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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Turn This Mother Out" Being Human!

     SyFy's Being Human begins its sophomore year with "Turn This Mother Out." Mother (Deena Aziz) comes to town, with the Council, to decide what to do with all of the new vampires in Boston. Aidan (Sam Witwer) recommends mercy, but Mother not only disagrees, she puts her daughter in charge of Boston, with Aidan regulated to Second. Meanwhile, Nora (Kristen Hager) keeps her upcoming werewolf transformation a secret from Josh (Sam Huntington), who is being hunted by vampire council member Hegeman (Terry Kinney). And Sally (Meaghan Rath) attends her high school reunion, as do a couple of dead classmates.

     At first, it appears that Being Human might choose a different path for Nora than her UK counterpart, sparing her from the wolf curse. Alas, this is not to be. However, considering that she isn't captured and experimented on while Josh thinks she just dumped him, Nora does have an improved outlook. If Josh can get back to her, he can help her through the process, and she will have a relatively smooth transition. Plus, this should cement their relationship more than ever, since she appears to have forgiven him already for his unwitting part in her bad luck. Of course, that could change when she realizes the pain and trouble that comes with the werewolf transformation.

     Josh, though, may not be able to get back to her, as while he is turning, he is shot by Hegeman. It's no secret that the vampires have no respect for the weres, and think Aidan would be more integrated into their society, as they desire, with his pal Josh out of the way. The risk here, for them and Aidan, is that their machinations are exposed, and that would backfire on the other vamps in a big way. If Aidan knows that the Council has hurt Josh, he won't play their game anymore, instead turning on them, and likely destroying several before being killed in the process. Let's face it: there are too many who are too skilled for Aidan to survive such an assault. So hopefully he never finds out, even if what is happening, or might happen, to Josh deserves some justice.

     Aidan, himself, plays more into the other vampires' hands in "Turn This Mother Out." He asks for mercy for the newly made vampires, and seeks a way around Mother's decision when she denies it. But he doesn't openly defy them, nor does he refuse a position within their hierarchy. This demonstrates his willingness, or perhaps even a want, to get along with his larger society. It wouldn't be surprising if Mother orchestrates the newbies attacking her in front of Aidan, so that when Aidan kills one to defend her, it figures into his head that maybe Mother is right. Going forward, he may defer to her more and more. Which isn't going to be a good thing to his morality, which he struggles to maintain as it is.

     Sally's story in "Turn This Mother Out" is more pedestrian than her roommates'. She attends her reunion, and hangs out with a boy who commits suicide while in school, and a girl that she hates. Which means, that even though only those two can see her, she has a 'typical' television reunion experience. It doesn't help when the girl Sally hates gets her door and crosses over, leaving the ghost with some resentment.

     However, then things take a different turn when Sally sees another door. Opening it, the lights within turn dark and something attacks her. What is it? What's going on? In the UK version, the main ghost is trapped in the spirit world as a lure for the vampire. Does this mean Aidan is being set up by someone or something? Or might this US remake continue to take more creative liberties, and have something entirely different in mind?

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