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Published on January 24th, 2012 | by Ernie Estrella


‘Being Human’ Season 2 Episode 2 Review: Greater (Problems) in Numbers

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Everything has been escalated in the second season of Being Human and it’s only the second episode.  We were given a real glimpse at what the season holds in store for our three roommates, the temptations that are trying to lure them in as well as the new dangers that await them. Aidan (Sam Witwer) is juggling new women in his life; Sally’s (Meaghan Rath) afterlife is overrun with adolescent boys, and Josh (Sam Huntington) and Nora (Kristen Hager) well, let’s just say that the other wolf is out of the bag.

For another week, I’m going to lead off with the werewolves after what Nora did to Heggeman who did not connect with Josh again with his gun. In fact there was nothing connected on him when the sun rose in the morning.

With Heggeman gone that leaves most if not all of the Dutch elders gone and that will certainly raise a red flag amongst the fanged ones. They always seem to know who killed one of their own. Let’s assume that the vampires do find out it’s Nora. This will undoubtedly cause a rift between Aidan and Josh. Will Aidan be a good soldier able to send in a brood to take care of Nora, can Josh fend them off, or will she be able to hold her own against a pack of vampires? That’s something that’s going to play itself out by season’s end, but two episodes in and Josh’s story is infinitely better than season one.

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We knew that Nora had a miscarriage but we have confirmation in the story that the baby was lost. That’s put Josh and Nora into a bit of a tailspin, but I think it’s important that the show focuses on the two of them rather than trying to fit in some subplot of raising a child. It’s true that Josh could have caused the loss, but I think it was a braver choice to portray a miscarriage than a birth at this point in their relationship.

Both dealing with being werewolves only strengthens this and what I want to see as the season progresses is if there are differences exhibited with female werewolves as opposed to male ones. Will we still be able to see Nora’s compassion in her wolf? What about Josh? What does each other’s past bring to the table as wolves? And we still have that scar on Nora’s stomach that needs explaining, which also showed up in her wolf form.

Nora: I’m a werewolf, wrapping a burn victim; I’m a werewolf, inserting a catheter; I’m a werewolf peeing in the ladies room.”

Let’s just look at this from Nora’s perspective. Not only is she neurotic about becoming a werewolf, she now has two scars to remind her of misery. As for Josh, medical school may not be in the cards as it’s simply hard to justify now that he has Nora to school on being a werewolf. I can now share with you Huntington’s own description of Josh’s arc this season:

“He was on a path to go back to medical school and that basically all comes screeching to a halt when he finds out that Nora’s a werewolf and his new trajectory becomes to try and find a cure for her. It changes his relationship with Nora drastically and Nora takes the news of being a wolf and the physiology of being a wolf very differently than Josh did. The theme for the season is “temptation is a beast,” but for Josh really it’s trying to keep the people he loves away from temptation of others and then himself being tempted. And it has very unfortunate results.”

Perhaps my favorite moment of the episode was that Sally was visible to Nora.

Nora: I had no idea you were so beautiful.
Sally: You can see me? Oh my god, Nora, I’ve been wanting to talk to you for so long. How can you see me? You’re not dead are you?
Nora: I’m a wolf.

Even when Nora is faced with the news that she’s a werewolf can she be so insecure and complimentary at the same time. But at the end of the episode, Sally and Nora sat on opposite sides of the couch, not knowing what to do next, trying to share what they now know about each other and what they’re capable of doing. Even though it was a heavy realization, there was this emotional crutch that they gave one another that wasn’t so easily there for Sally with just Josh and Aidan.

Clumps of dust that used to be vampires, girlfriends that used to be human–it’s a good thing that Sally’s afterlife is much more simple. It was much simpler before Stevie Atkins’s (Robert Naylor) walked back into her life. Then again, Sally has always had the worst luck when it comes to what her world has become. Stevie has the same attraction for losers.

Josh: What’s with the Lost Boys?
Aidan: Why are there ghosts in there punching each other in the balls?

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Dylan (Zach Peladeau) and Boner (Jonah Carson) turned out to be as troublesome as teenagers can be, even if they’ve been dead for a long time. And now they’ve opened up a whole new world of possessing and destroying each other. Something Sally never knew was possible. Instead of walking around aimlessly, Sally knows that she could possibly die–again.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for Sally. We got to see her in new clothes, she got to feel rain, smell jasmine, eat salsa and chips, feel the texture of fabric, the buzz of keg beer. No one could blame her for inducing nausea and giving co-eds the shakes while trying to enter their bodies. Is she on this path because of the dark spirit she let into her world from her dreams? Is being more tethered to the physical world pulling her more and more? Or it simply because her desire to have a new purpose in life and discovery is naturally leading to new experiences that she must decide if she’s ready to take them on? She’s going to have to decide on her own or maybe with the help of Nora because Josh and Aidan are already preoccupied with their own problems.

It only took one day with Suren (Dichen Lachman) and Aidan is already in trouble. To Suren’s surprise the Aidan she knew has become a shadow of his former self and we get the impression that she’s going to do her best to change that.

Suren: I used to worship you. I wanted to be as strong, as calculating as ruthless as you. When I opened my eyes and saw you standing there at my side I thought… with his help I can be everything I was supposed to be, my mother’s daughter.

Aidan wisely resisted the temptation of turning Caroline, barely, but he should have known that Suren would take matters into her own fangs. It will be on Aidan now to school Caroline on being a vampire, as well as her duties to be the cleaner of vampire affairs. One does begin to wonder when he will break because all of this running around has to tire out Aidan. The few flashes of the past we’re revealed a bloody massacre at the Holloway Hotel. Suren is whisked away after killing dozens. She awakens only to find herself back where it all started. Like a tireless groundhog day.

Aidan had not turned anyone since he last saw Suren. He said it’s because of what he did to her. Who’s he? What did he do? Actually we do know who he is. Click here if you want to revisit what showrunners Jeremy Carver and Anna Fricke had to say about Aidan’s new support system. Which brings us to the present day. Suren can’t feel good about Aidan’s motives. She feels as if he’s choosing humans, not just over vampires but also over her.

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Aidan: You mother is way too smart to give you an unwilling second. I told her I would help you, guide you, I would make you a success only because then, she would set me free.
Suren: Sounds kind of lonely.
Aidan: I will work for you, but I could never be like you.
Suren: You’re beginning to sound like the old you.

The investigation for where Heggeman has gone begins, and Atlee (Kyle Gatehouse), well you can tell that the wheels (rusted and broken) are turning in his head. Why Suren protected Aidan is a good question to ponder. Does she really believe that Aidan will fight by her side when he’s motivated by his freedom? That’s seems to be a conflict of interests.

We were introduced to Julia (Natalie Brown) a med student who Aidan wasted no time being a chatty vampy. And in bumping into her again at the end of the episode makes one wonder if she was sent to him on purpose. However, let’s assume she’s a normal human. She may be there to balance Aidan out, to keep him focused on trying to live a normal life, but it could also give him something to protect, something to lose, something else to regret. Being a vampire makes it awfully difficult to meet people. That someone is pursuing him is not out of the question but it does raise the suspicion level, very high.

The mysteries clouding Aidan’s continue to seep into his present, Sally’s powers can open her world but close it too, and Josh’s ever-changing future has given viewers plenty to discuss. Nothing has been predictable and each roommate has some something more to lose this season than last. So what’s not to like in Season 2? So far, nothing.

Catch the new episode, All Out of Blood Monday on Syfy at 9pm ET/PT.

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