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24 February 2013 @ 11:34 pm
Being Human: For the Greater Good  
Wow, I'm chatty tonight on LJ.

I realized I didn't review last week's episode but that was largely because I found it somewhat underwhelming. Perhaps it was because we didn't have Captain Hatch. But this week's makes up for all of that.

JESUS werewolves get a bad deal in this show. I think I'm going to do this review by character because so much of this was character driven.

If Mitchell and the writers for Mitchell had him play vampire as an addict, then Hal and the writers for Hal have inched him more to playing vampire like someone with a mental disorder. I'm not sure how I feel about the latest choice to make Lord Hal something of a separate personality to the Hal we've seen so far. It gives Damian Molony more fun as an actor but I can't help but feel it takes something away from Hal's overall conflict as a vampire. The way they have it set up it seems that when the bloodlust and rage becomes too much, Lord Hal emerges like a separate identity to wreak havoc. Whereas when the guilt gets too much, Hal gets strong enough to take over again. It's a pat idea but one that for me somewhat cheapens Hal's entire story as someone who is so consciously aware of the sheer fun he clearly has when he lets himself go.

When he was telling the story of Sylvia to Crumb, I was sort of intrigued by his description of the calm, casual way he decided to murder everyone. I had it more in my mind that Hal often suppressed his urges, the voices in his head telling him to kill and drink until the day his brain just snaps and he can't help himself. He just accepts and believes that somehow this time around, the guilt wouldn't come. But now that the writers have made a somewhat clear division between Hal and Lord Hal where Hal doesn't seem to even remember the other one's words, it makes the whole thing seem sort of...cliched?

This show has always been about the harsh reality of everyone's situation. It's never shied away from dealing out horrible ends to some beloved characters because the story could only go in that direction. Given what we've seen of Mitchell as well as Mitchell's friend who attempted sobriety, the future does not look good for Hal. Particularly since he's now responsible for all the deaths Crumb has caused. He's now officially on my To Die list for the show's finale.

I was sort of pleased that in this episode Tom was something of an alpha to Bobby. Even though I knew it could only end in tears, I indulged myself with the fantasy that Tom could build a little pack for himself, starting with Bobby. It was nice to see him being something other than a comic relief and a bit of an idiot. I about joined him in crying buckets when Bobby died.

Oh, dear sweet, naive Alex. I don't blame her for being optimistic about trying to be human. She hasn't watched the last four seasons of this show after all. She didn't get to do too much in this episode other than be on a horrid date with Crumb and be somewhat BAMF when Bobby got loose. But I loved, LOVED that she was sharp enough to twig that something wasn't right about Bobby's death. I sense she'll be on Hatch's tail for the next episode.

Right. I really wanted to like him. I felt small twinges of sympathy when he was describing his niece. But all of that always got flattened by his overall pathetic, small, twisted behavior. I get how angry he is that the world seems to perpetually see him as a loser. But it's either because of the acting or something that I just find myself wanting to kill him rather than sympathize. Crumb was just TOO pathetic. He was too much of a loser. I felt like his story would have been significantly less so if the actor hadn't thrown all his dignity out the window when doing the more comedic stuff. He made Crumb so sad that it repulsed me more than anything else. His end didn't come fast enough.

Some of the best themes of the episode and the show came out with Rook. I know other viewers got sick of him and I can understand why. But man, is Rook ever the perfect example of someone whose altruistic motives became too well mixed with his own selfish desires. Sure, he wants the world to be safe. But he wants to be the one to do it because it gives him purpose. And at this point both things are equal in driving him to make a deal with the devil. The scene with him and Hatch playing cards was corny to a certain extent, I admit. Like Hatch having 666 and Rook having the Trinity (*facepalm*). But I did still like Rook's line of "You aren't trying to hustle me, captain?" OH YES HE IS, ROOK. IN FACT HE ALREADY HAS. We've seen the supernaturals of this show dealing with what's left of their humanity but Rook is an actual human. Watching him wrestle with his conscious has been a nice contrast as he really shows the good and evil of truly being human.

Another innocent guest star bites the dust. Everything about him and the way the actor portrayed him had me tearing up. From his childlike fear of the world to just how completely helpless he was without some sort of caretaker. I wanted to freaking adopt him I felt so bad for him. Especially when he played his ansaphone tape. That he fell into Hatch's hands is just...there is no justice in this world.

Clearly his plans are coming along pretty nicely. I love Phil Davis. I can't wait to see him on my screen again in Whitechapel.