Being Human "For Those About to Rot" Review: A Boy and His Wolf
I was wrong about Zoe—she’s aliiiiiiive!—so I’ll stop short of weeping for my favorite chilled-out chili-cooking werewolf just yet, but things weren’t looking so great for Pete when we last saw him doing his best vampire smorgasbord impression. I'm so glad those three bloodsuckers had the courtesy to remind each other that Josh was off-limits before they tossed him out on his face. We finally got some reprieve from Nora’s anti-Aidan campaign, only to see the seeds planted for Josh to start a war of his own—maybe not one as (annoyingly) bitter as Nora’s, but once he realizes that Aidan told the other vampires how to cure the death flu and gave them specific instructions not to eat Nora and Josh, I can see Josh at the very least being a little bit disappointed. He's spent the entire season thus far defending Aidan’s “inherent nature” and downplaying the death and terror that seems to follow him everywhere, only to end up with a dead werewolf guru and a possible all-out species war brewing, since the vampires are seemingly unable to take their medicine without freaking killing the source. Seriously, maybe Dr. Aidan should have printed up some instructions and a complete list of the nasty side effects of medicating with werewolf blood: bleeding from the eyes is normal, FYI you do NOT have to DRAIN your werewolf to get the full benefits of his blood.
So the truce was nice while it lasted. Josh worked on meditating his way into a meaningful relationship with his inner-wolf and got so, SO close to succeeding before Pete got eaten. I hope his mentor’s probable death doesn’t put a total halt on his werewolf maintenance. I like this new, confident, less-whiny Josh.
We can’t talk about the new Josh without talking about Suicide Stevie, though. When Sally answered a call from Zoe and found out that rather than being eaten by her kind-of-a-zombie boyfriend, Zoe beaned him in the face with a baseball bat—a lot—she realized that the threat of the reanimated corpses' inevitable hunger for flesh couldn’t be ignored or downplayed anymore. After burying Nick—who took his dead-again status pretty well, all things considered—Sally and Josh set out in search of Stevie. Stevie was conveniently hanging out at his childhood home, claiming his parents were at their lake house for the foreseeable future, which was total bullshit because he was being weird and evasive and I saw the promo for this week’s episode ahead of time. Being Human, seriously, your promos are like abridged episodes. Leave a little mystery, eh?
Stevie had indeed eaten his parents—and the mailman—but at least he felt really bad about it and understood that it wasn’t normal or okay or excusable. He wanted to die again, but, haunted by memories of waiting to die the first time around, he wanted some help this time... and Josh was ready and willing to jump right in with the assist. Sally was horrified. Not gonna lie, I was a little horrified. Josh’s point, that Stevie was too far gone and too dangerous to just tie up in the basement until they found a solution, made perfect sense and it’s not like Stevie was put down against his will.
I said that I like this not-a-wuss Mimi-Siku, and I do, but I’m also worried about what Josh’s desensitization to the more violent and effed-up aspects of his and his buddies' supernatural lives means for everyone around him and himself. Not batting an eye at burying a corpse is one thing, but Josh didn’t even TRY to talk Stevie into a backup plan, or flinch from the idea of killing Stevie/helping Stevie kill himself. For most of Being Human’s run, Aidan has been our go-to source for darkness, but Josh is quickly becoming a scary dude in his own right.
So Sally called Josh on his haste to end Stevie’s brain lust and asked when he would put her down, since clearly it’s only a matter of time before she tries to take a bite out of his forearm herself. Josh’s insistence on saving Sally was reminiscent of the sort of eagerness to do right we saw in early Josh, but it was also colored by fear, which is at the heart of so much of what Josh says and does these days. Josh goes through repeated cycles of gaining awesome things in his life and losing them. He was free of being a werewolf for much of the season. He helped rescue Sally from Limbo. Nora accepted his marriage proposal. But with the truth about Sally’s future coming out, Liam being kind enough to give Josh his curse back, and the implications of Aidan’s miraculous recovery threatening the balance between their communities, it’s not unreasonable to consider that Josh is currently acting out of fear that his life is on a downward trajectory once again—and that this time, Josh isn’t just going to stand by a take it.
While Sally rotted and Josh meditated/buried corpses/killed zombies, Aidan went on a second date with Kat. They’re cute. She has baggage. They ran into her ex at the rare book archive and she told Aidan about how she dated the guy for four years and she wanted kids and he didn’t so she left. Aidan had flashbacks about trying to have babies back in the eighteenth century and when faced with repeated stillbirths and miscarriages, their local fire-and-brimstone preacher basically told them that Jesus thought he and his wife would make crappy parents and it was probably a blessing that their babies kept dying because then tthe children could be with God instead of with Aidan and Susanna. So Aidan punched him in the face.
But eventually, EVENTUALLY, they had a healthy baby boy. You know, after Aidan prayed and swore to God that he’d be a good man for the rest of his life if this one baby could just survive. I sense a lot of angst in our future flashbacks.
Or just in our future future. Aidan ate Kat’s ex during one of his sleepwalking episodes. That’s awkward.
What did you think of the episode?
– Re: Nick and Stevie’s matching doors. They totally got eaten by the soup kitchen witch, right? Probably?
– You’d think that after 200+ years of perfecting the art of lying, Aidan wouldn’t be thrown off-guard by something like seeing his father’s name in a book that he printed. I mean, you’re in a rare book archive with a Revolutionary War buff, dude. Surely you were going to encounter SOMETHING you recognized. With all the baby-making flashbacks, I actually assumed they were going to encounter a registrar with Aidan’s baby’s birth recorded in it or something. Idk.
– Pete: dead or alive? Can we have two miraculous survivals in a row or would that just be silly?
– What do you think is the deal with Aidan’s sleepwalking? Does it have anything to do with werewolf blood, or is this just Aidan having one of his semi-annual psychotic episodes?
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