Syfy's Being Human follows a familiar pattern. Each episode is pretty evenly divided among the three central characters, and though their stories may cross paths occasionally, any one of them can usually be isolated from the others without losing any potency.
Because of this, I go into each episode hoping that at least two of the three stories will earn grades of check-pluses. When the series is on, all three stories get the thumbs-up and there's never a dull moment. But even if one or two of the stories isn't that great, Being Human almost always finds a way to salvage the episode with a strong moment. Unfortunately, that didn't happen in "Mama Said There'd Be Decades Like These," which continued the show's slide away from "smart underdog" and toward "generic monster mash" with an episode that ran in place.
Sally, poor Sally. And poor Meaghan Rath. This week Sally got one of the worst stories the show has ever belched in our direction, and it had nothing to do with Sally and everything to do with her recently deceased mother, an ungrateful whore of a person with no redeeming qualities. Sally's mom Rena arrived at the hospital in bad shape, and passed on while her husband was crushed and standing vigil over her. Sally met her mom in the hallway and she seemed overjoyed to be dead, not even batting an eyelash at the fact that she was DEAD and walking around a hospital as a GHOST. Sally was all like, "Hey dudette, let's hang out and be mother and daughter," and her mom was all like, "Sure I guess so, but let's get away from your lame-o dad." At her mom's funeral, Sally was aghast to see Rena bumping vapors with her old neighbor, who'd passed away 10 years prior. Awkward, especially considering that her dad was just a few feet away mourning the drying corpse of his wife.
We've seen this story play out before; child discovers parent's secret life and is shocked/disappointed over the whole thing. But in none of these previous tales of Moms Gone Wild has the mother been such a loathsome parent. She wanted nothing to do with Sally in the afterlife, saying that she'd failed her daughter in life, so what is she going to do about it in death? Umm... maybe try again because you've been given an impossible second chance not to suck so hard? Instead the mom wanted to hang out with her boy-toy neighbor, who she'd been sadder about being away from than her own murdered daughter, tragically ripped from life's clutches at the so-much-promise-ahead age of 20-something. And ladies, I think you'll agree with me: Jerry was no catch. Someone please find Rena's door and kick her ass through it. And after putting up what I thought were very reasonable vocal complaints, Sally disappointingly resigned herself to accepting her mom's utter desertion. Please don't come back, Rena. I haven't been this mad at a character in a long, long time.
Josh had to deal with the aftermath of Nora's late-night snack on her ex, Will, with the purebred werejerks. Nora was in hiding, and detectives were snooping around Josh's tracks, wondering what he knew about Nora's whereabouts and where he was the night Will was turned into kibble. In order to get the cops off his trail, he tracked down sexy black vampire cop Cecilia who Aiden turned, and made a deal: I'll get you a pair of purebred werewolves to show off to your new masters if you get the heat off me. Cecilia compelled the cops to look elsewhere, and Josh handed her Heggeman's werewolf-killing gun and the address of the werejerks. That's like some The Wire shit, yo!
Things were really strange with Aidan, who spent half the episode pretending to be drunk or shirtless or both. Aidan is slipping down the rabbit hole of fresh blood, and received a visit from Supernatural's Lucifer. Or did Supernatural get a visit from Being Human's Bishop? Either way, Mark Pellegrino is spending a lot of time these days in characters' heads as figments of their imaginations. He was the Devil on Aidan's shoulder, and told him to vamp up and kill Henry, horny progeny Henry who's threatening Aidan's rise up the power ranks (which Aidan doesn't want, btw).
(Side paragraph: It's interesting to think that Jeremy Carver, who wrote this episode and previously wrote for Supernatural, used the same idea with the same actor as Supernatural did in Friday's episode, written by Ben Edlund. I'm sure Carver and Edlund are friends and it's all coincidence, but imagine the chuckles these two shows had when they realized they'd done the EXACT SAME THING with the EXACT SAME ACTOR acting the EXACT SAME WAY. And Pellegrino must be wondering what a guy has to do to get a job where he isn't pretend.)
Aidan eventually confronted Henry and the two came to fang-icuffs, but when Aidan had the chance to give Henry some wood, he stopped because Henry is almost like a son to him.
"Mama Said There's Be Decades Like This" was fat with themes about love for those you care about, but it wasn't much fun and individually, the stories weren't enticing enough to stand out. That's in part because it's difficult to tell what's important in Season 2.
There's been a lack of smooth sailing for Being Human as of late, and that inconsistency has made things a bit messy. Nora has only appeared in every other episode, which has made her storylines incredibly jagged. The same can be said for Suren, who is also on a schedule of one on, one off. Ditto for Sally's body-jumping-turned-drug-addiction; last week it was a big deal, this week it was completely absent. Being Human has also been adding characters like it's Game of Thrones, but only keeping up with a handful of them. All these factors have sunk Season 2 after a solid start.
– Speaking of characters introduced and abandoned, does anyone else miss freshman Stevie? He just disappeared.
– Aidan spitting out blood and pole dancing with chicks in their underwear! I was hoping this show wouldn't devolve into cheap tricks like True Blood did, but it's obviously going there. Please stop it, Being Human, you're better than that.
– The dinner scene was pretty great, as is pretty much any scene where Sally, Aidan, and Josh are in the same room. But I'm not sure what the point was of Josh's fake-out hallucination in the kitchen when he was "arrested" by the cops. Why do television shows feel the need to do stuff like that?
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