Being Human 3×1 – Lia
Saturday night on BBC America saw the Season 3 premiere of Being Human. In case you are having trouble remembering where we left off last, Annie got sent through the door to the other side and is now trapped there. Mitchell and George are trying to get her back. And now, onto Season 3…
We open Season 3 with Mitchell making contact with Annie while checking out a new potential living space with George and Nina in Wales. She is in a “waiting room” where she is being held until they assign her a new location where she will be moved to. It appears to be some sort of holding cell for ghosts.
Back in the real world, our group have come up with a plan for Mitchell to cross over to the other side so he can attempt to rescue her. George and Mitchell wait for a terminal patient to pass on so Mitchell can follow him to the other side. This scene demonstrates Being Human‘s gift for balancing humor with the more serious aspects of the series. It’s something I have always admired about the writing of this show.
Mitchell walks through the door and finds himself in his own personal purgatory. This is a brilliant method to give us a look at Mitchell’s past without using the usual overused methods. It is through this means that we see his first kill as a vampire and how it made him feel. We get to see inside his tortured soul and understand what drives him today (because it is our past that fuels our actions in the present).
As time runs out for Annie, Mitchell continues searching through Purgatory to find her. He eventually finds a door that reveals his guide through this process has been one of his many victims. As she introduces him to one victim after another we can see Mitchell break more and more. Aidan Turner (who plays Mitchell on the show) does an excellent job portraying the pain in his soul through a single tortured look of those eyes. When he finally stops claiming to be a victim and admits his animal nature, the sorrow in his voice makes us feel the pain he is feeling better than any of the words he says.
There was a side story involving two characters who we were briefly introduced to early on in the episode but still have not developed much attachment to by midway point. It seems to be a father and son who are both werewolves, and the father is captured and forced into some sort of cage match where an innocent victim is caged with the about-to-turn werewolf and forced to fight for his life. This story is only enhanced by the fact we see a mirror scene of George being incarcerated during his transformation, also with an innocent. The scene of George asking to be killed before he transforms almost had me tearing up (shut up, I’m a girl). It was great following it with Nina trying to remain composed while negotiating his release by claiming he was essentially crazy and needed medical attention. The ebb and flow of tension regarding George’s situation being eased by Nina’s appearance then tensing again as they transform together (proclaiming their love for each other before completing the process) is one of the prime examples of what makes this show great. It reaches out and touches every emotion imaginable (fear, joy, love, sadness, and everything in between).
The episode ends with both Mitchell and Annie being allowed to leave and return home. They are both told they will cross over again though, when their time comes. Their reunion is especially nice with Annie running towards him and yelling, “You saved me!” and Mitchell replying, “You saved me too.” You can tell the love they have for each other in this reunion.
Mitchell brings Annie home, thus bringing the family back together. That is what this show is really about when you think about it – it’s about finding love and family and how the people around us make us who we are – how they make us human.
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