The final season of the original Being Human has finally arrived on North American television sets, and the current roommate lineup is already brushing up against some big potential foes, including a shadowy government enterprise and the Devil himself.
First, a brief apology to readers who have already seen the entire final season of Being Human. It's just arrived on this side of the pond, and I'll be taking it episode by episode.
The title of the season premiere is "The Trinity," and trinity is increasingly a theme of Being Human. We've long passed the time when this was a show about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost trying to get by in the world and reached the point where a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost are essential for preserving humanity. It looks like that trinity is going to be even more important this season.
First, we need to get our characters settled. Hal is at the tail end of his blood withdrawal after sipping Alex's blood last season. He's less bothered by the lack of blood at this point, though, than he is by the mess Tom has made of the house. It's a fun sequence, listening to Hal beg to be set free so he can run the vacuum over everything, and it's apt. Out of the three of them, Hal is clearly the grownup. That's why he makes the chore schedule.
But Alex hasn't exactly claimed her position as the new Annie. She still thinks that once she gets her body back to her family, she'll cross over to the afterlife. She's also getting kind of peeved at Tom's misguided sense of chivalry. (Tom always seems like the most well adjusted of the bunch, which makes it all the better when he deadpans that one always takes off one's hat when a lady enters the room, unless the lady is a vampire, in which case, you stake her.) When she sneaks into the storage facility for the local Men in Black (Men in Gray? Mr. Rock's people), she discovers that her hoped-for resolution has already passed her by. Her body has been returned to her family and her obituary has been published. She won't get to watch her family members hug and cry and hope she's in a better place. They've already started to move on, and she needs to as well.
Because striped aprons are quite literally last season, Hal and Tom need to find themselves new jobs, and opt for a rather dismal seaside hotel with an unusually high suicide rate. One of the hotel's permanent tenants—the dining room's permanent tenant, apparently—is Captain Hatch, a vile man who spews racism to anyone forced to listen and screams at the terrified staff for minor offenses. He's evil, to be sure, but everyone ignores him, assuming he's the benign sort of evil you see every day—though the flashback tells us otherwise. He may have been a mere madman once, but now he's the Devil.
It's there that Hal has another encounter with Mr. Rook. The crown-sponsored monster monitor is ready to offer Hal a salary and an unending supply of ethically sourced blood if he'll join with the Men in Grey and broker a peace with the vampires. But Hal's just trying to get on with his unlife, which means staying out of supernatural matters, even if the sight of blood gives him the sweats.
In a moment of weakness, he flashes his scary face at the sad sack Ian Cram, who promptly runs into traffic and is mowed down by a car. Still feeling guilt from his role in Alex's death, Hal decides to turn Cram (whom everyone insists on calling Crumb, perhaps because he's so insignificant that no one can remember his name) instead of letting him die, and then chains him up in the basement.
It seems that Hal is clinging to some kind of desperate hope with Crumb, thinking that perhaps if he can get Crumb through the bloodlust, then perhaps he isn't such a monster after all. But Hal is pushing thoughts of evil far from his brain, telling Crumb that he's not sure he believes in the Devil, even though he has firsthand knowledge otherwise—even though the Devil sat just a few tables away from him earlier that day.
In flashback, we again see our trinity of vampire, werewolf, and ghost, who try to trap the Anti-Christ to put a stop to the bloody conflict between vampires and werewolves. In the past, Hal seemed convinced that the war between the supernaturals is, well, supernatural, incited by the Devil so he can feed off their bloodshed.
Evil deeds, though, might be a mere matter of opportunity. After Crumb gets loose, the newbie wastes little time before savaging his coworkers. When Mr. Rook and his men appear to seize Crumb, Crumb crows, "I'm the world's worst nightmare: the victim who gets superpowers!" The hunger for blood might have unleashed Crumb's violence, but the hatred and resentment were always there.
The question is: will Alex follow a similar path? Like Crumb, she refers to her newfound abilities as "superpowers," and she's none too pleased with Mr. Rook and his corpse-stealing ways. She feels that he stole her death's door, and standing invisibly beside him, menaces that she'll one day watch him die. It may not be the supernatural abilities that make our characters monsters; those abilities may just help them realize the monstrous potential within. Alex may scoff at Tom's manners, but his father may have been on to something.
For Hal, there may be two paths ahead: one that sees him die a hero, like Annie and the werewolf Lady Catherine; the other sees him become a gleeful killer like Crumb. In order for Hal to journey down the first path, he will have to both acknowledge the existence of real evil in the world and see that his choices to be a good man really do matter.
In the meantime, though, he'll have to deal with Mr. Rook, whose agency has just been defunded, and the demonic Captain Hatch, who is whispering suicidal incantations to the hotel staff. It's a combination that may well be pointing Hal toward his own heroic sacrifice.