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27 March 2012 @ 06:08 am
Being Human Series 4: The War Child  
And thus it happened.


And by that I mean that the show has finally turned over the entire original cast. A part of me is distraught that we lose Annie as well. But at the same time, I was glad that after having to kill Eve, Annie got to move on. The expression on her face when the 2nd door opened made me tear up quite a bit. It just really brought back to me all that Annie had been through and all the pain she'd endured during the 4 seasons on this show. I was glad she finally got to be with her loved ones. Although, I am a bit disappointed that Annie didn't get a chance to say goodbye to Hal and Tom. I get that she wasn't as close to them as she was with Mitchell and George but still...

Moving onto other things, man, was Mark Gatiss ever creepy as Mr. Snow. His verbal dismissal of Cutler was something beautiful to behold. As was his talk with Hal. I'm rather disappointed that we won't be seeing him again. So it seemed like in the end that all the Old Ones perished except for Hal (obviously) and the two who made a hasty retreat when Hal showed up strapped with explosives.

Speaking of Cutler: ugh, what an ending. I'm a little curious why he didn't keep melting when he actually got to Eve. It almost seemed like after he was partially fried, he was recovered enough to deliver some pithy lines before attempting to stab her. Shouldn't he just have continued screaming in agony? Anyway, his end was rather disgusting but strangely fitting.

There were many wonderful moments in this episode, but my favorite one was the last shot of Hal, Tom, and Alex sitting in the living room with Hal about to go through detox. Tom telling Hal he was doing this because Hal was his best mate was aw-inducing as well as an interesting echo of Mitchell's conversation with the vampire who helped him through his detox.

And we get the interesting teaser about the cleaners. They seem more government officials and not supernaturals since they couldn't see Alex. But if they did exist, I'm curious as to why not even an Old One has heard of them. But I guess we'll know soon enough.


In short, another very, very satisfying season. I'm so pleased we'll be getting more!
 
 
 
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BBT_NerdDance!guardian_chaos on March 27th, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
I didn't sleep at all last night because of this episode. Which is why I am awake now, at 7:00 AM, checking all of my favorite, frequently-updated websites for distractions. Unfortunately, most of the people who update these websites are apparently smart enough to sleep at night, so there are very few updates in anything. Soon, I must succumb to sleep instead of the shiny, surprisingly distractionless Internet. Woe!

I hope I can remain coherent as I reply to this entry. My eyeballs are burning, and that's usually a good indicator that I'm tired enough to be on the cusp of not making sense anymore. *coughs*

Oh my goodness, though, Mark Gatiss was stunning. I recently watched The Lazarus Experiment (Doctor Who), and I'd completely forgotten it was Gatiss who played that guy! Gatiss plays a lot of very distinct characters rather shockingly well. It unnerves me slightly, haha. Who is that man!?

Speaking of Cutler: ugh, what an ending. I'm a little curious why he didn't keep melting when he actually got to Eve. It almost seemed like after he was partially fried, he was recovered enough to deliver some pithy lines before attempting to stab her.

The bodies of all villains are genetically conditioned to be able to survive ANYTHING up until the point that their long-winded speeches finally come to a close. You'll never see a villain interrupted mid-THIS IS MY EVIL PLOT speech. Just doesn't happen.

Hal and Tom had such an amazing friendship in this episode. I melted when Hal realized Tom really wanted to go through with his bomb plot, then told Tom he was the most remarkable person Hal had ever met. I mean---their FACES. Awwww! *makes happy noises*

And we get the interesting teaser about the cleaners.

They seem like fascinating characters. I love it when brand new "supernatural" "creatures" are brought into lore, and yet still make sense. Well, I'm interested in them, anyway.

Oh, and "Remain nice and pleasant, but always have the material to create an explosive." HEE!! Tom, that quote is amazing. He's like a brilliant little magpie, gathering bits of things for crafts that can be used to save the world. Anything I ever didn't like about Tom, I've changed my mind about. He's officially awesome to my eyes.

Anyway. Sleep calls. As a finishing comment, yay! New season confirmation already! *does the dance of joy*
formerly lifeinsomniac: HalDominosjoonscribble on March 28th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
My goodness! All night?! Well, I hope you were able to get some sleep after being up!

I'm still a bit surprised at how much I loved this episode. And really, most of the credit does go to Hal's character. Bravo to the writers (and obviously Damian Maloney) for creating a vampire who's so different from Mitchell but so lovable in his own way.

I melted when Hal realized Tom really wanted to go through with his bomb plot, then told Tom he was the most remarkable person Hal had ever met. I mean---their FACES. Awwww! *makes happy noises*

And their handshake! I loved that Hal shook his hand!

He's like a brilliant little magpie, gathering bits of things for crafts that can be used to save the world.

I'm really glad they finally did something with this mysterious "swimming pool" Tom had been going on about.

New season confirmation already! *does the dance of joy*

I know! Eeeee! I am really curious if Alex is staying on as the new ghost. I do like Alex and her oh so youthful brashness that's such a clash with Hal's Old School demeanor.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: DTamers_BeautifulNightguardian_chaos on March 28th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
I'm extremely receptive to caffeine. I had four chocolate-covered espresso beans around 8:00 PM, and that was enough to guarantee my doom for the remainder of the night. Thankfully, I was able to sleep in today, so all is well.

I agree with you wholeheartedly about Damian Maloney's acting! Hal's conversation with Mr. Snow in the diner was heartbreaking. I could really feel all of the conflicting horrors running around in Hal's head as he realized he had never managed to escape at all, but that he had only been "given the afternoon off." Also, Hal's comment that he hoped to one day beat his curse was so perfectly acted. You can tell Hal places an insane amount of value in his ultimate goals, which is probably why they stress him out to the point of neurosis at times. *G*

And their handshake! I loved that Hal shook his hand!

Yes! Perfection! And a harsh contrast against the moment when Mr. Snow brushed a finger across Hal's fingertip, which was creepy beyond words. I felt bad for Hal, knowing he basically couldn't reject any of Mr. Snow's unwelcome advances/commands/etc. How helpless he must have felt. But what an interesting idea, that bloodlines of a kind have that sort of power in this universe.

I'm really glad they finally did something with this mysterious "swimming pool" Tom had been going on about.

I was pleasantly surprised by that. The swimming pool thing kind of flew under my radar, and so I wasn't thinking anything of it when that revelation happened. Clever, Tom!

I know! Eeeee!

Yes! Oh gosh, the pain of liking British TV is that it has these glorious, full-bodied affairs that are given generously to fans for short bursts of time, and then withheld, cold turkey, for a year or more. BBC is like a dealer. TRUE FACT.

Alex was awesome. I love that her complaint about the outfit she'd spend eternity in made her "look like a girl." Hee! She's lovely. I'd happily see her be the ghost of next season. I do wonder how they can alter her outfit in any way like Annie could, however. A leather jacket is considerably less flexible, heh.

I actually had thought Annie had chosen to stick around at first, after grown-up!Eve commented to Annie that ghosts can't choose to go back, but that Annie had never been one for following rules. So I was confused when Annie wasn't in the living room in the final scene. I'd thought that was what Eve's comment meant, but I guess I was mistaken. It seems everyone believes Annie just met up with Mitchell and Nina and George at that point, but the white screen-out will open up fanfic potential out there, heh.

And Annie's bursting in on the old ones!! What a great scene. "Hal is not a living thing." Just...all the awards for this episode. All of them!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on March 29th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
I actually had thought Annie had chosen to stick around at first, after grown-up!Eve commented to Annie that ghosts can't choose to go back, but that Annie had never been one for following rules. So I was confused when Annie wasn't in the living room in the final scene.

I guess there's a chance that Annie might come back next season from beyond. But I thought her going through that second door where she's smiling was a signal that she was finally moving on and joining George and Nina in the afterlife. I'm not exactly sure about Mitchell. Do vampires go to the afterlife or do they go somewhere else because of their undead status?

Oh! And I totally didn't talk about Mr. Snow's mini-speech to Hal about letting go of his humanity when Hal came in all ready to blow up the Old Ones. It was almost painful to see Hal wanting to NOT follow Mr. Snow's orders but being unable to stop himself and the inevitably way he stepped into that empty circle on reserve for him amongst the others. Man, I really am sad that Mr. Snow won't be coming back because Mark Gatiss and Damian Molony really did some amazing acting against one another. Perhaps Molony can guest star on the next season of Sherlock? He can play Murray, the soldier who saved John during the war!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_IDon'tUnderstandThatReferenceguardian_chaos on March 30th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
I suppose Mitchell would be a long-shot, yes. Am I remembering incorrectly, or did Hal say something about his own soul in the most recent episode? Maybe...pondering whether he could have one, or...something. I barely recall.

George and Nina, on the other hand, I can absolutely see being there! It's kind of tragic to think that Mitchell won't be there. Like there's always going to be a Mitchell-shaped hole in that version of eternity. Aww. ;_;

Oh! And I totally didn't talk about Mr. Snow's mini-speech to Hal about letting go of his humanity when Hal came in all ready to blow up the Old Ones.

YES. Oh, gosh, I love characters who can compel the minds of other characters against their conscious wills. It just adds this fascinating element to the characters who can't resist that pull...no matter how much they want to.

Man, I really am sad that Mr. Snow won't be coming back because Mark Gatiss and Damian Molony really did some amazing acting against one another.

Oh goodness, they really did have some scary chemistry. 'Scrib! Do you hear that? I believe I hear the distant clicking of countless fanfic-writing keyboards, frantically churning out INCREDIBLY-DARK-BACK-STORY-FICS! It's inevitable. *nods-nods*

Perhaps Molony can guest star on the next season of Sherlock? He can play Murray, the soldier who saved John during the war!

ALGKSHGLDKSHLKDHLKFHS!!!! I THINK YOU JUST BROKE MY BRAIN. That would be INCREDIBLE!

Speaking of brain-shattering realizations, have you noticed that it sounds like John is shouting "Sebastian!" in the nightmare scene in the very first few seconds of Sherlock's first episode? Play it and be shocked that you ever missed it. It's startling.
formerly lifeinsomniac: SherlockChaseScenejoonscribble on March 31st, 2012 01:00 am (UTC)
Am I remembering incorrectly, or did Hal say something about his own soul in the most recent episode?

Did Hal talk about that? I do remember Adam's girlfriend in one episode contemplating whether or not she had a soul after finding out she was a succubus but I can't remember if Hal also spoke about it.

Do you hear that? I believe I hear the distant clicking of countless fanfic-writing keyboards, frantically churning out INCREDIBLY-DARK-BACK-STORY-FICS! It's inevitable. *nods-nods*

WRIIIIITE IIIIIIIITTTTT!!!!

ALGKSHGLDKSHLKDHLKFHS!!!! I THINK YOU JUST BROKE MY BRAIN. That would be INCREDIBLE!

I now feel like this must happen. Do I need to write a random oneshot of John in Afghanistan just so that I can picture Damian Molony as Murray? Or! Or, perhaps Murray can visit John in London and meet his Captain's bizarre roommate. The oneshot can be from Murray's POV and...uh oh...plot bunny alert...

Speaking of brain-shattering realizations, have you noticed that it sounds like John is shouting "Sebastian!" in the nightmare scene in the very first few seconds of Sherlock's first episode?

Seriously??? Okay, when I get back home I have to give it a listen.

Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: ST_Captain'sChairguardian_chaos on March 31st, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
I may have to re-watch the episode to find out. But hey! That's certainly not a hardship, just have to set aside some time for it.

WRIIIIITE IIIIIIIITTTTT!!!!

Heheheheee!! But! But! But I'm writing little mini-fics for the OC name thingy now! *yanks out hair*

Do I need to write a random oneshot of John in Afghanistan just so that I can picture Damian Molony as Murray? Or, perhaps Murray can visit John in London and meet his Captain's bizarre roommate.

Yes. Yes, you do. Indubitably. YES. Did I mention yes? Then yes. YES.

The oneshot can be from Murray's POV and...uh oh...plot bunny alert...


WRITE IT, AND STOP TAUNTING ME WITH IT!!!!! *flails everywhere*

Seriously??? Okay, when I get back home I have to give it a listen.

Yes! You should! It's one of those things that makes me very, very happy.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: Sherlock_Polestarguardian_chaos on March 31st, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
OH! 'Scrib! I just imagined this! Can you just picture Hal having to meet the chaos that is Sherlock's flat? The heads in the fridge? The colony of trained ants in the dishwasher? It'd be glorious!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on March 31st, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
I can't decide if Hal would freak out at the sight of 221B Baker Street or if he'd just be thrilled that he has a challenge to keep him occupied. Kind of like putting all the matches the right way 'round in the box (That scene continues to make me laugh no end when I think about it).

WRITE IT, AND STOP TAUNTING ME WITH IT!!!!! *flails everywhere*

Urrrgghh! But! Time! I has none! Dammit! It's not even a plot. I just want an excuse to see pictures in my head that the BBC is not giving me. That, and I like the idea of Murray (the hell is his first name??) and John of sharing an important part of their past that annoys Sherlock a bit.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.guardian_chaos on March 31st, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
'Scrib, what this setup entails is ALL-OUT WAR between these two characters. Hal would alphabetize Sherlock's books, not knowing that Sherlock has the books sorted VERY IMPORTANTLY from "most useless" to "least useless", and the reorganization is HORRIBLE. Then they'll have to have a conversation about Hal's putting things in cabinents because they're not fit to be seen:

"It's unseemly!" Hal fluttered his hands about. "And you just left it out, in plain sight!"

"It's my SKULL!" Sherlock thundered, with more volume than John had ever heard the detective use.

"Well, all right, then," John said, stepping between the two heavily-breathing, uptight men. "What we have here is a simple conflict of personalities, but you're both going to have to calm down and shut the hell up at some point. If it's not too much trouble, do you think we could get around to that point soon?" He slanted an eyebrow at Sherlock. "He is my invited guest, you know. And there's take-out* on the way."

Sherlock gaped, looking like a lost boy in the unthinkably neat room. Hal had somehow even scrubbed the samurai sword slash out of the kitchen table, and dusted the Clue board that still remained stabbed to the wall, victim of an angry (though frighteningly logical) tirade from Sherlock about how the game was full of lies. John's memory of Hal was full of incidents when Hal non-consensually sorted things, but John had just learned to accept this as free maid service (not that he'd ever tell the bloke as such, of course). However, it seemed Sherlock, if the wide flare of his nostrils was anything to go by, was nowhere near this level of contentment with the state of things.

That, and I like the idea of Murray (the hell is his first name??) and John of sharing an important part of their past that annoys Sherlock a bit.

Time! TIME! GRAAAAHHH!!!! The obstinate blocker of fics! Very well, I'll have to pester you to write this later, then.
I can see Sherlock being very irritated by any knowledge of John he just can't seem to figure out at all, especially if laughing at him is involved during his process of trying to figure it out.


*I don't remember the UK version of "take-out", yeep!
aelfgyfu_mead: Tom McNairaelfgyfu_mead on May 6th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
*take-away*

I want more of this scene!

I'm really late to this party—over a month late, I guess. I feel a bit awkward jumping in, but better late than never, right?

I feel very conflicted about the last two episodes. (I couldn't bear to leave off with the second last so made Brilliant Husband watch the final one with me as close to right after as we could manage.) I suppose I ought to put extended comments on my own blog, especially anything that might harsh squee.

And there was so much squee! My favorite quote of the episode makes a nifty icon, doesn't it? (We had to run it back to get the exact wording.) The boys! "You're my best mate"! Hal could be evil, but he tries so hard not to be! And Hal and Alex keep Tom from hurting the humans, which would have just wrecked him!

Annie is awesome, but my heart was bleeding for her. I'm sorry to see her go. I really hope Eve's parting comment means that she'll make at least a brief appearance next season, checking up on her boys. . . .
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 6th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
I suppose I ought to put extended comments on my own blog, especially anything that might harsh squee.

Feel free to post any and all conflicted thoughts here if you want. I'm never one to try and put a lid on anyone's discontent over media since I do it all the damn time. It's what the internet was built for! (And other things, sure).

Annie is awesome, but my heart was bleeding for her. I'm sorry to see her go. I really hope Eve's parting comment means that she'll make at least a brief appearance next season, checking up on her boys. . . .

I go back and forth on this. I'm glad at the idea that Annie is finally able to move on and be reunited with loved ones. But I feel sorry for us that she's gone.
aelfgyfu_mead: Annie and Georgeaelfgyfu_mead on May 6th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Some people don't like their squee harshed—and sometimes I'm one of those. Besides, I found I had so much to say that I would have had to post multiple comments! So I just wrote up my own reaction on my own LJ. (It was also an excuse to use my shiny new icon over there where everyone can see it—and most people can go "What?" I don't think that many of my friends watch.)
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: DW_Cheersguardian_chaos on May 8th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
I want more of this scene!

Ha! I'd completely forgotten I'd written that. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

By the way, your icon is indeed brilliant, aelfgyfu_mead. Best line! Ah! I look forward to seeing what the next season entails.