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STUDIO: BBC WARNER
RUNNING TIME: 460 mins approx
• Extended Cast Interviews
• Deleted Scenes
• Sinead’s Set Tour
Herrick is back, Annie is in purgatory and a wolf-shaped bullet.
Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner
Three supernatural humans try to find harmony in themselves and the world.
After another tense climax, season three has even more to live up to. Toby Whithouse continues to pile the drama on with great writing, leading to one stellar finale after another. In this season, much of the drama is carried over; the notorious “Box Tunnel 20” massacre that left Being Human fans in complete astonishment, has been brought full circle in this season. Also in this season, there’s another interesting development involving another werewolf and his son–whom George comes across in the middle of the woods–introducing us to several new characters. But the writers have certainly been leading us to something big, ever since the second season. It’s perhaps the most exciting and best episode of the entire series: the finale.
This is my favorite season, without a doubt. Herrick is back. I was certainly surprised at this when it was revealed at the end of season two. Though even more surprising is how different he is this time around–he appears to be suffering from some form of amnesia; I guess that’s what happens when you’re resurrected from the dead. Mitchell is not exactly believing him, and encourages George, Annie and Nina to kill him. What’s interesting here is how vastly different Mitchell really is from his group. We’ve seen it since season one, but here it’s incredibly clear. Whithouse has always been successful in driving Mitchell into alienation, while his friends stay very close. Season three might be the most glaring example, since Mitchell is undoubtedly a loner and an even bigger outsider than George and Annie–not to mention he’s perhaps the most volatile character in the bunch.
The two new characters I spoke of earlier are a father and son who live in solitude in the middle of a forest. Both are very interesting additions to the Being Human world and give it a very well rounded feel. Up until now, werewolves were hardly even mentioned, aside from Nina and George, but with Thomas MacNair and MacNair, we get a better understanding of the history and lives of werewolves as they are mistreated and discriminated against by the vampire world. Acting as an overprotective father, MacNair encourages Thomas to steer clear from others, until they find their “pack”. His hatred towards the vampire world is no secret. Once Mitchell and MacNair meet each other, the dialogue and scenarios are very well written, and the mutual hatred between them is palpable.
Annie has found herself in purgatory, finally, despite her newfound abilities. In the second season, Mitchell vowed to bring her home. Mitchell is now in purgatory, but finds someone waiting for him. Lia doesn’t really reveal who she is–she only gives him cryptic answers. She forces him to walk into each door and relive many of his past murders. Here, Lia reveals a disturbing prophecy to Mitchell that only increases his introverted behavior. This also sends Mitchell over-the-edge into a paranoid state. Like I’ve said before, Mitchell has always had the most interesting arcs. He’s also in a very grey area, unlike the other characters–this perhaps makes him the most intriguing.
Capping off a great season is an even better finale. I doubt any fan of the show will be disappointed–I wasn’t. Toby and his team deliver a true punch to the gut. It’ll likely divide the fans, though in this case, I think it’s for the better. Season three is filled with great, well-written drama and new and interesting characters that’ll clash and create sparks. This is what Whithouse does best, and his mixture of humor is unquestionably one of the shining pieces of the series as a whole. All of the fans, I’m sure, will be eagerly awaiting season four.
Like the other blu-rays, the quality is still top-notch. Though the extras are still short, it’s perhaps one of the most fun and interesting. One of the better extras of the series is the “Extended Cast Interviews”. Each actor is given the opportunity to talk about the show, their character and other characters. The cast clearly know their characters very well. As for the deleted scenes, none of them add a lot to the scenes that made it–but they are nonetheless interesting to see. “Sinead’s Set Tour” is pretty fun, as well. This is definitely on par with the second season’s extras, which were also very good.
Out of a Possible 5 Stars