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Being Human – Series 4 Episode 3

 

Episode three finds our supernatural flat-mates dealing with a few human problems, mostly in the form of having no money. This causes Hal to face one of the greatest challenges of his long life, going back to work. As if that prospect wasn’t bad enough, he’s going to work with Tom in a rundown cafe.

Meanwhile, Regus (Mark Williams) is angry to find Annie and baby Eve still in Wales and not fleeing for safety. As he told his fellow vampires he has killed the war child, if they are spotted by Fergus or Cutler then things could get difficult.

Vampire Hal is still coming to terms with the departure of his friends, he doesn’t like being around people. Hal hasn’t tasted human blood in 55 years and he favours avoiding mankind to keep his temptations in check. Leo might be gone, but Hal follows his instructions and teachings down to the last detail.

Hal and Tom are already making for a great double act, and putting them together in the cafe is a nice touch that allows for comedy as well as some character development. Tom is never likely to fully trust a vampire, but he’s quite an old-fashioned soul that still believes in courting a woman and is a man of his word. Although, as Tom is stashing stakes all over the place, he’s prepared for the worst if it happens.

Whilst they share some opinions, Hal’s loyalty is tested when Fergus approaches him and tells him he knows that he is one of ‘the old ones’. Fergus offers Hal the chance to take his rightful place as their leader, as long as he gives up Tom.

A regular customer at the café, Michaela is a would be gothic writer, she dresses dark and deliberately strange and attempts to pay for a cheeseburger with a poem. Her reaction to Hal being a vampire isn’t one of horror, she merely asks him if he’s single.

Despite agreeing to let the vampires kill Tom, Hal has a sudden change of heart and tells him about the ambush. As Fergus and his crew move in on the cafe, Michaela is still in the building and quickly learns the darkness she so desperately wants, is all around her.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Tom’s when he arrived in series 3 with McNair but throughout that series (and this one) he has developed into a great addition to the team. After a jumbled first appearance, Mark Williams makes for good comic relief (the Team Edward T-shirt was an inspired move), however I’m struggling to fully buy into his character and as good as Williams is, this might be the only piece of miss-casting in Being Human’s 4 year history.

It’s always risky for any series to have so much change so quickly, but Toby Whithouse has done an incredible job establishing strong new characters and opening the Being Human world up. Being Human goes from strength to strength this year and what could have been a series that ended the show, has extended the concepts lifespan for (hopefully) many more years to come.

Being Human continues Sunday 9pm on BBC 3

Chris Suffield

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