BEING HUMAN SEASON 3
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Colin Teague & Daniel OHara & Philip John
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,
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
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.
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.
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!