Sasha: “Live Annie. Seize the day.”
Annie: “I will.”
being mostly a stand-alone, tonight's episode had surprising depth.
Sasha and Graham provided the perfect comedy foils for Mitchell and
Annie. I'm not sure who was the most messed up: fanboy Siddion, or
Sasha the chavalanche zombie. (Mentally, that is. Physically, Sasha wins
hands down.) Sasha's dying words had a profound effect on Annie and
Nina. Her carpe diem swansong forced them to reassess their choices and
re-evaluate their relationships. For Mitchell, Graham's death was
perhaps less of an epiphany. The shadow of his past still looms large --
and if that closing shot of Graham's scrapbook was anything to go by,
Mitchell's past atrocities won't stay hidden for long.
a gal Sasha was: she was loud, disparaging, violently drunk, visibly
deteriorating, mostly dead and stank to high heaven. I think I'm in
love! Which is more than could be said for our gang of grumpy
supernaturals. Even Annie couldn't wait to get shot of her -- with her
black teeth, loose toe nails, crunchy neck, and (slightly bloodshot)
eye for Mitchell. If Annie hadn't (rather conveniently) stumbled across
those hidden medical records and video footage, Sasha would have been
out on her arse. Her soupiness was ruining the soft furnishings. But
once Mitchell realised that he was indirectly responsible for her condition,
it was a whole new ball game. Mitchell storming purgatory two episodes
ago somehow prevented souls from passing over -- leaving Sasha existing
in a body well past its sell-by date.
slow deterioration was gruesome. I cringed at every squelch and broken
bone. Annie's attempts at putting her back together were as hilarious
as they were macabre. Even with a face-full of Polyfilla, and hair
stuck on with Superglue, she looked horrific. Surely Annie could've
done something with her teeth? She had a mouth like a bucket of frogs.
The boys' reaction said it all -- they were absolutely dumbfounded. Yet
Sasha coped admirably with her own gradual putrefaction. She wasn't
going to let a falling off face, and skin that would make a leech vomit,
stop her from going out on the pull. Shame her only snog was part of a
bet. Then her legs started snapping, her lungs started collapsing, and
all manner of disgustingness ensued.
scene was actually quite moving. She rued life's missed opportunities.
She even regretted not loving dastardly Gethin more. And, again, I
found myself warming to Annie this week. The minute she's involved in
some proper drama, her character just clicks. Annie's promise to “seize
the day” resulted in her telling Mitchell that she "fancied" him.
Thankfully, Mitchell responded favourably. Earlier in the episode he
admitted to George that he was terrified of losing her. Of course, he
probably will -- but for now he seems content to pursue a chance at
happiness. At least they're both on the same page now. I had visions of
Mitchell somehow screwing the moment up, and then us having to
endure another five weeks of “will they, won't they” nonsense (when we
all know they will, and just want them to either shut up or get on with
Nina's back story was something of a shock. I'd
always assumed Nina had led a fairly normal life prior to becoming
infected. I wasn't expecting some dark revelation -- particularly
pertaining to emotional and physical abuse. Is that where the scars on
her stomach are from? Nina's spent half of her life believing she's
worthless -- which actually sits quite nicely with her subdued
personality. It isn't that she doesn't want George's baby, nor is she
afraid of what their baby might be, what really scares her is the
prospect of becoming a mother. Will a dysfunctional childhood impact
negatively on her ability to be a good parent? What if she turns out to
be abusive too? In the end, it was Sasha's dying words which made the
difference. George and Nina are going to have a little hairy baby!
(AKA Siddion) turned out to be something of a tragic character. I
found his hero-worship of Mitchell hilarious. He even had the same hair
and jacket. Unfortunately for Mitchell, he also wanted his life. He
wanted his house, his job, Annie, and his crown as the “King of Blood”.
He probably had it in him, too. Killing his own children seemed to have
unhinged him. Yet, despite his desire for carnage and chaos, he still
felt the need to belong.
But why, knowing Mitchell's
reputation, would he goad him on the train? Why try to blackmail him?
And why would he leave such obvious clues? A scrapbook full of press
clippings. A train timetable with the date and times of his planned
attack written in Biro -- all left in an unlocked locker? It was almost
as if he wanted to be caught. After their conversation on the
train, he must have known that Mitchell would try to stop him. So why didn't
he fight back? He didn't even seem particularly put out when Mitchell
staked him. Did he have a death wish, or something?
felt sorry for Mitchell, too. Killing Graham was an act of necessity -- it was either that or sit back and watch him slaughter everyone on the
train. He even wanted to come clean. He wanted to confess and have Annie
forgive him, but her high opinion of him made it impossible. She
forgave him without listening. She kissed him without knowing. Annie
believes Mitchell's evil deeds are in the distant past. They're not.
They're recent -- and Annie's going to be deeply unhappy when she finds out.
Bits and Pieces:
Why couldn't Sasha feel the pain of being stabbed through the stomach,
yet could feel her bones breaking? And surely, with half your spine
gone, you wouldn't be able to walk upright?
-- Loved the reference to Cara being “around somewhere, digging up trouble”. We all know who trouble is.
-- Why is their house always so dirty? The light switches are filthy. I'm a bloke and even I can't stand it. Annie. Nina. George. Get out a cloth, for fuck's sake!
-- Does no one say “fancy” any more? I'm pretty sure I heard it recently. Maybe it was me who said it. I fancy that it was.
I loved that shot of Graham massaging Annie's shoulders. Talk about
getting your feet under the table. No wonder Mitchell opted for an
impromptu game of the neck-grab game.
-- George taking a piss was like something out of Him and Her (also starring Russell Tovey.)
Annie and Mitchell will presumably have sex the conventional way. If
they can kiss, then surely the business end will be functional too?
-- Tonight's Welsh actor cameo was Jonny Owen who played Banana Boat in Torchwood.
-- Loved the guys' night in. Beer, sofas and Radiohead. Yeah! Let's all just kill ourselves now.
-- Wipeout? Wipeout is nothing compared to The Real Hustle. Nothing! What an amateur.
Annie: “I'm a ghost, Mitchell's a vampire, and George and Nina are both werewolves.”
Sasha: “Fuck Off!”
Nina: “So we're a supernatural hostel now, are we? What next, a mummy?”
George: “No, she hasn’t told me she fancies you. She doesn’t need to. Her body language is deafening.”
Nina: “George, would you like to have a little hairy baby with me?”
George: “Yes I would.”
George: "They're dead. I think they've already had the worst life has to throw at them."