Did anyone understand what happened during last night's season finale of Being Human? After last week's saddest episode ever, Being Human opted to conclude its soap operatic trend, with a collection of the most miserable decisions ever made, tied together with a shoe-horned theme about parenthood. Has this show gone completely off the rails?
Josh And His Sister:
The season finale was not totally devoid of good moments. Buried under the pile of dead leaves that Aidan is forced to listlessly stare at for a good portion of this episode are a few carrots. We loved seeing Josh and his sister mourn together in his car. Josh has no business going to Julia's funeral in the first place, but we understand why he would make the trek. This little private funeral allows Josh to express his feelings with someone the audience has become close to, and it's genuinely tender. Nice. We like his drunken sis. A lot. Please keep her around next season, she brings out some much-needed reality in these supernaturals.
The second season started off with such a great big bang for Sally the friendly ghost. She was on her way to becoming a total sleaze spirit (but with a heart of gold). We loved the High School Reunion, where she went to listen to everyone talk about how great she was — but then got pissed when someone more popular died and stole the spotlight. Clever, and true to life. And we especially adored it when Sally started sleeping with the "hot doctor" by possessing his girlfriend's body. This is believable (for a show about monsters who rent a flat together, anyway) and had real repercussions (the girl went bonkers).
I've said it before: If ghosts are floating around on Earth right now and can possess people for sex, there is most likely a 2-mile long ghost queue outside of the Beckhams' home right now. At least, that's what I'd be doing. Last night showed a glimmer of what we used to love about this series. Sally tries to steal someone's door before they could hop into it (or at least she was trying to hop into someone's door to get to limbo, to save the people she shredded). Either way, we liked watching Sally take advantage of these obscure rules the show throws at her each week. You're a ghost — so have fun and be clever. Let's go to Rush Limbaugh's house and move some furniture around.
One thing Being Human has going for it is an itchy trigger finger. We loved watching Aidan blast the annoying Pure Werewolf without any cues or elaborate music moments to hint to the viewer that it was coming. Julia's death was also a big surprise, and a gutting moment for poor Cowlicks. Since we weren't allowed to see the Princess Vampire emote beyond her compelling dinner scene, it was time for her to go. Good bye Suren — you could have been used much better, but we're glad they staked you a few feet away from Aidan's dimpled chin. This will no doubt fuck him up for next year, but good.
Aidan Grew Back His Vampire Balls:
After spending a whole year chasing after a Vampire Princess for reasons we never really understood (this cast has amazing chemistry in general, so why not these two?) Aidan finally spits in the eye of Mother. No more killing for others — we're hoping Aidan comes back with a blood lust that can only be quenched with sweet, sweet vengeance. We've all seen countless people buried alive (in the movies, I mean. Hopefully not in real life) and they all go to ground the same way, kicking and screaming. It's pretty bad ass to have Aidan look Mother in the eye and say, "Close it." Hells yes!
Confusing Ghost Rules:
If Sally could shred herself, why does she need to bring her Mother into this at all? What was the point of this, besides some aggressive attempt to make all of the characters deal with some form of parenthood? There is no need for this.
Plus when you add in the whole "the reaper is actually Sally's split personality" thing, along with the "only one person can enter a ghost door" thing, on top of the limbo. It's TOO MUCH. Let's hope now that Sally has shred herself, she's also killed off her alter ego, Keanu Reeves-light. Wouldn't all of the other ghosts Sally met be insane and dealing with split personalities? Wouldn't all her high school friends like suicide-Stevie be barking at an unknown being over their shoulders? Why didn't they really tell her about this in a real way besides, "Oh yeah, people go crazy?"
No More Vampire Politics:
No one gives a crap who "rules" over Boston. Even when Bishop was running the show, no one cared about his political aspirations. Bishop was awesome on his own, and we were invested in the dynamic of the relationship between Aidan and Bishop. But there wasn't a single Aidan relationship this year that sparked our interest. Henry the Lion Haired (Aidan's Vampire Son) had a real chance to win us over, but his story never really went anywhere.
The show makes a few stabs, in its season finale, to pull out some sort of relationship between these two. In fact, Henry comes out and says, "You get what you want. I'm beginning to even wonder if you know what I want." Why couldn't we have explored that more? We truly hope Henry and his mane come back next season, because there's good meat here — we just need to cut out all the fat surrounding it. The Chin was wasted this year, dealing with boring vampire politics and shallow relationships (Seriously, why were those two in love?). Let's can the politics all together. Or at least bring back those wacky Amish Vamps. If we're going to talk endlessly about the vampire way, can we at least have it coming from something we haven't seen before?
Go Big Or Go Home Vampire Flashbacks:
A large part of this episode rests on a long series of vampire flashbacks where Aidan visits Suren's "grounding" site and stares at leaves. Mother turns up, and together they talk about their various parenting techniques. Mother basically tells the audience that she's going to later kill Suren (or that Suren will kill her) with her strange "Mother tigers eat the weak babies in their litter" speech. Besides the fact that Mother has never really been intimidating, nor is anyone invested in this relationship, what a waste of sepia tones! If we're going to go back in time, let's go back in time and bang Al Capone's dog or something. This was an absolute waste of good historical vampire wardrobe.
You Don't Need To Force The Funny, You're Already Doing It Just Fine
Watching Josh take killing tips from Sally was painful. Absolutely painful. This show excels at being bittersweet. There's nothing funny about watching the two cutest characters talk about whether Josh should shoot his victim of rip him apart with gardening tools. There were so many wonderful, adorable and great banter moments and hilarious supernatural sex jokes this season. Stay in your adorable sweet spot.
So now Sally's stuck in limbo, and possibly made a "big mistake." No shit. Perhaps Sally should have done some research before committing herself to never ending hell in purgatory. But I'm sure if someone can save the ghosts, it's Sally. She's been pretty great at making good decisions thus far, right everyone? Aidan's been grounded, and Nora possibly killed Ray so they're forever stuck as werewolves (I highly doubt Josh is dead). It's an interesting place to end, we just wish it made more sense getting there, which is something you could say about the whole season.
Overall, the second season has been an unbalanced jumble of ups and downs. We've had a few great episodes (skinless Henry and the dinner party), and mind boggling stints of boredom (seriously, how do you commit mass vampire murder and make it boring?).
Perhaps the American version took the BBC training wheels off much too soon. This was their first year of making a clean break from the outline of the UK series, and sadly it was kind of a bumbling mess. That's not to say we didn't enjoy it. Almost every single episode of Syfy's series manages to redeem itself in the last four minutes, no matter how iffy the rest of the episode has been. But we hope that the third season can stretch the good out over an entire episode, instead of just the closing moments. The cast has chemistry, the basic premise itself is interesting, and everything looks fine. Let's just give this crew something better to do.