Being Human Throws an Awesome Dinner Party

I really liked Monday's Being Human, "I See Your True Colors... and That's Why I Hate You." It had all the heartbreak, humor, and emotion you hope to see in a series like this. Plus, it was all new to me, as the series strayed from its original even further (I think; my memory of the original's first season is foggy).

There was almost a whole 30-seconds where Josh was mad at Aidan for letting Emily get the snot beat out of her before Aidan told Josh to skip town—lest he become a vampire punching bag courtesy of Marcus, the most gigantic vampire douche in the history of vampire douches. If Marcus were a real, non-vampire person, he'd be working for Goldman Sachs. Yes, I recently saw Best Documentary Academy Award winner Inside Job.

We got to see Josh go home to the family he abandoned, and there was a sweetness about Josh's family despite its "non-traditional" make-up (a mom and dad who are separated, a lesbian daughter with butterfly bandages all over her face, and a son who thinks he's a werewolf). Josh's abandonment clearly cut deep, and his return was the temporary rubber cement that helped everyone feel like a family for a little bit.

Aidan showed up, did the invite-me-in dance on the doorstep, and helped initiate one of the most fantastic dinner parties in the history of television, or at least on Syfy. Seriously, if all feasts could be that entertaining and awkward, I'd go all Martha Stewart—no—Guy Fieri in my kitchen. "We're okay with our gay son" innuendo, a vampiric allergic reaction to garlic, and Josh's backpedaling over his diary getting leaked all made for an absolute LOLfest. It was nice to see Aidan involved in the humor of the show, and if we can get more scenes of Josh and Aidan freakin' out together, I'd be over the moon. Sam Huntington and Sam Witwer work great together. They've got a Dan Byrd-Adir Kalyan thing going on, and if you get that reference, then we can be best friends. "Is that a band?" That made me laugh, for reals.

Aidan atoned for leaving Emily unsupervised by having a pretty kick-ass vampire fight with Marcus, who somehow also showed up, uninvited, for dinner. Did details of the soiree get posted on vampire.listserv.org or something? In the end, Aidan puffed out his chest further, and Marcus backed off—but I was not-so-secretly hoping that Josh would poke him with that sharp stick and off him.

That said, in the end I think we were all glad he didn't, because that would've weakened the whole vampire uprising storyline and we never would have seen that final scene with THOSE DUDES HANGING UPSIDE DOWN IN THE AMISH BARN! I'm not sure where that's going to go, but I'm hoping for a secret vampire assassination squad.

Meanwhile, Sally was busy poltergeisting her ex-BF and her ex-BF (ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend) in an attempt to save Bridget from Danny's web of lies and occasional murder. She got herself noticed by Danny with some light-shattering spooks, to which Danny literally reponsded, "That's all you got?" and figuratively gave her the finger. This upset me probably more than Sally. I really, really, really do not like Danny.

Sally then tried to warn blinded-by-love Bridget by possessing her hand and writing down a fairly obvious message that couldn't be misinterpreted any other way except by an in-denial girl who shares the same haircut as Drew Barrymore in Scream. Ugh! I was going to drink that wine! Bridget asked Danny for the truth, and the little weasel used one of my tricks—crying like a little baby because all women are suckers for a man with tears streaming down his cheeks. Bridget, if you haven't figured out that Danny is a complete psychopath by now, then you two deserve each other.

In the end, it was pretty heartbreaking to see Josh make the decision he needed to make: Leave the refuge of his family in order to protect them. I like how the the show spent a little time on this, instead of just having Josh come home and sit down without saying a word. Nothing needed to be said. The question is whether or not the family will hold on to the bond that was temporary, or whether Josh leaving means things are going to go down the tubes again.

It was also soul-crushing to see Bridget tell Sally to stop the haunting, 'cuz she's basically a masochist. This show can really bring you down in the dumps. But that's why I like it. Save that sugar-coated saccharine crap for easy TV; I like my characters to be well-defined and tortured.

Notes from last week's article: I know I said a lot about how I wanted more conflict between characters, and after reading some of your comments, I'm going to eat my words with a side dish of my pride. Last night's final scene, with the three roommates sitting in their living room, reminded me of how much I like them all together. Their shared experiences and similar situations drive the show.

Another note: I'm still trying to decide whether my Being Human articles work better as recaps with analysis (like this one) or as larger abstract analyses (like previous ones). I'm starting to lean toward the former. If you have an opinion on the matter or would like to see me do something else, let me know in the comments section below. I'm here for you. (Especially you, provencrt.)


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I really enjoy this show.
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nice article, I may have to start watching the US version when I run out of season 3 UK.. I always have trouble watching a "remake" of a show, specially when I love the characters of the original so much.. For those that are not watching the UK version, season 3 is AMAZING... @Snap3r: you should try UK version season 3, if you did and you still don`t like the show.. then.. ok :P out...
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Good article, Tim. I think you should recap with analysis. With each episode, I like the US version more and more. This episode had a little bit of everything: drama, humor, action, suffering and heartbreak. The dinner party definitely had me laughing(graphic novel! Good improvising, but still LMAO!). I felt so sorry for Sally having to lose her BF as an ally against that douche Danny. At some point, she's going to snap, and hopefully Danny will suffer her wrath!
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I hate Sally's storyline. I think it has something to do with the actress playing her, she can't act and I am always comparing her to Anne from the original series. I've been watching the U.K. version (Season 3) and the U.S. version back to back and the difference in likability of the characters is staggering. In the U.K. version they have really captured that schooby gang vibe that hasn't been around since the Buffy days. For me the U.S. version has a long way to go before it can stand up against its counterpart across the pond.
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I hated the pilot but maybe I'll come back if it's branching out from the original version. I didn't want to see a remake that was basically the same show with American/Canadian accents. (BTW, love the incredibly random Aliens in America reference. Talk about obscure. I'm so glad Dan Byrd got another job, he's awesome)
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Interestingly enough, the British Version just referenced the old ones. Elder vampires who still sleep in Coffins and tend to be more traditional. It is possible that those things in the barn are the ruling class of vampires and Marcus is going over Bishops head.
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I love both versions.
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Thanks for the article.This is a great show and i really like it.Watched the UK version but it kinda sucks for many reasons that i dont have time to say now but what i hated the most is that vampires have no reflection in the mirror .. really ?!?! lame and scientific impossible
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recap with pics! and moar pics! love it.
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Sorry to be a pain in the arse, but I don't watch the American version of Being Human and got all excited when I saw an article about Being Human, thinking it was about my beloved British programme. Can you at least put US after it? After all, ours did come first.
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do both
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@ windansir: that's actually several words
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I had given up on this show, but the last two episodes have been really enjoyable. Obviously, I'll continue to watch. And I didn't see any discernible difference between this article of yours, and others I've read.
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In a word this is the worst show of the year
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i love this show(dont care for the uk version)but i wish the ep would go hulu already.hulu only got the first 3 ep on there..those the only ones ive seen:(
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I actually like this format. I also thought that the dinner party with Aidan having a reaction to the garlic was funny.
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I like this article better than your previous ones, Tim. And i too agree that both the Sams work tremendously well together, would love to see them do more humorous stuff in future episodes.
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ehh... the storyline hasnt really "strayed from its original" incarnation. The first six eps followed the BBC versions practically line-for-line. Then this week they skip to the new episode of the current season. No, really! on Sunday I watch George go home to see his family, then on Monday I see Josh do the same. Holding out hope that the American version may start to distinguish itself....
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good article, better episode
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A great episode and a great article Tim! If you're leaning towards a larger abstract analysis, I say go for it. You gotta trust your gut, man ;)
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Annie/Sally's strories are a carbon copy (except Sally doubles as series narrator). I thought it was interesting that they brought Josh's family back so early in the series, where it took 4 seasons to meet George's family in the UK version. And they've been hinting at vampire "old ones" that live in South America on the BBC version, perhaps these are the US version. Vampires living the old ways.
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I enjoyed this article with the analysis! This show is starting to grow on me even though I love the British original.
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I've been keeping an eye on this for a while, just to see how it measured up to the original and for a while I thought it was horrible. But with this episode I think that I'm finally sold. The decision to branch off from the British show was a good one and I think its going to pay off in the long run.
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