Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Gianpaolo Venuta, Kristen Hager, Sarah Allen, Alison Louder, Angela Galuppo
Writers: Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke
Director: Charles Biname
Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM
Airdate: February 21, 2011
In the latest BEING HUMAN episode “It Takes Two to Make a Thing Go Wrong,” werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) makes up with hospital colleague Nora (Kristen Hager) and she agrees to come over to the house to have supper. Unfortunately, this is while ghost Sally’s (Meaghan Rath) emotions are making the building shake. Vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer) calls Sally’s fiancé/murderer Danny (Gianpaolo Venuta) over to the house, where Aidan beats him up and terrifies him by vamping out.
Josh’s younger sister Emily (Alison Louder), who has just broken up with her girlfriend, later turns up at the hospital, demanding crash space at the house. Aidan has very mixed feelings about a vamp porn DVD he’s been sent by on-again, off-again flame Rebecca (Sarah Allen), which shows her seducing and killing a man.
When Josh persuades all of his roommates to go out to a bar for the evening, Aidan runs into Rebecca, who clearly wants him back but says she is trapped by vampire politics into doing what she does; Sally runs into a fellow female ghost, who has been tormenting her still-living ex for years; Emily goes out to the alley for a cigarette and is attacked by a vampire. She makes it back to the house, and Josh and Nora rush her to the hospital.
This is all quite eventful, but somehow it doesn’t register much emotionally. The flirtation between Josh and Nora is pleasant and humorously written, so that we enjoy their banter, but Aidan’s confrontations with other vampires and Sally’s depression about what Danny did to her both feel thoroughly covered in previous episodes – it’s more than time for something new to happen with both plotlines. Having Josh’s little sister attacked is a departure from the U.K. series and ups both the emotional and narrative ante significantly, which is a plus, but so far, BEING HUMAN isn’t showing the enjoyment of its characters as well-rounded individuals (instead of people who are pretty much defined by their fears about themselves) in the manner of the original, while not coming up with its own definitive take on the subject matter.
Witwer is actually pretty compelling and Louder gives Emily a welcome liveliness within the young woman’s post-breakup unhappiness. The show is watchable, but it really needs to find its own identity and move forward without so much reiteration of the characters’ dissatisfaction with the inhuman condition.
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