This review contains spoilers.
3.4 I’m So Lonesome I Could Die
It’s a testament to how dark last season was that the first adjective that comes to mind about this episode is…well, pleasant. Even when they struggle – and oh, they’re struggling and will likely continue to do so – it’s just an absolute joy to watch.
Take Josh and Nora, for instance, and their teenage werewolf ward, Erin. Taking care of Erin isn’t exactly a breeze, but it’s just so fun to watch the two of them navigate their pseudo-parenthood. They joke about how they haven’t adopted her and aren’t ready for children, but Nora’s constant need to make sure Erin is supervised and okay is very motherly, and Josh going to the metaphorical bat for Erin towards the end of the episode is straight-up protective dad. It’s an interesting dynamic and it’s entertaining to watch.
What’s not entertaining? Watching Nora’s family be uncomfortable at each other. I think we all know a family like that, and some of us even come from families like that ourselves. It was brutal to see. Even when Josh works up the courage to ask Nora’s dad for permission to propose to her, I just had to groan and cover my eyes because I knew whatever came next wasn’t going to be rainbows and kittens. (Definitely not rainbows and kittens? Nora’s confession that she killed Brynn. On the one hand, yay no more purebred werewolf twins! On the other… yikes, their dad is a scary guy.)
I pretty much cringed through the entire R.J./Erin scene at the house and the subsequent fight (especially when R.J. hinted to Nora that Josh might be more like her ex than she thinks), but I mean that in a good way. It was hard to watch, but it should be. R.J.’s a grown man and Erin is only fifteen; Nora’s family relationships are strained enough without adding this on top of it. As much as I want Josh and Nora to be happy, it’s important that they work through this together first. Nora seems to agree with me, what with her speech warding Josh off proposing just yet.
Off in living dead land, Aidan is dealing with Henry’s death by turning into a nineteen year old frat boy, complete with co-ed parties in the house. Again, you know last season was dark when Aidan risking his life by feeding off random people, possibility of infection be damned, seems comparatively light-hearted and easy to watch. Even Sally’s nightmares about killing everyone she comes into contact with if she leaves the house seem like a rousing good time, in the balance of things.
I really enjoy the dynamic between Sally and Aidan in this episode as she tries to understand why he’s being so reckless while also dealing with the fact that she has no identity now that she’s alive again. Their dance together was playful and cute, and while I haven’t seen the original UK series (all the better to provide you lovely people with unbiased reviews of the remake), I do know that their UK counterparts were together at some point. If the US version is headed for a Sally/Aidan hookup, I am definitely on board. Their chemistry is amazing.
In particular, the scene where Sally holds a stake to his heart while he confesses that he’s being so risky with his own life because of the guilt he feels for taking away Henry’s safe food source was really well-done. It’s hard not to love a dynamic that includes one person fondly telling the other, “You’re not alone. But you’re being a douchebag.”
On the other hand, Sally also has Max to deal with at the funeral home. After he catches her trying to steal a social security number from his files, he gives her the benefit of the doubt and offers her a job. Since I’m pretty sure no one does that unless they’re romantically interested in the person they caught snooping, I think it’s safe to say that if Aidan’s interested in Sally, he’s got some competition. On the other hand, maybe he’s too busy with other things to think about that right now, since he’s got his job back at the hospital and a kid with “bubble boy disease” to feed off of.
Only time will tell, I guess, but I am absolutely loving this season of Being Human. Season three has been a string of one good episode after another and I really hope they can keep the momentum up.
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