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24th-Jan-2010 10:08 pm
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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
1(12.5%)
Date with new-look George: Good but could be better
6(75.0%)
Greasy kebab: Just about bearable
0(0.0%)
German clown movie: Get me out of here!
1(12.5%)
Mornington Crescent
0(0.0%)
Comments 
24th-Jan-2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
I'm still ruminating over the episode, but just to address one point - I think that Lucy's identity was only kept secret from the viewers. Mitchell and Nina and the rest of the supernaturals would have no reason to associate Dr. Jaggart at the hospital with Prof. Jaggart of CenSSA, as they've never heard of the latter.
25th-Jan-2010 12:08 am (UTC)
But regardless of what she was calling herself, they wouldn't have known her as "Dr Jagat who says she can cure werewolves and is head of a mysterious organisation." So if Nina had actually seen her wandering around in a white coat and then found out what she really does, she would surely have wondered why she needed a cover story.
25th-Jan-2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I knew I should have elaborated as soon as I hit post comment, lol.

What I meant was that her identity as a doctor at the hospital is probably not meant to be a cover at all but is instead a *part* of her CenSSA persona. She probably goes by Dr. Jaggart at the hospital, too. She's a medical doctor *and* the head of a secret -medical- research organization that seeks to heal werewolves. I'm sure it seems perfectly congruent and benign to Nina; the werewolf in Ep 1 seemed like he had volunteered for the treatment.

Lucy also knows that Nina no longer has contact with George or Mitchell and has probably asked her to keep the CenSSA activities secret from them anyways, so there's no risk in her revealing the programme to Nina.
25th-Jan-2010 12:41 am (UTC)
See, it's the fact that it takes a certain amount of trust on Nina's part that niggles me; obviously she's desperate so that explains why she'd happily cling to anyone who offers her a cure, but she's always seemed pretty sharp-witted so I would think the tiniest thing would make me suspicious if someone I'd just met was telling me they could fix me by locking me into a room then standing waaaaaay back. And someone who just so happened to turn up a few weeks ago at the hospital where three supernaturals work would ring alarm bells.

To be honest I'm not fussed what explanation they come up with, I'll be happy if it's just acknowledged in one way or another that the two worked in the same place and could have seen each other.
25th-Jan-2010 12:19 am (UTC)
They must have met, surely, even if just in passing. IDK, I'm sure she has a good excuse for the cover at the hospital.
25th-Jan-2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Yeah it is just one of those little things that niggles at me, I'll be happy even if there's just a throwaway comment to cover it and show that Toby & co had noticed it as well.
25th-Jan-2010 08:53 am (UTC)
Next ep, maybe. Anyway, it was going to be a covert operation whether or not it was an evil one, simply because the supernatural are under wraps.
26th-Jan-2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
After last week's high this was a bit of a low for me. I was disappointed that people's premonitions all came true: Lucy turns out to be Professor Jaggat, Nina is going to end up in the decompression chamber, Mitchell is chosen as the new King.

Also I admit to being jealous that apparently the best joke of the episode was completely lost on me. I can't watch The Real Hustle and I have no idea what kind of programme it is.

Oh well. I guess I'll like it more the second time, therefore I'm picking new-look George rather than greasy kebab. But I really hope ep. 4 will be a lot better than this.
27th-Jan-2010 12:19 am (UTC)
After last week's high this was a bit of a low for me. I was disappointed that people's premonitions all came true: Lucy turns out to be Professor Jaggat, Nina is going to end up in the decompression chamber, Mitchell is chosen as the new King.

I think to an extent this is a downside of fan groups on the net; if the story's been written properly, there will be clues of some kind so the twists don't come out of nowhere. If there's enough people talking about the same thing in the same place and throwing theories around, then the clues become easier to untangle.

Also I admit to being jealous that apparently the best joke of the episode was completely lost on me. I can't watch The Real Hustle and I have no idea what kind of programme it is.

I don't think what kind of programme it is makes a difference though, for me the joke was that after being so stoical about their real problems, they let all their frustrations out on missing a TV show. I guess some people might have found an extra dimension of humour in the fact that it's a pretty unlikely show to get that worked up about (it's a programme where three presenters demonstrate popular tricks that criminals use to con people out of money, so the audience knows what to look out for. Hence the comment about how they were going to do a con about cashpoints.)
26th-Jan-2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
I think this was my favourite episode so far. Obviously the emphasis on Mitchell helped but I really enjoyed some of the "inappropriate" comedy too.

I think Mitchell's withdrawal from George and Annie was completely in character, he's always been the least "human" of them and in some ways the one who least wants to be human too. It's almost as though that's an added bonus for him, probably because of his age and distance from "real life" which the others don't have.

I was comfortable enough with Nina's apparent lack of suspicion over the werewolf "cure". My impression is that she's got to the point where she doesn't really care if it is a con, she seems to have become almost fatalistic about things and if it kills her, well, so be it.

I'm enjoying Mitchell's struggles with trying to do what his human side thinks is "right" which is at odds with what he feels,as a vampire, he has to do to keep the vampires under some sort of control and keep them safe from detection. I like the apparent conflict of responsibility between "his" people (or vampires) and the rest of the humans - after all he is a vampire and in many ways should think like a vampire as well as like a human.

The Real Hustle scene was a lovely little snippet and clearly could only have been written by a woman! ;-)
27th-Jan-2010 12:31 am (UTC)
I think Mitchell's withdrawal from George and Annie was completely in character, he's always been the least "human" of them and in some ways the one who least wants to be human too.

Yes - where his desire to live without blood is genuine, I think the only reason he even half-heartedly tried to actually integrate with humans was for George's sake.

I was comfortable enough with Nina's apparent lack of suspicion over the werewolf "cure". My impression is that she's got to the point where she doesn't really care if it is a con, she seems to have become almost fatalistic about things and if it kills her, well, so be it.

I think that's true, and is probably how they got most of their werewolves. Also if all Nina's seen so far is an office full of Mr Jesus rather than the scary labs, she probably thinks they'll just have a nice old pray over her, what harm can it do?
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