Review of Being Human ‘The Trinity’
SPOILERS: Do not read this if you have not seen Being Human ‘The Trinity’
When we left our unholy troika at the Honolulu Heights last year Hal (Damien Molony) was strapped to a chair, yelling profanities at newly-created ghost Alex (Kate Bracken) and Tom (Michael Socha). Meanwhile Annie (Lenora Crichlow) averted a vampiric dystopian nightmare and crossed over to the afterlife with baby Eve.
Now we return to them in much the same state but a little bit further on: Hal’s blood lust is still a source of concern, Tom is just as innocent as before, and Alex is still dead.
Much like last year this series will be following one continuous story arc and this week set the agenda for what the audience can expect. This time the focus will be on the rise of the devil aka Captain Hatch (Phil Davis) and a shady organisation run by Dominic Rook (Steven Robertson).
It’s safe to say that the Being Human baton has successfully been passed on to Molony, Socha and Bracken. They are great to watch and very different to their predecessors in a way that leaves comparisons to one side. The format is more structured than the first three series and this gives the programme more drive and direction.
However, the core principles of the show remain the same, namely that Being Human is about three supernatural beings trying to live and integrate into society. While Hal and Tom’s stories have been explored, this episode gave an insight into Alex attempting to adjust to her ghostly existence.
It’s unsurprising that she wants to pass over because out of the three of them she is the most restricted. Humans can’t see her, she can’t change her clothes, and she can’t experience basic things such as the taste of chocolate. Bracken gives a heartfelt performance as Alex and conveys perfectly her pain and frustration of being trapped.
The Trinity essentially established the new supernatural threesome and by the end of the episode there was a sense of acceptance. They are all isolated creatures of the night but by the same token they have each other. This is yet another chapter in the Being Human narrative.
Veteran thespian Phil Davis is always marvellous and in The Trinity he is wickedly evil (and brilliant) as Captain Hatch, veering from foul mouth sailor speak to polite pleasantries. He makes a strong villain and the presence of his character once more broadens the horizons of Being Human from simply a battle between werewolves and vampires. Judging by Alex’s sniping remark about the Twilight franchise, the programme is looking to define itself in the already overcrowded vampire/werewolf arena with something new.
Admittedly The Trinity does have its shortcomings, it is rather dull and does not have the same explosive start as last year. Given that it’s the series opener, usually viewers expect an enthralling rollercoaster ride but episode 1 felt quite lax but perhaps this series will be more of a slow burn that will gradually build up to an exciting climax.
Next week on Being Human… Can ghosts be afraid of other ghosts? The house appears to be haunted by something apart from Alex and it seems to be coming for her. Meanwhile Rook ominously says that the hour is approaching – something wicked is coming this way.Tagged in: being human, Damian Molony, Kate Bracken, michael socha, Phil Davis, toby whithouse, twilight, vampire, werewolf
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