The second episode of Being Human, while still trying to find its feet, continues to find a place in our hearts. Last night we watched the vampire play "undead Revolutionary War soldier," and the werewolf howl over his latest defeat.
The show picked up right where it left off: swiftly untangling the sticky mess it left behind in the pilot. We'll address the bumps in the road later, but for now here's what we loved.
Ghost girl — Sally — seemed much more at home with her two monster roommates. This week, thank goodness, Sally was given slightly better jokes and seemed to march in step with the fellas impressive comedic timing. Her delivery is by no means perfect (and that could be changed simply by giving her better lines) but it's getting there. I laughed when the sad Josh opened the door only to find Sally, proclaiming that while she's really, really happy Josh didn't kill his sister, she's got news. It fits with the much chipper Americanized version this Sally is becoming. But I can only hope that by making the ghost girl so saccharine, the writers are only prepping her for an even more devastating fall later. If not, then this "Casper the friendly ghost" shtick is going to get hella old, real fast.
But at the end of the night, this episode was all Josh.
Sam Huntington's adorable puppy facial expressions made for the perfect moral compass throughout this episode. Watching him recoil in horror upon finding that Aidan had "turned" Rebecca (the formerly considered dead nurse) made you care about this new ridiculously bad she-vampire. He also had the sad task of patching up his past life with his sister (a character who's starting to grow on me tremendously) only to cast her off in the final act, Harry And The Hendersons-style (for her own good, naturally).
Apologies for the multiple dog quips — but Josh was all but whimpering to save the life of the poor gap-toothed nurse, after Rebecca decided she would drain her in the alley. Crap, Rebecca basically rubs his face in the horror like it was his own mess (it wasn't). And damn it all if it didn't work, really well. Check it out:
Aidan had his moments as well — even without the obligatory head-down-eyes-up smoldering shots. I quite enjoyed watching him switch the charm on and then cruelly off, while entertaining the idea of possibly eating Sam's new nurse crush. Clearly he wouldn't, but there were flickers of doubt in those brown eyes, especially when he physically had to call in his blood sponsor Josh to come and stop him from eating the poor girl.
Mark Pellegrino was once again fantastic as the cryptic-but-caring vampire leader Bishop. Fingers crossed he gets a stand-alone episode of his own in the future.
I'm curious to see what will happen to the werewolf and vampire pair next. Lines were crossed by the siring of Rebecca (even though Aidan didn't do it.) How can Josh ever really trust him again? It wasn't much comfort in the end, when Aidan tried to smooth Josh's fears of going to jail over his dead crush, by admitting that this sort of thing happens all the time. I'm certainly hoping for a "this will not stand" moment from the meek werewolf.
Sally's "fall." I know this was supposed to symbolize this character's despair or loss over not being able to communicate with her beloved fiance but — and I hate doing this — the BBC version just did the reenactment of the Ghost girl's death 1,000 times better. Maybe it was because in the original, it set up her departure from the living world, and there was blood, so it felt dark and served a purpose. Here, watching Sally float down the stairs was a completely hollow experience for me.
Rebecca. Why is it that when people become vampires, they immediately go out and put on black leather and start acting like Stephen Dorff from Blade? My kingdom for some heroin addict-like vampires. Rebecca was WAY too together for waking up on a bed with a strange man and being addicted to blood. (I did like that scene, very much, but it came and went way too fast). Hell, she even knew that Josh was a werewolf. And clearly she wasn't told that, because she acted surprised when she smelled his dog scent. So how the heck did she know he was a werewolf after being a vampire for a few hours? She was at her absolute best when she was just trying to make Aidan feel like shit. More of that. A lot more of that please. That's an easy way to break this character's "together" exterior, and a plot point I'm much more interested in pursuing as opposed to "vampire in leather acts vampirey." CORRECTION: Apparently, she's been a vampire for much longer than a few hours, a month in fact. I was wrong, my apologies. So perhaps she could have learned a thing or two about werewolves.
A lot of good, and a lot of so-so. As long as this show tries to bring out the emotional issues that face its everyday monsters, then I'm happy. Take a page from Josh's storyline this week — it was fantastic. But once the monsters start acting like old movie caricatures, I'm out. That being said, I'm 100% invested in Josh and Aidan. They have quality chemistry and it's consistent. Plus Sam Witwer in old-fashioned garb? Yes please, thank you. I'm patient with Sally — her story is yet to unfold, and a lot could change as the plot twists start coming.