This was a pretty tame episode, but at least we weren’t subjected to boring “Princess Suren”. Instead they delved deeper into the roommates’ personal issues. Syfy makes a lot of the same points as BBC, even if they’re not using the same exact stories.
Off the three roommates, Sally has to do her own thing almost completely. Initially in Season 2, Annie could be seen by and interact with regular humans. There was an entire plot point where Annie gets a job at a local bar and is targeted there by some entity from the other side, the BBC equivalent of Sally’s dark, misty reaper. The entity uses a human who had a near death experience to try and drag her through a door. After this experience she goes back to being invisible to normal humans, at which point Sally could possibly pick up the same storyline again—or not.
It’s still similar: Sally’s in danger from an entity because she turned down her door, and though it’s not explicitly stated as it is in Annie’s case, she’s beginning to worry about her roommates moving on without her. For the BBC version, Annie has good reason to worry, as Mitchell is always gone because of his new vamp obligations or his new crush, and George actually moves out. Combined with her own experiences in her failed attempts to build some sort of social (after)life, she starts to realize the downside to eternity in one state of being.
Sally has come to this realization much faster, but that makes sense since she hadn’t bonded as much with her roommates as had Annie in the first season—they’re not grounding her in the same way. This season, even in only 3 episodes, has already shown her reaching out more to the boys than she did before. There hasn’t necessarily been much depth involved in the reaching, but there’s still plenty of time for that. I appreciate any improvement.
Aidan is struggling much more with his addiction than Mitchell initially did in the second season, but there are reasons that I think this helps with the continuity if Syfy intends to have a similar third season. Mitchell ‘s stress mostly sprang from being unable to keep the other vampires clean and then being ill-equipped to deal with their indiscretions. Trying to work within the dirty but effective system that Herrick left behind to protect the vampires’ secrecy was enough to test his self-restraint, but there were no blood bags or whores to fall back on. The problem for me with continuity came when Mitchell had little trouble sleeping with a mortal woman, yet in Season 3 he tells Annie he’s incapable of separating sex from blood and in fact uses one to get the other. If Aidan has a similar future in store, it makes more sense to show a great deal of struggle now.
Julia, the doctor that Aidan’s been dating, is revealed as Josh’s ex-fiance. Lucy, the doctor who dated Mitchell for much of the second season, had no prior relationship to any of them. George’s fiance never makes an appearance except in the pilot, which isn’t included in the first season because it had different actors for Annie and Mitchell. At one point during the first season, George mentions to Annie that he has seen his ex-fiance with someone else, and that’s the end of it. I won’t appreciate them using Julia as Aidan’s love interest for the rest of the season because they don’t need that wedge driven between two best friends—that would ruin Aidan for me. That friendship should continue to be the most solid part of the show.
Finishing up with my favorite couple, Nora and Josh are very different from Nina and George, but perhaps on a similar trajectory regardless. I’ve said before, Nina never killed—George did, and it made him much more aggressive but not necessarily looking to kill again. Fortunately, I was looking for a tougher Nora and this is a way to get one. There must be something wrong with my brain, because I love this savage Nora. Watching her stalk Josh’s ex—c’mon, which one of us wouldn’t do that?? I love the way Kristen Hager, the actress playing Nora, reveals the beast within with a simple change of tone and expression.
Last week I wondered about Nina’s wrath with Mitchell, which Nora would have no reason to feel since Aidan never set her up with Josh. I missed this plot point because it lead to such an intense confrontation between the two. Instead of not being angry at all, Nora directs that wrath at Josh, rightfully so, because he fled from his relationship with his fiance, Julia, but felt free to take chances with Nora. Which way is best? George was too kind-hearted to take a chance with Nina’s safety but Mitchell thought dating Nina was part of “Being Human” and so he asked Nina out for him. Josh made that same decision for himself, presumably having been convinced by the success he’d had so far in their joint experiment.
Speaking of experiments, this show has Josh attempting to find his own cure. On BBC, George never returns to medical school because of his condition and though he is still a genius, he never believes there is a chance of a cure. Season 2 does revolve the idea of a cure, but from outside sources, which have yet to be hinted at on Syfy.
Next week shows some extra-curricular (read: nothing to do with BBC) werewolf problems for Josh and the return of the very stereotypical vampire princess (yawn). I think I know where some of this is going—I’m just not telling you yet.