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Being Human Review: It's Human Nature

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Ugh. "I've Got You Under Your Skin" forced me to suffer through Suren. At the very least she was frightened of her mother's return to Boston, so she wasn't acting as high and mighty as she was in previous episodes. Aidan, Josh and Sally were all very busy living their separate lives this week, but I was okay with it, because their stories were compelling enough to hold my interest.

Aaaaoooo werewolves of Boston. It appears my guess that last week might have been Nora's last hurrah could have been true. She and Josh broke up and there were no signs of reconciliation. His sister even brought Julia back into the picture. I'm really not sure how I feel about that. Once we met wereNora, we saw a whole new dark, sexy side of her. That could have lead to a lot of story for her and Josh, but if Josh is meant to be the lighthearted of the three roommates, I guess taking him in that direction wouldn't fit with the overall tone of the show.

So we're left with Julia and Josh nursing a wasted Emma. Remembering old times, they each shared secrets they should never have said out loud. They're heading to one of those places where if you dare go after a bad breakup you'd better be prepared to be all in or hurt even worse than the first time. Josh finally admitted he wouldn't revisit a future with Julia, but they were sweet together and I wasn't as outraged about it as I expected so soon after Nora.

Josh in Bed

Don't fear the Reaper. Watching Sally reap the Reaper kicked ass! She has really come into her own this season. No more sniveling for our tough dead girl. The look on her face was fierce. It didn't exactly work out as she had planned, but it played nicely into the Reaper's own agenda. He wanted Sally to feel the rush, the sense of fulfillment she could have by taking his place. The bummer is I want him to stick around. Why can't she just be his apprentice for a while and they work side by side to even out the load? The Reaper is hot. He's badly needed, especially while Aidan is otherwise occupied with Suren.

Sally's first job as a reaper? Stevie. She tried everything she could to get out of it, but the Reaper knew Stevie had been shredding all of his friends and lying to Sally about it. While she couldn't bring herself to do it, she knew it had to be done and that was enough for Hot Reaper Man. They're moving forward with her lessons.

The bitch is back. And Suren takes the title. Other than having sex with her, I still have not figured out the whole story about what Henry did that upset Suren so much 80 years ago. Someone please enlighten me. To prove how dearly he wanted to atone for his sins he agreed to be flayed alive. As in skinned. And Suren thought it would be enjoyable. From this point out I hope like Hell that Aidan keeps his distance from her on a personal level and helps her on only to the degree that he has been required by Mother to gain his freedom.

Adian is a good man, despite his many faults and screwed up experiences. I can't believe there is any way he would willfully associate with someone who would want to skin his "son" alive.

This is probably the first time this season where each of them wore their humanity like a raw meat suit. Wanting so badly to be human and forget the monster, but knowing every second what they once were was gone forever. Since Suren was so ugly, I can count this as a strong episode. That's three in a row. How do you think the season's going to end?

I'm looking forward to Henry sticking around, Suren dying a horrible death, Sally learning to reap and Adian and Josh finding some peace within themselves that they can share with others.

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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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oh noooo!!! Poor baby! Does that mean he's allergic to petauns or is he just too little to have them? That's becoming a more and more common allergy we see at school. That would be scary. I hope he's doing better.

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I guess I'm in the minority, too, about not caring for Nora anymore. The series is called "Being Human." If she's not interested in her human side anymore, then she's basically a cold-blooded killer, and I have no empathy for her. I do, however, have great empathy for Josh, the only human character still fighting to do the right thing by everybody, even his non-human friends.
Good, solid episode.

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Oh, no @The Count - you don't get it. I LOVED Nora once she turned wolf. She turned hot and sexy and was full of possibility. That they tore her off the show just when she found her footing was not a happy moment for me. I'd rather she run with a pack and frak with Josh as a political play in the show than this Aidan crap. I'm not happy with Aidan's line AT ALL.

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@Carissa Can't say I care much about any of the vampire stuff this season, but the skinning fake out idea did cross my mind so I thought I'd toss it out there. I wish they would have kept the focus on Aiden taking over for Bishop, dealing with logistics with the cops, etc. The idea of vampires running things like the mafia was a fun twist. Now with Suren and Henry its becoming the same old Ann Rice melodrama we've seen a thousand times. I'll make you a deal: I'll grant your Bloodback Mountain storyline if we can bring back Nora and the twin for some shewolf on shewolf action?

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@The Count - I didn't even think about Suren's using Aidan to get Henry back and pretending to skin him. Interesting thought. Wish I was more interested in Suren to care. As it is, I'd be more interested in Aidan and Henry having an affair at this point. LOL

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Am I the only one who suspects that Suren skinning Henry was a ruse? It looked like she was about to put down the knife when Aiden left. This is, obviously, going to become a love triangle, with Henry banging Suren and trying to prove himself as a more ruthless, decisive leader than Aiden. Especially now that Henry doesn't have the "orphans" around to protect anymore. Sigh. The only thing more tiresome than vampire politics are vampire politics complicated by vampire love triangles.

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Another solid episode. It's nice that US series is going in its own direction. I really enjoyed the original UK version, but at times it got quite broody and tangled up in its own mythology. I hope the US series sticks to exploring and playing with the conventions of the 3 monster genres. They have done with Sally the ghost. Reincarnation, jumping into bodies, Sally getting a gig as a reaper? Brilliant! By comparison the UK ghost ended up as a bar back in a frickin pub. I would like to see more interaction among the roommates, though. Was excited to hear that Baltimore doesn't have any vampire politics! How about we move the gang down there next season? Pleeeese? Vampires vs. werewolves? Very cool. Vampires vs. vampires? Zzzzzzzz.

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I don't think that Henry taking his shirt off at the end of the episode was editing, I believe it was Aidan thinking about what he had just done that night (he also flashed back to when he locked the vampires in the house to die). He asked Sally what she learned about herself in her dealings with the grim reaper("every monster has his or her own threshold for violence"), and she replied she was still learning. I take that to mean she is still learning what she is capable of doing (in order to survive). I think the same goes for Aidan, he is obviously still learning what he is capable of doing (in this case for someone he loves).

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I think that in that flashback episode, Suren wanted to runaway (and be with) Aiden originally. But Aiden declined and so naturally she seduced his son ( what a b) and the plan was for Suren and Henry to run away (from the grasp of mother). I think they were supposed to make their get away that night when Suren walked in on Henry doing that girl... That was my interpretation of why she went cray cray...

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Re: Henry / Suren - It goes a bit deeper. Suren's preferred Aidan. Aidan rejected her. She =settled= for Henry. Nothing quite so brutal as being betrayed by the one you =settled= for. 80 years in ground to think about the betrayal and punishment. Yeah, she's mad at him for good reason. I'm concerned that the Reaper may not really be an agent for balance. He might just be a very old ghost who has developed strong powers and is dragging Sally into darkness. We only have -his- word for what happened to Stevie's other friends. And I'm very disappointed at the way Nora turned out, even though it's understandable. As for Josh, he should just go grab one of those recordings of turning into a wolf and show it to Julia. What's she going to do about it? Go to the police? Either she'll understand and accept or she'll understand and run for her life....

Being Human Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

Emma: Am I gonna see balls?
Josh: I'm so glad you're here. My beautiful baby sister. I need someone who's required to love me.

So this is what you do? You radically mind screw ghosts before you reap them? Classy.

Sally
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