Being Human Review: Mmmmmm... Smells Like Dog

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Every week I come closer to losing my mind where Sally is concerned. I've tried to like her, given that she was killed and basically only has two friends to count on, but it's not working. There are so few moments when she's pleasant. Watching her scream over Josh's conversation with Nora at the hospital was like listening to nails on a chalkboard.

Not only was she overtly annoying during the majority of the episode, but she also gave Josh a lecture about lucky he is to be a normal guy, alive, four weeks out of every month. She actually went so far as to tell him she would kill to be like him. Until she witnessed first hand what Josh goes through every month. Finally, she realized that there are worse things than being a ghost.

Josh tries so hard to be human, but is so afraid of the wolf inside of him. I almost wonder if choosing Sam Huntington as Josh was the wrong decision.

Outside of the fact that he's a werewolf, I have a hard time understanding why he wasn't a popular guy with the girls before he turned. I believe he was engaged, but when Nora asked if a woman ever offered a tour of her apartment (meaning she wanted to show him the bedroom), he said no. Really? He's cute and funny and must have been living under a rock if the girls weren't chasing after him.

You can tell that Nora likes Josh, even if he can't see it himself. I loved when he growled while they were making out. It was a silly little thing, but it was kind of sexy, since as viewers we are in the know about what he is. The sex scene between them was downright hot, and I'm not one to normally condone quickies portrayed on television.

In some cases it cheapens the relationship, but there was just enough of animal in Josh to make the scene sensual more than sexual. Even with his werewolf confidence, I don't think he could do that with just anyone. It happened with Nora because of how he feels about her.

I feel a girly squeal rising in my throat when I think about what the future might hold for Nora and Josh because Nora so obviously likes how she is when she's with him. They are combustible in a way I didn't expect.

The title of the episode, "Children Shouldn't Play With Undead Things," was about Aidan coming to the rescue of Bernie, the child of a neighbor who is bullied every day after school. Visions of himself as a father came to light as Aidan entertained and befriended the boy, but his worst nightmare resulted from there. Aidan's lie came back to haunt him in the worst possible way. Somehow, I don't think this will be easy for him to let go.

Rebecca already witnessed Aidan and Bernie together, and guessed that he must have been a good father at one time. Rebecca is surely not to be trusted. I shudder to think what evil she will bring upon Aidan because I still believe her to be working with Bishop to bring him back into the fold. It seems I am alone in this view, as others have voiced their opposing opinions about her. I just wonder, what do they see that I don't?

In any event, I am open to challenge. Tell me what I'm missing in the bigger picture. Why do you disagree with me, or do you agree? Were you as surprised at the Josh and Nora scene as I was? I'd love to know your thoughts.


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Hi Neon Glo - I guess I do have a bit of a crush on Josh. And that's because he is NOT the nerd he is in the BBC version. I like both shows very much, but George is not cute. Josh is cute. Both Aidan and Mitchell are hot. Both Sally and Annie are whiny (Sally more so, but perhaps only because I have grown to know Annie a bit more). I really think Sam Huntington knocks the part of Josh out of the park, so, yes, I am partial. And is this a show for kids? No. I believe there is a disclaimer at the beginning of every episode that says the show is mature subject matter for adults. So, if those adults want to walk their children through the subject matter, that is for them to choose.

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No offense, Carissa, but you obviously have a crush on Josh and is skews your perspective. He's a bit nerdy and they underline that with the MIT background. I like him, he's a sweet guy, but he gets whiny. I don't see that Nora makes any sense for him at all. She's got way too much edge for sensitive Josh. The point of their sex scene was probably just a play on the phrase "doggy style." Does no condom = wolf pup? BTW there are kids out there (and I'm not a parent) who shouldn't be exposed to some scenes of this show. I enjoy it, but this is a show for mature audiences. Regarding Sally, I don't understand why they are writing her as so immature. Her self-centered behavior is very adolescent and I wonder if they want teens to relate to her. As for Bridget, I tend to believe her. But the writers could be misdirecting us since lonely Aiden wants to believe her. I won't be surprised if she does betray him. I've only seen a little of BBC Being Human, but I would love to know how the two versions are different.


I think this show is getting better each week. I love the glimpses into their lives that we are getting a little at a time. If Aidan is over 200 years old then he has to have some past relationships that can rival what he is experiencing with the red haired vamp. Go Josh, he is so cute and endearing. His wolf was awesome and scary. Sally is just annoying.


It is a bit hard to watch this without being surprise. I dont know if anybody else has the BBC channel but it was originally on there. The story line is the same but most of the events are different. On BBC Josh didnt have a sister and Aiden didnt have that lil tramp followin him around. As for Sally, she wasnt so lame and her ex wasnt so arrogant and had already moved on. Its kind of weird seein the American version of this and knowin whats goin to happen in the main scenes... U guys goin to be surprise as to what happens between Jose and Nora, Aiden and the lil boy and what happens to Sally... yes I do want to tell but I wont spoil it.. happy watchin everyone


I think that at this point in the show's story arc, all of the characters personalities have been presented and aren't likely to change. It's all about their feelings / desires/ dreams in their ' former life' and how they can learn to accept who they are at this point in time. My favorite line from last night: 'I don't usually go animal and mount people like that' Classic.


I liked this episode but mainly for the Josh and Nora parts. As soon as Aidan put the DVD on the shelf I knew there would be some kind of trouble. I cant bekieve the mom let her son go off w someone she only had only known a day. Minor point I guess they wanted to get to the park area. I agree though Sally was definitely annoying this episode. Especially when she was talking over Josh and Noras conversation. I did like the shot of the full wolf. Pretty creepy!


Overall, I've enjoy the series. It does have its issues, though. Ironically, they are the exact same issues that plague the UK source material. For example, Sally. You are spot on. Personally, I like the character. I enjoy the one liners and the witicisims. That said though, the character is the proverbial third wheel. It is that way in the UK version; it is that way here. I care about Josh / George. I relate to those characters. As a gay, I spent many, many years hiding a rather significant facet of myself from the people around me. And while most folks can't relate in that respect, I'm sure most everyone has something they'd like to keep hidden. As for Aiden / Mitchell, the characters have an interesting backstory. I enjoy the interplay with Bishop / Herrik. Then there's Sally / Annie. What's their claim to fame? They were pushed down a flight of stairs and wander about while wondering what to do about it. The Danny / Bridget arc is blase. There's nothing for our spirit to do. To be honest, I don't care about her. She's the third wheel. As for the episode itself, it truly was about the interplay between Josh / Nora. The make-out scene was cute. I found the sex scene amusing. He's on the cusp of transforming. What does he do, spins her around and, well, it's all from behind. And you finally get to see the werewolf. I like Aiden, but his story this episode was weak. I understand what the writers are doing, but it's been done a hundred times before. Then there's poor Sally. Again, third wheel. The story would be just fine without her.

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Being Human Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

Aidan: You know, I've been thinking about last night, and you were right not to make a move.
Josh: Really?
Aidan: No. Look at them. Josh, you can't let Nora go out with that bastard.
Josh: Maybe she's into bastards; I don't know. As long as she's happy, right?

What? You're always throwing it in my face that I'm a ghost. Let's put it to use.