The danger that this show could become impossibly twee rears its head with the rather odd figure of the Will o’the Wisp (and older British viewers may get a pang of nostalgia for Evil Edna when they hear the name), but that’s more than made up for with the introduction of the assassins of the Fae world – the origins for the urban legend of the Headless Hunstman.
The whole episode is a little toned down from the pilot: we don’t have the flamboyance of the two leaders of the Fae, although we still have the Elder, Trick, played by Rick Howland – but even he’s reined in some of his metaphorical moustache twirling. The sexual side of Bo’s nature is allowed to play out more than it might on network American television – the orgasmic bliss she induces prior to killing someone is clear, and the episode closes with her sating her thirst by shagging another Fae – but ironically, this grounds it.
Ksenia Solo’s Kenzi is still a bit irritating and as yet she’s still not developed a clear personality beyond some particular tics, but these are still early days.
Verdict: A pleasant way to while away an hour.
Episode 2: “Where There’s A Will, There’s A Fae” 6/10