The lives of our favourite supernatural flatmates descend deeper into turmoil in the second episode of [[Being Human (TV Series)|Being Human]]. An old friend of Mitchell’s needs his help when he murders his human companion. George and Mitchell get involved in trying to cover-up the crime, and when Nina finds out, this hurts her relationship with George even more.
Elsewhere, Annie’s developing relationship with Saul hits a rough patch when Terry Wogan begins talking to Saul through the television. I hate it when that happens.
Perhaps the best bit of gallows humour ever comes out in this episode when the hospital staff are examining the puncture marks on the dead man’s neck. Joking about a possible perp being a gay vampire – they speculate about “Count Spectacular” and the “Mince of Darkness”. Brilliant!
Meanwhile, Annie, George and Mitchell are being bugged by the sinister men from last week, in a storyline that’s worryingly close to ITV2’s Trinity series. Who are these shady characters who pressure-cooked a werewolf to death? Are they the last remaining descendants of Van Helsing?
Anyway, back to the episode – and Saul’s admission to Annie that he ‘died’ in a car accident. She’s shocked when he talks about the same corridor that she saw and is lured closer to him because of the shared experience. Saul continues to receive freaky messages through the TV, newspaper and radio, but takes them as a sign that Annie and him are meant to be together.
Things come to a head when Saul comes on too strong with Annie in his apartment, but scares her. She suddenly dematerialises, and Saul’s TV persuades him to go out driving while drunk. He turns up later at the hospital, smashed up. When Annie comes to visit him, he dies and his ghost tries to capture her and force her into the mysterious corridor. Clearly, some higher power is after Annie, but why is she so important?
Mitchell gives refuge to his friend Carl after the death of his partner Paul. His friend at the hospital unknowingly gives him information about the dead man, and he works to cover it up. He has no help from the coronor, who used to cover for the vampires, but refuses to do it anymore.
Ivan helps to get Carl out of the country, but warns Mitchell that the vampire world is about to implode – that the vampires can’t reveal themselves, but they can’t remain in hiding much longer. Ivan and Carl driving off listening to Kate Bush is one helluva surreal moment, I don’t care what type of series this is!
If I’m honest, this episode was jam-packed with action, almost to the point of being confusing. The longer format episode allows the writers to build in much more, but sometimes it’s harder to keep up with.
Still, the quality of Being Human is our attachment to the main characters. We care about Annie, Mitchell and George, even when George is being vile to Nina. When Saul is trying to drag Annie into the mysterious corridor, we’re truly terrified for her. And there are always plenty of cliff-hangers to keep us coming back:
- Why is Annie suddenly invisible again?
- Will there be another attempt to snatch her from limbo?
- What’s going down with the vampires?
- Will George be drawn to Daisy now that Nina’s gone?
- Since Nina feels the others have “gone native”, will she be willing to sell the others out to the mysterious man who met her on the bridge?
So far though, the second series of Being Human is exceedingly dark. Much more than the first. The ‘enemy’ is visible to us, but never to the flatmates, which leaves us tensely watching, waiting to find out if the threat will materialise slowly, or suddenly.