* WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD *
Just like I predicted last week, at the end of this series Being Human is no more. After five series, a complete cast change and monsters galore, creator Toby Whitehouse has pulled the plug so the show can go out with a big whilst still in its prime.
So we are left with just five more episodes to enjoy. This means the second ‘filler’ episode is loaded with more plot development than usual as we a treated the machinations of the Devil in his incredibly creepy Captain Hatch persona.
This week’s plot saw the sudden appearance of Oliver (played by Ben Greaves-Neil), Barry Island’s very own Little Lord Fauntleroy who claims to have been hiding in the house for over a hundred years.
Scared of the mysterious men with sticks and ropes on the other side and guilty over the fate of his little brother, Oliver provides humour as an impish foil to the increasingly lovable Alex as she is left looking after him when Hal and Tom are at work.
Over at the Barry Hotel, Hal and Tom compete to be ‘Employee of the Month’ in a clever ploy from Hatch to turn werewolf against vampire and give him the strength to escape his mortal prison.
Meanwhile, in the mysterious containment unit, a desperate Mr Rook sets the psychotic Crumb free to wreak havoc in a futile attempt to keep the unit open.
This episode contains all the amusing touches that make Being Human so enjoyable ever week. From a very subtle visual gag about tabloid newspapers’ obsession with Princess Diana at the beginning of the episode to jokes about the British service industry and democracy as well as all the usual banter strewn throughout, Being Human’s dialogue remains as funny and fresh as it always has.
The plot unfortunately was a little weak as for the first forty minutes we are largely watching an exposition episode as the writers dump the important information we need to know about the three different strands of the story and it struggles to weave them together.
While Alex is getting over her separation from her brothers and her mothering instinct, Hal and Tom fight an increasingly childish war to the theme tune from the Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Crumb wrestles with what he is and the humanity he left behind.
Its only really in the final twenty minutes do we really get cracking. But believe me, it’s worth waiting for. Dramatically throwing aside the light comedic patter which had characterised the episode so far, the story suddenly veers into expressionist horror as genuinely frightening men manage to cross over from the other side.
A blink and you miss it transformation as a little boy turns into a monster is particular shock and the house is transformed into an expressionist nightmare with confusing rooms and a sinister green/blue colour scheme.
The man from the other side of the door is particularly chilling even worth his eerie otherworldly mask as he pins Alex to the wall and delivers the Devil’s message.
“You’re too late”, he hisses “Night will fall and he will RISE!”
All in all it was rather a patchy episode with shining moments of pure terror but their power, much like men with sticks and rope, is short lived. But this was a filler episode as the series builds towards its final arch there is still plenty to look forward to. With the exposition out of the way and Alex now firmly one of the gang, Being Human is certainly building up to go out with a bang.