Being Human (USA) season 3 finale review: Ruh Roh

Review Kaci Ferrell 9 Apr 2013 - 07:00

Kaci bids farewell to an impeccable season of Being Human (USA). Here's her review of Ruh Roh...

This review contains spoilers.

3.13 Ruh Roh

The season three finale of Being Human is finally here and wow, did it deliver. I have to tell you all that when I found out that Jeremy Carver was leaving to go to Supernatural, I wasn't sure how to feel - on the one hand, he pretty much ran season two of this show into the ground, but on the other, season one was pretty great under his hand and I've never handled behind-the-scenes shake-ups very well. (You can imagine my constant anxiety with regards to The Walking Dead.) But luckily, Anna Ficke stepped up to take on her husband's former duties not only competently, but to the point that she far and away exceeded his tenure on the show. 

We begin with Liam. Being the creeper that he is, he's stalked Josh and Nora to their rustic cabin of werewolf sex in the middle of nowhere so that he can drag them back to the city and show them what happens when a vampire who has drunk werewolf blood sires offspring. They turn into those hideously deformed creatures like Kat's professor or Kenny. For the sake of clarity, I'm going to call them werepires despite the fact that that term is a bit misleading. (How awesome would it be if they wolfed out at the full moon, though?) 

Liam's then all, "I'm your maker now, Josh, I will nurture you!" and Nora's like, "If anyone's going to be nurturing Josh, it's going to be me, and also, I killed Brynn." Apparently Josh is no longer family once Liam finds out that Nora killed his daughter because he locks them in with the werepires and tells them to get to staking while he heads off to kill Kenny. (I'm not going to make the joke. It's too obvious. But did I burst into giggles while I was watching the episode? Yes. Yes, I did.) 

Meanwhile, Aidan and Kat are post-coital and giggly. If there's one big flaw in this season, it's that it's over and I still don't care about Kat as an actual character, but despite that, I can't deny that she and Aidan are cute. They're adorable with their banter about history and going to rare book archives like that's a totally normal place to take a date. Frankly, it's just nice to see Aidan happy that I'll welcome with open arms anyone who can put a smile on his face. Unfortunately, then Kat finds Sally's dead body and makes a run for it, swearing that she's going to call the cops. And... well, fair enough. That probably won't end well for her, but I'd probably judge her more if she didn't call the cops after seeing that. 

But the best part of Aidan's storyline is that we get flashbacks to the Department of Bad Wigs and Even Worse Accents, and somehow the accents are even worse this week than they usually are. I haven't seen the UK version of this show but I can pretty much guarantee you sight unseen that they outshine the US version in accents, if nothing else. Oh, Americans. We try. You Brits are more than welcome to make fun of us for this; we deserve it. 

So now that Kenny's awake, he's hungrier than a normal vampire and this causes Aidan to flashback to Isaac letting it slip that he's alive again to all the local townsfolk. Naturally, they decide that Aidan's the devil and Suzanna's a witch who must be drowned for her crimes. And honestly, did it not occur to them to just move to a new town where no one knew Aidan had died? I mean, honestly. 

So Aidan gives Kenny more food and heads upstairs to talk with Sally about how he wants a family and part of him wants to turn everyone into vampires, but he can't talk to them about this since he supposedly hates being a vampir, which is a little hypocritical. But before anyone has a chance to process this, Liam shows up and shoots Aidan in the brain

Because apparently I love publicly humiliating myself, let me just share with you the fact that I fell off my bed when this happened. I've been watching a lot of zombie stuff lately, so my mind has become accustomed to "head shot = dead forever," and somehow it hadn't reset yet to adjust to dealing with vampires, who are of course a whole different mythology altogether. And so for a second there, I legitimately thought they'd just killed off Aidan, and my reaction to that was apparently to fall off the damn bed. Are you laughing? Enjoying my (considerable) pain? Good, because that's the last laugh you're getting from this episode, as things immediately take a turn for the horrifying. 

Liam keeps shooting Aidan over and over just to watch him suffer, and then he throws Aidan into the basement with Kenny. He manages to pin Kenny down and is about to stake him when somehow, Sally manages to set the thing on fire. Josh and Nora arrive to try to help, and Kenny starts feeding on Nora. Everything gets hectic but somehow, finally, Sally and Aidan together manage to kill Liam. Let me repeat, y'all: Liam is finally dead. Yes, we may finally be free of the purebred werewolves storyline. 

And this is why I love Nora so much, because there she is, recovering from nearly having her throat torn out, and her biggest concern is that she's sorry Josh didn't get to kill Liam, because now he's stuck as a werewolf. I hadn't even thought of that, to be honest (too busy rejoicing; no more purebred werewolves, you guys!) but that's why Nora's so great: she has this huge capacity for empathy that helped her stay with Josh through those first, awkward days when he couldn't be honest with her, or to try to take in and nurture Erin when she clearly needed it most, or to try to befriend Sally before she could even see her. I hang out in the fandom; I know what gets said about Nora, especially after her storyline with Aidan this year. But this scene is a perfect example of why I love her so much, and A+ to Kristen Hager for being able to turn in performances that allow me to understand and forgive everything that happened with her this season. 

So anyway, Josh tries to talk to Aidan about Kenny, all, "Hey, so your son tried to kill my wife and that's going to be a problem," and Aidan decides to kill Kenny (I told you, the joke's too obvious! Stop waiting for it!) after he fixes things with Kat. His options are: try to explain this to her or just make her forget it ever happened and, being a vampire, he decides to enlist the help of his pal Blake and have her compel Kat into forgetting. Not cool, Aidan. Not cool. 

That taken care of, Aidan marches Kenny out into the woods to kill him, and Kenny's pretty much just resigned to the fact until Aidan has another flashback to killing half the town in revenge for them drowning Suzanna, at which point he yells at Kenny to run away from him. Kenny, smart boy that he is, runs. 

Later, at Sally's grave, Aidan, Josh, and Nora re-bury her and Aidan lies by letting them think he killed Kenny. (Oh my God, he didn't kill Kenny! There, I said it. Are you all happy? It's not even a good joke.) 

And as I said, I really do think Kat and Aidan are cute, but you know what else is cute? Aidan and Sally when he asks her if she wants to go to a movie and she says, "No thanks. But hey, have you noticed that it's easier to have relationships if you're both supernaturals?" and he goes, "You know, I had! Isn't that funny?" Yes, yes it is. Very funny indeed. 

But when he leaves, Donna appears and tells Sally that they're connected now, and then starts talking about destroying death spots like that's a thing I'm supposed to know about. I don't, but it's hard not to learn quickly when she pushes Sally down the stars and suddenly a giant hole opens up to eat the two of them. What the actual hell. (Actually! Literally! Quite possibly!) 

Finally, Josh and Nora have a heart-to-heart about how he saw his wolf in Donna's dimension and now he feels like it's with him all the time... which proves pretty much true when Nora goes looking for him the morning after the full moon and finds him... still in his wolf form. I scream, "What?" at the TV, which is truly the sign that another season of Being Human has come and gone. 

When all is said and done, this is probably going to be my favourite season of the series; aside from one or two mis-steps, I was on the edge of my seat the entire run, and I genuinely don't think there was a bad episode in the bunch. I have absolutely loved recapping this season for you, and I can't wait to come back for season four.

Read Kaci's review of the previous episode, Always a Bridesmaid, Never Alive, here.

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No comment on Suzannah getting out of a cab at the end of the episode?

Is that who that was? I couldn't figure out how I was supposed to know that face so I didn't want to say anything. That's a head-scratcher, for sure.

I honestly have no theories there, so just add in another, "WHAT?" to go along with the Josh-is-still-a-wolf one and you're good to go. :)

Duh lol it's probly his great great great so on and so fourth grand daughter because he told his son to run away before he even showed the towns people he was a vamp , he took a beating his son to run away then after he was gonna slaughtered the fools

And do you have any knowledge as to if anybody is signed on for a fourth season? I Checked and last year they renewed after a couple episode s but have heard anything about a fourth? It SCARES me lol

Possibly. Although one has to wonder how a child Isaac's age survived in a town full of people who hated his parents.

Who knows. Next season can not come quickly enough.

me too! I NEED IT TO COME BACK!!!

I don't, I'm sorry. I tried asking Sam Huntington last night on Twitter but I don't exactly have access so it went unanswered.

My guess is that it will be renewed because it's a solid performer for a network that, quite frankly, hasn't had a show pulling in numbers like BH does since BSG went off the air. I can't imagine that they'd cancel it, especially since they have other shows that don't perform as well as BH does that somehow get renewed every year, too.

But I don't know for sure, unfortunately.

Sometimes, for whatever reason, renewal notices come late. Other, much larger shows on other networks that we pretty much know are going to be renewed haven't gotten official announcements yet, so I'm hoping that BH is in that category.

Is this worth watching? Watched all of the british series though

I haven't seen the British series (I didn't want to be recapping this and constantly comparing the two, so I've avoided seeing the original) but my personal opinion is that this show stands on its own (as far as I know, only the first few episodes are at all similar to the original). Season one did a great job of establishing itself as its own show, but I'll be honest that season two wasn't that great. Season three has been pretty much amazing from start to finish (as I said in the review, I don't think they had a single bad episode out of all thirteen).

I think it's worth watching the first season; if you don't like it, then you probably wouldn't get much out of continuing, but I think season one clearly establishes what this show is and the kind of quality it's capable of, so if you do like it, then it's probably worth it to slog through the let down of season two to get to the (truly great) third season.

It's definitely worth it.

I have this feeling that Bishop turned Suzanna shortly after she was dunked in the water. Knowing Bishop, he probably stuck around after turning Aiden to watch him, and he saw a chance to get Suzanna as well. I really want Kenny to find a cure, because I've had this image of Aiden as the cool older brother since Kenny was introduced, and the poor guy really needs someone to redeem him. Sure there's Kat, for now, but no one understands like another Supernatural.

Sally and her fire, that was amazing. I think Donna dragged her to Hell (pun intended). Once again, we're stuck wondering what happened to Sally, and I hope they renew the show for a fourth season. But I think I'm glad she's getting dragged into another horrifying adventure instead of moping around and being lonely, though maybe Sally's part-witch now or something.

I wondered throughout the whole season why the guys felt so threatened by Liam. I get he's the purebred werewolf alpha, but when he's human on the days between the full moon, he's just like everybody else—vulnerable. But now I see there was more to being a purebred. Like when Josh confronted Liam at his house with the gun, and Liam's like "You should leave, NOW", I was thinking "Um, he has the gun, and it's not a full moon..." but there was something special about Liam. Who knows, maybe Josh's changes are him becoming a pack leader or something.

Kaci, how do you think the leading ladies in Aiden's life will interact in the future? I mean Blake, Kat, and now Suzanna.

I worry about SyFy making dumb decisions. Alphas performed reasonably well for them and was a critical success and apparently got canceled (on a HELL of a cliffhanger!) for no reason other than that Summer Glau isn't allowed to be on a show that lasts longer than two seasons.
Last night was rough for finales. Not only did I get to see Being Human's, but caught up on Shameless from the night before. So many cliffhangers!

Aidan has a serious need for redemption. Between the Henry's threeway last year and the nurse (which they completely forgot about after it happened) this year, he's kind of on a roll when it comes to killing completely innocent women.
I want Josh to really come to terms with his wolf. I have hopes that this cliffhanger means he might. That he'll discover how to become all zen with his dog-side so he can access the heightened senses he gets near the full moon all the time and maybe even turn into a wolf at will.

Good question! I was actually thinking about that after someone confirmed to me that it was Suzanna who got out of the cab. Honestly, I think adding Suzanna in was one too many ladies in the mix. You have Kat, on the one hand, who is likable enough and several times this season they hinted at a future romantic connection for Sally and Aidan, which I guess makes her and Kat romantic rivals. The two of them plus Aidan makes a triangle, and bringing Suzanna in makes it a love...square or something, and really, three ladies with romantic designs on one guy is just one too many in my book. Maybe that's not where they're going with this and I'll be eating my words next season (I hope so!) but if this *is* where they're going, then it's just a bit too much for me.

As for Blake...I really love the idea that Aidan owes her. I like her as a character, so the idea of her having this thing to hold over Aidan is kind of awesome.

Predictions for where they're going with this...I think Kenny pretty much has to return at some point, since they'll have to continue the story line of the werepires, and I think Blake will be involved with that since she was Kenny's other main contact point in the world of vampires before he was turned. As for what she'll want from Aidan, I can only guess; maybe he'll find a way to cure Kenny and she'll demand he share it, which now he's hesitant to do after what happened the last time he shared secrets with her?

I think he'll continue dating Kat next season, but that relationship will be difficult due to 1) Suzanna, 2) having to keep secrets from her, 3) the guilt of knowing he violated her mind, and 4) his budding relationship with Sally whenever she gets back from...hell, I guess. If she's even still the same person when she returns.

I just hope they walk a delicate line with his love life and the balance of Kat, Sally, and Suzanna. Love triangles are already a hit or miss thing on TV; a love square? Come on.

Fair point. Most shows don't get their official renewal announcements until upfronts (which I think are next month, but I might be wrong about that date), so I'm not too worried yet, though. But who knows; you're right about Syfy making some pretty terrible decisions in recent memory so I might be completely wrong. I hope not, though.

I would love that; I've been hoping they introduce a "perm-wolf" state since Brynn and Connor's theories in season 2, but I wonder if the vision he saw in Donna's world was actually Donna's magic affecting him. Consider that his wolf was afraid of him an episode before, but after that vision, his wolf became hostile—if it was just a vision. And now maybe the wolf has "defeated" him in their shared zen-world, so he doesn't have to surrender his form to Josh's. I forgot about Henry's three-way, that sneaky bastard. I actually did not like his character because he seemed far beyond hope and he pulled Aiden into the world he was trying so hard to escape, but I was hoping Kenny would succeed where Henry failed (wow, I sound like a mad scientist). I guess not, now that he's a ghoul (I'm standing by that term!).

I almost forgot about Aiden and Sally's potential romance. They had the cutest moments, and they really connect because of their past horrors—no one will understand them like they do each other. I like Kat, she's really sweet and adorably dorky, and Suzanna (when she was alive) was a majorly supporting wife. I know people are more open to freaky stuff today because we're desensitized by the media, but she accepted her husband's condition and even thought of it as a miracle in a time when teenagers were more obsessed with horse-riding than the zombie-apocalypse, so she's in my good graces; I don't know how she may feel now after 2 centuries. Blake is definitely falling into the femme fatale trope. As manipulative she is, and considering how many times Aiden one-upped her this season and knowing the karma on Being Human, Blake is really going to get the jump on him. But no one has had an equal balance of spark and understand with Aiden as Sally has, and he's always confident in her. Ah, I'm a romantic :)

I'm hoping that they do more with the 'werepires' than just having Aidan cure Kenny. There's some real potential for some nasty stuff in there. When they first introduced the concept I was thinking of something along the lines of the baddies in Blade II, super-vampires who could only feed on other vampires. Though even if they don't go that way, it'd be cool if they could do something Other with what Kenny (and the others) have become. There was definitely a hint last night when Kenny went to town drinking up Nora's blood but showed absolutely none of the negative reactions to it that most vampires have. Maybe these sub-vampires discover that by drinking supe blood they get something out of it, something powerful enough to make up for all looking like extras from a The Hills Have Eyes sequel.

I like that idea, and good catch about him not having a negative reaction to Nora's blood. I hadn't caught that.

Katherine Isabelle (Susannah) has not been in this series enough. Watch "Ginger Snaps" and tell me if you disagree.

lmao i was about to ask the same thing!

This season has been satisfying. All the characters have good storylines, and I particularly enjoy Sally's. I hope we'll see more of her kicking ass next season.

I feel bad about Kenny, but I'm pretty sure they're going to do something with that character in season 4. The possibilities with the "werepires" are too good to pass up.

Aiden killing the Nurse was a dream wasn't it? He was craving blood, he dreamt of killing and feeding, then he woke up with black eyes and Kenny saw it. Thats how Kenny found out Vampires were real.

I also would be surprised if Josh remaining a wolf in the day is a Alpha Purebred thing, because that is what Brin and whatsisname wanted, you would think they would know if it was something their dad could do.

I've seen both, and it is definitely worth seeing both. There is some repetition in plots, but they are never exactly the same. It's kind of like being able to read the Walking Dead comic and still enjoy the tv show. Also, since there have been 5 series' of 6 episodes each of the UK show I think there have already been more episodes broadcast of the US version, and the majority are entirely new plots.

Speaking of the UK version, the actress who plays Nina (Nora's equivalent) plays her as English, but she herself has a really thick Irish accent. So there American Institute for Historical Bad Wigs and Accents! (interestingly, the Actor who plays Mitchell the Vampire in the UK show is called Aiden Quinn, which is clearly where the US name of Aiden the character came from).

season finally was AWESOME and i hope & pray that they comeback so many questions, josh still a wolf? sally is in hell? suzanna at the end? and aidan owe like half of the city? and those things "werepires"(like you are calling it) Season 4 have to be like unbelieve

Excellent news, everyone who asked! BH has been renewed for season four. Whoo!

Could the werewolf be Kenny because he ran away in the woods?

It's COMING BACK!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I usually record the show and watch it later, so I just finished it and here are a few opinions I have. First, about Josh...there are a number of theories that came to my head when I saw that he had not changed back. 1) Liam had said that his blood was different since he was a pure bred and he was interupted before he could explain and he never went back to it...this is the most likely theory that the pure blood has a more lasting affect (not perm but maybe harder to change back to human). 2) The conversation between Nora and Josh when Nora asked if Josh really wanted to even lose his wolf...I think that it is possible the Josh came to terms with his wolf, even liked him, and let himself go to the wolf and it took over more than it would when he was fighting what he was and since it is pure blood in him the wolf decides when to change back and is not hendered by the moon. 3) I am surprised this is not brought up more in the show, but Josh is not just any wolf...he was a wolf but "broke" the curse and then was turned for a second time. We saw the residual affects of Josh's reaction toward the wolf the first time he was one (the wolf was almost afraid of him when he became a wolf again and avoided him when he meditated), maybe this is another residual afect.

Now for the possible love "square". People keep mentioning the relationship between Sally and Aiden. I do not think it is a romantic relationship. I think that they feel more like brother and sister than anything else. Sally proves that by falling in love with another man while being corporal rather than persuing anything with Aiden. I think they trust eachother and understand eachother so they treat each other as confidants. They tell each other their darkest secrets. As for Aiden and Kat...since the series began Aiden has struggled with his own morality. It is obvious that something will happen involving the "campelling" of Kat. He will, more than likely, break down and tell her everything or it will end up like with Henry and his "feeder" (I cannot remember her name). Remember she had to be compelled multiple times because it started to wear off after a while, maybe Kats "spell" with eventually wear-off and Aiden has already admitted that he is no good at compelling and I seriously doubt that he will want to stack up favors with Blake. As for Suzannah...the theory about Bishop turning her would not surprise me. I seriously doubt that she is his great, great, great, blah. blah granddaughter since it appeared like she had a longing look in her face and that she was watching Aiden when she got out of the cab. She even took a second look at him and, to me, appeared to start following him. Since they have already introduced the witch thing with Donna, I would not be too taken aback by finding out that she is a witch (especially since she was already drowned by people thinking that she was one). I am more concerned with her timing. Why now? If it is her, why did she wait so long to find Aiden? She has something up her sleeve and I am almost positive it will be that she is not the same woman she was when with Aiden.

And finally, Kenny. To be honest, I noticed the lack of siezures when he ate from Nora too. I was half expecting the next time we saw him that the extra dose of wolf blood would have straightened him out. I still kind of think that, it just takes time for it to have an affect. If it does not be "fix" his condition than I would half expect him to pop up in the next season has some sort of leader of a hybrid pack. He will probably end up as some major plot turning bad guy, as many tv "mutant" orphans do, hell bent on making his creater, that abandoned him, pay for what he did.

Well that is the end of my predictions/opinions.

Is anyone still on this review? I had two questions I really need answered in this last episode

First off if everyone (Vampires) are becoming deformed from werewolf blood. Why wasn't Aidan? I know someone will say he drank a couple sips compared to the other vamps then how does that explain his offspring??? Kenny was deformed before he even fed!!! So he didnt have any werewolf blood in his system so why did he deform?? Makes no sense.

Can you give an opinion on the question I posted?

Drinking the werewolf blood doesn't make them deformed. Being sired by someone who drank werewolf blood results in deformed offspring. So Aidan and all the other vampires who existed pre-flu pandemic will always look as they do now, no matter how much werewolf blood they drink. But any offspring they have will be deformed because they were born of tainted blood (since they have to drink their sire's blood to transform, they get werewolf blood in them as they're "reborn" into vampirism).

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