Being Human Review: The Least of Their Worries...

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There was just a little bit of everything in "I Want You Back (From the Dead)."

I know some people find it disagreeable when Aidan goes all vampire, combining sex and blood with his crazy addiction. But I enjoy the scenes for what they are, messy and frightening with a desperate plea to feel something other than he is already feeling. Aidan was certainly spinning out of control, and it was all because of Rebecca.

Rebecca stopped him from going too far, but she had already gone beyond what I could have expected. For a split second, I thought I was wrong about Rebecca. I was almost willing to give her the benefit of the doubt that deep inside she might be a decent soul.

Paying Respects

Foiled again.

What kind of an idiot would turn a child into a vampire, especially one who lived right next door to your creator? It's so stupid I don't know that I can tolerate her presence on the show. I have no idea where this episode is going to leave Aidan, but I do know I hope Rebecca is left on the outside looking in.

I cannot condone him standing up for her any longer. She is beyond help, and if he wants to make an attempt at being normal, she must be out of the picture. Did anyone else cry because of what she drove Aidan to do? Is there a good reason Rebecca should not be subjected to the same fate? As a father, what he did... it's incomprehensible. Can he come back from that?

Even in death, Sally is still learning about herself. It was painful for her, but in the long run, I think knowing her faults and dealing with them will make her a much stronger character than she has been to date. At the very least, we got to see what can happen during ghostly sex and it was a fun scene in an otherwise morose episode.

I am slightly confused about Nora. I have watched the UK Being Human and I cannot for the life of me recall the exact series of events between their counterparts, George and Nina. I think the American version is progressing differently, but that the end result may be the same.

As much as Josh tried to push Nora away, he didn't want her to go. She knew he didn't want her to go. Being a strong woman, she showed Josh the scars of her terrible past, which allowed for Josh to ease up a bit on trying to loosen their growing connection. I'm really impressed at how quickly and deeply their relationship has grown. While it was definitely fast, it was done in a very realistic way. I don't think old fashioned courtship is the norm these days. We give our heads and our hearts a lot earlier than we should.

Josh and Nora, however, seem destined for each other, as if it was only a matter of time before they crashed into love.

Once again, the stateside interpretation of Being Human has drawn me farther into the characters and their plights. The benefit we have of a longer season is getting to know them in more detail. Relatively speaking, we're already in the middle of the second season of the British series. We have been given more time to explore and, after this episode, I'm giving the lead to Josh, Aidan and Sally over George, Mitchell and Annie.

How about you? I know (especially on Facebook) there will be people surprised and upset that I think the U.S. has edged out the UK version. If you've watched both shows, I'd love to hear your comparisons. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Being Human gets a second season because there is so much room to grow.


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I prefer the US series even though I have be able, through BBCA, to catch up with the UK version. Biggest obstacle is trying to understand the Brits. You really must LISTEN to know what they are saying and then you miss half the episode.
Last nites episode was a rough one for all but especially Aiden. He brought it all the way!


I definitely like the American Being Human version better More heart and humor I like the charaters better and agree the longer season is allowing us to get into the story line deeper and invest in what happens


I am a fan of both versions of this crazy series. I feel a lot closer to the UK characters, probably from watching it for 2 seasons before we got our own version of that kind of crazy here. While watching the last episode of the UK Being Human the other day I found myself realizing that I was very much supportive of that whole lot across the pond. They seem to be able to reach a part of me with their tenderness toward each other and the beings they are meeting each week. Definitely have a warm spot for Annie over our Sally here. That may change as our US series progresses and Sally learns to work with what she has available to her each week. Nina over Nora completely. They are just able to convey warmth and caring better than the women of the US far. Mitchell and Aiden are equally good at bringing it each week for me. George (Russell Tovey) is one of my favorite actors to begin with so he will never fail at anything he does in my book. Josh is rather naive yet and will only grow as the story does. I watch both series as it airs when I can, and ON DEMAND quite often for does that! ;)


Sorry, I've watched all of both series to date and, while the North American version isn't as bad as I feared, it still lacks the depth of the UK version. Sam Witwer, in particular, pales in comparison to Aidan Turner (and how irritating to name the character here after the BBC actor) - he also really needs to diversify and get away from misunderstood "monsters" after playing Doomsday on "Smallville" and now Aidan. Perhaps I'll like it somewhat better when it completely departs from the UK storylines, instead of reproducing them with minor differences. I'm fine with watching the North American version, but only in addition to the UK one, rather than as its replacement. Thank heaven BBCA still carries the original! Perhaps it's like Doctor Who, though. People tend to wax nostalgic and claim the "title" for their first Doctor (though I've loved all of the actors since the reboot of that series, and believe all three - and especially David Tennant - compare favorably to Tom Baker, my first Doctor).


i have been watching the BBC version since it began and i think we have a pretty close copy with things happening very quickly. kind of like season 1 and 2 put together. The British version only has 6 episodes per season so that could be why. Aiden's story is always painful, like any good vampire. if you saw the UK version you know what happens to "Rebbecca". it is following the plot with a few twists if we are lucky it will not change much. the UK version has had me on the edge of my bed for 3 seasons now. i love it so much. and really do like the US version. hope both stay around for a while. i feel so much for these characters (more the UK version). i dont think the US version depicted the murder of sally very well. the way the UK version made us hate him and his new girlfriend just wasnt there. the murder wasnt followed up well.


I watched the US version for the first few episodes before I caught the UK version. I like both but the US version is what got me interested first and is my favorite. In watching the UK show, I was confused at first because there is a female werewolf instead of a female ghost but it works in their storyline. I give thumbs up to both shows.


This episode pulled back the defenses on all of the characters and showed the real pain they are feeling. Everyone wants to be connected to someone else and feel loved-but they all realize its next to impossible for that to actually happen. I've never seen the UK version but I am curious to see how it differs from the US version.


I think it was smart of the US version not to try to copy the UK version but to just start as a guideline and do their own interpretation of the characters. I always love Josh and Nora but Aidan's story in this episode was painful. I really can't stand Rebecca.


I am slightly partial to the UK version, but i can respect this version on it's own. The characters are becoming different enough that they are parallels not carbon copies. The series(season)3 finale of the UK version took that story line in a very different direction. The US version seems to be growing on it's own toward an ending that won't be the Uk version. But i like the US version separately from the UK version but one can't keep from comparing.

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Being Human Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

Nora: You're such a nerd
Josh: Yes, but a sexy nerd. I'm like a living oxymoron.

That awful need to touch someone; be touched. For some of us, it just won't die. And eventually, that need will take you to your breaking point. Frankenstein's monster, poor bastard, couldn't stop reaching out. But, Dracula had it easy. He drank, he killed. End of story. He wasn't interested in being friends.