Monday, 31 January 2011

Being Human: Adam's Family

George: "Baby, when we get home can you remind me to gouge out my brain with a spoon."

I liked this one. Adam was a young vampire trying to find his place in the world. Raised by human parents, he'd led a relatively normal human life -- until the death of his father left him without sustenance. Enter surrogates Richard and Emma Hargreaves, the most perverted foster parents a boy could wish for. Who'd have thought we'd ever see Gwen West in stockings? Whatever next -- Uncle Bryn in a thong?

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Being Human: Lia

Annie: “You saved me.”
Mitchell: “You saved me, too.”

A solid season opener. Apart from the gang moving to Barry Island (what’s occurin’?), it was pretty much business as usual. Annie’s still in purgatory, Mitchell's still a brooding hunk of... whatever, and George and Nina are still in love. Tonight they even ended up doing it doggie-style during their time of the month. Nasty! But Being Human does seem to have rediscovered its mojo. After the comparative darkness of season two, tonight's episode felt like a return to form. After the relative success of Being Human US, I'd forgotten how good this show can be.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Being Human: All God's Children

“George. All the werewolves die. Tully.”

A truly amazing finale. For two seasons now George, Mitchell and Annie have tried to live like humans. Tonight, they were forced to acknowledge that humanity is as flawed as they are. Everyone makes mistakes, but what separates man from monster is knowing when to stop. Despite Mitchell gazing over the precipice, it was George who held out his hand and Mitchell who chose to come back. Everyone has it in them to be a monster -- but anyone can be human, too. Therein lies the truth.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Being Human: Damage

Mitchell: "I don't get saved."

Tonight's episode fairly fizzled with action. Mitchell lost the plot and massacred a train carriage full of people; George came within an inch of wolfing out in public; and Nina, George and Annie, all desperate for a cure, signed themselves into Jaggat's Care Home for the Supernaturally Challenged. Fat lot of good that'll do them. The compression chamber does nothing but blow people up, and no amount of praying can dis-possess Annie. So, if there's no real cure, then what's Kemp's angle? Does he simply want them all dead?

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Being Human: In the Morning

Mitchell: “This is the problem with vampires. Too much fucking introspection.”

An excellent episode all round. Good character development, some nice main arc advancement, and a decent stand alone story for Annie. (Not before time, too.) This was an episode which seemed to split the fan community. People seemed to either love it or hate it. I thought it gave an effective insight into the crumbling lives of our three main protagonists. It even made me feel for the bad guys.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Being Human: The Looking Glass

Mitchell: "Please! I'm begging you. Save me!”

Mitchell's been a ticking time bomb all season and tonight he finally exploded. Despite preaching a message of peace and abstinence, he still ended up killing Chief Constable Wilson. Not that Wilson didn't have it coming, but there'll be a price to pay. In the emotional aftermath which followed, Mitchell even confessed to being a vampire. I wonder how this full disclosure will affect his relationship with Lucy. Will she be able to kill him now? Does she even want to?

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Being Human: Educating Creature

Ivan: “You know, Mitchell, eventually it just makes children of us all.”

This was a stronger outing for Annie. I keep waiting for them to do something interesting with her character. (Instead of her current role as Barry Chuckle's marginally smarter sister.) We're not quite there yet, but I did detect a subtle shift in the force tonight. Sykes was the perfect foil for Annie to riff off. When the dialogue's this good her character shines. It's just a pity it's not like this every week.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Being Human: Long Live the King

All: “The King is dead. Long live the King.”

Who'd have thought that Hugh and George would have so much in common? Their hatred of limescale on draining boards, their love of coasters, the fact that they've both recently been dumped and can't seem to get over it.  No wonder Kirsty fell for George -- he was like Hugh's long lost twin. Add a love of kebabs and German impressionist cinema to the mix, and Kirsty never stood a chance. Yet, all it took to turn her back to Hugh was George's simple admission of love for Nina. All we need now is for Nina to have a similar revelation -- and hope Jaggat doesn't kill her.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Being Human: Serve God, Love Me and Mend

Annie: "What is it with me and volatile, unsuitable men? Be honest, am I Ulrika Jonsson?"

Well, there goes Saul. Hugh was right: what a twat. Not only did he assault Annie, he also tried to drag her down to hell with him. I'm guessing that's where he went -- black feathered men with sticks and ropes doesn't sound much like the other place. Did Saul redeem himself by letting Annie go? Maybe. There were mitigating circumstances. But why is Annie so deserving of hell anyway? And who's pulling Wogan's strings? I always suspected 'The Floral Dance' was demonic.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Being Human: Cure and Contagion

George: “Not you. Don't let me have done this to you.”

I was relieved to see George and Nina make up by the end of tonight's episode. I had visions of them dragging the story out for half a season. George now knows Nina's a werewolf, so if his self-loathing was already too much for you to stomach, imagine the depths of guilt, misery and despair he can now plumb. Poor George -- although, I have to say, his behaviour tonight was at times baffling. I'm not sure how Nina will react when she finds out about him and Daisy. I'm guessing it'll be handbags at dawn.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Being Human: Bad Moon Rising

George: “You shouldn't have gone for Mitchell. It got my -- attention.”

Everyone came of age tonight. Mitchell took responsibility for his past sins and agreed to a fight he could never win; Annie turned down death and developed some gnarly new powers; and George fooled us into thinking he was running away -- only to confront Herrick alone, and save Mitchell and Annie. Like we ever believed he'd desert them.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Being Human: Where the Wild Things Are


Annie: “Owen's won. I can't touch him. He just keeps killing me.”

Disillusioned with mankind, Mitchell almost went over to the dark side tonight. Convinced that Herrick's plan of voluntary recruitment could work, he returned to the fold -- only to find he didn't belong there any more. Despite past indiscretions, Mitchell's no monster. Unlike Herrick. His secret stash of humans was the final straw for Mitchell. The fa├žade finally crumbled. Just in time for the cavalry of gay ninjas to arrive.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Misfits: Episode Six

Kelly: 'What is up with that?'

My thoughts exactly! Alisha looked completely different with her hair pulled back and dressed in normal clothes. Her whole demeanour changed. Even her face looked different. She looked almost normal. Ditto Kelly. What a chilling glimpse of an unimaginable future. Kelly checking out a university prospectus? Are we in hell or something? Rachel's idea of a perfect world was all virtue and purity. Thank goodness she died. What a boring world that would be.