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13 February 2012 @ 09:40 pm
Being Human Extras!  
For anyone who has seen the 2nd episode of series 4, check out this piece of comedy gold.

Oh, Hal.
 
 
 
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_IDon'tUnderstandThatReferenceguardian_chaos on February 16th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
This? Is perfect! I laughed through the entire thing. Hal's issues with tiny animals amuse me greatly. He's going to be a fun addition to the cast.

Also, am I the only one who could hear his voice when reading the letter of apology? Ah! Loved it. *squees*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 17th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
The entire letter is Grade A hilarious but this bit is my absolute favorite: "...variety of small animals and insects, oft times dressed as macabre travesties of humanity..."

For that part alone, I ADORE Hal.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BBT_NerdDance!guardian_chaos on February 17th, 2012 02:10 am (UTC)
...upon further perusal of the playbill I now realise that I have robbed your circus of one of its star attractions, namely Coco and Cheep Cheep, the quaintly named 'Flying Lovebirds'.

HE'S SO SERIOUS ABOUT CHEEP CHEEP AND COCO.

I had been forced into attending one of your performances by some very close friends of mine.

I love this line, because it says that he's so solitary that even a circus visit is akin to an act of torture.

Unfortunately, the members of my party overlooked the implications of the 'miniature' aspects of the proceedings, namely a great number of small living things, a category of nature I am not, to put it mildly, at all fond of.

This is where things start to go downhill. I love that the exact moment can be so clearly defined.

So it was that I found myself, without warning or chance to mentally prepare, uncomfortably close to a variety of small animals and insects

So he has mental procedures set up to deal with predictable feared things, but not feared unexpected things.

I love that the whole thing is written like a horror story, yet is never not hysterical:

By the time we reached the horrifying spectacle of the goat being ridden by a monkey sporting Stetson and six guns I feared I would lose all reason...to my addled brain it felt like an attack.

Okay, okay! I must stop! I'll end up quoting the entire thing! I'd love to know how this phobia developed. I'll bet his parents were really posh and had a demonic, pocket-sized Chihuahua that used to lie in wait for Hal beneath Hal's bedsheets every night, to leap out snarling and flailing its tiny body around midair with its beady black eyes glinting in the flames of Hal's candle as Hal failed to protect himself, night after night, from the fearsome yipping thing!

I adore Hal, too. He's such a basketcase. XD

Edited at 2012-02-17 02:11 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 17th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
I adore Hal, too. He's such a basketcase. XD

It's hilarious to me how far Hal has fallen in terms of non-crazy behavior. He was once so feared and vicious. Now he goes nuts if he perceives that a budgie is attacking him.

I love his description of how Coco and Cheep Cheep met their demise. That entire part is also so so wonderful.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_IDon'tUnderstandThatReferenceguardian_chaos on February 17th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
I picture him as the guy who just cannot. FUNCTION. if he accidentally steps in bubble gum or dog poo.

"Get it off. Get it off. Get it off of me this instant!" Hal snapped, his eyes wide as he hopped in circles around the yard. Pearl ran after him, her skirt fluttering about like butterflies that had been disturbed.

"Now, hold on, you!" She grabbed his ankle, causing him to fall and then lay on the ground, quivering frantically as Pearl used a twig to scrape off the poo from the bottom of his shoe. "Hal, it's going to be okay!"

"No, it's not!" Hal clawed up the grass on either side of him, the flowers growing a few inches farther looking very nervous, "IT WILL NEVER BE OKAY AGAIN, EVER!"
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 17th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
Hee!

I laughed like a maniac during Hal and Pearl's conversation while they were pushing the car.

Pearl: Seven petrol stations, Hal. Seven.

Hal: All on the left. I never pull over on the left hand side, you know that.

Pearl: Seven!

Hal: It's unlucky!

The fact that a vampire as old as Hal who has seen more things than he can probably keep a track of, is that OCD now is hilarious to me.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.guardian_chaos on February 17th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
The fact that a vampire as old as Hal who has seen more things than he can probably keep a track of, is that OCD now is hilarious to me.

Hahahaha!! That's so true! XD Goodness, I could go so many places with his phobias. Like, like! Like! Like there was that one time he bought a sandwich at McDonalds, but the cashier gave him thirteen coins as change. Hal never ate there again, and he even burned the sandwich in fear of what consequences might arise from eating the MEATY HOST OF BAD LUCK.

This really frustrated Pearl and Leo, as this McDonald's was the closest fast food restaurant to their shop. They continued to buy food there in secret, choosing to tell Hal that they went to the other McDonalds across the bridge. It was a private joke between Pearl and Leo, because Hal never figured out he was being fooled in such a manner.

As Hal chowed down on his salads with mini-croutons and delicious parfaits, Pearl and Leo would just smile at each other across the table and go about their day as Hal continued eating, oblivious.

I think I love Hal. *sighs dreamily* So many ideas! Eee!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 17th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
I applaud the writers for creating a vampire character so different from Mitchell and yet just as endearing.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: DW_Cheersguardian_chaos on February 17th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
Hee! Yes, well, I suppose stranger things have happened. :)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 17th, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
I still chuckle when I remember my incredulous reaction when I found out the new vampire was being played by an Irish actor. I was all, "Really? REALLY?! Will his name be Flan Hitchell?"
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: ST_FriendlyWordguardian_chaos on February 17th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
*giggle-snorts* "Flan Hitchell"? Hee! Oh wow, that's actually really funny. It's nice to be pleasantly surprised.

I kind of want Monk (from the USA channel) and Hal to meet. I just think that would be comedy gold, and I haven't even watched Monk in years.

Random, but I'm petsitting for a friend's dog and the dog is BARKING HER FACE OFF RIGHT NOW. She has these squealing yips that threaten to break the lightbulbs above her. AHHH, THE MADNESS. *yanks hair*

Edited at 2012-02-17 03:44 am (UTC)