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"Flinging crockery around like a common poltergeist" 
14th-Feb-2010 10:05 pm
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Well it's a good job there's an extra two episodes of Being Human this year isn't it? I don't think anyone would have been too happy with that as an end-of-series cliffhanger.

- I think Toby Whithouse said he'd once again written 4 episodes this year, which means Lisa McGee is the last guest writer for Series 2. Charles Martin takes over as director, which I guess means shooting block 2 was the short one, with only two episodes; makes sense for this one to be bundled with the next two since it looks like it's going to have to follow straight on.
- Speaking of the guest writer, is it wrong that I automatically equated a female writer with the fact that we got some acknowledgement of Mitchell and George's popularity in slash circles?
- So a flashback to Kemp's origin story to start us off this week, and it was the murder of his, what, sister and niece? I mean he appeared to be a Catholic priest at the time, so if they were his wife and daughter he wasn't a very good one, in which case he probably shouldn't be quite so judgemental.
- After the "all Mitchell, all the time" of last week it's nice to get a more balanced episode with, if anybody, Annie getting a touch more screen time. Also, despite the central trio's physical distance increasing this week with George actually moving out, Mitchell considering it and even Annie wondering if she could go on the road, the relationship between the three seemed back to being more caring, less abrasive.
- Overall this was a fairly low-key episode, the ending obviously excepted, but none the worse for it. I certainly liked it a hell of a lot more than last week's.
- Although hello continuity error: When Molly confronts George, he has his glasses on in the close-up; cut to a long-shot where they're on his head; back to close up with the glasses on. A few seconds later George puts the glasses up, so that one long-shot must have been from later in the scene, mistakenly cut in there.
- So while we're on George's story, despite him moving out this week it was pretty much the "C" story. The most interesting stuff was with Molly, especially her nightmare. Was it genuine, and a sort of "kids are a bit psychic" thing, or was she making it up to make him reconsider, and just hitting on a very apt image by chance?
- Mitchell's story, still a progression of the earlier stuff but properly kicking into gear now. Lucy is certainly one who could still go either way; whether she'll be the one to turn against CenSSA and save the trio at the last minute, or the one who looks like she'll do that but then order something horrific to be done, I really couldn't say at this point. But I'll be disappointed if she doesn't have a big climactic moment of that sort.
- After a shaky start Paul Rhys' Ivan (who, it turns out, has arm-wrestled Colonel Gaddafi) has made himself indispensible, with some of the best lines of the episode in his brief appearance. "Only alcohol tonight I'm afraid, none of the hard stuff." "I'm special needs." "I've got most of them on my Twitter feed so it'll be OK." And then after becoming indispensible, he's dispensed with. Or is he? We saw his body but if vampires are dead-dead shouldn't they crumble and float away like Lauren? Another reason I think Ivan will survive is "I have my Daisy. Everyone deserves a Daisy." Much as I don't want to see her gone, what if it's Daisy who's died in the explosion, and as well as everything else we now have to find out just how bad Ivan is without her?
- Annie's story is the biggest emotionally this week. Nice work between Lenora and Simon Paisley Day as Alan Cortez, and a really good basis for a story, of a genuine psychic losing his ability in an accident, and Annie (who may not be visible but is still somewhat more than just any other ghost) helping him get it back. The super-honest psychic session that resulted between Jimmy the wetsuit-ghost and his cheating widow was lots of fun, followed by Lenora doing so much with so little, in her facial expression as Jimmy's Door arrives - a door that he wanted to go through, despite all ghosts knowing about TMWSAR, and that she helped him achieve, but that she herself sees as a terrifying fate.
- And then the fun story gets a new twist with the arrival of Carmen, Annie's mum. Jacquetta May was very moving I thought; the actress is also a writer, who wrote the Torchwood episode "Random Shoes." Annie making the paper flower was a lovely scene.
- This may be the sort of in-joke only I get, or it may just be a coincidence but it seems like a big one: Robin was played by Aimeé-Ffion Edwards (if you're struggling with where you've seen her, she played Sketch the stalker in Skins) and I last saw her on stage in Jerusalem (and as far as I know she's still in the cast now it's gone to the West End.) It's actually Aimeé-Ffion's character who sings the eponymous song in the play, and what song is it she's humming when Alan can finally hear her? Yup, "Jerusalem."
- I don't know if anyone noticed, but the episode also ended with an explosion.

Did Episode 6 break through to the other side?

One knock for "It was an absolute classic"
4(28.6%)
Two knocks for "It was a pretty strong episode"
9(64.3%)
Three knocks for "I just couldn't get into it"
1(7.1%)
Four knocks for "This episode is dead to me"
0(0.0%)
Five knocks for "My knuckles hurt from all this knocking"
0(0.0%)
Comments 
15th-Feb-2010 08:53 am (UTC)
I think Kemp must've been meant to be an Anglican because he gets referred to as "Reverend" not "Father" and has a wedding ring on his hand when he climbs in to the car, but it was pretty confusing!

Enjoyed the review :)

P.S. Sorry it took me three attempt to post this, apparently I can't spell.
15th-Feb-2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
I think it's the visual clues that are the most confusing; I'm pretty sure Protestant vicars do wear dog-collars, and sometimes wear them in their "downtime" as well, but as far as TV shorthand goes, dog-collars tend to scream "Catholic." There was also an icon of the Virgin Mary at his house, which isn't very Protestant.
15th-Feb-2010 11:48 am (UTC) - got here via. beinghuman_fans
The Catholicism/Anglicanism thing is really bothering me right now! I read it as the woman and girl were Kemp's wife and daughter, and everything other than the dress seems to indicate Anglicanism. Oh oh oh, and the importance of the 'body and the blood' is something more associated with Catholicism I think, because Protestants don't believe in transubstantiation, but I may be reading too much into that. It's like they wanted all the pomp and circumstance of Catholicism but needed an emotional reason to lead Kemp into hunting supernatural creatures.

Edited at 2010-02-15 11:50 am (UTC)
15th-Feb-2010 12:16 pm (UTC) - Re: got here via. beinghuman_fans
I think it probably comes down to the designer being a bit confused; like you say most of it seems Anglican except the dress (and the icon of the Virgin Mary in Kemp's house.) I think the story should be completely clear just from the show itself but having said that Lloyd's video blog suggests that Kemp was raised a Protestant and became a Catholic Priest and exorcist after the "something shocking" happened. Him taking the "blood as life" stuff very seriously is in modern-day so that would fit.

Ultimately I suspect Toby explained Kemp's backstory to the writer and designer and ended up confusing the hell out of them.
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15th-Feb-2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Probably in-jokes they're not aware they're making half the time.
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