After Being Human's best episode of the season (last week's "Partial Eclipse of the Heart"), there wasn't any clear indication of what would be in store for the Season 2 finale. Things felt pretty final last week as Suren walked out on Aidan, Julia was run over by a car, and Sally did whatever it is Sally did. But hey, guess what? There was still an episode left!
If only one thing was clear during last night's finale It's My Party and I'll Die if I Want To," it's that the writers had a much better idea of where they wanted the main characters to be at the end of the episode than of how they would get there. How else can you explain the brain-dead decisions all three of them made during their season-ending arcs? Sometimes the ends justify the means, and in this case, we'll try to pretend the means never existed because the ends were some of the juiciest cliffhangers in recent memory. Still, as a finale, that's about all the episode gave us.
Nora returned to tell Josh a little detail she left out about werewolf mythology. Yes, it was true that if Josh killed the man who turned him into a werewolf, his curse would be lifted. But what she failed to mention was that not only would Josh's curse be lifted, but anyone Josh had turned would also have the wolf pulled out of them. Nora insisted she didn't tell Josh earlier because she wanted him to make the decision for himself, but come on girl, you ARE part of that decision, don't give me that.
The problem is that Ray is a good guy now, has made amends with his family, and is living a peaceful existence as a werewolf landscape architect. Fearing that the wolf would continue to screw up his life, Josh decided it was time to kill Ray so that he might be saved. So what did he do? He sought murdering advice from Sally. Sally! She suggested chopping Ray into bits with pruning shears, because that's exactly what a girl who sits around in her pajamas all day would suggest. In the end, Josh wisely chose to use Heggeman's gun, but didn't plan much out beyond "get Ray into the forest and shoot him."
Sally's old friend the Imaginary Reaper came back, and that gave her the idea to head to Limbo and help out all the ghosts she accidentally put there when she went insane a few episodes ago. Sally's mom showed up again. I guess she hangs out at the hospital when it's convenient? Sally's grand plan was as follows: Get mom to shred her so she ends up in Limbo—a horrible, horrible place—where she'll save the day because she "thinks" there's a way out even though she has no idea. When mom offered her door to Sally, Sally said screw that and shredded herself. Ugh.
But Aidan's plan was the weakest of all. With Suren unable to get out of Mother's influence, Aidan decided the best thing to do was kill Mother. Don't get me wrong, we all wanted to see Mom with a giant splinter sticking out of her chest, but even a French toddler could come up with a better war strategy than "walk into her well-guarded and secure fortress and stab her." Aidan asked Henry to help him out by going in first and killing all the security guards, and Henry's look of "Are you F'ing kidding me?" was pretty priceless. Needless to say, the whole plan was a disaster, and Mother staked Suren because she was a constant disappointment, I guess. There was some very weird behavior in this episode, you guys!
But all that nonsense led to a final scene full of triple-cliffhanging insanity that nearly excused everything we'd just witnessed. In the woods, Ray turned the tables on Josh, so Josh ended up with a gun pointed at his mug. Nora showed up with a pea-shooter of her own, and took aim at Ray. Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Wolves, anyone? If Nora shoots Ray, Josh and Nora will stay cursed forever. If Ray shoots Josh, Josh will be dead forever. Proposal: How about all of them work together to hunt Ray's maker and they all get cured? They didn't listen to me, and as the screen went black, we heard two shots. Prediction: Nora shot Ray and Ray shot Nora, leaving Josh alive and a werewolf forever. He's one of the stars of the show, after all.
After Sally shredded herself (I repeat, she shredded herself), she possessed the classy vintage radio in the apartment and announced that she made a big mistake and Limbo sucks. Well, duh. Your plan had more holes than a Swiss Cheese factory infested with termites, lady.
Once Suren settled into the carpet as a pile of dust, Aidan bum-rushed Mother and tried to kill her, but there was that security force Aidan forgot about, and he was restrained with ease. Why does Aidan love Suren again? Anyway, rather than kill Aidan right there like she should have, Mother buried him in a grave just like she did to Suren 80 years ago.
Season 2 closed with Josh maybe shot, Aidan in a box, and Sally in a radio. The only closure in sight was watching Aidan's coffin door come down. It's fitting that the uneven Season 2 of Being Human ended with an uneven finale, but I get the feeling that we've already seen the best this series has to offer. I'm interested in seeing what happened with Josh, but unless there are some big changes at Being Human (the departure of showrunner Jeremy Carver doesn't bode well), it will probably be a chore to get through.
– Sally: "You two are totally about to go on two separate killing skills for women. That is so hot." Is it, Sally? You are one messed up girl! And that is so hot!
– So Aidan thinks Mother is a jerk for being strict with Suren and expecting Suren to her bidding. But Aidan demands that Henry go on a suicide mission so he can get Suren back? The parenting strategies were all over the place in this episode, and the themes of parents and children fell flat.
– Seriously, Being Human, please stop having people talk to ghosts in crowded hospital hallways.
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