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Being Human US.
I’ve just had the pleasure of watching the first episode of the new season of Being Human US, ‘It’s A Shame About Ray’.
Rather than pick up in the woods where we last left our favourite werewolves, we’ve jumped forward a year and a half — and one of our werewolves…well, isn’t. In a twist, Josh killed Ray to save Nora, and ended up saving himself. He’s no longer a wolf, but apparently the rumours were wrong: it didn’t cure anyone he’d sired as promised, and Nora is still a wolf.
So our intrepid nurses (that’s right! Josh is no longer an orderly!) have spent the last year and a half trying to find Sally and Aidan, mostly through the use of fake psychics who seem to want nothing more than to sell Josh candles and tea. But when the psychic who once tried to exorcise Sally refuses the job, they find themselves meeting with a witch, and she says they have to have the heart of someone they’ve killed. And then, because this show hadn’t thrown enough twists at me yet, the witch reveals that they’re not doing this by halves — if they’re bringing Sally back, then they are bringing Sally back, as in back to life in her own body. Cue a second grave-digging montage! Apparently Boston cemetery guards will let anyone in for any purpose at the going rate of $200. All the parts of their incantation thus acquired, Josh has a minor panic attack over what exactly his life has become. Too late, though, because the spell succeeds.
Back in limbo, our three favorite ghosts are trapped in an endless loop of suffering — Nick relives his death by drowning, Stevie is forced to watch his family live their lives without him while he hangs from a tree outside the window, and Sally collects the boys and then tries in vain to get Josh or Aidan to welcome her home. So when the door finally opens as a result of Josh and Nora’s intervention, Sally insists that the boys go through first before finally going through herself. What happens next is a little unclear — Sally keeps saying, “Stevie. Nick. Here,” which Josh and Nora interpret as meaning that the two boys just woke up in their own graves, but that doesn’t quite mesh with what the witch said about the salve she made from Ray’s heart being needed to revive Sally’s body. Are Stevie and Nick now trapped in Sally’s body with her? Was she asking if they were there as ghosts? Are they really in their own bodies, but in a horrible state of decay? Also, what exactly is Sally now?
After the spell is done, the witch uses the blood from Ray’s heart to locate his body, eventually finding it in the woods and asking ‘What do we do with you?’ Hopefully we’ll find out what seemingly sinister plans the witch has for Ray in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, during the eighteen months Aidan was underground, a nasty strain of flu went around the Boston population. The humans vaccinated and drugged it out of their systems, but it left their blood poisonous to vampires, and the population is slowly dying. An entrepreneur (I use this term loosely) named Mickey somehow finds Aidan’s grave and digs him up, as his blood is rumored to be “pure” and able to cure the sick vampires.
Aidan is eventually rescued by Atlee, who intends to take him to the Amish so that they can all feed from him and be healed. Aidan, having apparently gone mad from his confinement and lack of blood, hallucinates Sally, Josh, and eventually Bishop, the latter of whom encourages Aidan to fight for his freedom. He’s too weak, though, and his attempt to attack Atlee just leads to Atlee deciding to feed on him then and there. It turns out that his blood isn’t the cure they were promised and Atlee turns to dust right there at the wheel, leaving Aidan to crash into a pole and be flung from the vehicle. As he lays there, he hallucinates Josh and Sally realizing that he’s dying and he vows that he won’t, but he’s drained and lost with apparently no means of communication and no one safe to feed on to heal himself. How will he survive?
It was a brilliant first episode back, which left plenty to mull over until the next episode airs. Hopefully we’ll ge tthe answers to some of our questions next week.
Thanks for reading.