Pearl: “Over fifty five years and I’ve never had to change my line-up.”
last week’s episode felt like a season finale, then "Being Human 1955"
felt like a season première. It introduced us to Leo, Pearl and Hal;
established a strong group dynamic; explained interpersonal
dependencies -- then sent two of them packing to the afterlife. Despite
Leo and Pearl being relative newcomers, their deaths were surprisingly
affecting; as was Hal’s almost defection to the dark side. I guess his
self control isn’t as strong as we thought. With Leo and Pearl gone,
will Hal be able to put the mask back on? Or does Honolulu Heights have a
new loose cannon on its hands?
Pearl’s first grievance would be the décor. Honolulu Heights is a retro
shit hole. Sadly, Pearl didn’t get much of a chance to leave her mark
on the place; she was gone before you could say "where's my paint
brush?" Fifty five years ago Leo and Pearl would have been roughly the
same age. How lovely that she never stopped loving him, despite him
ageing and her staying perpetually young. It’s a shame she wasn't able
to stick around. I enjoyed her playful banter with Annie. Maybe Pearl did
do a better job of keeping her boys safe. Or maybe Southend-on-Sea
isn't the hotbed of vampire activity Bristol and Barry Island seem to
Losing both Pearl and Leo in the same week left me
feeling a little cheated. Although we barely knew them, I felt
strangely attached to the SoS gang. Maybe it's because they were living
the life Annie, George and Mitchell were supposed to lead. For fifty
five years they lived the dream. They were supernaturals living
alongside humans. Granted, Hal seems to possess a tad more self
restraint than Mitchell -- but their living conditions felt
uncomfortably familiar. I wonder how Mitchell would have fared had he
met Leo instead of George? Would he be around today? Or would he still
have turned into a dwarf and ran away to New Zealand to be in The Hobbit?
it’s not just ghosts who suffer when their roots are torn up. Leo and
Pearl have been Hal’s sole reason not to kill for fifty five years.
With them gone, his reason for abstinence just evaporated. The falling
dominoes were the perfect metaphor for Hal’s crumbing self control. I
was a little surprised that Hal capitulated so quickly. I get that
losing Leo and Pearl was a significant event in his life. I guess I
just liked the idea of a vampire being in control for once. It turns
out, despite his impeccable diction and snazzy threads, he's as
tortured, brooding, and teetering on the brink of violence, as any
vampire. Oh, those wacky, miserably murderous vampires. How we love
their impossible to reason with, kill you in the blink of an eye, ways.
always seem to be complaining about the way Annie’s portrayed in the
show; which is annoying because I think she’s a great character. I just
don’t like the things they (sometimes) do to her. Tonight’s religious
ritual was right up there with season two’s barmaid shtick in terms of
naffness. Similar OTT humour, showcasing a side of Annie’s character I really
wish they’d rein in. For a season they keep heralding as darker and
more epic, so far, I'm not convinced. Granted, we’ve had two deaths. But
Annie’s ridiculously faux messianic waffle, after Mark Williams’
cringe inducing performance last week, felt like they were trying too hard to make us laugh. The dialogue's witty enough without having to resort to farce.
guessed early on that the lights exploding was down to Pearl's
emotional state rather than baby Eve’s developing mojo. Presumably, the
voice coming from Leo’s stereo system was "the woman" trying to lead
them to Eve. So what's gone wrong? If Eve was supposed to bring about
the end of all vampires, how is killing her going to help? Unless her
very existence is what's caused the vampire apocalypse, and the
only way it can be stopped is by killing her. Although it was implied
last week that "the woman" is Eve, I'm starting to think that
might be a red herring. She's not likely to kill herself is she? Either
way, Eve's in for a rough few weeks. Just about everyone wants her
dead. Even Hal.
The Southend-on-Sea gang were head and
shoulders the best part of tonight's episode. Their story reminded me
of what I love most about this show; small, intimate stories, stretched
across a supernatural landscape. With Leo and Pearl gone, will our
reformed trinity be strong enough to carry the show? I'm reasonably
confident about Hal and Tom. I thought they had some great bonding
moments tonight. Michael Socha and Damien Molony are bedding in nicely.
The weak link, for me, is still Annie. If her taking a leading role in
the series is going to mean more "comedy scenes", I'm officially
Bits and Pieces:
-- Stopping on the left hand side of the road is unlucky. I'm glad it's not just me. (*Touches wood*)
-- What happens when Hal drinks Kia-Ora? There's a whole episode in itself.
Swaddling! Of course! Makes absolute sense. Non-supernaturals (AKA
humans) can't see Annie's clothes, so why should they be able to see
-- Get rid of the retro tree picture
in Honolulu Heights? Sacrilege! I'm glad Pearl passed over. That, and
slagging off Annie's tea making abilities, was a step too far.
The Southend-on-Sea gang had a plethora of great memories. Seeing the
Beatles and catching Ringo's drum stick? All our lot had is terms of
bonding moments was a glut of violent deaths, and reruns of The Real Hustle.
-- Presumably Cutler's planning on revealing the existence of werewolves to the world?
-- A swimming pool in the back garden? On Barry Island? It's too cold, mate. Nobody will ever use it.
I laughed out loud at Tom getting owned by the dreaded Hindlich (sic)
Nelson. All that experience killing vampires, and he can't take out an
old man? Still, it set the scene for a great bonding moment between
himself and Hal.
-- Tom's still collecting vampire teeth.
Tom: “I ain’t done nowt.”
Annie: “You haven’t done anything.”
Pearl: “Is he a werewolf?”
Annie: “A very naughty werewolf.”
Annie: “You can’t go back to Southend without Leo. It would just be so empty, and quiet and different.”
Annie: “Thomas. Bring forth the chosen one.”
Hal: “You do know that it’s human skin?”
Annie: “No... not, no, that one’s not actually. It’s just prosthetics.”
Hal: “Would it make it easier for you to believe that?”
Hal: “Then that’s what it is.”
Annie: “Thank you.”
“Right, we’re going to do this thing to channel Eve’s energy...
because she’s God, and that. And hopefully, that might help you not die,
Hal: “Are there subtitles for this conversation?”
Tom: "Ow, he's got me in a Hindlich...Nelson. I've never come across it"
Annie: “We could go to Timbuktu and the Mayor would be a vampire.”
Fergus: “Okay, what about you... giving it all Peter Mendelson?”
Cutler: “Okay, Fergus either you mean Peter Mandelson, or you’re comparing me to a German composer.”
Annie: “What I’m saying is... move in here!”
Hal: “Are you somehow drunk?”
Annie: “There is nothing wrong with my tea.”
Annie: “Do they even still make Kia-Ora?”
Pearl: “Oh, they’re making it all right... they’re making it.”
Leo: “It’s all moving so fast. It’s only been 55 years.”
Leo: “You were the best friend I ever had.”
Hal: “You too. Leo, I’ll never forget you.”