What an end to this fantastic season of Being Human! While I thought the episode had some weird pacing issues, I still had many moments of stunned silence and shock while watching. They finished up story lines in satisfying manners, and they also got the ball rolling on the monsters next big adventures. And, though it was totally on the nose, I loved that Sally worked in the tag line by saying, “We’ve all learned the hard way to be careful what you wish for.”
Any of you reading may or may not know, my sister and I do a podcast on Being Human every week, and occasionally we get some emails regarding the show. This week, we got one such email, and we had such a good time reading it and were also very happy with the way he recapped and reviewed the episode, that I’m going to use it in to for my own review this week. I don’t necessarily agree with all his points, but I can see their validation. Anyway, enjoy Mr. Justin’s (aka El Presidente Chili) fine words on the season finale of Being Human.
So much happened in this season finale of Being Human! Where do I start? I guess from the top is a good place. At the end of last episode when I saw Liam’s wonky eye at first, I laughed. But this time around Liam brought the crazy pretty hard. Locking Nora and Josh in that cage match with the vampire mutants? That wasn’t cool at all. But at least Josh was able to throw a quick vamparbecue. I have a feeling Liam planted the gasoline there on purpose. Liam should have at least bought Josh the rice cooker he wanted for their wedding. After all, Liam was very creepily trying to replace his deceased family with Josh and Nora. Get your own pack, guy. Josh and Nora already have one. Plus there’s the whole kidnapping them, and forcing them to dispose of vamperewolves in a dirty warehouse thing. Nora, wrongly I think, decided this was a good time to reveal that she was the one who killed Brynn. Nora, you were like a watch that was put together by penguins in Antarctica, you had REALLY bad timing.
When they first showed Kenny, I thought he looked less terrifying and more like a disheveled Andy Warhol. It was amusing. But when they showed the close-ups of his eyes I was like “Where have I seen those eyes before?”. Then it hit me! I’ve seen the same eyes on Hayden Christensen, hack actor, when he portrayed Anakin Skywalker in the conclusion of the prequels. He had the same kind of crazy eyes Kenny had, and the two are equal to each other in violence. Of course Kat was still in the house, asleep, and when she awoke she had the natural human inclination to do a wee really bad. Unfortunately she stumbled on leatherette Sally, and it killed the happy-wappy timey-wimey goodness of the occasion they’d been celebrating. Needless to say, she wasn’t very understanding of the circumstances. But how could she be? It made Aidan look sort of Jeffrey Dahmer-ish. Yeah…
So then Aidan’s just sitting at the kitchen table, chillin, and he was definitely having a chat with Sally. Suddenly there was a knock at the temple on the side of Aidan’s head and it turned out to be a bullet that wanted to come inside. Aidan took it in the head much the same way that Axel did in “The Walking Dead”. Turns out that Liam tried to pull a John Wilkes Booth on Aidan. But he knew it wouldn’t kill him. He kept shooting Aidan just to be a dick I think. He wanted Kenny, and he found him chillin in Aidan’s dank basement wonderland. Liam was outnumbered. But he was still kicking everybody’s ass. Josh and Nora arrive in their amazing Subaru just in time for the ass beating of the season. They both got it bad. But Aidan got it worse when he got impaled on the shovel handle. Luckily Aidan realized he could thank Liam for impaling him by giving him a bro-hug, and that was the end of Liam. But Kenny Skywalker was munching on unconscious Nora, and that’s not allowed. Josh defended his lady from kookoo Kenny, so that was good. During the fight Sally made Liam drop his weapon by setting it on fire. Yay ghost powers! I wonder if Sally was a little pyro when she was growing up? Dun dun duuuun….
Aidan goes to the red-haired vampire girl who he hates, and he asks her for a favor. He wants her to make Kat forget she saw Sally’s jerky-fied body. She agrees and they go. But when red-haired vampire lady goes in Aidan follows her too quickly, and it gets kind of struggly after that. Aidan should have waited a minute or two. But love impairs judgment at times, and he made a booboo. But it was quickly fixed when red haired girls compelling story worked perfectly on Kat. She was like one of those neurolizers from “Men In Black”. Totally made Kat forget what happened. Aidan was grateful. But unfortunately now he owes red-haired vamp a favor. Hopefully she’ll just want him to get her a meatball sub and a bag of Fritos.
Aidan said he’d take care of Kenny for what he did to Nora. But then he had a flashback to the fate met by his wife. He was in the forest with his son, and told him to wait there. By now the colonials think Aidan is a demon and his wife is a witch. So they do what comes natural. They tied her to a chair and threw the chair in a river. But they also tied ropes to the chair in order to make it sort of like an 18th century version of waterboarding. They wanted her to confess to being a practitioner of witchcraft. But she wouldn’t confess, and pastor jerkass and the townspeople let her drown in the river. Aidan arrives from the forest just in time to see her body slip beneath the surface, almost like when Leo sank at the end of Titanic. Seeing this, Aidan becomes very upset. To make matters worse, the colonists don’t really know a lot about dealing with demons. They think Aidan is a demon, so they do the only logical thing they can think of: They gave him a Boston beatdown. But c’mon guys, did you really expect THAT to work? Aidan kills a bunch of the guys out of super-vamp rage including pastor douchey. Then he lets out a Hulk roar. Badass. Unfortunately Aidan’s son saw his dad getting his ass kicked as well, and Aidan told him to flee. This memory clouds Aidan’s judgment. By now he has led Kenny to the forest, and Kenny knows what the deal is. He’s not a stupid vampire-mutant-boy. Aidan is about to end Kenny’s miserable and short life. But then he remembers that day at the river when his wife drowned, and his son had to flee, and he feels sorry for Kenny. He can’t kill his own blood, because he has already lost so much. But he stupidly and wrongly lets Kenny go. Which is sort of like releasing an adult tiger in Central Park.
Sally is happy to be a ghost again. She speaks to Aidan about what it’s like to be alone. Their conversation concludes with Sally and Aidan sharing an intimate moment, almost hinting at some kind of romantic feeling. But the mood is killed when she asks about Kat, smothering the flame of love that was (possibly?) burning within her for Aidan. But she doesn’t realize that the fires that have been happening around the house are not her doing. In fact, Donna is a bit of a pyro. Sally tries to get rid of her, and she can’t ’cause Donna has the sickest cheat codes around. Donna mentions that something bad happens when the spot where a person died is destroyed, and she tells Sally she likes her before shoving her down the stairs. A bit of a mixed message. She lands much the way she did when first she fell down those stairs. But then the floor magically crumbled beneath her, and Donna embraced her as she pulled her downward to hell, or maybe into the green line of the T. Will we find out which? The floor went back the way it was. But I don’t think it will take long for the rest of the housemates to realize Sally didn’t go out for milk and bread. Donna’s unnatural super powers make me think she’s more than just a witch. She could be the devil herself. The original deal Sally made with Donna certainly had that air about it.
Josh and Nora are relieved to finally be rid of Liam. But Nora questions Josh’s willingness to do what it necessary to kill Liam in the first place. After all, it was Aidan who ended the beastly man. She seems to be wondering if Josh wanted to remain a wolf so he and her could have more in common. I don’t think that’s true. Josh told Ray in the preceding episode that being a murderer is not a status he wanted to have. That is why he just wanted Liam to leave him and Nora alone. What Nora mistakes for weakness is Josh trying to hang on to some morsel of humanity, even if it’s a small one. The bottom line is Liam’s gone, so why make a big deal of it? Josh and Nora make their way to the woods for the change. But Liam told them things would be different for Josh, and he never got the chance to explain how because he wound up on an Aidan-Liam kabob (Credit to Matt Sheeler for that one. I found it clever.). Nora comes back from the change just fine. But Josh is at least part pure blood now, and the transformation didn’t go the same for him to say the least.
We end this season with Aidan strolling down the street in slow motion like a Hollywood badass, and he passes a cab (which looked NOTHING like the cabs in Boston, by the way). As he keeps on walking, a woman steps out of the cab. The woman is identical to his deceased wife Susanna. Whoooooa!
So many questions…. Did Donna drag Sally to hell? When does Josh turn human again, and what if any are the additional effects of pure werewolf blood? Did he kill Nora in the forest? Where does Aidan’s relationship with neurolized Kat go from here? What the hell happens to Kenny? Perhaps most importantly, was Aidan’s wife a witch like the colonials thought in the first place? These are questions that only a season four could answer.
But will we get it? I hope we will get a season four, because as it stands this finale is just a weird place to leave things. It doesn’t sit right with me. With so many unanswered questions, it’s obvious they left the door open for more stories and at least one more season. Syfy owes it to us, the loyal fans, to resolve most if not all of these issues with a fourth season. They’ve given themselves a road map to what could be a very thrilling fourth season of “Being Human”, and I hope that they will use that road map properly. It’s the right thing to do.
To let “Being Human” end with tonight’s episode would be unjust. In television you cannot bring up questions like these rhetorically. There has to be closure, and if there is no fourth season it will be, in a word, a tragedy.
Thanks for reading.
– El Presidente Chili