Being Human (UK) “The War Child” Review

Well, that just happened. With the conclusion of ‘The War Child’, Being Human‘s original cast is well and truly gone. We lost Mitchell in the series 3 finale, George in the series 4 opener, and now – finally – Annie has walked through her door to the afterlife, never to return. But this isn’t the end of Being Human — series 5 was just announced.

Before we think about the future, let’s look back at ‘The War Child’. Last week we saw what the future looks like in a world where Eve lives. This week we saw Annie and the guys struggling to deal with the thought of killing Eve, whether by their own hand or by inaction. Annie thought it would be better for her to die and save the world (although that was reversed once her motherly instincts kicked in), while Tom and Hal wanted to kill the Old Ones, which would allow Eve to live. Meanwhile, Hal’s attempt to help Alex complete her unfinished business was thwarted by the mysterious Mr Rook and his men, who not only took Alex’s body, but erased all evidence of Tom’s change in the nightclub.

For me, the best thing about Being Human is the characters. Series 1 became one of my favourite TV shows after the first episode not because of the premise (although I loved that) but because the characters were so realistic. Of course, vampires, werewolves and ghosts don’t exist (well…your mileage may vary on that topic), but who hasn’t known someone as inexplicably suave yet dorky as Mitchell, as uptight and clever as George, or as obsessed with tea as Annie (it’s not a problem if I like six cups of tea a day, alright?).

Series 4 didn’t skimp on the great characterisations; Tom and Hal are fantastic and they worked so well with Annie. Which leads me to this: what actually happened in ‘The War Child’ didn’t surprise me as much as how it happened. That Tom was willing to give up his life to save Eve without even blinking was incredibly brave; that he was willing to hand her over to the vampires perhaps even braver. After the way he’d run early on in the episode, I truly didn’t expect Hal to try and blow up Mr Snow, especially since (if Annie hadn’t turned up), he would have had no way out if Mr Snow talked him down and drew him back into the fold. And while I expected nothing more than Annie being utterly badass to save her child, that she then realised that Eve needed to die and blew the warehouse skyward to save humanity?

Sigh. There were tears. Lots of them.

So what will series 5 bring? A new trio, for starters. Hal and Tom are now joined by Alex. While I loved the guys right from the start, I’m not too sure about Alex; I found her quite irritating, although she was better this week. There’s just something about her that reminds me of Lauren from series 1 (and I hated her). I’m sure I’ll take to Alex sooner or later, although I do worry about the possibility of Alex/Hal (I liked Annie/Mitchell but that was more than enough ghost/vampire action, thanks), and besides, the poor girl is going to be stuck wearing a leather jacket for eternity (if there’s one thing to be said for Annie’s outfit, it was versatile).

It looks like may have been given the antagonists for next series, too. We were introduced to Mr Rook, a ‘silent, modest man’ who bills himself – and others like him – as being like ‘the domestic staff of the world’. He’s presumably human, and he has links higher up (he mentions a meeting with the ‘secretary of state’), but what exactly is he? Who does he work for? What makes him special? And should our trio fear him? While Mr Rook could definitely be a bad guy, he could also be a help in keeping vampires from getting above their station again. (And if you look closely, two of the Old Ones did get away…)

All in all, a brilliant episode and a great series. Roll on series 5!

What did you think of ‘The War Child’ and Being Human‘s fourth series overall? Are you excited for series 5? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Guest

    Im especially sad to see Annie go. i loved her character dearly. It was hard enough to adjust to Hal and Tom after Mitchell and George but i got used to them quickly. I hope i grow love for alex…

  • SciFi & Fantasy Show Lover

    My first thought about Mr. Rook & his men were that they were some sort of “Watchers” like in either the Highlander or Fringe” Butttt, my second thought about Mr. Rook & his presumably human men are that they are Warehouse Agents like in the US’s “Warehouse 13″ show. Mr. Rook chatted with an “Arthur” that seemed to be a keeper of old boxes (maybe filled with artifacts?) in a secret warehouse somewhere in the woods in the season finale of the UK Being Human. These agents go around cleaning up & making sure the human race isn’t aware monsters & I noticed the old cross was collected with the cell phones & put in a box filed away. Maybe the old cross was some sort of an artifact? What do you think? Interested in your thoughts about Mr Rook!!

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