Review of Being Human ‘The Greater Good’
SPOILERS: Do not read this if you have not seen Being Human ‘The Greater Good’
Hal sums it up best this week when he says ‘all we’re doing is marking time until the end’ because the truth is this episode felt more like time filler than anything else.
At the beginning of the episode we have three interesting characters and by the end they are all dead. Yes, death is a big part of the show but it felt like a lot of potential was extinguished with the demise of Crumb and Alan. It felt like any chances for their characters to develop and really come into their own were scuppered far too early on. I was looking forward to more nerdy-vampire shenanigans from the duo but Alan was staked while Crumb ended it all by drinking werewolf blood. It was all quite anticlimactic until the devil possessed Hal.
As this series only has six episodes compared to the eight instalments that made up the last one, the writers have to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time and yet nothing very significant or meaningful happened this week. The premise for this year is superb and there is a so much room to build up the rise of the devil story arc but this does not happen. While Eve and the impending vampire dystopia really drove the last series, it hasn’t happened this time around and I felt like this episode was a squandered opportunity.
The only real glimmer came from Bobby (Ricky Grover) the werewolf but then again he was more of a device to develop Tom’s character than anything else. It was clear that Tom built up his self-confidence and pride by showing Bobby the ropes of the hospitality industry. The burgeoning bromance really furthered Tom’s self-belief which the young werewolf has always been lacking, and was necessary after last week’s meltdown.
Bobby was a wonderful character and Grover played him well. He was endearing and sweet and the complete antithesis to Larry, who was about as pleasant as getting whiplash and oozed sleaze from every pore. As a viewer I find that even if the plot is stagnating, Tom seems to develop and grow as a character each week. Out of the trinity, he has been the most fleshed out and feels the least two-dimensional.
The other element of interest was in a possible vampire-ghost relationship between Alex and Hal, who have now admitted – if not explicitly – that there is something between them. Much like Annie and Mitchell, they are fated lovers who can never be together or can they? Damien Molony and Kate Bracken have great chemistry, with their lingering exchanged glances that captures something they cannot express in words. On a much more superficial level, they make an attractive pairing with her passing resemblance to Rachel McAdams and his dark brooding looks. Perhaps if this scene is anything to go by then fans of ‘Halex’ can breathe a sigh of relief, they may be dead but their blossoming romance isn’t.
This week’s instalment was poor, there were fleeting moments that lifted the episode. My favourite was Crumb dancing around in his underwear surrounded by corpses while Alan sat in chair wearing a hoodie and plastic crown. It was a tad surreal but things were far too serious and depressing for my liking. Then there was Rook and Hatch (better known as the devil) who were chronically underused. Both of them are such intriguing characters and are not featured nearly as much as they should be. As a viewer whenever either of them are on screen they have my undivided attention because they are so mesmerising.
The Greater Good has been the weakest episode of this series so far and I am desperately hoping that the writers can produce something awe-inspiring on which to end the show.
Next week on Being Human… Things are moving towards their conclusion with only a few episode left. ‘Lord Harry’ has now reverted and starts going on a killing spree and Alex starts to lose the faith.Tagged in: being human, Damien Molony, Kate Bracken, michael socha, Phil Davis, toby whithouse, vampire, werewolf
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