Being Human: ‘Making History’ or Oh my Lord Hal! (S4, ep.7)

Goodness me! I’m not quite sure I know where to start, but this penultimate episode of Being Human’s fourth series sure was action-packed. Finally Hal and Cutler’s paths crossed, and boy did they cross, now and in the past. As did those of Eve and Annie. Meanwhile poor Tom’s good nature was taken advantage of for deadly purposes to seemingly devastating effect. All edge of your seat stuff so let’s get stuck into the details…

Cutler doing his best 'angry geography teacher'

What happened…

In this second to last episode the first scene finally saw Hal and Cutler meet. In a police cell in 1950! With his opening gambit the vampire informed the bumbling solicitor who’s meant to be defending his new client who’s up on illegal gambling charges (in reality for being responsible for ‘dog fights’). “It’s not dissatisfaction. It’s a feeling more akin to having been born in captivity. A seeping realisation that your dreams and ambition are just too big, too rich for this domestic world”; a rather beautiful piece of dialogue that precludes the ‘Old One’s’ rather brutally recruiting the young man “who’s destined to become a history maker” after he’s cruelly locked in the cell with the vampire. Flash forward to the present day and just as Cutler is giving his henchmen a pep talk, who should pop up but his ‘Maker’ incredulously exclaiming, “It’s you!” Evidently ecstatic to see the vampire that ‘made’ him, the solicitor/spin doctor can’t resist giving a rather disturbed Hal a hug and hilariously drawing attention to the fact that he’s been working out. More interested in where the body of the coroner was buried, the much older neck-biter presses Cutler who admits he’d disposed of her body in their old dumping ground at the reservoir, but is more interested in decanting some blood into a wine glass and offering it to the man who’s responsible for his present state. Having been on the wagon for so long Hal’s understandable response is to run away.

Meanwhile in the rather non-descript corridors of Purgatory Annie is having a rather odd reunion of her own after stepping through the door with ‘Future Eve’ last week. Having met Mitchell there, the time travelling ghost explains she knows all about Annie’s past and her purpose is to show her ‘adoptive’ parent “My present, your future.” Taking her to a desolate wasteland near the docks she explains that this is ‘The Future’ and that people don’t have ‘jetpacks’, instead “Mostly everybody’s dead.” Apparently after the vampires killed the Prime Minister on national television the country stayed under human control for a while, but eventually there were so many refugees wanting to seek asylum that the government was forced to negotiate with their fanged counterparts and then it fell too. Whilst all of this was going on Tom and Annie took Baby Eve to the docks where they boarded a boat with a mass exodus of others, but were subjected to a guerilla attack and watched hundreds massacred, only just managing to flee themselves. Rather gobsmacked Annie asks her ‘daughter’ why if she was the ‘Saviour’ didn’t she then stop everything from happening, to which Eve replies it was all because of her.

Future Eve and Annie both rocking the 'loose garment' vibe.

Regarding the third member of the household Tom leaves Hal holding the baby, whilst he goes to meet Cutler at his office, and in the mean time we’re party to a flashback where the solicitor is digging a grave for his own ‘kill’ as his maker nonchalantly smokes a cigarette and lingers by his car telling him “All we require is everything.” Similarly Cutler has high expectations of the young werewolf who he wants to transform during the Full Moon and supposedly tear the ‘Old Ones’ to shreds, but the newly intellectual young man doesn’t want to be a “weapon” and has brought cue cards to help him back up his point. On the verge of losing his temper as Tom is about to scupper his plans, Cutler offers to buy Tom dinner later so they can talk further. In the interim between their meal, Hal nervously re-enters the warehouse and is greeted by his creation who is rather hacked off that he’d been “marooned… in a different world” when he disappeared. Once again offering the older vampire a glass of blood he informs Hal that, with his help, he could go back to “the top of the pile,” in return all he’d want is a “mention in the history books”, “a statue” and “Brazil”. Nice of him, eh? Cue another mirroring flashback where this time Cutler, in the garage of his home, is reaching for a glass of blood, but is prevented by his maker who wants him to kill his wife. When he refuses to Hal disappointedly cracks, “I had such high hopes for you” before allowing him to drink the glass of blood, just as the present day Hal drinks the blood Cutler has offered him. Drunk on what he’s just imbibed he arrives at the bar he’s arranged to meet Alex at after the awkward voicemail message last week. Initially more concerned with her brother’s unfortunate tattoo at the hands of a dyslexic tattooist Hal’s date soon gets creeped out by his behaviour and leaves, only to be followed by a man who’s been watching them. Uh oh!

Cutler and Hal looking suspiciously like the Krays

Back with Eve and Annie’s magical mystery tour of the future they go to what is effectively a concentration camp for both humans and werewolves, complete with ominous inscription above the gates: ‘Through me you pass into eternal pain.’ In the camp the dog fights were brought back and the humans and werewolves were branded with ‘H’s’ and ‘W’s’ respectively. There, before an outbreak of cholera which wiped everyone out, Tom had lived and died. Eve hadn’t known him very well, but described him as a “cold man” who allegedly never got over accidently killing some humans, and therefore held back in his last dog fight rather than kill again. Annie also met her end there too after burying so many of her friends, losing ‘tangibility’ and “drifted away on the breeze.”

Over at the house Tom is getting ready for his own ‘date’ with Cutler, just as Hal arrives back from his disastrous one still rather worse for wear. Insisting that he has to go out the werewolf leaves his housemate in charge of Baby Eve as they still wonder why Annie is MIA. Not necessarily the best idea in the world as when he hears the baby cry Hal’s eyes automatically transform and he sinisterly makes his way to the nursery and picks up the crying infant. All the while Tom is being played by Cutler at the posh restaurant he’s been taken to where he sticks out like a sore thumb, unable to tie his own tie and absorbing the solicitor’s little snide digs about his wish to better himself and meet up with Allison again as her equal, even believing it’s possible to reason with the ‘Old Ones’. All of which his ‘friend’ dismisses. Simultaneously Eve has led Annie into a grand hall where huge Nazi-esque banners adorn the walls either side of another which bears Hal’s image and the slogan ‘Show No Mercy’. According to Eve in the future ‘Lord Hal’ is “one of their most ruthless commanders”, the creator of the camps and “violent, sadistic and quite literally their poster boy.” This, coupled with the other atrocities, is why Eve’s been trying to ‘rewrite history’ by sending the likes of Kirby and Hal to kill her younger self. Having gained the third part of the ‘Human Skin Scripture’ she realised that it dictated the only way the vampires could be defeated is if ‘The War Child’ were sacrificed. Even the mystery of the ‘burnt arm’ can be explained away by the ‘H’ branded on the young woman’s arm, which as she explains to her former guardian makes her both “Saviour and Nemesis”. The thing is in order to sacrifice herself she needs Annie to do the unthinkable and help her kill her present self, reassuring her, “I’m the killer. I orchestrated this. You’re just the knife.” Before sending her ‘Mother’ back through the door to the present day with the awful prospect of having to kill her ‘daughter’, ‘Future Eve’ admits that she always felt loved, but that “A moment will come when you’ll have to choose between letting me live and letting me die. If you want to stop this happening you have to let me die.”

Luckily for Tom when he arrives back from his meal with Cutler, the closest thing to Hal doing anything truly sinister to Baby Eve is that he’d fallen asleep whilst feeding her. Realising that his vampire friend has fallen off the wagon, Tom argues with him only to be teased about Annie and Allison leaving and is informed “Sooner or later we all go back to being the monsters we truly are.” Taking this to heart, the werewolf waits until Hal has stumbled off to bed and rings Cutler to say he’ll go ahead with whatever plans he has in mind. The following morning Hal wakes up with the shakes and heads over to meet Cutler at a club to get another fix. At this point there’s a fantastic splicing of the present where the solicitor/spin doctor takes blood from his 1950’s ‘Maker’ and Hal takes blood from his present day ‘creation’ after listening to to his plans to get the humans to come over to the vampires way of thinking without unnecessary force: “Softly, softly massacre monkey.” Elaborating on his plans to fill the club with people and let a werewolf loose on them, this will build upon his wish to make the vampires seem positively friendly in comparison with those of the lupine persuasion. Then in both time frames, as both men are led to other rooms, we realise that the blood Cutler and Hal drank belonged to his wife and Alex respectively, both murdered in order for them be “set free” and their ties to the human world to be cut. Unfortunately for Cutler, Hal is repulsed by what he’s done and instead of embracing the “New World” on the horizon, the much older vampire physically gets down on his knees and begs for him not to do what he’s about to; “I will kill you if I have to, but I will not let you take their world. We don’t deserve it.” Seeing that he won’t play ball Cutler locks Hal in the room with Alex’s body and within a few moments her ghost appears and they have a bizarre argument over who’s fault it all is, which eventually culminates in him asking her to focus her energy on trying to ‘rent-a-ghost’ out of the room so she can unlock the door. Meanwhile, with Annie’s reappearance, Tom leaves Eve with her and heads to the club with Cutler who locks him in a back room to await his transformation, whilst the club slowly fills with people. Sensing that they aren’t the vampires he was expecting, the werewolf bangs on the door to be let out, but it’s already too late. Just as things are about to kick off when Cutler asks one of his henchman to open the room out and let the newly transformed Tom out, Alex manages to teleport outside the room and open the door for Hal, who vows to to deal with/avenge her death as soon as he’s dealt with what’s going on upstairs. Confronted by loads of people, who conveniently for Cutler have camera phones and access to social media, instead of attacking them the werewolf just stands there as they film him and then Hal attempts to evacuate the club with Alex continuing her new role as spectral door opener and unlocking the fire exits, allowing the screaming hoards to run to freedom. Not quite as fortunate is Hal, who in the last shot we see of him in this episode is lunged at by his hirsuite friend. Eeeep! The last two scenes of ‘Making History’ depict Annie ominously singing ‘Que Sera Sera’ to Baby Eve, whilst the ‘Old Ones’ finally arrive at a warehouse near the docks, headed up by the interestingly ginger Mycroft, sorry, Mr Snow (Mark Gatiss). Duh! Duh! Duh!

The Verdict…

I’m not prone to hyperbole, but I have to say I thought ‘Making History’ was utterly brilliant and for me it’s definitely up there with my favourite ever episodes of Being Human. Each of the plot threads dovetailed rather beautifully and no detail was thrown in just for the hell of it. Some of the dialogue was absolutely stellar too, but especially some of Hal’s lines, which with Damian Moloney’s delivery, came across as practically poetic. It was also great to finally have Hal and Cutler cross paths and to see the sort of complicated chemistry that was reminiscent of that between Mitchell and Herrick; adoration mixed in with undertones of sheer loathing. All of the cast were pretty solid here, but in my opinion this was Moloney and Gower’s showcase of their talent. It really says something if the writing and acting can be brought together to make you feel for two characters who have it in them to be completely heartless, ruthless b*stards. If I had to moan about anything I guess it’s maybe that the whole idea of Eve having to be sacrificed may simply be resolved by the fact that she’s already killed herself, orchestrated events that brought Hal to the house and warned Annie, and therefore has already changed the future. I’m not sure. Maybe this is too obvious and hopefully there’s another twist or two on the way in the series finale. Either way I’m looking forward to seeing Mark Gatiss as Mr Snow and where he fits in next week’s episode. I mean, seriously, who else could have played the leader of the ‘Old Ones’? So many questions still to be answered and only one hour left to do it in. BRING IT ON WHITHOUSE!

Alex genuinely did have the worst holiday ever

Next Week…

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