Being Human Season 3 Blu-ray Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 6.0
Video 6.0
Audio 4.0
Special Features 3.0
Total 5.0

Distributor: BBC
Running Time:
Reviewer: Chris Tyler
Classification
: MA15+

5.0


Being Human Season 3

A 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.

The 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.

 This 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.

The big question for me is; ĎDo I still like these characters?í

I 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.

There 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.

Video: 

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.  

Audio:

Itís 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.

Special Features:  

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.






 
 



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