So. This week's Being Human.
I'm going to get my Mitchell/Annie related ranting out of the way first:
Here's the thing--we've seen this from Mitchell before. This is his age-old tactic in relationships and the fact that he doesn't seem to be able to remember this (sex has always been a weapon and nothing else, right, Mitchell) doesn't change anything. He's, so far, asked three women to save him--Josie, Lucy and now Annie. It's been a disaster (oh, dear, I was about to write train wreck) every single time. Putting these women in the position of his savior centers him in the relationship--because he's in so much more need of help, his needs come first. Because his problems are so much more serious, it's actually selfish (in this scheme) for the lady in question to get what she wants in a relationship. In Annie's case, sex. And don't get me wrong--I'm not knocking ace relationships. At all. But this isn't what Annie signed on for. And frankly, I think she deserves better than becoming the spectral sexless caretaker of a 117 year old mass murderer and-his-mood-swings. And this is pure, classic Mitchell--two weeks ago he was protesting the idea of her being his guardian angel. This week, he's all but demanding exactly that. I feel like I'm being a little hard on him because he doesn't go into this thinking his needs are more important than Annie's--but somehow his needs get translated into everyone's needs. And if he can't do this, right now, maybe he shouldn't be in a relationship. And when I say this, I'm not even talking about sex.
Sex is just the beginning here. One, I don't think they can't have sex. There's been speculation it's the ability to get her clothes off that's the problem--but if her clothes weren't coming off, this would be all about her and getting her in the mood and making sure she's comfortable. Quite clearly, it isn't. It's about getting Mitchell in the mood, which leaves me thinking he's the problem. And she does say, in the beginning, "maybe your jeans are too tight". Ahem. I think we know what his problem is, too.
Now, the issue, for me, here is not that Mitchell's having the same genital-related problems that anyone else who has lived for over a century would--it's that he's universalizing this. Baby, I'm under a lot of stress, I'm really sorry, it's not you, we'll see if it gets better is one thing. But oh, no. Not Mitchell. Instead, he has decided, right now, that they will never have sex, that he needs something good and strong and pure to save him and where does that put Annie? Nowhere. She is once again, the ghost in the hall (hehe, did I mention I also quote the Shins too much? It's very Gilbert of me), shoved to the back of someone else's life. And girl deserves better. Not to mention it won't just be sex--it's quite clear he's going to keep her at an emotional arm's length as well. And Annie fucking deserves better than that, after all the shit she has been through.
In summation (my high school English teacher is clutching her pearls right now because I said that, I can feel it): John Mitchell is very, very lucky he is not dating me.
On a deeper note--I'm now more curious about Mitchell's human life than ever. Has he just decided that in comparison to everything that's happened since, it's unimportant? The idea that he has always used sex as a weapon (which plainly isn't true: see Josie) makes me wonder about his human sex life. Was there one? Did he see prostitutes? Was he a virgin? I'd be really amused if he was, but I doubt it. The crux of what I'm saying is--for Mitchell, 'always' means since he was transformed at best, and up to six months ago at worst. I feel like this much of his psyche can't have been simply shaped by Herrick et al, though he probably believes it has. For Mitchell, I think, whatever is happening right this moment is indicative of everything that has ever been or ever will be. In real life terms, he's the guy who fails a test and concludes that he always has been and always will be an idiot. It's a very young reaction, very much like a teenager and I'll admit on some level I find it endearing, even. What disappoints me, a little, about the writers is that they seem to take his myopia at face value. I have no doubt he barely remembers his human life or the early vampire days or everything else he's cast aside, but that doesn't mean it's not important. We're where Mitchell's brain goes, at all times, we're right with the events he thinks are most relevant and frankly, he's never been the most self-aware of men. So every time they try to delve into him, it feels incomplete.
All right. As for the rest:
Herrick, you have been sorely missed, and I seriously look forward to making your acquaintance once more. Also, according to preview statements, you will be called Uncle Billy, which delights me on many levels, but mostly this one:
Kids, this is a message from your Uncle Billy. Don't buy drugs. Become a vampire and they give you them for free!
Ahem. As for the credits, though, where is my Daisy? Amy Manson is my favorite person, basically, and if they bring Cora and Herrick back without her, I will be upset.
Much as I hated the idea of the pregnancy storyline at first, I do find myself rooting for George and Nina's fetus (sorry, spent too much time in feminism to call it a baby, even if it's wanted) to survive, mostly because they're so invested in this.
Wolf shaped bullet--I'm guessing McNair and son are red herrings. It's going to be George, or Nina. Unlikely, but I think Mitchell's ego would finally get the smack-down it needs if he were to be killed by a baby. Imagine sort of 'death by terrier'. Oh, dear, Mr. Mitchell.
The cage scene was brilliant--I need as much badass Annie as possible. It seemed to me Mitchell was doing some complicated things with the body language here--he was at once holding Annie and using her as a shield, which sums up their relationship for me, right now. I'm giving him something of a pass because of the "wolf shaped bullet" but it struck me as kind of indicative of his whole behavior pattern right now. I'm just waiting for him to "get thee to a nunnery" on her. Or is he already doing that? Jesus, Mitchell, the balance of my liking you is so delicate already. I beg you, do not push it.
All in all, I was surprised by how much I felt the episode held together for me--despite my feelings on the Annie/Mitchell, the rest of the episode did seem to gel as I would like it to and I was glad that in the end, the house was at least temporarily restored to it's natural order.