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BEING HUMAN SEASON 3
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Colin Teague & Daniel OHara & Philip John

Starring:
Lenora Crichlow
Russell Tovey
Aidan Turner
Sinead Keenan
Jason Watkins

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Three twenty-somethings share a house and try to live a normal life despite being a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire.
Is it good movie?
I admit, I'm not a huge follower of this show. And by "not a huge follower", I mean I've literally never seen an episode of it in my life before I got sent this set to review. Luckily, my lovely fiancee is an avid fan and helped me out with this review (thanks there, sweetymuffinbabycakes).

Luckily, today's TV shows aren't usually terribly involved, so it wasn't too tough to pick up on the proceedings as the show wore on. This is unquestionably a drama geared towards chicks though, with a bit of a horror twinge so hardcore fans may want to turn away. There's still some bravado here for the boys, but I certainly felt this one is meant more for the ladies- and there's nothing wrong with that. When I mentioned this point to my fiancee, she vehemently disagreed, so take that as you will.

Anyway, for those interested in where what's going on here, the cast has taken off from their usual digs in Bristol and are off to Wales, trying to run away from their somewhat violent, spotty past lives. Annie (she's the ghost) stuck in purgatory (having suffered an exorcism) and needs help, the werewolves Nina and George are expecting a little baby wolf, and Mitchell is the vampire. He's got some pretty serious sins to atone for as well. See, he's been killing a lot of folk with reckless abandon (he wiped out a bunch of people on a train) and generally keeps it secret.

So, Mitchell (vampire) is trying hard to save Annie (the ghost) from purgatory. She communicates poltergeist-style through electronic devices, and she's worried she'll be burning in hell. Anyway, it gets complicated here because Mitchell winds up getting into purgatory through the death of an ill patient, where he's presented with the opportunity to make a deal with someone he killed on the train, a deal that will surely kill him if he accepts.

Anyway, without expounding on the plot too much, this season mostly features the reprecussions of Mitchell's train massacre. It's only a matter of time before the truth comes out, and Mitchell can't break the news to his pals. He also has a death pact to worry about, as it relates to Annie. It's safe to say that all this pressure takes its toll on Mitchell, and he makes some less than stellar choices that risk more than his own life as the show goes on.

I know it might sound somewhat ridiculous, as this exists in the same world as Twilight. To be fair though, it is actually quite compelling and quite well written (and hell, as an added bonus there's even some zombie action thrown in). The characters are well-rounded and have both strengths and faults. Sure, there are some silly plot twists but the story builds logically for the most part and makes sense. It might sound like it's totally disposable, but it's quality stuff. Be warned though that if you prefer a lighter tone, this season shifts away from that into a much more serious one.

This season of being human is much darker and more dramatic than others (so I'm told, anyway), and there's plenty of issues to solve. The whole thing actually got quite intense and led to some really game-changing moments in the plot that will unquestionably affect the show as it moves on to the next season. Be warned, because the finale will leave you shocked.

Unfortunately though, the season (like the others before it) is short, at only 8 episodes long. UK fans are used to this sort of thing, but us Westerners might be disappointed. Ultimately, it certainly didn't leave any room for wasted time and only left you wanting more. Also, like I mentioned previously, the hardcore gore/nudity hounds need not apply. This show is lighter on the horror elements, but lays the story on thick, without a doubt. Being Human unquestionably has a meaty story that's worth sinking your teeth into.
Video / Audio
Video comes in an 1080i HD presentation and looks good. Colors are vibrant, but a bit uneven and the picture can lose detail now and then. Still looks quite good, but nothing to write home about. Decent enough.

Audio comes in a Stereo 2.0 mix and isn't very impressive. The whole mix seems weak and has limited punch to it, which is disappointing given there's only two speakers to listen through.
The Extras
Dig deleted scenes? You'll get 12 minutes or so of 'em here.

There are also interviews with cast members Aidan Turner, Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, and Sinead Keenan, which run about 20 minutes or so long in total and provide some amusing facts and anecdotes about the show.

Finally, you get Sinead's Seat Tour, a brief 5 minute featurette with Sinead Keenan as she shows off Honolulu Heights where the show is filmed.
Last Call
There's no reason why fans of this show should be disappointed by what is arguably the most powerful season yet. With that said, the set itself is a little lacklustre in terms of presentation and extras, but the source material is strong. I mean come on, it's got werewolves, vampires, ghosts and even zombies! Saddle up!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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