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Best season to date, but that isn't saying a lot
on July 26, 2014
As established in my reviews of seasons 1 and two, Being Human (UK) is really 3 shows with each being a backdrop to the others in sequence. Seasons 1-3 is show 1, season 4 the second, and 5 the last. Between them you have largely new cast (excluding carrying over Annie from 3 to 4) and another from the end of 3 through 4 and 5. But there is no real story based relation, just individuals in episodes around who to continue the story of a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire living together trying to be human. Season 3 does bring our initial cast to some closure on the story lines that have been developing in the 3 seasons. Many big events are diminished, and other introduced but handled clumsily by the writers. Mitchell's collapse was an interesting development, but hardly creative or shocking. Maybe only the end of the season was a pleasant surprise yet a change to big to bring coherence to the overall series. The show does "play to a larger story" than the US counter part when looked at overall, but that big story was handled in a portion of a few episodes hardly making it masterful writing. I won't really know until I finish season 5 if watching this series was a waste of time and a complete disappointment but it has fallen short to date and I'm half way through the last season. Just interesting enough to keep me watching but having been disappointed repeatedly without a lot of hope that it can do anything to become good in the last few episodes. Of them all, Season 3 and 4 are the best. But unlike the US version where when done I thought you just don't see it until it's all over, there just isn't that possibility with this version of the story. This version is definitely filled with more horror, though the effects are poorer than the counterpart. It is really just more bloody. Ironically in the UK vampires don't have to drink blood where in the US if they don't they become catatonic and weak and just sort of exist without living/moving/doing anything. Season 3 brings the story to some closure at its end and in the process wipes 2 of the 3 main characters from the story. This is to much change in a show that in 5 years didn't come close to 40 episodes. Very fragmented and fractured overall, but there are moments of entertainment.