This review contains spoilers.
3.5 Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Mouth
A big theme of Being Human is temptation. Everyone feels it at some point or other and the very act of being tempted is, well, one of the most human emotions anyone could ever feel. Temptation is primal – humanity as a species has been writing about it since we first learned to commit words to stone. So it’s not really all that surprising that in a show about characters seeking humanity, this theme comes up a lot. I mentioned in my reviews for last season that temptation was the overarching theme of the entire season. But wow, this season is doing it so much better than last year.
Most of the story is focused on Aidan, who has found his perfect food source: Kenny, a boy who lives in a bubble because any exposure to the outside world would kill him. Consequently, Kenny never had the disease and all Aidan has to do in order to feed from him is “take his blood for testing.” As long as he doesn’t take too much, he’s got himself a virtually limitless food supply. So all he has to do is either resist taking the blood at all, or if he does decide to take it, manage to do so discreetly and not get himself found out.
Being the master of bad decisions, Aidan promptly starts taking blood while showing all the subtlety of an elephant in a china shop. Did you guess that this leads to Kenny finding out that Aidan’s a vampire? Normally I’d say you get a cookie, but it was too obvious this time. Of course Aidan gets found out. He’s Aidan. Henry was not entirely wrong in his final assessment of Aidan’s character, after all.
Meanwhile, Sally is dealing with temptation of her own. Despite signals coming from Max in waves, he pulls away from a kiss after spending the evening as her date while doubling with Nick and Zoe. She talks to him the next day and they end up having sex in the viewing room at the funeral home. It’s a little creepy, but when he goes into full on panic mode about it, something is definitely not right. That would be Max’s mom, Linda, who haunts the funeral home and tries to keep any potential girlfriends away from him — she’s so successful at it, in fact, that Max was a virgin until their tryst.
How does she do it, you might ask? Well, judging from the fact that she possesses Sally to break up with Max and quit her job at the funeral home, I think we can make a judgement call there. Luckily, Sally has a ghost whisperer on her side, and Zoe hands over a necklace she wears that prevents ghost possession. After an attempted exorcism, Sally and Linda make up and Linda gives Sally her blessing because she doesn’t want Max to be lonely. There’s something intensely creepy about a mother being that entangled in her son’s love life, but…well. This show and it’s twisted morality. I love it.
Over in werewolf land, things are falling apart at the seams. Erin’s still missing and, after two of his weres try to kill Aidan only to find him healthy and strong thanks to Kenny’s blood, Liam demands that Josh and Nora kill Aidan for him. Given that Nora doesn’t trust Aidan to control himself, she’s not completely resistant to the idea. And bless Josh, really, because he’s an idiot with a heart of gold. He shows up at Liam’s doorstep with a gun, flat out agreeing with Liam that the gun wouldn’t stop Liam from killing Josh if he really wanted to, and tells him that neither he nor Nora will be killing Aidan any time soon.
Later on, Liam shows up at their doorstep with Erin in tow and warns Josh to take care of his family. I can’t decide if it’s because he respects Josh or it was a threat, but either way, the werewolf family is reunited and it feels so good.
I really enjoyed this episode. I think it’s probably my least favourite so far this season, but when I say “least favourite of this season,” the second half of that sentence is, “but it’s still better than virtually all of season two combined.” It’s a great episode. Perhaps not my favourite, but solid and it focuses on character building, which was definitely necessary at this juncture.
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