Right then, I think there's some kind of Being Human
series 3 finale to be looking at now? "The Wolf-Shaped Bullet" by Toby Whithouse, directed by Daniel O'Hara.
- As with last year's series finale, Toby Whithouse once again opts for the Spooks
template of having the main story wrapped up long before the end (20 minutes this time) and then throwing in a shocker when it looks like things have calmed down. In fact he messes the audience around even more this year, that final 20 minutes being a constant back-and-forth for the emotions.
- Of course, Mitchell had
to die, although I'm going from a story perspective rather than because of The Hobbit
(if Martin Freeman can get filming halted so he can do Sherlock
at the same time that any potential BH
Series 4 would be shooting, surely Aidan Turner would be available then too.) Storywise though this has been where the whole series has been leading. And especially in the characterisation of Mitchell, who frankly could not conceivably continue even as the most anti of anti-heroes after this lot. Having seen some comments online I know there's some fangirls/boys who'll forgive Mitchell anything
but for a less partial audience he's just gone too far to be sympathetic.
- Ironically, the truest thing Mitchell says all episode is when he's trying to manipulate Herrick (who falls for it, again!
) to get out of the cage. It's been all about survival for him, and he's switched teams from vampire to human and back repeatedly almost on a whim.
- Love the fact that the wolf-shaped bullet was a self-fulfilling prophecy although Lia was the one behind it all, really? Not even TMWSAR? I mean it's a shame she died and I can see revenge being a powerful force but repeatedly reaching across the divide, reanimating corpses, letting people through The Door and out again, there's a helluva lot of people who've died horribly (even just in that one train) are that all that powerful from beyond the grave? Also, letting Annie come back was part of Lia's plan? It kinda makes a nonsense of Series 2, where TMWSAR were trying to get Annie through the door from the start, long before Lia died. Ah, well.
- Hey it's OK, she can go hang out with Gilbert now! Actually the afterlife mythos in this show is really a bit made-up-as-it-goes-along, isn't it? The dead are all milling around there somewhere but Lia's not found anyone to talk to yet?
- Also, Annie, no, the fact that Nina isn't there with you in the afterlife doesn't prove she's not dead. As someone who's spent the last few years dead but not in the afterlife, you should know this by now.
- A nice back-and-forth of the red herrings, with Tom having been somewhere in the background all series, not explicitly mentioned as a bullet candidate and so making everyone think he might be the one after all. And then this week he gets foregrounded at the start so he ends up becoming the red herring, while it of course has to fall to George like it always needed to. I don't suppose we'll be seeing Tom again now but (barring one of those annoying "this character died offscreen" throwaways Whithouse is sadly fond of) at least he's still in the background somewhere and could return. Sadly Michael Socha never did get his arse out but at least his constant toplessness was brilliantly gratuitous. Seriously, it was practically a character note, like "Tom is a bit of a manchild," there's also "Tom is not fond of shirts."
- Did I not say a while back that The Old Ones would be a big deal either in this series or the next?
- Lee Ingleby! What a good surprise! Or it would have been - thanks, Radio Times
- Actually I quite liked that as soon as Jason Watkins left the picture he got replaced as Big Bad by Ingleby, because I associate the two of them together from Our Class
. Given that it's less than a week since I saw Greenland
, is it very predictable that I want another Our Class
alumnus for Series 4? Come on, he's Welsh, he'd be totally appropriate.
- Great though Jason Watkins has been, that's every series finale so far that Herrick has either died or come back to life, so maybe call it a day, eh?
- So everything comes back to George and Mitchell's relationship, as it should (although there is a brief moment between Mitchell and Annie; unconvinced as I've been by Mannie it was only appropriate to acknowledge it.) Theirs was the relationship that started everything and I think what's most moving about their final scene is that it was this that finally made Mitchell accept his demise. Even more than everything else what's been hard to like about Mitchell this year is how he's treated everything and everyone as expendable as long as he can survive. So it took something major to make him seek out destruction and I like that it's the realisation of what he's done to George. I like the fact that George's essential goodness is what the series hangs upon and while Mitchell has claimed George helped make him more human, we finally see how it's been making George less
human, and that's about as bad a thing as you can do in this show's universe. The way it turned out George had figured out the Box Tunnel 20 ages ago and was covering it up was perfect.
- It also makes the fact that there wasn't much Tovey last week make a lot of sense - keeping him offscreen is handy for not making the audience ask questions about exactly how much he's figured out about the massacre. This whole series hasn't really stretched his acting abilities to be honest, so this week he gets to remind everyone just why I rate him so highly as an actor, for reasons unrelated to how much I want to do the sex to him: Tovey owns that last scene and he's heartbreaking. This is a show with a really good ensemble cast and he still acts them off the screen.
- I totally called that George would stake Mitchell to stop him becoming Wyndam's bitch.
- The vampire dustings. *sigh* the vampire dustings. I mean, I like the effect, it's the fact that the face freeze-frames that looks so naff. It was fine for Lauren 'cause it was done from a distance but with Herrick and Mitchell it was close up and distracting.
- Loved the "this is the Series 4 cast lineup" shot as they faced up to Wyndam. A series 4 does seem likely (Whithouse and Tovey have both dropped heavy enough hints) but out of all the series finales so far, this is the one that best serves the dual purpose of working as a cliffhanger but also being a satisfying ending if this is
the end, in a "and the fight goes on..." kind of way.
What did you think of "The Wolf-Shaped Bullet?"
Stake through the heart: A knockout
High stakes: Pretty good
Stake and kidney: Average
Big mi-stake: Awful
Stakeout 2: Another Stakeout