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.)