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Being Human Review: Buzz Kill

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"Addicted to Love" got at least part of the story right. Addicted. Everyone is addicted to something and I'm not sure I like it.

I get what Sally is going through because what non-corporeal being wouldn't want to feel, but I'm closest to Nora, who seems to understand her monster in an almost primal way. It's very interesting to watch. Finally, I will be completely surprised if Being Human will ever make me look forward to seeing Suren on my screen.

So how did we get here? I have absolutely idea. Was it concern that the US and UK fans would continue to fight over similar storylines that caused the show to go so far off the rails?

Josh at Work

Aidan and Suren are almost as difficult to swallow as their victims' blood, which must be tough, since most of it ends up everywhere but in their mouths. Dichen Lachman sounds like a drunkard. Every word out of her mouth appears to be said through honey.

Hey, Mother, you were wrong. your daughter was not the best vampire for the job of running Boston. Her release was an unearned pleasure? You don't say? Why don't you drive a stake through her heart and put her back where she belongs: in the dirt.

The biggest bummer of it all is the back-in-time stories to the 30s or 40s. Not the kooky fun of the 50s to the 70s like we experienced with Bishop, this world was populated with boring parties, champagne; Aidan in a pencil thin mustache and with a spawn named Henry who is like a juvenile in constant need of discipline. You bet I was shocked to see he made it through the last 80 years.

Am I alone here? Are you guys enjoying Aidan and Suren, past or present?

Sally, you saw what Stevie was capable of doing. He completely erased a ghost from this earth. To nothingness. Did it never dawn on you to track him down and find out what else he might know? He told you inhabiting bodies was like crack (or something). Did you think crack was exciting for the living?

Sally eventually got stuck inside Janet. She didn't even know who Janet was, so it put quite a twist on things outside of the bedroom. The smoke monster (is this Lost?) came to her and knocked her the heck out of Janet. Yes, ghosts really can be worse for the wear after "tweaking." Sally truly looked like an addict who needed a fix. Then, she had to face the guilt that Janet remembered Sally's takeover. Somehow, I still don't think that will stop her from doing it again.

Meanwhile, Josh dragged Nora into his search for a cure with the purebred twins. Mind you, they want a cure that makes them wolves forever, and that's the cure Josh is trying to find. I'm a bit lost as to how that will help him and Nora. Josh isn't a good wolf. Nora's ex, Will, showed up, the one who hurt her in a way far beyond cursing her to life as a werewolf. Josh almost killed him. No, being a wolf is not the life for him.

The best part of the show? Nora shared with Brynn how she had fantasized about killing Will. I think we can safely assume that he is no more, and Nora found her own addiction. She woke up in the forest snuggled nude between Brynn and Connor. I cannot even imagine what that means for what's to come.

My rating is low this week. The lowest I've ever given and the entire score goes to Nora. Kristen Hager brought incredible life into a character that could have very easily been dismissed. She's keeping the show alive.

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I really dislike the 'mother' character and the woman who plays her is really lame at the part. They built her up sooo much and the episode she first appeared in is very dissapointing. There was no WOW factor and her acting was mediocre at best.

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I was a BIG fan of Being Human UK. But the BBC series from Season 2 onwards consecutively jumped the shark. Annie's employment? Wales? Nina's entire story line? And don't get me started on the hideous debacle that is Season 4! I really enjoy watching Syfy's Being Human. It's like the UK version was a rough draft. And this is what it would be like if they could start again and do it properly. I MUCH prefer the second series of this version to the UK version. Suren is one of the few high ranking vampires who possesses the weirdness I expect from someone whose been around for a few centuries. And I much prefer Nora's character. She is all types of awesome. Whereas Nina in the BBC version was like Yoko Ono to the Beatles!

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patty, You do realize that a good number of people reading a review of the US version of the show HAVE NOT watched all 3 seasons of the BBC version? Thank you for pointlessly blurting out spoilers.

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Good God what a bunch of whiners you people are. I don't like this, I don't like that. My opinion matters! You don't like the show? Stop watching. Jesus, what drivel...

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honestly, Josh should just let Nora go. He'd be much better off cuz we all know what ship she's sailing on now. Plus, I never liked her anyways. Sally, I think, has the most interesting storyline. I'm obsessed with her character but the whole dark spirit thing is getting really old. The writers need to hurry up with explaining exactly what that "thing" is and why it's chasing her. Aiden...sigh....I want to get into his character but there's always something that stops me from doing so. First, what was her name..becca? Now Suren. She sounds like she's hungover constantly and just, yuck. I'm gonna be the odd man out and say that I really like the flash backs but it's kinda getting over done. Now for Josh. That boy is a mess. He really needs to just go on a massive wolf kill fest and shred apart the twins who are annoying as all get out. I don't think they bring anything to the show what so ever. I hope next weeks ep is better than this one.

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I enjoyed the episode. And the show is SUPPOSED to be about addiction, in all its forms. The original (UK) show wasn't originally written to be about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost. Those elements were added later, presumably to cash in on Twilight fever.The episodes that really delve deeply into it are truest to the original concept and the writers, cast, etc. are doing a great job in this area. I could live without Suren quite nicely, thank you. She just seems to be a convenient vehicle for dragging Aidan back into live feeding. Yawn! Focus should remain on the housemates (including Nora - great storyline going there). I still haven;t gotten an answer to how a vampire - who can't be photographed - works in an environment where a photo i.d. is an absolute must. Oh, well.

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I agree with most of what is said on here. I'm not a big fan of Nora or Suren. Sure Nora's performance lately has been better than last season but I'm still not on board with her. And Suren does come off between a drunken slush and a pitiful spoil rich girl... please kill her soon. Also, what happened to Julia? I was hoping for more background as to how Josh and her even hooked up... And if they want the USA and UK versions to be different it's a simple solution: PUT DIFFERENT MONSTERS ON THE SHOW!!! That way, it's still in the same realm of weirdness but it adds a different outlook on how this certain monster will react in their day to day grind.... A mermaid would be nice... I love the idea of a firestarter, or even a monster hunter dealing their moral compass to rid the world of creatures who are trying to "Be Human"? That would be a nice change up, thank you.

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I'll only write the sentence: KILL SUREN !!! what an awful character and the actress is boring as hell.

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Totally disagree with Nora...can't stand her...she convinces Josh he's not a killer and then goes with the totally unlikable twins(ugh) to do what Josh had tried to do in the first place. Josh has been a werewolf much longer than her and we are to believe that Nora is more of a wolf than Josh. At least the British version made it clear that the longer you were a werewolf the stronger the wolf became. I'm at the point now where I just wish Josh would come unglued and kill all three of them.It's a shame really...I find Nora's counterpart Nina on the British version one of the most likable characters of the show.

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I don't like Suren or Mother. I watch both American and British versions...and so far I am not happy with either. I like the purebred twins but the entire Aiden story line with Suren and Mother is weak. Nors should have been allowed to have her baby, not miscarry. On the british version killing off the main characters and replacing them with new ones cept for Annie is just LAME. I will say that I love the death scene with George when he gave his baby a name.....it brought me to tears. I miss the excitement of waiting each week to see what the 3 of them would do. Now I dvr it and watch it when I am bored. I can always fast forward thru the lame parts. I just wish the writers would go back to making us care about the characters again.....

Being Human Season 2 Episode 5 Quotes

I thought we were all far too tortured to have fun.

Josh

We don't have to fit 80 years into a week.

Aidan
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