BEING HUMAN “I Want You Back (From the Dead)” Review

BEING HUMAN (SyFy) "I Want You Back (From the Dead)" Episode 9
BEING HUMAN “I Want You Back (From the Dead)” Episode 9 – The need to touch and be touched – for some of us it won’t die, and for some of us it take us to the breaking point. It’s the humans who haunt the monsters and we won’t let them go. So begins “I Want You Back (From The Dead)”. Aidan’s friendship with Bernie, the boy across the street, comes back to haunt him when the child is hit by a car outside the apartment. Sally meets an old friend from college and Josh is settling into his relationship with Nora.

Ah, if it were all just a matter of life and death and the day-to-day existence of BEING HUMAN. But it’s not, at least not for these three.

Josh is panicked about where the relationship could lead, what could happen considering what he is. Sally’s old friend has issues, even in death, more to the point his issue is his death: he relives it every day. Aidan is lost, seeking to numb himself and losing himself along the way. Surprisingly, for Aidan, it’s Rebecca that steps in and stops him in a night of madness, but things look grim when Bernie dies. Well, not exactly, Rebecca helps there too, and Bernie turns up again “changed”. Of course, changing kids is not a good idea.

“I Want You Back (From The Dead)” is by far the darkest episode of Being Human yet. It’s dealt with issues and questions that the show has been leading up to, or glancing past, but never really (pardon my pun) sunk its teeth into. It is also, because of that, the most emotionally engaging episode so far.

Now, I’ll admit, I have been less of a fan of Aidan’s storyline than some other, more wolfish characters. But tonight I was held breathless by his struggle. It was really his story that dominated tonight and it was brilliantly done. First as he faced Bernie’s death, then Bernie’s new “life” as a vampire, coming face to face with what that meant. Of course, it could only end badly, and my heart just ached for him. When he finally broke down and told Josh what had happened, his pain was palpable, desperately reaching out to his best friend for comfort and what he received was anger. Whether the anger was deserved or not, it was all he got and he was left to make the final decision on his own. His grief when it all ended was… so very human.

Aidan’s story might have dominated, but that doesn’t make Sally and Josh’s own moments any less poignant.

I think Sally’s discovery about herself was so very sad. It’s been an issue they’ve been dancing around, but it just came home in this episode. How she loses herself in her partner and his happiness becomes her only concern. As she struggled to deal with an ever-dying boyfriend who it turns out was content to remain that way, she realized that she was almost replaying her relationship with Danny. And we all know how that ended. It’s an interesting approach to the cycle of the abused woman, not really spoken aloud, but in this context gives a lot of food for thought without becoming overwhelming.

You didn’t think I would skip Josh did you? He is struggling with his own demons, that ever present monster who he is and what it could mean to his relationship and so he puts it on hold to protect Nora. I just wanted to shake him, you can’t protect someone that way, you have to take a chance sometimes and his speech to her at the end was amazing. Josh is learning, maybe.

I know I keep saying this, but it’s true, this show gets better every week and it’s at the top of my must-sees. Monday nights do not phone, do not stop by, do not bother me unless you intend to join me in Being Human.

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