Being Human (UK) “Eve of the War” Review

The fourth series of Being Human started with ‘Eve of the War’, an episode which had to do a lot. Not only did it have to deal with the loss of Mitchell and the addition of a baby, but it also had to work in the departures of Sinead Keenan (Nina) and Russell Tovey (George). A tall order for a series that is based on the premise of a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf sharing a house.

The episode opens with ‘London 2037’. In the future vampires are taking over the world, and as we watch the London resistance movement learns that New York has fallen. They are lead by a young woman. Further on in the episode we learn that she’s a very John Connor-esque figure — and she has a plan.

We meet werewolf Tom (first seen in series 3) as he takes a break from work to kill a pair of vampires and asking their seemingly dopey cohort, Dewi, about Nina’s off-screen death. He’s given information about the whereabouts of the vampire who ordered her death. Tom tells a grief-stricken George to come with him so they can kill the vampire — and they both end up walking into a trap. They’re locked in a building for the duration of their monthly transformation.

Meanwhile, the vampires use this opportunity to take the baby from Annie. She’s supposedly special, the only child ever born to two werewolves, and they want her to be a present for the imminently arriving Old Ones. There’s one small problem though: she’s human. George and Tom get back to the house the morning after, where head vampire Griffin is ready with a deal: he’ll take George as a present instead and the baby might survive.

But then ‘vampire recorder’ Regus realises that the baby is part of an ancient prophecy. She’s ‘the war child’, the one who will kill all vampires. Griffin decides to kill her as a present to the Old Ones (he’s changeable), but Regus stalls. A disillusioned Dewi leads Tom and Annie to the vampire HQ and they get their in time to try and stop the baby’s murder. They’re overpowered, however, and things look bad…

While the rest of the episode was both solid and self-explanatory, I think we all need to take a moment here to mourn George. Our favourite werewolf quite literally killed himself in order to save his child, and I would be lying if I said I didn’t cry. I cried a lot.

So I don’t want to sully George’s sacrifice by saying this, but I think it’s a point worth noting: George voluntarily walked through the door. After ripping apart a bunch of vampires to save her from a medium grade threat, would he really then leave her side? The Old Ones are coming, for crying out loud. I know that George’s departure was necessary, but I really wish they could have found a way for him to move on without the requisite happy departure. I barely bought that Nina had walked through the door and left everyone, never mind George too.

Speaking of doors, not-quite-Connor learned about the prophecy too. She even got her hands on the lost piece of the prophecy, the one that completed the tale. And then she had herself killed as part of a plan to go through the door to the other side — and somehow kill ‘the baby’.

This is where we all start theorising. My only theory right now is that Eve’s death at any point in time would somehow kill the vampires, and that Connor-chick is actually a grown up Eve who wants to go back and end the vampire onslaught before it begins. Could it be possible that Eve being murdered in this episode would actually have stopped the Old Ones before they even began? It would have been poetic. What are your theories on the resistance fighter and baby Eve, dear readers?

And last but definitely not least, we met Hal, Pearl and Leo. They are another vampire/ghost/werewolf trio living in Southend-on-Sea. But their werewolf is old and dying and soon it’ll be time for them to move on. They may all be much (and in Hal’s case, much much) older than our original trio, but they haven’t yet had to face leaving their home and losing one (or more) of their own. It’ll be interesting to see how Hal and Pearl end up meeting Annie and Tom.

An interesting point to note, though, is that Leo and Hal fear Pearl may drift away without her home and her ‘familiars’. This is something that was addressed in series two, when Annie had to leave the house in Bristol. Now she’s lost the people she was familiar with and she’s in a (relatively) new home. Will she begin to drift away? Or is she attached to the house – and/or Tom and Eve – enough to stay put? We’ll have to wait and see.

What did you think of ‘Eve of the War’? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

I can’t help it — a small nitpick: in series one Mitchell tells George that vampires are repelled by his Star of David pendant because of his own personal religious beliefs. So why is George protecting Eve with crosses in her bedroom in this episode?