Can you guys believe that this was episode TEN of a thirteen episode season? It’s really flown by. This episode managed to tie several stories together with a lot of skill, and I continue to be impressed with the mythology build that the show is currently working on. In a way, I think it’s made for a bit of a herky-jerky season, but I think that it’s ultimately working into a good show and I think there’s a lot of material being set up to lead into a really spectacular S2.
We finally got some backstory on Bishop, and it’s crazy how he and Aidan have not-exactly-but-for-all-intents-and-purposes swapped roles in the last 50 years. Again, I think that flashbacks are used to great effect on this show–they actually tell us a lot about the characters and the different time periods are great (and make sense). And again, I wish we had more time with this story. I was completely involved in Bishop’s human/vamp relationship and I wanted to see more of it, and I wanted to see more Asshole Aidan. I had enough time to get invested in that story but not quite enough time to make the leap to choosing to rule Boston over his true love and how he ended up killing her.
And you know, it’s weird, because on a lot of US shows, or regular network shows, whatever, I find myself thinking it might be better for them to have shorter seasons, to have to tighten up their storylines. I think it’s interesting how on this show, I actually wish they had MORE episodes to be able to give some of these stories room to breathe and maneuver a bit. I know Being Human got renewed for S2, I just don’t know what the episode order was. My guess is 13 again, so I’ll be curious as to whether the pacing changes or not next season.
Anyway, I was also a fan of the Dutch … how Volturi of them, right? Except, you know, with actual killing and stuff. That’s another thing I think this show is really good at–subtle tension. Nice. They seemed very menacing and in spite of all the “live and let live” bullshit flying around, you could tell it was SO not like that. Any time vampire stories introduce vampire politics, I am always SO FUCKING ON BOARD. I find it fascinating how an internal structure would work in a secret group of people who were hundreds (or thousands) of years old. More, please.
Obviously Josh got dragged into this via being picked up to be in a dog fight and yes, they did it on True Blood (and maybe on the UK Being Human, but I don’t know, haven’t seen it), but it still felt fresh. And man, Aidan telling Josh to take his clothes off and Josh hating it but doing it because he trusted Aidan? It’s the subtleties, people–all the little mind games, all the little unspoken conversations–it’s what’s making this show cross over from good to awesome.
Same issue with all this–it was good, I just wanted more. I wanted more of the old guy, wanted more of the science and medicine, wanted more … time. But how great is it when your biggest complaint about a show is just that you want more of it?
As for Sally, she was woven into this story by way of wanting to be more involved in the boys’ lives, but she’s not able to do anything physically. She was there for Josh, and she was justifiably bitching out Aidan, and while none of this was particularly FASCINATING in and of itself, I do like the idea of watching Sally figure out her place in the world, and in this specific world, with Josh and Aidan.
So all in all, a good episode. Aidan is back with Bishop, at least for the time being, and he’s fairly certain that the Dutch are going to kill him tomorrow, so we’ll see how that plays out. And also, because I haven’t said it nearly enough, I love Mark Pellegrino SO MUCH. I think he’s amazingly talented at everything he does and he plays all sides of Bishop so perfectly. I can’t imagine anyone else in the role.
One small thing before we wrap up … does anyone else think the timeline on this show is weird? I mean, there’s a full moon like every episode, but it doesn’t really seem like a month passes between each. It’s like the opposite of True Blood, where in three seasons, only a few weeks passed on the show. I just find it … what’s the word? A little disorienting, maybe? Has anyone else noticed this or given it much thought?
Alright, so, what did you all think of this one? How did the flashbacks work for you? What did you think of the Dutch? Do you think Josh and Sally were right to be so pissed at Aidan at the end, or were you wondering where the fucking “thanks for getting me out of the werewolf cage” was? Any other thoughts? Comments!
Tags: Being Human