Being Human 1955
IT”S down to business for the (mostly) new residents of Honolulu Heights.
If last week’s season opener was saying goodbye to old friends, this week’s second instalment was all about saying hello to some new faces.
If this episode is any indication then we are in good hands. With Russell Tovey, Sinead Keenan and Aidan Turner all leaving, for pastures new, it would be forgivable to see a slump in quality.
It’s to showrunner Toby Whithouse’s credit then that the changes to the cast seem to have hit the ground running.
This time out the story centres on vampire Hal moving in to Honolulu Heights, which brings an immediate tension with werewolf Tom.
The chemistry and tension between Michael Socha and Damien Moloney suggests the gap left by Turner and Tovey’s departure won’t be as keenly felt as first feared.
There are some more rumblings as to baby Eve’s status as the War Child and ultimately the destroyer of all vampires in the future, but thankfully this is more of a character piece.
Also going on in the background is Cutler’s attempts to impress the vampire hierarchy, using a focus group of homeless people has unintentionally (for him) hilarious results and he looks like another welcome addition to the roster.
He’s far from the threatening monster that was Herrick but Andrew Gower offers a more cerebral threat and it doesn’t hurt that he has fantastic comic timing.
All in all, this was an episode that was more about getting the characters in place so the real proof of the pudding in this make or break series will come as the plot unfolds.
Let’s hope that it’s more a case of Spooks replacing Matthew McFadyen with Rupert Penry Jones than Robin Of Sherwood replacing Michael Praed with Jason Connery. ****