After an okay-but-not-great second season, BBC 3's
supernatural drama Being Human hits
its stride once again in season three.
Arguably the best season yet, the show builds on what has gone
and expands on earlier themes nicely, while also coming up with some
interesting predicaments to throw at the cast.
If you were afraid that the show had jumped the shark somewhere
season two, it turns out that's not the case at all.
Over 90 years ago Mitchell (Aidan Turner) was turned into a
vampire on the battlefields of WWI.
Today he finds himself sharing a flat with George (Russell
was bitten by a werewolf two year ago, and the apartment itself is
haunted by Annie
(Lenora Crichlow) who fell down a flight of stairs a little while back
up to find herself dead, invisible, and unable to communicate with
anyone. Being supernatural creatures,
George can see and hear Annie, which is a great relief to her, and the
become the best of friends. George gets
a girlfriend along the way, Nina Pickering (Sinead Keenan) and he
turns her into a werewolf too. Together
the four of them try to live a normal life, or as normal as one can if
vampire, werewolf, or ghost.
Warning: there are
spoilers to the first episode in this review.
At the end of the previous season Annie becomes the victim
of an exorcism and is thrust into the afterworld against her will. Added to that is the fact that Mitchell fell
off the wagon, so to speak, and he and an old vampire girlfriend
people on a train. Both of these events
play a large part in this season.
Overcome with remorse for what he has done, Mitchell
concentrates on getting Annie back for purgatory. She's
able to occasionally talk to her
friends via a TV tuned to an off station, and it's clear that she's
and thinks that she'll be sent to hell soon.
With Nina and George's help (who have taken jobs at a nearby
hospital) Mitchell is present when a terminal patient dies and a passes
through the door into purgatory. There
he encounters Lia, one of the women whom he killed on the train. She guides him through events in his past and
eventually makes a deal with him:
Mitchell can take Annie back, but the price is that he will die. He'll be killed by a werewolf.
With Annie back and the group settled into their new living
quarters, an old Bed and Breakfast with a nice cellar space perfect for
up a werewolf. Things aren't quite for
long though. George encounters a pair of
werewolves just before his monthly transformation, and seeks their help
Nina finds herself in an interesting predicament. This
father and son pair, Tom (Michael Socha)
and McNair (Robson Green) have survived by keeping on the move, living
out of a van. They also hunt vampires,
which makes them more than a little suspicious of George since he's
The main story in this season however is the upshot from
Mitchell's train killings. With the
vampire hierarchy totally dismantled there isn't anyone who can hush up
atrocity and the vicious crime has been splashed across all of the
newspapers. Mitchell dares not tell his
friends that he's responsible, even though he's wracked with guilt. The vampire also has to worry about the
prophecy coming true, and he's not sure if his friend George will kill
if it'll be McNair. The pressure from
all of this starts to take its toll, and Mitchell ends up making some
that may not be for the best, putting not only himself in danger, but
The weak writing that hampered the second season has been
eradicated for the most part. There are
still a couple of deus ex machina-like plot twists, but these aren't as
frequent, or as major, as in the previous set of shows.
The story flows nicely this season, with
events building upon previous happenings in a natural and realistic
manner. That was a very nice change.
The best part of this season is the guest appearances by Robson
Green. If you know the actor from his
work from Wire in the Blood, you'll
be surprised at how different this character is. No
longer a troubled man who gets lost in his
thoughts, McNair is a man of action, violent and forceful.
Quite a different role but Green is excellent
and really brings the werewolf to life.
The 8-episode third season arrives on three Blu-ray discs,
nicely contained in a two page 'book' with a slipcase.
Being a recent series, this show was recorded in HD and the
1080i (why not 1080p?) VC-1 encode looks very good but isn't a
There is a lot of detail in both the foreground and background, and the
tones and colors come across well on the screen. The image 'pops' a
especially in the exterior scenes, but there is some loss of detail in
light scenes or areas where black predominates. There image is a bit
times, and there was just a tad of digital noise in a few places (the
large areas where one bright color is present) but this was very minor.
a nice looking show.
Viewers only get a stereo mix, which is fine for this type
of show. Though there's three supernatural being as leads, there aren't
action sequences and the lack of a subwoofer channel isn't a big deal
The show makes some use of the front soundstage but the dialog is
centered on the screen, which is too bad. Aside from that the show
average. There are optional English subtitles.
There are a couple of light-weight extras included in the
set, but nothing too interesting. All of
the bonus items are located on disc three.
First off we have 11-minutes worth of deleted scenes. Most of these are actually just extended
scenes and they don't really add much to the plot or story. I was pretty underwhelmed.
There are also a set of cast interviews that
run about 20 minutes. Again, these
didn't add much to my understanding of the show or reveal any
behind-the-scenes anecdotes. The bonus
section is wrapped up with a tour of the new house set hosted by Sinead
Keenan. This was cute, if fluff. It was apparently filmed during the crew's
lunch break and it was funny to see so many people sneaking naps in on
used in the show.
After a disappointing second season, it was great to see
this show bounce back and tell some meaty, interesting stories once
again. Things change a lot in this set of
its set up an interesting situation for what promises to be a very
fourth season. I can't wait.