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Feature 8.2
Video 8.9
Audio 7.0
Special Features 6.0
Total 8.2

Distributor: ABC
Running Time: 490
Reviewer: James Wright
Classification
: MA15+

8.2


Being Human the Complete Second Series

A big thanks to the fans of Being Human because your viewership has allowed the BBC to craft another season of this addictively entertaining yet bloody drama horror TV Series with a twinge of comedy. With season two of Being Human now available on Blu-ray in Australia, it once again reunites viewers with Mitchell (Aidan Turner) the Vampire, George (Russell Tovey) the Werewolf and the lovely ghost, Annie (Lenora Crichlow).

Just the like first season, the second season has just as much bite as the first and dare I say even better. The actors seem more comfortable in their roles, especially Tovey as the geeky Werewolf who still struggles with this supernatural world and his canine bloodlust.

Like the title, Being Human is about these characters fitting into a normal world and whether it's Annie working in a pub or those in know such as Chief Constable Wilson attempting to use force on Mitchell to execute a paedophile, it can be quite a challenge for this trio that at times challenges their own humanity.

The lovely Sinead Keenan returns as Nina who now suffers from the Werewolf affliction like George. As the naive Nina gets embroiled with strange Kemp, we learn of Kemp's dark secret near the end of the season that traces back to the early 70's during his time as a vicar. That's another highlight of Being Human is that all the supporting cast are almost as equally interesting as the main characters, thanks to the well written dialogue and of course fantastic actors who play them.

Even though Toby Whithouse, the creator of Being Human only wrote two of the episodes in this series, the stories are still as strong and powerful as ever. Series two also gives the viewer more back history on these characters which is a treat to fans. There's some great flashback sequences in season two, especially revolving around our brooding Vampire Mitchell. Even though he may be undead, this vampire has actually loved like the rest of us and the flashback to the 60's is a classic moment.

One theme that runs throughout this season is the CenSSA. These are a religious group that targets the existence of supernatural creatures and just like the Church of the Sun in True Blood, they want these "freaks" destroyed. It doesn't help that Kemp is in alliance with Professor Jaggat, the leader of this religious cult that almost splits the trio up.

The series ends with another bang and without spoiling it, Mitchell really lets his bloodlust go as he attempts to find his friends, George and Annie. There is a type of cliff hanger of an ending as the two vampires Daisy and Cara attempt to do the unthinkable and perform a resurrection. As I was a huge Buffy the Vampire fan, Being Human at times reminds me of this series and more particularly Angel of how the world of the supernatural exists but for most humans, they are oblivious to it. However unlike these two series, Being Human is more focused and less comedic which makes it all more powerful.

Bring on Series 3!

Video, Audio & Special Features

The video quality of season two of Being Human is easily one of the better Blu-ray releases and puts many TV series to shame. With vibrant colours, deep blacks and sharp images, everything looks quite impressive on this format. Even the special effects look better than series one, especially the effects for Annie. The only downside to this series is the audio that only supports Dolby Digital 2.0 but this is a standard format for TV. Nonetheless, the special features add some more content to this release that include 4 featurettes that I'm sure all fans will thoroughly enjoy.

Special Features

  • Behind the Make up

  • Making the Werewolf

  • Unleashing the Beast

  • The Caves Featurette

Conclusion

Being Human the Complete Second Season is brilliantly addictive and one word of advice, stay clear of the American remake!






 
 



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