Well lately it has been all music, music, music here again, I haven’t been able to watch another film since the brilliance of Black Swan and I’ve been a bit lazy with the reading so time for some television.
First off, Mitchell is at peace now. A beautiful being that will be missed, however I think it was time for him to go, there’s only so long the battle with the dark side can go on for one vampire. It would have been a Star Wars scale disaster to string this out, so thank you for Mitchell’s very moving and timely demise BBC.
In this finale, George finally won me over, he certainly can do grief stricken, most probably as he sounds like he’s on the verge of tears at the best of times coupled with a strangely high pitched voice for a big man wolf. I think my absolute favourite scene with him was in a previous series when he started to change in the Primary School, pretty sure I had no nails left by the end of that episode.
I only have two minor criticisms of this end to the series, Nina’s recovery was rather vague and rushed (Annie whispered something to her?) and where on earth did Mitchell get that rather lovely vintage car for the sunset scene that’s now covered in the freshly staked Herrick’s dust? Oh and squeeze one in from last week, how was Annie able to stake a vampire?
Annie’s role in turning around Lia was her great scene and I loved the ‘Ashes to Ashes’ style use of televisions throughout the seasons. The self prophesying twist was pretty fab and revealed for me that the wolf shaped bullet was Mitchell himself, the monster within him.To blame Annie’s love for justice, or Nina’s phone call is pointless. Mitchell was director of his own downfall from the moment he stepped on that fateful train and created the gallery of faces that made up the Box Tunnel Twenty victims, washing 'bits of humanity from his hair for a fortnight'.
Following the Nina cliffhanger was some mean feat for writer Toby Whitehouse but it was pulled off with the dramatic and bloody return of ‘old’ Herrick.
Herrick never really struck me as the top of the vampire league, brilliant character and actor he is, there always has to be an even older one and I always felt there was something slightly homoerotic about his feelings for Mitchell, particularly in the cage scene when he talks of his poster boy and mocks his good looks.While he desires Mitchell as his right hand man, Mitchell reminds him that he makes him ‘vulnerable’. This makes sense with the final staking of Herrick; why didn’t he see it coming? For want a better word, he was a little gaga over Mitchell.
Introducing the new and even older baddie Edgar Windham, teeth bared, veins throbbing and mocking George’s comparison to Herrick was a clever move. Preparing for Series 4, Windham will have some difficult shoes to fill, the writers will have the real challenge especially now Mitchell is gone and the fickle public will no doubt squeal ‘No more!'. Don’t stop watching something because a character leaves, stop watching if it becomes rubbish.
And please BBC, he must be gone now, he better not be one of the many ghosts that are arriving as prophesied by Windham. Returns from the ‘death of death’ sometimes feel like you just changed your mind. Herrick worked but to put Mitchell back together now would be silly.
Setting up the darkness of Windham worked well with his prophesy being the last straw for George, pushing him to free Mitchell with the merciful staking and words ‘I’m doing this because I love you’ succeeding where Herrick’s attempt to get George to kill Mitchell failed. Where will it all go now?
To not mention the soundtrack along with some of the smaller but plot necessary and brilliant characters like McNair and Tom of this great supernatural drama would be a pity. I loveloveloved the letter scene and Tom's part in getting Mitchell and George out of the cage along with the use of this Death in Vegas with 'Dirge', it was so fitting at the point Nina made the fated phonecall as was Duran Duran's 'Hungry as a Wolf'...top marks all round.
Although... Dear BBC, is 'comedy drama' really a fit description for Being Human? There were funny moments but even so...
Aiden Turner is off filming The Hobbit, surely he won’t be an actual hobbit, he’s far too dandy, but for all the grieving, he’s going to be back on a much bigger screen in the not too distant future.
I'm really trying to resist writing ' John Mitchell RIP' oops too late.