Being Human Review: Fear the Reaper!

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"When I Think About You I Shred Myself" did a job on my brain pan. Seriously, my mind is blown. I could have predicted exactly nothing about this week's episode. Fan-friggin-tastic!

Aidan and Henry: Holy cow. Any thoughts that Henry might have been fake flayed by Suren were certainly laid to rest this week when Aidan took him to the house sans skin. Wow, did it look painful. It was a great opportunity to revisit some of their past together, including Henry taking bullets out of Aidan during a war - the Civil one perhaps?

Henry was a doctor and amazed that Aidan healed so quickly. Soon he was expressing a desire to be whatever Aidan was. That worked out well when Henry saved Aidan from a rogue vampire killer in the army hospital. How they became father and son was as interesting a story as anythingelse so far. Allow me a moment to say, hot vampire couple alert. I don't know if they ever went there, but I'd not be upset if they did. Aidan and Henry smolder in the same camera frame. Just sayin'.

Aidan in Action

Sally and the Reaper: Sally was having a really hard time understanding how a Reaper would know when someone is lying. Reaper takes the Dr. House approach; they're all lying. Soon, Boner was standing in her kitchen and she had to deal with the fact that Stevie was telling the truth when he said he didn't shred him. Ouch.

Sally went to Zoe and Nick to try to find out what they might know about the Reaper, but Zoe couldn't see the Reaper and thought the great death brought upon her group was due to Sally. What the Hell? It never dawned on me that Sally was the only one who could see the Reaper.

Sally was the reaper!! To her credit, she picked a hot dude to mind frak herself. She turned herself into a possessed ghost. Who knew that was even possible? Sure, a ghost can inhabit a human's body, but to be possessed... or something? Absolutely amazing and an incredible Exorcist-like final scene.

Excuse me while I tip my hat to the U.S. crew. There was never anything even remotely similar to what we are witnessing this year on Being Human on the UK version. The line in the sand has clearly been drawn.

Josh, Julia and Stu: Much like Josh, I would have wished that Stu had already found his door and been gone from earth. At least that was his reasoning for not looking for him once he knew ghosts were real. After such a horrific death, you'd think his door would have come quickly. There appears to be no method to what intangible madness keeps a ghost from their door.

I thought Stu came back because he knew so much about Josh and Julia. The abrupt departure of Nora is still bugging me. She deserved a better send off than she got. Was it all to play up this relationship with Julia? While I really enjoyed meeting Stu, guest star Jay Baruchel, I didn't enjoy his body possession of Josh during an unplanned love making session with Julia. As it turned out there was a bit of "I wanted to be just like you Josh" playing in Stu's head since high school.

The episode ended abruptly and without closure for any of the three character arcs. That's good news, because it leaves room for them to tackle them together next week. We're on Super Strong Episode 4. What say you?


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anyone know the real name of the guy sally made up in her brain


Have to disagree with you a little Blake.. Nora made it clear to Josh that she liked being the wolf and that she was more like the twins. Then she watched Aiden kill Connor, tell Brynn to leave and never come back, and then carry off Connor's body. Nora wanted to be with the twins and now that it's just the two of them, Nora will stay with Brynn and both will be festering a hate for Aiden (and Josh by proxy). While I think we may see Nora again, it won't be in a good way or very much. Nora and Brynn may try to retaliate and I could see Josh being caught in the middle. PS. I agree with The Count, it would be an awesome nod if Mitchell turned up in one of Aiden's flashbacks.


I don't understand why people think that Nora was sent off. I could understand people having that belief if Aiden didn't kill the twin; but the fact that he killed the twin, the fact that Nora is staying with the other twin, and the fact that they gave her no send-off makes it pretty obvious that she's not gone, doesn't it? And furthermore, immediately introducing Julia seems to imply that they're adding another dynamic for when Nora does return (especially with last night's episode showing Julia and Josh getting back together). Bottom line: there's no need to panic because Nora will return! I agree that it was an amazing episode, I absolutely loved the last scene; and I can't wait for next monday.

Uncle jackass

What a Highlight of the Day during the hiatus of show. Loved the Flashback. Loved the surprise of Reaper Sally. Loved the dark plot. Tolerated Jay Baruchel. Luke warm reception with Julia with Josh. Can't wait for next week's for The Exorcist of Sally.


Victoria, "nice to know that sally really killed danny though, and wasn't rescued yet again. it's twisted i know, but at least she got that from him instead of constantly being his victim or being rescued by someone else from him." It's more twisted than that. Thinking back to that episode, it seems all the anger Sally had to conjure up to save herself from Danny is what drove her mad. Once again, I'm quite impressed. Recently one of the major, critically acclaimed cable dramas tried a somewhat similar character-doesn't-really-exist plot twist and failed miserably (No spoilers - either you've seen it and know or you haven't) Nice to see such fine writing on a little SciFy drama.


An interesting aside: Mitchell (the UK's resident vampire) was turned during World War I, so his peer would actually be Henry rather than Aiden. Any UK fans know when Henrich (the UK's Bishop) was turned? I doubt this would ever happen, but it would be fun if at some point in a flashback Mitchell and Aiden crossed paths during the war. Given how close knit the vampire community is, it wouldn't be too farfetched. Hey, David Brent met Michael Scott, so anything is possible.


Right on! I was also losing interest a few episodes ago - the one with all those twenties Suren flashbacks was the low point - but this was definitely the best episode of the series. In fact, I'd put this one up against most episodes of the UK version. One complaint you hear from UK fans is that the Americans would never go as dark as the UK; but the skinning, the mass soul slaughter, the murdered girls (in THE house? In their HOME! Where Josh sleeps! Where Sally comes to play with her toys!)... BTW, the flashbacks were to Europe during World War I (1918), and the nonsense with Henry and Suren went down in the early 1920s (I think). Interesting. It seems Henry and Aiden may have had only a few years as a "father/son" team before Henry's (exile? Where has he been again?). IIRC from last season, Aiden was turned by Bishop during the American Revolution, so they were a team for over 200 years.


nice to know that sally really killed danny though, and wasn't rescued yet again. it's twisted i know, but at least she got that from him instead of constantly being his victim or being rescued by someone else from him


i'm surprised that sally is as crazy as she is, but i totally called the reaper not being legit. we never saw any proof that what he was saying was true, we could only take his word for it. that's never good. and henry was seriously gross. that was disturbing


for parts of the season i lost interest in the show but these past two episodes have managed to regain my attention. And like the reviewer said the show it taking a clear departure from the UK version which makes the show stand out instead beside the UK version. and the whole split personality ghost thing is a nice twist.

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Being Human Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

Stu: I heard you're a werewolf. You're kind of a big deal back home.
Josh: Great. I'm huge in Ithaca.

Aidan: I made him, Josh. He's my son.
Josh: Did you make him without skin?!