Being Human "Oh Don't You Die for Me" Review: Back from the Future
Hellooooo. With just a few episodes left before Being Human embraces the deader side of "undead," we thought we'd better check in on the "monstrous" Syfy series. It's been a little while: Sally time-travelled, hooked up with Aidan in an alternate reality, and got to be a werewolf until Ray accidentally murdered her. Josh didn't get to be with Nora in either reality and despite Being Human's insistence that NO REALLY, THEY'RE PERFECT FOR ONE ANOTHER, you really have to question the logic. And Aidan, well, Aidan's got issues no matter which timeline you drop him into, and he's going to rack up a body count no matter how you slice it. Some things just never change, including werewolves being weird and people from Aidan's past trying to kill his new famdiddly—even if Kenny is kind of a creepy Bishop Jr.
Freshly returned from her romp in the future-past, Sally got right down to fixing the problems in the present and trying to recreate the less-sucky parts of her alternate reality—except for the whole hooking up with Aidan thing. It was certainly bound to happen eventually, but you have to admire the woman's initial restraint. She had a point: The circumstances leading to Sally/Aidan becoming an official thing differed from their circumstances, both past and present, in the official timeline. The Sally and Aidan we've come to know over the past four seasons have occasionally hinted at the possibility of romance, and I'm certainly not against it, but using what happened in the alternate timeline as justification for a relationship in the real timeline doesn't quite work. Sally and Aidan were different people then. While their dynamic has always sort of hinted at the possibility of romance in the show's present-day "reality," it's also featured a lot of brother/sister/BFF vibes and Sally was right to acknowledge that.
She was also right to eventually just rip the Band-Aid off of that storyline (in such a glorious manner, too) because unrequited ghost-love is so boring. Also boring? Josh and Nora. I just don't care anymore. The weirdo werewolf pack wanted Josh to turn all of their friends into wolves and, understandably, he wasn't really on board with that. They tazed him and stuck him in a cage and made him do it anyway. Werewolves.
"Oh Don't You Die for Me" also saw the end of Aidan's estranged wife, Suzanna, when she tried to kill Kenny and Aidan essentially chose his "child" over her. Cue the Aidan-angst, but also look at it this way: She'd been (literally) beating herself up for centuries over the death of their human son. She admitted to wanting to die. In the usual delightful, messed-up Being Human way, getting staked by Aidan was probably the happiest ending Suzanna could've had. Still, I'll miss Katherine Isabelle. Bye.
And because Aidan is never allowed to be happy (though I guess that goes for anyone on this show, really), Sally's little adventure in werewolf possession that both saved his pasty vampire ass and revealed the big mushy secret that Sally brought back from the alternate reality also left her in a bit of a ghost-coma. It's not like she didn't know that would happen, and seriously, what have we told her about using other people's bodies to make out with pretty men? Skeevy. But also kind of cute? This show toys with my feelings so much. Whatever, she'll be fine. Probably. This isn't the U.K. version, after all—I'm guessing Syfy doesn't have the balls to destroy everyone and just leave it that way.
It's good to be back though, and while I tend mock all of our lovable monsters, "Oh Don't You Die for Me" was an enjoyable return to the actual timeline of Being Human that wrapped up Suzanna's story in a nice little bloodstained package, jump-started Sally and Aidan becoming a "thing" in the real timeline, and even laid the tracks for Nora and Josh to reunite. Not bad, Being Human, not bad at all.
– Got any predictions about Sally's latest and greatest anything?
– "Vampire repopulation" just sounds like a bad idea.
– Why are the werewolves on this show always batshit crazy?
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