Being Human: Horrible Nora (Spoilers BBC, SYFY)

I suppose I should thank the writers on the Syfy version.  I’ve been struggling to separate Nora’s character from the one on BBC whom she’s ever so loosely based on, Nina.  The connection has been severed, because Nina is fantastic and Nora is simply awful.  It is suddenly hard to imagine that Josh can’t do better.

For the unlucky fans who don’t know, Nina is a little spitfire who fell in love with George in the very first season, worried about him losing his humanity and tried to convince him to embrace it in the second, and then returned to his side to make a family with him in the third.  She is the great love of George’s life and apart or together, she always had his back.

On the BBC, the women lift the men up, but on Syfy (with the seeming exception of Sally), they can’t stop dragging them down.  Since Nora became a werewolf, she’s enjoying her furry self much more than the human one.  This makes her detrimental to everything Josh and Aidan (and, off on her own, Sally) are trying to do.  The idea seems to be that someone who was once vulnerable enough to be abused by her boyfriend to the point of being viciously burned would prefer some access to power and even a separation from her own humanity, as if she equivocates her humanity with weakness.

The show implies that unlike Josh, who is completely separate from his wolf side for most of the month while he is human, Nora is ruled by wolf instincts, which cause her to jump to the defense of the two strangers who happen to share their condition.  Though she was quick enough to make Josh feel guilty about attacking her ex the previous week, she now admits that she finds Josh’s intent to have the werewolf pair murdered attractive—even as it threatens her suddenly sacred “pack”.

While Nora goes native, Josh continues to love and protect her, which ends up threatening Aidan’s life  and ending vampire cop, Cecelia’s.  Annoying (if sexy) sociopath Connor, the brother-werewolf who started all the trouble for Josh and Nora, finally gets got and his corpse conveniently takes the blame for the vampire murder that Nora committed.

You had to feel sorry for Brynn, who clearly never meant to cause trouble by approaching the two new werewolves with her different ideals.  But how irritating was Nora, who holds and comforts her new best pal, easily trading her loving boyfriend for what is now a pack of two?  Will Nora ever rediscover the urge to be human?  If so, can it be written in a way that will make her likable again?

Right now, that feels like a stretch.  Nina once left George because he participated in covering up a vampire murder.  Neither Nina nor George ever left the other because he or she didn’t want to stay wolves and eat people with impunity.  Considering the focus of the show, it puts Nora very firmly in the “Do Not Want” category for Josh.  At this point, she’s as damning to him as Suren is for Aidan.  Judging by the BBC, that’s not the way their relationship was supposed to go down.

Touching base with the other two roommates:

While it was fun the previous week to watch Aidan hallucinate my favorite vamp, Bishop, it was even more satisfying to watch the two roommates actually interact with each other this week, with Josh forcing Aidan deeper into the vampire conspiracy but both Josh and Aidan ultimately choosing their friendship over the werewolf/vampire politics that would tear them apart.

Sally looks as though she might not fight the Reaper after all.  She had a very brief confrontation with now-dead murderer, Danny (giving me immediate fantasies about the possibility of a similar circumstance for Annie and the diabolical Owen—how about it, Whithouse?!), and was saved by the Reaper.  She then admits she feels left behind by her roommates and is looking to move on.  She looks tempted to tell at least Aidan about this decision, but both Aidan and Josh are too busy to realize anything is amiss.  Too bad she was too busy last season to bond with them properly…surely they’d pay more attention then.

What’s to come?  It’s hard to say, being well away from most of the BBC second season plotlines.  All I know is how sorry I feel for Josh:  the person he fell for no longer exists.

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4 Comments »

  1. justsayin Said:

    you are kidding right ? The bbc version of Being Human sucks ass, it’s awful to say the least. The American version is 100 times better.

    • OttoChick Said:

      Tell me how you really feel. 😛 Syfy does some things better, like giving Sally consistent ghostly limitations (unlike Annie, whose powers and abilities to interact physically with the living world seem to come and go haphazardly–though I don’t mind that her outfit changes, it sucks that Sally is stuck looking frumpy) and knowing that an entire season leading up to a confrontation with the big bad (Bishop/Herrick) should end with a real fight. I also think Syfy is getting a lot better now that all three roommates are bonding. But the characters on BBC are more fully drawn and relatable, with less supernatural cliche and a greater emotional connection. Plus, the writing is funnier. If the BBC version has had its problems recently, it’s because the actors moved on and that’s hard to write around in a character-driven show.

  2. Duane Wirdel Said:

    I’m sorry…I like Nora. There is something about her…maybe it’s the “knight wanting to rescue the damsel” thing or whatever, I don’t know. I’d like to see she and Josh work it out. She’s had a tough life and carries baggage, but so does Josh. Before she got turned she was good for him. IWe’ll see in season 3 I guess.

  3. Jane Said:

    I know this was written a year ago, but I agree! Nora is horribly annoying and frustrating, especially considering she’s always wrong. She’s always disagreeing with everyone only to find out she was wrong. Her intuition is way off. She wanted to pair up with Brynn, only to find out she was a psycho. She blames Aiden for Erin and it was Liam who did it. They need to kill her off like they did to nina in the BBC version.


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