Vampire, a Werewolf and a Ghost move in together, throw in a Mummy and
youíve got Monster Squad. This is the basic premise of Being
Human. Of course this sells short a series that uses this premise to
talk about addiction, redemption, friendship, relationships and what it
is to be human. And when you think about it some of the best fantasy
series have really, really silly premises.. Knight Rider Iím
looking at you.
Third Season of the British version, sees some changes after the events
of Season Two; the gang are no longer in Bristol for instance and have
move to Wales and now live in a failed B&B.
Season also sees Robson Green from Wire in the Blood appear as a
vampire hunting werewolf regular and the long anticipated return of
Season One baddy, Herrick.
Being Human started life as a ďDramadyĒ, a cross between comedy,
drama and fantasy and it balanced these things well. Both Season One and
Two had their share of laughter and tension but in Season Three
particularly towards the end, the comedy takes a back seat and the
series more or less becomes a straight fantasy drama.
big question for me is; ĎDo I still like these characters?í
kinda do but they just make so many mistakes! All of the drama this
season could have been avoided with some simple communication. I guess
the point is that in their quest to be human they pick up some human
habits and sometimes humans make stupid mistakes. Sometimes they
mistrust their friends and sometimes they make things difficult for
themselves. In the Season One I really liked these characters. In the
Season Two I rooted for them to prevail against the cult. Now they hurt
each other and betray each other over and over; which might be good
dramatically but makes me dislike them and when I dislike the characters
I stop caring what happens to them. There comes a point where the
characters in shows where bad things continually happen and there are so
many tears and so much hurt that itís just unbelievable. And towards
the end of Season Three Being Human gets to this point, moving
drastically from drama to tragedy.
is still a lot to like about the show, but the season isnít as strong as
the last two and it wanders far from its original premise. And then
ending, which Iím sure is suppose to be shocking, is frankly somewhat of
a relief. Fans of the series will want to get this and if you do why not
on Blu-ray? But Iíd wait till it goes on special.
Being Human is a show where most of the drama takes place indoors,
in the rooms of a B&B that was decorated in the 70ís. So those looking
for a cinematic Blu-ray experience should look elsewhere. However, those
who have partners who watch the show for Mitchell the Vampire and all
the smouldering he does when he quietly vents his inner vampire angst,
should rejoice in this format you can almost count each bristle of
designer stubble on his perfectly chiselled jaw, I say almost as this is
a 1080i transfer not a 1080p so itís not as sharp as it could be.
just a stereo mix Iím afraid and not a great one at that. Youíd think
that a show that dabbles in horror might want to at least invest in some
5.1 at some stage.
Nothing really special here at all. Not even commentaries. There are
some fluffy interviews where the cast talk about how much they like the
show and a tour through the new set - although as that is a 70ís B&B
youíll forgive me if this didnít set my world on fire. Some deleted
scenes that donít add up to much and thatís it. A pretty poor turnout
for a Blu-ray really.