Being Human (USA) season 3 episode 8 review: Your Body Is A Condemned Wonderland

Review Kaci Ferrell 5 Mar 2013 - 07:20

This week's Being Human (USA) set up some tantalisingly tricky situations for our supernatural crew. Here's Kaci's review...

This review contains spoilers.

3.8 Your Body is a Condemned Wonderland

One of my favorite things in TV is when writers actually manage to stump me and I cannot, no matter how much I think about it, figure out how they're going to get their characters out of whatever bad situation they've written them into. I never love fiction more than when I'm shouting, "What? How?" at it because I am nothing if not that person who sits through horror films yelling at the characters to not open the door

This week's episode of Being Human managed to set that up while also confusing me greatly in the process, so let's just take it from the beginning. 

Nora is ticked. Beyond ticked. Beyond livid. She's so angry that there aren't enough adjectives to describe her current emotional state, and you really can't blame her. We have the benefit of knowing what really happened; she doesn't. And her anger is only corroborated when she sees the ghosts of the girls Aidan killed for Henry and they essentially prove Nora's opinion of him right. And while Josh keeps trying to stick up for Aidan, the girls quickly shoot him down by calling him an, "enabling, codependent assbag," which basically confirms Nora's opinion of his relationship with Aidan, too. (Okay, maybe not the assbag part. But seriously, no one can argue with the enabling, codependent part.) And as if the ghost girls weren't enough, there's Liam to reinforce the fact that Nora felt maternal about Erin and that Aidan is an awful murderer who killed her baby. 

Aidan, ever the peacemaker (except when he fails spectacularly at peacemaking, which is always) decides it's best if he breaks things off with Kat before they ever even go on a date. Their special brand of banter is once again at play when Aidan says, "We shouldn't go out," and her response is basically, "You're being ridiculous. I'll see you tonight, and also sometimes I dress up as a tavern wench for fun! I have lots of corsets!" And look, there is really no way to describe the face Aidan makes except that it's pretty clear his thought process is, "CORSETS!" complete with capslock and maybe a few extra exclamation marks besides. Dude looks excited, that's all I'm saying. So naturally, their date is back on before it was ever broken off. 

So Aidan and Kat go on their date, in which they wittily banter about the Revolutionary War and whether or not it was full of thrilling heroics. (Kat mentions one of her ancestors fought in the war. I'm sure that's not important or anything. I'm sure her ancestor wasn't the dude Aidan killed when he was first turned. Certainly not.) And then Liam shows up because he's somehow equipped with an Aidan-specific fun-seeking missile or something. So Aidan sends Kat away and basically hands himself over to be tortured. 

And then I have to wonder why it's apparently a television rule that all torture scenes must be accompanied by light-hearted oldies music. Have you guys noticed that? I can't remember the last time I saw someone get tortured to a good old fashioned villain monologue or a Top 40 hit. It's always love songs from before my parents were born. Who knew torturers had such old-fashioned taste? 

Meanwhile, Kat calls Josh to see if Aidan's alright since she hasn't heard from him since their date, so Josh decides it's time to be a hero and fetches the silver bullets. He arrives too late, though, just in time for Aidan to "confess" to killing Brynn in order to spare Nora from Liam's wrath. Josh starts firing and Liam injects Aidan with the virus before wolfing out himself. (One must wonder... why not just stake Aidan? Why bother with the virus at all? It's not like Aidan could've fought him off in that condition.) In the ensuing escape, Josh gets scratched by Liam's wolf. I'm not nearly as sad as I should be, though, because maybe this means that Josh will kill Liam and get cured again. That's probably unlikely, but a girl can dream and we've still got almost half a season to go. 

Meanwhile, Sally is trying to figure out this whole decomposing thing by asking Max about his body preservation techniques and stealing his supplies. When he catches her, she finally admits that she used to be a ghost and now she's the living dead, to which Max replies, "Oh, I know all about mental illness." She finally shows him where she's decomposing and he freaks out (understandable) and leaves. 

Additionally freaking out is Nick, who is also decomposing... until he eats a stray cat and finds that he's all better. I'm one of those people who still loves zombies, even though they're so over done right now, so I'm beyond excited about this development, especially given Sally sitting there with a mouthful of raw meat at the end of the episode. 

Elsewhere in the episode, Josh finally proposed to Nora and she said yes. Also, Sally referred to Aidan's ghosts as "human maxi pads" and I laughed so hard that I had to pause the TV. Actually, I laughed pretty hard when I saw the title of this episode, too, so props to the writers for both of those laughs this week. 

I'll admit that this episode dragged a little for me (the conflict between Aidan and Nora is frustrating in a way that reminds me of my feelings towards the conflict between Rick and Shane on season two of The Walking Dead) but then on the other hand, Josh is a werewolf again and Sally's a certifiable zombie so I honestly can't complain too much. 

Plus, I just genuinely don't know how they're going to deal with Aidan being infected (and with the virus apparently spreading pretty quickly), Sally needing the flesh of the living, and Josh being cursed again after all he did to cure himself last time. I also don't understand how Aidan didn't get infected when he drank the blood Erin tainted, but did get infected thanks to Liam. It's a corner with no escape that I can see, so next Monday can't come quickly enough.

Read Kaci's review of the previous episode, One is Silver and the Other Pagan, here.

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"I'm sure her ancestor wasn't the dude Aidan killed when he was first turned. Certainly not."

Actually, my theory on his particular detail in this episode is that Aidan is Kats ancestor. It makes sense and it would be one of those weird plot twists most people wouldnt see coming.

I do agree with the Aidan/Nora thing, its very tedious and it just makes me dislike Nora. I just do not believe she would have had enough invested in Erin and Liam for her to do a total 180 on Aidan after everything he did to save her and josh last season. I was never invested in Erin, I knew from the second she came onto the show she was gonna be a problem and it turns out she was, and I still believe she will come back as a ghost.

Of course Sally is going to die again, or maybe she lives and maybe josh gets de-wolfed again or maybe he stays a werewolf. It all comes down to Ray and the Witch.

Also, dont you find it odd that josh would storm into liams wolf den with no silver bullets and still not aim for the head.

Yes, I can't see how they are going to fix the Aiden dying thing. Maybe Aiden will be the new ghost and they are going to write vampires out of the series!!!

I don't think Aidan and Kat ever got to go on that date. I recall her saying that he simply sat through her lecture. They were going to go on the date after that, but good ol' Liam showed up.

I was also thinking along the same lines as iKings. I think he's her ancestor, but THAT just got me thinking. Has it ever been mentioned that Aidan had any children? I feel like it has but I'm not 100%

The Nora/Aidan dynamic is really annoying me right now. She's not cutting him any slack whatsoever, considering who's father she's dealing with and what she herself has done. Lastly, the Sally/whatever his name is relationship is really trying. I almost feel like I want to skip that every time they're on screen :c

I don't understand one aspect of this episode.
How did Liam transform into a wolf of his own volition?
Last season, Connor was trying to find a way to transform into a wolf on his own. But this certainly wasn't a full moon, so how did Liam become the wolf after Josh shot him?

I think it was a full moon. When Josh proposed to Nora earlier in the episode, he said, "I know tonight's a turn." It would also explain why Nora didn't show up at the scene, since she knew what was going down thanks to Josh's phone call and has a very vested interest in the outcome.

You know, that's a good question about if Aidan had children. I feel like they once mentioned him having a son, but honestly I could be confusing him with Bill Compton from True Blood because I am constantly comparing how similar they are in my head.

(The difference being that Aidan sometimes grows a sense of humor and becomes awesome; not so will Brooding Bill Compton.)

It's possible they're going there with Kat being his great-great-great something or other, but I honestly hope they don't because the Sookie Stackhouse novels already did that with Bill and Portia Bellefleur and I really don't need yet more reasons to constantly compare Aidan and Bill in my head.

I would be so happy if they wrote out all the vampire stuff from this show, mostly because I find the vampire politics stuff tedious. No clue if vampires can become ghosts but if they can, I would totally be down for that shake up.

I kind of feel like the vampire-unknowingly-dates-his-descendant thing has been done in the Sookie Stackhouse novels (and not very well at that), so I'm hoping this show isn't trying to do the same thing.

Honestly, I think a lot of the reason why Nora's so fixated on Erin isn't really Erin herself, it's Nora's projections of her. Nora relates to being abused, which Erin definitely was (for all that she was a rude, murderous brat, she was also a victim and it's important not to forget that). Now that Nora's in a place where she has the strength (both mentally/emotionally as well as physically, with her wolf) to stand up to abusers, it's only natural she'd become overly protective of the women around her (it also manifests in her warning Aidan away from Kat).

The fact that I understand with and sympathize with her reasoning doesn't make it any easier to watch, though. Like I said, it reminds me of the Rick/Shane conflict of The Walking Dead season 2. Both were right and both were wrong, and there was nothing wrong with exploring that, it's just that it took so long and was so drawn out that I got tired of it. That's kind of where I'm at with Aidan and Nora.

I think maybe Josh didn't want to kill him, since he was so upset by killing Ray, but who knows? I'm more concerned with why he hesitated at the top of the steps (thus leaving time for him to get scratched) rather than running for his life. You'd think the guy would've learned by now...

Yeah I think I remember him talking about his son around the time when his lady vamp friend in S1 turned the child. I can't remember if his son actually got to live out his life or he died young. And then there's that tattoo on his chest, which I can't remember the story behind. Geez, I need to review S1.

I really like Aidan and Kat's relationship. It feels more natural than Josh and Nora's and it just feels...right. I hope he doesn't actually turn out to be her ancestor.

Anyone know who the actresses are that play the dead ghost girls that are haunting Aidan? IMDB doesn't mention them, and I can't find anything via google.

Anyone know the name of the song at the end of the show?

YES OMG IKR, I was gonna say something about him standing at the top of the stairs just looking at liams wolf.

As much as I love this show, it pisses me off at how stupid its characters can be sometimes.

I just wish that there could be some team dynamic going on for an episode for once. The UK series always had its team dynamic going on while the US series has its trio in 3 different side stories all the time.

Also, IM finding it very hard to believe that Josh infiltrated an entire packs den with a single gun on a full moon.

If nora doesnt appreciate what Aidan Did for her....that will be the final straw for me about Nora. While I've always understood noras feelings about her own experiences and Erins....I just think shes being a bit too defensive of liam and too rage fest at Aidan .....especially considering she killed Liams daughter and was responsible for the death of Connor. By all means she was responsible for the death of both of his kids and thats going to blow up into her face. I wonder if Nina...I mean Nora will make it out of this season alive. Usually when a character gets all "IMMA GUT YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE" that means they are either gonna loose someone they love, or they die themselves. The Walking Dead is a great example of this. As soon as someone starts to open up or start to take charge/voice opinions they die.

There is a simple solution to this possibly. Aidan is dieing of a virus the vampires thought a certain kind of blood could cure. My theory is that the writers get aidan out of this bind by having a little Chicken A La Blood O' Kat. Who knows, I mean its one of the most obvious things to think of and when it comes to Syfy, simple and obvious has become the norm.

If I had been in Josh's situation I would have done the same thing, since he had a knife (a silver one?) in a sheath behind his back, but he had to keep it hidden until the last minute to have a chance of using it without getting killed. Which is what he did. OK he got scratched, but a human going up against a werewolf, let alone a purebred like Liam isn't going to last very long in most circumstances so a scratch is getting off easy.

Also I think Josh has noticed the whole torturer oldie music trope as well, since he knew right where to go as soon as he heard it.

Finally, I like to think that the virus is created from werewolf blood in the first place. It is toxic to vampires even in a super diluted form, which is why erins blood had no virus effect, because it was the real deal. It makes sense that a cure would come from the blood of a blood relative, so that is probably how Aiden will get cured,. She is the flakiest friend ever and a total hypocrite!! At this point I liked Erin more than I like Nora, I don't blame Erin, I believe she was a victim to Liam's manipulations and I totally see Nora being protective because she went through the same thing in her childhood but damn she just abandoned her friend, someone who's actually killed to protect her? Oh no friends don't do that. I hope Liam ends up killing her. But I HATE Nora and as a result I'm starting to hate everything associated with her. Including Josh! :( I understand he loves her and he loves Aidan so he's just trying to make it work out (for himself) but seriously???

Also Nora can believe Liam's a dangerous purebred killer but he absolutely would not have brainwashed a young wolf into trying to kill the very vampire he's already asked you and your boyfriend to kill?? The writers are stretching TV magic to it's limits now. I don't believe Nora can be redeemed. She has to go.

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