Being Human (UK)

Season 1 Episode 6

Bad Moon Rising

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 01, 2009 on BBC
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Herrick missed his aim and Mitchell is still alive, so his only option is to face Herrick one on one to stop the suffering and end the imminent rising of the vampires. Meanwhile Annie has a difficult decision to make.

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  • Get in!

    Wow! This is without doubt the finest hour of television I have ever seen. The acting is flawless, the writing is superb, and the twists and turns just don't stop coming. I'm struggling to think of anything they could have done better.

    All the leads have top end stories. Mitchell's use of Josie to save himself shows him at his most human, while Annie's awesome rescue of the innocents shows her at her most powerful. And, as if this weren't enough, the writers then give us the one thing I'd been praying for all season: seeing Herrick end his days (for now) at the claws of a werewolf.

    The opening flashback is incredibly powerful. The way George yells "Why?" when he finds out the vampires want to kill him is utterly heartwrenching, and brings a tear to my eye every time.

    The showdown between George and Herrick is nothing short of stunning. So simple - just two blokes in a room - yet more satisfying than the biggest battle scene in the costliest film. Russell gives the absolute performance of his life as George begins to transform, and the sense of justice as the scene builds is simply breathtaking.

    If I never see another programme as good as this I shan't feel cheated. Hats off to the lot of you.moreless
  • "It Proves It"

    George and Annie sit waiting for Mitchell to recover from his staking, luckily Herrick missed his heart. With the help of a priest George manages to turn away two vampire men sent to do away with Mitchell. George finally realizes that he has to not be afraid of his curse but see it as a gift and use it to his advantage. Mitchell recovers and a showdown with Herrick becomes the only option as they both set up to fight one another. But in a twist of fate it is ultimately George who locks Herrick in the extra room in the hospital and transforms to do away with Herrick and prove his humanity by protecting those that he cares about. Nina witnesses this as she has pondered what George has been keeping from her and gets scratched by him which may or may not turn her because he wasn't in full form yet. But ultimately a very carnivorous, dark finale to what is easily becoming my new favorite show.moreless
  • Annie never walks thru the door as she is afraid for Mitchell and goes with him and George to the hospital. The vampires come to finish the job but George and a priest force then to leave. George is definitely the big surprise and Nina has some news.moreless

    What a powerful ending to this short six part series. I am definitely looking forward to this continuing next season. Don't read this if you don't want SPOILERS before you see this episode.

    Wow, George really surprises everyone when he decides to go behind Mitchell, Annie, and Nina's back and finish Herrick himself. It was about a quarter of the way thru when I started to get an inkling that this is the direction things might go. With the vampires making fun of the werewolves and the way they are treated I expected a comeuppance to occur eventually. Really would you bait a man who could rip you to pieces by calling him doggie and making fun of him?

    Annie also seems to be coming into her own. She really surprised the vampires in their nest and took them apart. She is not a women or a ghost I would take lightly especially where George or Mitchell are concerned. Obviously one of the big faults of most of the vampires is they believe they are the absolute top of the food chain, (It's a failure humans have to deal with all the time as well.) but unbeknownst to them there are other things with the muscle to do some real damage. You bind these different humans together (ghost, vampire, and werewolf) and you may have a pretty unstoppable force. Especially if they care about each other.

    I don't think Mitchell realizes it yet but he hasn't lost his humanity. It is because of his caring for people that he may never lose it. He feels remorse and is tortured by every soul he has taken willingly or not. This is what separates him from Herrick and the others.

    Now we have Nina and she has been scratched at some time I believe by George. I don't remember when or if he really did but it will be interesting to see how they deal with this. Also it must have happened during the time when George was dispatching Herrick as I don't think Nina has changed yet. I hope she doesn't do something stupid like hurt herself. She seemed concerned when she was asking what happens and if it hurts a lot.

    What a wonderful series. I could watch another six episodes of this nonstop right now. Great acting, good scripts, and great production values. I hope Series 2 comes very soon! Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Putting Away Childish Things Written by Toby Whithouse Directed by Colin Teague

    Mark (re bible passage): "What does it mean to you?"

    George: "That it's time to grow up."

    Big battles and matters of faith aside, did anyone really think that Mitchell would die and Annie would cross over? Not even a little bit? Then congratulate yourself because in less than five minutes, Annie ditched her flight and Mitchell wasn't about to join Seth and Lauren anytime soon. Yay on both counts.

    This episode of course opened up with the very moment two years ago in which George and Mitchell met. Unfortunately the flashback also included Seth as the sullen vampire and two of his mates made it their business to attack George.

    Had Mitchell not have intervened way back when, then it's easy to presume that George would've been a dead man. Watching that attack was unpleasant given how much the media are now discussing knife culture and other senseless killings in Britain nowadays.

    Mitchell's rescue of George wasn't something that I would deem heroic of sorts. There was no epic fight to the death, it wasn't really a moment where Seth realised that Mitchell was a good guy but it was important. Mitchell used simple logic to get Seth and his friends to leave George alone. Then he told George to leave without explaining why werewolves are loathed by vampires.

    In the present day, the notion of fleeing is also present. Mitchell's funky physiology was enough to baffle doctors and the lack of straight answers from George made Nina question their relationship as well. Getting Mitchell out of the hospital made sense but it was only Josie sacrificing herself that made Mitchell strong enough to be discharged.

    I liked that we got Josie back in the finale and I even understood why Mitchell would drink from her. Josie wanted to die and she also wanted Mitchell strong enough to stop Herrick from plaguing the world. However because of her act, Mitchell has yet another person on his conscience and that's not good if he wants to retain his humanity.

    Surprisingly enough however is that the majority of confrontation that are with Herrick are ones with George. George became very protective of Mitchell and even got into a physical scrap with Herrick. Herrick continued to justify his plans as a step in evolution but anyone with half a brain could see that he was on the verge of wiping out the human race.

    However for all of his smart arsed comments to George, there was no denying that Herrick posed a very potent threat to them all. He made no bones of telling George that he would kill him and Mitchell had to point out to Annie that Herrick could even hurt her by simply killing him and George.

    Some viewers wondered if Annie's presence had something to do with her attachment to Mitchell and George. This episode confirmed that. Annie herself was very territorial with the boys, first wanting to protect them and even considering fleeing as well. When George told her that he had to consider his own future, you could see that it broke Annie's heart.

    Herrick also had some brilliant moments with both Mitchell and George as the episode progressed. Mitchell's rejection definitely left a taste given how determined Herrick has become in wanting him dead and even George couldn't dissuade him into leaving them alone.

    It's actually a pity that we didn't get early interaction scenes with George and Herrick earlier on in the season because both actors plays so well off each other that Mitchell almost becomes something that needs to be protected. Even the big fight doesn't involve Mitchell.

    No, instead we got George and Herrick locked in the same room prepared to do damage to each other. It's interesting that when Herrick warns George that he'll lose the remainder of his humanity by becoming a murderer that George didn't start feeling guilty about it. Herrick needed to be stopped and George was the only one strong enough to do it.

    I don't think murdering Herrick should compromise George's moral compass. If Herrick survived, then George and company would be picked off one by one but Herrick was able to point out that their attempts of trying to pass off as being human wasn't that successful.

    Then there's the fact that Nina has now become aware of George being a werewolf. The scene where a wolfed out George recognised her was certainly telling. Has George made her into a werewolf by scratching her? If so, then he definitely will feel guilty about that. Annie herself also had some moments to genuinely shine. Meeting up with one of the victims from last week's episode gave her esteem enough of a boost to raid the funeral parlour and rescue the rest of the victims. It was also her conversation with Herrick's crazed girlfriend that alerted her about George's plot.

    So with all these new skills of Annie, will we get to see her kicking more monster butt in the next season? She's certainly more of a threat to evil doers than Mitchell and George are physically and she's not even corporeal to put it mildly.

    Of course another interesting aspect of the finale was Owen. I wasn't expecting him to appear in this episode but it was nice to see that justice prevailed and he was in an asylum of sorts. However as soon as he started talking to that doctor, I had a feeling of what was going to happen next.

    Our medic friends seemed to be more than interested in existence of ghosts, werewolves and vampires and that can't be good. It does however make sense and not just because Herrick made a point of mentioning that others would come after the gang. Besides, normality is never going to be a complete option for Annie, Mitchell, George and now Nina.

    Also in "Episode 6"

    I noticed during the run up to this episode that the BBC3 website conducted interviews with the cast members.

    Nina: "Are you involved in this family thing?"

    George: "I guess so … by association."

    Nina: "Which means I'm involved by association. I don't like that."

    Both Toby Whithouse and Colin Teague previously worked together on the Torchwood episode "Greeks Bearing Gifts".

    Mark: "Jewish people pray, I've seen Yentl."

    George: "You're very sarcastic for a vicar."

    Mark: "Yeah, so people tell me and I feel really bad about it and then I forgive myself."

    Herrick: "How do you think this ends?"

    George: "I don't know, we kiss?"

    Did anyone catch the name of the canteen lady that Herrick turned? I'm not really sure why she spoke so inanely though.

    Nina: "I need something normal now. Something kind."

    George: "You need me to choose between you and him."

    Mitchell (re Herrick): "If I beat him, if this works, this whole thing will fall apart."

    Annie: "But you won't beat him, will you?"

    Was it me or did Annie wear her top backwards when she broke into the funeral parlour?

    George: "I won't live forever. I don't have time like you do."

    Annie (re Mitchell): "He doesn't have time. Two days ago, you made me rescue Mitchell from Herrick. You said that if I didn't do, I'd finally died."

    George: "Someone actually recruited an old woman?"

    Herrick: "Well, you know what it's like. You're out and about, you get the munchies, you'll eat anything."

    I'm surprised that at one point, Nana didn't actually try to attack George, though she did look at him with disdain.

    George: "There will come a time when you understand why I'm doing this."

    Annie: "Don't worry, I get it."

    Victim: "Where am I?"

    Annie: "I think you're dead."

    Victim: "But I don't want to be dead."

    Annie: "I know. Can you take me there?"

    I forgot to mention in my last review that Herrick's first name is William. He also spoke of Mitchell being more merciless than he lets on.

    Annie: "Well, congratulations on mastering the whole 'speaking like a **** thing."

    Canteen Girl (re Herrick): "He's gonna rip Mitchell's head off."

    Nina: "Who are you?"

    Annie: "Annie. I saw you at the house."

    Nina: "No, you didn't. What are you talking about?"

    Annie: "No, you're right. I haven't. I haven't."

    With Mitchell joking about action figures, it'll be amazing to see how long before ones actually surface from the characters in this series.

    Herrick (to Mitchell/George/Annie): "So a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire decide to live like humans do. They get jobs, a house and a TV licence. They make friends they lie to, take lover they will infect. In fact, the only part of humanity they successfully adopt is it's ability to deceive and destroy. All in all, I'd say your little scheme has been something of a failure."

    Herrick: "I realise now that was my role. If I'm going to hell, then I'm taking you with me."

    George: "Haven't you worked it out yet? Humanity is about love and sacrifice. This doesn't rob me of my humanity, it proves it."

    Standout music: Good selection here with Duffy's "Mercy", Bloc Party's "Where Is Home" and Johnny Cash's "When The Man Comes Around".

    Annie (re George): "Maybe he's fine with it."

    Mitchell: "He killed someone."

    Annie: "Does Herrick count as someone?"

    Chronology: Exactly where the previous episode left off.

    For a first season with such a high standard of writing, the finale was brilliant. I know we've had better episode in the series but this was certainly a good way to end things while neatly setting up events for the next season. Here's to 2010.moreless
  • pure television.

    after 5 stunning episodes we were given a fantastic cliffhanger and in many ways could have gone in many different directions.

    here we start launching a couple years previous to where george and Mitchell met for the very first time.

    it is from here on that the action heats up and the plot comes even further to the fore as the bodies pile up when the vampires take over the hospital.

    this episode is cracking from the get go and in many ways makes this show the best thing to tune into of a week.

    this is the perfect way the first series could have ended, and leaves viewers with the idea a second series is in the pipeline...gosh i hope so it deserves it.

    also Annie gets the greatest line ever!!

    cannot wait until released on DVD...i love the show.moreless
Clare Higgins

Clare Higgins


Guest Star

Josef Altin

Josef Altin


Guest Star

John Hollingworth

John Hollingworth


Guest Star

Jason Watkins

Jason Watkins


Recurring Role

Dylan Brown

Dylan Brown


Recurring Role

Gregg Chillin

Gregg Chillin


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Annie's jumpers subtly change due to her mood, this is why sometimes her clothes may change lightly in appearance.

    • This is a continuity error, Annie sweater kept changing throughout this episode. She stated earlier that she was stuck in the same outfit she died in however thats not the case because she wore 3 different sweaters here.
      1)Grey V Neck 2)Wide Sweater with Buttons on Back 3)Grey Off the shoulder slouchy sweater

    • The opening scene is a flashback from 2 years previous, which would place the time-line as 2007, but playing on the radio in the background of the cafe is 'Mercy' by Duffy, which was not released until March 3rd 2008.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Nina: Who are you?
      Annie: Annie. I saw you at the house.
      Nina: No, you didn't. What are you talking about?
      Annie: No, you're right. I haven't. I haven't.

    • (Inside the funeral parlour after hearing the canteen girl ramble about destruction)
      Annie: Well, congratulations on mastering the whole 'speaking like a twat' thing.
      Canteen Girl: (regarding Herrick): He's gonna rip Mitchell's head off.

    • Mark: Jewish people pray, I've seen Yentl.
      George: You're very sarcastic for a vicar.
      Mark: Yeah, so people tell me and I feel really bad about it and then I forgive myself.

    • (Inside funeral parlour)
      George: (George looks at an old woman) I thought the undertaker thing was just a front?
      Herrick: Oh, it is. That's Nanna, She's one of us. She sits there, reads the brochures. Good for appearances. (Herrick shouts) You all right Nanna?
      Nanna: Yes.
      Herrick: Had an affair with Hitler, didn't you, dear?
      Nanna: Yes!
      George: Someone actually recruited an old woman?
      Herrick: Well, you know what it's like. You're out and about, you get the munchies, you'll eat anything.

    • (George begins to transform)
      Herrick: Mitchell was right, there's no difference now between you and me. Your ridiculous naive morality, your last shred of humanity, you lose it tonight.
      Nina: George! George! (Nina enters the room and is struck by George)
      George: Get her out, get her out.
      Herrick: I realise now that was my role. If I'm going to hell, then I'm taking you with me.
      George: Haven't you worked it out yet? Humanity is about love and sacrifice. This doesn't rob me of my humanity, it proves it. (George screams and transforms into werewolf)

    • Herrick: So, a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire decide to live like humans do. They get jobs, a house and a TV licence. They make friends they will lie to, take lovers they will infect. In fact, the only part of humanity they successfully adopt is it's ability to deceive and destroy. All in all, I'd say your little scheme has been something of a failure.
      Mitchell: And what about your plans? Right now, how would you say they're working out?
      Herrick: Well, the fat lady ain't singing yet.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Herrick: The world was almost won by such an ape! The nations put him where his kind belong. But don't rejoice too soon at your escape - The womb he crawled from is still going strong.

      He quotes lines from play by the German dramatist Bertolt Brecht - The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

    • Herrick: (sings) I see the bad moon rising.
      These are the first words of a song named "Bad Moon Rising" performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival