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28 November 2010 @ 07:23 pm
random Being Human post  
So I finally finished watching Being Human S2. My reaction is totally predictable, because my reaction is that George is the best ever, okay, and also that Russell Tovey needs to stop breaking my heart with his face.

I'm just not talking about Annie. Nope. That didn't happen, so I don't have to talk about it. But I love her, and I love her and George together particularly, planning bad dates and having little heart-to-hearts about life. They make me happy.

I quite like the show's one-off ghosts, as well. They're so lovely and ordinary and, well, human.

And I don't know what to do with Mitchell. He's so inconsistent. I feel like, in S2, he's not so much tortured by his occasional lapses into hey there killing people as worried that he might get caught. Sometimes it seems important to him to be there for his friends and try to be a good guy, and sometimes it doesn't cross his mind that George and Annie might need him at all. Which is really frustrating, because I quite liked S1's slightly goofy Mitchell who seemed to be trying so hard--and sometimes failing, but trying. Sometimes he seems not to be struggling with blood-lust at all, and then, when it's narratively convenient, suddenly he just flips out and goes all vamp with no sense that he hesitated even for a second, over what he might lose or give up by going back to that way of life. It's like, pick your rules and play by them, you know? Either he's hearing that desperate drumbeat all the time and it's a constant struggle, but there's a choice; or he just doesn't care/can't help it and will kill people without a qualm--in which case, why should we be on his side? If being a vampire is something that he genuinely can't control, or doesn't want to control, then there's no narrative tension; it means that humans and vampires can't coexist, and we should be rooting for Mitchell to get the hell away from people as quickly as possible.

But yes, anyway, George. He is fussy and house-proud and tightly wound, and sweet and vulnerable and brave, and sarcastic and passive-aggressive and occasionally sulky, and fiercely loyal and totally darling. George is the one you want in your corner when things get really bad, and George is the one you want around to remind you of your best self when you've forgotten who that is. Also, I wish the show would do more with his Jewishness--I love that he's got the Star of David, and I love that Mitchell takes care of it and what that means (that's one of my favorite things from S1, oh my little heart); I would just like more, because one wants more of a good thing.
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salieri: hug A&M by xxtornxxapartxxtroyswann on November 29th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
I'm pretty much with you on all counts :)

I'm counting on S3 to Fix It.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on November 29th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope so! And then they can all go back to fighting about whether there are any clean mugs. :)
viomisehuntviomisehunt on November 29th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
You and my eldest Granddaughter- she's a big George fan. I'm a big Annie fan, and I love Mitchell, but he's just too easy for the wrong women. but the end of this season blew me away. Still crying.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on November 29th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
George is very much a favorite type of mine--the ordinary guy who proves himself to be brave, by being kind and caring and stubborn in his love for others. (See also: Rory from Doctor Who.) I do like Mitchell--I just miss him, and I want him to come back. And I never know what to say about Annie: I love her, but I don't know how to describe it in the way that I can with George, because I always love the George-types and therefore have a vocabulary for it.
viomisehuntviomisehunt on November 29th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Okay -- you're on season Two...I'm thinking Season Three. In the words of Miss Letella: Never mind.
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on November 30th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I meant metaphorically: I want Mitchell to go back to being who he was before. They certainly do have their work ahead of them, though!