SPOILER WARNING – If you have not watched the Finale to Season 2 of Being Human, do not read this. Consider yourself warned.
This past Monday marked the end of the second Season of the Space/Syfy version of Being Human. It was a crazy (and, at times, bumpy) ride that really took Aiden (Sam Witwer) Josh (Sam Huntington) and Sally (Meaghan Rath) to the edge. While I feel that some of the best moments happened for all 3 characters this season, I am also left with the dread of a question “Where do they go from here?”
This past season saw Aiden fall back into old habits hard, both in his former life as a “company man” in the service of the upper crust of the organized crime-like vampire society and in his addictions to blood. Sally also wrestled with demons as she experimented with possession and developed a split personality disorder, creating a “reaper” alter-ego that acts as judge and executioner over ghosts. The only character who attempted to run from his dark side instead of embrace it this season was Josh, who still toyed with the idea of killing the man that made him into the werewolf that he is. Needless to say that the bad side of the street was focused on a lot in Season 2. So much so that each character went through a seeming personal Hell for at least half the season. As a fan, watching the crazy switches in emotional turmoil and the various plots and subplots unravel was very exciting. But as writer, taking a step back from the show as it comes out each week, it was almost scary to see how many great ideas they threw out on the table this year. Each plot twist was riveting, each story strong, no character left untouched. It was great to watch but left with that nagging feeling of “are they doing too much?” With all the amazing ground they covered this season, it almost seems like there might not be much left to tell in the lives of these 3 outcasts. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with the avenues they took with each character this year. I just feel like a slower path might have been a smarter idea when it comes to the story telling. The last thing I want is for them to run out of “plausible” tales to tell and fall into the traps its British predecessor fell into. Thankfully, though they did present a great deal of stories for our spooky trio, they did not falter in telling some great ones, showcasing some phenomenal performances.
I feel like the mounted tensions of this season did bring out the best in Witwer, Huntington, and Rath, as well as the majority of the supporting cast. The season finale showed the culmination of these actor’s works especially. I feel the last episode leant itself wonderfully in giving the characters their individual moments to shine. Aiden, after witnessing the end of his beloved Suren (played by Dichen Lachman) gets to have a Han Solo in Empire moment as he’s buried in the plot she once inhabited – the vampire version of being frozen in carbonite. Sally, after playing the villain for half the season, and the remorseful ineffectual for the other, finally gets to knuckle up and sacrifice her own existence by shredding herself to get to “Limbo” in order to find a way to free the ghosts she once terrorized. Josh, like the rest of the episodes before it, has to deal with not only loss, but also putting the ones he loves in danger by going half-assed into a plan. Witwer, Rath, and Huntington share these moments with us beautifully. I felt for them every step of the way. I revelled in their triumphs and bravery. I cringed with every mistake they made. They allowed the audience to get lost in their characters like never before. And just like watching Empire as a kid, I’m equally satisfied with the cliffhanger ending but also annoyed that I have to wait to find out the outcome of it all. Which is exactly how I should feel with an ending like that.
All in all, this was a great season with some fantastical twists and turns that really paid off. But it’s next season that’s the big test. Will Aiden, Josh, and Sally be able to come back from the dark side? And will the show be able to continue the slanted realism that made it stand apart from its British counterpart? Time will tell. But rest assured, I’ll definitely be tuning in to find out.
And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!