BEING HUMAN: 2.02 “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?”
Huzzah! Suren’s identity was revealed. And in a rather grotesque fashion. I was actually trying to eat a sub during last night’s episode of Being Human, and the gross-looking creature that she was before feeding (basically, after starvation) was awful. Fortunately, she prettied up pretty damn fast. And who was she?
Our very own Dichen Lachman of Dollhouse fame. Ok, I’m completely psyched because I know how awesome she is. If you’re not attuned to Dollhouse, well, I guess that reveal might not have been so huge, but trust me, you’re in for a treat. Yay!
Yays aside, she sure does bring a darkness to the show. In order to get Boston under control, she orders Aiden to turn a policewoman. It’s funny, with all those that were bitten and turned last season, it never occurred to me that Aiden was never the one doing it (ok, well, he did bite a few). It seemed surprising to me when he said that he couldn’t do it, that he didn’t have the control. Clearly, Suren has lost respect for the Aiden she knew, and now that this policewoman has seen the same, I wonder whether the rest of Boston will follow suit. After all, you don’t want Boston vamps to disrespect their #2.
By the way, weren’t the quick flashes to Suren’s gory past incredible? I can’t wait to find out what really happened.
Meanwhile, Sally seems to have found both friends and foes in the ghost world — and a new way to party. She learned to take over people, which in the end tends to act much like a drug or being drunk (hangover included). While that does seem like a fun, new medium (pardon the pun) for Sally, it’s clearly dangerous. In her interactions, she discovered the risk of losing control — and that perhaps eternity isn’t what all ghosts face. Her spirit friend was torn apart by a fellow specter, and we still don’t know what happen to him. He’s just…gone. That’s definitely a new risk for Sally.
But to be honest, while all this was interesting, I was most interested in Nora and Josh. Josh’s realization of Nora’s new condition (can you call it a condition?) was just so painful. Really, Sam Huntington was amazing in this episode. He was so desperate to make it right, and Nora was so beyond hope. In fact, part of me wondered whether Nora was even going to make it through the episode, considering her state of mind. She just seemed so broken and despondent. The expressions on Josh’s face and his need to fix it was just so great to watch.
What was so interesting, though, was hearing him trying to convince Nora that she wasn’t a monster, at least not all the time. She’s Nora, and he’s Josh. As they always have been. It’s only one night that changes. It’s what this series started with, a bunch of people in mythical situations that are just trying to be human. It was a nice change to see them try to convince others of that.
But what’s best is where this is now headed. Serol clearly has no good intentions in Boston, and Nora has a lot of adjustment ahead. But now she has a new friend. While I’ve always liked the darkness of Being Human, I’m really looking forward to the new Sally/Nora relationship. That should be something fun to balance out the hardships.