So in my review of Being Human last week, I didn’t go into details of what really transpired during the episode. Let me explain….no, there is too much. Let me sum up.
Last week as we were introduced to the characters Aidan, Josh and Sally, aka, the vamp, the werewolf and the ghost. Josh and Aidan move into Sally’s house as they try to find some sense of normalcy in their otherwise abnormal existence.
Semi-quick recap: Aidan dined on his date and had to call in reinforcements to clean up the mess. Rebecca (the dead date) gets reported missing, cops are called, Aidan gets questioned. One of the cops is a fellow vampire who wants to bring Aidan out of his live blood sabbatical and rejoin the undead. Josh spends the time wallowing in his misery and wants desperately to be normal. He runs into the his sister for the first time after running out on his family two years prior. Naturally she wants an explanation, but he can’t give her one that she’s satisfied with. Sally is just happy that someone can actually see her, but the weight of not being able to leave or do anything she wanted to do in life takes its toll. At the end of the episode, Aidan gets suckered into a car with the big daddy vamp, Bishop, and taken to his little vampy fun house where Aidan indulges his natural cravings. Meanwhile, Josh is preparing for his change and ends up locked in a room with his sister with no way to get out. The change is coming so he frantically calls Aidan to get her out but sorry….Aidan is otherwise engaged at the moment. He calls the house to see if Sally can help, but no can do. She seems to be on a permanent restriction and can’t leave. So the episode ends with Aidan being blood drunk, Josh lying on the floor with his claws popping out with poor sister Emily stuck in there with him, and Sally trying to leave, but not being able to. Whew! What a start to the show eh?
I figured this week’s episode would start right where last weeks left off. Did Emily get out of the room? Did Sally leave the house and help? What the hell with Aidan!? Instead we get a soft opening to the show with what looks to be the shin dig at the house after Sally’s funeral. We find out that what killed her was a tumble down the stairs. She had gotten up to pee in the middle of the night and took a wrong turn. Well, the good news is that was the last wrong turn she’ll ever make. I can vouch for those middle of the night bathroom trips. They can be dangerous and it’s a good think I live in a one story house.
We also get to see the end of both Josh’s and Aidan’s human life. Josh was camping with a buddy and ended up being the sole survivor of a werewolf attack and Aidan was a soldier in what looked to be the Revolutionary War and wakes up to his new unnatural life lying in a heap of dead bodies. That’s good times. We come back to the present and see Aidan coming out of his CBE (crazy black eyes) stage as he hears his phone ringing. Josh meanwhile is still locked in the room with his sister as the change starts happening. Aidan finally……FINALLY checks his voice mail to hear the message from Josh and he hauls ass down to the bowels of the hospital to get Emily out of the room. He arrives just in time to get her out and he ends up watching his buddy turn into his inner monster. It’s at this point that I think Aidan would be thankful for his condition because let’s face it, being able to run that fast is kind of cool.
As Josh is doing his thing, Aidan and Emily have a discussion and we find out that Josh bailed on his family two years prior and they think he had a nervous breakdown and went mental and that Josh didn’t really have many friends. Aidan explains to Emily that Josh has a “condition” but won’t tell her what it is. He tells her to ask Josh about it instead and pretty much leaves it at that. Another tid bit we learn about Josh is that he also bagged out on his fiance.
After Josh gets home the next day, Sally apologizes for not being able to help him, but then informs him that Danny (her ex) is headed over to fix a clogged sink. He thinks it’s a bad idea with Aidan being pretty much indifferent to the whole thing. Their worry is that Danny will see her, so she’s ordered to stay at the top of the stairs. Once Danny enters the house, Sally’s emotional state gets the best of her and she ends up blowing out a couple of lights. Danny doesn’t much care for being in the house and is a bit unnerved about the whole thing. He’s not much of a handyman either….I’m just sayin’. He starts to leave and says he’ll be back with books on plumbing but Josh asks him how Sally died. He tells them what happened but if you ask me, there’s a bit more to this story. Being the cynic I am, I don’t think Sally just happened to take a tumble. But we’ll see how all of that shakes out.
Josh finds out that missing girl Rebecca isn’t actually dead when he sees her standing over her own little vigil outside of the hospital. He follows and ends up being snatched by her. Her plans to use him as a mid day snack are thwarted however she she realizes he’s a werewolf. She’s also not happy that her hair smells like him now and makes her disgust known. Seeing her alive, well….sorta anyway…..pisses Josh off in a big way and he seeks out Aidan to give him a dressing down about it. Aidan, who had no clue about Rebecca’s new profession is shocked and tries to convince Josh that he didn’t turn her….just fed on her and left her for dead. Because that’s so much better. Josh exclaims about how can they be normal when Aidan just goes out and eats their friends. Solid point there Josh.
Aidan B-lines it to Vamp HQ (a funeral home no less) to find out just what shenanigans Bishop and his crony are up to and to find Rebecca. Of course she’s not there, but he ends up finding her in the park. She doesn’t really give off the warm and fuzzy vibe either. She’s got a little resentment, but at the same time seems to like what she’s become. This is the one character that bugged me last night. She’s a bit over the top and doesn’t really mesh with the fabric of the show. At least not yet anyway. Hopefully she’ll tone down the camp, and fit in a little better as the show progresses because they have the potential to really expand on her character.
Throughout the episode you see each character still trying to come to grips with what they are. Each character is also given insight into each other and see just what they all have to do to get through the day. At one point Aidan is sitting in the local bar and Kara, the replacement nurse for Rebecca, is there with friends. Now, Kara was introduced in the first episode and has been trying to make an impression on Aidan. So far he’s rebuffed her advances but feels kind of bad for shunning her and asks her to sit down with him for a drink. Really what he wants to do is make a meal out of her. This is really evident when he calls Josh and tells him to meet them at the bar. He’s calling in the wingman, and Josh realizes what’s happening and tells Aidan he’ll be right there. Of course, Rebecca shows up all taunting and bitchy-like and drives Kara away. She gets her man-hunter on and goes to leave with a stranger from the bar. Aidan tries to stop him, but really it was just a ploy to distract him. Next thing he knows, both Rebecca AND Kara are gone. Josh shows up in time to see poor little Kara in a bloody heap in the alley. Aidan rushes out and sees the results of Rebecca’s handiwork and gets taunted by Rebecca as she chides him into “saving” her by changing her. He refuses of course but Josh can’t understand why, if he can save her, he won’t.
They apparently got Kara to the hospital however because we see Josh and Aidan in the waiting room. Kara still died however and Josh is worried that all of this will be linked back to Aidan and their little abnormal haven is going to come to an end. It’s at this point Aidan explains that their kind run far and deep. It just so happens that Bishop is doing his cop thing at the hospital and Josh begins to understand just what kind of existence Aidan is a part of.
The episode ends with Josh explaining to Sally that he now understands what Aidan must go through every day. The constant battle of what he wants to be and what he is. He realizes that by letting Kara die, Aidan actually saved her. The final shot shows Aidan sitting on the steps of the porch with Josh and Sally standing in the doorway. Yeah, it’s the picture at the top. It was a fitting end to a well-played episode. The show so far manages to inject humor into all this heavy character strife which is needed. It helps the show not be so mellow dramatic and tiresome. It’s got some pretty witty dialog as well. Do I have you convinced to watch yet? I hope so. Check it out on Monday nights on SyFy. It’s good not so clean fun.
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