NOTE: SPOILERS FOR SEASON THREE OF BEING HUMAN
After the incredible finale of last season of BEING HUMAN, in which Mitchell (Aiden Turner) found his wolf-shaped bullet in the form of his best friend George (Russell Tovey), I was wondering how the show would move forward without one of its leads, especially one that so many people grew attached to. Oh, me of little faith. I should learn to trust Toby Whithouse more.
In the first three episodes of the fourth season, Whithouse manages not only to move his show forward and keep the story engaging, but also to expand the universe and mythology of the series in a way that feels appropriate and so far, is doing it more deftly than other series, namely those like LOST or ALIAS, who didn’t always handle in a way that didn’t feel forced or that ended up being fruitless.
The series picks up a while after the end of the third season, with George reduced to an isolated and paranoid shell of his former self, standing guard in front of his child’s – who he hasn’t yet named – crib. He knows he has to protect her because she faces constant threats from vampires, especially after Mitchell’s death, but feels that getting emotionally attached will only make him vulnerable, which he can’t risk. Russell Tovey, as usual, delivers an excellent performance throughout.
Both Tom (Michael Socha), the rogue werewolf, and Annie (Lenora Chrichlow) take on larger roles this season, and Chrichlow really takes up the mantle of lead well, and is allowed to play up the more of the comedic scenes, though she handles the dramatic well, too. Tom, who was taken in by Annie, George, and Mitchell last season, is given more to do this season than get angry about killing vampires, and it seems like as the season progresses, we’ll get to see more sides of his character.
Now let’s talk about what’s going on in the first three episodes. We find out that George’s daughter is much more important than anyone else would have thought, and as babies often are in sci-fi shows, plays a central role in a prophecy that foretells the destruction of all vampires. Naturally, the vampires are none too happy about this, so they’re on the hunt for her and as vampires tend to do, are willing to kill anyone who gets in the way to get to the child.
We also meet a new supernatural triumvirate: Leo’s the werewolf, Pearl is the ghost, and Hal (Damien Molony) is the vampire. These three have been living together since the 1950′s, and when Leo finds out about the baby and the powers it might have, the three head to Barry, where Annie and George are, to investigate further.
When everyone comes together, there are major changes in store for everyone, and I was surprised at how well Whithouse and company handled all these new characters and is able to give everyone a solid emotional arc that also serviced the plot. It reminded me in a lot of ways of Joss Whedon and how he uses character and changes in character not only to strike emotional beats, but to force characters together and to drive the story.
Molony is a real find, and I’m excited to see where he goes, not only in the series, but afterward. He plays Hal not only as someone with incredible restraint and composure, but, especially in the third episode, with an animalistic and violent side. His energy and look remind me a lot of Benedict Cumberbatch, and that’s definitely a good thing.
The fourth season of BEING HUMAN throws a whole bunch at the audience, and I’m excited to say pretty much everything works. I love Whithouse’s willingness to take risks with characters in order to tell his story and he’s really succeeded here, since this may turn out to be the best season of the series yet. I’d say this is a MUST WATCH, but since there’s a lot going on, I’d recommend catching up with the previous seasons on Netflix Watch Instantly.
Season Four of BEING HUMAN premieres Saturday, February 25th at 9pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA as part of Supernatural Saturday