It’s over. The finale has come and gone. Being Human has ended, after an excellent – but too short – fifth series. And Toby Whithouse pulled off the sort of bait-and-switch ending that he’s so damn good at. Remember in series three, when Herrick decided not to stab Nina, then came back in and stabbed her anyway? Whithouse basically pulled the same trick here in the finale. ‘Look, our supernatural trinity have not only killed the devil but they’ve been rehumanised in the process! A happy ending for once! Oh, wait, is that… is that the origami dog that Hatch put into Tom’s happily-ever-after fantasy? Wait – they’re in a fantasy world? The devil won?! Whithouse, you bastard!’
So that’s where Being Human ended. If you want to be optimistic, then our heroes defeated the devil, became human and took up origami. If you want to be negative (or, as it’s more commonly known in British drama, ‘realistic’), then the core three are trapped in some sort of alternative reality/dream state while Hatch destroys the world. But hey, they’re together and they’re human. Who cares if it’s real or not?
Being Human had a great impact on British TV in its short run. It was part of a bit of a ‘genre explosion’, along with Merlin and Misfits. It launched the careers of Aidan Turner, Lenora Crichlow and Russell Tovey (although Tovey was doing pretty well beforehand), it rehabilitated Robson Green, and hopefully the most recent threesome will go on to be just as successful as the original trinity.
The Last Broadcast was pleasingly light on nods to the original line-up, bar a nice panning shot of the mantelpiece that included Mitchell’s gloves, George’s star of David and Annie’s tea cup. Instead, it focused on Hal, Tom and Alex and gave all three actors some excellent material to work with. Damien Molony got to perform a jaunty, blood-spattered rendition of Putting on the Ritz as Hal’s bad side was finally unleashed (turns out even Bad Hal loves a showtune). Kate Bracken got her “I’m a bloody X-Man!” moment as well as a tearful reunion with her Dad, while Michael Socha yet again made me want to climb into the TV and hug Tom.
Whithouse is an excellent writer, and this episode bore all the hallmarks of wit, horror and heartbreak that we’ve come to expect from him. To my mind, he’s the best choice to replace Steven Moffat when he leaves Doctor Who, (assuming Neil Gaiman is probably too busy). And Phil Davis was just so brilliant as Hatch – or, as he likes to call himself, “only the fucking devil!” But the episode just left me wanting to sing the praises of Molony, Socha and Bracken.
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