Being Human (UK) “The Graveyard Shift” Review

This week Being Human continued to integrate Hal and Tom into the household by giving us ‘The Graveyard Shift’, an episode that primarily serves as a team building exercise. But there are no obstacle courses or trust-your-partner games here, oh no, instead the boys try to — unenthusiastically, it must be said — chat up a girl, Annie almost walks away from them, and it’s all brought together at the end with a little stake ‘n vac. (See what I did there? Genius. Just you wait, a year from now…)

This was such a simple episode; the majority of it was Hal and Tom being ridiculous, while Annie and Regus were, well, being ridiculous. There was some plot forwarding, with the revelation that Hal is an old one, Fergus being staked, Regus (in a ‘Team Edward’ t-shirt) revealing more of the prophecy (a man with a burnt arm who is the ‘nemesis’, apparently), and a mysterious 1970s looking ghost coming out through another ghost’s doorway. (The preview for next week makes him look like some sort of ghostly babysitter/doctor. Could he be the man with the burnt arm?)

Back to this week: I really loved George and Mitchell’s interactions, but I can’t remember an occasion where they made me laugh half as much as Hal and Tom did in this episode. My favourite part of the episode had to be Tom’s suave attempt at up chatting ‘eccentric’ writer Michaela: “I like your tights. You look like a bee, and I like bees.” Priceless. As amusing as Michaela herself was, and as glad as I am that she was turned into a vampire, I really hope we don’t see her again. Once was more than enough.

Between the flashback at the start of the episode (with that awful, unconvincing moustache) and some dialogue later on, we now know that Hal knew Ivan, Hettie and Wyndham. I can’t remember dates and events mentioned in the previous three series (this may involve episode re-watches, notecards and highlighter pens) but what do we think the chances are that Hal knew, or knew of, Mitchell? Answers in the comments below, folks.

But as I said above, this episode was really about pulling the household together. Annie needed to know that the guys have her back, Hal and Tom needed to learn how to get along, and all three of them needed to find their fit in this new family.

There were some pretty obvious moments at the end of the episode, though: the werewolf/ghost/vampire stand off that was similar to the end of series 3, and the call out to ‘The Real Hustle’ as they all settled down to watch TV (their new show: The Antiques Roadshow). It was a little too much of a reminder that Hal and Tom are not Mitchell and George and, to be honest, I don’t think it was necessary. But now that our new characters are settled in, the family unit is formed, and we’ve all seen how well they work together — roll on the rest of series 4!

What did you think of ‘The Graveyard Shift’? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

  • JayJay

    The thing I’ve always liked about this show was the interrelationships with the characters. They each had dyads with each other and then a triad where you could tell they were just a family. So coming into this season, I was worried. I’m glad to say that without a doubt, I am a huge fan of the dynamic between Annie and Tom. I was surprised actually how taken I was to them. I love every scene that the two of them share (from the interrogation scene in ep 1) to the grocery store scene (in this episode). And though Tom and Hal have the beginnings of a different dynamic then Mitchell and George, I see no evidence of what Hal and Annie interacting is going to be like. Maybe that haven’t focused on it yet, and that’s fine. But Annie has always felt like the heart of the series to me, I think I’m curious to see how they successful they are at connecting the new werewolf and new vampire to the already established ghost. Also, I feel that we’ve kind of taking a step back with Annie’s character. This isn’t the one who went poltergeist at the end of Season 1 or came across so strong in Season 3. I feel like she’s the one that “needs protecting” and that doesn’t feel like how she was in previous seasons. Who knows? Having said all that, I’m hooked on the show. I think the creator has shown that with a rotating cast, he can still make this show engaging and more unique then most shows on. So Kudos to the creative team but the jury is still out on how I feel about Hal.

    • Anonymous

      I’d have to agree with you about Hal and Annie. I think the reason for that may be the same as the reason for Annie seeming, well, weaker in this series, though.

      Annie’s lost everyone she loves. She’s been left with a child (who may or may not be the destroyer of an entire race) and her only backup now is two guys she barely even knows. (She can’t even mourn without worrying about Eve and whether or not the vampires are going to reappear in their lives.) It’s a lot for her to deal with, especially since she can’t be seen; for example, if Fergus had tried to actually kill Eve in the park, Annie couldn’t call to any humans nearby for help.

      Not to mention one of her new friends is an old vampire who, like Mitchell, is struggling to hold on to his humanity (and we saw how that turned out for Mitchell…). I think it might be a while before Annie fully warms to him and fully trusts him, and we, in turn, get to see that.

      I absolutely adore her interactions with Tom though. Even though she hasn’t known him all that long, I think he’s just so ridiculous and non-threatening most of the time that she’s taken to him a lot quicker.

      Just my take on it, anyhoo!