Being Human, Series 2, Episode 6 – Vampire genocide?

Well, for the first time in this series of [[Being Human (TV Series)|Being Human]], we get a glimpse of what’s been motivating the evil Kemp in his Van Helsing-esque pursuit of supernatural creatures.

Flashback to 1972, and a much younger Reverend Kemp is returning home from a service to discover his wife and daughter being fed on by vampires. By the time he chases them off with his trusty bible, it’s too late. Mother and daughter are dead. This is the stuff vendettas are made of, and Kemp (in 1972) is clearly at the start of a lifelong ambition to rid the world of supernatural creatures.

Even with that crucial piece of backstory, it’s hard to understand why Kemp is gunning for such docile critters as Annie, Mitchell and George. OK, so he doesn’t know of their struggle to fit in, but he’s proven ruthless in his methods with one dead werewolf and an almost-dead Nina in his recent past.

This week, Mitchell’s storyline revolves around being betrayed by Lucy – she failed to stake him that morning, but later on gives Kemp enough information to plant a huge bomb in the funeral parlour. Mitchell [[Aiden Turner]] has called a meeting of the vamps to step down as their leader – not knowing that Professor Jaggat has booby trapped the place. An explosion rocks the funeral parlour, just as Ivan leaps on Mitchell to push him out of the way.

We’re left unsure as to whether Mitchell and Ivan survived the bombing – cleverly, the preview for next week’s episode doesn’t feature Mitchell and appears to show Annie and George leaving together. Oooh, the suspense!

George’s ([[Russell Tovey]]) hasty ‘moving in with Sam and Molly’ storyline picks up pace, as he lies to explain why he has to stay out once a month. Molly does a bit of Googling and proves he’s a fraud, but maturely tells him if he’s going to hurt her mother “do it once, and do it soon.”

George isn’t entirely convinced – but when it looks like he might want a heart to heart with Sam about his werewolf condition, Molly wakes up after a nightmare. Unfortunately, the nightmare is inspired by George – does she have some kind of power herself? She seems to know that there’s more to George than he’s letting on.

Annie ([[Lenora Crichlow]]) decides to get on with her life. With Mitchell in a relationship with Lucy and George moving out, she visits a travelling psychic who turns out to be a fraud. Props to the actor – Simon Paisley Day – for his portrayal of the cheesy Alan Cortez, so utterly tacky, dishonest and depressing. I loved the little touches here – like the microphone with a picture of Cortez on the side of it.

Anyway, it seems that Cortez was at one point able to commune with the dead, but an accident left him disconnected from their voices. Which kind of hobbled his stage show. Ever-helpful, Annie decides to become his translator, passing messages on from the ghosts. Until – in an unexpected twist – her own mother walks into the theatre. Clearly stricken with grief, Annie’s mum talks of her guilt for not noticing that her daughter was scared in her relationship.

Through Cortez, Annie makes contact with her mother and convinces her to move on. The episode becomes a bit Ghost Whisperer at this point – especially when Annie’s mother goes to her grave for a final goodbye. The thing is, Annie’s standing right beside her talking to her. I thought this needed investigating a bit more – because Annie might be dead, but she’s ‘living’ a pretty ordinary life. Almost an altered state. So why not try and forge a relationship with her mother in a different way? They could have tied this part up a little better, I thought.

In the end, Annie has decided it might be time to move on. Does that mean going into the light? Will she be seeking out Jennifer Love Hewitt? That’d be a great episode, wouldn’t it?

There were a few cracking moments of comedy mixed in with all the drama – George’s telling Annie off for behaving “like a common poltergeist” was a stroke of genius. As was Ivan when Mitchell asked him to set up a meeting of the vampires: “It’s OK, I’ve got most of them on my Twitter feed.”

I should also mention – check out Dan Owen’s review of this episode – he’s got a great feel for this show, and is a great TV writer in general.

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