Being Human, Series 3, Episode 2: Adam’s Family, review

This latest episode of [[Being Human (TV Series)|Being Human]] sees the housemates divide the action right down the middle – Annie decides to help Mitchell get a new job, while Nina and George find themselves babysitting a teenage vampire.

It also ditches the emerging werewolf storyline that began so promisingly last week – no Robson Green or Michael Socha in sight.

I mention this because in introducing new vampire Adam, George and Nina end up making dangerous enemies from a pair of suburban swinger vampires who wanted to ‘adopt’ the 43 year old vamp. Having effectively severed contact with the Bristol vampires, Being Human obviously needs to introduce new adversaries and temptations for the gang, but I was a bit disappointed that the werewolf thread vanished completely. 

To quickly recap, the focus of the episode is the Adam of the title. He’s a teenage vampire who was looked after by his parents after being turned. I thought this was a fantastic twist that wasn’t overplayed by the story, even though it could have been fleshed out a bit more. We see footage of his father donating blood to him in the 80’s, and when we hit the present day, his father is old and dying and Adam’s about to be left on his own since the first time he became a vampire.

There’s a very touching scene when Adam’s father dies, leaving him alone. There’s a tinge of regret in the air that he can’t continue to protect his son, but that’s marred slightly by his abrupt exit through a doorway to the afterlife.

George and Nina step in to help Adam, but Mitchell’s less than enthusiastic as he considers an invitation to join the ancient vampires in South America.

As to the strengths of the episode – much more comedy in the face of incredible bleakness. Annie’s pestering Mitchell during his job interview was priceless, and Lenora Crichlow kept her performance on the right side of sweet. And the willing vampire sacrifice being held happily in a basement was arcane enough to raise a smile, especially wearing a gimp costume and talking about the quality of the local roads.

Even when it’s playing for laughs, Being Human always has the implication that things can turn sour at a moment’s notice. When George and Nina attempt a rescue of Adam from his new vampire parents, the vampires issue a stern warning that this isn’t the end of the matter. And though Russell Tovey and Sinead Keenan back away in the most comical retreat possible, it’s a safe bet that there will be repercussions.

Series 3 continues to be a huge improvement on last year’s darker Being Human. Craig Roberts brought some brilliant pervy humour to the table in Adam’s Family, and fans can see his continued adventures in the off-shoot series Becoming Human. Still the main strength of the series is in the wonderful core cast – they’re just a joy to tune in for each week. And I think most fans of the show will agree, it’s been hugely successful at making the viewers invested in their stories. 

The teaser for next week’s episode looks like we’re about to see another transitory misfit character – but with such a short run, Being Human needs to start drawing some plot threads together. And how many of you are waiting for Herrick to return?

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