Being Human Season 3 Review “What’s Blood Got to Do with It?”

Being Human (Syfy) Season 3 Episode 6 "What's Blood Got to Do With It"

On the latest episode of “Being Human,” we were treated to another title that served as a pun on an 80’s tune, in this case, “What’s Blood Got to Do with It?”– a riff on Tina Turner’s classic hit, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Looking back, I noticed that this was something they’d been doing on the show for some while that I never really noticed was a thing before now, as it wasn’t my job to review the show before this season. Now that I have, I think it’s pretty clever, and reminds me a bit of “Supernatural,” who does a similar sort of thing. In the case of “Being Human,” it actually does serve as a bit of a clue to what’s going on as well in the episode, which is pretty cool in reflection.

In this case, one did in fact wonder, what blood had to do with it, and it wasn’t necessarily the obvious one. We know that Aidan has been struggling with the vampire virus and having to find clean sources of blood, so there’s that. However, as it turns out, there was a bit more to that title that meets the eye.

We started out with a reluctant Aidan, who was understandably wary of going back to work, in light of the fact that Kenny had discovered he was a vampire last week. Eventually, he did, only to have to endure a barrage of questions about his past as a vampire from the trapped kid. At one point, amusingly, he turned the tables on the kid, making every known clichéd reference to fictional characters suffering from his same ailment, i.e. the classic “Seinfeld” episode, the old movie with John Travolta and so forth. Who can blame him, after Kenny asked him, in all seriousness, “Can you step over into the light; just one more time…I want to see if you sparkle?” All those “Twilight” jokes must get old, I’m sure.

But Kenny also wanted to make a trade of sorts. He’d willingly offer up his blood on the sly, if Aidan answered all his questions, which he reluctantly agreed to, not having much choice under the circumstances. Doing that was one thing, but it seems that Kenny wanted a bit more where that came from- he also wanted Aidan to turn him. Not that you can blame the kid- living in isolation all your life has to be tough. But Aidan wants Kenny to know exactly what he’s asking for, which may not be the rose-colored version he’s gleaned from all those romanticized movies and shows.

To illustrate this, we were treated to the tale of how Aidan himself became a vampire, some 260 years ago, give or take. While fighting in the war- my history is a bit iffy, but I’m reasonably sure it was the Revolutionary War after doing the math. If not, blame public education, or at least Wikipedia, LOL. Whatever the case, fancy outfits and British accents were involved, so there’s that.

As combat raged on, Aidan and his BFF at the time, Benjamin, were valiantly fighting a losing battle- but was it against the British? In this case, the British were the least of their troubles, as Bishop was on the prowl, feeding on soldiers left and right. Upon discovering some of his handiwork, Aidan catches sight of Bishop and gives chase, and a fight ensues. The then-human Aidan doesn’t stand a chance, so he offers himself up a trade to save his troop from the wrath of Bishop, and he agrees, warning Aidan that he must leave the region and abandon all he knew- and everyone he knew for their own safety.

Thinking that he’ll be able to handle it, Aidan tracks down Benjamin, who has caught and killed a rabbit for food, and is covered in its blood, which sets newbie Aidan off, who kills his best friend in a frenzy of hunger. Though mortified by his actions, Bishop teaches him to get into the swing of things, suggesting that he kill people he doesn’t know instead and do as he suggested in the first place and leave the area, though he should know one thing: no matter how much he thinks he has learned his lesson after killing his friend, if he stays where he is, Benjamin will hardly be his last victim. In fact, almost inevitably, he will kill someone else he loves.

None of this fazes Kenny, who thinks he can handle it, just as Aidan did before him, and no doubt plenty of others did as well. No doubt about it, Aidan has a tough choice before him, especially given the circumstances. After all, if he does nothing, Kenny will likely die within the next few years anyway. What’s a vampire to do with such a moral dilemma?

That turns out to be the least of it, as Erin is not what she seems. I thought that maybe Liam was up to something when he returned her as a show of good faith last week. That was indeed the case, as we discovered via another flashback that Liam had bent Erin’s ear about the whole Aidan situation, and had recruited her to do his bidding and set him up for the kill. Tasking her with combining her own blood with Aidan’s clean blood after ingratiating herself into the household, the episode ended with Aidan on the floor writhing in pain after ingesting two vials of the damaging combination. (You’ll recall that werewolf blood is a big no-no for vampires, hence the reaction.)

This was, of course, a plot to put Aidan down for the count so that Liam could swoop in and finish the job, though when we last leave Aidan, it’s actually Erin standing over him with a stake primed and ready to go. Will she go through with it? Doubtful, as that would mean killing off a main character, but as a fellow fan noted (Spoiler Alert for those planning on watching that version, skip to the next paragraph!), on the BBC version, apparently they weren’t above doing just that. Still, it’s hard to imagine that going over too well here in the States, though I can think of another horror-themed series, where they did just that- twice, in fact. (I won’t ruin it for those who don’t know what I’m talking about, but those who do, try to contain yourself in the comments section!)

We shall see. In the meantime, Sally finds herself in a similar sort of life and death and, um, un-death kind of situation. When her brother shows up unexpectedly, she immediately goes into lock-down mode, fearing that the same fate will befall him as her ex-boyfriend, who she gave the kiss of death to a few episodes back. This also serves to mess up the good thing she has going with Max, seeing as he has no idea of what’s going on and Sally isn’t saying. Nonetheless, he allows her to hide out at his place for a few days to duck Robbie, her brother.

Robbie, as it turns out, is running a bit of a scam on the tenants of his father’s house, aka Aidan and Josh and herself. It seems that their father has become the owner of the place by default, which makes him their new landlord, but Robbie says that he is, in fact, the landlord now, and tries to get the guys to give him the rent directly, planning to use the money to flee to Florida. Sally figures it out, but only after running into Robbie, which puts him on the death list since he’s obviously someone she knows.

Panicked, she and Josh confront the witch and demand she do something about it. After putting both of them in their place with a bit of violent near-fatal magic, the witch offers Sally a deal: she’ll make it where Sally can interact with whoever she wants from here on out without repercussions, if she gives the witch her soul. Josh is horrified, but Sally immediately takes her up on the offer, without knowing the why. What does the witch want with Sally’s soul? Only time will tell on that one as well, but it can’t be good.

Josh rightfully calls her on everything, rightfully suspecting in my opinion that the witch had planned this outcome all along and that the “curse” was her doing in the first place, in order to achieve this endgame. I suspect that the soul of someone who was raised from the dead has magical properties that are much different from someone who died of natural causes. Either that, or Sally herself is special in some way that goes beyond her resurrection. It could possibly be a combination of the two as well. We shall see what comes of that plotline as well.

Beyond that, not much on the Josh front, save the growing pains of being a “father” of sorts with Erin. (Nora didn’t figure in this particular episode.) I liked his line “Everything is so ‘My So-Called Life’ with her…but switch-bladier.” Of course, he’ll have his hands full with the fall-out of Liam’s actions next week, so count on that changing sooner than later. (Actually, make that two weeks from now, as there won’t be a new episode next week.)

I also liked the Joss Whedon reference- you’ll recall that Whedon gave us the much-beloved cult favorite “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”– though they don’t mention that, but rather his run on the “X-Men” comic, which Kenny gets copies of. Still, they said it all when Kenny said, “He’s the best.” It’s hard to imagine the whole vampire-palooza having happened without good old “Buffy” and “Angel,” although, for better or worse (mostly worse), it was the dreaded “Twilight” that truly kicked things off in earnest. I’ll stick with the cult classic if you don’t mind: “Buffy” rules.

So, a solid episode overall. I liked the flashbacks, and the stuff with Sally was compelling. It’ll be interesting to see where that all leads, and of course, it’ll be equally interesting to see how things pan out with the vengeful Liam. My guess is that the main gang will emerge victorious, but the supporting cast might want to watch their back- looking your way, Erin and Nora. Significant others don’t tend to fare well on shows like these, after all.

What did you think of “Being Human” this week? What’s your favorite plotline? What do you think the witch is up to? Who do you think will or won’t be left standing at the end of the season? Let me know what you think in the comments!