Being Human (UK) “Being Human 1955” Review

It’s been known for a while that Being Human‘s fourth series would reform the basic ghost/vampire/werewolf sharing a house hook, and ‘Being Human 1955’ was the episode that did it. By the end of the hour we had our new household: Annie, Tom and Hal. Let us not forget Eve, the apparently human baby who Hal believes (and Annie wants to believe) really is the mythical war child.

The episode started with the ailing Leo hearing a message on the radio from an ‘angel’ (actually the young woman who had herself killed in 2037) telling him that Eve would save him. Leo convinced Hal and Pearl to join him on his quest to find the baby, and they travelled from Southend to Barry.

Annie invited them into Honolulu Heights and did her best to put on a show for the visitors in the hopes that Eve really was going to cure Leo. She didn’t, but Annie’s ‘ceremony’ was priceless — ‘carpe diem, veni vidi vici, et tu, Brute, Dolce et Gabbana est’ indeed. Leo resigned himself to dying and declared his love to Pearl, who did the same in return. Finally at peace, they both died and crossed over, leaving a distraught Hal.

Earlier that day, while trying to buy the ring Leo wanted to give to Pearl, Tom and Hal had a bit of an altercation with a shop owner. Tom got up in arms about a mounted wolf’s head displayed on the wall, the shop owner pulled out a gun and Hal had to talk the shop owner down, albeit in his own inimitable way. (Has someone explaining the torturous mental effects of killing a person ever sounded so sexy? I think not.) This is after the shop owner gets a bloody lip courtesy of Tom and Hal has to be restrained before he vamps out.

Later, without Leo’s steadying influence to calm him, and after a brief moment in which it seems like he was about to kill Eve (with the dead young woman urging him on through the television set), Hal flips out. He goes back to see the shop owner and prepares to kill him. But Annie and Tom (and Eve) turn up. Tom is more than prepared to kill Hal if he has to, so it’s up to Annie to do the talking down this time. She tells them that if they kill each other then they’re going against the wishes of their dead loved ones, Leo and McNair. (This seems like a flawed argument on Tom’s part — McNair would want him to kill Hal, I bet — but it works nonetheless.)

The trio headed home to have a cup of tea and ponder their new circumstances. Later that evening at the shop, the owner tried to tell a policeman about the monster he’d seen. Of course, the policeman is Fergus (read: Herrick II) and the shop owner doesn’t live very long…

I found myself pondering stuff too. In particular a question I’m sure a lot of long-time Being Human fans are asking themselves: am I supposed to like this new line-up quite so much? I’ll be honest, I didn’t think series 4 was going to be that good. It was bound to be better than series 3 (the weakest so far, in my opinion) but it couldn’t possibly be as good as series 1, could it? Well, yes, yes it can, apparently.

From Hal’s fearsome dirty friend (a spider) to Annie’s commandments and Cutler’s focus group-cum-lunchtime snack, this episode was absolutely hilarious. If there’s one thing BH does well it’s integrating humour into the plot naturally. The only time the humour was forced was the Hal/Kia-ora gag, but that was so funny that I can’t even complain about it.

The character dynamics are, of course, not the same as they were with Annie/Mitchell/George, but they’re no less fun. Hal and Tom dislike each other, Tom adores Eve and Annie, and Annie likes everyone. We’ll have to wait and see just what Hal thinks of Annie. His thoughts on her were vague and his feelings about Eve were ambiguous at best. He claims to want her to be the war child, but there’s that moment in her room with the young woman egging him on to consider…

Speaking of, we still don’t know for sure who the young woman is, but she’s definitely an antagonist. It seems obvious (though I could be wrong) that she had the 1955 group come to Honolulu Heights just so Hal could kill Eve. Why did she choose Hal? Does she know something we don’t? And if she chose Hal for a reason, why did it go so wrong? He could have killed her in a heartbeat but he lingered, long enough for Tom to turn up. Was that intentional? Or is Hal just too verbose for his own good?

Next week: the ‘vampire recorder’ is back, and Hal starts work at the cafe. I can’t wait!

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