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I spent the weekend in Vermont and Montreal and I'll probably post about that a bit in the next few days, but first some -

Being Human 4x01 nitpicking:
I'm assuming the dude on the radio probably just leaves some things out because of time restraints associated with invading hoards of vampires (also, British TV show, so some NYC hand-waving allowed), but if taken literally, the flashforward at the start of 4x01 makes NYC seem pretty stupid.

The New Yorker on the radio says "We blocked all the bridges. We turned cars on their sides and painted crucifixes on the roofs and hoods, but they came through the sewers and the subways under the Hudson."

I'm really really hoping he's lumping the Lincoln and Holland tunnels in with 'bridges' (since vehicular traffic uses them) because otherwise New York pretty much deserves to lose to the vampires.

Also, you guys blocked the bridges (and hopefully the traffic tunnels), but it never occurred to you to block the subway/train tunnels? Really? So essentially, what you're saying is, you just let the vampires take NJTransit right into the heart of midtown. Oops!

(I don't know if there actually are sewers that go beneath the Hudson. I kind of doubt it, but I'll give the Resistance a pass for not thinking to worry about those.)

Hal the vampire on the radio says "New York has fallen. The Resistance has been crushed. The Earth belongs to the vampires." which suggests pretty strongly that New York was the last major city standing. And if New York WAS the last city to fall, then why were there still bridges and tunnels at all? Vampires are taking over the world and you know they're coming for you, you blow that shit up!

Come on, people.

Date: 2013-09-03 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] istne-pieklo.livejournal.com
LMAO! I've never been to New York but these things sound hilarious. I think any fictional invasion demands suspension of disbelief b/c I swear, sometimes it's like the writers haven't even done their research. >_<
It was ttly Hal on the radio. Nothing will convince me otherwise! XD

Date: 2013-09-03 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoicite.livejournal.com
Heh, yeah, I think yesterday was the first time I ever actually thought about what that guy on the radio was saying, and then I had to pause, cause it really is a pretty shitty defense setup. But as was mentioned below, chances are, NYC was already pretty infiltrated, so they could have been dealing with enough internal issues that they didn't have the time or resources to think about tunnels in great detail. I don't know. Now I want more details on how this global vampire takeover all went down!

And yes, that was absolutely Hal. The radio just had shitty reception and distorted his voice.

Date: 2013-09-03 12:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harmonyfb.livejournal.com
Well, you've got to figure that NY is crawling with vampires to begin with, so I'm not sure why an outside invasion force would even be necessary. To me, that's much less annoying than the fact that the lease was probably in George's name, so how are they keeping the rented house? Who's making the payments?

Date: 2013-09-03 01:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zoicite.livejournal.com
Yeah, I think NYC was definitely screwed no matter what, because I'm sure it was already infiltrated, but they had 10,000 vampires coming in through tunnels under the Hudson according to 4x01. At least make it difficult for them! Make them take boats! or swim! Chances are, if they were already infiltrated, and if they were one of the last areas of resistance, then they probably didn't have the means to do much else other than block bridges with overturned cars anyway.

And yes! I got hung up on the lease thing too, especially because they specifically mention that the lease to the Southend flat is in Leo's name as a problem facing Hal and Pearl right before George dies. I'm assuming that Annie coached Tom and they got the lease transferred into his name somehow, but I don't know who would rent that entire place to Tom McNair. I guess the landlord must not have required a credit check!

I think it's mentioned at the start of series 3 that the landlord doesn't live in the country though, too. It's possible that, with no one physically there to check up on them, they just kept sending rent checks with George's name on them (though the signature would have changed, so I'm not sure how long they could get away with that. Also that seems like a pretty shady plan coming from Tom and Annie).

Date: 2013-09-03 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harmonyfb.livejournal.com
lso that seems like a pretty shady plan coming from Tom and Annie).

Yeah, but in ep 4.02 they're shoplifting, so maybe their bar for shadiness is a little higher than originally...or maybe the mortgage is an auto-withdrawal from George's account?

Also: re:signatures -- My mother had surgery a few years ago, and I was home with her, helping her out and paying her bills. I'd write the checks up and get her to sign them. But one day, I wasn't paying attention, and I signed my name to her check and mailed that utility payment. The bank took it with no questions. So I'm thinking that a difference in signature wouldn't be an obstacle.
Edited Date: 2013-09-03 01:22 pm (UTC)