Review : Being Human US 1.3
No cliff-hangers to resolve for this week’s episode so we get a monologue by Aidan to start things off. That makes it an intro voice-over for each character now, and I bet it’s something that will continue and maybe even branch out past the three roommates to include Bishop or new vamp Rebecca as well. He speaks about immortality and how time as a measurement begins to mean little more than a collection of memories which, in Aidan’s case, serve to haunt him daily. This is handily given a visual in the form of Sam Witwer appearing in various period-appropriate costumes ;all fake moustaches, top hats, and gloomy expressions of regret.
As the actual story begins we have an unaware Josh strolling home with groceries to find the house packed with tasty civilians. Turns out Aidan decided that part of their ‘program’ was going to be becoming active members of their community so they’re joining the neighborhood watch. This scene splits us off into our main plot-threads of the episode: Aidan is spotted by a survivor of one of his victims, Josh makes a friend (or maybe more?), and Aidan decides to help Sally after realizing how very lonely she is.
At the neighborhood watch meetings, we have ourselves a new supporting character named Jesse who buddies up to Josh. Turns out, he actually went to medical school unlike our werewolf who was forced to give that up when his curse started to affect his life. I love that the character focus is expanding for all three of the roommates so that they can all have more of a fleshed out existence that doesn’t feel so insular with just the three characters relying on one another for plot movement. In particular the girl who lead the neighborhood watch meeting, April (Amy Sobol) had some of the best lines like some sort of feminist, urbane version of Brittany from Glee. What a fun odd trio they make, and I hope to see more of it, especially Jesse and Josh.
Josh isn’t the only one making new friends as Aidan contacted a ghost buddy of his. (Because of course all supernatural types know other supernatural types). Tony Dipaulo (Dan Jeannotte) shows up and proceeds to steal the episode. He’s been dead since ’87 as evidenced by the gnarly jean jacket, mullet haircut, and guy-liner. Tony winds up becoming Sally’s first real connection after her death by episode’s end and the actors had very nice chemistry together, though I don’t suppose he’ll be back, damn closure door. Which is apparently what will happen for Sally when she finds whatever it is that’s keeping her back from crossing over – a door literally appears and you step through it. But as Josh correctly surmised, Sally doesn’t want to move on but she can’t go back either. I’m really curious as to how her story is going to expand, or if it’s just going to become the required ‘heartbroken Sally pines over Danny’ scene per episode. I sincerely hope not as Meaghan Rath is completely charming and deserves better than that.
During the meeting, the neighborhood watch’s police liaison spoke and spotted Aidan with nothing short of horror in his eyes. Apparently a man murdered his father when he was ten and somehow, someway, Aidan is the one who did it. After an initial attempt to smooth things over due to fear of being exposed and likely from some pressure exerted from Bishop to fix the problem or ‘he would his way’, Aidan winds up getting impaled in an alley and exposed. As in, the guy ripped his shirt open to reveal the one thing that would be incontrovertible proof that he was the murderer, a tattoo of the name ‘Celine’. So Sam Witwer was shirtless a few times this episode. Nice one show, fan-service is something that should definitely be attempted early and often. Also, I agree with Garrity–who is Celine?
Aidan and Josh are so doomed to fail, but it’s definitely entertaining to watch them try to avoid it. Even when they try do what are arguably very good deeds, something goes wrong to at least some extent. With Josh, he stopped the vandal and nearly strangled him as his inner beast got carried away with him. Thankfully Jesse was too scared/shocked/possibly turned on to realize what all that growling was about while he had the guy pinned, while Aidan attempts to make Garrity forget all about what happened to his father and forget he ever met him. Bishop had it pegged, unfortunately, when he said Aidan isn’t at full strength and was never very good at compelling anyway. The ending of that storyline is suitably tragic as Aidan now has yet another memory he’ll continue to be haunted by in years to come. Oh, and Pellegrino was bad-ass in this episode and if he can keep having this much screen-time then I’ll be extremely satisfied.
As for Sally, while she may be avoiding finding closure, this whole door business has me questioning what would be the consequences if she does something to make her door to the other side appear, but instead she ignores it and stays? At this rate, what Tony promised happens to ghosts who stay in limbo i.e. they go insane, will happen much sooner if she remains obssessed. However, Sally should be somewhat thankful that she only has one distant and fairly harmless-sounding life to haunt herself with. Aidan has had several and he’s even finally starting to crack a little from the weight of all that he has done, and also that he can’t seem to fix even one of these acts in the here and now.