Things are about to take a very harsh turn for the roommates of Being Human.
What started out as a bad hair day for Sally became a fast spreading rotting of flesh throughout her scalp. It looks so bruise like, you'd think she got smacked which I think draws more power to the situation. The phrase 'reanimated corpse' which has been used for her condition this season is kind of a warning label in itself. I had a feeling that the reason she could eat an entire kitchen of food without effect was because she's not supposed to be eating food. At first this presents itself as another one of Donna's little fine print catches. I had at first wondered if this was a result of Donna already having her soul, but the first person she goes to about it is Nick who has also been experiencing the same symptoms although he won't reveal so to Sally. I can't make sense of this, why he wouldn't be honest with her about sharing the condition. I'm still not taking that theory off the table, since Nick and Stevie had returned through Sally's door I have to wonder if they are in a way a part of the same package and thus when she sold her soul theirs were included.
The course of Sally's story changes completely with the shot of Nick pouncing and devouring a stray cat at his door to later reveal his rot spot gone. The shot of him turning his head to show his mouth bloody was brilliant. Very eerie, classic and quite vampiric for a zombie. I have a feeling animals will not be enough for long, and Sally will end up joining Aidan's club. It would be great if this brought them closer together.
It would take Sally a bit longer to figure it out though. In the meantime who would know better about rotting corpses than a mortician!? The truth comes out when she tries observing Max's corpse makeovers like a class demonstration. She had to be honest with him sometime for this relationship to work. Her avoidance of the truth was sending him mixed signals pretty much just like Josh with Nora in the first season. Except Josh and Nora became an unfitting couple after the first season when she became a wolf and embraced it, whereas this is the episode where Max has started to really grow on me as Sally's boyfriend. The zombie makeover was a brilliant move; to accept such an insane and unnatural situation is amazing of him. Rotting Corpse + Mortician = perfect just like Aidan and Kat, Historian + walking talking History. Syfy is has been poetically brilliant with their new couplings this season. Too bad it didn't last long, because when Sally refuses to expand her honesty to secrets that are not hers she pushes Max away again. Something tells me that'll get worked out though.Erin has just died, officially making Aidan a grieving Nora's least favorite person. From this we get another infuriating scene between them but at the same time are shown how gracious Aidan is. In spite of everything she has against him all he wants is a peaceful relationship with her for his bro. What pisses me off here though is how she defends her murder of Brynn by claiming self defense. First of all that is not what it sounded like when she described it to Josh, she tells it significantly differently now. Any other show and I'd call that bad writing but Being Human has no history of
inconsistency so I think it's Nora using Brynn's love of violence to keep Aidan looking like the ass. Either way she had the audacity to argue self defense when that's exactly what the Erin incident was for Aidan. Not that she believes for a second that her precious stray would attack Aidan.
Maybe I said this in my last review, Nora may have basic validity in her distrust of Aidan (He's a vampire, he has tons of blood on his hands, she doesn't know him like Josh does) but I think it goes deeper than that, on a more personal level. I also think it's an attempt to build a character of her that we can sympathize with. The problem there is that they plead her case poorly. They say she's been through all this hell but we never actually see it. The Will story for example is like if they'd only shown Sally falling down the stairs without the argument with Danny before it. We don't even get the vaguest of descriptions of the kind of relationship it had been.
The 'I wish I had a dad who loved me' card she played with Liam hardly has meaning. Had Mr. Sergent given her some smacks now and then, was frequently absent or even wasn't introduced thus leaving him a blank canvas the statement would have had power. While Mr. Sergent was suggested to now have been as affectionate and dedicated a father as Liam, they also don't specify that he was a terrible father. He paid enough attention to know that she could outrun all the boys in her class. That's the thing though, again there is no backstory to back her up. We know nothing about her father/daughter relationship growing up. The worst that has been revealed about the Sergent family is that they are a bore fest. Somehow even after meeting a young girl with no family who was constantly mistreated and abandoned, Nora is still resentful of how her life supposedly sucked(the Will thing was horrible and undeserved but that's not her whole life).
It's difficult to sympathize with a character when you have next to nothing to go on, in addition unlike the original 3 characters who give the title of the show it's meaning, none of Nora's conflicts relate to what she is. That's the one thing she has no resentment of. In a way this makes for a different and refreshing addition to the cast to have one opposite perspective among the title conflict but it's also another thing that takes away from her as a character that can we can feel sympathy for.
This is a large part of why she comes off as a bitch with Aidan, not only do we have far more of Aidan's perspective but we know him the way Josh does, even better actually. We learn a great deal more about his past than any of the other characters do. For 3 seasons we have followed his pain, love, loss, savagery, revelation, regrets and more. We know next to nothing about Nora. She started out a side character who was Josh's test of control and self-trust. Now that she's been promoted to regular this was the time to develop her but they didn't. Which is a bit disappointing, Being Human is better than this.
I expect her to resolve this conflict with Aidan if she intends to marry Josh which she does. He finally popped the question which I can't understand with the way she's been treating his bro but nothing will ever change how much Aidan means to him. So I don't see the whole Josh/Nora marriage plot working if she can't accept him and as gripping and infuriatingly well written a conflict it is, the longer it goes on the less believable it will become. Nora's perspective will lose it's validity, she'll just be childish for holding a prolonged grudge somewhat like Suren with Henry and it will just get old.
One of the highlights of this season in my opinion is Aidan's relationship with Kat. I wasn't expecting it to still be in the beginning stages at this time but that's also part of what makes it strong. Even having only known each other for a short time, you can still feel the connection between them and how Kat really cares about him. She's a very unique individual; this is the first time I have ever seen a woman refuse to let a guy break a date, which was once again Aidan respecting Nora! When the Revolutionary war discussion they get into is cut short by Liam Kat tried to get him away by pretending they were meeting her mom. Aidan has been prepared for this though, as have most of us I expect.
Bishop never abused Aidan like this vengeful werewolf! The first bit we see (although his face is totally bruised indicating prior abuse that wasn't shown) is Sam Witwer being stabbed for the umpteenth time in his career. This is going to sound kind of bad but he does some of his best work when he's getting abused. He's brilliant at it! It's impossible to tell that he's not really getting hurt. Liam does mean business and hasn't an ounce of mercy, when he pulls out that mallet it's not clear but I am pretty sure it's Aidan's dick that gets a couple of bashes, holy shit the brutality! >_<
A concerned Kat brings the situation to Josh's attention but he doesn't get there in time. In the ultimate sacrifice for Nora, possibly of the series he fesses up to the murder of Brynn but that doesn't stop Liam from shoving a syringe with the virus into his shoulder. You'd think they would never infect him because it would mean killing him off, but of course they did it! Not that this means he's gonna die, I am sure they wouldn't. Aidan seems to have the largest fanbase on the show even if only by a little. He was voted by fans to be the facebook page's spokes character. This should be Nora's cue to make peace with him, she pretty much owes him her life now!
We all knew it would happen, that Josh could not remain human for the rest of the show or his character would cease to have purpose and frankly human Josh was boring. He'd switched places with Nora and became the branch. With a few humorous lines here and there he had one or two interesting scenes where he wasn't opposite Liam. So I am sorry to say that the situation he ends this episode with is the least saddening as well as the least dire. Not to say that there may not be possibilites for it though, such as a very different werewolf experience having been made by a purebred. Maybe now he'll know what Brynn was trying to explain to him because he too will have his wolf symptoms 24/7.
Next Episode: 'Of Mice and Wolfmen' - Aidan tries to spent his dying days no differently than usual, Sally starts her 'Rot Watchers' diet and Josh while taking care of Aidan deals with once again being a werewolf.
Credit to this review, which inspired my Nora paragraphs because it beat me to nailing that issue.http://www.tv.com/news/being-human-your-body-is-a-condemned-wonderland-review-a-not-so-modest-proposal-136250161801/