Posts Tagged ‘being human’
Season 1, Episode 13
Date of airing: Apr 11, 2011 (Syfy)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.666 million viewers, 0.9/1 in Households, 0.7/2 with A18-49
It might be the best episode of the series. It built up some anticipation for the final fight, it revealed secrets to characters, who didn’t know, it had some cliffhangers for the second season (though it would have looked even great without them), and for the first time I felt with the characters.
Meaning Josh’s (Sam Huntington) decision to face Bishop (Mark Pellegrino) for Aidan (Sam Witwer), and Sally’s (Meaghan Rath) “betrayal” to save Josh this moment and let Aidan finish Bishop, so the ultimate fight ends in Aidan’s manner, and not with Josh dead. With that, I really liked the “last supper”, and how the anticipation to the fight was built even in this family-themed scene. If this would have been the last episode of the series, it would have been a great closer (without Nora [Kristen Hager] looking at her scratches, and without Hegeman [Terry Kinney] returning for the “final” cliffhanger).
I was just a bit annoyed about the flashbacks. Since the first moments of the Aidan/Josh friendship was still missing, it was the only flashback story left to be told – but I didn’t really needed that one. Though it was a good story mirroring the probably last day of the friendship, there was no need in showing this, since it was predictable that neither Josh nor Aidan will be dead at the end of the episode. Therefore the flashbacks were only good enough for it to take part in the very last episode of the series (kinda like a closing circle, especially with Sally’s first moments as a ghost in the very last scene), but the writers couldn’t have known this was the last episode, and not just because of the two really tiny cliffhangers.
And there we are: Nora has some wounds from Josh, but I don’t think that’s gonna lead to anything. It would be kickass from the writers to actually create such a story in the second season, just so I can see they are taking BEING HUMAN seriously from now on, but I know the TV writers: They will somehow find a way to either get Nora out of the show, or not going into Nora becoming a werewolf. But it was nice that she found out about Josh. The scene with her on the floor, losing the baby, and werewolf-Josh peeking under the door, looking at her, was somewhat romantic and magical. Thankfully she will be in the second season – if she really is going to be in the second season.
Then Aidan and Bishop: Their fight was good, and finally Bishop came over as the real antagonist of the series, as he should have been from the beginning. Unfortunately he’s slayed now, and the writers have to create a new enemy. And finally Sally: Of course her door vanishes, and fortunately she develops her ghost powers. Finally she can do something, and with all the events in this episode I can say she was the only character in the series, who had the greatest development in the season. From a ghost who doesn’t know what to do or what happened to a ghost, who theoretically could kill a vampire, and finally found something to do. I just hope she isn’t serious with the supernatural crimefighting stuff. We already have this in SUPERNATURAL, and I don’t really need a second season, where Sally, Josh and Aidan are fighting supernatural crime – especially since the mythology of the show is not yet developed.
All in all, it was a solid season closer, easily the best episode of the series so far, and finally on a level, where I always wanted to have BEING HUMAN. I hope the second season will be on the same level, but for now I’m happy the season is over. 7.5/10
Season 1, Episode 12
Date of airing: Apr 4, 2011 (Syfy)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.442 million viewers, 0.9/1 in Households, 0.6/1 with A18-49
The episode before the finale: ending with a cliffhanger, about to end some stories, and pretty much alright. I haven’t expected more from it, and after the next episode I will be glad that BEING HUMAN is done for a while.
It was another flashback episode, and again the writers focused on Aidan (Sam Witwer) and Bishop (Mark Pellegrino). But this time I found to be the love romance between Aidan and Celine (Laurence Leboeuf, Nathalie Breuer) interesting. Contrary to Rebecca, Celine was the better girlfriend, and she was given more character depth than Rebecca during her appearances. I’m kinda sad that her present storyline is going to end with her death, since she had quite a good chemistry with Aidan, and I was believing her love for him, as well as the other way around. Aidan’s panic of one of Bishop’s killers behind every corner was a bit annoying though and wasn’t needed. Of course Bishop wants to see Aidan dead, but it could have been a better and more suspenseful storyline in the season finale, instead of a teaser and filler in the pre-season finale. And sorry, the cliffhanger was really lame. Of course Aidan will survive (he is one of the main characters after all), and of course Sally (Meaghan Rath) will somehow remain in this world – though I found the appearance of her door pretty much surprising.
Josh (Sam Huntington) and Nora (Kristen Hager) were sweet together. There’s still some angst about what might be in Nora’s belly, and even after the ultrasound, there might be a chance that this won’t be a normal baby. Or, since Nora seemed to be pregnant for seven weeks before her 30-second animal sex with Josh, she might have forgotten her one night stand before she got together with Josh. Who knows, maybe she was drunk or so, and I can really imagine that the writers will unpack this twist in the season finale. At least it will end the back’n’forth of Josh’s terrifying werebabies vision, and it will bring some tension into the relationship. At least I’m hoping now that Nora will be part of the main cast next season, because I would hate to see them separated.
Sally’s story was okay and annoying. Why do the writers always have to bring back Danny (Gianpaolo Venuta)? Now I really hope he is gone for good now, because I couldn’t stand this son of a bitch for one more episode. But Sally looked good as zombie-ghost, and I loved her kickass-attitude, when she wanted to kill Danny. Only the “burn the house down”-stunt was ridiculous. First I wondered why Sally was still asking “Why are you burning our house down?” and then I was surprised how fast Josh was able to extinguish the whole fire with just one single extinguisher! Damn, the whole living room and beyond was burning, and then he just needed like 20 seconds to blow out the fire? Yeah, right.
Now I’m hoping for a more awesome season finale. Or I might miss the second season premiere on purpose. 6/10
Season 1, Episode 10
Date of airing: Mar 28, 2011 (Syfy)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.299 million viewers, 0.9/1 in Households, 0.5/1 with A18-49
An episode between exceptionally good and awkwardly bad. I couldn’t believe that Danny (Gianpaolo Venuta) and Bridget (Angela Galuppo) returned for another final conclusion of the whole drama, and I couldn’t believe that Aidan’s (Sam Witwer) drama involving Rebecca (Sarah Allen) got such a touching and emotional ending. As if I got a really strong conclusion to one of the two annoying stories in this episode.
Three episodes without the Danny drama – I was thinking it was over for good, but then he returned with Bridget and the exorcist Alannah (Ellen David) in dragrope. I didn’t like the story at all, though the exorcism part was interesting. I always wanted to see this side of Sally (Meaghan Rath) being a ghost, and it looks like it was working. Sally really looked fucked up during the beginning, though her first disappearance in the living room was a lame fake-out. Even more, how Alannah came to learn about Danny and the real reason why Sally died was lame as well. The writers literally give me an exorcist, who changed sides and was on Sally’s corner all of a sudden. But it was neat to see that Sally could take over Alannah’s body for a moment. That almost means development on the ghost part of the series. Finally Sally can do more, because she prevented her own exorcism.
Josh’s (Sam Huntington) story was not really that great as well. I wondered why nobody was thinking about the baby being a werewolf. Yes, Josh and Aidan were talking about it for a split second, but I had the feeling that Josh was surprised that he could get someone pregnant, instead of thinking there is a new werewolf in the making. In addition I ask myself now, if there’s no mythology behind all this. I remember the baby plot in ANGEL, and that it wasn’t possible for a vampire to become a father – is it the same in BEING HUMAN, and why haven’t the writers gone deeper into this topic? Maybe next episode?
Okay, Aidan, Hegeman (Terry Kinney), Rebecca, Marcus (Vincent Leclerc) and Bishop (Mark Pellegrino)… Not a story I liked until the ending. First I completely failed to realize that Aidan was back with Bishop (with that twist, it was missing how Josh and Sally were thinking about Aidan turning sides and waiting for a big twist). Then I failed to realize that Bishop needed to kill the Dutch, so that he can go to the public with his vampire family. The twist with the donors “on diet” was nice, and the death scenes of the Dutch were cool. And I was happy that Hegeman survived this little massacre. That almost means Aidan will change sides again, when it comes to a battle between vampire clans. Fortunately it was the first episode where Rebecca didn’t annoy me at all. At the end I knew why: The writers were preparing to kill her off. And what a touching scene her death was. I couldn’t believe it myself – the most hated character in the series gets an emotional goodbye. I still won’t miss her though, but I hope her death will have an effect on Aidan. He seems to have forgotten Bernie already… 5.5/10
Season 1, Episode 10
Date of airing: Mar 21, 2011 (Syfy)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.195 million viewers, 0.8/1 in Households, 0.5/1 with A18-49
Hm, a flashback episode. It was a question of time, when BEING HUMAN would deliver a back story to one or more of the characters – Bishop (Mark Pellegrino) and Aidan (Sam Witwer) seemed to be the right choice. The back story was okay, but I would have hoped for some more reasons of why Aidan started to hate Bishop’s guts. I have the feeling that something happened between then and now that Bishop made himself from BFF to enemy. Something might be missing there, and something might be held back for a future flashback episode. Unfortunately I didn’t see any connection between the flashbacks and the present storyline, except the Dutch. The Dutch didn’t need the flashback, and they didn’t really need to be connected with Bishop’s complicated past. Though the flashbacks made the Dutch more dangerous than they were in the present storyline. And Terry Kinney rocked the shit out of his role; I like to see that guy in evil roles, and definitely in the rest of the season. The Dutch basically were even more evil than Bishop, and the series kinda needs a stronger and life-threatening villain.
And finally the writers connected Josh’s (Sam Huntington) storyline with Aidan’s mess. I wondered when that really happens, and I wonder if it will have consequences in the relationship between Josh and Aidan. The first moments, after Josh realized Aidan is with the vampires, were damn good, but Josh’s anger were completely gone, after he killed Douglas (Vlasta Vrana), and after it seemed like Josh has forgotten all about his anger towards Aidan. Josh knows that Aidan has some problems with this vampire world, especially with the Rebecca-disc, but now it’s suddenly not an issue anymore? I can’t believe it.
Fortunately Sally (Meaghan Rath) was included into this storyline too. I have the feeling this was the first episode where all three monsters shared the same story. I loved when Sally worried about Josh, and when she was about to create a plan of freeing Josh. That she was just able to emotionally support Josh before the cage fight was even nicer then: Sally couldn’t stop talking about how useless she became over the episodes, and how she wants to help, but at the end she is a ghost and physically not able to help her friends. Though it was nice to see that part of her character story in this episode, I missed how she felt about it. Again the writers are lazy and don’t use all the story they have for some real character drama, like in the last episode.
The only annoying thing was the rapid cut between the two werewolves fighting and Josh reading the notes. There could have been a fade to black, or a different short scene in between – I’ve had the feeling the makers didn’t have any idea how to end the fight and show in the next scene that Josh had won… 6/10
Season 1, Episode 9
Date of airing: Mar 14, 2011 (Syfy)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.372 million viewers, 0.9/1 in Households, 0.6/2 with A18-49
What the fuck was this? Oh my god, I don’t even know where to begin. The last thing first: The episode was utter bullshit.
Okay, let’s try Bernie (Jason Spevack). In general, having a kid turned to a vampire is a good idea. I didn’t see the accident coming, and I didn’t expect for Bernie to die. It could have been an interesting emotional storyline for both Aidan (Sam Witwer) and Cindy (Cindy Sampson), maybe Aidan even got the chance to connect with another woman than just Rebecca. In addition, it was interesting to see that the whole bloodsucking thing is dealt with as an addiction for vampires. It was a neat scene, when Aidan lost the control over his body and was almost about to kill one of the girls. But then the fall began: Rebecca (Sarah Allen) suggested turning Bernie; Bernie was turned; Bernie probably killed his two bullies; all of a sudden Rebecca and Aidan are the vampire parents of a newly turned vampire kid. This was the part, where I started vomiting and where I thought about just turning off my laptop and go to bed. Seriously, even if it was a good idea, it was executed in the most horrendous way I could have imagined. Bernie is a vampire – okay, but where was the part, where Bernie realized that he was fucking dead and a monster? Aidan carries the guilt over Rebecca’s choice – okay, but where were the consequences? Rebecca turned him – okay, but why? Just because she saw in Bernie her way out of Bishop’s fangs? How stupid is this… raising a vampire kid is the way out of the whole vampire mess – are the writers for real? And in addition, the scene in the hotel room was badly acted. Bernie craving for more than just the crappy blood, and Rebecca not being able to handle the situation. This was the worst I’ve seen in a series in a long time. What a disappointment. At least the ending of it was nice, though I’m already expecting the twist of Bernie still being alive. But honestly, as happy as I was, when Aidan killed Bernie off-screen, I’m hoping that was it with Rebecca. She seems to be the source of some really crappy storylines in the series.
The rest of the show was okay though. Sally (Meaghan Rath) having a ghostly romance was nice, though I’ve had the feeling the mythology about the death echo was not complete – it was an interesting part of being a ghost, but I missed some answers: was it related to Nick’s (Pat Kiely) emotions, or did it have a bigger meaning? Well, at least it was good to see Sally happy again; her character shines without Danny being in the mix. Now she should just stop talking about him.
And Josh’s (Sam Huntington) romance? Well, it was okay. I was just a bit annoyed about his behavior to Nora (Kristen Hager) – obviously he couldn’t talk straight to her (pacing it down, less bla bla bla… Why didn’t he open his mouth at the first time?), and obviously they are fighting their first relationship problems, even though it’s their first episode as a couple. Which is kinda surprising after last episode’s “Let’s think about this”-stuff. But hey, Josh looks as happy as Sally, and this is more than Aidan was delivering for the whole season so far. It seems like the two non-vampires are more interesting than the vampire.
So, a bullshitty first story arc, and two solid, but non-important romances. Worst episode of the series so far, and I don’t know if that teases the rest of the season. I’m disappointed. 3/10
Season 1, Episode 8
Date of airing: Mar 7, 2011 (Syfy)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.460 million viewers, 0.9/1 in Households, 0.5/1 with A18-49
Now that I’m getting acquainted with the series, it seems like it is going up and down with its stories. Finally Danny seems history (upside), and now the romance between Josh (Sam Huntington) and Nora (Kristen Hager) kinda annoys me, because of its clichés (downside). Furthermore, Aidan (Sam Witwer) tries to be a good character for once and has fatherly emotions again, which is a character development (upside), but at the end all is destroyed because of the disc and of course because of Rebecca (Sarah Allen), who is getting more annoying with every appearance she has in the series (downside).
The episode was solid, but the points above are still heavy problems with the show. The ending told me that Nora and Josh are taking some time to figure out their feelings for each other – so, they are not a couple after the animal sex, as they should be, but instead the writers wait for something. Just not spoiling the fun, but waiting for … what exactly? But I liked that Josh’s story was filled with humor this time, and this time it worked. Though the awkwardness between him and Nora gets old, it is still fun to see. And it was good to finally see Josh in his wolf form, though I believe half of the season’s budget went burning with this effect. Well, at least it looked solid.
Aidan’s story with Bernie (Jason Spevack) was okay. Of course he tried to be a good friend to that kid, especially since he was a father and all, but it was so goddamn predictable Bernie would steal the vampire porno from Aidan’s room, and it will cause trouble later. I was counting the seconds until something happened, and then Cindy (Cindy Sampson) finally rang the doorbell and was furious. Now it would be interesting to know if it was just a one-shot in the series, or if there might be a future for Aidan being a good friend to a neighbor kid, or maybe even a love interest for Cindy (though I seriously doubt this will happen).
This time I liked Sally’s (Meaghan Rath) story. Thanks to Danny’s disappearance. Finally she is looking for some answers and asking for help, and finally there is some sense of the story developing, though it is completely open – I absolutely don’t know what will happen with her, but we saw some more ghosts, and the scenes in the old hospital were interesting. Ghost graffiti (very nice) and spirits, who weren’t able to move on. There was something of a mythology here, though extremely minimalistic. I liked it and I hope the writers are continuing to pursue that part of Sally.
By the way: Can somebody please kill Rebecca? I’m at a point, where I want to summon Buffy. 7/10
Season 1, Episode 7
Date of airing: Feb 29, 2011 (Syfy)
Nielsen ratings information: 1.407 million viewers, 0.9/1 in Households, 0.6/2 with A18-49
The second half of the season starts off with this episode? Really? Okay, Marcus (Vincent Leclerc) going off the rail and attacking Aidan (Sam Witwer) and Josh (Sam Huntington) was an okay-story, but the rest of the episode… I couldn’t think of any reason why the writers didn’t decide to either make the family story pure drama or a situational comedy. I was annoyed about the back’n’forth.
Meaning Josh being freaked about returning to the family, not wanting to face all the drama (which makes it an emotional character-centric episode), but then his parents (John Maclaren, Jennifer Morehouse) aren’t even freaked out about his return and instead put out Josh’s journal about being a werewolf? Here I was absolutely not sure, if the writers wanted to tell comedy (Josh trying to decline his werewolf existence, making the journal a graphic novel), or if the episode was about to become a real family drama (them accepting Josh’s new existence, maybe with Emily in the front). I didn’t like the mix. Especially when Marcus came all of a sudden out of nowhere, and Josh’s parents were still thinking he was about to go crazy. With it, I didn’t even get if his parents finally accepted the truth about Josh at the end, which is why he decided to stay (just to have a complete different happy ending with him, returning to Boston). The episode only gave the “I have to protect them” reason, but didn’t say if they knew. Grrr.
Sally’s (Meaghan Rath) storyline seemed alright at first, but at the end it was again all about “It’s over now”. Is it really over now? Or is it the writers’ mission to completely confuse me with the whole Danny drama and make it as excruciating as possible? I still don’t like the story and if it has a bigger meaning for either Sally or her two roommates, but the direction should be clear now. Is Danny (Gianpaolo Venuta) the bad guy for Sally now, and she has to rescue Bridget (Angela Galuppo) from him, or is the story over now, as Bridget spoke into the room? Writers, be clear about it and don’t dance around. I’m already reminded of all the bad shows, who weren’t clear of giving answers or not and danced around the topic for half a season. I hate that. 5/10