The episode before the season finale of a TV program usually presents an episode that sets up events for the end. Not to say these episodes feel like throw away episodes, but usually a great deal of effort is spent ramping up for the big finish, littering the plot with cliffhangers and uncertainty. While that element did exist in Being Human this week, Partial Eclipse of the Heart was as pulse pounding, tear jerking, and nail biting as any other episode of the season. The past few episodes have been nonstop, and have run full force into the next one, making the build to the end a wonderful season. Only one more episode remains.
I’m getting ahead of myself. The name of the game this week revolves around the Truth. One of Being Human‘s core subjects has always remained in exploring the truth: monsters try to deny themselves their true nature, attempting to overcome their urges and temptations so they can live a normal life…that involves a lot of denial and burying the truth about who and what our monsters are, to a degree. In addition to that concept this week, the denial of the monster within, is also the denial of their future and what they believe will make their lives worth living.
If taking a step back, surveying circumstances, and assessing a plan of action defines the most healthy thing a person can do…Aidan lives on the far side of unhealthy. He continues to live in a world of false hope and false optimism while running away from, not only from his problems, but also run away WITH what will only become the source of future dilemmas. He continues to insist that Suren can survive a little longer without blood, that she’ll feel better when they have a safe place to hide. Aiden completely ignores the fact that her hair care regiment continues going down the drain as fast as her resolve to live outside the law.
Aidan decides HIS ROOMMATES provide the best possible chance for help in his situation. Man, wouldn’t that be great? He actually goes to the Dutch, specifically the coward Hadley. While it proved exceptionally fun to see a very silver tongued and manipulative Aidan force a favor for his safe keeping, Aidan’s perception of reality again must be questioned. In what world would the vampire who left Aidan to be killed by four werewolves in lieu of saving their vampire brother really promise and keep Aidan safe, blackmail or not? Aidan has panicked, he’s fled, and he’s desperate. He can’t see his situation clearly, which causes very poor decision making on his part. Aidan will end up in a worse position because of his choices. If he’d stop running, he’d see his true safety remains back at a house with a werewolf and a ghost.
A silver lining to Aidan’s story? Henry is NOT a traitor, he came to help Aidan escape death. Thank the maker the geniuses at Being Human didn’t build up a character relationship only to have it mean nothing by the end of the story arc. Henry’s loyalty to his sire felt more than admirable, and the fact that Aidan sent him back to Boston and a better life cements the idea of who Aidan actually cares about in his story. He cares about Henry’s happiness and well-being, but does not mind putting Suren in a life of hardship and danger. One is true love, one is not. Speaking of Suren, I had a short lived celebratory moment this week when she went back home to the hotel and told mother that she didn’t belong out in the wild. I did mental jumps for joy when she showed her true bratty colors, proving that she never really loved Aidan, but instead remained impulsive and spoiled. I say short lived because I can’t help but wonder at her motives. We see shots of Suren on the bed thinking over different moments in time with Aidan, obviously trying to make a choice (possibly for the first time in her life.) I can’t help but consider if she’s going to take it upon herself to kill Mother, so that she and Aidan can have their ever-so-lustful relationship while also continuing to shower with soft water (which give her hair that healthy, princess shine). She also might just give herself that not-so-deserved promotion…
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Sally and Josh talk about the very subject at hand, the truth. Josh’s struggle this week revolves completely around Julia and taking that definitive step forward with her, which means telling her the truth or continuing to live the lie. A subplot of this choice involves whether or not to kill Ray, his maker, a choice made much more difficult since Ray reunited with his estranged wife and son, and now owns a successful business, Ray’s Green Thumb. In a stroke of sheer poetic brilliance, Ray advises Josh to tell Julia about the wolf. Ray is living truth. He lives in the world that Josh covets more than anything. Ray flat out hands Josh the keys to the kingdom. Why Josh doesn’t accept them remains more difficult–maybe he feels unsure of their rekindled relationship. Maybe he doesn’t know Julia well enough. Maybe he’s afraid of giving the wolf too much power, allowing it to exist freely and opening in his life. For whatever reason, Josh can’t make a choice.
Sally argues that the information, the truth, seems a bit too much for humans to deal with, while Josh says, appropriately, that revealing the truth might be the responsible thing to do. In another stroke of poetic brilliance (is one episode allowed to have more than one?), Josh’s statement becomes lost on his own storyline, but rings loud and clear in Sally’s. Sally continues her quest to right the wrongs done while lost within the reaper, and sets her sights on Zoe. In the midst of attempting to explain herself, an eclipse occurs and Sally and Zoe discover they suddenly have contact with the ghosts Sally shredded, meaning Zoe can say goodbye to Nick.
While the not yet discussed events in Josh’s story proved the water cooler topics for this week, Zoe and Nicks teary, heartfelt good bye unfolded into one of the most powerful and emotional scenes of this season. For a relationship that defies logic, this adorable couple got to me. THEY embodied what it looks like when two beings actually feel love toward each other. They had a real connection, they had real affection. Frankly, it put the other relationships in this show to shame.
We find out the place Sally sent Nick compares to a type of limbo, but with a lot more pain involved. Nick seemed terrified to have to go back to the place where you can see, but there’s nothing TO see. He tells Zoe in his final moments that he’ll never forget her, and that he’s in a better, peaceful place. Sally knows the truth, but how should Sally handle that responsibly? Should Zoe know the truth of Nick’s fate, even if it means that Zoe may not ever forgive Sally? Would that make her existence more peaceful? And what about for Sally’s life? She knows a great truth now, what will she do with it? Can she learn to live with that truth, or is it something she needs to try and fight?
The eclipse doesn’t bring about the truth solely for the ghost adventurers, but forces Josh to reveal what he is to Julia. Josh ran away from Julia the first time because of the wolf. He hid it from her, from his family, and even from himself. When he and Julia began anew, he chose to ignore the truth for his own selfish reasons. Before Josh could make a decision about if he wanted to hide the wolf, or if he wanted to kill Ray and become wolf free, the wolf took Julia’s life, though not in the way that we all assumed. In the midst of having the truth forced on her, Julia gets hit by a car. Of course Being Human doesn’t let us know right away that she’s dead, but lets us believe that she and Josh get the chance to talk through his revelation. It really was quite a clever move, instead of hitting us once with Julia’s demise, they hit us with it twice. The final shock in Josh’s story is that Julia says it’s his own fault that his life was ruined, that he should have trusted their relationship, because the wolf is something she could have handled. We’ve seen Josh torn up emotionally several times, but this was a new Josh. He was still dying inside, but he remained quiet. The situation washed over him, completely out of control (ironically, just like the wolf), and it became an amazing scene to watch.
At this point, all I really hope for the finale is that our roommates find each other. They have each gone through enough trauma for a lifetime this season, each one has let go of the cliffs-edge they were hanging onto. I’m preparing myself for a bumpy ride, but I’m also hopping desperately for some calm. For my own sake at this point, my psyche can’t handle another Partial Eclipse of the Heart.