Questions Getting Answered…
By Dana Hahn
There have only been a few moments in television that have made me scream obscenities so loud causing my downstairs neighbors to pound their ceiling with a broom, but also compelled me to stand on my couch, eyes wide, and mouth gaping. Moments like when Buffy “killed” Angel in season two of BTVS, when Charlie died in Lost, and most recently when Spartacus was forced to kill Varro. Episode 9 in Season 2 of Being Human has joined that very short and very select list. Sally has gone Tyler Durden. (The first rule of Reap Club is you don’t talk about Reap Club.)
We saw flashes of Sally talking to herself, (rewatching the Reaper scenes once you’re in the know, makes for fun TV) as well as her murder spree, which included but was not limited to Danny, Stevie and Nick (which really sucked because SOMEHOW the show managed to make Nick and Zoe adorable. Major props). To drive the point home we were treated to a flashback to season one and received a clue from Tony the Handsy Ghost. We heard him tell Sally the longer a ghost circles the drain, the less stable the ghost becomes. Last week, I thought the season tied together perfectly with Sally realizing that everything she’d done lead to her wanting a purpose. This episode turned that whole idea on its head. Not only does she lack purpose in the Afterlife, it’s also driven her mad, also there is an actual supernatural element clashing with her, similar to the wolf’s pull in Nora. I feel a weight lifted about why the reaper came from her door, which was the one piece of the puzzle that I didn’t understand. A ghost’s door is personal, since the reaper exists as an aspect of Sally, it makes perfect sense that it birthed there.
While Sally’s plot twist left me reeling, Aidan and Josh’s story shocked me as well. I knew that Josh would reunite with his former friend, Stu, who died the night the two were attacked by a wolf. (Being Human Trivia – Stu was named after Samuel Stewart Witwer), but I had no idea what his sudden appearance would drive Josh to do. I’d predicted that Sally might end up reaping Stu, and while that didn’t happen, I can’t help thinking that might’ve been a better outcome for Josh. In a brilliantly written story, I allowed myself to be swept up in, Josh and Stu’s friendship (he calls Josh “Levs”!) and was grateful to him for urging Josh to steer clear of a not-so-subtly-flirting Julia. I felt proud of Stu for urging Josh to give her a handshake when she clearly wanted more. Just when I felt safe, I screamed in exasperation as Stu POSSESSED Josh to sleep with Julia, and admitted he’d been in love with her since high school. Before I could catch my breath, a now un-possessed Josh goes back to Julia and make out with her. Sally’s story smacked us over the head with her reveal, Josh’s story line had a slow run of increasingly amazing twists and turns. This was a set up episode for him and yet, I have I enjoyed exposition so much. I shudder when I consider the ramifications of Nora seeing Josh and Julia happy together. Every scenario I imagine ends in death. Lots and Lots of death. Also, I think Stu will return. We’ve seen how well Being Human integrates its guest stars, and his ghost peeping on a snuggly Julia and Josh left an unsettling feeling in the pit of my stomach.
What made my indigestion worse? Aidan did some very bad things this week. I’ve always felt of the house as the safe place, where the roommates can be themselves and not have to fight their temptations so hard. We learned in season one that you do NOT bring the monster into the apartment. Doing so allows them to “give in” to the very thing they’re supposed to be fighting. This week, Aidan invited another vampire in, he compelled two young women to be fed on, then broke their necks. The rules weren’t bent, they were snapped in half…like the necks! What, too soon? The most bothersome thing about this situation is that Aidan KNEW it. He looked completely wrecked by the end of the episode, and especially so when Josh confronted him. Aidan pleaded, almost to the point of tears with Josh, admitting that he’d messed up and wanted to make things right. This surprised me because I hadn’t expected Aidan to realize exactly how far he had fallen so quickly and easily. As viewers, we’ve expected the moment when Josh would have to ring Aidan’s bell to wake him up…was that it? If so, I found it anticlimactic. I don’t take his sins lightly, the moment he killed those girls I had my own flash back to my “OMG! Stu has possessed Josh!” moment, reliving that same kind of shock. I had expected something larger, since the set up had been so pronounced. I could be wrong, the moment could still be coming. One thing’s for sure, Aidan’s woes are hardly over.
This episode also gave us a great juxtaposition of Aidan and Henry past and present. The direction and cinematography of the 1918 flashback was unbelievable. I always love a vampire flashback, no matter what show they’re on, but this one was like none I’ve ever seen. The color correction was bleached out and soft, and it made the blood look thick and the black eyes of the vampires haunting. They somehow managed to avoid the “we’ve rented period sets and costumes” feel, and set up a very bleak and dismal location. But the most amazing scene took place under a large and sparsely greened tree, which gave the scene an ethereal feel, or that it might have taken place in the Elysian Fields. Henry awakens as a vampire, and Aidan, in a performance that was Bishop-esque welcomes him with his first kill. It was literally one of the most beautiful scenes I’ve seen on a TV show, a staggering feat when the budget for Being Human is considered. On top of the beauty that the flashbacks displayed, we saw an innocent and timid pre-vampire Henry counter to present day, Frat-boy like Henry. Some light was shed on why Aiden turned him in the first place. I’ve said it before, Aidan is paternal. Henry was frail and afraid, and Aidan wanted him to be strong. We see a strong and confident (despite the dozen bullet wounds) Aidan and a shy Henry in the past, and then an uncertain Aidan and a cocky Henry in the present. That mesmerizing contrast made the telling of Henry’s “birth” is something not usually seen in TV.
Of course none of this matters, Sally is taking a swim in the sea of insanity and turned on her roommies. Being Human left us with a killer cliffhanger in which Josh and Aidan have Sally trapped in her death place with salt and no clue as to what do with her. All the roommate bonding time I’ve been missing is over. Even if the show had to force them. Now I’m scared.