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There was a slight undercurrent of "Um. Now what?" to the close of S1, but it was basically a cozy and generally cheerful moment. Even though the audience then saw Mysterious Creepy Guy interrogating Owen and reporting in to the shadowy Prof. Jaggart.

Dude. What a difference a month makes. O_o How was I wrong, let me count the ways... Well, mostly about Nina's ongoing level of freakitude. Which is absolutely, utterly understandable and justified, and plays out in a way that makes perfect emotional sense. Just not quite the way I expected, and one that's definitely painful to watch, holding tight to George and pushing him away at the same time.

Which, in combination with getting jumped by random vampires every time he turns around, means George is a big prickly ball of Very Unhappy by the eve of the full moon. Which semi-bears-out Mitchell's worry about him at the end of 1x06, though not exactly for the reason Mitchell still thinks.

Mitchell needs to figure out that he's orders of magnitude more bothered by George having killed than George is (or Nina, for that matter, for all that it's his go-to explanation for her squirrely behavior). And specifically by George (or anyone) having killed Herrick. Nobody who even half-understands Mitchell is going to blame him for having mixed feelings about that, with the likely exception of himself.

Which is not to say that it hasn't affected George. He's close to the change when Daisy goads him into admitting he has some memory of it, but it's still pretty eepworthy.

Actually having sex with Daisy, we will not discuss. O_o And wow, that girl just ain't right, is she? That could get either very interesting or very tiresome in a hurry; luckily, with this creative team, my money's on the former. (Blinking a lot at Amy Manson with her real hair.)

"You look like shit." -- "You just smacked me in the face!" *snerk* Poor Mitchell. He wants so badly to be all wise and perceptive and such, and sometimes he even manages it. At least as often, however, people (be they human or vampire or whatever) confuse the crap out of him.

"The disembodied spirit of a dead woman is getting a job. What could possibly go wrong?" Clearly it's Mitchell's week for quoteable lines. And speaking of people confusing him. Although, um, honey? The guy who couldn't give a straight answer when a twelve-year-old asked him about his childhood aspirations? Pot. Kettle.

And OMG the business plan! :: dies and iz ded :: Annie totally missed her calling as a coordinator or organizer of something. Even if a climbing wall in a little neighborhood pub is a wee bit pie-in-the-sky.

George is right about what's eating Mitchell... sort of. The fights that have given him purpose for so long are resolved, or at least (in the case of the bloodlust) under control. In the process, though, he's acquired a new purpose, as self-appointed big brother to the weird little family they've become. Each member of which is currently giving him a different reason to worry. And with nothing much else to do, he's getting very good at the worrying.

Annie and Nina bonding, even over something so incredibly painful, makes me all kinds of happy. The boys are a godsend, and heaven knows either of them would go to the ends of the earth for Annie, but she's still been critically lacking female friendship. Even when she was alive, judging by what she told Gilbert about how she missed her parents and friends and sisters when she moved to Bristol. And how it was "just me and Owen," with the implication that she was pretty damn isolated.

I look forward with great interest to her asking Nina about her burn scars. She can't have missed them, but wisely did not bring it up when Nina was so emotionally raw.

Mitchell babbling at Lucy makes me grin like a grinning thing. (He didn't weep or set fire to himself, but I'm not entirely certain that counts as more than a technicality.) Let that dork flag fly, baby! It's light-years more appealing than the bad-boy shtick anyway. Mostly by virtue of being, y'know, who he actually is. (How much do I love that this guy has killed hundreds of people in actual fact, yet he has a patently manufactured bad-boy shtick?)

I would really, really like to not have my alarm bells going off about Lucy. Mostly because I can't pin down anything wrong with her except, y'know, there is just too much cute straight out of the gate here. (Well, that and she's Cleopatra from Rome, which also can't justly be held against a completely different character.) And this being Mitchell, that just can't bode well. But OH MY GOD HE NAMED THE GOLDFISH. *ded of cute*

After how things started out, I really, really didn't expect Nina to tell George so soon. But I'm really, really glad she did. Dreading what it was going to do to him was doing far more damage to both of them than actually telling him. That was a rough few days, yes, but if that dam hadn't broken before the end of this ep... Gheeeee. I did not want to have to work that hard to keep liking George. Liking George should be a given.

Did we see Saul actually leave? There was Family Stuff happening in the kitchen, and then the bogus gas company guy turned up, and then Saul wasn't there. Me=confused.

As regards the Family Stuff, Mitchell's speech "adopting" Nina is lovely and warm-fuzzy and totally what needed to happen. It's important for her to know she has a secure place with them. And I know (as does Nina) the thing about how each of the original three first had to deal with things alone was totally intended as "this won't be as bad as you're afraid of, because you've got us." But it also sets her up to feel guilty or inadequate when she inevitably does get overwhelmed by it. Gotta be careful about that, guys. (Methinks there's also "We are not going to fail you the way I failed Lauren" operating at some level there.)

Oh, hey, there was Mysterious Creepy Guy doing creepy experiments, wasn't there? That was... ew. And invading the pink house. What were they doing there? At first I thought they were going to plant surveillance devices or something, but they seemed to just look around.

Then again, maybe the minions were handling the technical details while Mysterious Creepy Guy just poked his nose into each of the housemates' private space. It was kind of more disturbing that that was all he was doing. (Apart from demonstrating that he is a tiresome religious fanatic, which I have to say I'm not thrilled about. I'll deal, but it's pretty much been done to death, y'know? People can fear and hate and destroy what they don't understand quite handily without that, TYVM.) It was quite effectively icky to see him just looking at Annie's chair, and George and Nina's rumpled bed, and Mitchell's favorite dorky plaid shirt hanging neatly on the closet door in the midst of his perpetual clutter.

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oxbastetxo
Mar. 4th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
Okay...you're evil.

All your posts about "Being Human" finally got me curious enough to look it up on Youtube AND watch the first 2 eps! Eeep! Annie is adorable..so is poor George. You just want to hug him! And Mitchell is so conflicted he's conflicted about being conflicted! And the PC Vampire guy Hetrick? Is EVIL creepy! As is the idiot Vampire with him.

And Tully was just WRONG!

Okay, I'm done now. :-D

It's not like I like Vampires or anything......
wiliqueen
Mar. 4th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Okay...you're evil.

Mwahahahahaha!!!

But seriously, how can you not love these people? And squeeze them and call them... okay, that joke doesn't work very well when one of them is actually named George. BUT!

Is EVIL creepy! As is the idiot Vampire with him.

Seth makes my skin crawl, but I also feel weirdly sorry for him. Of course, that's my standard reaction to any "toady" character like that. They're vile in and of themselves, but they take so much abuse from the villain, I just have to pity them.

Okay, I'm done now. :-D

Well, that would be disappointing... ;->
madascheese19
Mar. 5th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
*love* your observations on the 1st episode - all very true and very interesting! Just wait 'til you see the rest!! lol ;)

P.S. Also LOVE your Annie 'squee!' icon - much lulz!
wiliqueen
Mar. 5th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Must stop crying about ep 2 before I attempt to post. OMG.
diannelamerc
Mar. 8th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Mitchell babbling at Lucy makes me grin like a grinning thing. (He didn't weep or set fire to himself, but I'm not entirely certain that counts as more than a technicality.) Let that dork flag fly, baby!

I also love it because it makes so much sense: has Mitchell *ever* dated before? He was, what? 18 when he died? And since he's either seduced or avoided. I think in 100+-odd years, this is actually his very first attempt at actual dating. :)
wiliqueen
Mar. 8th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
I've been guessing he was 20-22 (if only because the line to Herrick about how he agreed to be recruited "to save the lives of my men" implied that he had enough time in for some measure of responsibility, although it can't have been much -- to this day he's far more adept at taking orders than giving them), but still.

Josie said they dated, and I tend to assume it bore some reasonable resemblance to the standard definition. (Weekend holed up in a hotel and only going out for more chocolate and cigarettes notwithstanding. Then there's the hilarious pastfic over on ff.net that involves her taping his mouth shut and tying his hands.)

But you're right, it's still highly unlikely he's dated much, and almost certainly not while on the wagon. Becca took the initiative and asked him out, and I'd bet a fair chunk Lauren did too.

Of course, Lucy is also intimidating simply by virtue of being unmistakably a grownup. Lauren and Becca were both 20, and still had vestiges of teenagerness about them (just look at Lauren's bedroom!); Josie was "sitting there with your cigarette trying to look all sophisticated." Grownups are definitely uncharted territory.

And y'know, the very fact that he recognized Josie after 40+ years, and even remembered how she prefers her coffee, probably tells us everything we need to know about how much of an exception that "dating" was.

Edited at 2010-03-08 01:43 am (UTC)
studiesinlight
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
>"Actually having sex with Daisy, we will not discuss. O_o

Excellent call. Let's not. Eeep. I'm disturbed for both of them and for me.

>"I did not want to have to work that hard to keep liking George. Liking George should be a given."

This has been part of my challenge, as season two begins. When George is unlikeable, self-centered in a demanding and oblivious way, I feel disoriented in the story.

>"Methinks there's also "We are not going to fail you the way I failed Lauren" operating at some level there."

Oh, outstanding observation! Of course. Mitchell isn't "repay society for his sins" guy, but he does have a sense of being able to redeem actions with actions, articulated though his self-appointed mission in first season.

Looking just a teeny bit ahead of episode one in season two, you've made me think about how his "big brother" thing in their home is just about the right size and shape for their little family, but that when he take that same approach into a larger group, it will not be big enough, strong enough, or the right shape...
wiliqueen
Aug. 4th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
When George is unlikeable, self-centered in a demanding and oblivious way, I feel disoriented in the story.

Disoriented is exactly the right word.

Mitchell isn't "repay society for his sins" guy, but he does have a sense of being able to redeem actions with actions,

Not that he's always stellar at it, but I have to give him points for trying. All his efforts to give Lauren the support she needed were too little, too late. No wonder he jumps at the opportunity to offer it to Nina, despite her being less than impressed.

his "big brother" thing in their home is just about the right size and shape for their little family, but that when he take that same approach into a larger group, it will not be big enough, strong enough, or the right shape...

Oh, this is so true. It's about the only trick in his hat, but it's really not scalable.
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