Where did it all go wrong? Tonight’s finale of [[Being Human (TV Series)|Being Human]] fell apart in a mess of confusing plots and inexplicable interactions. Instead of being excited for the recently confirmed third series, I’m sitting here feeling jaded and frustrated that the series ended so badly.
I was a little amused to read the review on the Guardian’s TV blog suggesting that the series ending had been a good one. They go as far as to suggest that the sinister Christian cabal headed by Kemp was brilliant because of its flaws:
The very fact that the show’s human baddies haven’t had much of a coherent plan has made their antics all the scarier; a bitter old priest, a brilliant, misguided professor and an indifferent comedy technician have conspired to make something truly dangerous out of their very lack of focus.
To this I respond, “Get a grip!” It made them look like a poorly organised bunch of zealots, whereas their technology and smooth operations in the early episodes made Kemp’s people look like a deadly, secretive enemy.
Picking up from last weeks (brilliant) episode – Nina, George and Annie are safely locked within the secure walls of Kemp’s experimental facility. Mitchell is on the warpath, having just killed a trainload of people. He breaks into the facility and begins murdering Kemp’s men.
Stop: OK, since when did Kemp have other staff? Until now, it looked like a three/four person operation. And also, why is the room that Mitchell corners Lucy in exactly the same as the room he killed the coroner in last week?
So, Mitchell ([[Aidan Turner]]) continues his rampage through the building. However, elsewhere Kemp is trying to exorcise Annie ([[Lenora Crichlow]]). And in order to open up the spiritual doorway, he murders the scruffy guy who’s been communicating with her. George and Nina witness this on the security monitors and watch as Annie’s ghost is dragged into the doorway.
Mitchell catches up with Kemp and is about to kill him when George ([[Russell Tovey]]) intervenes. It’s always this failure to kill the bad guy that causes problems for the good guys later on, isn’t it?
After the altercation, Nina, George and Mitchell have moved to a remote farmhouse in the countryside. They’re a sombre trio without Annie. Eventually we see Lucy coming to the house, Mitchell refusing to absolve her from her guilt. Then – in a final showdown that completely beggars all reason – Kemp arrives at the farmhouse, lures Lucy outside and kills her in front of Nina. Of course, the departing spirit opens a doorway for Annie to return through, but Annie appears briefly, drags Kemp into the spirit world and then appears to the others on a broken TV in the kitchen. My ability to care about the characters died off about five minutes before this, so all I could do was stare at the screen incredulously.
As if to compensate for a thoroughly awful finale, we’re given a glimpse of Daisy and that freaky vampire who Mitchell locked in a cellar. They’re dripping blood onto snow-covered earth in a field. And only an idiot wouldn’t be able to guess how the series ends – with the evil Herrick rising from the dead, scars all over his body from when George tore him apart.
With the exception of last week’s brilliant episode (where George started his transformation into a werewolf in the middle of a packed school), the storylines in Being Human have been of ever-decreasing quality. There hasn’t been any great chemistry between George and Mitchell, which I felt was necessary for their relationship to work.
I’ve had a continuing problem with Kemp and his followers. No, they didn’t have a clear plan – why did Kemp’s hatred of the supernatural extend to werewolves and ghosts? Was his plan to remove the demonic element from the werewolves, or was it all along a ruse to kill off werewolves they came into contact with? How did they snare Tully, and how did Tully have the knowledge and resources to leave a message on a skirting board addressed to George? How did he know George would end up in that random room?
Vampires have come up against religious adversaries in other serials – the Fellowship of the Sun is a successful, if bigotted, organisation in the True Blood series. Kemp initially had some good technology at his disposal – bugging equipment, the werewolf death chamber, more bugging equipment. That implied that there was careful organisation involved on some level. However, by the end of the series, he was a frenzied madman staking all and sundry. Disappointing.
And don’t think I didn’t notice the CCTV footage showing an invisible Mitchell walking through the chapel that Kemp prayed in, while last week, he couldn’t even set foot in the hospital chapel.
Let’s move on to the ending – a total mess. The farmhouse story felt tacked on. OK, good move, having the trio ‘in hiding’ in the countryside. Until both Lucy and Kemp show up (seperately) on their doorstep. Annie coming back through the door was obvious, although I’m baffled as to why she didn’t push Kemp through the door and stay on this side of it!
Another thing – while in the midst of the crisis in Kemp’s facility, George and Nina seemed cute and together. In the cold, grim, light of day, their relationship was as tepid as it had been at the beginning of the series. OK, they’re in mourning for Annie, but they didn’t appear to be much comfort to each other.
All in all, the whole episode felt messy and ill-thought out. And even though it was setting things up for the third series, I found myself not caring about a third series. I’m sorry, but for me a little of the Being Human magic has died this series.