Cutler: “Softly softly, massacre monkey.”
seems strange that after six weeks of theorising over Cutler’s plans
and motivations, it all comes down to Hal. Since 1950, he's been a
malign influence in Cutler's life. (Despite being presumed dead for most
of it.) In fact, this whole season’s been about Cutler trying
to live up to his sire’s expectations. As well as conditional
immortality, he wants historic immortality too. He wants statues
erected in his honour. He wants Brazil. He wants the world to know that
the defeat and mass conversion of humankind was all his idea. In short, he's disappeared up his own megalomaniacal arse -- and it's all Hal's fault.
we have an explanation as to Hal’s seemingly random interest in the
Box Tunnel Massacre. The reservoir at Upper Neuadd is where Cutler and
Hal used to dump their corpses. Which means Hal must have
suspected Cutler from the beginning. The location was just too much of a
coincidence. I like idea of Hal having to resist Cutler anew. The
first time he simply upped and ran; this time, there's nowhere to run
to. Soon, vampires will be everywhere, and Hal's support network is
largely untested. Will his relationship with Tom and Annie be enough to
prevent him from slipping back into old habits? So far the signs are
encouraging. Despite being a little snippy with Tom, he still seems to
be on the side of humanity.
The role reversal between
Cutler and Hal, I found fascinating. In return for siring him, Cutler
tried to destroy Hal's human connection to the world. First he killed
Alex, then tricked him into drinking her blood, then spent the
remainder of the episode trying to re-addict him. Yet Cutler's respect
for Hal was obvious. He looked genuinely sickened to see him so
weakened by his own humanity. Cutler's the living embodiment of what
Hal used to be: ruthless, oblivious to the sanctity of human life,
devoid of all mercy. He even uses Hal's old mantra ("making history") to
motivate himself and his minions. I think he saw killing Alex as tough
love. I'm not sure Hal sees it that way. Especially now he has his
mind set on killing him.
Cutler's plan to firstly
'out' werewolves, then introduce vampires as mankind's sole source of
salvation, feels oddly counter-intuitive to the Old Ones' code. Last
season, being outed as a vampire was a crime punishable by death. Of
course, with the Old Ones now planning on wiping out mankind, maybe the rule no longer applies; especially if the pay-off's an easy victory. And Cutler does
have a point. It's far easier to defeat an enemy who thinks you're an
ally; especially when you have eternal life to offer. Yet Eve's future
was blighted by vampire violence. Has her tampering with history
changed things enough to allow Cutler's future to become a reality? Or
is there something entirely different in the offing?
knew Tom’s encounter with Allison would cause problems. Although
numerically an adult, Tom's still hopelessly reliant on the opinions of
those around him. Despite wanting to prove himself worthy of Allison's
love, it took Cutler mere minutes to undermine his self-confidence.
Hal's little speech about them all being monsters didn't help much,
either. Which means Tom is now about to kill a hall full of teenagers
armed with camera phones; the very event which precipitates his eventual
suicide. Unless Hal can stop him, of course. Will Tom be able to
recognise Hal in his wolf form? (Like Nina could George back in season
three.) Otherwise, Hal's in for the fight of his life.
Alex's death didn't quite
have the impact it should have. Despite liking her as a character, we
haven't really seen enough of her to care. Whereas Cutler killing her
should (and initially did) provoke an emotional response in Hal,
it was quickly undermined by her wisecracking ghost's return and the
subsequent jesting which ensued. After Emrys' warning last week that
Annie may have to do something "not good" before passing over, and with
Annie now set on killing Eve, I'm wondering whether Alex is being
groomed as Annie's replacement. If true, I'm not sure how I feel about
that. Despite the relative success of both Hal and Tom, losing Annie
would be a huge blow to the show. She's the last character which makes
it recognisably Being Human.
Annie’s glimpse of
the future was predictably bleak. Apparently everybody's dead. Which
suggests humanity isn't going to be as enthusiastic about embracing
vampirism as Cutler seems to think. Or maybe the Old Ones will reject
Cutler's plan, and it'll be slaughter as usual. At least we know who
the nemesis is. I knew Hal's titchy burn was too feeble to be of any
prophetic significance. So it looks as though Annie's been tasked with
the unenviable job of killing her own step-daughter. Unless they
somehow manage to defeat the Old Ones via other means. Admittedly, the
Old Ones look a ragtag bunch of misfits, but I dare say they pack a
punch. What they need is a weapon. Say, werewolf blood?
Bits and Pieces:
-- Mycroft in a red wig! Hurrah!
I thought Annie living until Eve's eighteenth birthday might ensure
her longevity in the show, but now history's been rewritten, I'm
guessing that's no longer a given.
-- Evidently Eve's
been doing some heavy socialising in the afterlife. She name-dropped
just about every dead character in the show.
-- Tom's so terribly naïve I almost can't bear it. Why did he tell Cutler about Eve? Of course, if the goal's to eventually kill Eve, maybe Annie won't need to do it after all.
-- Vampires killing the PM on national television? How awful. I don't approve. Not at all. Not much.
Annie: “Do we have jet packs?”
Eve: “No, mostly everyone’s dead.”
Hal: “Fucking kill her”
Tom: “Ey up. You been on the Kia-Ora?
Hal: “Watching you negotiate grown up emotions is like watching a gorilla perform keyhole surgery.”
Eve: “Saviour and nemesis. Talk about multi-tasking.”
“We can raid the dressing up box and pretend to be human, but,
ultimately, what’s the point? Sooner or later we all go back to being
the monsters we truly are.”
Alex: “Christ, I was jowly.”
Hal: “Anyway, must dash. Friend about to kill lots of people.”