Reviewed: by Tyler Olson
***The review below contains minor spoilers.***
Doesn't it suck that Christmas happens during the coldest time of the year when the weather is often the nastiest? Well, never fear, Krampus is here! Who needs Santa when we can have the holiday when the naughty are turned into sweet... candy.
If you thought Bad Santa was evil, this jolly Fae certainly changed that. Turning the naughty into candy has to be one of the most sadistic twists since Santa's Slay. Willy Wonka would certainly be horrified by this candy factory, too! At least it has a size limit to prevent the super huge from getting processed (which so far is only good news for Bruce). Maybe it is time Krampus created a larger model.
The bitter to sweet conversion was good for a few chuckles, but it was definitely the Groundhog Day time loop that stole the show. I really wish the episode had more time to explore all the fun that everyone had during their repeats, especially since some were cut to just a few seconds. Anyone wonder how far Tamsin and Bo got on their public love display before they started all over again? Also, why didn't they try to get Dyson, Lauren and Vex's attention after Trick was proven to be a useless drunk? Not that watching the drunken three-some fight over Bo's box wasn't entertaining enough.
Then there was Hale's repeated attempts at getting into Kenzi's pants without angering her. It was a unique way of him being able to try some really funny pick-up lines, but I thought they would have been way past this point by now. Maybe all that high-pitched whistling damaged his hearing so much that he didn't hear Kenzi when she announced her feelings for him earlier. Oh, and it might be a good idea for them to buy their own protection instead of using Bo's exotic selection.
Groundhog Fae could easily have been a fantastic stand-alone episode, yet the story was still expertly woven into the ongoing Wanderer storyline. It almost feels like everything is ready to finally introduce the man himself. We have the entire gang finally back together, Bo is finally admitting her fear, and the gifts to Bo from herself from her time with the sharp-dressed man are starting to tease something huge. We only need a few more explanations and the whole board should be set. Let's just hope he doesn't wind-up being a major wuss.
With so many episode's review scores ranging between 4 and 5 this season, I'm getting tempted to start adding slight variants to change it up. +.1 for an awesome holiday-themed episode.