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04 March 2012 @ 10:27 pm
Being Human Series 4: Hold the Front Page  
Ah, here's a familiar face.


After losing Mitchell, George and Nina, it was nice to see the return of permanent teenage vampire, Adam. And he's got a rather surprising lady love in tow. I twigged almost immediately that Yvonne was a succubus after she shook Tom's hand. At first I was sort of saddened at the idea that the only reason why Adam was with her was because he was under her thrall. But then the show handled that nicely by having Adam continue to love her after he realized what was going on. I also liked that the show didn't really make out like the love between them was normal or completely happy. Adam pointing out that maybe love is a result of being afraid of being alone makes a whole lot of sad sense.

We also got a slight push in the overarching story line involving Cutler. I haven't really been writing too much about him because frankly, I sort of hate Cutler. I don't know if it's the actor or just his portrayal of this up and comer vampire, but I'm seriously crossing my fingers he gets staked. It looks like his plan to expose the world to werewolves is going to reach fruition next week. But this week he got to inadvertently help out the show's trio by killing the overly suspicious journalist who took a snapshot of Adam. Now, this might be a small point, but was Cutler seriously trapped in that hotel room? I mean...the door couldn't have been the only way out. Unless the journalist specifically asked for a windowless hotel room. And how likely is it that a hotel room lacks windows? Hal talked about his experience as being in a room with crosses pinned up on every wall. The journalist had only one on the door. Please.

But onto the awesome bits of the episode:

Apparently Hal was lying last week. He does sing. Motown at that! Annie is a much stronger woman than I for not even mentioning it when she caught him out. And not surprisingly, he does the washing up with his usual OCD orderliness.

Just to state again, I was really happy to see Adam. I grew much fonder of him after watching his webseries Becoming Human. And while this episode seems to sadly suggest that he's no longer at high school with Crista and Matt, I rather liked his relationship with Yvonne. I was sort of hoping that Adam had honestly gone for her because he is technically 47 and got sick of young vapid blondes. But alas. Still, however the relationship started, he's in love now so I guess it still works. I also liked that he asked after the others and had a moment of thoughtfulness toward Annie when he was told they were all dead.

Seeing how Tom and Hal would approach wooing a woman for real was...eyeopening. I mean, Tom's technique was pretty predictable but Hal's was sort of hilariously awful. Also, it was in his dream that Tom stated he named all his stakes. Does that mean Tom has actually told Hal all the names of his stakes or Hal imagines names like Thor and Duncan are what Tom would name them? Either way it's pretty funny.

And while the show did give Hal and Adam one scene alone together, I really thought there should have been more. Well-mannered Hal versus Adam? Come on! Well, we did get this one deleted scene that so should not have been deleted.


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aelfgyfu_mead: Being Human s4aelfgyfu_mead on April 20th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
I did like the resolution for Adam and Yvonne. Maybe they can't be happy like everyone else, but they can be happy in their own way—and they're really actively good for each other! And the rest of the world, whom they stop trying to kill when they're together!

Points for you on the succubus! Brilliant Husband called it, but a little later than you did, and only then did I see it.

I knew that journalist was overconfident. I think the hotel had windows that didn't open, but Cutler could have broken them if he'd wanted. The stupid reporter wasn't even wearing a cross! I knew he was for it, and I was relieved that Hal and Annie didn't have to do anything to him. Hal's story, of course, made me sad. I suppose I should be sad for the monk he killed, but I was sad for Hal, and for Annie having to hear it. At least she listened. She wouldn't previously let Hal tell her what he'd done.

Of course Hal sings! But I can see why he wouldn't admit to it. . . .

Tom's technique was pretty predictable but Hal's was sort of hilariously awful.
Yes! Hal quotes poetry! Of course he quotes poetry; he was going to read poetry to Eve! Poetry is the answer to everything. "You're a woman of culture." I was dying.

Also, it was in his dream that Tom stated he named all his stakes. Does that mean Tom has actually told Hal all the names of his stakes or Hal imagines names like Thor and Duncan are what Tom would name them?
Oh, my gosh! I hadn't thought about that—I was so horrified about Hal staking Tom, even when I knew it must be a dream, that I had forgotten! It makes a certain sense that Tom would name his stakes (Beowulf!), but I suspect that's really in Hal's head. Tom seems not as fond of his stakes as Hal thinks he is. He binned a stake for Hal, and even if he did have back-ups that Hal didn't know about, he said later it was his favorite stake!

I love this show. I don't want the season to end.
formerly lifeinsomniac: HalDominosjoonscribble on April 20th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Of course Hal sings! But I can see why he wouldn't admit to it...

Apparently this was a spontaneous acting choice Damian Molony made when they shot the scene. As bizarre as the sight was, it worked rather well. Hal is totally the guy who'd sing badly in private.

Yes! Hal quotes poetry! Of course he quotes poetry; he was going to read poetry to Eve! Poetry is the answer to everything.

Poetry really is Hal's answer for so many things.

I love this show. I don't want the season to end.

I have to say that this season's episodes were all uniformly excellent. Not a single episode for me lagged or felt like a filler.
aelfgyfu_mead: Being Human s4aelfgyfu_mead on April 21st, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
"I'm the one in fine threads, knee-deep in lady bits. What are you?"
"Safe."
". . . . Come on, then. Show me the lute."

How could they delete that scene? I love it!

Poetry! Embroidery! Origami! And THE LUTE!

I almost forgot to watch the deleted scene; I was so busy squeeing here last night I only remembered later to look back for it.

Hal is totally the guy who'd sing badly in private.
He surely wouldn't want people to witness it.
formerly lifeinsomniac: HalDominosjoonscribble on April 21st, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
I really wish they'd had more scenes between Hal and Adam.

And THE LUTE!

"The lute is the coolest of all medieval string instruments."

Hal says this so matter of factly. Like it's so clearly obvious that the lute is the most awesome of the all the medieval string instruments. I love it!