Being Human: Season 4, Episode 1

Eve of the War (25 Feb. 2012)

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In the future the world is seen to be at risk of take over by vampires. In the present Annie,Tom and George look after George's baby Eve after Nina has been murdered by vampires. Despite ... See full summary »



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In the future the world is seen to be at risk of take over by vampires. In the present Annie,Tom and George look after George's baby Eve after Nina has been murdered by vampires. Despite her parentage the child is fully human with no werewolf traits but vampire leader Griffin still wants her dead as,according to kindly vampire archivist Regus,she will save the world from his kind. Griffin takes her but,thanks to Regus and disgruntled young vampire Dewi,she is saved and Griffin killed though George too pays the price. On the other side of the country a ghost called Pearl,elderly werewolf Leo and young vampire Hal are also seen to share a house. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Feels like a spin-off rather than Being Human
7 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was very excited about the fourth season of Being Human, having been a huge fan of the first three. Being Human: Eve of the War (Dir. Philip John, 5.2.2012) was as I expected it would be. The most disappointing part of this episode was the lack of Mitchell (Aidan Turner), due to his death at the end of season 3. That and the severe need for more George (Russell Tovey) in the episode made this instalment of Being Human less than enjoyable.

I have always had a dislike for Annie (Lenora Crichlow); her character is too bland and Crichlow's acting ability is questionable, unlike the acting of Tovey and Turner. Unfortunately there is an abundance of her in this episode, already lowering my enjoyment of season 4. Thankfully Annie shares the majority of her screen-time with Tom (Michael Socha), who is a werewolf introduced in season 3, and a fantastic character. As well as some returning old characters a variety of new ones were introduced in Eve of the War, including a horde of new vampires. The appearance of Mark Williams as a vampire scribe was surprising and obviously fantastic compared to the rest of the cast.

The episode is set in the present day, as well as having multiple scenes set in the 2030s. The concept of the future created in Being Human: Eve of the War is an interesting perception, due to the vampires controlling the world, which is a good reference back to the notions discussed in season 3.

After paragraphs of complaints the last thing I have to mention is the fact that the new season seems more like a Being Human spin-off than a fourth season of the show. All the characters from the previous three seasons are dying off and getting less screen-time making way for new characters and a new story.

Being Human: Eve of the War was a depressing start to a new season. The concept of the future was interesting, but the characters presented in the episode were not relatable, and the decision to keep Annie as a protagonist but discard Mitchell and George was a poor one. All I can hope for is that the rest of the season becomes far more entertaining, although with the character roster the way it is I won't hold my hopes too high.

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