The first guest writer on Being Human
is up this week, so how did Lucy Catherine do?
- Well the Being Human
blog didn't lie, this was the funniest episode so far this series. Although now I'm going to be awkward, and after complaining that 2.1 wasn't funny enough, say that at times I felt the humour this week tended towards flippancy, as if the balance had tipped over too far the other way. Not for the whole episode though, the second half was more even.
- In any case it was pretty clear whose episode this was, as the Mitchell story that's been building up in the last two weeks reached its inevitable conclusion, putting him in the place Herrick had just vacated. I think the developments were handled very well, but this current Mitchell arc is probably my least favourite of the three, so the episode wasn't going to be a classic in my eyes for that reason alone.
- I like how the dopey canteen woman from episode 1.1 hasn't been forgotten, with her surprise recruitment in 1.6, and now getting a fairly important part to play (and a character name - Cara.) She was a very good choice of which character Mitchell would have to punish, too, because thanks to that initial appearance of hers we can easily identify with her as the very definition of one of the vampires who didn't have a choice, as Daisy pointed out.
- Speaking of Daisy, she wasn't in it much but I like how she and Ivan have separate identities on the show, we don't just always see them together as a lot of programmes might do when introducing a new couple to the story.
- Having said that Mitchell's "taking over the mob" story is the least interesting to me, it looks like his other strand will be very exciting indeed. Yes of course the ending is going to be the biggest deal about the episode. I had strong suspicions about Lucy, especially as I was sure we'd never heard a personal pronoun used with reference to Professor Jagat, meaning it could be anyone, and she'd been my prime suspect since the start. Then of course the religious side of her as revealed this week was a pretty major clue leading up to the cliffhanger. A lot of very exciting possibilities there.
- Although, having said that, we see her meeting Nina at the end. Nina who is a nurse. So did Lucy make ridiculously elaborate arrangements to make sure she would never be at the hospital at the same time as George and/or Nina? Or is it just coincidence? I suppose we could find out that they'd met since we didn't see them together long, but surely Nina would be suspicious if she knew about Lucy/Jagat's double identity. I mean why d'you need one of those if you're not up to something?
- Just to go back to the Mitchell Is The Godfather strand, some of the scenes with Quinn and especially Chief Constable Wilson made me think of Toby Whithouse's comments right since the end of S1, that S2 is about a human threat. While CenSSA still represent this in the main part, with them taking a back seat for most of this week I was thinking about how in a secondary way this can refer to the human network of support that keeps the vampires' activities going. In S1 Herrick was actually in the police himself so we didn't have to see the humans who were implicated, but this time around Wilson's speech about how the vampires are welcome to target repeat offenders was particularly chilling.
- On to Annie and George, and with Mitchell very much out of the circle this week it's nice that their story was told together. So I was half right about George's awful new look from the preview snaps: It wasn't
a makeover gone wrong, he was actually meant to look shit; but I was right to suspect Annie would be behind it. Kirsty's introduction was a bit clunky to be honest, the terrible customer service because she's depressed wasn't very subtle, but the rest of the storyline played out amusingly enough, even if (in line with my worries at the start) the humour was a bit broad, what with her falling for George at his absolute most appalling.
- Is Annie's leap of logic that turned out to be right, i.e. Hugh and Kirsty needing to get back together, a psychic element of her ghost powers? If not it's a bit lucky that it was accurate. And I suppose it means that's the last we'll be seeing of Hugh? Shame really.
- Actually come to think of it there were a number of niggles for me this week. Another major one is that Annie seems to have told George if not all, at least most of what really happened with Saul, and the men on the other side wanting to get her. What happened to last year's determination by both Mitchell and Annie that George must under no circumstances find out about TMWSAR? The information that, as far as we know, was enough to drive Owen mad, but George doesn't seem fussed about?
- While the relationship between Annie and George was nice this week, that between them and Mitchell was barely there, but that seems in character to me - back in S1 it was very much Mitchell's way to leave his friends out of vampire issues and try to sort his problems out alone. Last year he got himself into a situation that required George to become a murderer to get him out of, so what will the repercussions be this time?
- And the George/Mitchell communication problems did lead to the episode's funniest scene, as the two stoically dismiss their biggest problems, only to go to pieces when they realise they've missed The Real Hustle
(another callback to last year.) Although it's BBC3, it'll get repeated another 3 times that night so there's no real need to panic (in fact by the time I finish writing this it'll nearly be time for this episode of BH
to come on again.)
- I don't want to get into next week's clip too much but it's time for what everyone knew was coming since 2.1 - Nina in the compression chamber.
- So overall, the tone wasn't 100% there and for me there were a few plot/continuity holes, but for the most part this was enjoyable, especially in the comic subplot.
What's the damage on Week 3?
Date with original design George: Best thing evarz
Date with new-look George: Good but could be better
Greasy kebab: Just about bearable
German clown movie: Get me out of here!