Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Being Human (Syfy) 3.03: The Teens They Are a-Changin’

By Paula R. Stiles

[spoilers ahoy]

Recap: Sally feels guilty about Trent’s death. To make up for it, she visits his body in the morgue and encounters his whiny ghost. Attempting to pull a Whoopi-Goldberg-in-Ghost, she tries to get him settled by attending his funeral (with the help of a sympathetic undertaker, Max) and comforting his fiancée. Unfortunately, Trent’s idea of squaring things with his fiancée is having Sally confess that he made out with her. Imagine Trent’s shock when the fiancée admits she also cheated on him.

Trent isn’t too thrilled about this, but things are about to get worse for him. Back at the house, he sees his door. Happy and relieved, he goes through it, but it doesn’t take him to the Afterlife. Instead, he ends up in Donna the Witch’s lab. It seems her spell redirects anyone Sally accidentally kills there. Donna slashes him into dust and then eats it. It turns her young.

At the hospital, Josh and Nora encounter a homeless young woman, Erin, in the ER who was slashed by an animal. They quickly realize she has become a werewolf and take her in. But it turns out she was pretty feral even as a human. Nora still wants to try to help her, in part since last week’s cliffhanger ended with Nora and Liam having a quiet chat about Brynn in this week’s teaser. Convinced that Nora is innocent in his children’s disappearances (Oh, he is so very wrong), Liam semi-adopts her as someone once close to his daughter. This odd new connection seems to enable Nora to help Erin through the change, even wolfed out, while Josh stands watchfully nearby.

Aidan’s decision to release Henry’s captive food last week sends Henry into a tailspin, especially when they run into lots of trouble trying to lure healthy marks into alleyways (more because the marks aren’t so healthy than because they aren’t good at glamoring). He goes out and feeds, becoming infected with the virus, but not without first getting into an argument with Josh at the hospital and accusing Josh of being a bad friend to Aidan. As Henry deteriorates, Aidan swears to find a way to save him, but Henry bitterly tells him it’s not possible. With a few days to a week left, at best, he abandons Aidan for the streets.

Review: As is frequently the case with this show, the ghost subplot was the most frightening of the three, culminating in a chilling coda in which we discover at least part of Donna the Witch’s motives in resurrecting Sally and her friends. It’s not pretty. It appears to be that Donna is a soul-eater and is powerful enough to hijack the passage of souls onto the Afterlife. Depending on the metaphysical system (especially in shamanism or animism), this danger to a soul trying to pass over is considered quite real. Hence where you get works like the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Sally, of course, remains unaware of this little wrinkle. That doesn’t mean she’s skipping down the garden path like an oblivious little revenant, though. She already senses that even the known tradeoff (which is ugly enough) is the tip of the necromantic iceberg. She’s willing to make the best of it, but that doesn’t mean she’s naive about the prices to come. She just doesn’t know yet about Donna’s creepy little side racket. Sally remains a very dark character who still manages to keep the audience’s sympathies with her feeling guilt and genuine attempts to make amends for her mistakes and lapses in judgment – not to mention her loyalty to Aidan and Josh.

I really like Josh and Nora together (though, am I the only one who thought Erin was an obvious Brynn clone, since the actress who played Brynn is now on another show? They sure do look and act alike). I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it, with all the Julia mucking about they did last season, but I really like how they have Josh and Nora in a solid relationship and hanging together in preference to hanging separately. I know some ugly stuff is coming their way (not least the moment when Liam realizes just how culpable they both are in what happened to his children), but I hope that won’t mean they are broken up for the sake of fake drama. That said, I was annoyed at the copout from the cliffhanger last week. I understand that those wolf scenes aren’t cheap, but don’t build up a cliffhanger like that and then have basically nothing happen.

Speaking of which, I was greatly disappointed that we didn’t see Henry die onscreen. Not only do I think this oversight will result in Henry somehow not really dying (or, at least, not dying from the disease), but I really wanted to see him die. He sets my teeth on edge.

I wanted to smack him when he was whining to Aidan that everybody Aidan loves dies. Henry has long possessed an amazing ability to assign blame to everyone but himself, only topped by his even-more-amazing ability to survive situations that get better characters killed (Not-infrequently, these two things are directly connected). He is like a post-nuclear Palmetto Bug that way.

He seems to have blanked, for example, that his cheating on Suren resulted in the freakout that got her buried for nearly a century (and that ultimately destroyed her). Or that his giving up Aidan under torture near the end of last season got Aidan buried, himself, for nearly a year and a half. And hey, let’s just pretend Aidan’s been at Club Med for the past 15 months. Yeah, Henry can go the way of Rebecca and Marcus, as far as I’m concerned. But I have a bad feeling he won’t.

Next Week: I’m So Lonesome I Could Die: Sally tries to help Aidan deal with losing every vampire he’s known while Nora takes Josh and Erin home to meet her crazy family.

You can watch Being Human on Syfy, either Monday nights at 9pm or on the official site.

About Paula R. Stiles

Paula is not at all paranoid about government conspiracies after six years in EMS, two years in Africa for the Peace Corps, a few summers with the Park Service, and ten years studying the Knights Templar. She's seen governments in action. They couldn't cover up a toy picnic table, let alone evidence of alien visitation. Writes about science for fun, history for money, and zombies for the company. You can read her sober-as-a-judge book about Templars in medieval Spain, Templar Convivencia, on Amazon. You can find her homepage at: http://thesnowleopard.net.

Paula R. StilesColumn: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Being Human (Syfy) 3.03: The Teens They Are a-Changin’