Writing this series of Being Human must have presented a number of unexpected problems for Toby Whithouse and team, since a lot of the shorthand of the relationships between the vampire, the werewolf and the ghost that was established in the first season of the show has vanished out of the window.
It means that for the second time (or third, if you’ve been following the Syfy US variant) we see the vampire and the werewolf getting to know each other, and dealing with issues of trust. Hal isn’t Mitchell; Tom isn’t George, so it’s done in a different way, but there are certain beats to this episode that do feel familiar.
The team have also set up a large number of other new plotstrands – Mark Williams’ protective vampire, the status of baby Eve, the mysterious 2037 future, the arrival of the Old Ones – which all require some servicing, so it’s quite surprising that there’s enough time for a standalone story within this episode. But there is, and it provides some absolute laugh out loud humour – before, as ever, the drama kicks back in.
We’ve even got a flashback as well, and a fantastic scene for Leonora Critchlow and Mark Williams which epitomises the phrase, “Be careful what you wish for.” In a later scene, Annie also gets to vocalise what some of the audience are clearly feeling about the new set up at Honolulu Heights, but let’s just say that by the end of the episode, a lot is clearer.
Damien Molony and Michael Socha make a terrific pairing on screen, and hopefully this episode will go some way to persuading those who were tempted to give up on the show after Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner and Sinead Keenan’s departure to stick with it for a bit longer. 7/10