Column: Gods and Monsters: Recap and Review: Being Human (Syfy) 3.06: What’s Blood Got to Do with It?

 

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Recap: Sally is thrown into a panic when her ne’er-do-well brother, Robbie, arrives at the house, asking for the rent (He later admits it was a scam). A few narrow escapes later, she eventually runs into him on the street. Frantic to keep him alive, she visits Donna, taking Josh as backup. Donna is unsympathetic, saying the spell can’t be altered. Sally attacks her, but Donna easily subdues both her and Josh, choking them telekinetically. She then appears to relent and allows Sally to be able to visit safely with her former loved ones, including her brother, if she gives up her soul upon death to Donna. Sally agrees, over Josh’s strenuous objections. When Sally asks what Donna intends to do with her soul (We’ve already seen she’ll probably consume it), Donna tells her she has no right to know. As they leave, Josh bitterly accuses Donna of knowing this was how things would turn out. The witch doesn’t deny it.

At the hospital, Aidan admits to Kenny that he is a vampire. Kenny’s reaction surprises him – he wants Aidan to turn him into a vampire, too. He’s sick of living in a bubble and threatens to leave it on his upcoming 18th birthday if Aidan won’t turn him, which is a death sentence. Aidan tries to persuade him that being a vampire is a bad idea, by telling him about his own conversion. Back in the Revolutionary War, he accidentally came across Bishop, who was feeding on dying and dead soldiers. Bishop easily bested him with vampire superspeed and strength, but seemed taken with Aidan’s loyalty. He threatened Aidan’s fellow soldiers unless he agreed to be turned. Reluctantly, Aidan did so, but then fled back to his camp. There, he ran into a friend with a wound and gave in to bloodlust, killing the man. This story has no effect on Kenny’s determination and Aidan is faced with the prospect of turning his only clean blood source.

At the house, Erin is testing Josh’s last nerve. She is disrespectful and slovenly, ignoring Josh’s attempts to discipline her. Nora is MIA this episode, taking extra shifts at the hospital. Aidan seems to understand her better and they appear to bond, but that turns out to be a smokescreen. Erin is actually working for Liam, who fills her head with pablum about the good of the pack. He has her poison Aidan’s blood supply with her own werewolf blood, which she does without a qualm. Then he has her go after Aidan with a stake after he is felled by the werewolf blood. Cue a cliffhanger as both Josh and Liam rush to the house for different purposes, and Erin stands over Aidan.

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Review: As we move toward the middle of the season (Next week is the tipping point), we start to get some real movement on plot. It’s common for the show to start wrapping up major arcs around episode eight. So, it’s not a shock that characters in all three storylines showed true colors this week.

The nastiest one, by a goodly margin, was the cold and ruthless Donna. While it was unsurprising that she’d wanted a piece of Sally all along, Josh, Nora and Sally were themselves in denial about it. Also, while the audience had known for some time that Donna’s ulterior motives involved things like diverting ghosts’ doors so that she could eat them, our protagonists most certainly did not. I suspect this one will either end in the middle of the other two or come last (perhaps a cliffhanger), since it is moving very slowly.

And my money is very much on Sally. Donna strikes me as an upgraded version of Danny, someone who uses mind games to give the illusion of absolute power and control. Both have manipulated Sally and make her feel small so as to have the upper hand. Donna appears to be very powerful right now, but I’m sure she has her weaknesses. Otherwise, why would she be working and living in such slovenly conditions? And whatever did happen to Ray?

I’m finding the Kenny storyline quite boring. Kenny’s a blah character who is very sheltered, and his chats with Aidan are filmed in a way that is static and looks dull. On the other hand, Aidan’s flashbacks were quite fascinating and I don’t just mean because we saw Bishop again. It has been hinted for quite some time that being turned changes your personality – and not for the better. Henry was originally a gentle pacifist who turned into a selfish survivor. Rebecca was a sweet girl who became a manipulative slut as a vampire. Aidan, we see, was originally intensely loyal and caring, a family man. And we have seen over the course of the series what kind of monster he became. We see flashes of the original personality in each of these characters, but only Aidan seems able to sustain it for any length of time (though Bishop also showed a gentler personality in the 50s flashbacks in season one, before Aidan ruthlessly squelched it). This is an aspect we see in all three types of the show’s monsters – that changing into something not human also makes you less, something worse.

Erin could have gone either way this season, but she fell firmly on the side of I-want-her-gone for me this week. It wasn’t just that she tried to kill Aidan. It was that she was so annoying before that and so cold about killing someone she had previous appeared to bond with. There are definite aspects of sociopathy in Erin. And no, don’t tell me that’s normal for a teen. Teens have their aggravating moments, but they can be as loving and loyal as at any other age. Erin has no loyalty. I don’t think she even cares that much about Liam and the pack. I think they’re just another port in the storm for her. I was hoping they might go a different route with Liam returning her than making her his spy, but really, who didn’t see that one coming?

Next Week: One Is Silver and the Other Pagan: Sally tries to reconnect with an old friend. Aidan deals with a rival vampire for Kenny’s affections. And Josh is torn between Aidan and a vengeful Nora.

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) 3.06: What’s Blood Got to Do with It?