Tom: “I don’t think we need this any more. I’ve got your back, mate.”
offering up a few morsels of main arc development, tonight’s story
took a break from the ongoing War Child saga, and focused on the
private lives of our supernatural trio. Being Human's always been
about the small things, so it's no surprise Jamie Mathieson managed to
find some great character moments in the minutiae. Finally, Honolulu
Heights is starting to feel like home again. The gang even have a new TV
show to obsess over. It may not be The Real Hustle, but it's a start.
The heart of tonight’s episode was the growing relationship between Hal and Tom. The beauty of both characters is they’re nothing
like George and Mitchell. They feel less like replacements, more like
supplements. I love the subtlety Damien Molony brings to Hal. He's an
actor whose face is as good as a dozen lines. His expression when
Michaela started throwing money at him was perfect. He seemed so utterly
confused by her lack of respect. Likewise, the sideways glance he gave
Annie when she touched his leg; that moment really cemented their friendship for me.
someone so old, Hal’s attempts at "chatting up" wannabe vampire goth,
Michaela, were laughable. Is he just 55 years out of practise, or has
he always been this rubbish? Not that Tom fared much better. He likes
bees? Is that seriously the best he could do? Despite the five hundred
years age difference, their pulling chops were more or less on par in
terms of ineptitude. Hal's the product of a more chivalrous age,
whereas Tom's a graduate of the Tony McNair Werewolf School of Child
Rearing. No wonder they can't hack it in the real world. Virginity is a
flower, and Nuts magazine is evil? How these guys ever kill anyone is beyond me.
loved that Hal included Annie in their guess-the-worth-of-the-antique
game. Annie seemed genuinely pleased to be asked. But Annie seriously
needs to wise up to what's going on around her. Taking Eve to the park
minutes after being warned to lay low by Regus could have had
terrible consequences. She needs to get her head in the game. Especially
now she appears to be developing some useful superpowers. As well as
the mind meld, she also seems able to throw objects around at will. (Or
at least during times of duress.) Maybe Annie is special after all. Let’s hope she puts her new skills to better use than she did her ability to repel agents.
even enjoyed Regus this week. In the season première, his OTT antics
felt at odds with the show’s normal humour. Tonight, Regus was far less
slapstick, and made me chuckle several times. (Team Edward
anyone?) His mind meld with Annie, although initially creepy, ended up
supplying probably the most amusing moment of the episode. ("I don't
like it... make it stop!") It'll be a while before he tries that again.
Despite Regus being a self-confessed good guy, I’m not sure how "good"
he actually is. On top of trying to get off on Annie's sex memories, he
also (somewhat unsuccessfully) tried to eat someone for dinner.
Obviously, his definition of "good" is open to debate.
I'm not sure I entirely bought Regus' reasons for helping Eve. Is vindication before one's peers really
worth dying for? I'm also not sure how this new prophecy fits in with
what we already know. The rune seemed non-gender specific. It simply
said "nemesis". So why does Regus think the nemesis is a man? Has Regus
mistranslated, and the nemesis is in fact "the woman"? (Possibly future
Eve.) Or does Eve now have two nemeses? If so, could the second
individual be one of the Old Ones? We know both Wyndham and Ivan are
dead, and Hettie hasn't been seen since the season two prequel (Ivan and
Daisy). Which leaves Jacob and Mr Snow. It'll be interesting to see
whether either show up with a burnt arm.
Bits and Pieces:
I was a little surprised to see Fergus offed so quickly. I always had
Cutler pegged as the vamp most likely to come to a sticky end.
(Probably by falling onto the "end" of an actual "stick".)
-- Hopefully, now Regus has a new sex toy, we'll be spared from any further forays into voyeurism.
Lord Harry is one of the old ones. Despite all his bowing and fawning,
Fergus didn't seem particularly afraid of him. Maybe the Old Ones
aren't that powerful. Or maybe Fergus was an idiot and underestimated
-- That was a magnificent fake tache Hal was sporting. It didn’t look even remotely real.
After Regus being too OTT in episode one, and Annie in episode two,
this week it was Michaela's turn to behave ridiculously. I don't mind so
much when it's a peripheral character. At least we don't have to
endure them every week.
-- That bloke from purgatory's going to need some new clothes ASAP. What a clip.
I couldn’t quite work out why Fergus didn't take Eve from Annie at the
park. So what if it was crowded? Annie’s invisible. Nobody would've
seen her struggle.
-- Muriatic acid for cleaning the swimming pool? What swimming pool? Why do people keep mentioning swimming pools?
“I cannot sleep in a barn, or a tent, or a caravan, or anywhere
without central heating, carpets and Radio 4. Now, that should be on my
list, really it should. You make me do that, I won’t be responsible for
Regus: “I told them I killed her.”
Annie: “Oh, thank you.”
“But if they found out I didn’t... say they spotted you shopping with
her in bloody Aldi... then they’d come for her again, and I would get a
Hal: “Kill me. Seriously, kill me now. You can tell Annie I attacked you or something.”
Tom: “Maybe later, If you work really hard.”
“My lunch fought back. I’d rather not talk about it. But who takes a
crowbar with them when they walk the dog? Who does? It’s just weird.”
Tom: “I like your tights. You look like a bee and I like bees.”
Fergus: “I don’t like it... make it stop... make it stop!”
Fergus: “I think you need to feed me.”
Annie: “You do know I’m dead, huh? So you can try biting me, but all you’ll get is an ice-cream headache.”
Hal: “I used to ride a horse, once.”
Michaela: “What? What’s that got to do with it?”
Hal: “I had a sword. I was respected; better than that, I was feared. Peasants had their backs flayed for looking at me funny.”
Tom: “Are you all right, Hal?”
Hal: “It was brutal, but it worked. We had order, we had respect, and now we have this?”
Tom: “Okay then, mate, let’s go in the back and have a bit of a chat, shall we? Come on.”
Hal: “And I had a shield. A red one!”
Tom: “Were you just going to hand me over?”
Hal: “Not exactly hand you over. More just step aside. But I’ve changed my mind.”
Tom: “How do I know that?”
Hal: “I don’t know, maybe because we are whispering in the dark behind a counter.”
Tom: “I can’t believe I binned my big stake for you.”
Hal: “A stake. You binned a stake, Tom.”
Michaela: “I assume you’re taking the piss?”
Regus: “They started it.”
Regus: “Yeah, well most of my friends are arse-holes. There’s a couple of them in the hoover.”
Annie: “What will you do now?”
Regus: “Keep moving. See the world. Try not to end up in a hoover bag.”