George: “You shouldn't have gone for Mitchell. It got my -- attention.”
came of age tonight. Mitchell took responsibility for his past sins
and agreed to a fight he could never win; Annie turned down death and
developed some gnarly new powers; and George fooled us into thinking he
was running away -- only to confront Herrick alone, and save Mitchell
and Annie. Like we ever believed he'd desert them.
sacrifice was surprisingly touching. Could Mitchell have saved her?
The old woman at the funeral parlour, despite being a vampire, still suffered from dementia, so I'm guessing vampirism doesn't necessarily heal pre-existing mental conditions or reverse the effects of old age. Which is probably why Josie said no
to Mitchell's offer. She didn't want to be frozen in an aged, disease
ravaged body -- she wanted to die with dignity. Plus, Mitchell needed
blood. Without it he wouldn't never have been strong enough to fight
Herrick. So Josie agreed to trade her blood for a quick death. Poor
Mitchell. Taking the life of someone you love must be soul destroying.
No wonder he didn't flinch at the thought of his own death. At least it
would put an end to his suffering.
always found Lenora Crichlow's portrayal of Annie a little
lightweight. Andrea Riseborough's Annie always seemed more complex, more acerbic. (And -- dare I say it? -- less Hollyoaks.) But I found
Annie's angst and frustration bang on the money tonight. We're just not
used to seeing her so emotionally charged. When she screamed and
smashed the dishes I came out in goosebumps. Last week, Owen accused
Annie of living life on the periphery, of never participating, but
tonight, Annie wanted to be a part of things. She wanted to
fight, but George's new found sense of self-preservation wouldn't
allow it, so she was again relegated to the sidelines. Annie's always
been a good communicator -- but tonight she could make neither
George or Mitchell see sense. Her feelings changed nothing. She had no
say. She became a ghost.
I loved the kitchen table
scene. The house is a symbol of the gang's normality. It's where they
make tea, discuss the day's events and watch The Real Hustle. In
short: it's where they play at being human. But tonight the concerns
of the outside world penetrated their pink haven. (Not a euphemism.)
Tonight the conversation revolved around matters of life and death: more
specifically, Mitchell's death, and Annie seemed to be the only one
willing to fight for him.
Mitchell seemed resigned to
his fate. The chances of him beating Herrick in a fight were virtually
nil, but he'd at least be buying Annie and George time to escape.
He was tired of the weight of his own conscience. Abstaining from blood
meant the partaking of guilt: he remembered the cry of every
slaughtered human, of every soul who'd ever fought back. The only way
to forget was to succumb to the blood-lust -- a sort of bloody
alcoholism. But even that wasn't the perfect solution. Killing
humans distanced him from his humanity. It made him a monster. It was
better to die instead.
Even George seemed resigned to
letting Mitchell go. In truth, he was scared. Unlike Mitchell and
Annie, George is mortal. He's easy to kill. He also has Nina to think
of now. At least running away gave them a chance. Maybe he could get
Annie and Nina to safety -- except, of course, George had no intentions
of running anywhere. His tête-à-tête with the Vicar made him realise
that it was time to man up. So, instead of giving Herrick directions to
Mitchell's rooftop rendezvous, he instead led him to the hospital
basement, and into a trap. Kudos to Russell Tovey for selling us the
dummy so convincingly. I totally bought George's fear, not to mention
his anguish and tears.
It was purely by chance that
Annie discovered the switch. Maybe if she hadn't uncovered George's
ruse Nina would've been spared. That way George could have still
killed Herrick without Nina getting caught in the crossfire. At least
now Nina knows why George has been behaving so strangely. The question
is, what will it mean for their relationship? And what will happen to
Nina? Has George infected her? The smart money's on yes. I do
love Nina. Even if she's not infected, I hope the writers find a way of
keeping her in the show. A human in the gang would fit perfectly.
finally, George accepted the wolf within. Up until now he's treated
his lycanthropy as something akin to possession. Tonight he used his
curse to his advantage. Instead of trying to run from it, he embraced
it. Herrick thought that George killing him would turn him into a
monster, but sometimes killing is inevitable, and when done for
others, can even be noble. It didn't take away from George's humanity. It
confirmed it. Killing Herrick was an act of love. It made him
Herrick always imagined he'd be the
one to lead his people into the new era. In the end he turned out to be
expendable. Perhaps he was at the forefront of something new -- but someone else would lead. Herrick downplayed his personal ambition, blaming evolution. He'd become
weak. Natural selection had deemed him unfit for survival. In a sense I
was glad. Herrick was
an evil character -- but Jason Watkins is such a great actor, I'll miss
not having him around. Hopefully Herrick can make a comeback -- once
George has shat him out.
And so our heroes got through
unscathed. The main story wrapped up nicely -- although they did leave
us something to chew on. Who is the old guy in the suit asking after
George, Annie and Mitchell? And who is Professor Jaggat?
Bits and Pieces:
It was great to see George's first meeting with Mitchell. Two years
ago Mitchell saved George from certain death. Tonight George repaid that
-- How sweet of George to keep the existence of
monsters a secret from the Vicar. The poor guy wasn't ready for that
kind of news.
-- Herrick wanted Mitchell dead because
he symbolised another way for vampires. A more peaceful way. Herrick
didn't want anyone following his example.
-- What a
contrast between Mitchell and Herrick preparing for to battle.
Mitchell walked in alone; Herrick, with the cheers of the crowd ringing in
-- I loved George facing off against Herrick
in the canteen. George was at the end of his tether. He's not afraid
any more. He's come a long way since Mitchell saved him two years ago.
He knows who he is now.
Annie: “I guess I've missed my flight.”
Annie: “So, what do I do now? Apart from stand here and talk to myself like a mental?”
Vicar: “Jewish people pray. I've seen Yentl.”
George: “You're very sarcastic for a Vicar.”
Vicar: “Yeah, so people tell me. And I feel really bad about it. But then, you know, I forgive myself.”
Mitchell: “You saved me once already. So let me save you too.”
“Death isn't always the unwelcome guest you think it is. Besides,
there comes a time when you can feel the party winding down around
Herrick: “How do you think this ends?”
George: “I don't know. We kiss?”
Herrick: “I will chase you all to the end of the world and pick the meat off your bones myself.”
George: “Someone actually recruited an old woman?”
Herrick: “Well, you know what it's like. You're out and about, you get the munchies, you'll eat anything.”
Annie: “Well, congratulations on mastering the whole 'speaking like a twat' thing.”