Annie is trying very hard with Mitchell but he is equally deliberately not engaging – in a scene rather like Marilyn trying to get a rise out of Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot she keeps checking if he’s getting anything yet. Mitchell looks scared – scared of the change in his friendship with Annie, scared of feeling nothing – or maybe scared of feeling something. Annie’s solution to the ticklish subject of ghost/vampire relations is, well, unique. Remembering Sykes teaching her to taste food eaten by another she decides a threesome is in order. Mitchell is to pick up a Sadie in Ritzy’s (or a Ritzy in Sadie’s… who knows) and Annie will hang on tight as they get it on. Lovely. Strangely, it doesn’t go to plan – who would have guessed?! With no emotional connection to his random pick up Mitchell’s vamp instincts cut in and she is very nearly supper. Presumably we are meant to understand that Mitchell can only have fang-free sex with people he’s in love with (as Lucy and Josie survived) whereas a casual pick up like Sadie or Lauren just makes him peckish.
Now we know Annie’s romantic history (BF1 posted nude photos on the internet; BF2 proposed a threesome with her mum; BF3 killed her) its clear that her standards re: relationships could do with a little work. She sees Mitchell as a distinct improvement and maybe he doesn’t look so bad in comparison. (At least he scores a point for taking his socks off but loses one for keeping his gloves on…) Apart from being a mass murdering 117 year old (oh, and a vampire) side of things there’s the minor detail that he can’t see sex as part of a ‘proper’ relationship. For Mitchell sex is a weapon, an act of blood, so maybe this hints at the real basis of Annie’s appeal. She has no blood so he can’t be tempted to drink from her and he’s a couple of years too late to kill her. As sex seems overly complicated with a non-corporeal being a loving friendship with cuddles seems a perfect solution. Of course the invisible forces pushing them together may have other ideas.
“I think someone has plans for us”
I’m not sure how old Tom is meant to be but his reaction to Nina suggest it may be a touch late for THE TALK. Especially in a supermarket. With hand signals for the flower/bee conjugation. McNair has obviously kept him close by, tucked away from the real world – and given that cracking mop of hair sported by McNair in the flashback I suspect he kept himself to himself as well! An alpha wolf with a mullet? Surely not…
Robson Green plays an absolute blinder with McNair – his old-fashioned courtesy and clear love for his son contrasting beautifully with the still menace and the ruthless, clinical violence. His despair when Tom finds out the truth about his origins is crushing but his love means he can let Tom go, to do what he feels is right. When Tom doesn’t turn away – as he may have felt a right to – his quiet unspoken relief was palpable.
“Until NHS Direct get back to me about my pregnant werewolf query…”
It is Nina and George who bring the McNairs to Honolulu Heights. They need to know more about werewolf physiology, or more explicitly pregnant werewolf physiology and with nowhere else to turn George remembers the young man in the woods with a chicken on a string. McNair is far from welcoming, although coldly polite despite George blithering on about stockings but Tom is intrigued by his first glimpse of Nina. Is McNair the wolf shaped bullet? It seems obvious – and for that reason alone I doubt it! He is part of the tale though, part of the journey. Without McNair’s potential influence on George and Nina, which would have moved them away from Mitchell, the dog fights would have stopped. Richard thought they were firmly in the past but the temptation of four fresh wolves was too much to resist – and Mitchell knows that.
McNair may be silent on werewolf cubs but he knows that every transformation makes him physically more powerful – every time his body breaks, it mends stronger. He’s been this way for many years – at least 20 – and he seems to neither fear or hate the wolf nor does he openly welcome it. Instead he shows complete acceptance – this is who he is. His collection of stakes, his necklace of fangs show a history of vampire hunting. Did he get scratched in a cage himself – many years ago? Can we guess who might have put him in there? All part of the long game – Lia’s playing pieces are starting to creep into position… I doubt we’ve seen the last of the McNairs, however much it appears that way right now.
It’s neat reversal to put Mitchell in the cage surrounded by four werewolves – a foreshadowing of what is to come? It also reminds us that however close he and George are, when George is the wolf Mitchell is not safe (although Nina would probably rip his head off at any time of the month!) Annie stays with Mitchell and can tell Nina and George what happened – the George wolf protected the Nina wolf and the others marked their territory. Glad I didn’t have to follow with the pooper-scooper! The fight and the cage scenes are frantic and desperate and totally impossible to watch without holding your breath! They still manage to add some wonderful funny moments – McNair apologising for getting Mitchell accidentally with his bible, “I’ve got your back Digby”, Annie and George debating which is a Chubb key…
Series three sees Mitchell becoming increasingly less sympathetic. Although he was always a bit self-centred, almost selfish and extraordinarily angsty, he was never casually cruel before. He has entirely lost sight of George and Nina and seems to care little for their concerns. Giving McNair to Richard just had to put them all in danger. He carefully pointed out the rest of the werewolves – surely he knew he could never trust Richard to leave them alone just because he said so? His attack on Tom is a massive overreaction – even with Lia’s wolf-shaped bullet obsessing him – and now he hears that retribution is coming from overseas – that has to be one of the Old Ones. (Or Lucy’s stuff from Amazon…) His truce with McNair served a purpose but his anxious checking that they were all square was overkill. It has always been an interesting and delicate balance for us to be on Mitchell’s side – we have had hints of his past and seen his blood soaked anger for ourselves and to keep us onside with a mass murderer (even a pretty one) is tough. Inevitably we have to see his truth, unpalatable though it is, and there comes a point when he can no longer be forgiven just because he wants to change – and is always soooooo soooorry…
“Someday… soon… somebody’s going to get you”
And after the quiet after the cage comes the storm… Herrick is back! But Herrick is mad – babbling about carriages and cosily wrapped in a straightjacket. What does being dismembered, buried and resurrected actually do to a bonkers megalomaniac? Surely there are precedents…
And lest we forget – wonderful Herrick’s most evil moments, as voted for by the readers of the BBC Being Human blog!
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