time again, "The Pack" by John Jackson, directed by Colin Teague - guess I was right about the previous episode having been shot out of sequence. Since Episode 4 requires both 3.1's Robson Green and Michael Socha, and
3.2's Mark Lewis Jones and Melanie Walters, it makes sense that they'd film this one in the same block as those two. My review after the cut then:
- I have to say, this episode confirmed for me that I'm not crazy about the Mitchell/Annie relationship. I know a lot of people have shipped them since day 1 but at this point it feels to me like it was left too late to get them together as a couple. They're too established as friends for me to feel comfortable with it. Of course their storyline this week revolved largely around their not being able to manage a sex life, which wouldn't have helped convince me they should be having one. Again this was a typical Being Human
storyline in that it was played for laughs but abruptly turned nasty.
- As the title suggests though this is more of a werewolf episode. I like that this title is actually a bit misleading though, and refers to an imaginary pack that McNair has told Tom about as a sort of fairytale to keep him going.
- In "Lia" I did wonder, in the scene where we first met them, if McNair rather infantilised Tom, or whether Socha had just been cast as someone much younger than he actually is; this episode confirmed that it's the former, Tom is
in his 20s but still acts like a kid because that's how he's treated by his "father." Something that could have gone horribly wrong with his attraction to Nina but sometimes it's interesting when a story isn't
pursued, and I thought that was the case here: The signs were that Tom was going to try and force himself on Nina but instead things went the other way and he remained rather sweet.
- Mitchell is really starting to irritate me now, even though I think it's kinda the point that, like his external appearance, he just doesn't change. Annie's the latest women he's trying to get redemption through, and McNair had to once again tell him about how the good deeds don't cancel the bad ones, a lesson you'd have thought Lia had finally got into his thick skull.
- I do find it interesting though how much her prophecy about the wolf-shaped bullet has turned him paranoid. In the past he risked his unlife on a weekly basis, now he's been told the end's actually on the cards he's got jumpy. With the initial assumption being that he had to fear his best friend, now there's a new prime suspect for which werewolf will kill Mitchell. I still think they're both red herrings, and the danger will come from a Nina or Tom direction he's not looking in.
- Speaking of the wolf-shaped bullet, how did those letters get rearranged? The TV newsreader the other week was a tried and tested Men With Sticks And Rope technique but this is new, did they send a ghost back out through the door to do it? I suspect it's not something we'll actually get an answer to.
- It looks like we've really not got a series-long villain to hold things together; plenty of ongoing themes but I must say I do like to have a common enemy looming over proceedings. But then this year's threat is "from within" so I guess we do have a series villain, we just don't know for sure which of the four s/he is yet (even if Mitchell does
look a lot more likely than the rest.)
- Hang on, the threat comes from within... What if it comes from within Nina
? Eh? Eh? Well it's just a thought anyway. Evil!Foetus shenanigans!
- Plenty of lines I could have used for the title this week, lots of quotable one-liners: "Not that I do. Wear. Stockings. Much." "I'm gonna have to teach them how to play football! I'm gonna have to learn how to play football!" "Will you stope being so bloody Cranford
?" Or I could have gone for one that isn't funny but clearly has a more sinister meaning than Annie intended: "I think someone has plans for us." Yeah, I think they might too.
- Being Human
is so often all about the last ten minutes and once again we get a further level of threat added to the werewolf transformations to make for another epic scene. So
well put-together, the solution to put Annie and Mitchell in the cage was great. Just a shame that the sudden cut to the next morning and Annie explaining what happened felt like a bit of a cheat. I think I'd have been more prepared to buy that they survived because the wolves spent all night trying to get at Mitchell through the cage until they exhausted themselves, instead of going for each other. But we got another "aw, they're kinda sweet really" moment instead. Which unlike the previous one I didn't think worked so well. It does make it hard to think of werewolves as a threat to each other in the future.
- There's a Herrick cliffhanger of course but it's really just a teaser for the next episode in the same vein as the end of 3.2 with Sasha's bloody hand on the window. I think these are another thing that's making me feel the lack of an arc baddie, these kinds of cliffhanger aren't really part of an ongoing storyline, they're essentially the same as the "next time" teaser.
- I don't think that's the last we've seen of the McNairs, anyway. Partly because Robson Green is listed on imdb as being in the final two episodes (although that site isn't exactly known for its accuracy) and partly because when the cast were on Alan Carr Chatty Man
Russell Tovey said that Michael Socha would be getting naked and that hasn't happened yet - I'd have noticed, I notice these things.
Halfway through Series 3, how was "The Pack?"
Halfway to heaven: Amazing
Not half good: But not great either
Half a pound of thruppeny rice: Just about OK
Half a pound of treacle: Hard to swallow
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