Being Human UK – Series 3, Episode 4 – The Pack, episode review

Some of you have been requesting a darker episode of [[Being Human (TV Series)|Being Human]] for the last three weeks. Consider it delivered.

The Pack brings the fine folks of Honolulu Heights into direct contact with the McNair boys, but young Tom develops a feirce crush on Nina and slinks into the B&B to leave a gift for her. An already-tense Mitchell goes nuts when he sniffs a new werewolf in the house and looks set to beat Tom to a pulp. Remember, there’s a “werewolf-shaped bullet” with Mitchell’s name on it. He’s got every right to be on edge.

This episode also brings along several smouldering plot threads – from George and Nina’s worries about carrying a werewolf baby (will it survive their monthly transformation?) as well as helping the group make new enemies. Let’s face it, George and Nina were already unpopular with the local fetishist vampires, and now Mitchell has upset McNair by cutting his son.

The Pack gave us great backstory on the McNairs, and Robson Green and Michael Socha came into their own in this episode. We discover that Tom isn’t actually McNair’s son – the werewolf accidentally slaughtered Tom’s parents and then took the orphan in and raised him. But in order to do this, he spun an unlikely story, suggesting that they move around in search of their ‘pack’. 

Nina doesn’t buy McNair’s cover story and uses a sample of Tom’s blood to discover the truth. When she tells Tom, he half-throttles McNair.

Mitchell and McNair spend most of the episode squaring up to each other, with some epic grandstanding from both Aidan Turner and Robson Green. A bit of snooping by Mitchell reveals that McNair is a vampire hunter, with a well-stocked cupboard full of stakes. So he confronts McNair, but the wolf won’t back down. That’s when Mitchell visits creepy Richard to arrange McNair to be picked up by the dogfighting vampires.

And this is where everything turns awesome – the vamps capture Nina, George and Tom and lock them in a cage together. With the three about to transform, they’re likely to tear each other apart in wolf form. Or have a threesome, based on our experience from a couple of episodes back. Annie and Mitchell team up with McNair to break through the ring of vampires and free the wolves from the cage. It’s an unlikely alliance, but the threesome hack their way through the vampires, as Mitchell discovers that he can’t trust his werewolf friends not to eat him when they’re transformed.

The whole dogfighting scene is nailbiting from start to finish, but there are elements of humour. Like McNair accidentally weilding his bible in Mitchell’s direction, then apologising. And Richard getting caught in a toilet cubicle – “Nice doggie…” Then there’s Annie and Mitchell cowering inside the cage as the rabid wolves scramble to get at them. Brilliant.

Though even after saving his life, McNair still hasn’t let Mitchell off the hook and warns the angsty vampire that he’ll still get his comeuppance. One day. 

Modern Romance?

I was slightly less convinced by Mitchell and Annie’s attempts to have sex. Because Annie is a ghost, apparently she and Mitchell can’t have sex. Which is weird, because we’ve seen them interact physically. Maybe it’s because she can’t take her clothes off? Either way, Mitchell seems to be a tough boyfriend to cope with.

Yes, watching Annie with her characteristic list of sex acts that the two could try was funny. But the scene where she encouraged Mitchell to take a woman home for sex (so she could sense the act through the woman) backfired when Mitchell became more interested in drinking her than shagging her.

However, in places Annie and Mitchell can work as a couple. They just weren’t my favourite part of this episode.

We’ve officially hit the halfway mark with this episode and had a peek at Herrick (Jason Watkins) due to return next week. I think this is the strongest series of Being Human yet, though I’m slightly worried that Herrick might represent a backward step for a series which has built a new dynamic, new supporting characters and doesn’t necessarily need to rely on former glories. Is that sacrilige? You tell me.

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