TV REVIEW: Being Human Series 3 – Episode 2: Adam’s Family
Posted by Sharlene Mousfar on February 2, 2011
They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, the Adam’s Family. OK – I apologize for that. But it had to be done and really, it’s not my fault the Beeb gave this episode that title! But onwards to my thoughts on this past Sunday’s show.While at work, Nina walks in on “teenage” vampire, Adam, munching away on his father’s arm. A chase ensues and without knowing that Adam was drinking from his Dad, Nina convinces George to let Adam stay with them until his father recovers. The wolfy duo figure that Mitchell will be able to help the younger vamp join the BA – Blooddrinkers Anonymous – 12 Step Program.
However that doesn’t go so well. After Annie’s attempt at guardian angel-hood fails during his job interview and vampire head honchos trying to ship him off to South America, Mitchell’s not in a great mood. Not to mention that he’s still trying to get back on the wagon after the Box Car 20 massacre. Suffice it to say, it’s not surprising that Mitchell flips out on the baby vamp and tells him to stay away. That lead to one of my favorite lines of the night: “Just because you’re a vampire doesn’t mean you have to smell like the undead.”
Adam also meets Annie and makes several lewd passes at her – her reactions were priceless! Before finding out what Mitchell is, Hogwarts gets mentioned and in my books, all Harry Potter references are always awesome. Eventually, Mitchell gives in a little and hands him the business card of Richard, the carpet business vamp who tried to ship Mitchell off. The latter has “systems” in place to control the hunger – what better place for a young man in need of guidance?
Anywhere but there is a better place. You can tell something is immediately off when Richard’s wife Emma equally baby’s Adam – feeding him blood from a decanter while rubbing her hand on his leg, looking at him like she wants to have a go right there on the couch. Nina and George don’t feel right either and double back to bring the boy back to safety. They encounter S&M Vampires & Gimps. Add in the werewolf Fight Club from last week and there’s really words to describe the perverse underbelly of Barry’s supernatural population. I don’t even know what will come next!
Also, while I definitely like the idea of Annie/Mitchell – their later scenes seemed kind of forced to me. I think the two have a natural chemistry but need interaction with the others to bring it out more organically. The worst thing that can happen is to pair them off on their own all the time and rushing the romance.
I really liked Adam and was so incredibly happy when he finally took a shower at the end of the episode. Oh yeah and that he didn’t kill the skanky girl. The whole horny, coked-out hobo look for almost the entire episode was a bit much but I understand that it was meant to show his mental deterioration with his father’s situation.
It’s another solid episode for the BBC3 drama and a great kick-off to the Becoming Human online series that continues Adam’s story. Maybe we’ll see another gimp because goodness knows where there are gimps, there’s numerous hijinks!
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
GS Reporter: Sharlene