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05 February 2012 @ 09:35 pm
Being Human Series 4: Eve of War  
The new series had begun!


Holy HELL. This series has started off with more angst than you can shake a spoon at. I can't even do a plot summary type review because I'm too busy wiping the tears from my eyes. The last five minutes of this episode had me weeping like a small child.

It was bad enough that I had to spend the entire episode processing that Nina was now dead, killed by vampires. But the episode concludes with the death of George. Last series I was really sad about Mitchell's demise, despite how poetically right it all felt. The series had taken some time to build up to his inevitable fate so while I teared up and clutched pillows, I was sort of ready for the end because I felt somewhere deep inside throughout series 3 that Mitchell's story had to conclude.

But I really was not expecting George to die so soon into series 4. In some ways it seems like a mercy because he looked just so exhausted and defeated soul-wise throughout this episode with the deaths of Nina and Mitchell. But his death truly marked for me the end of the original Being Human show when it was about a werewolf and a vampire who were inexplicably best friends and attempting to live a normal life. When George's door opened and he was standing there as a ghost, I thought about all he had been through and the life he had tried to make for himself that ended in such tragedy. Even writing this now is making me tear up again. Damn you, Toby Whithouse! Russell T. Davies never made me weep like this but you totally succeeded in making me a quivering mess. Well played. And a heartfelt farewell to Russell Tovey who played George with all sorts of human complexity. He was sweet and loyal as he was annoying and selfish at times. He was wonderful, marvelous George Sand and I'll miss him so so much.

So as we say farewell to George and Nina, we see the return of Tom and the introduction of Hal, Leo, and Pearl. I find it interesting that another trio of vampire, werewolf, and ghost is out there. Particularly given that the vampire prophecy speaks of a supernatural trinity. Is it the Mitchell-George-Annie trio or the Hal-Leo-Pearl trio? Perhaps time will tell. I'd normally be annoyed that the show was giving us a parallel trio to the main one except that I saw the video of Hal's backstory which shows you his first meeting with Leo back in 1955. Seeing Leo as a young man then and seeing Leo as an old man now with his body failing but still being alive after all these years as a werewolf was a nice contrast to the deaths of the young werewolves on this show (George and Nina). We didn't see a lot of Hal in this episode but the little we did see I rather liked. The preview for next week also showed off how different his personality is from Mitchell which I really appreciated. He's obviously going to have a very Odd Couple thing going with Tom who is the Scrappy Thug to his Refined Gentleman.

Speaking of Tom, I did laugh at his repeated attempts to give George and Annie the hint that he could live with them. I also liked the hinted idea of how Tom is at the moment a beta wolf looking for an alpha wolf and gravitated toward George. I'm interested to see how he'll interact with Leo.

My only major criticism with this episode and this show as a whole at the moment is the characterization of the female characters. Must both Annie and Pearl be doting caretakers who flip out emotionally when those dear to them are threatened? I really wish Annie would finally start exhibiting those major powers Wyndham hinted at in the last series. Her story in general has been moving at a glacial pace and given the arcs that George and Mitchel have had, I really, really hope she gets a big, rich one of her own this series. She's the most senior cast member now, show! Pay some respect!

I'm not going to comment too much on the glimpses into the future we got. It seemed really obvious for awhile that the woman in the future was the grownup version of Eve. But then her last line made me wonder if she was actually someone else. She said she was going to kill that baby but what does that mean? Time travel? I guess I'll have to wait and see.


So welcome back, Being Human. Clearly, it's going to be an emotional ride.
 
 
 
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: Avatar_FAIL!guardian_chaos on February 6th, 2012 10:14 am (UTC)
What!? It's back!? I can't keep track of anything! GAH!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: TemptingFateguardian_chaos on February 6th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC)
It's taking everything I have not to read this entry right now, just so you know. *gnaws my nails down to the quick*

I can't believe I'm awake at 5:30 in the morning either. WHY. I can't even. Urg.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 7th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
Oh man, I hope you got some sleep! I have to be up at 6am tomorrow so I'm hoping to turn in early.

Don't read my entry until you've seen the episode! You'll regret it if you read first!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: Sherlock_Polestarguardian_chaos on February 7th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
6:00 AM, yikes! You're a trooper! I did eventually get some sleep. My patterns are all wacky, in part due to the emergence of a cold that involves massive sneezing fits. They're GLORIOUS! So I worked on Novice God for quite a bit yesterday, amidst sneezing. I have art made for it now. Whoo!

Don't read my entry until you've seen the episode! You'll regret it if you read first!

Hee! Yes, I imagine that's the highest level of accurate. Very well, I shall avoid your words until I've glimpsed the episode, perhaps tonight. We shall see. *G*

I hope you're well tonight! :)
aelfgyfu_mead: Annie and Georgeaelfgyfu_mead on March 2nd, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
My eyes and nose are still sore from crying. I thought George would be around for a good chunk of the season—until I saw him, and then I thought he might not last the episode. I still didn't want to believe it.

I'm not happy with the 2037 stuff. I want it to be about the characters, not huge, histrionic arcs. And yes, it's time for Annie to come into her powers! Pearl didn't show much character at all this episode.

We are baffled about Eve as well. You're a few episodes ahead of us, so you probably know more. We'll get there. I guess.

I'm not sure if I can keep watching. No George!
formerly lifeinsomniac: GeorgeAnniejoonscribble on March 2nd, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I thought George would be around for a good chunk of the season

Me too! I'm still a little shocked that he's gone. But I do wonder if maybe they'll do a flashback thing?

I'm not sure if I can keep watching. No George!

My heart will always have a special place for the original trio. But having said that, I am enjoying the new dynamic they're setting up with the current residents of Honolulu Heights.