Being Human Review: "Wouldn't It Be Nice (If We Were Human)"

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Just as I was wondering why in the hell Sally was hanging around Danny's house, watching him and her best friend Bridget reminisce about her and then fall into a kiss, she pops back to the house and says that the more she thinks about it, the more she keeps popping back over there even though she doesn't want to watch any more.

Whew. I was going to have a real problem with her if she was being that masochistic.

Shirtless Josh

Turns out the mind is a terrible thing. When she's watching Danny and Bridget discuss their kiss, Sally physically moves a glass and stops them in their tracks. Her self-satisfaction at that doesn't last long, and she realizes that seeing her best friend and her fiancée together might be the best she can ask for after death. She goes to Bridget's mind (she'd getting pretty good at ghostly behavior) and gives her blessing to be with Danny.

This week's episode title, "Wouldn't It Be Nice (If We Were Human)," seems in opposition to the theme of the show, as Sally is the only one of our monsters who comes out of this week better than she went in.

Newbie vampire Rebecca goes to Aidan seeking help to curb her vampire enthusiasm. Or so it seems. I believe her plea for help is nothing more than a way to get Aidan to suck her blood. Granted, it's not the blood of a human, but he's at her neck and they're both loving it.

The look on her face screams "Bishop!" to me. He has to be using her to try to get Aidan back into the fold. Maybe it's because I've watched the British version, but I don't have a lot of patience in awaiting Bishop's reasons for needing Aidan so badly. It doesn't seem like a power play; he has plenty of vampires at his beck and call. There is obviously something between them that has him aggravated that Aidan is trying to walk away, but what? Maybe he's the hottest vampire and best used for bait. The other vamps I've seen so far on Being Human are nothing to write home about.

At the end of their little romp, Aidan and Rebecca and are practically naked and covered in a blood inside a blood-covered bathroom. This is, by far, the goriest scene in the series so far. But even in being so bloody, it wasn't a frightening scene. Maybe it's because there is nothing remotely innocent about Rebecca. I just don't believe for a second she wants Aidan's help. The day after, his blood lust is so overbearing he's hearing the heart pumping in the veins of his coworkers.

She finally takes off after a night of trying to be human with Aidan, saying she is not strong enough. She plays a good game, but I''ll be really surprised if she was truly interested in being something other than a pawn in Bishop's game. Maybe I'm too cynical, but this is a show about the dark side trying to be light. The surprise would really come if she was sincere. Throughout all of these scenes, I am thrilled with the choice of Sam Witwer as Aidan. He is complicated, sexy, brooding, mysterious and amusing all in one body. He fits the role perfectly.

Josh finds he's been followed by a fellow werewolf named Ray, and Aidan thinks it can't hurt to let him in and learn from him. What a mistake that turns out to be. Josh takes to heart what he learns from Ray and channels his inner wolf by trying to pick up a doctor in the hospital. It was one of the most painful scenes I've seen in ages. Poor guy has no luck with the ladies. He tried so hard and I was cringing as he tried to tempt her into a sexual romp. Ray brings into the picture that werewolves and vampires are rarely (and probably shouldn't be) friends. Much like The Vampire Diaries, Ray's trying to mark his territory and engage Aidan in a battle between the beasts. That shows how unintuitive Ray really is, in spite of his machismo trying to prove otherwise to Josh. Josh may go along with the games for a while, but he has too much heart to be what Ray is; a bitter, pissed off werewolf who thinks the vampires have been treating them like dogs for ages.

I don't know what I expected, but when Ray took Josh to a vamp hangout to kick some ass the night before the full moon (when, as men, they are at their strongest), I didn't expect to Josh to succumb so easily or as quickly as he did. He jumped right into the fray. From just one moment of doubt, wanting to walk away, to straddling a vampire and swinging his arms wildly back and forth - I can only assume doing some serious damage with his wolf claws. I'm not sure Sam Huntington can pull off menacing strictly for the sake of it. He's great when playing the tortured, goofy friend with dry wit; but threatening? Maybe that baby face goodness gives him an advantage in a fight, but, I don't like it.

It feels like everything is falling apart. They've barely given being human a try, and Aidan and Josh are caving to their animal instincts. Yes, I know it would be nearly impossible to resist those urges, but isn't that why they chose each other as roommates? Before they've even gotten the hang of a normal life, they're palling around with their own kind and being lead astray.

At the very least, Aidan only ate another vampire. Josh turned gruesome just because a person was a vampire. Being with Ray is not advantageous for Josh. Part of him must be in awe of meeting a competent werewolf who can show him the ropes, but he has a very good friendship with a being Ray considers a brutal enemy. This won't lead to a peaceful ending and speculation on my part says Ray is going to regret tracking our little Josh and discounting his humanity.

How do you feel about this week's episode? If all goes well, this will be but a bump in a road toward cementing the friendship of our beloved creatures of the night. If not, then I can't imagine what comes next, but I can't wait to get there.

Wouldn't It Be Nice (If We Were Human) Review

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Being Human Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Ray: A wolf's stomach processes food different than a person's. The first few times after changing, I found myself throwing up all the animals that I'd eaten. The wolf will chow down on some crazy stuff. That ever happen to you?
Josh: I think the wolf eats its own poo.
Ray: Yeah. Yeah, that's the worst.

Aidan: Sally, this life gets bitterly cold. Sometimes you just need to cling to the person you can claw your way out of the dark with. Danny and Bridget, they many not be kismet, but we all deserve a shot at a normal life. They do, you do.
Sally: You do?
Aidan: Maybe