I’ve managed to avoid the spoilers but there’s no way of avoiding the fact that this latest series of Being Human is officially the last. Viewers in the UK have already seen the final episode earlier in the year and now US fans are finally getting their chance to say goodbye to not only the current vampire (Hal), werewolf (Tom) and ghost ( Alex) combo but, in a way, to the legacy of the original trio of Mitchell, George and Annie as well.
So for the next few weeks, I thought I’d take a few moments to share my thoughts after each episode. Not recaps, because there are plenty of people out there who do them and, to be honest, I don’t have the time to re-watch episodes multiple times in order to do a decent job of it. More like ramblings really and no exaggeration, ramble I will. At this point, my plan is to touch on whatever stands out while I’m watching which will most likely be what makes me laugh; however, knowing the end is near I have no doubt tears will be shed as well.
If you aren’t familiar with Being Human, please click here for an introduction to the show I wrote a few years ago. It won’t catch you up totally but it might give you a clue as to what I’m going on about here.
In last night’s episode I was most happy to see that Hal hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for cleaning. Bound to a chair by his friends in order to help him endure his blood detox, our OCD vampire was more distressed by the filthy state of the house than he was by losing his freedom. In his words, it was” torture”. In fact Hal’s first wish on being released was to have someone “Fill a bowl with boiling water and washing-up-liquid. This is a two sets of Marigolds problem.”
If you’ll recall, Mitchell, the previous vampire, had an issue with the whole marigolds thing. Perhaps he had a latex allergy…
In case it’s not clear, Marigolds are the British brand of those yellow rubber gloves you use to protect your hands when washing dishes, etc. We just don’t refer to ours as Playtexes in the States.
This truly is one of the things I love most about watching British TV – learning all the brands, slang and idioms and adding them to that part of my brain where British stuff lives. I think maybe I should have been a linguist – if I could have specialized in English language dialects and accents. I’m rubbish at learning foreign languages. Rambling, remember?
Speaking of accents though, I am having a difficult time understanding Alex. Her attitude suggests she has some bitingly witty things to say, but by the time I think it through or have re-read the subtitles, the moment’s passed, you know? I watched the clip below three times before I got 95% of what she was saying. For me it’s as much her delivery as it is her accent which might be from the Highlands. She speaks quite quickly and in a mouth-full-of -marbles sort of way.
In addition to missing out on the nuances of Alex’s lines I’ve been finding it harder to warm up to her than it was the other newcomers. It’s understandable she’s still sort of pissed off about dying, but I hope she becomes more positive like her predecessor Annie instead of bitter and vindictive like Nina, a lady werewolf I never much liked.
Finally on to dear sweet killing machine, Tom. Though he wasn’t featured much in this episode, our resident werewolf has always been old-fashioned in his views on women and courting.
In this episode, Alex, who is quite the independent woman, lets Tom know in no uncertain terms that she does not appreciate his chivalrous behavior towards her. But we learn that Tom’s surrogate father, McNair, taught him to be a gentleman and it helps Tom keep him alive in his memory by honoring his dad’s lessons. Considering her painful and sudden separation from family, Alex concedes and allows Tom to open doors for her, but only if her arms are full.
That’s about it for this installment. I may have failed to mention there’s this secret government agency that keeps supernatural activity under wraps and cleans up the aftermath. Or that the loser that Hal recently “recruited” who, after being ignored and bullied his entire life, has an great big bloody ax to grind. Oh yeah, and the devil is in the body of some cranky old man and is planning to make a comeback of some sort. These are things that will develop throughout the series so I’ll touch on them in more detail at some point I’m sure.
But that’s not really why I follow Being Human. As I said before, I watch it for the heart and the laughs.
If you want to watch along with me, Being Human is being broadcast on BBC America Saturday nights at 10 pm. Til next week.