If you thought you could guess where Being Human would go in its fourth year, based on the events of the last three, then you’re in for a hell of a surprise. Starting with a pre-credits sequence that riffs on H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, as hinted in the title (as well as its spiritual descendant, Doctor Who‘s The Dalek Invasion of Earth), there are more shocks in the first 10 minutes of the episode than in most other shows’ complete hours.
It’s a very different show without Mitchell, and to a large extent, this opening instalment feels like a new pilot: Michael Socha’s Tom comes front and centre (and Socha ups his game accordingly), the whole plotline regarding George and Nina’s baby makes several sharp swerves, and we discover that, as hinted in the online prequels, there have been households containing a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf before.
Among all this change, the one constant is Annie, with Leonora Critchlow providing a source of comfort where necessary, but also being prepared to come out fighting to prevent losing any more of the ones she loves.
With a new set of vampires to deal with, as well as some Terminator-inspired problems, Being Human series four certainly looks as if it’ll not be short of plotlines!
Verdict: An assured return that sets up a different, but hopefully still as enjoyable, version of the show. 7/10