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STUDIO: BBC WARNER
RUNNING TIME: 460 minutes
• “Blood Bursting”
• “The Caves”
• “Unleashing the Beast”
• “The Swinging Sixties”
• “Behind the Makeup”
• “Making the New Werewolf”
• “Train Carnage”
• Censsa Hidden Menus
• Additional Featurettes (Disc 1)
A werewolf, a vampire and a ghost walk into a bar….
Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner
Three supernatural humans try to find harmony in themselves and the world.
Being Human takes place in modern day London, in which George, the werewolf; Annie, the ghost and Mitchell, the vampire attempt to live together and are pitted against themselves, and others who share the same affliction. Between an always threatening outside world and a never ending inner struggle, they are always in danger of self-destruction. In this season, we are introduce to a new villain, named Kemp, after the shocking demise of a character. Kemp is a sadistic, religious fundamentalist bent on destroying vampires and curing werewolves of their “demons”. Kemp turns out to be a great villain, although not quite as entertaining as Herrick in the first series, but equally as threatening.
We begin not long after the climax of the first series and everything seems okay, for the most part. Much of this season–like the first, but perhaps even more so–is based around Mitchell’s battle with the vampire world, which has taken a toll on him, both physically and mentally. He also meets a woman, and they fall for each other fairly quickly. Meanwhile, Annie is faced with the struggle of resisting the “doors” that attempt to bring her into death; George is caught in the middle of a decaying relationship with Nina–credit the writers for spreading the attention around to each character fairly.
Mitchell has the most interesting plotline in this series, which might have been the case in the first, as well. In one episode, he’s faced with a tough scenario, in which one of the other vampires has killed an innocent. The way in which he deals with the problem is great and very well written. It provides a moral problem for him, and the entire arch of the episode forces him into a situation that’s the exact opposite of what he intended–he tries to make peace, but it backfires. Ultimately, in the last few episodes in the series, Mitchell is pushed even further, after learning a shattering secret. It’s very well done, and if you’ve enjoyed the show up until now, you’ll likely enjoy it even more, as I have.. Easily the best arch of the Being Human, so far.
Being Human is an extremely addicting and entertaining show, with a lot of humor and drama. George, Annie and Mitchell are always engaged in difficult situations, and the writers keep them that way. Despite being about the supernatural (the “in” thing these days), Being Human manages to still be new and inventive. With a new villain and another shocking ending, it still brings a lot to the table.
The image and audio quality are both the standouts of the set–they are both crystal clear. The extras are the most disappointing part of the blu-ray, unfortunately: they’re sparse, brief and slightly dull. Much of it is what you might already expect: how they created their set pieces and did the makeup, and so on and so forth. Nevertheless, a few segments are interesting and enjoyable, such as “Making the New Werewolf” and “The Caves”.
Out of a Possible 5 Stars