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19 February 2012 @ 09:30 pm
Being Human Series 4: The Graveyard Shift  
Welcome (back)  to the world of minimum wage, Hal.


I started out being angry with the writers with respect to their treatment of Annie in this episode. But then everything got better. It seemed like they were once again relegating her to being the silly one who constantly gets left out and feels hurt by everyone just expecting her to do housecleaning and little else. But things started to take an upswing when she referenced George, Mitchell and Nina, stating that they would have listened to her and her concerns. It was a nice moment, even though it saddened me a whole lot as it seemed like a true kiss farewell to the cast of old. And on that note, as much as I chuckled at Hal and Tom looking puzzled by The Real Hustle before switching channels, it did make me sniffle at the reminder that it used to be George and Mitchell's favorite show.

Anyway.

I really enjoyed how in the end, Annie's decision about leaving with Eve didn't have to do with hurt feelings or her acting out, but truly believing this was what she had to do in order to keep her promise to George to protect his daughter. That's the wonderful, strong Annie I know and love! I was also very, very happy about what happened with Regus' proposition. I was seriously afraid that this would be another situation of victimized!Annie but laughed when the tables were rapidly turned on Regus and he had to lie down on the awful, awful bed he'd made. We also got our first glimpse of powerful!Annie with the way she was able to wrench the knife straight out of the vampire's hand. And of course I melted a whole lot when Hal asked for her opinion on Antiques Roadshow.

Hal and Tom are bonding pretty quickly. I mean, it took Hal all of one full day at the cafe to come around. Of course his OCD flared up all over the place and I liked that Damien Molony was able to show it without making it too reminiscent of Monk. Despite having numerous funny moments in the episode, my favorite Hal line was him stating they could just burn the number of the girl either one manages to pick up. It's so hilariously dramatic. You could just bin the scrap of paper, Hal. My close second was him attempting to figure out slang and narrating as he goes along. There's something about the deadly seriousness of his voice while trying to see if bad really means good that was perfection in the acting department. Good job, Mr. Molony! I love you more and more with each episode.

I started out hating the Weird Gothic Girl and that didn't change. The only reason why I didn't want Hal to actually kill her was that it would have broken his 55+ years of being sober. She was killed anyway and I'm a bit dismayed that she gets all of eternity to annoy the hell out of people. In that way I guess she is like the new Daisy. (We got an Ivan and Daisy shoutout!!) I did, however, like Hal's rather sobering comment that the day she stops thinking she's brilliant, she should remember he's still sorry for how things turned out.

Overall, I enjoyed this episode. We got some inching forward of the alpha plot and Eve's status as the savior of the world. And we got some huge strides of Hal re-entering the world and officially aligning himself with Annie and Tom. My only small gripe about this episode is that the cuts seemed a little weird. It was like transitional shots were snipped out and things just got smashed together with little segway but maybe that was just me.

Anyway, all in all, a lovely episode that ended on a typically chilling shot.


I can't wait until next week! Hi, James Lance!!
 
 
 
aelfgyfu_mead: Annie and Georgeaelfgyfu_mead on April 10th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
'spose I need a new icon at some point.

my favorite Hal line was him stating they could just burn the number of the girl either one manages to pick up. It's so hilariously dramatic. You could just bin the scrap of paper, Hal.
Yes! I am loving Hal!

Hal and Tom together are hilarious. They're so inept in such different ways during this episode!

(Yes, yes, I'm a bit behind. We have four more episodes already on the TiVo.)
formerly lifeinsomniac: HalDominosjoonscribble on April 10th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
By the end of this season, I completely loved Hal.

I love his dynamic with everyone but especially with Tom. Their relationship is just about as sweet as George and Mitchell's but so so different. I love it!