Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Review: Being Human UK, Series 3, Episode 1 - Lia


Lia: If Mitchell is to rescue Annie from purgatory, then first he must face up to his haunting past. Meanwhile, George is arrested moments before the full moon.

What I Thought

The BBC’s build up does the Being Human series three premier episode absolute justice and much more. I was sitting on the edge of my seat the whole way through. One moment I’m laughing my head off at something George does or says and then the next I am in near tears wanting Mitchell to get to Annie.

The episode begins with the introduction of Honolulu Heights, the gang’s new home, in Barry Island, Wales. Mitchell is still very much set out to do whatever he has to do to get Annie but George is erring slightly on the side of caution as he doesn’t want to lose another best friend. Nina is a bit sulky to begin with as she just wants some alone time with George.

We get to meet McNair, played by Robson Green and his son Tom, played by Michel Socha, in the first episode and we are introduced to the new bad guys on the block. It seems no matter where the gang go, there’s always evil. These bad guys enjoy watching humans getting mauled and ripped to pieces by werewolves. There’s a brief encounter between George, Tom and two chickens which ends with George being arrested just moments before the full moon. I thought the charge that George had been arrested for was hilarious.

Meanwhile, Mitchell is in purgatory trying to get Annie back, where he meets Lia, played by Lacey Turner, who flirts and taunts him about who she is, how to get to Annie etc. She leads him through a series of doors but what is behind them? Well I can’t tell you that, it would ruin the surprise but I can tell you that it isn’t pleasant and Mitchell is in for a rough ride.

My favourite parts of the show are with George. The character can make you want to laugh out loud one minute and then have you in tears the next. Russell Tovey is a testament to great acting. There was one moment between him and Nina just after the full moon was epic. They came to realise two things but I’m not going to tell you what those are. I’m evil I know, but honestly I am just preserving the show’s awesomeness for you! The crossword moment between George and Mitchell was just brilliant. George just can’t resist Mitchell at times.

Now where do I begin about Mitchell? I could go on about him for hours, but I won’t bore you with my fan-girly-ness but I will tell you that he is still as broody as hell, his accent is still to die for and he is still just as gorgeous as before. I’m not sure if I have just one favourite moment with Mitchell in episode one as they are all great but the last door he goes through I genuinely feel for him. He’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. I get why he feels the way he feels but on the other hand it’s just part of who he is and it’s expected of him. The fact that Mitchell feels anything at all is evidence to his strong will and determination to be human. He tries so hard that I think he really is human three quarters of the time and a vampire for the rest. I think that’s why he is able to feel regret and compassion for his victims.
My favourite part with Annie is when Lia enlightens Annie to some obvious feelings that are that felt by a character in the show towards her. Now I thought this was great because when watching series one and two of Being Human, I did sense some hidden emotions between certain characters. I can’t wait to see where this little illumination leads to. All the other times we see Annie, she is just a blurred and noisy television emission trying to make contact with the real world and stay sane. For a minute I was worried about her as it looked like purgatory had nearly broken her spirit.

Overall, a brilliant start to the series and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for our characters. It looks very promising. And in the words of @Kirkleby123 to sum up this week’s episode in 140 characters:


No comments: