Emrys: “When your time comes, remember: it might not be a good thing you have to do.”
there’s a tantalising piece of dialogue. Whether we’re supposed to
interpret it as a piece of general advice, or as a portent of things to
come, I’m not altogether sure. Annie offing Kirby two weeks ago does
seem to have changed her attitude towards killing. But didn’t Annie
get rid of her unfinished business when she solved her own death back
in season one? I was under the impression her continued existence on
earth was more to do with free choice than it was her being stuck here.
I hope this isn't a hint Annie will be leaving the show at the end of
A theme this season has
been the addictive nature of killing. On the one hand we’ve got Annie
and Allison: both relative newcomers to killing, and both seemingly
taken by its intoxicating highs; on the other we’ve got Tom, who’s
killed dozens of vampires and considers it a necessary evil. Then
there’s Hal. Hal’s a cautionary tale for all. He’s what happens when
the remorseless killing eventually takes its toll on your conscience.
One minute it's all fine wines, hot women, and frilly ruffs... the next
it's dominoes, polishing teaspoons, and obsessive matchstick sorting.
With Hal, the urge to kill is so all consuming, his only way of
combating it is to shield himself from humanity. Which is making his
attempted reintegration into society all the more fascinating. Who
knows what he'll do?
It didn’t take Allison long to
embrace her dark side. She's at that age where any new and dangerous
thing is total amazeballs. (Cheers Perez.) Which is why Tom had
to let her go. She was slowly turning into him. I thought Ellie
Hendrick was brilliant as lovable geek, Allison. She was the perfect
girl for Tom. But how can anyone live in Tom's world and retain any
sense of gentleness or innocence? It seems a shame they couldn't have
come to some sort of compromise. Allison undoubtedly needs the
stability of her parents, but she also needs someone like Tom. Someone
who understand what she is. Someone she can ask questions of and share
her experiences with. A Littlest Hobo to her Lassie.
long before Tom reaches Hal’s level of OCD, falsetto singing and
mopery? Hopefully, never. He probably won't live long enough. But, with
Cutler trying to promote the idea that not all vampires are bad, along
with Tom’s first hand experience of living with Hal, how long before
Tom has his own crisis of conscience? Now Cutler's introduced
some grey into the equation, how long before he starts second guessing
himself? Hal offering Tom Leo's old job was a lovely moment, but Tom
needs to take his new role as 'mundane task setter' more seriously.
Leaving Hal alone with Alex wasn't cool at all. Especially when Hal’s so
visibly weak around humans. Every week feels like a fresh cry for
help, yet no one seems to be listening. Hal's put a heavy burden on
Tom. I just hope Tom's mature enough to understand what's been asked of
Hal reminds me of a superhero. Cafe employee Hal
is mild mannered, socially awkward, easily agitated, and a failure with
the ladies, whereas Old One Hal is confident, dangerous, and a
prodigious ravisher of women. It’s like being in full-on vampire mode
infuses him with this whole other personality. Seeing him in his
full Old One glory again feels more like a matter of when than if.
Without his rituals, Hal’s as mentally weak as a kitten attempting to
ignore a catnip mouse. Annie keeps trying to reassure him that he's
actually stronger than he thinks: but is that true? How would Annie
know? Hal's an unknown quantity, who may or may not be a danger to them
all. The will's certainly there. But is the ability?
finding it difficult to work out Cutler’s endgame. I get that he plans
to expose werewolves, but to what end? Allison made a good point:
outing werewolves is all well and good, but won't it lead to the
eventual outing of all supernaturals? I can't see the Old Ones
being overly chuffed with that. That's if Cutler's plan even works. It
appears the internet community was largely unimpressed with his
werewolf video. Which makes you wonder what exactly would pass
as proof of the existence of supernaturals in this modern age? Is
anything one hundred percent tamper proof? Even personal experience
But I am warming to Cutler. In fact, I really liked all
the characters tonight. Alex was a little underdeveloped, but I like
that they're exploring the boys' love lives. Them exploring Annie's
love life was perhaps a little more awkward. Kudos to Emrys for trying
his luck, though. Annie probably had the weakest story to contend with,
but her adventures with Emrys were at times laugh-out-loud funny. I
particularly enjoyed the cupboard gag, and the haunting of Emrys'
ex-wife. But their story was more a prelude to Eve's rather predictable
appearance. Judging by the teaser, next week's episode looks set to be
Bits and Pieces:
-- What is it with Hal and falsetto? Try a more masculine tone, you fool.
-- @lycurios actually exists as a Twitter account. You can find it here.
-- Laxatives in the Guinness? Sacrilege!
-- Kane I probably shouldn’t
have liked. He’s was a character verging too precariously on the edge
of comedy overkill. But I did chuckle at his OTT “Noooo!”
-- Hal doesn’t know the offside rule!?
Allison: “You can’t just go around killing people. Don’t you see? That’s not what normal people do.”
Tom: “Well, we're not normal people, are we? We’re werewolves.”
Hal: “No drugs. No Kia-Ora. Just old fashioned work and routine.”
Tom: "We're both werewolves!"
Hal: "How depressingly predictable."
Alex: “Okay, you want the big guns then? Pull my finger.”
Allison: “You know we trended last full moon... on Twitter? There’s a Facebook group trying to hunt us down.”
Allison: “Don’t tell me you’re still on MySpace.”
Hal: “We’re more Ceefax people.”
Hal: “I don’t really follow the rugby.”
Tom: “Hal, I’ve found these matches and some of them are the wrong way around.”
Hal: “We’ll soon see about that.”
“If people find out about the existence of vampires, werewolves and
ghosts, there’ll be riots. There’ll be lynchings. It’ll be like the
tuition riots all over again.”
Tom: "FX fail?"
Allison: "As in 'special effects'. Thankfully, most people think it's a fake."
Hal: “Hairy balls, LOL?”
Hal: “First, write her a poem, then speak to her father.”
Tom: “Annie said I should just get drunk and try and snog her.”
Hal: “It’s all so brutish these days. I preferred the dowry system.”
Cain: “Something about heartburn... heartbreak? No, that doesn’t work does it? Shit!”
Allison: “Fuck the badge!”
Tom: “Allison! You had to build Tracy Island for that.”
Annie: “Wax on, wax off.”
Annie: “That’s what happens, Tom. Killing changes you. Look where I ended up.”
Emrys: “Hacking down seniors in the twilight of their lives.”
Emrys: “Thanks, Annie. I’m sorry we didn’t get to smooch.”
Annie: “Me too.”
Emrys: “Fancy one for the road?”
Annie: “Piss off!”