As I mentioned in my review of the pilot, by the time this episode airs quite a bit of recasting had been done. Mitchell is now being played by Aiden Turner, Annie is being played by Lenora Crichlow and Herrick is being portrayed by Jason Wakins. This change added to people of colour to the recurring cast, and Herrick is now being played by a White man. I think this change made for a diversity that was lacking in the pilot. The chemistry between the actors remains good and I find Turner to be far less brooding.
In this episode we were treated to quite a bit of back story. Mitchell is actually quite young in vampire terms because he was called on the battlefield during WWI by Herrick. He claims that he made the sacrifice to save his men but Herrick points out that what he sees as a sacrifice granted him immortal life, while his friends were left to either die on the field, or later in life forgotten in an old folks home.
The tension between Herrick and Mitchell is still quite strong. When Mitchell finds Seth in the hospital threatening to feed off of the sick and helpless he sends him away to tell Herrick that the hospital is off limits as a feeding ground. When Mitchell finds Herrick doing magic tricks for the nurses he is clearly upset that the message he sent via Seth is being ignored. Herrick makes it clear that he wants Mitchell to join him on whatever nefarious plot he has to over throw humans but Mitchell declines. Herrick warns him that he is going against his nature and points out that Mitchell is already showing signs of deprivation. Throughout the episode, we see that Mitchell is shaking from the lack of blood as well zoning in on the sound of the heartbeat of those around him.
This episode we are introduced to Owen, Annie's ex boyfriend. It seems that now that he has returned from Saudi Arabia he wants to see how Mitchell and George are taking care of the place. Annie is very excited to see him and even gives Mitchell a list of questions she wants him to ask, but she promises to hide when he comes over. Owen's visit is actually very awkward while George is in the room because George has zero social skills. I have to say that the way that Russell Tovey plays geeky awkward is so damn adorable.