Second week of the new setup for Being Human
then, "Adam's Family" by Brian Dooley, directed by Colin Teague. Only the second episode since the decision to give them individual titles and already a bad pun - anyone who reads this blog regularly, and especially my contributions to lowculture, will know how heartily I approve of those. First impressions then:
- Wales this, Barry Island that - you know what I think's made the biggest change in the show's visual style? Moving the filming schedule forward by three months. This current block of episodes was filmed in late spring/early summer and although the show's had bright, sunny scenes before, these two episodes so far have probably had more than the first two series combined. It's a mixed blessing, the show looks very fresh and bright but it does give the programme-makers even more of a challenge in making what is often a horror show. And despite the clouds and wind the Mitchell/Annie scene on the promenade looks like it's been digitally darkened a bit. Still, for the most part it's fitting to have all this sunshine in an episode that features nastiness hiding under a shiny surface.
- Last week's mood felt closer to Series 1 in tone, not quite as dark as last year. This week is I think the closest we've ever come to a full-on comedy episode. Even the peril of George and Nina trying to rescue Adam at the end is mostly played for laughs.
- It's a tricky one, which I may have to watch again to really decide on; I think being aware that the episode exists partly to set up a spinoff (which I've not watched yet - I'll get to Becoming Human
after I've posted this) means I felt as if it was a bit of a placeholder episode. There certainly isn't much development of a story arc for the series, beyond the Annie/Mitchell relationship. The mention of "Old Ones" who live in South America and may or may not unlive according to Hammer Horror rules could be something we'll hear more of, or it could have just been setup for Richard's character.
- There is
an interesting premise to the episode though. Even at the time I thought it would be interesting to see Bernie from Series 1 a couple of years down the line again, while knowing it was physically impossible: Kids change too much from year to year to convincingly play vampires who haven't aged a day. The alternative is Adam, a slightly older kid who's been a vampire much longer but is still subject to teenage hormones. Overall I thought the story was dealt with well and nicely played by guest star Craig Roberts. Interesting that it was George and Nina who brought him into the home and Mitchell who didn't want him - after its spectacular failure, Mitchell's attempt to heal the vampire nation is over.
- Mitchell's disastrous job interview, that whole scene didn't quite work for me, it felt forced.
- But I loved Nina stopping in the middle of a deadly chase to sign some paperwork.
- We're seeing some familiar faces from other shows shot in the area. I was a bit worried when Adam went into the amusement arcade, an appearance from Ruth Jones would have been a shark-jumping moment. We did
get a Gavin and Stacey
alumnus though, didn't we just...
- So it's Mark Lewis Jones as a suburban vampire and his wife is played by none other than Melanie Walters, who it's fair to say didn't make any omelettes here, serving up freshly-squeezed gimp blood instead. And then attempting to bone a 46-year-old teenager in a blood-orgy on a pool table while wearing a teddy. MY EYES!
- The scene where George and Nina decide that they might
have left Adam with a couple of bloodthirsty vampires but they draw the line at kinky racists: That rather encapsulated what this show is all about, didn't it?
- And, the cliffhanger/next week's teaser: Looks like I was right about the fourth species of supernatural creature being a zombie.
- Overall I enjoyed it, but I think I missed having a sense of where this series is going.
Episode 3.2, "Adam's Family" - any good?
Teen vamp: Fangtastic
Teen Wolf: A fun ride but not a classic
Smells Like Teen Spirit: Something's a bit off
Teen Wolf 2: Pointless
Teen Wolf remake: Yes of course they're doing one, they're remaking everything