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18 March 2012 @ 11:39 pm
Being Human Series 4: Making History  
As always for this show, the penultimate episode for the season does not disappoint in the build up department.


After a season of more or less humorous with a nice twist of angst sort of episodes, we get a genuinely bleak story. Despite the fact that I predicted a lot of what was revealed (Hal in the other universe being a monster again, Cutler doing onto Hal what Hal once did to him), I enjoyed how this episode slotted the last few pieces into place to prepare for what was going to happen now that the Old Ones have arrived.

I do feel a bit more sympathy toward Cutler having watched his back story. However, I'm still not a fan of his character. There's something ridiculously middle management about him. And I mean the type of middle management that tries to become senior and never will. The fact that his grand speeches and small ploys are a direct copy of Hal's and the only original idea he had ended up not really panning out, really highlighted for me that even if the vampires did take over, Cutler would always be a footnote while Hal is destined to become a poster boy. I feel like Cutler's expression in the previews when Mr. Snow (Mark Gatiss) creepily caresses his face sort of says it all. In the vampire world, Cutler's not even a prepubescent.

I was sort of bored with the Eve and Annie side of the episode until the very end of their interaction when Eve told Annie that she was the best mum. And that Eve makes a great cup of tea. I might have teared up a bit there. But seeing as how Eve of the future has actually died and gone back to change the past, doesn't that fulfill the prophecy that the War Child must die in order for the humanity to survive? She did alter a huge portion of the past by putting Hal in the house, only not in the way she thought. She's made it so there's actually an Old One who is on the side of the humans and whose humanity is being nurtured by Annie and Tom.

It was interesting how Hal's speech to Tom about them dressing up as humans but ultimately going back to being monsters was almost a direct echo of a speech George once gave Mitchell back in season 1. It's also interesting to me that oddly the death of Alex didn't free Hal to go back to being a monster (as it supposedly did for Cutler back in the day) but seemed to snap him back to his humanity as he begged for Cutler not to go through with his plan.

As it was with previous penultimate episodes with this show, it ends on a cliffhanger with Hal being trapped with werewolf!Tom and the Old Ones arriving. I can't tell if I'm annoyed or amused that the show went ahead and made one of the Old Ones a little girl. A part of me likes it because little girls in pigtails are always good for a creepy factor. But at the same time it feels a bit overused. Still, Mark Gatiss looks more than suitably creepy and degenerate as Mr. Snow.

 
 
 
Liliaethliliaeth on March 19th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Was the 'little girl' old one the same one they used in the pre-season clips for s3?

I remember Ivan and Daisy running into an old one that looked like a little girl back then.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7mi4-wcG6Q

Edited at 2012-03-19 04:20 am (UTC)
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_HurricaneSkyguardian_chaos on March 21st, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
I finally caught up with this series!! YES! Oh wow, what an episode. So intense. I love Hal's emotional meltdowns. I kept wanting someone to help him, but everyone was so busy with their various side stories this episode that I suppose no one noticed him squeezing the stuffing out of his mattress. Alas, poor Hal.

I have been pleasantly surprised by the character of Tom this season. I didn't like him much in earlier seasons because I thought him too...naive, perhaps? But I like how this season is showing how he's growing up and learning to think for himself.

Every time Cutler shows up on the screen with Tom, I find myself immediately wondering how on earth Cutler can have his toes dipped in practically everyone's information pools, and yet not KNOW that Hal and THE FREAKING CHOSEN ONE are living under the same roof as the werewolf he's spending so many of his resources trying to bait. Selective attention span much, Cutler? Hee!

But seeing as how Eve of the future has actually died and gone back to change the past, doesn't that fulfill the prophecy that the War Child must die in order for the humanity to survive?

I was thinking that, as well. I can't really see Annie killing the baby. I can see her trying to psych herself up to it, but, ultimately, not being able to follow through. I have it in my mind that a more interesting twist would be that Annie's killing the baby now would actually cause the war ahead. Hal's a little unstable now that he's got his blood cravings back with reinforcements, but that scene in which he held Eve calmed him down enough to even let him sleep. I can't see Hal easily pulling through these cravings if his ever-needed, rigidly-defined responsibilities (such as caring for Eve) are threatened. He does need a tether to keep him grounded?

That said, I loved that Hal's seeing how Alex had died is the trigger that made him fight all the more against Cutler. Hal's heart is in the right place, nervous wreck that he may be.

And Mark Gatiss seems like he's gonna be awwwwwwweeessssooommmme. Eee!
aelfgyfu_mead: Being Human s4aelfgyfu_mead on May 6th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Every time Cutler shows up on the screen with Tom, I find myself immediately wondering how on earth Cutler can have his toes dipped in practically everyone's information pools, and yet not KNOW that Hal and THE FREAKING CHOSEN ONE are living under the same roof as the werewolf he's spending so many of his resources trying to bait. Selective attention span much, Cutler? Hee!

Yes! Cutler may be the biggest idiot in the history of vampires! This lapse bothered me a lot (perhaps more than it should).

I love Hal's emotional meltdowns. I kept wanting someone to help him. . . .
Yes, but the poor man can barely manage a handshake! I'm not sure he can handle help of most kinds!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BBT_NerdDance!guardian_chaos on May 8th, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
Yes! Cutler may be the biggest idiot in the history of vampires! This lapse bothered me a lot (perhaps more than it should).

I knoooooowwww!!! I mean, the chosen one was RIGHT FREAKING THERE! Just... gah! The tomfoolery! *flails about*

Yes, but the poor man can barely manage a handshake! I'm not sure he can handle help of most kinds!

That just made me laugh rather indecently. It's so true, goodness. He's incapable of being hugged for comfort. Bahaha! Poor Hal. Perhaps someone could, eh, comfortingly read poetry to him? I don't know! He's rather beyond help, I guess. XD
aelfgyfu_mead: Tom McNairaelfgyfu_mead on May 8th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
comfortingly read poetry to him
Ooh, I bet he'd like that! I volunteer.
aelfgyfu_mead: Being Human s4aelfgyfu_mead on May 6th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
I did feel a little bad for Cutler; he was always kind of pathetic, but I never cared until this episode.

Of course, I had to go right on to the next one.

Mark Gatiss can be really scary!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 6th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
I did feel a little bad for Cutler; he was always kind of pathetic, but I never cared until this episode.

Yes, maybe that's it. He's pathetic in a way that makes me annoyed that I have to watch him. But at least now there's backstory for it.

Mark Gatiss can be really scary!

Definitely! Although I still think of him right now as my first choice for Aziraphale should that TV series ever happen.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on May 6th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
OMG—I'd never have thought of him for Aziraphale. Now that you mention it, I can imagine him doing the role. He's quite good at doing different roles very differently, and I can see him doing sweet and slightly dizzy (but really much sharper than he looks).
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 6th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
I need to cast Gatiss!Aziraphale a Crowley. My brain is failing to come up with someone who can play Crowley who would work well with Gatiss. Something for me to mull over when I'm procrastinating. :)
aelfgyfu_mead: Due Southaelfgyfu_mead on May 7th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
Paul Gross did evil excellently in Eastwick. He isn't exactly what I'd originally pictured for Crowley, but trying to think of someone who could do Crowley opposite Mark Gatiss as Aziraphale, he came to mind. I don't know how well he does a British accent.

Much more fun to cast favorite books than to write extended papers.