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Being Human Review: "There Goes the Neighborhood - Part 2"

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After "There Goes the Neighborhood, Part II," Being Human is holding up fairly well.

I actually recall more from this installment being similar to the British Being Human than I did the first episode. So far, they have not strayed off the path originally forged.

The episode starts with Sally, so I'll take this time to say she is not growing on me.

There is something missing in Meaghan Rath's portrayal. I don't feel anything for her loss of life, for her quest to find where she belongs. I just don't care.

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At this time, she is adding little to nothing to the canvas, other than to make life more difficult for Josh and Aidan as she plays with the life of Danny, somewhat like a child would with a doll.

She does something stupid which, in fact, ruins their home to some degree, and then the guys are left to, quite literally, clean up the mess. I get that she's dead and lost, but they have to start deepening her purpose and plight, quickly. I don't buy it, and Danny doesn't seem worth losing sleep over. Maybe I'm missing something bigger.

Aidan is taking shape nicely. Sam Witwer has taken control of his portrayal and now I think he was an excellent choice for the role. Aidan's desolation becomes more palpable with every thumpity thump thump of blood he has pounding in his head.

He is the only of the three “monsters” who must live every waking moment surrounded by the one thing his true nature wants most; human blood.

I don't know how he successfully fights it, unless it's that a true connection with someone gives him the most guttural urge to feed. Perhaps that is why he stays mostly to himself. If Rebecca's reaction to Josh is any indication, he has no desire to feed upon a werewolf, thereby making him a perfect choice for roommate and friend.

Rebecca. When Aidan asked for a clean-up, the last thing he expected was for Bishop and friends to turn her. They picked the worst possible candidate for a vampire. A desperate, clingy woman, easily wrapped around your finger. One who felt lesser than others her entire life. To give her such power without the right training was begging for trouble.

She reminds me of what could have happened with True Blood's Jessica without Bill's steady hand. She had tantrums and wanted to do everything she hadn't in the past, but learned otherwise and is now one of my favorite characters on the show.

Does anyone see Rebecca taking that path? I think her ship has sailed, and any time she appears will mean double trouble to anyone in her path.

Sam Huntington continues to steal my heart in the role of Josh.

His facial expressions, when he is being funny, are priceless. He exudes pathos and it makes me desperately yearn for his happiness. Of the three characters, he certainly has the best chance for a nearly-normal future, but his guilt and fear of hurting others will create a struggle of enormous proportions before he ever makes it to that point.

When it dawned on him the inner turmoil Aidan faces with every breath he takes, I gave a sigh of relief. The more they know and understand about each other, the better their chance at a semi-normal life and lasting friendship. Of being human.

If they could just find some way reduce the agitating nature of Sally and quickly enfold her into the group dynamic, that would help me enormously.

One final thought. I wish they hadn't chosen Mark Pellegrino for Bishop. He was the all powerful Jacob on Lost and Lucifer, of all people, on Supernatural.

I'm about done with him being the big bad, and look to him more as a cartoon than someone to be frightened of at this juncture. As I believe his part will be only growing going forward, I can only hope something happens to separate his performance as Bishop from the others with which I am already so familiar.

What did you think of this episode of Being Human? Discuss!

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Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (30 Votes)

Carissa Pavlica is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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@Carissa Pavlica i was complimentary of the show last week, as it was telling the same story of the english work of art, but in its own way.
this week it just reproduced exactly the being human english pilot, only with a bigger budget and less charismatic and talented actors.
i was so disappointed, it worked as the opposite of skins us : if skins us found its way on the second episode, being human lost its in this installement.
plus, i'm currently watching the third season of the english brilliant show, and i cant help but miss nina in the english version, sloppily replaced with josh's sister.
being human us lacks of heart, i just wish it got more interesting and found it's own path!
i dont understand the high grade you gave the episode, it deserves a 2/5

Being Human Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

God. What if he never even gets to meet Jackie? I really wanted to rub it in his face that I ended up with a Shiksa Goddess.

Emily

Which leaves us with the most important choice. Do you accept what you are, of do you refuse?

Sally
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