After a few weeks of new Being Human cast bonding, with relatively little danger, it’s time for them to face their first actual threat. Can’t really dispute their logic– much as I enjoy the housemate banter, this isn’t a sitcom. So, here comes a manipulative ghost from the 1970s.
But is the groovy ghoulie a match for past enemies? Is this the new Herrick?
The Annie Disease Is Spreading
I’ve been fairly up on Being Human in the last couple of weeks, the new dynamic seems to really be working, and I find Hal a breath of neurotic fresh air after three years of Mitchell’s moody approach to vampirism. Annie’s still annoying, even more now she’s being presented as the main character rather than a distant third, but never mind.
So it doesn’t give me any pleasure to say that this one doesn’t work. I’ve gotten used to Annie acting like a moron, but this week everyone else joins her. It’s one of those times where the whole plot would be resolved if two of the characters had a rational conversation, but instead they don’t, for no reason other than to prolong the episode.
Oh, and the actual resolution happens in about two seconds, for no reason other than “because”. Seriously, the threads holding this episode together are tissue-thin.
Kirby’s Dream Land
On the other hand, I still enjoy the chemistry between the cast and they do sell the emotional scenes. Hal and Tom’s respective rejections are genuinely sad moments. It’s just unfortunate that it was all undercut by a sense of “… but there’s no reason for any of this to be happening…”.
James Vance has some darkly comic moments as Kirby the ghost, the kind of silly-yet-scary that Being Human does well. His bonding scenes with the cast feel forced, but that isn’t entirely his fault. Maybe if you imagine some form of subtle brainwashing is involved, even though it isn’t mentioned, this episode would work better.
So, yes, a bit of a stumble in New Look being Human, but the new cast are still working for me, so I’m just going to quietly hope next week gets us back on track. Check out the episode on iPlayer and let us know if you too were slightly disappointed.
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