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07 February 2011 @ 01:08 am
Being Human Series 3: Episode 3 (Type 4)  
Ha, ha! Brains! BRAAAIIINNNSS!!! (Not really).


So the eerie hand that slammed up against the door last episode is explained in this one: ZOMBIES!

I'm not sure if I understand how Mitchell crossing over to save Annie caused the souls to stay tethered to the bodies. He used the door of a recently deceased to essentially hitch a ride in but surely one door isn't representative of ALL doors. Why wouldn't the individual doors still be functioning when people die? If Death is all messed up because Mitchell wasn't supposed to go through the door before dying, then shouldn't Annie's dragging in of Kemp of last season caused the same issue? Also, isn't someone looking for Sasha? She escaped from the hospital so why isn't there an all wide search out for her? Wouldn't the hospital want to contain her?

But other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I adored how the first half of the episode was shot almost like a zombie movie with the close up cams, the green lighting and the slightly cheesy horror movie music that played when Annie and Mitchell were investigating the hospital. I also enjoyed the twist the writers gave for what zombies were. Not brain-craving shufflers who only moaned and grunted. But rather literally just corpses that were still moving about with all their faculties still intact. The real monsters, again, are not the actual zombies but the human doctors who experimented on them with zero compassion.

Moving on, I just KNEW Nina was pregnant from the last episode. Her backstory was a much needed one because as much as I loved Nina, she always felt like a bit of a dark horse to me. All we knew about her pre-George was the scarring that presumably someone did to her. But all that past history with her mother was interesting and it also explained how it was that Nina was able to simply slip away from her old life without someone wanting to keep in touch with her. I'm not entirely sure yet how I feel about Nina deciding to keep the baby; something that was clearly motivated by Sasha's dying words. It's not that I necessarily agree that Nina should have aborted, but a rash decision either way is still a rash decision. And being moved by Sasha's deathbed confessions is not going to be the cure-all for all the rightfully mixed feelings Nina has about becoming a mother. I feel like she and George need to still talk about this rather than now just agree to have the baby. And not just the werewolf logistics but what exactly are Nina's fears about being a parent. Because a part of me actually feels like she's sort of doing it for George since he made his feelings clear on the matter. I don't know. I'll have to see how this one plays out.

The Graham storyline comparatively was sort of dull but it did eventually bring about what a lot of us have been waiting for since season one: MITCHELL/ANNIE!! We have kissing! And I let my own 12 year old self indulge in the happy sight of my ship finally setting sail. However, I have to give kudos to the episode for ending on an ominous note. Because the start of this relationship does nothing if not highlight all that is messed up about Mitchell and Annie individually; Annie not bothering to actually listen to Mitchell's confession and still remaining blind to the darker aspects of someone she cares about and Mitchell still craving forgiveness from those closest to him to wash away all the evil he's done. They are both so phenomenally charged to crash this ship that I love it and fear it at the same time. That ominous shot of Graham's journal of Mitchell's greatest hits wasn't for nothing!

Some random highlights of the episode:

1. George and Mitchell together this entire episode. Their late night conversation about Annie and their later lads' night in getting completely drunk. Oh, boys. NEVER change.

2. Annie's repeating to herself "I'm already dead, I'm already dead" to reassure herself when looking around the super-creepy morgue with the bloody tools made me laugh aloud.

3. Graham and Mitchell still doing the fist bump as Graham turned to dust was hilarious in a wrong sort of way. Graham's death seemed so portentous until then. It pretty much made me not take Mitchell's angst over killing Graham seriously at all.
 
 
dragonflylady77: Mitchell Annie 3x01dragonflylady77 on February 7th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
*waves*

I found the link to this post on the discussion post at beinghuman_fans and what I want to say is... THIS!!

OMG YES!

Part of me is still squeeeing over the Mitchell/Annie FINALLY happening but the other part of me is going OMg this is gonna go soooooo wrong!!!

George and Mitchell together this entire episode. Their late night conversation about Annie and their later lads' night in getting completely drunk. Oh, boys. NEVER change. YES!!!

Right, it's 3am so instead of rewatching 3x03 that I just finished watching, I'll go to bed.

*lurks out*
formerly lifeinsomniac: GhostSqueejoonscribble on February 8th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Thanks!

Part of me is still squeeeing over the Mitchell/Annie FINALLY happening but the other part of me is going OMg this is gonna go soooooo wrong!!!

Yes, exactly! As much as I was squeeing, the second Mitchell said, "Do you forgive me?" I just cringed.
dragonflylady77: DW Ten hair ruffledragonflylady77 on February 11th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
Lia was right, he wants to be forgiven all the time. He said as much to Lucy too, remember?


*headdesk* I need to stop obsessing and go to bed...

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 12th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
God, when he told Lucy that she could be his salvation last season I threw my hands up in despair. Even if Lucy had been completely normal that would've been out of line.
dragonflylady77: Dean hates thisdragonflylady77 on February 12th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
THIS!!

Wolf shaped bullet? Hobbit shaped bullet more like!!



"Mitchell, shall we get pissed?"

"You... are a genius, George."
Comrade: Huddyaiffe on February 7th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I understand how Mitchell crossing over to save Annie caused the souls to stay tethered to the bodies. He used the door of a recently deceased to essentially hitch a ride in but surely one door isn't representative of ALL doors. Why wouldn't the individual doors still be functioning when people die? If Death is all messed up because Mitchell wasn't supposed to go through the door before dying, then shouldn't Annie's dragging in of Kemp of last season caused the same issue?

The way I saw it, being dragged in killed Kemp, because he was human. (If I turn out to be wrong about that later, we'll have a problem.) Being already kind of undead, Mitchell may have had just as much of a claim to the world of the dead as he does to the living, so he could go there without dying for keeps. (I suspect this is why George and Nina couldn't come. They may not have known that, which is why it was written with the guy dying on the full moon, but I think if a werewolf stepped through a Door they would die.) So you have the paradox, someone in Purgatory both living and dead, and it sort of...clogs the tubes. IDK.

Also, isn't someone looking for Sasha? She escaped from the hospital so why isn't there an all wide search out for her? Wouldn't the hospital want to contain her?

That would be an interesting memo. "Looking for escaped zombie. Smells like rotting flesh. Plz return to morgue for experiments."

I agree about being uncomfortable with Nina's decision, even though I get her reasons for it. I am like, super pro-choice, so I get nervous whenever abortion comes up in a story. My roomie and I were discussing stories that have abortions actually happen, and the only one I could think of was in House, where House spent an episode convincing a rape victim to get an abortion. (Which has the downside of the decision still mostly coming from a man, and a woman needing to be told what to do with her body, but if she'd just made the decision on her own, House wouldn't have an opportunity to make those great arguments on TV.) Basically, most stories that mention abortion have the same plot as Juno: unintended pregnancy with negative consequences, woman considers abortion but can't do such an awful thing to her ~baaaybeee~ woman has baby and life is affirmed and everything is wonderful, forever.

I thought the whole werewolf thing was a perfectly valid reason to not want a baby. Nina's issues with her own mother should add to that, not overshadow it.

And yes, wonderful thoughts on the whole Mitchell/Annie thing. I am neither for nor against it as a ship, but the way it plays on all their flaws and is just DOOMED is so beautiful.
formerly lifeinsomniac: GeorgeAnniejoonscribble on February 8th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
That would be an interesting memo. "Looking for escaped zombie. Smells like rotting flesh. Plz return to morgue for experiments."

They could put up signs around the neighborhood with a photo.

I completely agree with you about the entire pro-choice issue in media. I'm also very firmly pro-choice which I constantly have to explain to various people in my life doesn't mean pro-abortion. But, I do find it an oversimplification that having the baby is somehow the answer all the time because it affirms life. It's not.

It's a harsh reality but sometimes having the emotional insight to really objectively decide whether or not you CAN have this child and provide it with everything he or she needs should take precedent over this somewhat ill-conceived statement that "all life is precious." Yes, all life is precious which is why you should think carefully about what sort of life you might provide for your child should you choose to have it.

Okay, rant over!
Comrade: Doctor/Pain OTPaiffe on February 8th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
Oh man, I agree so much. And it's not that I think abortion is always the right answer, because I don't, I just want to see it be represented as sometimes the right answer in the media, so every time we get yet another ~choose life~ message, I cringe.

Not on the topic of abortion, but another controversial life-and-death topic, Star Trek: Voyager did a pair of episodes on the subject of assisted suicide. In one episode, the person chose to live in the end, and in the other episode, they were allowed to die. Each was presented as the right choice for that person. I thought that was a great example of moral fence-sitting. It brought the issue up and welcomed discussion, but didn't insist "____ is always The Answer!"

I'm kind of withholding judgment on Being Human, for now, because it's entirely possible the story will show that keeping the baby wasn't the right decision for Nina, or for the baby. Or that at least we'll get more complexity on this issue. In Series 1, George's worst nightmare was that he might inflict this curse on someone else. Now here he is, not only having transmitted it to Nina, but helping bring a baby werewolf into the world. I feel like if Series 1 George could see Series 3 George, he'd want to kill himself.

Oh, and also, it bugged me that George's first reaction was to be against the pregnancy, like, he seemed angry with Nina for getting pregnant when he first confronted her, then when he realized she could just have an abortion, he became even more controlling, claiming that it wasn't all her body. I felt like it was less about affirming life, and more about power.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 8th, 2011 01:56 am (UTC)
In one episode, the person chose to live in the end, and in the other episode, they were allowed to die.

Is the latter episode the one involving the two Q's? Because if it is, I really enjoyed that episode.

Oh, and also, it bugged me that George's first reaction was to be against the pregnancy, like, he seemed angry with Nina for getting pregnant when he first confronted her, then when he realized she could just have an abortion, he became even more controlling, claiming that it wasn't all her body. I felt like it was less about affirming life, and more about power.

Upon a second viewing, I think George's initial reaction was anger that Nina didn't tell him she was pregnant but before Nina tells him she's getting an abortion, you see a kind of smile on George's face like he's really happy that he's going to be a father. But then the entire thing fell apart when Nina revealed her plans and George spoke out in his typically awkward way.

I agree that George's reaction at the end of that scene that seemed more about power than the moral issues surrounding abortion. Which is why I completely bristled at him saying he had just as much right as Nina in deciding the fate of their child. I do agree that the father should be involved in the whole decision making process but it was so clear to me that the only reason why George asserted his rights was to basically say Nina couldn't have an abortion.

The only reason why I sort of gave him some slack is that I do agree with him that Nina would have most likely just done it and not told him, which isn't so great either.
Comrade: Zombie equalityaiffe on February 8th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Quite possibly! I watched Voyager as it came out in the 90's, and I was pretty young at the time, so I'm actually really blurry on details. I'm clearly due for a rewatch!

And...well...I don't think Nina getting an abortion without telling him would be so bad, considering what a douche he was when he found out. Besides, while I can see sounding out out with one's partner if you really don't know yet what you're going to do, I can't picture any situation where it would be okay to compel a woman to have a baby she doesn't want, so if she (at that point) knew for sure she was aborting that baby, telling him about it would only cause a lot of strife and drama.

And also, she didn't exactly hide it. She didn't make any kind of effort to conceal the used pregnancy test, which is why he found out anyway. So she may have been planning on telling him, or she'd probably be a bit more secretive. We saw in series 2 that she has trouble finding the "right moment" to talk about important things, and even in this episode with her discussing her childhood abuse for the first time.

Also also, Nina gets a free pass for withholding relevant information forever and ever, since George had the secret to end all secrets, and didn't tell Nina until it was too late.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 8th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
The main reason why I think it needs to be discussed even if the mother's sort of made up her mind is that she might not be aware of all the facts. Her partner might be much more willing to help raise the child. Specifically in Nina's case, I was curious if she thought George didn't want a child knowing their condition and that also added onto her thinking that they shouldn't have one. Obviously it wasn't the only factor but completely hiding something like an abortion from your partner who is the father, to me, is indicative of something being very wrong in the relationship in regards to trust issues.

Granted, it's true, we don't know if Nina was actually going to do it without telling George or tell George after the fact.

Also also, Nina gets a free pass for withholding relevant information forever and ever, since George had the secret to end all secrets, and didn't tell Nina until it was too late.

Well...yes, I understand the logic of this. But if Nina could always use that as a free pass forever and always, they're not going to last very long as a couple.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_HurricaneSkyguardian_chaos on February 7th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I have not been doing a good job keeping up with this show since college started again. O_o
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 8th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
I think this show has been keeping me sane since my school started again. I'm not sure what I'm going to do once the eight episodes are done.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: Avatar_FAIL!guardian_chaos on February 8th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
I just haven't put effort into seeking them out. I'm terrible with setting aside that time. D:

Has school been that terrible?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 8th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
School's just been absolutely exhausting. You?
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: MST3K_SoEvil!guardian_chaos on February 8th, 2011 06:52 am (UTC)
It has been rather harsh. The last day in particular, when EVERYTHING went wrong. I was thinking of posting a humorous, self-deprecating RANT about it all. *G*

For now, I will say this: I'm not enjoying my behavioral statistics class. So much math...AAAAHHH. Scary.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 8th, 2011 06:53 am (UTC)
I have my stats tomorrow morning. Or more accurately, later today. In about six hours. GAH!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: MST3K_SoEvil!guardian_chaos on February 9th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
GAAAH! How was it? Was it bad? Do I need to call for an emergency response psych evaluation? D:
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 9th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Shockingly (and I use that word with every iota of its meaning) I found today's stats class to be kind of interesting. I was actually paying attention and feeling like I was processing the information.

GASP!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_IDon'tUnderstandThatReferenceguardian_chaos on February 9th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
MY MIND IS BLOWN. See those little, itty-bitty squishy pieces all over the place? That's my mind. Yes. You did that.

Strangely, today was similar for math and I, though I apparently have a quiz on Thursday that I am quite scared of. Also, I like that you said "every iota of its meaning." Hehe, what a unique way of saying that.

By the way, I'm functioning on an hour and a half of sleep. GARHGLHELDHLSKEJFL...ETCETERA!! You don't know how hard of a time I'm having lining up proper sentence structure. O_O
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 9th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
By the way, I'm functioning on an hour and a half of sleep. GARHGLHELDHLSKEJFL...ETCETERA!! You don't know how hard of a time I'm having lining up proper sentence structure. O_O

Oh, man. I've been there.

I might have my very first intake patient ever tomorrow! I'm so excited and sort of terrified. I need to pull it together and construct some sort of professional mask.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_C+D_Gleeguardian_chaos on February 9th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
But...but it is too soon in the semester for this to be happening! *flails wildly into a wall* Do my words sound as stiff as I feel they do, or is my sleep-deprived brain making that up? I...I can't tell. O_o

I might have my very first intake patient ever tomorrow!

Wow, 'Scrib!! That is so, so awesome!! And don't worry, you will do great! I'm sure of it. *offers celebratory cake and tea* Eat! Drink! Be merry! You've earned it. :D