Being Human "What's Blood Got to Do With It" Review: A Waste of a Perfectly Good Pellegrino

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Being Human S03E06: “What’s Blood Got to Do With It”

When in doubt, call in Mark Pellegrino for a guest spot. It’s the Being Human way. After all, Mark Pellegrino makes everything better. Usually. I mean, it helps when his screentime isn’t largely filler, when he does more than rehash a story that, for the most part, we already know. I think I prefer my Bishop as a hi-fi hallucination. He wasn’t even all that snarky in flashback mode and if he isn’t just going to bust Aidan’s balls the whole time, then what’s the point?

Aidan’s entire story this week consisted of skipping out on work—he must have a very understanding boss—after flashing his fangs at Bubble Boy, telling Bubbles his tale of blood and woe when Bubbles went all yo-ho-yo-ho-a-vampire’s-life-for-me, aaaand finally twitching on the floor because Erin laced his Juicy Juice with werewolf blood because girl is totally on the take from Papa Werewolf. You guys called it. You’re brilliant. Have I told you lately that you’re brilliant? No? Well, you are.

She’s totally gonna wuss out on staking him though. She is. And then we’ll all have to feel bad about thinking she’s the worst because REDEMPTION and stuff.

Whatever. She’s the worst.

And speaking of redemption, Sally sold her soul to Donna the Soup Kitchen Necromancer when she accidentally ran into her scam-artist brother on the street. Sorry, Doofus Trent, Sally just didn’t carry that much guilt over your death. Nevermind that all of her troubles with that pesky "killing old friends" complication could've theoretically been avoided if she'd just relocated when Awful Erin brought it up and before we go down the “that isn’t fair to Sally” route, let’s just pause and take a moment to reflect on her status as a reanimated corpse. I feel like sucking it up and picking a new zip code is a small price to pay for being raised from the dead. But hey, that’s just me.

Anyway, I’m still loving Sally’s story because it takes her places (and puts her in clothes) we haven’t seen her in before. It’s just that there are little things that are silly and don’t make a ton of sense. Sally can’t leave Boston because we need her to remain a part of the core three on this show, and that’s fine, but skipping town is the most logical solution to her problem and I don’t think Being Human has done a great job of justifying Sally’s stay within the context of her world. She just looks dense at best and selfish at worst.

So Donna said Robbie could live if Sally agreed to let the Sanderson Sister reject take ownership of her soul when she died a perfectly “natural” death. I have a feeling Sally’s death isn’t nearly as far in the future as Sally thinks it is. Natural, schmatural—the woman raises the dead and eats souls for breakfast. I doubt she’s going to just sit around and wait another sixty or so years for Sally to keel over on her own.

But for now, Sally doesn’t have to worry about accidentally killing her friends and family through chance meetings on busy sidewalks, which means she’s free to suck face with Max in public and oh boy is Max super-pumped about it. Down, boy.

Sally’s soul-for-sale storyline also opens up more opportunity to interact with Donna, who has mostly just popped in for a snack now and then. Maybe we’ll finally learn what she did with Ray from the season premiere? WHERE THE HELL IS RAY?

While Ray remained MIA this week, his “descendents,” Josh and Nora, were doing the deadbeat parent and the helicopter parent thing at the same time. Nora’s absence was frustrating because she left Josh to take care of the pet project he's said from the very beginning is a terrible idea. I suspect his neurotic hovering was supposed to be funny, but I’m so over this "playing house" storyline that at this point, I’d rather sit through another redundant Aidan flashback—at least they had cool costumes.


What did you think of this week’s episode?



NOTES


– Sally, Sally, Sally, of course charging Donna with a carving knife was a great idea. The woman can raise the dead, but I’m sure she’s totally defenseless, right. Amateur.

– I love how Sally ran into her brother the very first time she talked herself into leaving the house. Girl has the WORST luck.

– Aidan refused to turn Bubble Boy into his sassy vampire offspring. How much of that was the sincere belief that living out his days in a glass box in the hospital basement was way awesomer than being a semi-immortal bloodsucker with pretend daddy issues and how much of that was a practical approach to preserving his food supply?

– Do you think Erin is gonna choke?

– As been-there-done-that as I thought Aidan’s flashbacks were this week, I appreciated Bishop’s line about a vampire’s semi-immortality, “What you believe and what you love changes in as many lifetimes.” I suspect that the entire point of the flashbacks was to give Mark P. a chance to drop that line, which basically sums up everything that's wrong with the vampire life cycle and describes every flavor of Aidan Through the Ages that we’ve seen over the length of the series. This really isn’t assuaging my fears that there's going to be a parallel between Aidan’s storyline and the BBC’s Mitchell storyline on the original Being Human.

– Liam said that Nora was also a part of his pack. Do you think he meant that generally or specifically? Is she working for him too?

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