Dear Being Human UK Fandom: No, Just No
A summary of events (skip to the double linebreak if you've seen the episodes):
Being Human is about four housemates who happen to be a vampire, Mitchell, a ghost, Annie, and two werewolves, George and Nina (Nina joined the household when she and George fell in love and he turned her into a werewolf through a series of unfortunate events). It's generally a very down-to-earth show about a group of people just trying to live as well as they can and trying to be as human as they can. At the end of season two, Mitchell was betrayed by a human woman and snapped, deciding to declare war on humanity. He then proceeded to kill 20 innocent people in a train carriage with another vampire. Season three shows the reactions of the country at large as it tries to come to terms with what happened and catch whoever did it.
Mitchell's since mostly come back to his senses and is horribly guilty about the whole deal during the season, but the fact remains that just by being himself he's a hair away from murder. The show starting hinting last season but this season has REALLY started hitting us over the head with the idea that Mitchell's violent urges are not just because of his vampire bloodlust. He was turned because the vampire who turned him saw darkness in him, he was famously cruel and excessive even for a vampire before he started trying to be good, and even he's admitted that it's the power he's addicted to more than the blood.
The other housemates don't know he's responsible for the massacre that's all over the news, although George, his best friend, does realise he's done something terrible and is pretty much turning a blind eye to whatever it might be. But in last week's episode Nina found something that pretty strongly implies Mitchell was behind it. Her reaction? Throw up in shock, then phone the police to tell them they should talk to him.
Sounding reasonable so far? You discover your boyfriend's best friend (who you KNOW is a killer and who you've never found any particular reason to trust) is probably responsible for the most senseless massacre the country's seen in recent years, you tell the police they should look him up.
Nope, not according to fandom! The official BBC twitter for Being Human retweets responses to the episodes as and after they air, which has brought to my attention that fans seem to be splitting into camps, calling themselves Team Nina and Team Mitchell. It's kinda like Twilight, except in this case instead of two corners of a love triangle it's a mass fucking murderer and quite possibly the most moral person on the show. They think that Nina is evil for not wanting Mitchell to get away with it just because he feels bad about it (and is really easy on the eyes). Clearly she must just be doing it because she wants George all to herself! It's not as if he's made it clear that he doesn't support Mitchell's desire to kill things and will absolutely choose Nina over him if necessary! Yes, she must definitely have an ulterior motive for wanting a murderer off the streets.
Now, I'm not character bashing here. Mitchell's been my favourite character for the last few years. I have, on occasion, described myself as a "hopeless Mitchell fangirl". I think he's absolutely fascinating. But even I can recognise that he's fascinating because he's really fucking screwed up and he really shouldn't be allowed out on the streets. I could accept it when it was him repenting his long horrific past, but the end of last season showed that it takes practically nothing to set him off and this season's done nothing but emphasise his violent streak.
So congratulations, Being Human fandom, you're officially worse than Twilight fangirls. I'm not even going to get into the sections of fandom who think Herrick is cute and innocent this season...
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