Being Human (USA) series 3 episode 7 review: One Is Silver And The Other Pagan

Review Kaci Ferrell 26 Feb 2013 - 11:00

Kaci can't find enough superlatives to praise the current season of Being Human (USA). Here's her review of the latest episode...

This review contains spoilers.

3.7 One is Silver and the Other Pagan

This week's episode of Being Human (USA) features the return of two of my favourite recurring characters, so naturally I was destined to love it, but wow is this show on fire this season. We're seven episodes in and there hasn't been a bad one yet. I am honestly on the verge for forgiving the writers for the entirety of last season. And believe me, I am not readily inclined to forgive that muddled mess. 

Returning for the first time in far too long, we have Bridget. Now that Sally's free to see her friends from her old life, she goes to find the girl who almost shared her original fate. It turns out that, because of her connection to Sally during the whole Danny fiasco, Bridget has sought out a Wicca group that focuses on communicating with the dead. She claims that it gives her a calm, empty feeling, and begs Sally to come with her to their next meeting.

Of course, while they can call forth ghosts, none of them can actually see who they're talking to. So when they try to call forth a group member's dead husband, Sally can see that it's not the husband who shows up, but two other men who are circling the drain the way she once was. One of them possesses Bridget — explaining that "calm, empty feeling," she claims to experience at her Wicca group — because she is the most open of those in the circle. Sally scares them away before giving Bridget the charm she's been using to prevent possession. After a touching goodbye, the girls part ways, and I'd like to pretend that I was totally cool about it but I cried a little bit and considering what these two women have been through together, I don't even feel embarrassed about it. (And then Sally's hair starts falling out including her scalp and I have no idea, I really don't. I think I just screamed, "WHAT?!" at my TV for the entire last two minutes of the episode.) 

Meanwhile, with the vampires, Kenny has decided that if Aidan won't turn him, someone else will. Enter Blake, an immature vampire who agrees to turn Kenny when he turns eighteen in exchange for getting to feed on him until then. Aidan tries to talk them both out of it because he's Aidan and this show wouldn't exist if these characters didn't all hate themselves just a little bit. They counter with, "Consenting adults!" and he counters their counter with a judgemental glower. 

Somehow in the midst of dealing with the Kenny and Blake drama, Aidan finds time to have a love interest this week. Her name is Kat, she's living in Nora's old apartment, and she's the kind of gal who will bring you baked goods while you wait around in the hospital to see if your loved one will live or die. In short, she's exactly the kind of girl Aidan would want, and exactly the kind of girl he should probably avoid, lest he end up pissing off Nora even more by accidentally draining her or something. But common sense is in short supply once their witty banter gets going. Kat says, "I love history!" and Aidan replies, "What a coincidence! I lived history!" And really, who needs romance when you have a guy who can talk to you about early American infantry? 

So back at the hospital, Aidan tries one last time to convince Kenny to not let Blake turn him, since he doesn't want Kenny to be tied to her the way Aidan was tied to Bishop. Kenny points out yet again that Aidan has left him no choice, which leads Aidan to finally agree to do it himself. The next time he sees Blake, he basically turns into Bill Compton from True Blood (I feel like I should apologize pre-emptively for putting this in all of your heads, but... come on, you were thinking it already, weren't you?) and all but shouts at her, "KENNEH IS MAHN!" in a delightfully bad southern accent. I mean, those exact words never leave his lips, but that's the basic point and if you didn't make the connection, then... well, congratulations. You probably don't watch True Blood and thus are spared having to picture the possessive glower-off that's currently going on in my brain. 

Oh, and then Liam finds Blake alone in a dark alley and lets her go when she tells him that Aidan's a purebred werewolf killer. I don't buy that Liam would let her go, even in his shock, but mostly I'm just groaning because that is going nowhere positive, I am sure of it. Oh, well. Who doesn't love a good vampire torture scene, right? We're bound to get a good one out of this. 

And finally... oh, werewolves. They are just breaking my heart this season. You know that feeling when you keep saying that you want character development for a certain person on a show, and then you finally get it and the development is heartbreaking and you kind of wish you'd never wanted it in the first place? That is how I am feeling about Nora this season. She's my favorite character most days, so of course I've been wanting more of her, but lately every time she opens her mouth I just feel so bad for her that I want to retroactively apologize to a fictional character. (What is this show doing to me this season? How is it this good?) 

She's naturally devastated over Erin being injured by Aidan in the ensuing fight after she poisoned his blood, and she blames Aidan because she relates to a teenage girl being abused. (Here come the waterworks.) Josh keeps pointing out that Erin isn't exactly an innocent in all this, but Nora's protective of the women around her and it's only natural she'd be protective of Erin in particular — Erin's not just her sort-of adoptive ward, she's Nora's packmate. In a way, Nora's wolf almost sort of accepted Erin's wolf as an adoptive pup. 

Then, the best thing happens. Emily, the second of my favorite recurring characters who show up in this episode, arrives to give Josh their grandmother's engagement ring because she just intuitively knows that he wants to propose to Nora. Emily is the best sister a former werewolf could have, I'm pretty sure. 

So after Nora asks Josh if he'd pick Aidan over her now that she kind of hates him and all, Josh says that even though Aidan's like his brother, he'd still pick Nora because she's his everything. It's kind of sweet until Liam shows up and suffocates Erin, leaving Nora to assume she died because of the injuries Aidan inflicted. Aidan shows up while Josh is trying to comfort her and it's one of those, "This is already coming back to bite you in the butt, dude," moments. The fact that Aidan doesn't immediately flee tells me he's braver than I give him credit for, because an angry Nora is a scary thing indeed. Angry and grief-stricken? Not something I'd want to mess with, that's for sure. 

I hope none of you have high blood pressure, because this episode was tense from start to finish. I don't think I breathed properly from the start until after the credits had finished rolling. The writers aren't pulling any punches this season, and I am loving every second of it.

Read Kaci's review of the previous episode, What's Blood Got To Do With It?, here.

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I really enjoy your reviews of this show.

In the UK version werewolves can't become ghosts, they skip over that phase. I was suspecting if that were true in the US version, perhaps if Sally became a werewolf perhaps the witch wouldn't be able to grab her soul since she would skip over that phase. I was thinking if her life were in danger from the witch trying to kill her to grab her soul they might turn her into a werewolf so she'd be safe. (and then they'd find a way to kill Josh to turn him into the house ghost to balance the house out again). Now I'm not sure since they seem to be indicating her present undead state may not be stable.

re: "Sally's hair starts falling out including her scalp and I have no idea, I really don't."

I'm curious if it could be an unintended side effect of the changing the spell to allow her to see other people. (or an intended effect on the part of the witch to lead to an earlier death). Perhaps she doesn't heal anymore and is fragile and a slight tug will pull off things like scalp.

I know they explicitly mentioned at one point that werewolves couldn't become ghosts. Although that stuck in my mind, I don't remember if they were inconsistent and showed George going through a door. I don't remember if the issue has been addressed in the US series, I'm fairly sure we haven't seen a werewolf ghost (even one just going straight to a door) so they might be able to apply this solution.

Yup, it might also make sense for Sally to become a vampire, I just figured it would provide a nice symmetry to return to a trinity of the original characters being again a ghost werewolf and vampire, and that she might be less likely to go for that (especially given the shortage of safe blood).

I wound up popping in the series 4 Blu-ray last night, and George definitely becomes a ghost right after dying and goes through his door. (The scene can also probably be found on YouTube.) Now I don't know if that contradicts anything said in previous series, since I can't absolutely recall hearing anything about werewolves or vampires being unable to become ghosts in either the US or UK versions of the show.

As the first part of this season of the US show started, I found myself wondering if they were going to shuffle the deck a bit while managing to keep a trinity by making the newly resurrected Sally into a werewolf and Josh would wind up dying and becoming a ghost.

I seem to remember in the episode A Spectre Calls Kirby tells Tom that werewolves can't be ghosts, that's the only reference I recall, and it's not clear that Kirby was telling the truth (fiendish chap that he was). Then again, and as much as I love the show, they do occasionally tweak the universe it's set in (werewolf blood is fatal to vampires? How many times would THAT have come in handy previously?)

I'd have to believe that Kirby must've been lying. I don't know why Tom would believe him... Tom was standing right there when George's ghost appeared and could clearly see ghost George.

I could see if that was a reference from an earlier series and the writer forgot, but literally George as a ghost was only a few episodes earlier.

I cannot staaaaand Nora she's always been bad . First she straight snoops josh just to get herself scratched. Then she teams up with the evil twins and even after they try to kill adain and even threaten josh and turn her into a killer she choses to hurt josh and leave him by traveling the world with psycho girl twin. Then she comes back and makes josh kill his maker who didnt do anytging to them. And then she forces josh to semi adopt this history of violence runaway girl. Who he doesnt want in the first place. And then runaway tries to kill aidan and he has to defend himself nora comes off all superior and self rightous about violence following him when in reality shes killed quige alot of people herself. I think her wolfy primal instincts to dislike vampires is taking over and she has never been good at self control sooo. I think she needs to die.

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