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After a long wait we had the teasing, the build up, the start and then eight lovely weeks of all new Being Human. And now it’s done. All over for another year and another 46 weeks of waiting stretches ahead of us.
Maybe it’s time to reflect on what actually happened?
Nina’s gone – unseen which was a shame and I’m quite sure she exploded in a terminal build up of sarky narkyness. Well, beaten to death by vampires in truth but it’s not so different. Off screen deaths just don’t have much emotional impact do they?
George lasted most of episode one before killing himself to save his daughter in a half-baked transformation prompted by a great deal of straining and a picture of the moon. He was a dead man walking from the beginning but he does his bit – killing the transient OO running the show, naming his baby (I liked Splodge actually…) and making Annie promise to look after her. (Yes. Well. Might be coming back to that!)
Wyndam, Big Bad of the WSB, is also dead but in an unspecified way at George’s hand/claw/stake/whatever. Off screen was the way to do this as I cannot for a moment believe in the vanquishing of the Wrath of God, the Man from Del Monte by our favourite wimpy werewolf. If I must believe he’s gone then as far as I’m concerned he fell on his own stake in despair after George expounded on his theory of upholstery cleaning. At length.
Episode one was a rollercoaster of setting up, knocking down and knocking around in places we’ve never been before… Some loved it, some hated it and some sat with their mouths open going “Whaaaa…..?????” and possibly drooling slightly. I loved it. It brought us the aptly named Stokers, the sharply dressed, sharper tongued Cutler, Regus the Vampire Recorder (“Oh, for a moment there I thought you had a really stupid name”) and a glimpse at another WW/vamp/ghost household. In Southend.
And let’s not forget Dewi – little loquacious Dewi. Love him or hate him or – like his mum – irritated beyond belief by him he was a perfect comic character who seems to have discovered the secret of perpetual motion… Pass the door sausage someone?
We also went to explore strange new worlds, to seek… hang on, wrong show, to visit new horizons. The future. Well, lots of futures. In the hands of Future Woman – later revealed to be grown up Eve – we saw how the vampires took the world as a plaything. It seemed that every glimpse was slightly different as Splodge of the Resistance’s plan to change history gradually altered what was to come.
We met a succubus, a perfect partner for a vampire as the spell defeats the blood lust. And the schoolmarm instincts defeat the foul mouth… a bit. Said vampire was 46-year-old teenager Adam returning with a touch of depth and a plethora of mucky comments. His parting gesture has to be one of the filthiest the BBC allows! It’s worth noting we have two new types of supernatural to catalogue here as we know there must be demons as succubus Yvonne was fathered by a beautiful and cruel demon. We saw our first evil ghost, terylene clad Kirby. He was sent by Splodge but frankly why choose a tank top wearing serial killer? Even though he was astonishingly plausible. Actually that was probably why! He probably did it just for the fun of being so nasty. He gave us a glimpse of blue-eyed, kick ass Annie – a hint of things to come.
And about Annie… Annie is Annie. She was suffering from the loss of George, Nina and Mitchell, busy with the baby she had promised to bring up and faced with an empty house. It made perfect sense to invite Hal and Tom to move in but although they became close in some ways they never bonded fully. Partly preoccupation with Splodge, partly fear of being left alone again – the one thing that Annie is truly scared of is loneliness. Once she was tempted through the door with Splodge of the Resistance (SotR) and saw the bleakness of the future (“Oh, do people have jetpacks?” “No. Mostly everyone’s dead”) everything changed and her horror of what she had to do was harrowing to watch. Even when SotR pleaded from the TV to let Cutler kill the baby she couldn’t do it and when she finally went out with a bang – exploded baby and all – it was the right end. I mean, she only saved the world! That’s one hell of a box of unfinished business…
We got to know Tom, set free from his Dad’s shadow and his rusty blue van. He gave the van to Dewi and moved into HH (“Such a big ‘arse, wiv all them empty rooms”) He proved a worthy lead character, blending ruthless killer with lost boy, trust and mistrust with a naive charm that endeared him to all and sundry. His desire for a happy family life was thrown into painful contrast with his willingness to send Allison away, it was beautifully done and she has to be thanked for his hilarious adventures with cue cards. (“Point!”)
Hal had some wonderful comic sciences with Tom (“I’m his boyfriend” though firmly gritted teeth) and at times he looked like a startled toddler! Mostly though Hal’s watchful stillness let the story wind around him and the others reflect off him. We had hints of his past from the prequel and from Fergus (Poor Fergus – I was just getting like him when he hit the hoover…) It wasn’t until episode seven that we saw just why he had been so feared. It was a classic BH penultimate episode and the story of how he made Cutler, and then how he took what he had made and played with him like a cat. Such utter coldness, such total cruelty. That Hal had no redeeming quality whatsoever. Not a thing.
It put Cutler in perfect focus – sarky sharp talking Cutler – a very modern vampire using social media and press hysteria to “provide a new context”. Of course no one was keen – the vampires aren’t exactly a progressive bunch! He was an interesting prospect in that while he drank blood, no angsty going clean here, he seemed to avoid killing. I suspect he didn’t like to stain his cuffs and a mouthful from the decanter seemed to suffice. He was desperate to prove himself, he was ambitious and confident and I’d have liked to have seen more. A 21st century vampire, never parted from his iPhone, a solicitor and a progressive thinker; it’s an intriguing idea and puts the undead even more firmly into real life than the shadowy, invisible jobs usually favoured.
The gore quotient was raised this series – of which I heartily approve! There’s always been plenty of blood but this year we had corpses not just ripped apart but bled tidily into containers and maggoty wounds (chewy!). We found out what happens when a vampire isn’t asked in – flame grilled rare hamburger – and what happens if an Old One wants your guts for garters… squelchy! And while we’re speaking of the unspeakable… oh dear SotR – yellow florals?? Why?
We also had classy blood drinking from this year’s crop of vampires, with crystal decanters and some rather attractive stemware. Plus the useful information that it is mostly beetroot juice. Apparently beetroot juice lowers blood pressure and increases stamina… I think I’ll just leave that thought right there!
Lots to look forward to – was that really the end of the Old Ones? Who is the mysterious Mr Rook? Who will rise? And will they ever get that carpet clean? Hal’s detox is bound to leave another mark or two…
All to be pondered on in the next post!
Be seeing you…
And right back to the start of the build up… when did you last watch Hal and Tom’s prequels?