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13th-Mar-2011 10:05 pm
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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 *angryface*
- 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
19(70.4%)
High stakes: Pretty good
5(18.5%)
Stake and kidney: Average
0(0.0%)
Big mi-stake: Awful
2(7.4%)
Stakeout 2: Another Stakeout
1(3.7%)
Comments 
13th-Mar-2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
"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."

This entire section is profoundly accurate. I agree so much. Mitchell's final act of 'being human' is to remove the poison of himself from George's life. It makes so much sense in the whole spirit of the show, but I will honestly and selfishly say that I am gutted that they've gotten rid of Mitchell. =(
14th-Mar-2011 03:55 am (UTC)
this is pretty much mte
14th-Mar-2011 10:11 am (UTC)
I agree with the 'gutted they got rid of Mitchell', but I think it was the only logical way to do it and keep the whole spirit of the show.

It may just be me, but the upset of losing Mitchell is much easier to take than the idea of a season 4 of Mitchell being forced into being Wyndham's 'attack dog', not only would that see him dragged back into the monster he has thought hard against being, but having Geroge/Nina/Annie's wellbeing hanging over his head, would not only be torture for Mitchell, but also for George/Nina and Annie.

I think his character being freed by his best friend and spared the burden was so very touching.
14th-Mar-2011 11:50 am (UTC)
I think it was the only logical way to do it and keep the whole spirit of the show.

This is what I mean about him no longer working as a lead character in the show. As I said elsewhere, the spirit of the show is that, while he may frequently fail at being human, at least Series 1 (and to an extent Series 2) Mitchell was trying. Once he became all about survival and making excuses for what he keeps doing he doesn't work as a lead character. Like you said in another comment, Nina's line "this is what we'll remember" is exactly right, killing him at this stage is the only way to redeem him.
14th-Mar-2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Obviously it's different in my case where Mitchell isn't my favourite character so I'd rather lose him than George but quite apart from that I have to say if there's a Series 4 I'm quite glad Mitchell won't be in it. Series 1 Mitchell would have been a different story but what he'd become by Series 3 could only really be redeemed by his death. I don't think I could have taken another year of the pretense that he's one of the good guys. Not because of the people he's killed but because the whole idea from the start has been about him trying (often failing, but at least trying) not to be the monster. By the end he wasn't even trying any more, just making excuses and he'd only have kept doing that. I'm glad it was what he'd done to George that gave him his moment of clarity.
14th-Mar-2011 01:14 am (UTC)
I always thought Lia was being used from the start, TMWSAR pulling the strings and I still think that even with everything in the Lia/Annie scenes. Like you say she had way too much power otherwise and thinking about it if Lia didn't let Annie go they would have had her trapped again at the end too.

As for forgiving Mitchell I very much did but he still HAD to die if only to save him from killing again. Much like he did for Lauren, I do hope however that it was a Mitchell thing like Nina said rather than all vampires are evil. (if we get a series 4)

I'm really hoping for a series 4 for more screen time for Tovey if nothing else.
14th-Mar-2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
I always thought Lia was being used from the start, TMWSAR pulling the strings and I still think that even with everything in the Lia/Annie scenes. Like you say she had way too much power otherwise and thinking about it if Lia didn't let Annie go they would have had her trapped again at the end too.

To be honest I'm fairly happy to accept that this is one of the areas where the show is less than perfect and the afterlife mythology hasn't been thought out as much as everything else so it ends up inconsistent. Toby Whithouse admitted at the time that when Annie 1.0 mentioned TMWSAR in the pilot it was a throwaway line and he only looked at it again because the fans focused on it so much.
14th-Mar-2011 01:19 am (UTC)
Couldn't agree more with everything you've said here, although I did feel that Mitchell was redeemed in the end -- but he wouldn't have been if he hadn't died. It's a brave move I think, because they could always have had him as a recurring character even while he was busy filming The Hobbit. But I'm glad they did it, as much as I'll miss him. I also think that the way they've built Nina's character this season is excellent; I really really disliked her at the end of S2 and somehow this season has made me really love her, but without changing the character beyond recognition.

Russell broke my heart. Whenever he gets anything meaty to do I'm reminded of how great he is as a dramatic actor, but never more so than here. It was a really fabulous performance.
14th-Mar-2011 10:17 am (UTC)
Russell was absolutely brilliant in this episode, he can do emotion 'very well!'.

One of the most touching lines at the end from me was from Nina.

"Then, this is what we'll remember."

The relationship between Mitchell and Nina has always been strained, I think those simple words were very powerful, Mitchell finally being redeemed by, perhaps on one of his harshest critics.
14th-Mar-2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
Russell broke my heart. Whenever he gets anything meaty to do I'm reminded of how great he is as a dramatic actor, but never more so than here. It was a really fabulous performance.

I take it you saw The History Boys but have you seen him on stage in anything else? 'Cause the one bad thing about how much TV work he's getting lately is that he's not done theatre for a while. He's an even better stage actor than he is on screen so I have an extra reason to dislike Him & Her, which was filming at around the time of year when in the past he'd been doing plays.
14th-Mar-2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
No, I never have; by the time I got into theatre-going he'd moved on to TV. God, Him and Her was just vile, wasn't it? A waste of his talents.
14th-Mar-2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Not as vile as the fact that they're making a second series. Guh.

To think, the year before he filmed that old tat he was inches away from me in A Miracle. I mean, I know he's actually touched me (voluntarily) but this was him actually doing acting inches away from me, which is its own kind of awesome.
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