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Being Human is by far the best original show currently airing on the Syfy network. One of the most original things about the concept of Being Human that separates it from the pack of other vampire/werewolf shows on television these days comes in the form of a single character: Sally the Ghost/Ghost Killer/Human/Zombie/Ghost/Ghostwitch/Timetraveler. Every season the plotlines for Aidan and Josh are fairly predictable, but extremely entertaining. Aidan will have a new love interest who he will struggle to integrate into his life and we will continue his long ultimately futile attempt to escape the political world of the vampires as well as continue to explore his complicated father-son relationships. Josh will spend most of the season hating being a werewolf and finding new painful ways that being a werewolf makes his life terrible. While I am convinced that this show would actually work with just the two of them, what the writers decide to do with Sally every season ultimately creates all sorts of havoc. I am also fully convinced that the writers sit down before every season and say to themselves “Well we kind of covered every basic ghost thing in Season 1 (figuring out her death, getting revenge, etc.) what the hell do we do with Sally now?”. I imagine that this sentence is followed by “Think of the craziest mf*** thing you can think of and we will go with that.”

Season 4 once again is off the races as Sally has now somehow completely taken over Donna’s powers from last season and also is now a time traveler?

Luckily this season Sally is not the pain in the ass, annoying version of Sally, but rather the comic relief/fun Sally when she is not being a little egotistical about her new power.

Anyway, to start of this week's episode we began with Susanna (Aidan's wife) ringing his doorbell)

Aidan and Susanna had a short trip down memory lane where we discovered that Susanna was now a vampire and also a bit of a fashionista

In a series of flashbacks throughout the episode we would learn that when Susanna was drowned by the townspeople she was rescued from the river by everyone's favorite actor Mr. Mark Pellegrino (in the form of Bishop) and turned into a vampire as a favor to his new favorite son Aidan.


Meanwhile, things still weren't going so well with Josh as he was still stuck in wolf form in the barn. Sally insisted to Nora that she was now powerful enough (sure, why not) to figure out a way to fix Josh. This led Sally back to Donna's old haunting grounds where we were treated to one of the most mesmerizingly haunting scenes combined with just the first of truly excellent music choices throughout the episode with Bad Dream Hotline by Foe.

Sally discovered Donna's old spellbook hidden beneath some dirt that to her surprise (and ours) that she could actually interact with. She could also interact with the book. This led her straight back to Aidan just as we were about to find out what Susanna had been doing with herself all those years. Fortunately we can forgive the show for doing that because this scene was so much fun with Sally throwing shade Susanna's way and Aidan making fun of Sally for being so excited about the book.


Out in the woods it was time for us all to put our fingers in our ears and just hum to ourselves as we tried really hard not to ask too many questions about Sally not only having powers but also now being super knowledgeable about witchcraft.

After some debate about the pros and cons of using magic with 100% being cons, Nora eventually gave her consent that Sally should go ahead and try the spell. This turned out to involve creating a magic knife that would have to be used to stab the wolf in the heart. Naturally everything went smoothly with this plan.....right until it started and when Aidan killed the wolf and Sally disappeared.

It was looking even bleaker than normal for our heroes for a bit, but as Josh is a major character on this show it wasn't super intense for us the viewers. Eventually Aidan was surprised by a hand being thrust out of the wolf's mouth.

Nora and Aidan pulled Josh out of the wolf's body and he was human once more. Unfortunately, according to Sally (who had traveled back in time and witnessed her boy toys move in day) the spell hadn't been completed when they pulled Josh out of the wolf.

Meanwhile, Aidan went to visit Susanna to finish their discussion about where she had been all those years. More importantly we really need to talk about the first of two really important things about Susanna because she answered the door wielding this thing.

My immediate reaction was this - Is she a vampire hunter? and going further - Was she responsible for the vampire virus? My first impression was just that she seemed to really hate vampires and maybe that was a cool way that this plotline could go. This seemed like an even more valid hypothesis two minutes later when this was revealed.

Susanna's backstory was super upsettingly dark. Back in the day it turned out that when she was fighting back the hunger she hallucinated Aidan - who in turn told her that she needed to feed and that it would be okay to do it just once. Susanna could not restrain herself and fed upon the first person she came upon .......their son. Susanna stayed away from Aidan for all those years because Bishop knew this secret and held it over her, but now that he was dead she could return without this secret being revealed (which will naturally come out this season, but let's pretend for the sake of it). The fact that being a vampire made her kill her son puts the possibility of her being a vampire hunter into an even brighter light. It would certainly make sense anyway. Of course I could be completely off, we shall see.

We finished off the episode with three disturbing developments. 1) Susanna has taken to self flagellation as punishment for killing her son (I assume). 2) Aidan told Kat that he loved her after spending all day with his wife. Also, let's remember that Aidan has already had to mindwipe Kat once, where exactly does he see this going? Their whole "normal" life is a lie, even in a best case scenario where she never gets involved with their issues, won't she notice in a few years when he doesn't age? That's a pretty big lie to hide in a relationship - dont you think?


And 3) Josh is not entirely Josh. He seemed very dead eyed throughout the episode and for a while I considered whether maybe it was the wolf's personality in Josh's body - not actually Josh, but I think I let my imagination go too far there. Anyway the episode ended with Josh having wolf eyes


Questions:

Is Susanna a vampire hunter?

Will we ever find out who created the virus?

What did the spell do to Josh?

When will Kat find out about Aidan and will it be because of Susanna?




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"Being Human is by far the best original show currently airing on the Syfy network. One of the most original things about the concept of Being Human that separates it from the pack of other vampire/werewolf shows on television these days comes in the form of a single character: Sally"

Who is what on the where?!?!? How "original" can it be when what makes the show was derived from the original series that did it first?

Regards,
Continuum
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Jokes aside, I quite like 'Being Human' and this interpretation is one of the rare occasions where the US version is better than the original UK version. However, neither are better than Continuum.

So, Sally could interact with the spell book...no problem. Anybody know how exactly she was able to brush aside the dirt and leaves to get at the book in the first place?

[spoiler alert] BTW, nice call on Susanna the Vampire Slayer.

I like Kat. Mostly because of a little crush developed during her short run in the 'Knight Rider' reboot...not because her character is at all new or interesting to this show, because seriously...zzzzz. But I still don't want anything bad to happen to her, especially because she's Nora's BFF and we know how crazy pants Nora can be and I don't think anybody wants to see any more of that.

Now that Aiden has professed his love, breaking up is gonna be hard, which means that Kat's days are likely numbered. Though truthfully, I'm be totally fine with her finding out the truth about ghosts, vampires and werewolves and accepting her friends for who they are and just rolling with it.

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I really did not like the Direction in this episode.. It seemed really stunted. I like where the plot is going though.
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OMG..no one is talking about the ummm yuck blood Nora gave Salley for the spell. WTF..if that was her monthly, like I thought it was, for Gods sake girl you need a Dr. because if you do that a lot, your bleeding to death. LoL. I am a woman and I thought this was nuts. Ok...the episode was good though...leaving out the cup of Nora's monthly blood...
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This season is looking to be full of surprises and I can't wait. So far, they are nailing it every week.
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Sally was very awesome in this episode...liked how they showed her in two places, finding the book of spells. I only think that Aidan is right...that her magic is dangerous. I mean, first being a ghost, coming back to life as a zombie, then be a ghost again and now a ghost/witch....she is been through much...
Poor Aidan, he believes that their son grow old and died as a grandfather, while in the meantime she the one is who killed their son...
I keep wondering, what exactly happened to Josh. Checked the last season, but can't find a moment, where that happened..??
Liking the first two episodes...was worth waiting almost a year for it..
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They never really explain why he can't turn back. It just sort of happened between seasons.. What I know is this: Josh was scratched by a pureblood werewolf (Liam), Aidan had to kill Liam so obv now Josh can never kill him to end the curse like he had with Ray. Liam had tried to invite Josh (and by extention Nora) to run with him and be a part of his pack, even after Josh had taken his eye, so I assume there is typically a strong bond between a purebred and those he turned.. Liam said that he would help Josh manage his wolf, and when Josh replied that he'd spent plenty of time as one (having already been cursed twice before by Ray then Nora), Liam told him he would turn into a wolf much different then his previous wolf as his bloodline is now near purebred. Nora just had to open her huge effing mouth and blather to Liam bout how she was the one who really killed Brynn. They should have tried to find out more about Josh's new wolf from Liam. But I guess the situation called for action, and Liam was a crazy son of a bitch...

As the reviewer stated I was left with the feeling during this episode that Josh was actually the wolf instead of himself once the spell was "done"...however I don't really think thats entirely the case, I think perhaps since the spell was incomplete, the wolf was able to take residence in Josh's human body along with his soul, in an attempt to survive since they were essentially trying to kill it.. Thats why Josh is watered down, seemingly unemotional, and in the promo for next week starts wolfing out on ppl. The wolf will fight for control of Josh's body, and will prb be banishing Josh's soul bit by bit in the process. I really felt they jumped the gun on this stuff with Sally and her witchcraft...I mean HELLO!? it was apparent she had like zero control of it... Aidan was the only one with a brain here and hes all lined up for the biggest "I told you so" ever...

One thing I find kind of weird or possibly inconsistant...If Josh becoming a near- purebred wolf is the reason for him being stuck in wolf form 99% of the time, how come that was never brought up by Connor and Brynn...who were purebreds but wanted to become wolves all the time...Surely they would have known this?? And how much sense does it make for Josh to become primarily the wolf but not the purebreds?
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I like this better then the British version. Got to support shows like this or SyFy will be nothing but WWF and ghost buster shows.

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totally onboard with susanna being a vampire hunter. Fully expecting her to kill another of aidan's children this season. (Kenny)
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Best scene of the episode was Aiden telling Nora he could smell Nora's period every month
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I always have this debate with myself (and let me say, I am a Haven fan, but I think I missed the first season and a half when they had pretty much sorted out we are going WTF and honestly we won't stay super consistent which sometimes makes it fun) and I always go into this show (well for the past two seasons) with this sense of trepidation. I think it is because I watched every episode of the original and timing wise last season was kind of where the original kind of got the sense of, well, crap, we're still on the air what the hell do we do now. Then the actors caught up, then you heard Mitchell got cast in the Hobbit, then Nina disappeared between seasons and then the tragedy of the Eve storyline.

But I love this show and while there are parts I groan at, it is more like you groan at a story you've heard fifty million times before from someone you are friends with. Like I am glad that Susanna exists at all in current time because last season I always sighed when we were going back to Aiden's origin story because I was kind of like, dude, we know how you became a vampire. It'll be interesting to see how horribly tragic that story will go, you imagine, especially since she made up a story to Aiden when she saw he was upset at merely abandoning the boy, that she decides to tell him and then wants him to kill her and will become really fanatical about it. I am going to guess she lived under Bishop's thumb, control and protection for all this time and never learned to exist on her own and unfortunately some bad vampires either think she'd be a good pet or find it curious she has a deathwish and won't just kill herself.

I do always think that with Sally they sort of look at stuff with Annie (I think you know who that is) and they like stopped and started with so many things with Annie. Like everyone always talked about how powerful Annie was but did she do a lot other than move stuff around or after went invisible was still able to touch stuff? But with Sally they probably put a couple of edicts out there, like that she is to stay dead and invisible no matter what. Then saw that audiences who probably watch both totally accepted Lydia being a Banshee on Teen Wolf and whatever the hell that means.

Josh...poor Josh, I am actually worried about him. I can't even imagine what is wrong with him. I actually don't think you're wrong that the wolf might be more a part of human Josh (luckily with werewolves, you just have to wait until the full moon) and I wonder, especially since Liam was kind of cryptic about this, if maybe a little bit of the twins issue is with him, like they may break Being Human werewolf rules and he can access some of his powers now. And, like some werewolves on TW, he will be a bit of an ass with the power surge. Or if there was a trade off between him and the wolf, like that all they really did was give the wolf some of Josh's actual intelligence which, well, that would be scary. But poor human Josh just recognizes his pack (hopefully that will include Aiden) and can't move past that sort of stuff.

Anyway, thanks for posting....
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saying sorry and insulting haven in the same sentence is still insulting. Just don't compare them there not in the same vein, it's like comparing under the dome to helix....

The vampire virus is one of the worst plot line ever, trying to figure it out is like twisting a knife in an open wound its pointless and in no way a plot device since we are all done with this story.

Beside all that, it was a good review and I did have the same idea about wolf inside Josh's body, maybe we're thinking too much of it, but by seeing next week preview it seems we are not too far off...


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