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Being Human Review: "The End of the World As We Knew It"

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This week's episode of Being Human took a little piece of all our characters and removes it.

Whether it is peace, ignorance or disillusionment, they all lost something they were holding on to that kept them trapped in their old lives in "The End of the World As We Knew It."

Aidan discovers a priest working at the hospital is actually a vampire, newly recruited by Bishop to use his access at the facility as a literal breeding ground for new vampires.

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If you think about it, what better place to recruit than at a hospital, when so many people are faced with death. If you were on death’s door, and someone offered you eternal “salvation,” would it really be an easy choice? So close to the end, do you trust in God or do you trust in the living being right in front of you?

In the eyes of Priest, you would have thought the answer to be simple, instead he realized just as he was to die that there was no afterlife, and given the chance to be a vampire he took it.

In justifying his decision to Aidan, he goes to far as to suggest that Jesus himself may have been a vampire... after all, he returned from the dead in such a way that he was able to justify his decision through his faith.

It was really a freaky moment, and I can’t imagine what the faithful were thinking while watching that scene. Our Aidan, however, was having none of it. When he refuses to leave the hospital, Aidan does the only thing he can to stop him without killing him; he bashes his teeth out. Who knew a vampire’s fangs couldn’t be healed?

Meanwhile, the true nature of Danny who, frankly, has never been accepted by the viewers of Being Human, is revealed. He’s always been skittish, and now we know why. He was an abuser. Maybe not physically, but his temper lead to Sally’s death. A part of her knew the plumbing was involved, and clogging it was her ghostly way of trying to trigger her memory of her death.

After she loses her ring down the sink, Danny goes on a rampage, accusing her of cheating and eventually pushing her hard enough she falls down the stairs to her death.

Showing how close the unlikely roommates have become, Aidan immediately wants to avenge her death, but Sally doesn’t want to use that method to bring Danny down.

Josh is dealing with Ray, and realizing what a pack mentality could mean to him. He would have never done what he did to the vampires without the egging on of Ray. Josh doesn’t want to give in to the wolf inside of him, and wants to maintain as much of a normal life as is possible. When he tries to disengage himself from Ray, Ray admits to being the one who turned Josh into the werewolf he has become. Sam Huntington pulled off the scene beautifully, trying to scream his rage in between tears and with such an incredible range of emotion, I was near tears. The usual happy go lucky Josh expressed his inner turmoil with such effectiveness, it brought a whole new dimension to his character and the pain he feels at who he has become.

A few things hit me. Danny and Bridget went from fighting their feelings for each other to being displayed prominently in affectionate photos all over Danny’s apartment. What has the timeline been in the four episodes we’ve seen so far? It’s hard to tell, but it must be whizzing by at a fairly rapid pace.

Sally tearing to shreds Danny’s apartment was a perfect vengeance, and I hope it brings to her friend the nudge she needs to see him for what he truly is before she, too, gets hurt.

What was with the self-satisfied smirk on Bishops face after the priest went to him for help. I know if was aimed at Aidan, but for the life of me I cannot figure out his intentions for him. It’s almost as if he likes Aidan in the role of wayward child.

Bringing it all together at the end with Josh cooking dinner for his roommates, in spite of the fact they don’t really eat was just perfect. I felt bad that Sally couldn’t even taste it, because those beans looks heavenly. So it seems they may be getting back to the business of Being Human next week, after the loss of so much baggage. I can’t wait to see what is next for our unlikely trio.

What did you think of this week's Being Human? Tell us below, and to get a more personal flavor of the episode, please read these Being Human quotes ...

Josh: Oh! Fun tidbit. Turns out that - Ray - is the one that did this to me. Made me what I am.
Aidan: You're kidding?
Sally: Are you okay?
Josh: Oh yeah, I'm awesome. I'm incredible. I mean, who wouldn't want to meet their weredad? | permalink
Josh: See? This is nice. It's been since, well, never, since we shared a meal together.
Aidan: You're right. Thanks mom! | permalink
Bishop: Aidan can be an animal. I'm sorry, but it is the one flaw of Lucien. Fangs don't grow back. | permalink
Ray: I won't abandon you while you're still living with that blood monger! | permalink
Sally: He's passionate. He's crazy in love with me; that's why he's so jealous. | permalink
Bishop: Your wolf. It has a taste for vampires. Muzzle your dog, Aidan. | permalink
Aidan: So you think that God wanted you to become a vampire.
Priest: Well, if God made everything, then he made vampires, too. Jesus himself rose from the dead.
Aidan: Oh, are you saying that Jesus was a ...
Priest: Gets you thinking, doesn't it? | permalink

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"A few things hit me. Danny and Claire went from fighting their feelings for each other to being displayed prominently in affectionate photos all over Danny’s apartment. What has the timeline been in the four episodes we’ve seen so far? It’s hard to tell, but it must be whizzing by at a fairly rapid pace." i agree. but earlier in the episode aidan mentioned that a month had gone by when dealing with ray. i was confused too at how rapidly things progressed especially when later on a line in the show was josh talking about 'last night' referring to what happened with ray and the vamps. unless we're now lead to believe that the slaughtering of vamps was more than a one time thing for josh and ray...yeah the timeline is confusing me too.

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Thanks MarkLexifan1 - Where in the hell did I come up with Claire? One of the hazards of having a brain that won't turn off. My bad!! Dan, I steered you wrong. Her name is Bridget. Sorry for the confusion!

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I luv luv luv the show. Didn't like Ray from the get go. Knew something was hinky with Danny but not that. Hopefully Sally will get her friend away from him. Can't wait till next week.

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Sally's friends name is Bridget, not Claire. I hope Sally finds a way to get her away from Danny before he hurts her.

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on the time line.. think it's about a month unless it's a month with a blue moon...

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I did like this episode a lot. Josh was AMAZING!!! I could really feel his raw pain and devestation about his situation! His acting was really good. I already knew that Danny killed Sally (I peeked into the UK version very quick after it started in the US) but since Danny was portrayed like such a nice guy I thought the US version was going for a different angle.
Concerning your question with the timeline of the show - it was mentioned that Ray already lived at their place for a month so I guess Danny and Claire have been together this long. Still weird to have so many framed photos in his appartment in such a short time. But I guess it adds to his character - overly protective, possessive and jealous. If Claire doesn't watch out she'll end up like Sally! Let's hope Sally can warn her in time...
The bit with the vampire fangs was new to me as well - who would have thought it's enough to bash a vampire's teeth out to "defang" him ;)

Being Human Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Your wolf. It has a taste for vampires. Muzzle your dog, Aidan.

Bishop

Aidan: So you think that God wanted you to become a vampire.
Priest: Well, if God made everything, then he made vampires, too. Jesus himself rose from the dead.
Aidan: Oh, are you saying that Jesus was a ...
Priest: Gets you thinking, doesn't it?

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