BEING HUMAN “The End of the World as We Knew It” Review

Being Human (SyFy) The End of the World as We Knew It

BEING HUMAN “The End of the World as We Knew It” Episode 5 – Death is a journey we take alone, though for some of us it takes us down a hidden path. That’s the thought that leads us into this week’s episode of BEING HUMAN “The End of the World as We Knew It.” After a month of living with the roommates, Ray is still there, not helping Josh. There is a new priest at the hospital, which would be good, but of course…

Yes, there’s an of course. The new priest was assigned not by just any bishop but Bishop, Aidan’s nemesis. He’s saving souls an all new way, by turning them into vampires. Just a little delusional. Always a good thing. Not. He is just a pawn in a larger plan, Bishop’s plan to let vampires out into the world.

And then there’s Sally. Yeah, that accidental death—so not an accident. Well, it was sort of an accident, the jealous rage kind of accident. Did that make you scream “I knew it!” at the TV?

No?

Well… I bet Ray’s revelation that he is the one that turned Josh did. I know I did. I knew it! And he passed it off as giving my Josh a gift? After killing his friend and turning him into what he is now, Ray has the gall to say it was a gift? Of course, he admits, eventually, that he wants something from Josh as well.

“The End of the World as We Knew It”, dealt with some deep issues, that ground is nothing new for Being Human, but they delved a little deeper and a little darker this week. The central theme really was death in so many ways, Sally’s murder, what Josh sees as his own death/murder and the priest at the hospital and his delusional saving of souls and Aidan’s confrontation with Bishop. Deep, dark stuff, and they didn’t pull punches, Josh’s bitterness was painful to watch, my heart nearly broke for him. Sally’s horror when she remembered her death left me breathless and Aidan’s ongoing struggle to hang onto his life had me cheering for him when he finally went after the priest.

I still find myself more drawn to Josh’s storyline as he struggles with what he is, and how to cope with his “curse”. I’m not quite sure what it is about the character, but he just strikes a chord, and when he says he’s a monster, I want to point out the moment he went to visit a patient on his day off. Just to show him he’s not. And his attempt at the end of this week’s episode to have a “family” meal was touching.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that Aidan isn’t sympathetic, or a likable character, not at all. He is caring and I am invested in his story, but Josh is so new to his experience that the raw pain resonates on the screen differently than Aidan’s long life. I enjoy the interplay between Bishop and Aidan. I am really starting to hate Bishop. Really, really. He’s not one of those bad guys that have a sympathetic side, and that’s good. I like them bad and he is. I don’t like his plans for the world, or what I suspect his plans for Aidan might be.

Sally, too, in her newly discovered un-life draws me in, and I find myself sympathizing with her plight, and cheering her as she makes each small step on the way to finding out who she is to become. And when she destroyed Danny’s place, I was more than cheering.

This was the best episode of a show that is getting better each week. I’ve said it before, I’m hooked, but I might be heading towards addicted. How can I tell? When the prospect of missing a show by even an hour (let alone a whole day) is enough to drive me crazy. I’m going to Copenhagen, and I am thinking about missing a TV show. I hope you’re happy, I am addicted to Being Human, and I am already craving a fix.

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