Thursday, 9 February 2012

Being Human: Series 4. Big Fangs To Fill

So what did we think of 'Eve of the War'? (spoilers)

Correction, what I thought obviously. Yes Mitchell is no more, he had nowhere further to go, he was as dark as he could get, to turn him to the light and have a ‘Happily Ever After’ with Annie would have surely been even more irritating than seeing him crumble? Not a dry eye at the time but really, I'm not dwelling on it now.

And Annie poutless, not moping about her forever-empty womb or making everyone tea but… in love and smiling and somehow bonking the face off Mitchell would be hard to swallow. So a good character died, another good character left this week, and quite well done too; no off into the sunset with mummy and baby wolf there either but some sort of weird moon poster suggestion that left him in limbo between wolf and man with no repair kit.  Nowhere to go but through that door. It’s a supernatural drama, not a fairy tale so in my mind, the loss of people is par for the course.

And yes ‘quit while you’re ahead’ springs to mind but at the same time, those crying over the loss of main characters would probably complain if it hadn’t come back too, onwards and upwards I say. Fingers crossed.

It opened with some horrid looking ‘New World Order’ that was hinted at by Herrick in series 3. Landing in futuristic London briefly with a fatal message to say New York was down so the world surely next then. (Why New York? I found that jarring as it's all been so local up until now, Bristol or Bath would have done) Some mysterious lady was involved, it all looked a little military, a little fascistic but with blood suckers at the helm. Something here stank of Doctor Who too, another one you could shout ‘stop before you die in shame’ at, but imagine the loss of that institution. Again. I felt a bit worried at this point, too much TV lately doing the dystopic future thing, erm? ‘Misfits’.

Nina had been put to sleep (loving the dog metaphors as always) and then there was a super cute baby, surrounded by crucifixes and guarded by the angry but tearful George wielding a wooden stake. And Annie fussing. 

The inevitable social services and police presence, a few clips to some parallel like existence of another threesome of ‘ghost, werewolf and vampire’ living together that somehow haven’t heard about the other quirky but not really house share and a dangling of new vampire, ‘Hal’ to replace Mitchell; big fangs to fill then.

He looked promising I thought and not a directly obvious fill in, i.e. another bit of vamp totty in a good leather jacket with the ability to look like a smiley charmer and brutal killer in seconds… but a decidedly more classic vampirey style (kind of 'True Blood's 'Bill Compton to look at, all quiet and strength) His character? Hard to tell from these short clips but let’s give the guy a chance. What was that ghost lady…so far another domesticated wet blanket, not unlike Annie but in a fifties outfit? Is she staying? All have to ‘wait and sees’.

The new werewolf  'Tom'? Well I liked him in the Series 3 so no problem there either. Overall, pleasantly surprising with a few flaws and a little messy in places but the first episode of anything making a tricky comeback will go overkill on the drama and please, please give it a chance plots. 

The biggest criticism for me was the lack of immediacy of Nina's death, a gruesome flashback of her demise just to add some more grief might have been good. It was also a pity about the short-lived baddie ‘Windham’ (Did both feel the gamble fear and get better offers perhaps?) and the Vampire policeman that copped it spent most of the episode method acting ‘Herrick’ which was a little annoying.  I do like Toby Whithouse’s fearless killing off though, it keeps up the momentum even if it is sometimes dictated by the actors themselves.

Good work. Chink of glasses for more supernaturally fabness then.

Jump to iplayer to catch up.
Being Human website

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