Tuesday, 5 March 2013

We've Been Human Here Before

(Spoilers throughout)

So, let me see if I get this straight. A woman who died as a result of terrible taste in men has fallen for a vampire, only to feel horribly betrayed when said vampire turns out to have fed in secret. Meanwhile, a shadowy agency of well-connected humans attempt to combat the supernatural by turning it against itself, only to find itself in trouble when a woman in the organisation falls for a supernatural being.  The goals of these antagonists are then complicated by interaction with a third party, nominally an ally but with what prove to be incompatible plans, which leads to a confrontation with the ghostly heroine. Sadly, the ghost is then banished by her foes, with the forces of the afterlife itself determined to bring her in.

None of this however is as concerning as the fact that a massively powerful leader amongst the supernatural who happens to live nearby is planning global domination, with the coming horror repeatedly prophesied. This enemy has a direct creative link to the vampire protagonist, but it’s still a surprise when the threat returns. The enemy then constantly fretting about the combination of a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire in the same house.

Meanwhile, a ghost has to look after a socially difficult member of the undead, a precocious child causes trouble despite no longer having a heartbeat, a seemingly simple werewolf proves to have hidden depths, and a comedian from a show no-one cares about anymore shows up and tries not to look miscast.

We’ve seen this all before, haven’t we?

Don’t get me wrong; this final series is perfectly respectable, even if I’m not sure how they’ll manage to wrap it all up satisfactorily next week.  But damn, that’s some fairly major recycling going on right there

Plus of course there’s the fact that every damn episode in this entire show seemed to involve the housemates having hyperbolic fallings out over ridiculous misunderstandings and obvious manipulations.  They really could just have called this thing Being Thick As Shit.

(Also, while we're on the subject, I reckon my brother looks an awful lot like Michael Socha.  Observe:

"I fear tonight the moon will be full"
"I fear the night will be full of Muslims"
Uncanny.  Well, a bit. There's pictures of my brother that look more like Socha, actually, but none with such a brilliant caption right beneath him).

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