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Being Human news & spec

Thoughts under the cut are based primarily on the just-released BBC press pack for S4, which isn't nearly as spoilery as last year's, but still contains some broad strokes the super-strictly spoiler-free will want to avoid. Most, but not all, is a function of casting news.

The biggest new shakeup, if you somehow missed it today, is the complete lack of Nina. Sinead made the decision to leave last year, and confirmed this morning on Twitter that she hasn't shot anything at all on S4 and expects Nina to be written out offscreen. This follows on Russell's announcement a month or so back that he was leaving, which he didn't clarify. It's now evident that we will have some George, though I'm inferring (from, among other things, his not being billed as a regular) that it won't be very much.

I'm attempting to refrain from speculation as to whether either or both will be killed off, and whether I can imagine that being accomplished in a manner that won't make me tear my hair out. It's not easy. Lenora states in her interview that Annie is "left holding the baby," which makes it effectively impossible that Nina's departure will be voluntary (in-universe, that is), so that's not going to be good no matter what. Add in a grim-faced George sitting off by himself in the promo photo with a cross and stake, and things do not look good for my favorite fictional constructed family. :-(

That said... I'm buoyed a bit by this, also from Lenora: "In this series we go back to more of the original comedy, relationship side of Being Human, which I have always enjoyed playing in the past. It’s a much more domestic side of the show, but it also promises all the drama and gore of the underworld as well." As much as I'm already mourning the relationships Annie had, I'm not having any trouble reserving judgment about the ones she's going to build, and like the idea that said building process might have center stage.

Tom as a regular is the best possible solution to the werewolf void, and I'm unreservedly looking forward to watching him do some growing up. And while I'd rather they'd taken the opportunity to fill the vampire slot with another woman (preferably Nancy, whom I'm still quixotically hoping to see, though in-universe she's probably better off with the clean death), the character sketch of Hal as someone much older than we've previously known, of what sounds like a polar-opposite temperament to Mitchell, is sufficiently intriguing, as is the fact that he brings the experience of a previous "mixed" household into the equation.

Unsurprisingly -- given the pattern of past seasons -- all indications are that the first episode will turn everything completely upside-down and leave us in an almost entirely unpredictable place. This is why I feel justified in my hope that the Wyndham situation, the one thing I really hate having loom over the end of S3, will be resolved in a whirlwind and leave us with a manageable quantity of vampire bullshit. (Nina's legacy: That will be my blanket phrase for vampires' politics, quasi-philosophy and psychological bugaboos for the rest of time.)

Whithouse's "introduction" (which doubles as his post on the official blog yesterday) indicates pretty strongly that we'll see Annie really and truly come into her own this season. It's about bloody time. Would be nice if it hadn't taken the boys LEAVING to get there, but.

When all is said and done... I don't know what I'm going to think. This creative team have pretty much never failed to do something other than what I would have predicted, for good or ill or not-quite-sure. I'm reasonably certain it will still be an excellent show; whether it remains near and dear to my heart hinges almost entirely on lightning striking twice in terms of how Annie and the new boys click as a unit.

If they don't for me, I'll need to remind myself of the lesson I learned when I casually groused about how X-Files "should have" ended by season 6 as if it were fact, only to find that the uncle I was talking to was still engrossed in the season 9 storytelling and wholly invested in Doggett and Reyes.

The cozy little show I fell in love with three years ago is long gone, and it might or might not finally end up in a place where it's no longer for me at all. But it would be the height of arrogance for me to declare that it should therefore no longer be at all. In any case, I don't really see it coming to that as long as it all comes down to looking after one another, which it looks like it will.

We shall see.


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Jan. 9th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
I loved Being Human so much when it was Mitchell/Annie/George (and then later Mitchell/Annie/George/Nina) that I just don't know what to think about Annie/newbie/newbie. I'm not writing it off, by any means, because that isn't fair to the show, but as you said, it's like lightning striking twice. It happens, though, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will happen again.
Jan. 9th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
ICON LOVE. {{{{ hugs and squishes Nina }}}}

I just don't know what to think

And we just need to keep reminding ourselves that we shouldn't know what to think, because we haven't seen it yet. There's enough flailing on spec going on already...
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
And we just need to keep reminding ourselves that we shouldn't know what to think, because we haven't seen it yet. There's enough flailing on spec going on already...

Yes, absolutely this!
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Jan. 9th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
I know! There's barely even mention of George. It all feels so weird. :-/
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Wow! That BH UK Casting News
Wow! I had no idea at all, in the old fashioned not-online way where Tessa's death took me by utter jaw-dropped shock. UK shows are much more liable to such shake-ups, so it's less astounding, but still arresting. I'd gotten used to the idea that Mitchell's own story was over, and would continue only as part of George, Annie and Nina's stories; it's probably not bad for me to begin preparing for Nina and George's stories being over, and continuing only as part of Annie's. (I'm probably more easily okay with it than many viewers, of course; I know that I have a different relationship with bereavement stories than many fans.)

The best-handled casting shake-up I've ever seen -- outside the Doctor and James Bond, natch -- was Archie on Monarch of the Glen; in the season 5 finale (of 7 seasons), they invented an unsuspected illegitimate half-brother to take his place as laird of Glenbogle, while he moved to New Zealand to become a vintner. It sounds hokey, but it proved so perfectly in character that I never doubted it, and loved the final seasons more than the middle ones (the first ones still win overall, though).

Perhaps we will come to view this BH season as a coda tale, an afterword or epilogue. Or perhaps we'll get to consider it a relaunch, a pivot to equally enthralling though different stories! We shall see...
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow! That BH UK Casting News
I had no idea about that re: Monarch of the Glen, but I've only seen the first season. It's recently appeared on Netflix Instant, so we're catching up on it in fits and starts. That does seem perfectly in character for Archie, just by what I know of him early on!

Or perhaps we'll get to consider it a relaunch

I'm really keeping my fingers crossed for this. Everyone involved in the show seems so energized. I'm not detecting even the slightest undercurrent of "we're slogging along because we feel like we have to." They genuinely seem to have not just tackled the personnel challenges head-on but to have used them as a springboard. All that remains is to see if the results successfully reflect that...
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow! That BH UK Casting News
Oh, I'm sorry for spoiling you on Monarch of the Glen! It's such a delightful show, but it's years out of rerunning on PBS (where I saw it), so I didn't even think of that possibility. Here's a happier, smaller, casting spoiler, with no plot-spoiling attached: Tom Baker eventually joins the cast as Hector's eccentric, globe-trotting, younger brother.
Jan. 9th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow! That BH UK Casting News
Oh, no worries! I don't expect anyone to guard against spoilers on a show that age, just because I never got around to watching the rest of it. We saw S1 on BBCA in Columbus, but didn't have it here until last year, and never caught it on PBS.

And oh, dear. My only regret about that prospect is that Hector has blown himself up by then. That would be an interaction to see! :-D
Jan. 9th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
I...am totally not going to watch this until the season is done and I'm well and truly spoiled for everything, from the sounds of it.
Jan. 9th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
Possibly a wise course for many people. *wry g*
Jan. 9th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
Like I've said, if they kill of Nina or Annie, it's probably going to mean it's time for me to break up with the show. Which would make me very, very sad.
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