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Sylent Mari’s Music Mix – Badass Covers Edition

It’s been three months since I last wrote a post for the site. That’s too damn long. My latest Music Mix is all about stepping away from the frustrations and worries of the world, and spending a few moments reflecting on the positives in life. What makes you happy? What drives you creatively? For me it’s entertainment in any form that allows me to step away from the outside world and my crazy life for a few minutes or hours each day. Music allows me to write, film allows me to think, novels transport me to other worlds, and TV makes me super-emotional over fictional characters (stop killing off all of my favorites!).

I’ve always been a fan of musical artists and bands that do cover versions of their favorite songs and add their own unique flavor to them. There are lots of great cover songs out there and some…eh…we’ll pretend they never exited. In the newest playlist below, I’ve got 20 of my personal favorites or covers that I enjoy. Some are familiar, some are new, but all of them are timeless in their own ways, while paying respect to the original artists.

The first Spotify playlist consists of the original artists of all of the songs listed below. Most of these artists should be familiar to you, but it’s always a good refresher to listen to each of the songs so you get that “A-ha!” moment. The second Spotify playlist is a mirage image of the first, but it features all of the cover versions that I’ve compiled for this post. Take an hour or two out of your day and listen to both playlists and allow yourself to get lost in the music and forget about everything negative in your life currently. Maybe add a few drinks if it’s been THAT kind of a week. ‘Til next time!

P.S. I apologize for my lack of creative verbage. 2016 has burned out quite a few of my brain cells, but at least I hope it’s an entertaining read nonetheless. *thumbs up*

The Originals

The Covers

Carina Round (f/ Aidan Hawken) – “Come Undone” [2014]
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Duran DuranDuran Duran (The Wedding Album) [1993]

Duran Duran, like so many artists and bands before and after them, sampled one of the most iconic drum loops for “Come Undone”: The Soul Searcher’s “Ashley’s Roachclip.” The sampled loop works perfectly in the now-classic DD track, and it’s my favorite song from the band; I’ve included that video above. I can listen to it, close my eyes, and lose myself to the music. That – or I’ve accidentally passed out listening to it (in a good way).

Carina Round’s take on the song gives off the same vibe, but it’s like a thunderstorm that crawls across the sky…then disappears just as quickly. It’s not only a great song to kick off this playlist, but it’s also a good wind-down song for the end of a long day from work/school/life.

Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence” – Immortalized [2015]
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Simon & GarfunkelThe Graduate Soundtrack [1968]

Disturbed’s cover of the classic Simon & Garfunkel track has been featured in video game trailers, on the radio, and in lots of live performances lately – and for good reason. While this cover does have its detractors, I happen to really dig it. It’s a very different musical direction for Disturbed, who are best known for playing a somewhat-repetitive brand of radio-friendly nu-metalish hard rock. The equally-haunting music video for the song is free of any color and is just so mesmerizing to watch. Turn down the lights, burn a few candles, and play the video or the song to really get its full effect.

Moby – “New Dawn Fades” – I Like To Score [1997]
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Joy DivisionUnknown Pleasures [1979]

Moby’s take on “New Dawn Fades” was first heard in the 1995 Michael Mann written & directed crime drama Heat, starring the dynamic duo of Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino (with Val Kilmer tagging along). It’s easily one of the most recognizable songs from the soundtrack, and it’s recently found new life again thanks in Person of Interest’s 100th episode: “The Day the World Went Away.” Though the scene is very bittersweet for many fans and comes in the middle of a very mixed, emotional and somewhat-controversial episode, this song is featured in one of my favorite action scenes from the entire series. I’m not sharing the scene here because of spoilers and it needs to be watched to be appreciated, but I’ll leave you with this: Root and Shaw (aka Shoot) having a relationship talk in the middle of a shoot-out. Turn up this song loud as your cruising down the street late at night.

Lily Allen – “Somewhere Only We Know” – Sheezus [2014]
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KeaneHopes and Fears [2009]

A dreamy and sweet cover of one of my favorite songs from Keane. Lily Allen absolutely nails it in her version and I love her vocals on it and the music too. It’s like listening to a lullaby and drifting off to sleep with a smile upon your face. The music video will also brighten up your day as well, as evidenced above. Now leave me with my happy, shiny, positive thoughts…

You+Me – “No Ordinary Love” – rose ave. [2014]
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SadeLove Deluxe [1992]

Dallas Green (formerly of Alexisonfire; currently of City and Colour) and Alecia Moore (better known as P!nk) formed the indie folk pop duo You+Me in 2014, bringing together two incredibly gifted singers a surprising musical experiment. I’d say it was a success: their debut release, rose ave., is one of my favorite albums of the past five years and combines both singer’s vocal talents with very well-written songs that allow them to really belt it out. The lyrics are equally as thought-provoking as the singers themselves. In the live performance above of the Sade classic “No Ordinary Love” (Deftones also do a brilliant cover of it), watch Green and P!nk create instant musical magic as they own the stage in this haunting cover.

Mimi Page – “Wicked Game” – Requiem EP [2013]
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Chris IsaakHeart Shaped World [1989]

How many of you remember the original music video for Chris Isaak’s biggest hit? Hot supermodel, sepia tones, a beach… I think I just dated myself (I miss the old MTV).

Though this song has been covered to death by so many artists and bands, I’ve fallen for Mimi Page’s cover after discovering it as a Spotify recommendation. Thanks Spotify! It keeps the essence of the original and adds her own flavor to it, creating a pleasant aural experience.

Alanis Morissette – “Crazy”The Collection [2005]
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SealSeal [1991]

Alanis’ version of Seal’s first radio hit (before “Kiss From A Rose” dominated the airwaves a few years later) isn’t exactly groundbreaking. It’s a straightforward & enjoyable cover that was played heavily in gay clubs around the world when it first came out in 2005. It was an instant favorite for a good reason: the accompanying music video has a queer vibe to it. Whenever LOGO (a U.S. cable channel) played it on what felt like repeat every hour for several weeks during Summer 2005, I usually had a few friends & neighbors coming over to my place to watch it, excited to see this new side to Alanis. When you watch the video, you’ll see why. Well, unless you’re a fan like me and know that she’s played queer-friendly roles on Nip/Tuck, Sex and the City, and a few other projects.

Nine Inch Nails – “Dead Souls” – The Crow Soundtrack [1994]
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Joy DivisionStill (Collector’s Edition) [2008]

For many people my age (30-something) and of all ages who relate to it, the film The Crow and Brandon Lee’s iconic performance as Eric Draven is a reminder of a time when it was OK to be into dark imagery, to be influenced by the Industrial and Goth scenes of the time, and to be inspired to take risks in our own creative processes. The film and the graphic novel/comic series, created by J. O’Barr, also allowed us to not be afraid to create whatever the hell we wanted to artistically, as well as not fearing the darkness that lingers in all of us, and being free to let our emotions out in any artistic medium that spoke to us. The song, the film, and the graphic novel/comic series are such freeing works of art for the loners, the freaks, the independent thinkers in all of us. The fan-edited video that I’ve included melds all three elements together perfectly.

City of Fire – “Enjoy the Silence” – Trial Through Fire [2013]
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Depeche ModeViolator [1990]

“Enjoy the Silence” is one of the most covered songs of all time, or that’s what it feels like. For people who have derided electronic-based music as being soulless for years, Depeche Mode was one of the many synth-heavy acts that proved that was a bunch of crap. Creating some of the most emotionally-driven music over the past three decades, “Enjoy the Silence” is one of the most critically regarded and universally-loved tracks from DM’s massive discography. The song is timeless and never grows old; it feels fresh even listening to it in this ultra-digital age that we live in, where new music is readily available on various electronic devices. City of Fire, a band formerly led by Burton C. Bell from Fear Factory, does an impressive cover of the song by mixing their heavy rock sound with Burton’s powerful vocal work. A great song to rock out to.

Shiny Toy Guns – “Stripped” [2007]
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Depeche ModeBlack Celebration [1986]

Depeche Mode has influenced so many musical acts since their formation in the late-1970’s, gaining popularity, critical acclaim, and respect & love from fans all over the world. I use their music as inspiration for any creative projects that I’ve worked on in the past, the present, and future ones (I’m sure). It’s rare to find anyone who’s not a fan of their music – whether they’re a huge fan like me or a casual listener.

“Stripped” is one of my favorite songs of theirs and a few bands have covered the song. Rammstein has a really cool cover of it that is a perfect marriage between their music and DM’s. Shiny Toy Guns has also made their own version that I love quite a bit. It sounds very different from the original, but retains the heart & soul of the song. Take a few minutes to throw it on and let the music invade your ears.

Gary Jules (f/ Michael Andrews) – “Mad World” –
Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets [2002]
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Tears for FearsThe Hurting [1983]

Donnie Darko. Great cover. Listen to it now.

Lorde – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” –
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire S0undtrack [2013]
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Tears for FearsSongs From The Big Chair [1985]

Another indie-friendly track that follows the “slow down the original and make it sound super-depressing” template that many new covers are following. This isn’t a dig at Lorde, though: I like her cover version of this Tears for Fears track (a song I listened to a lot growing up). It’s also a perfect track for The Hunger Games franchise, which this song appears in – on the soundtrack to the second film, Catching Fire. If you’re a Lorde fan, you’ll love this. If not, you might find yourself gritting your teeth while listening to it. It’s all a matter of personal taste, but ’cause I like it I threw it into my playist.

Maria Doyle Kennedy – “How You Remind Me” –
Even Better Than The Real Thing, Vol. 1 [2003]
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NickelbackSilver Side Up [2001]

If this singer’s name sounds familiar – you might be an Orphan Black fan. Better known as “Siobhan Sadler” (aka “Mrs. S”) on the BBC America series, Maria Doyle Kennedy is also an accomplished musician/singer who has released many records throughout her career. She’s even lent her vocal talents to Orphan Black during the show’s third season, as seen below in this small clip from Entertainment Tonight (excuse the annoying intro):

In her gorgeous minimalist take on the Nickelback staple, MDK transforms the song into a melancholic ballad full of yearning and heartache. Conquering the song and making it her own, as well as one-upping the original, this is one of my favorite cover songs from any artist or band. Taking a very familiar song, deconstructing it, and turning in a simply wonderful performance? MDK nails it with her rendition.

311 – “Love Song” – 50 First Dates Soundtrack
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The CureDisintegration [1989]

This dreamy summertime cover of the Cure classic from 311 was one of the main songs used in the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore romantic comedy 50 First Dates. The film is a guilty pleasure of mine: I’m not a fan of Sandler, but I do like Barrymore a lot. If I lived close to a beach, this would be the perfect song to chill out too while hitting the waves or taking an evening stroll on the sand. Or you can lay in a hammock and drink a few cocktails while the night breeze cools you off. It’s a cool track to finish off the day with.

Tiamat – “Sympathy for the Devil” – Skeleton Skeletron [1999]
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The Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet [1968]

For a doomy/gothic metal take on the Rolling Stones classic, check out Tiamat’s slow & heavy version. Add it to your future Halloween playlist, or allow the black skies of nighttime envelop and guard you as you listen to the bewitching vocals of lead singer Johan Edlund sing you off to a nightmare. This track is a perfect example of paying homage to the original while retaining Tiamat’s artistic identity. If you’re a fan of bands like Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, or Type O Negative, Tiamat’s cover is perfect for you (the band is totally worth checking out too).

Chet Faker – “No Diggity” – Thinking in Textures [2011]
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BlackstreetAnother Level [1996]

This song takes me back to high school and for good reason: I was a freshman back in ’96. I LOVE the R&B, hip-hip, and soul music that came out during that decade because the songs were different, they were fresh, and they were just a blast to listen to. Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” is one of my favorite ’90s songs ’cause it has such a cool groove to it, a hypnotic beat, and Dr. Dre lending his skills to enhance the track.

Chet Faker does an equally funky cover that will transport you back to 20 years ago (!), to the time you first heard this jam on the radio. With a folksy vibe added to it and an electronic underbeat, the cover flows so well and it makes the perfect addition to anyone’s summer playlists or for house parties. If you can survive the heat long enough to dance/chill out to it, of course (Southwest USA FTW!).

Nirvana – “The Man Who Sold the World” –
MTV Unplugged In New York [1994]
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David BowieThe Man Who Sold the World [1970]

Back in ancient times, MTV used to dedicate a whole hour or so to an artist or band and give them an awesome platform to show off their acoustic skills to a very intimate live audience. Sometimes they released the performances on record and fans were able to get that same intimate feel at home. Alice in Chains had a memorable MTV Unplugged performance (check out “Nutshell” and “Down in a Hole” as two perfect examples), and I bought Alanis’ (it’s a great listen). Out of all of the MTV Unplugged performances that were released, Nirvana’s will forever remain to be the most iconic, with the whole band stripping down the music to its acoustic foundations, and Kurt Cobain just singing his soul out. One of the most popular songs from that acoustic session was their take on the David Bowie classic “The Man Who Sold the World,” from the album of the same name. Take a trip back in time to 1994 and watch the performance.

Yuna – “Come As You Are” [2011]
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NirvanaNevermind [1991]

Confession Time: Though they are hugely important to the generations before me and my very own, I’ve never been a Nirvana fan. I do like some of their tracks, but I was more of an Alice in Chains fan during the time that Nirvana was king of the alternative genre. Now that I’m older, I’ve been learning to appreciate their music a bit more, but “Come As You Are” has always been my favorite track from them. I haven’t heard any other music from Yuna, who’s a popular Malaysian pop singer/performer, but she nails the cover in an indie-friendly performance.

Amy Lee – “With or Without You” [2015]
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U2The Joshua Tree [1987]

Amy Lee, best known as the lead singer/co-songwriter of Evanescence, delivers a really trippy and Evanescence-esque version of the U2 classic. That’s really the only way that I can describe this cover. Some fans will love it and others will hate it, and then there are those that will be like, “Huh – that’s pretty groovy.” If you’re a fan of Lee’s vocal work, this is a perfect song to listen to late at night or during the middle of the longest rainstorm ever.

Fear Factory (f/ Gary Numan) – “Cars” – Obsolete [1998]
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Gary Numan – The Pleasure Principle [1979]

This popular Fear Factory track became known to video game fans courtesy of its inclusion on the Test Drive 6 soundtrack. The cover itself was the second song released from FF’s 1998 effort Obsolete, following lead single “Shock” (also the album’s opening track). In a throwback to the original tune, FF invited Gary Numan to contribute vocals to their cover version, which later led to his inclusion in the space-age music video they shot for the single. The video is available above for your headbanging needs. “Cars” would later become one of FF’s most recognizable tracks, and it’s a really fun cover to jam out to.

The Fae-mily Has Return-eth! (Hiya LOST GIRL!) – Quick Recap of Seasons 1-4 + Bonus Round: Favorite Episodes!

I can’t imagine anyone playing Bo as amazingly as Anna Silk has. She’s done such an incredible job.

I’m so late with this, but that’s my usual M.O. Go me! I’m a bit behind on updating in general because I’ve been on a very long and welcome break from my Real Life Job that started on December 13th and ends tonight (three weeks!), and I’ve enjoyed the time spent catching up on sleep, wasting time playing World of Warcraft, hanging out with friends & family, and just being as lazy as humanly possible; a koala would be so jealous of me. I also needed time to re-focus and start writing again. Hooray for fresh new posts!

Lost Girl came back to a hearty “You’ve been hella missed!” from fans when it premiered on its Canadian TV channel home, Showcase, on December 7th. The first two episodes were a two-parter titled “Like Hell, Pts. 1 & 2,” that featured Bo and fae-mily still reeling from the events of the Season Four finale. Some big things happened and it’s up to Bo to try and make everything work, but the poor gal really needs a break from her destiny, from continuously fighting off threats from everyone and anyone, and having sexy times with sexy people that will cuddle her hard – ‘cause she really needs lots of cuddles. And sex, of course.

If you are brand-new fan who’s watching the show for the first time, this handy recap post below will give you the teensiest lil’ idea of what the show is about. For American fans and other fans around the world who are waiting for the show to premiere in their countries (January 2015 for the U.S.), I thought it wise to give a quick recap of the first four seasons of the show, as a refresher for those getting ready to watch Season Five for the first time. For the lucky Canadian fans who have been watching the new episodes this live on their TV screens every Sunday – thank you for sharing this show with those of us who have been waiting (not at all) patiently for the new episodes.

Each season recap covers the main storylines, but don’t feature everything that has happened in each episode. I tried to mention the main plotlines that I thought were the most important, but apologies for anything major that I might have missed. I have longer individual season recaps written, but I won’t share those just yet. I’m waiting until right before the second half of Season Five premieres. Those recaps will feature many more story details, episode descriptions, and tons of screenshots.

Showcase has also given fans some extra special episode treats on their website. They have been featuring special enhanced versions of the Season Five episodes that have aired so far. Each enhanced episode includes some cool behind-the-scenes information and other cool & fun facts about the show and the myths, stories, and legends that the writers pull from to create each episode. I haven’t watched the enhanced episodes yet, but some fans have been sharing screenshots on Twitter and Tumblr. Thank you, amazing fans!

You’ll also notice that I’ve added a bonus section. What lies within? My favorite episodes from the series so far. I’ve chosen them for various reasons: some are hysterical, some are romantic, and some have shattered my heart into a million pieces, but overall they have really cool storylines. While I do have a favorite ‘ship (Doccubus), I’m down with liking the other ‘ships in the fandom too. So if you’re a fan of the other ‘ships, you’ll probably find some of your favorite episodes below as well.

Enough rambling from this writer – please enjoy this recap, and don’t forget to read the obligatory SPOILER ALERT! warning below.

THE EVER IMPORTANT SPOILER WARNING!!! If you’re unfamiliar with the series and want to watch it with a fresh view, please skip this post in its entirety; I’d love to have you return to it after you’ve seen the show. All others please proceed, keep your arms within your compartment, and sit back and relax and enjoy the craziest, weirdest, most frustrating and entertaining ride of your life.

Also, if LGBTQ+ content and open discussions of sexuality and sexuality being shown on-screen in general are not your cups-of-tea, then this show may not be for you because it can very, very queer and sexual at times. The leader character is a bisexual succubus, after all. So same-sex relationships or various topics about sexuality not your thing? This show ain’t for you, though there are many other reasons to watch it.

SEASON ONE – aka welcome to the sexy, dangerous, and fantastic world of the Fae, Bo Dennis!

One of my favorite opening shots from Season 1 – from the eighth episode “Vexed.” Also the first episode shot.

Season One is a favorite of many fans for a variety of reasons. I always find myself stuck between this and Season Two as my favorite seasons. In this season we are introduced to our heroine, Bo Dennis, and we watch as she learns that she is not a mere mortal, but actually part of a group of supernatural/mythological creatures called the Fae. The Fae are broken up into two factions: Light and Dark. Bo first meets her bestie/sidekick/human “sister” Kenzi Malikov after she saves the small-time thief from being assaulted by a creepo who likes to drop some “party favors” into a woman’s drink and his his way with her. Calling Special Victims Unit! Bo chi-sucks him in front of Kenzi, who records the incident on her smart phone (all the kids have one), and freaks out after she sees it after waking up in the infamous “Crack Shack” that she will eventually share with Bo.

Bo is kidnapped by the Light Fae, who are investigating an unfamiliar kill on their turf (creepo guy). Bo is forced to enter into a battle-to-the-death with the reward being a choosing of a faction if she survives. She does and decided to say “Screw you!” to both sides and remains unaligned and happily joining Team Human, in support of Kenzi. Bo, Kenzi, and the rest of their newly-minted “fae-mily” – wolf shifter Dyson, siren Hale, blood mage Trick, and human doctor Lauren – try to solve numerous cases in the Fae world, while Bo tries to find out more about her origins and her birth family.

We do meet one of her family members, her mother Aife (!), who ends up being the Big Bad for the season. Aife is a Dark Fae succubus who is pissed off at the Light Fae for personal reasons, and she almost takes out the Light Fae hierarchy in a suicide attack launched by one of her thralls. Aife does reveal to Bo that she was Light at one point, but the Blood King gave her to the Dark King, who did horrible things to her. She went mad and decided to seek vengeance against the Blood King. Bo doesn’t know (yet) that she also shares a connection to the Blood King. Aife and Bo fight it out over a nasty “family reunion,” and Bo comes out victorious. The same can’t be said for the rest of her fae-mily as they each fight their own battles, with Bo’s kinda-sorta beau Dyson suffering the most after a visit to an old crone that changes his life forever (or until the end of Season Two).

SEASON TWO – aka Team Bo fights off an ancient Fae enemy that wants to destroy all

Trick is horrified by the truths being told by Season Two’s Big Bad, the Garuda. My favorite of the ‘Big Bad’s.’

After the events of the Season One finale, Bo and her friends try to clean-up the aftermath of Aife’s attack on the Light Fae. Bo’s torn up ‘cause her mother’s dead(ish) and Dyson had his love for her stolen thanks to the Norn, the old crone mentioned above. She’s also had a falling out with her other lover, Lauren, but there could be a light at the end of tate tunnel. Or it could be reality about to bitch-slap Bo.

The leader of the Light, the Ash, is in critical condition and is replaced by a meaner and more rules-driven Ash named Lachlan – a Naga (hydra-like snake Fae).  Lachlan is a jerk to Bo and her friends on more than one occasion, and he even imprisons Lauren after an act of defiance on her part. Dyson’s backstory is covered in an episode that features a former friend and a woman that he once loved (who was married to his then-best friend): Ciara. Lauren has her own secret that’s been alluded since Season One when Bo questions her involvement with the Light. Lauren has a girlfriend named Nadia (!) who’s been in a coma for five years (!), or the length of servitude that she’s held with the Light Fae.

While Bo deals with two romantic blows, she does hook up with a Dark Fae named Ryan, a trickster Fae (a Loki). In the midst of her romantic mess, an ancient evil arises to wipe out both the Light and Dark, and humans as well – a fiery bird-like ancient Fae named the Garuda. He feeds on doubt and insecurities and faces off against Trick, who helped vanquish him with the Light and Dark armies fighting at his side centuries ago. The Garuda plans to corrupt Trick by entering his body and undoing all of the blood laws that he’s written as the Blood King, allowing him to feed as he pleases. There is a first failed attack against the Garuda that leaves Ciara murdered by him and Nadia killed as well; he possessed her after she awoke from her coma, and Bo was forced to end her suffering by stabbing her. What a raw deal! Bo is able to defeat the Garuda thanks to a combination of her friends and her blood working together. The big season-ending reveal? Trick is Bo’s maternal grandfather! And she’s named after her grandmother, Isabeau. Aife is also his daughter that he gave up to the Dark.

At the end of the season finale, we see Bo celebrating with her friends, but everyone has all of their own secrets that they are guarding close to their hearts: Lauren wants to flee all things Fae (she mentions this to Bo during a heart-to-heart in “Lachlan’s Gambit”), Dyson has gotten his love back (but hasn’t told Bo yet), Kenzi has a mysterious mark on her arm (after getting Dyson’s love back from the Norn), Hale starts to fall for someone (take a wild guess), and Trick still has more secrets about Bo and her origins and the identity of her father, but he’s not giving up that information. As Bo exits the Dal Riata (their home bar) to look for Kenzi after she steps outside, she glances into a mirror and sees her eyes glowing blue, and the succubus inside is getting a bit more powerful.

SEASON THREE – aka Bo vs. the Dawning vs. the Wanderer vs. Evil Human Foe

It’s Linda Hamilton! One of the coolest people ever. She guest-starred as Acacia, Tamsin’s mentor.

At the end of Season Two, we saw Bo and her fae-mily defeating the Garuda and dealing with their own personal crises. Bo’s Fae powers seemed to be growing and she started to gain more confidence in herself and her abilities. But there was also something darker starting to manifest within Bo, and she would spend a good portion of the season dealing with this sudden change, along with a new enemy to the Fae that comes in at the last-second and a little late to the show (like, literally – they make their first appearance in the eighth episode “Fae-ge Against the Machine”). A good portion of the season is built up to Bo’s ‘Dawning,’ an important and potentially dangerous right-of-passage that all Fae must complete before moving on in their evolution. If Bo doesn’t pass her Dawning, she will devolve into an icky UnderFae. Eww… With all the build-up for this ominous Dawning, the actual event is really quite tame, and it becomes more about another character than Bo herself; it’s her party, but she’s not really invited.

We are also introduced to a new character who will become a member of Team Bo at the end of the season: a Dark Fae valkyrie named Tamsin. Her origin and her reasons for being around the group are a mystery at first, but some of it is revealed in this season. Tamsin’s mentor Acacia also appears in a Tamsin-centric episode, “Delinquents.” Tamsin’s original purpose was to capture Bo for a bounty that she was hired for by a dark and frightening Fae named the Wanderer, who might or might not be Bo’s father. Tamsin does have her hand forced a few times and she tries to carry out the bounty, but in the end she sides with Bo, even though the Wanderer scares the crap out of her.

Between the Wanderer and the Dawning, you’d think that Bo has more than enough to handle without going nuclear, but HA! Relationship drama, the Dawning, the Wanderer, a new Team Bo member…what else can Bo add to her daily planner? Oh – how about a human scientist that wants to turn Fae and kills random Fae for evil experiments? Lauren joins him (after having enough of the Light and Dark Fae’s crap) in the short term before realizing what his Evil Scientist plans really are and helps Bo & company stop him. After dealing with everything, Bo disappears in a mysterious black cloud of evil smoke while Lauren is mysteriously absent, Kenzi (and all humans, including Lauren) are enemies of the Fae State, Hale steps down as the Ash (he was becoming quite the Ash-hole), Trick escapes and still has secrets he refuses to reveal, and Dyson and Tamsin take a plunge over a hill and might or might not be dead (Spoiler Alert! Of course they’re not dead).

SEASON FOUR aka the season that still leaves me & most fans confused by its storyline

Gratuitous “Anna Silk’s washing a car and this is a very important scene, for science” shot. Thank you, TV Gods!

The introduction of the Wanderer storyline was an interesting addition into Bo’s overall journey of fulfilling her true destiny as the one who will unite the Fae & humans and finding out who her birth father is, but the actual reveal and execution of the storyline fell very flat and garnered A LOT of strong reactions from the fandom. The last few episodes of the season also saw us lose two beloved characters (one of them returns in Season Five), yet another evil human who becomes a Big Bad, and confusion about WHO the Wanderer is. This is the most basic of descriptions for this season ‘cause there were so many storylines running at the same time:

At the beginning of the season, we see Bo’s fae-mily seemingly moving on with their lives after the chaotic events of the Season Three finale, with no recollection or memory of Bo. Ah WHAT?!?!?! A powerful “amnesia” spell has them all blocking any memories of Bo, and it had to take someone or something powerful to do that. Could it be the Wanderer? After the spell has been removed, Team Bo uses all of their resources to find their missing succubus. They rescue Bo and try to uncover the mystery behind her disappearance: why was she taken, who was behind it, and when in the hell did she join the Dark Fae? All signs point towards the Wanderer, who turns out to not be Bo’s father…after all? Still kinda confused by this.

So who’s the Wanderer? A Dark Fae named Rainer. He was a warrior who tried to start an uprising against the tyrannical and ego-driven blood King (Trick) centuries ago. In return for his insubordination, Trick refuses to let Tamsin take his soul to Valhalla, where fallen warriors reside. Rainer is also revealed to be part of Bo’s destiny, and she has finally found the man she’s supposed to be with, much to Dyson and Lauren’s chagrin (probably Tamsin too). Rainer also has a connection to Bo’s dad: he’s a pawn used by Bo’s father to bring Bo to him and open the gates of Hel (big mythological hint as to her father’s identity). Tricked into joining together in (unholy) matrimony, Bo and Rainer unwittingly open a portal that will allow Bo’s father to enter our world. The only way to close the portal is Bo’s heart, but there’s no removal of organs involved – it’s someone closest to Bo. Once said person sacrifices themselves and walks into the portal, one of the main missions for Season Five is revealed, and that’s to bring this person back from the dead. Does Team Bo succeed? We’ll find out when Season Five begins.




* 1×01 – “It’s a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World” – written by Michelle Lovretta (series creator)

* 1×03 – “Oh Kappa, My Kappa” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 1×05 – “Dead Lucky” – written by Emily Andras

* 1×06 – “Food for Thought” – written by Pamela Pinch

* 1×08 – “Vexed” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 1×10 – “The Mourning After” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 1×13 – “Bloodlines” – written by Michelle Lovretta

Honorable Mentions:

* 1×04 – “Faetal Attraction” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 1×11 – “Faetal Justice” – written by Peter Mohan

This playlist is missing a few song, but here’s many of the tracks played during the first season. Also check out the song “The Warning” by Neverending White Lights, from the episode “Vexed.” Great song and one of my new favorites.



* 2×01 – “Something Wicked This Way Comes” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 2×02 – “I Fought the Fae (and the Fae Won)” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 2×04 – “Mirror, Mirror” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×05 – “BrotherFae of the Wolves” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

* 2×06 – “It’s Better to Burn Out Than Fae Away” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×08 – “Death Didn’t Become Him” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×09 – “Original Skin” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×10 – “Raging Fae” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 2×13 – “Barometz. Trick. Pressure.” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×17 – “The Girl Who Fae’d With Fire” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×20 – “Lachlan’s Gambit” – written by Steve Cochrane

* 2×21 – “Into the Dark” – written by Emily Andras

* 2×22 – Flesh and Blood” – written by Alan McCullough

Honorable Mentions:

* 2×03 – “Scream a Little Dream” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 2×12 – “Masks” – written by Grant Rosenberg

Here’s the Season Two playlist. Also check out “We Are Everything” by Brandon Chandler from the episode “I Fought the Fae (and the Fae Won).”



* 3×01 – “Caged Fae” – written by Emily Andras

* 3×02 – “SubterrFaenean” – written by Stephen Cochrane

* 3×03 – “ConFaegion” – written by James Thorpe

* 3×04 – “Fae-de to Black” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

* 3×05 – “Faes Wide Shut” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 3×06 – “The Kenzi Scale” – written by Sandra Chwialkowska

* 3×08 – “Fae-ge Against The Machine” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

* 3×10 – “Delinquents” – written by Michelle Lovretta

* 3×13 – “Those Who Wander” – written by Emily Andras

Honorable Mention: 3×11 – “Adventures in Fae-bysitting” – written by Sandra Chwialkowska

Jam out to tunes from Season Three. Also check out “Gravity” by Akua from the episode “Hail, Hale.”



* 4×01 – “In Memoriam” – written by Emily Andras

* 4×04 – “Turn to Stone” – written by Michael Grassi

* 4×05 – “Let the Dark Times Roll” – written by Jeremy Boxen

* 4×07 – “La Fae Époque” – written by Michael Grassi

* 4×08 – “Groundhog Fae” – written by Emily Andras & Sam Ruano

* 4×10 – “Waves” – written by Michael Grassi

* 4×13 – “Dark Horse” – written by Emily Andras

Honorable Mention: 4×02 – “Sleeping Beauty School” – written by Alexandra Zarowny

Songs from Season Four. Lots of great songs featured this season.

Sylent Mari’s Weekly Music Mix [08.28.14]

Oh look! Wait a second! Could this be a…a…a brand-new post that’s not related to anything in particular? Why yes it is! While I really should be wrapping up my Buffy the Vampire Slayer retrospective and continuing on with my X-Files retrospective, as well as completing the 3,000+ ideas I have waiting to be written and blogged about, I’m testing out a brand-new weekly segment to this blog. I hope you are as entertained as I was while coming up with it while insomnia kicked in earlier this morning (“F Yeah, Insomnia!”).

Thanks to the magic that is Spotify, though their artist payment model is pretty crappy – that’ll be a future guest post from a friend, I can embed my playlists into this blog for everyone’s auditory pleasure. I listen to a wide range of music and a variety of genres. I am open to listening to just about anything, except for my roommate’s Top 40 mix, most popular music nowadays is horrendous, and this obsession with EDM and Dubstep and their terrible offspring is ruining good electronic music genres.

So what am I listening to this week? An eclectic mix of songs, with many on the list appearing in various television series. Well, mostly Canadian series with a few American ones thrown in. Let’s take a look at this week’s musical selections:

If you love television shows that fall under the sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural genres, you’ll recognize many of the selections. The other tracks are recent songs or songs that I’ve loved for years that I’ve also featured in this first mix. As a quick disclaimer, I should mention that there are some spoilers for the following series: Lost Girl, Buffy the Vampire SlayerBitten, and Orphan Black. It’s more in reference to which scenes the tracks play in, but you have been properly warned.

8 MM – “Around the Sun” – Between the Devil and Two Black Hearts

Appears in Season 3 / Episode 4 (“SubterrFaenean”) of Lost Girl, playing in the background as Lauren and Bo have sex for the first time as a canon couple. Damn awesome track for that scene, and a personal favorite.

Adaline – “Famous for Fire” – Famous for Fire

Appears in Season 1/ Episode 2 (“Prodigal”) of Bitten, during a scene where lead character Elena is in her old bedroom at Stonehurst manor, while her old flame Clay lurks outside her window.

Alanis Morissette – “Tapes” – Flavors of Entanglement

As I’ve established in this blog already, I’ m a huge Alanis fan. Yes – still after all these years. This haunting track off her post-Ryan Reynolds engagement period is a moody ambient track that have some really emotional vocals to match the mood of the lyrics, about having so many thoughts haunting your mind at the same time. It’s a common theme in Alanis’ music.

Alanis Morissette – “Edge of Evolution” – Havoc and Bright Lights

The ending track to Alanis’ most recent record, “Edge of Evolution” is a song that I’ve been addicted to since I first heard it after I bought the album. Though the lyrics are a little hokey (about evolving one’s self-consciousness), the music is quite superb, and it also features a really awesome bassline that is the highlight of the track.

The Belle Game – “Blame Fiction” – Ritual Tradition Habit

Appears in Season 1 / Episode 10 (“Endless Forms Most Beautiful”) of Orphan Black, in a scene where Cosima makes the shocking discovery that each of the clones has been secretly coded with an ID tag that can be found in their DNA, indicating that they’re the property of the Dyad Institute.

brian botkiller – “Welcome to Postwar USA (ft. En Esch)” – Welcome to Postwar USA

Botkiller is a local electronic music artist here in Albuquerque that I’ve met here-and-there throughout the years in my goth/industrial circle of friends & acquaintances. Check out his other tracks – you won’t be disappointed. The track features industrial music legend En Esch (KMFDM, Slick Idiot).

Curve – “Chinese Burn” – Come Clean

Appears in Season E / Episode 14 (“Bad Girls”) of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy and Faith take subtext to all new levels during a sexy dance scene at the Bronze in the episode. The sexual tension was so thick that it reached Mulder & Scully levels at several points throughout the episode.

Evanescence – “Lost in Paradise” – Evanescence

This is a song that should appear in a film or television show soundtrack because it’s so moving and epic. A big orchestra sound + Amy Lee’s signature vocals + lyrics about alienation due to fame = classic Evanescence track.

Fear Factory – “Resurrection” – Obsolete

Before The Matrix came out in 1999, Fear Factory released a concept album called Obsolete that had a story similar to Neo’s journey in the first film. The album itself is a “sequel” to their first concept album, the groundbreaking Demanufacture, which was heavily inspired by The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. This is Fear Factory’s most accessible and epic track, with heavy moments for older fans and quieter moments for new ones getting into metal.

Jace Everett – “Bad Things” – Jace Everett

Otherwise known as the True Blood intro theme. R.I.P. True Blood, and I’m sorry that your ending proved to be as unsatisfying to fans as Dexter‘s final bow.

Keaton Henson – “You” – Birthdays [Deluxe Edition]

MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT: Appears in Season 4 / Episode 13 (“Dark Horse”) of Lost Girl, this song accompanies the last scene in the Season 4 finale. The scene in question still breaks my heart: Bo visits her best friend Kenzi’s grave, swearing to do whatever it takes to bring her back. Also featured in the series In The Flesh in Season 2 / Episode 6.

Lana Del Ray – “Once Upon A Dream” – Maleficient: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

I’m not a Lana Del Ray fan. I find her annoying, boring, pretentious, and a mass-marketed female “idol” for young women who should find better singers to listen to. This is the only Lana track that I can tolerate because I love her dark and haunting take on the classic song from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, re-envisioned for the recently-released film Maleficent, based on the most iconic of Disney’s villains.

The Neighbourhood – “Honest” – The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

This song plays during the ending credits. Really great track to an enjoyable film (I liked it, though it had its faults).

Pale 3 – “In My Head” – The Matrix Revolutions: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Appears in the scene where Morpheus, Ghost, and Trinity fight their way through the Merovingian’s BDSM-themed club to try and get Neo back from the “limbo” location he’s trapped in.

Sharon Van Etten – “Serpents” – Tramp

This song appears both in The Walking Dead and Lost Girl, both in pivotal ending scenes. For The Walking Dead, it’s the scene in which Rick leaves Carol behind after discovering that she’s the one that killed Karen and the other sick member of their group in the prison, to ease their suffering before they succumbed to their illness (Season 4 / Episode 4 – “Indifference”). For Lost Girl, it’s the last scene in the Season 2 finale “Flesh and Blood,” where Bo stares into a mirror and notices that her eyes start to glow blue, indicating that the Succubus inside is ready to have fun. This leads into one of the major story arcs of Season 3.

Slipknot – “Snuff” – All Hope Is Gone

If you haven’t seen the video for this song, I suggest you see it immediately. Featuring cameos from Malcolm McDowell and Ashley Laurence (Kirsty Cotton from the Hellraiser films), this deeply emotional track is one of my all-time favorite songs, and a huge departure for slipknot, who bring the music down to a very slow, melodic level in the track. Doesn’t mean it’s still not a heavy and powerful song.

Stabbing Westward – “Why” – Wither Blister Burn + Peel

This would be “Snuff” more than a decade after Slipknot released that song. Stabbing Westward is known for guitar-driven industrial music, falling under the Industrial Rock sub-genre, but this song is one of their slower tracks, but still a very powerful track that has so many great layers of electronics and traditional instruments mixed into the track. The vocals by lead singer Christopher Hall are both angsty and longing.

VAST – “Don’t Take Your Love Away From Me” – Turquoise & Crimson

One of my all-time favorite songs. This is a different version of the original track, with “From Me” omitted from the title, and more soundscapes added to the background. The track can be found in both Smallville (Season 8 / Episode 10 – “Bride”) and One Tree Hill (Season 1 / Episode 21 – “The Leaving Song”).

Velvet Chain – “Strong” – Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Music from the Television Series

Featured in the first season of one of my favorite shows, “Strong” is the song that I most associate with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Playing on stage at the Bronze in “Never Kill a Boy on the First Date,” Buffy and her date Owen are slowly dancing to the track. It’s a sweet moment and one of the few breaths of air that Buffy is allowed to take before things get chaotic as the series progresses.

Young Galaxy – “Queen Drum” – Invisible Republic

“Queen Drum” was featured in the first season of Orphan Black, but the exact episode is escaping me. Just means that I have to re-watch the season. What a bummer… ;)