkness is seen with female and male characters and is mentioned to be one that will ‘shag anything if it’s gorgeous enough’.
I really believe the two programmes are quite pioneering for the present time, even though many people would suggest that sexuality is no longer an issue in society. I disagree with these comments. I feel many are ok with the idea of lesbians and gay men, despite there still being a large number of those in the western world alone who still are not, but I think that bisexuality/pan sexuality or the idea of people just feeling what feels good or right, opposed to being placed into a specific box or under a specific label, is still not something people find easy to understand or appreciate.
I guess my point is that after meeting some members of the Lost Girl cast, I really respect their work to be involved in such a meaningful project, regardless of their personal reasons for doing so. I also feel that they were all lovely individuals who were enthusiastic to meet their fans and to leave them buzzing by the end of the day, which shows that the impact of their work must be at least a little important to them.
Oh and I’m going to go back to Zoie, just briefly. I didn’t realise how nervous I was to meet her, but I was totally shaking after I had my photo shoot with her, how ridiculous is that?! I guess that proves what the show means to me as an individual who wants the world to be a place like the programme creates.
Finally, I just wish to finish by sharing with you a badge I found on a stall at the end of the day. I think this perfectly sums up the show and also some of my feelings and motivations to continue with this blog.