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Being Human 2.05

And so we move further into vampire angst, as the writers focus closely on Mitchell and how he turned from killer to part-time abstainer. While I liked the dual timeline of now and 1969 -- presumably, Mitchell's first rejection of the monster within -- I didn't buy Mitchell's motivation here. Have they ever stated so nakedly before that Mitchell needs someone to be clean for? They made a decent case but it did have the tiniest whiff of retcon.

I like the twistiness of the plotting this season but I really miss how funny it used to be. There are still jokes in it, and the author of this episode wrote for Herrick pretty well, but I definitely miss the wit and quotability of last year.

There wasn't much story for George this week, beyond his slightly baffling latching onto the nearest passing kind woman, and trying to impress her daughter in a way which bordered on desperation. It's only two weeks since he declared Nina the love of his life. Now he's wanting to move in with Sam and Molly (and seriously, Sam and Molly? Is that supposed to be a Ghost hat-tip?). I know that George longs for a normal life but I'm not sure he's quite that self-deluding.

And Annie's story barely made it beyond filler status. I miss Nina too. Only Mitchell's strand is really firing on all cylinders this week.

There were two holy shit moments: the first I think we were meant to pass by, the second was a reward for anyone who watched last year.

The first came towards the end of the episode when George, attempting to prove his credentials to Sam and Molly, listed a number of truths about himself, like his password and where he lost his virginity, but also said "my mother's maiden name was Herrick".

!!!! That cannot be a coincidence, particularly in an episode where Herrick actually appeared.

The second was a reward. The sloe-eyed smart girl who talked herself out of death at Mitchell's hands turned out to be Josie, from season one: the person for whom Mitchell went blood-free the first time. It helped that Charlene McKenna had a look of the young Claire Higgins and had obviously tried to sound a bit like her (though she couldn't quite eliminate the Irish accent). I am a sucker for the long life history of vampires, as long as it doesn't come with a vast slathering of woe-is-me. How tremendous was it that he spared her in 1969 and she helped him prove to himself that he could be better – and then she saved him again by giving her life last series? Excellent work on that front, show.

But overall, I wanted to love it and was partly meh, again. If this series follows last year's template, it should be ramping up towards the finale now. Three episodes left. You've mostly got the plotting right there, if you give Annie a bit more to do and move George a little more. Please rediscover the funny.

B –, should do better, it would be C were it not for those two lovely holy shit moments.

and now I am going to watch The September Issue. I couldn't give a damn about Anna Wintour and I think the fashion industry is dull and frequently pernicious, but I will watch anything at all that's to do with publishing.

I still need Being Human icons but I am working every single day, bar a Saturday, from now until February 24. It's for extra money but still -- could've planned it better.


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Feb. 7th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I really enjoyed it, possible because it was filler. I was traumatised last week by presence of mum + little girl (AAARGH); this seemed a little more meandering. Loved George. Why would Mitchell run to creepy Lucy for comfort though? Don't get it.

Spotted the Herrick line; and adored the return of Herrick himself. God that man's talented at nasty. Confused at what on earth Daisy and Ivan are doing.

I liked the ghost baby but I thought they'd do more with it. Is it just to point up the 'missing out life' thing?

Feb. 8th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
I think that maybe I am biased by not liking vampire angst in general and I am thus more meh than I should be. (I'm not watching True Blood for the same stupid reason.) I like the show much better when it focuses on Annie and George. That's odd because I do like Mitchell.

I don't know why Mitchell is flinging himself at Lucy, unless it's that she's talking to him and George isn't, particularly. And none of them are talking to Annie. All her significant storylines this year have come with other people: Saul, the nice barman, Sykes and now ghost!baby (and you're right about that storyline not quite going anywhere).

The first season played Mitchell as charming, so I don't quite understand how Lucy became his sole human outlet (so to speak)

You're right about Herrick though. He was so good last year that it was a pleasure to see him instructing his not-so-young padawan
Feb. 7th, 2010 11:50 pm (UTC)
George said his mother's maiden name was Herrick. I didn't catch that, OMG!

I adored that girl turning out to be Josie. I'd always sort of assumed that Mitchell needed someone to be clean for, because I'd always thought that this time around that person was George, so I didn't much enjoy the implication (with Lucy and Josie) that sexual love is the only sort worth changing your life for.


Needed more Nina.
Feb. 8th, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
I adored that girl turning out to be Josie. I'd always sort of assumed that Mitchell needed someone to be clean for, because I'd always thought that this time around that person was George, so I didn't much enjoy the implication (with Lucy and Josie) that sexual love is the only sort worth changing your life for.

Yes. The thought sort of occurred to me when Mitchell kept not killing her and the timestamp was 1969 but I usually get this stuff wrong, so I was delighted that she was. She really had a look of the young Claire Higgins as well, which helped.

I think maybe you're right that Mitchell needs someone to give up for (and look after, like he looked after his men by cutting the deal with Herrick) The main problem I am having with the past two/three episodes is that my lovely found family are not a family any more; they're not even speaking to each other. While their individual stories are interesting, I like it best when it's about George, Mitchell, Annie (and Nina) talking to each other and helping each other.

Feb. 8th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
You've reminded me that I have yet to see any of the new Being Human episodes. Tragedy! I shall have to remedy this and perhaps treat myself while on the mend later this week.

Sorry about all the extra work, but extra money can be good motivation.
Feb. 8th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you're watching it. When it's on form it's superb.
Feb. 8th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
(Not reading above)

Note to self: Must watch rest of Being Human S1.
Feb. 8th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Where did you get up to? Because if you got past episode three, it's completely fantastic for the rest of the series.
Feb. 8th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
have yet to see this (went to see invictus instead) and any Herrick is good Herrick as far as I'm concerned. oooooo to George's mum indeed.

Trying to remember - did they give us any idea when Herrick was turned? I vaguely remember an impression that it was pre-Georgian but that may be brainfarts.
Feb. 8th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
I read your review of Invictus, and now I want to see it. I like sports movies and I like Clint Eastwood movies, so it goes on the list.

I don't remember them saying when Herrick was turned, though they might have in the first pilot, back when he was played by Adrian Lester. I don't even know if he's older than Ivan. I suspect we might see Ivan leading the vampires soon, against Mitchell's new clean regime. Otherwise I can't see much point in him hanging around.
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