Annie: “You saved me.”
Mitchell: “You saved me, too.”
solid season opener. Apart from the gang moving to Barry Island (what’s
occurin’?), it was pretty much business as usual. Annie’s still in
purgatory, Mitchell's still a brooding hunk of... whatever, and George
and Nina are still in love. Tonight they even ended up doing it
doggie-style during their time of the month. Nasty! But Being Human does
seem to have rediscovered its mojo. After the comparative darkness of
season two, tonight's episode felt like a return to form. After the
relative success of Being Human US, I'd forgotten how good this show can be.
reviewing the first episode of season two I did ponder what might
happen should George and Nina meet in their wolf states. Would they rip
each other apart, or would George recognise Nina, as he did in the
season one finale? Well, now we know -- they’d screw each other’s brains
out. Fairly obvious, I suppose. The George and Nina scenes were a
welcome respite from the relative gloom of Mitchell's storyline. Nina
trying to free George from jail whilst coping with the pangs of
transformation was sublimely amusing -- as was the physical comedy of
the bedroom scene. Nice outfit, Nina. (Which is an polite way of saying
To get Annie out of purgatory, all Mitchell had to do was face up to his past. Enter Lia, played by lovely ex-Eastender,
Lacey Turner. I guessed early on that she'd turn out to be one of
Mitchell's victims -- I just wasn’t expecting something as recent as the
train incident. (H12 was her seat number, right?) Mitchell coming face
to face with his mangled victims was like something out of An American Werewolf in London
(except less amusing.) The purgatory scenes nicely documented
Mitchell's incremental fall into debauchery and murder. It's amazing
what you can achieve on such small budget. Purgatory looked like the
inside of a dole office.
But who is Lia really? She
told Annie that something terrible had happened to her. Was that a
reference to the train incident, or is there something else going on?
She seemed so cold towards Annie. Now Mitchell's owned up to his past
horrors and apologised, what's keeping her in purgatory? Why hasn't she
moved on? And who gave her the purgatory gig in the first place? She
said something to Annie about them playing the long game -- but who are 'they'? It's almost as if some malign influence has taken over purgatory.
Why would anyone think Annie was deserving of Hell? What did she ever do
that was so terrible? She's an absolute pussy cat. It makes no sense.
the beginning, Mitchell was a victim -- but something happened along the
way. He became hard. He stopped caring. Worse still, he started to revel
in the lack of constraints and effortless slaughter his new lifestyle
afforded. He began to kill with impunity. He stopped being the victim
and became the victimiser. It's difficult to comprehend fully the
culpability of someone in Mitchell's situation. Sure, he's done terrible
things -- but he has a condition. I accept that he has a human
conscience. But in the same way mental illness mitigates (at least to
some degree) a multitude of crimes, shouldn't Mitchell similarly be
shown at least some leniency?
In the end, Annie's
freedom came at a price. The time of Mitchell's death has been set. He's
become a pawn in someone else's game. The question is: what's the game
and who are the players? Mitchell is destined to be killed by a
werewolf. So far there are four obvious candidates: Mad Dog MacNair,
George (please, not him), Nina (or her) and Thomas. Will dead mean dead?
Or will it mean Herrick dead -- or maybe Annie dead?
do my eyes deceive me, or are Mitchell and Annie about to dip their
respective toes into coupledom? I definitely detected a sultry glance
(or two) from Annie -- and those hugs seemed to go on just a little too
long. Which kind of works. Except, of course, Mitchell's bound to screw
up. He has too many skeletons in his closet to just settle down. And
after the shitstorm Annie's been through between seasons, I'm not
looking forwards to the what must surely be the disappointment of
Mitchell's inevitable betrayal.
George's tears at Annie
and Mitchell's return totally set me off. That was such a well
filmed/acted/written scene. I filled up instantly on seeing Annie's tea
pot spout. (Not a euphemism). Kudos, too, to seasoned blubber Russell
Tovey, for pulling off the reunion with such subtlety. His face on
seeing Mitchell stood in the doorway was just so moving -- as was Annie taking George's face in her hands and wiping away his
tears. I loved their enthusiasm at showing Annie around the new house.
Nina's gift of a new tea pot. Them dancing in front of the Hawaiian
beach painting. What a shame their happiness won't last.
Kaye was an unexpected casting surprise. Unfortunately, he hammed it up
something rotten. He looked like a cross between Spike (from Buffy) and Keith Flint from the Prodigy. I must confess, I wasn't overly fond of the cage scenes -- they seemed a little too over the top. Why didn't Jameson just stab MacNair while he was transforming? Why does nobody ever
do the obvious thing? Still, at least Vincent's dead. I'm guessing
Jameson won't be making a hirsute return any time soon, either. There
wasn't a great deal left of him.
Robson Green I actually did like. I wasn't expecting to. I was never a fan of Soldier Soldier,
and his singing career with Jerome Flynn was atrocious, so I was none
too jazzed to hear he’d been cast. But there was none of the usual
cheeky Geordie chappie about MacNair. I didn't find the fight scenes
particularly convincing -- even clever editing couldn't rescue those -- but I
do like Mad Dog. I also like the father/son werewolf pairing. It looks
as though George and Nina are going to have some furry play-pals soon.
Let's just hope Mad Dog doesn't sing.
Bits and Pieces:
-- No signs of Herrick yet, but it’s still early days.
What was Rhys doing out dogging? He’s obviously taking advantage of
Gwen being in America. Isn't he supposed to be there, too?
-- George seemed almost reluctant to save Annie. Was he simply afraid of losing Mitchell as well?
-- Michael Socha looks so much like Lauren Socha (Misfits) it's uncanny. His accent is less pronounced, but you can still hear it.
Another gratuitous arse shot of Tovey. And a topless shot of Nina. Were
those tits real or fake? Answers on a postcard please.
-- How comes Thomas had a chicken on a string? Did he know Tully as well?
-- Spit spot? It's Mary Poppins!
George: “Feel the burn. Who’s your daddy? Say what you see.”
Vincent: "Stake and chips, anyone?'
George: “It’s our friend Annie. She’s in Midsomer Murders.”
George: "What are you doing? Why have you got a chicken on a string?"
Annie: "Where are we? This isn't Bristol."
Mitchell: "No, that's the other thing, we sort of moved to Wales."
Annie: "Oh, I wanna go back."
Mitchell: "To Bristol?"
Annie: "No, to purgatory."
George: “We can’t wait to start our Hawaiian dream.”
"Humanity isn't an species, it's a state of mind. It can't be
defeated. It moves mountains, it saves souls. We were blessed as much as
we were cursed."
Annie: "In this little enclave of
the lost, I witnessed the very best of being human. We were safe here.
While outside, the monsters prowled."