Being Human (US): Constant Craving

With no tremendous cliffhanger last week, I spent this week of anticipation not torturing myself with “what if” scenarios, but instead revisiting the entertainment of the first three episodes. From this, I discovered two things about Sally: there are some damned witty one-liners from our favorite ghost girl, and the Being Human episode soundtracks are very much like her (e.g., haunting).

“(I Loathe You) For Sentimental Reasons” is all about self-loathing and has some pretty strong underlying tones most gays can identify with. In Josh’s opening monologue, he spouts, “Most people pretend to be something they’re not. If you hate what you are, you’ll do anything to deny it. We put so much work into hiding what’s really there, but in the end, the only one your lie ever fools is you.”

Aidan spends the whole episode trying to pretend he’s got it together when he’s actually falling to pieces from bloodthirst.  His blood hooker is literally tapped out and sends him away, but besides his anger, his only other concern is her silence.

Through flashbacks to 1930 Boston, Aidan’s relationship with Suren is developed. Eighty years ago, he was still her guardian, and like any child, she challenges her mother’s control. While Aidan understands her behavior, he treats his own “son,” Henry, the same way. It’s no wonder Aidan’s rejection of Suren drives her straight into Henry’s bed…err, arms.

Back in present day, Suren introduces Aidan to a mob boss who has a tempting proposition. Turn him and, in kind, he’ll bring into the fold all of the benefits the mob can offer. Aidan is hesitant, but when he returns to the blood den and is faced with feeding off a pre-pubescent girl, his repulsion drives his need to stop hiding.

Josh is always trying to suppress the wolf, deathly afraid someone will find out what he is, when he meets the were-twins. In the hospital, Josh is sniffed out by a girl whose brother has been admitted to psych lockdown. She comes out to Josh and begs for his help in a rescue. Josh sends her away and sneaks into the room where her brother is tied down and struggling. I can only imagine what happens behind those closed doors.

Grateful for Josh’s help, they treat him to a night on the town. While seeing Josh in a dance club is awkward enough, it’s not nearly as painful as hearing the were-twins announce they are purebred. Gaga, take the wheel. They actually say, “We were born this way.” How gay. Josh also learns they self-medicate, taking “Wolf Xanax” (wolfsbane) to control Connor’s feral outbursts. When Connor learns Josh is looking for a cure, he offers to be the research benefactor. Josh is torn. Connor’s a tool. Why would he want to partner with that? Aidan, however, helps him realize that he could get his life (and Nora’s) back by doing it.

What Josh discovers is that his newfound friends are his polar opposites. While he’s fighting to find a way to get rid of the wolf forever, they’re searching to become the wolf. AHA! There’s that hidden agenda. His heartstrings finally give in. He can’t be without at least one gag-inducing, puppy-dog moment in the show.

Sally’s continuing her quest for reincarnation, but noticing that Nurse Zoe has no dateable social skills, she turns her focus to getting Zoe some action. Zoe, on the other hand, insists Sally join ghost therapy. It’s uncomfortable watching these two help each other. Severely.

In therapy, enter Nick, Sally’s ever-drowning love interest from Season 1. Sally can see something in Nick has changed and his invitation to hang out rekindles her feelings for him. Regrettably, Sally learns Nick and Zoe have become involved in an inter-spatial relationship, and Nick no longer relives his death every day because of it. What a blow to Sally’s self-esteem. This rejection pushes Sally into an abyss where she discovers possession as her escape. Like the others, she can’t hide from her true nature.

In the premiere recap, I thought Suren was making a play for Boston. Capturing Aiden was the first step. Mission accomplished. She and Aidan eventually turn the mob boss in an all-out feast and the power-play move of the season. Suren says it best at the end of the episode, and who wouldn’t agree?

“Mother is going to be pissed.”

Jim C. is a sci-fi/supernatural/federation/superhero/Cylon teacher nerd, obsessed with TV, books and film. He spent his childhood reading comics, writing morbid horror stories and being the token tormented class homo, but he thinks he turned out pretty freakin’ awesome. image
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