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Published on March 6th, 2013 | by areteus

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Being Human: No Care, All Responsibility Review

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The title of this episode is shown in the first few moments of the pre-credits flashback to be almost an unofficial motto of the government agency headed by Mr Rook and is also a very apt sentiment for this episode – ‘No care, all responsibility’, a rather cold and sinister creed but one possibly of necessity when dealing with such things as vampires.

This episode investigates the validity of that approach.

While Alex begins to investigate Captain Hatch following her suspicions about him in the previous episode over his involvement in the suicide of Bobby, Tom and Hal are both struck by the appearance of Natasha at the hotel.

Tom experiences a crush usually felt by boys five to ten years younger than him and Hal finds a woman who is mysteriously aware of vampires and apparently willing to let him feed from her.

As the episode progresses, we see the increasing desperation of Hal as he succumbs even more to his addiction, proving in the end that cold turkey really is the only way to beat it, and witness more of Tom’s social ineptitude as he reveals his complete lack of understanding about the facts of life.

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This is a very tense, dramatic and emotional penultimate episode which ends on a worthy cliffhanger. Our heroes are put through a variety of emotional wringers as the stakes in the arc plot are upped and Captain Hatch’s plan to benefit from the energy generated by the conflict between werewolves and vampires moves into the final stages.

There are layers of secrets and lies here, conspiracies within conspiracies with our hapless trio of supernaturals caught completely unknowing in the middle of it all. They are not aware of Rook’s plan and Rook is completely unaware of the true nature of Hatch. The result is an impending train wreck which the viewers can see happening in slow motion in front of them but can do nothing to prevent.

There are lighter moments early in this episode, the whole ‘birds and the bees’ conversation is a touching moment of comedy, for example. These serve nicely to contrast the darker, more fraught final moments which in turn sets things up wonderfully for next week’s conclusion. In all, this episode makes me sad that this is to be the final series of Being Human.

It may have taken a while for the new cast to get there but these last few episodes have shown that they can be as good as, if not better on occasion, than the original line up when written and directed well. I am definitely looking forward to next week’s finale though I do have doubts that they will be able to fully realise the expectations set up in this penultimate one. To top this episode they will have to come up with something spectacular.

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About the Author

D.A Lascelles MPhil is a former clinical scientist turned teacher and lecturer. Originally from the North East he now lives in Manchester with his wife and faithful canine companion. He has been involved in the Live Action Role Playing (or LARPs) scene for a number of years as a game designer and event organiser and is the author of Gods of the Sea, a short story in the Pirates and Swashbucklers Anthology by Pulp Empire (http://pulpempire.com/mag/) and Transitions, a paranormal romance novella due out in 2012 from Mundania Press (http://www.mundania.com/). He can be contacted through his website at http://lurkingmusings.wordpress.com/ or on DALascelles-writing@yahoo.co.uk



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