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Being Human: Bemoaning the End


Episode 313: “Ruh Roh”


[Photos: Phillipe Bosse/Syfy]

Season three of Being Human is officially over; eight months until the show picks back up again. I’m not as whacked out as when Fringe or Avatar: The Last Airbender (the cartoon on Nick, to avoid confusion) wrapped up their series. And surely with all my other blessings and interests, I’ll find a reason to keep going. But that eight months sure feels like a loooong time. At least we’ve received confirmation that the show got picked up for a fourth season (see our coverage of the announcement here). Let’s recap this finale, bid adieu, and start the countdown to January.

This episode resumes where it left Nora and Liam, with raised hackles by the wood pile. Josh emerges, and Liam urges the couple to protect his themselves, then attempts a vague explanation that the werewolf-vampire blood connection between Josh/Nora/Aidan is not a cure, but a curse. Given that calm reason really isn’t Liam’s forte, neither Josh nor Nora really get what Liam’s about. Liam opts to let a gun do his talking and forces them to accompany him to a warehouse, where mutant vampire newbies are laying in a pile incubating. Nora and Josh voice their concerns about Kenny and Aidan aloud. Really, guys?

Liam insists that Josh and Nora eliminate the teenage mutant ugly vampires, but his diatribe pushes Nora to confess finally to Brynn’s murder. Understandably upset, the grieving father locks Nora and Josh up in the warehouse with the now waking newbie vamps, in the hopes they’ll all take each other out. Josh sets fire to the whole nest, and that’s that.

Aidan is left at the brownstone with a frisky Kat, an already bored and restless Sally, a still transitioning Kenny, and Sally’s nasty, rank, horrific body. That’s right, the special effects team just elicited three adjectives from me. Blech. Kat puts the moves on Aidan, who eventually succumbs, but do we the audience get to see any of that? No! So gypped. Aidan’s post-coital dreaming turns again to thoughts of his young wife and son back in the colonial days, before Kenny’s screams from the basement reach critical pitch.

Poor Kenny is distraught over the results of his transformation, and who can blame him? One episode prior, he was thinking he’d be a babe magnet. Although Aidan can’t offer any explanations, he promises to see Kenny through it. Sally does her best to comfort Kenny, but cautions Aidan against making any false promises. For a vampire, Aidan is in many ways a hopeless optimist.

While Aidan attends Kenny, Kat wanders upstairs for whatever reason and stumbles onto Sally’s body. Somehow, Kat thinks something’s amiss with this situation; she threatens to call the police and runs off. Poor Aidan feels a bit disheartened, and shares some kitchen-table confessions with Sally. The heart-to-heart proceeds somewhat predictably: Aidan professes to be a monster, and bemoans his ongoing and unmet desire for a family; Sally muses that they’ve both learned to be careful what you wish for, but sweetly adds that she wishes she would have hugged Aidan more while she was alive…and then out of the blue, a blood-pouring hole appears in Aidan’s forehead.

Hey, everybody, it’s Liam! Come on in, make yourself at home! Would you like to shoot Aidan again? Great, how about three or four more times? Rock on! Liam demands to know where Aidan’s new son is, and right on cue, Kenny screams for Aidan from the basement. Liam drags Aidan downstairs and advances on Kenny just as Nora and Josh are pulling up to the house. A large melee ensues. Sally helps out by surprising Liam a couple of times during key moments in the battle. Nora passes out early, and Kenny’s only help is staying out of the way by feeding on Nora as the others fight. Eventually, our heroes secure a victory, Liam dies, and everyone is mad at Kenny for munching on Nora.

Upstairs, the original roomies and Nora nurse each other’s wounds. Nora notes that Josh didn’t get to kill his maker, meaning that Josh is forever a werewolf this time around. Aidan leaves to address the Kat situation, but not before promising Josh that he’ll take care of Kenny. Blake meets Aidan at his request and, after Aidan says he’ll consider it a favor and threatens those close to her, Blake agrees to compel Kat to forget about Sally’s body. Compulsion takes place, Kat wakes up and embraces Aidan; for now, the compulsion holds.

With that problem resolved, Aidan journeys to the middle of a forest with Kenny. Kenny knows what’s coming, but heels nonetheless. Aidan’s memory flashes to that of his wife; their village discovered Aidan had returned after being declared dead, Suzanna was accused of witchcraft, and accordingly she was drowned in the local river. (May I here just take a moment to mention that I’m a tad embarrassed I never connected Katharine Isabelle who plays Suzanna to the Ginger Snaps movies. Fun movies, if you’re into the genre.)

Aidan arrives too late to save Suzanna from drowning, and the villagers attack him. Initially, he shows no resistance; what the heck, Aidan, you’re a vampire! You’re already accused of being a demon, so why not protect yourself? Thankfully, Aidan eventually listens to my frantic shouting at the TV screen; Aidan’s son runs away, Aidan snaps a few necks and the villagers disperse. Back in the present, Aidan takes hold of Kenny’s head, and instead of squeezing it to a pulp a la Riki-Oh (much to my disappointment), he tells Kenny to run. Now that, friends, really irritates. For the last two episodes, I’ve the notion of writing, “Oh my God, you killed Kenny! You bastard!”

Nora and Josh briefly discuss Josh’s new attitude on lycanthropy. Before, Josh railed against the curse; Liam repeatedly told Josh that a pureblood maker changes things. Josh acknowledges that this time feels different, that he doesn’t feel the same desire to lift the curse. And as it should so happen, after their first time changing together (at least, this time around), Nora awakes as a human only to discover Josh is still a werewolf despite the daylight. We hear Nora scream, we hear the wolf snarl, but the action occurs off-screen.

At home alone, Sally is joined by unwanted company. Donna tells Sally that they’re connected to one another and can’t live at the brownstone. Apparently at ease in the afterlife, Donna jacks around with Sally, forcing her to apparate and re-apparate all over the house, ending at the top of the stairs. Donna pushes Sally down the stairs to re-experience the fall that ended her life in season one. But this time, the landing crumbles beneath Sally.  Sally’s hands scramble for a hold on the stairs above her, but Donna pulls her down into the endless pit below, and the floor closes back over them.

Aidan leaves Sally at home to take a walk. As he sashays down an urban street, coolly donning a pair of sunglasses, a cab pulls up. A woman who looks just like Suzanna steps out of the cab and appears to stare in Aidan’s direction.

So, last questions for the season: Why do vampires no longer find werewolf blood distasteful? How long will Blake’s compulsion work? What will Blake want in return from Aidan? Is Kat safe now that Blake knows where Kat lives? When will Kenny re-enter the picture? How will Josh’s new relationship with his wolf affect things? Is he stuck as a wolf? Who is the woman who looks like Aidan’s wife? If it’s really Suzanna, how has she survived and why is she just now seeking Aidan out? What the heck happened to Isaac? And why must SyFy torture us with eight months of waiting?

Looking forward to next season with you guys! See you in January!


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