Being Human, 3.02 (Dead) Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Episode two, (Dead) Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, had some twists and turns. All three monsters…well…I guess I can’t call them that now, huh? All three roommies did things that made me say WH-wh-what!? We get deeper into what’s going on with the vampire world, while Josh, Sally, and Nora have more personal things going on. It felt very reminiscent of season one, which I like. And because Sally and Josh are human(ish), we also seemed to deal with vampires world problems, while the rest of monster culture is more removed, which definitely gave a different feel for the show. Of course, the introduction of daddy werewolf may change that. We’ll have to see. Stupid cliffhangers.
A Question of Responsibility
Our Being Human characters face a brand new supernatural world (complete with awesome details like the werewolves want to take advantage of a world that suddenly contains fewer blood suckers) and that means choices have to be made.
Aidan came out of the earth to find that blood could kill him, if not careful. We see him trudging up past methods for finding blood, only to come up hungry. Which brings us to Aidan’s wayward son, Henry – who seems quite happy considering the food shortage. Henry uses a method Aidan hadn’t tried yet; compelling a woman to believe she’s madly in love with him and keep her locked up as his own personal lunchable.
Sally has flesh and blood, but also dark instruction to not cross paths with people from her past. Sally is, by nature, a social animal, so of COURSE the first thing on her agenda includes painting the town read. And of COURSE the first person she runs into happens to come from her past. She even admits that she went out on purpose hoping to find someone she had known.
What do these stories have in common? It’s about our Being Human characters and their responsibility in this world. Aidan and Sally both face new circumstances and have difficult choices to make in how they’re going to live their lives. Aidan needs to find blood, but Henry’s actions take things over the line. Sure, he’s happy and surviving, but he also kidnapped someone. Aidan crossed lines for Henry before – will he do it again, simply to ensure his own survival? Sally got second chance on this world, and she’s obviously more concerned with making herself happy then obeying the rules. Now, she’shas to take responsibility for Trent’s death. The characters on Being Human have to deal with consequences of being supernatural or at least being supernaturally influenced, which means the drama is baked right in. We still root for Aidan and Sally to take the high road, to not let the supernatural world influence them in negative ways, but as circumstances stack against them, as their own personal and even primal needs kick in, it will become more and more difficult. Which means fun angst and drama for US!
Josh doesn’t escape this weight of responsibility either, although his story this week comes in the form of a more “human” nature. Josh wants to marry Nora. We find out that Josh had been spending the nights outside Nora’s storage locker when she changed, but, as Nora points out, in doing so, he remains a slave to the moon. When he finally realizes that he should be living a human life on those nights, he’s filled with so much joy that he wants to tie the knot. Josh has a lot to consider about this step – the fact that he’d be marrying a monster, a monster that he loathes. The fact that his world is still tied in VERY MUCH to the supernatural, the fact that he and Nora have very different perspectives on werewolves. Marriage comes with responsibility, and Josh knows this…but this particular marriage will come with an entirely different set of problems, and he will need to consider this.
All this responsibility talk might make one wonder “where’s the fun in watching that?” But taking into consideration the tag line for the season (be careful what you wish for) as well as how good the writers at Being Human are at making our roommates fail and accept their responsibility? I can only imagine the world of hurt they’re all about to be in for.
BAD GUY #2?
Being Human gave us such a treat with the introduction of the witch Donna last week. This week, they treat us again with the introduction of Connor and Brynn’s father: Liam. Liam is on the hunt to find his daughter (I tried to tell him, she’s on revolution, but he wouldn’t listen) and begins sniffing around Nora for information.
Liam is strong, confident, and passionate. In his first scene when he dusts several vampires and then cries over the Connor wolf that is staple-gunned to the wall (man, that wolf looked amazing) we knew we were dealing with a powerful man. Er. Purebred.
Unlike Donna, who seems to be hiding some nefarious purpose, Liam is very straightforward with what he wants and how he chooses to deal with Nora. He wants to test her strength of character by turning with her. He’s obviously a meat and potatoes type of guy. Er. Purebred. I don’t think Liam will kill Nora (despite the large amount of blood coming from her storage locker), but that doesn’t mean he didn’t hurt her. It might also turn out that Liam becomes a father figure to Nora, since she was always more accepting of her wolf than Josh was. Either way, Josh might be getting dragged back into wolf business. And, let’s hope he doesn’t find Aidan. We almost might want to hide Henry.
To end this week post, I would be remiss not to mention the actor performances. There were SO many GREAT scenes this week. While the writing staff is proving to get stronger and stronger in their story writing, the actors are all also giving us amazing character revealing performances. My favorite scene in the entire episode was the “reunion.” My smile was ear to ear as they each greeted each other and took stock of beards and touchable flesh. Equally as amazing to watch were the scenes with Josh and Nora and Aidan and Sally. Though for the record, if Aidan and Sally hook up I will not be pleased.