Being Human Series 3 Episode 8 – Wolf Shaped Bullet.

Sundays, 9pm, BBC Three.

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.

And now the time has come for me to write my final Being Human post of the series. I feel quite sad about this, but at the same time excited to attempt to wrap up another fantastic episode. I’m giving up on all attempts to summarise an episode succinctly, there was just too much going on.

The episode opened with Mitchell locked up in a police cell trying to convince Annie that him being locked up is a bad thing. George arrived at the police station only to be told there was no admittance to the public. Mitchell told Annie that the werewolf bullet was a punishment for his rescuing her, and that he made the choice to risk it so he could be with her. Herrick arrived in his newly acquired police uniform and got Mitchell out of the cell, having killed anyone in his way. He promised to tell Mitchell how he escaped the werewolf attack but then knocked him out.

Tom arrived back at the B&B to find the seen of Herrick’s killings, and raised the alarm. Nina was still alive and rushed to hospital in a critical condition. Annie found a ghost police officer, as she started to explain death to him his corpse reanimated and sang nursery rhyme style that she must return to purgatory to save Mitchell, when the police officer’s door appeared she walked through it with him. Tom found a note written by McNair explaining who and what Herrick is and what he had tried to do. In the letter he explained he wanted Tom to have a different life, an ordinary life, a human life. Instead of listening to McNair’s insistence that he should not attempt to avenge his death Tom resharpens his stake and sets off in pursuit of Herrick.

Annie wandered the corridors of purgatory before Lia found her, it was Lia who sent the message via the police officer’s corpse. She showed Annie a tv screen which is displaying footage of Mitchell trapped in the fight club cage by Herrick and he was starting to explain his master plan; killing all of the werewolves and then moving onto the ghosts. Mitchell explained that he knows he needs to side with Herrick, that neither Annie or George can help him now. Herrick shouted for George to be delivered into the cage and Annie realised that George was to be the werewolf who killed Mitchell, she asked Lia to stop it but she refused. Herrick told George that Mitchell was responsible for the murders, but it wasn’t news to George. Growing increasingly desperate Annie pleaded with Lia, she revealed that the wolf shaped bullet was all a lie, but Mitchell has fulfilled the prophecy of his own accord. Herrick continued to try to goad George into fighting Mitchell, he revealed Mitchell encouraged him back into being a vampire and that once he was back he had killed McNair and then Nina. George does then turn on Mitchell, fighting him as Herrick had hoped. As Mitchell realised it would be George who killed him Tom arrived and the four ended up in a stand off, resulting in no one being killed.

Mitchell tricked Herrick into releasing them, telling told George he would kill Herrick once he had his answer. George told Mitchell he was no longer his friend, and set him after Herrick. After watching all this Annie began to wonder why Lia brought her back to purgatory, eventually realising she was there to hurt Mitchell the most. Annie pointed out that through Lia’s actions she wasn’t just hurting Mitchell but hurting George too, taking everything he loves away from him. Lia realised she needed to let Annie go back, but revealed how lonely she is, as a parting gift Annie told her to go and find Gilbert. Annie returned to Nina and helped her to come back to life. George and Tom arrived to see Annie sitting with her.

Herrick and Mitchell drove to the sea. Herrick began to tell Mitchell how he survived George’s werewolf attack but Mitchell stopped him, no longer wanting to know. Herrick began to plan where they were moving on to. Mitchell first showed Herrick how beautiful the world was, when Herrick started to pontificate about how the world would soon be theirs Mitchell pointed out it always was, and staked Herrick, killing him once and for all.

A man dressed in black led a group of similarly sinister men into the police station. He played a recording of Mitchell’s arrest before sacking all of the men and women in the office. When questioned, he explained that he was Wyndham, from Head Office.

Back at the B&B Annie was reading the newspaper to George, a random man has been framed for all of the massacres. Nina was back, her werewolf side having allowed her to heal quickly, and the baby was continuing to grow at a rapid rate. Mitchell arrived back at the B&B wanting George to kill him so he can not kill again. When Nina challenged him he explained George had to do it so that he regained his moral sense. George didn’t think he could kill him but the girls tried to encourage him, knowing that when and if Mitchell killed again they’d be partly responsible by letting him go. Mitchell tried everything he could to manipulate George into killing him, finally resorting to pleading with him to end the fear he was living with. Just as George was about to stake him Wyndham arrived and interrupted. Mitchell explained Wyndham was one of the old ones. Wyndham wanted to take Mitchell with him to do his bidding, to be his attack dog and explained that the day Mitchell refused he would kill George and Nina. Whilst he was pontificating George picked the stake back up, whirling and stabbing Mitchell to prevent him having to go through with Wyndham’s evil plans. George, Nina and Annie turned to face Wyndham with George getting the final words of the series “I think you’ve got a fight on your hands”.

I found the episode a real emotional rollercoaster of an episode, the final scene in the B&B was particularly charged. My favourite things were:

  • George – George went on a huge journey through the episode, from going to try and get Mitchell out of his police cell to ultimately killing him to save him from a life he didn’t want. Russell Tovey was brilliant throughout.
  • Annie and Lia – I loved the scenes between the two ghosts, they were quiet yet emotionally charged and wonderfully acted.
  • Wyndham – Herrick’s death was a loss, it had been a real pleasure seeing him return to his evil best. Wyndham looked like an excellent replacement.
  • Mitchell – I couldn’t possible miss out mentioning Mitchell, I shall be sad to see him go. Aidan Turner’s portrayal of the guilt ridden vampire was excellent, no wonder he’s off to New Zealand to be a Dwarf.

I feel like my weekly summary posts have been a little like a love letter to Being Human, they’ve been filled with such glowing praise for the series. It really deserves it though, for the last 8 weeks the Being Human team have delivered 8 fantastic episodes that have kept me glued to my tv. My Sunday evenings are going to have a Being Human shaped hole in them now.

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Being Human Series 3 Episode 7 – Though The Heavens Fall.

Sundays, 9pm, BBC Three.

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.

The build up to this penultimate episode of this series of Being Human promised lots, I couldn’t wait to sit down and watch it.

The episode opened with a flashback featuring Herrick and McNair at another werewolf fight club. The human McNair had killed the werewolf put in the cage with him, but not before it had scratched and infected him. Back in the present Annie had become obsessed with trying to solve the train massacre and Mitchell was trying everything he could think of to persude her to leave it alone. Nancy discovered that Daisy died in the 1940s and tried to convince her boss, Cooper, to let her continue investigating Mitchell on the basis of the dossier of clippings but he told her it was not sufficient evidence. Herrick continued to tell Nina how confused he was about, and admitted he had showed Nancy the dossier to help justice be done.

McNair and Tom arrived with McNair carrying a nasty wound to his leg caused by vampires seeking vengeance for the deaths after the dog fight. McNair was curious why Nina and George haven’t also been attacked, but suggested it was because Mitchell was with them. McNair could sense that something had changed within the house, he decided he and Tom would stay for a little while. Annie continued to try and justify all of Mitchell’s actions, after hearing about the dossier she decided it must be because he was investigating Daisy’s crimes himself. When Mitchell got back to find the werewolf count in the house had doubled he returned to his efforts to get Herrick to tell him the secret of how he survived George’s werewolf attack. Annie explains her theory to Nina and George leaving Nina wondering about what Herrick told her.

Nancy returned to talk to Mitchell, he explained that Graham had made the dossier thinking he would be impressed by it but he was repulsed by it so had burnt it. He tried to explain away Daisy’s death in 1941 by explaining she was a fantastist, Nancy remains unconvinced. Nancy tried to talk to Herrick but he wasn’t listening instead entranced by her neck, realising what was happening Mitchell narrowly saved her from being killed. Whilst there Nancy had taken a glass that she’d made sure Mitchell touched, Cooper summonsed her to tell her what the analysis had shown. Annie went along with her to hear that Mitchell’s prints were found in the train carriage. Cooper enquired about what other evidence Nancy had before hitting her. He revealed that he was a vampire and as such there was no way that Mitchell would ever be found guilty. As he was about to turn Nancy into a vampire Annie staked and killed him.

Tom, Nina and George left to transform in the woods. Mitchell returned to the B&B to find it deserted, McNair was hiding and headed upstairs to where Herrick was hidden. McNair revealed his plan to kill both Herrick and Mitchell, wanting to add their fangs to his collection that already includes Daisy. McNair transformed and pounced on Herrick but he raised the knife he’d been hiding and stabbed McNair. Mitchell returned home the next day to find McNair dead on Herrick’s floor. A distraught Annie challenged Mitchell and made him finally tell her the truth, she told him he had to give himself up. Nancy and a bunch of armed police storm the house, Annie persuaded him to give up and eventually he did. When Nancy went to the attic to check on ‘Uncle Billy’ she spotted McNair’s body and then Herrick attacked her.

Nina and George went to get the baby checked following another transformation, the doctor suggested Nina was more like 16 weeks along rather than 8 due to the size of her bump. George had researched wolf pregnancies and discovered that they’re shorter. They arrived home to find the B&B wrapped in police incident tape and Nina confessed what she has done. George immediately realised the ramifications of Mitchell’s arrest and went to try and get him out of the police station. Nina went into the B&B to find it a wreck, Herrick appeared dressed in a police uniform and revealed he now remembered everything, including what George did to him. Deperate for revenge on George he stabbed Nina and left her slumped to the floor.

This was another brilliant episode from the Being Human team. I was glued to my telly for the whole episode. Before I list my favourite bits of the episode, I must first mention my one let down from it. The scene when McNair went to challenge Herrick, the man responsible for his werewolf condition, was brilliant in how it built up but then McNair’s death was rather weak. I loved the character and feel very sad that he was killed off, but if he had to go I do wish he’d had a better death.

Thinking about my favourite bits, this week I loved:

  • Annie – Lenora Critchlow continues to be brilliant as Annie, the emotional journey she went on throughout this episode was wonderfully done.
  • McNair and Tom – I’ve already mentioned how much I loved McNair, I really enjoyed the return of the werewolf pair in this episode.
  • Herrick – The evil, blood thirsty, vindictive Herrick has finally returned and in wonderful style.

The cliffhangers from the end of this episode have left me really looking forward to Sunday’s finale. There are so many questions that need answers, will we get them all?

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Being Human Series 3 Episode 6 – Daddy Ghoul.

Sundays, BBC 3, 9PM.

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.

After last week’s dark and tense episode I wondered what this week would bring. The next time trailer had suggested the episode might be a little lighter, how would the transition work?

The episode starts with a scene between Herrick and Mitchell back in the 1930s. Herrick hints strongly to Mitchell that there is a way that vampires can avoid a final death, and that this secret is passed on to a protege. Moving back to the present comes the discovery that George’s father, George Senior has died. George hasn’t seen his parents since he became a werewolf so decides (after Annie attempts and fails to offer her condolences) to go along to the funeral but keep out of sight. When he gets there he finds his dad also watching the funeral from a distance, clearly he is a ghost with some unfinished business. George tries to help him to work out what it is he needs to do so that his door will appear, even going with Nina and visiting his mom and her new partner. It is when they return from this visit that they discover that George Senior is actually alive, he faked his own death with the thought of making a new start, but George and Nina help him to realise that he and George’s mom do still love each other. After reuniting them George reveals that he and Nina are werewolves, his parents of course don’t believe him and a new status quo is reached.

Mitchell meanwhile is still dealing with Herrick, when he finds the older vampire writhing with pain he tries to feed him blood, knowing it is the solution to his pains and possibly also his amnesia. Herrick resists though, spitting out what little he was forced to accept. DC Nancy Reid from the police investigation into the train massacre arrives, she explains to Mitchell that she’s just there so that she can say that she’s followed the lead up but she doesn’t expect to find anything, all the while dripping blood from a leg wound. Nina fixed up Nancy’s leg and tried to find out more about whether Mitchell was a suspect, Herrick watched this exchange whilst eavesdropping. Mitchell protests his innocence and Nancy suggests the anonymous tip off could have come from someone he’d annoyed. Back at the police station she revealed she is suspicious of him, Annie has followed her – scared for Mitchell – and hears this, Mitchell has fobbed Annie off with the idea that it was Daisy who committed the crime so Annie plants this idea for Nancy. Whilst at the police station Annie spotted Lia’s picture on the crime board, recognising her from purgatory Annie feels the need to help Nancy solve the crime. Nancy returns to the B&B and Mitchell goes along with the idea that Daisy was somehow involved. Whilst Nancy went to use the bathroom Herrick appears, after seeming tempted to feed from her he instead shows her the dossier. Mitchell stopps her from taking it away, claiming it exists purely because he’s interested in the story. Whilst Nancy is sure that this is proof of his guilt, Mitchell burns the dossier.

I loved the contrast between the lighter story between George and his family and the darker, tense story involving Mitchell, Annie, Herrick and Nancy. The two played out well against each other, for me the balance was just right. My favourite things this week were:

  • George and George – The relationship between George and his father was lovely, the humour in their similarities was played to great effect.
  • Nancy – I found myself left with questions about Nancy by the end of the episode, why is it that she cares so much about this case? Is it just the opportunity to prove herself or does she have a more personal reason for being so involved?
  • Annie – yet again Annie got a brilliant moment, this week it came as she mashed W.H. Auden and Cheryl Cole in an attempt to offer her condolences.

With only two episodes left in the series there is still a lot that needs answering. I get the feeling the final two parts of this story are going to pick up the pace and darkness once more.

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Being Human Series 3 Episode 5 – The Longest Day.

Sundays, BBC Three, 9pm.

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.

My expectations for this week’s episode of Being Human were high, various places previewing it as being the best episode yet helped to build the sense of anticipation. Knowing as well that there were some great guest stars and we were finally going to be finding out what happened to Herrick meant I sat down to watch the episode with a real sense excitement.

The episode began with George discovering that Herrick was currently a psychiatric patient in the hospital. Panic stricken at seeing the vampire he’d killed now alive and kicking George called in Nina to help, together they smuggle him out of the hospital under the lie that Herrick is actually Nina’s Uncle Billy. When they got him back to the B&B they summoned Mitchell from his continued brooding in the attic, after staring at Herrick in shock Mitchell snaps and attempts to stake him before Nina stops him.

Whilst tensions are still running sky high the doorbell goes, Annie investigates and decides that the woman standing on the doorstep must be a social worker. Nina takes the opportunity to move Herrick to safety, leaving the others to deal with Wendy, a community psychiatric nurse. The foursome attempt to bluff their way though, whilst they make tea they have a tense pow wow about what to do with Herrick, Mitchell is convinced Herrick is hiding behind a well constructed act whereas the girls think he’s come back cured. When Herrick discovers he has no reflection it certainly seems to be that they might be right. Herrick runs away to the attic and Mitchell panics that someone is going to come across the dossier linking him to the train massacre.

Just when it’s all getting completely tense another arrival comes in the shape of Cara, the vampire who raised Herrick (along with Daisy). She’s distraught at Herrick’s absence, and the fact that since he came back he doesn’t know who she is or what he is, Mitchell sees this as a chance to find out how, as he sees it, Herrick survived George’s werewolf attack so he has a plan for after he’s been attacked by the ever present wolf shaped bullet. Annie lets slip to Cara that Herrick is there in the B&B, she races to see him and distraught at the way he reacts to her she stakes herself. Nina blackmails Wendy into leaving them alone by threatening to complain about the over worked and over stressed nurse’s incompetency (when in fact there is no trace of Uncle Billy because there are no records for him).

Mitchell, in his angst / guilt / anger / fear tells Annie there can be no them, leaving her distraught. Nina tries to challenge Mitchell over his plan to kill Herrick, he becomes convinced that she will be the wolf shaped bullet. He runs off to take care of Herrick, but George’s been spending time with Herrick and is less convinced that killing him is the right decision so he decides to protect him. Mitchell and George argue, with George taking the higher ground and explaining that whilst Mitchell is the best friend he’s ever had he can not condone the plan of killing Herrick and will remove Mitchell from his life if he goes through with it.

Herrick starts to show more and more glimpses of the old Herrick, though is this his careful cover slipping, or personality traits that he had showing through. Annie becomes convinced that he is the old Herrick and tries to persuade Mitchell to let her do the deed. Herrick discovers the dossier and shows it to Nina. Scared by the fact that this seems to confirm all her fears about Mitchell she sneaks out and makes a phone call to the anonymous hotline set up for the train massacre. The episode ends with Mitchell sitting down in front of Herrick and beginning to tell him who he is.

There were so many brilliant bits about this episode – so much is happening in the episodes that I’m giving up on summarising them in a succinct manner, but my absolute favourite bits were:

  • Quick thinking Nina – here is a character who works so well under pressure, we saw it in Lia too, she can talk her way out of any situation and makes me laugh whilst she is doing it.
  • Cara – the way she talked about Herrick, and then her visible pain when he didn’t recognise her again was touchingly done. I found myself feeling sympathetic for a character I’d never considered it being possible to feel for.
  • Mitchell’s descent – episode by episode Mitchell is becoming more and more taken over by his fear of the prophecy coming true. In this episode this descent really kicks up a pace forcing Mitchell to act against his friends and to move to darker places.
  • Herrick – by the end of the episode I had as many questions as I had started with. Is it all an act? Does he actually not remember? Are his memories starting to return?
    • I thought this was a fantastic episode. Packed with action yet contained within the B&B for almost the entire episode, it was a tightly scripted and staged episode. It really feels like everything has kicked up another notch or two – I think we’re in for quite a ride in the final three episodes of the series.

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Being Human Series 3 Episode 4 : The Pack.

Sundays, BBC Three, 9pm.

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.

When the credits rolled at the end of last night’s episode it took a couple of minutes for me to be able to gather my thoughts. My first thought of “Wow, another great episode” was rapidly followed by the thought “how on earth am I going to summarise all of that?!”

Never one to back down from a challenge, here goes. I apologise in advance for how long winded this is going to be – feel free to skip ahead to my favourite things about the episode!

We started the episode with McNair and his son Tom, and learnt that Tom was born a werewolf, and Mrs McNair was no longer alive. George and Nina went looking for Tom hoping he could tell them what happened when two werewolves made a baby werewolf. McNair hid Tom away and claimed to know nothing. After Mitchell had mistakenly attacked Tom thinking he was a burglar, McNair and Mitchell re-established their species’ mutual distrust and dislike. Nina and George tried to keep the peace, they still didn’t know what was going to happen to the wolfbaby or Nina during the imminent full moon, and insisted on Tom getting proper medical attention at the hospital. Whilst Nina started to suspect all was not quite as McNair had told Tom, Mitchell went to investigate McNair’s van and discovered his vampire hunting stuff. In anger he turned to Richard and Emma, Adam’s failed foster parents, and offered them McNair’s location so that they could restart the fight club we first saw in episode 1. Nina’s suspicions were all founded, Tom is not McNair’s son and he wasn’t born a werewolf – realising everything he knew was a lie (in fact it was McNair who turned Tom) he returned to the van getting ready to leave, closely followed by Nina and George and they were all kidnapped for the fight club. Mitchell had an attack of conscience, and went with Annie and McNair to save the day resulting in a huge fight and the death of Richard. Too late to escape the full moon, Annie and Mitchell locked themselves in the cage and waited out the night until the four werewolves all returned to their human selves.

Whilst all the werewolfy stuff was going on Annie and Mitchell weren’t idle. They continued to explore their new relationship, trying to find a way that they could make it work. When Annie realised she could experience sensations by using a human conduit they went out to find a suitable woman, but Mitchell reverted to type and realised that sex for him is about power and violence and that pursuing a physical relationship with Annie wasn’t going to work. They’ll carry on with the kissing though.

Phew. I think that covers most of the action… Onto my favourite things:

  • McNair – I never expected to find any role Robson Green played attractive, but there’s something rather fabulous about McNair. I’m loving the character, and the way Green is playing him – it’s a different sort of role for him and he seems to be relishing it.
  • Effects – Werewolf effects are always difficult to get right, I find they’re often the supernatural effects I find the least convincing. With each series Being Human is getting the werewolves better and better, last night they were their best yet. McNair’s partial transformation was particularly well done.
  • Annie – In an episode that was so werewolf filled Annie could easily have faded into the background. Instead she had more brilliant moments, her list of things to try with Mitchell left me laughing long and hard.
  • Herrick – And of course, the final scene where we see that Herrick is alive but seemingly institutionalised was the icing on what had already been an excellent cake.

I thought it was another brilliant episode, and I can’t wait to see what next week will bring.

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Being Human Series 3 Episode 2 : Adam’s Family.

Sundays, BBC Three, 9pm.

Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD.

After a brilliant series opener last week I was interested to see how it would be followed up this week. Never in a million years did I imagine the brilliantly disturbing episode we got! They packed a huge amount into the hour again, and we didn’t set eyes on McNair and son all episode.

To summarise, this was primarily an episode about vampires. Nina and George came across Adam, a 46 year old vampire in a 16 year old body. His parents have kept him protected since he was turned, and provided him with enough blood to keep him going. His mother is already dead and his father dies during this episode so our favourite foursome take him in until they can work out what to do with him. At the same time Mitchell is approached by Richard, who offers him a way out of the country – the vampiric Old Ones want him to disappear whilst the attention on his train massacre dies down. Unable to cope with Adam they decide to take him to Richard to look after, but George and Nina get a cold welcome, and are shocked to discover that Richard’s brilliant plan to keep him and his wife Emma from feeding on humans is to keep a pet human to provide their own supply of blood. Their current pet is known as Number 7, his predecessors lie one after the other in a graveyard in the garden. After leaving Adam in their care George and Nina slowly realise that all was not right and dash back to Penarth to rescue him only to find the house full of individuals engaging in all manners of sex acts and vampire orgies. Adam makes the decision to leave with them and Richard and Emma suggest this isn’t the last we’ve seen of them. Mitchell finally comes through and gives Adam the guidance he needs to live his life and he leaves on a train to find his own way. Whilst all this has been going on Annie has been finding her feet again as Mitchell’s “guardian angel”, complete with wanting to iron his newspaper like she saw on The House Of Eliot and helping him through his job interview at the hospital.

My favourite bits this week were:

  • The humour – this week’s episode had humour running throughout it, George did particularly well again with the funny lines and Russell Tovey’s delivery of them was fantastic.
  • More great guest stars – I love Mark Lewis Jones so it was great to see him, and I think the role of Emma has allowed Melanie Walters to break out of the role of Gwen from Gavin and Stacey forever more!
  • Mitchell and Annie – the interaction between these two is wonderful, I loved that we got to see both the funny side of the pairing and the quieter scene on the promenade.

This episode was full top brimming with humour and darkness, and tended towards the downright disturbing in such a fantastic way. I felt this was another brilliant episode, I have high hopes that this level of quality is maintained throughout the series!

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Are you ready for Being Human?

Sundays, BBC Three, 9pm

In a little over 24 hours Being Human will be returning to our screens for a much anticipated third series. I’m really excited about this, and based on all of the tweets I’ve been seeing on the topic I’m far from being alone. If you haven’t been watching and fancy a quick catch up, the brilliant BBC Being Human website has a catch up guide, though I think you’d be far better watching the episodes!

So what am I looking forward to about the third series?

  • Annie’s story – at the end of series two we saw Annie dragged through one of the mysterious doors before appearing on a tv screen to explain she was trapped. The brilliant Annie Broadcasts have explained a bit more about where she is, but how will the others get her back?
  • George and Nina – I loved seeing Nina become a firm part of the group over the course of series two, I’m looking forward to seeing how the relationship between her and George develops.
  • Herrick – The closing scenes of series two showed Herrick being resurrected. What mischief will his return bring?
  • Guest stars – There has been lots of discussion about the actors who will appearing in the new series, including Robson Green, Michael Sorcha and Lacey Turner. I’m looking forward to seeing what their characters will be like and how they’ll influence things.

Are you looking forward to tomorrow night’s first episode? What are you most looking forward to seeing in the new series? I’ll be back each week with my thoughts about each episode, look forward to seeing you there!

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