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27 February 2012 @ 10:25 pm
Being Human Series 4: A Spectre Calls  
My deepest thanks to James Lance for giving me nightmares for at least a week.


A ghost calling himself Kirby (James Lance) appears on the trio's doorstep, claiming Nina has sent him to help Annie raise Eve. He appears rather nice and mild-mannered and is very quickly welcomed into the home. But since this is Being Human, it becomes obvious very soon that Kirby is not what he seems.

Actually, I take that back: Kirby is everything he seems to be which is super ultra mega creepy. I don't know if it was the 70s fashion, the hair, or the soft voice but James Lance gave a nightmare-inducing performance of a serial killer in polyester. Maybe it was all the more jarring for me because the last time I saw Lance, he was playing Timebomb on the show No Heroics. And while Timebomb had his demons, it was all geared toward comedy and the character is just SO different from Kirby, you almost can't believe it's the same guy playing him. So bravo to Mr. Lance. I'll never look at sweater vests the same way ever again.

But on the plot points, I'm still not sure if the blond lady is the adult Eve. She seemed genuinely saddened by Annie's supposed demise which suggests a history with her. But I'm wondering if maybe she's someone else's daughter. Maybe Tom's much later down the line?

We also got to see very powerful!Annie which was nice. I was glad she was the one to get rid of Kirby, given he was yet another male figure in her life who tried to abuse her. It also sounded like from her conversation with Hal that she actually has some control over her power. It isn't just a knee jerk reaction when angered but a very calculated rage channeling which should come in handy.

Speaking of Hal, it's rather mean but I did sort of laugh at how Kirby knew exactly which button to push with him. He can't manipulate Hal but he can mess up his room! Not the dominoes! Not the framed picture of Leo! (Which, by the way, aw!) I also liked how in this episode, Hal is being pushed more out of his comfort zones by Annie who isn't willing to mollycoddle him. And how Hal, despite his reservations, has warmed up to Annie and Tom rather quickly. His fight with Tom was interesting in that Hal was so not really fighting Tom but rather just preventing him from causing actual damage. Unfortunately, this has earned him a burnt arm (gasp! prophecy!).

It was pretty sad to learn that Tom has never really celebrated his birthday properly. So I was very pleased when Annie and Hal did manage to surprise him with his first birthday cake (which Annie had to given him directions on with regard to blowing out the candles. Aw, bless!) and singing happy birthday (not Hal, shockingly). But it was a lovely scene that could have just ended with the awkward yet sweet hug Annie gave Hal. But as this is still Being Human, we end with the ominous shot of Hal's newly mangled arm. GAH!

Next week: Adam! The world's littlest, most obnoxiously hilarious vampire returns!


Also, if you're in the mood for some bonus features involving this episode, here's a deleted scene between Hal and Annie.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay: Buzzcocks: Welsh accents are hardawanderingbard on February 28th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
I don't watch Being Human, but whenever I see James Lance or his name, I'm always instantly reminded of his appearance on Buzzcocks and the little "'It's James Lance' *fanfare* *sparkles*" gag. So I guess Simon Amstell accomplished his task. :p
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 29th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm always instantly reminded of his appearance on Buzzcocks and the little "'It's James Lance' *fanfare* *sparkles*" gag.

I watched that almost immediately after watching this episode. I loved how excessively they played the "It's James Lance!" voiceover with the irritating music.
aelfgyfu_mead: Being Human s4aelfgyfu_mead on April 13th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, my gosh! I laughed so hard at parts of this. I feel bad for Tom—he was hoping McNair would come back, I guess. He never had a birthday cake (but McNair did give him a cupcake—and a paring knife! A sparkler and a stake!). I'm so glad that Annie made him a cake! Even Hal said happy birthday to him! ("I don't sing.")

But Hal—oh, my heart really goes out to Hal! I shrieked when Kirby messed up his room. He totally needed a hug, even if he really wasn't prepared to accept it! But now he's terrified that he's really going to harm Eve because of the burn on his arm! Recorder Vampire was a bit off, anyway, so I wasn't sure we could trust his reading of the parchment even before this development. You're absolutely right that Hal wasn't throwing himself into the fight against Tom. He could have done serious harm if he'd wanted, and he was really restraining himself. And he felt guilty about scaring the coroner!

I loved the rota, and I laughed so hard when Hal said, "I already have a rota" that we had to pause the DVR because I missed a line or two and was likely to miss much more. The boys' faces looking at the sparkly rota with all the cute symbols! They both needed hugs!

Tom practicing his surprise reaction! I wasn't at all surprised to see that.

I guess we aren't likely to get further scenes of Hal shirtless or in a tank top, because he won't want the others to see the burn. (Dang.)

Thanks for the link to the deleted scene! It was a bit too silly, so we see why they cut it, but Hal and Annie sitting down with their planners together! Ahahahaha!

Annie does sometimes have terrible taste in men, but as long as she's not looking for a romantic partner, she seems to do all right! First George (I can't quite count Mitchell as 'not a mistake,' sorry), and now Tom and Hal. I'm glad she took out Kirby herself; she had to be the one to do it for so many reasons. (And yes, James Lance was totally creepy, and I don't think I've seen him in anything else.) They keep telling us how powerful she is, but we so rarely get to see it!

Yes, I'm very, very behind.
formerly lifeinsomniac: GhostSqueejoonscribble on April 14th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
Your belated but wonderfully enthusiastic replies makes me want to rewatch season 4 all over again! Oh, Time, where art thou?

I loved the rota, and I laughed so hard when Hal said, "I already have a rota"

Of course Hal has a rota! His entire life right now is structured around a rota!

"I don't sing."

Sure you don't, Hal.

Annie does sometimes have terrible taste in men, but as long as she's not looking for a romantic partner, she seems to do all right! First George (I can't quite count Mitchell as 'not a mistake,' sorry), and now Tom and Hal.

Yeah, the Mitchell thing was a complete mistake. At some point in their history it might not have been but sadly when the ships actually met it was AWFUL.