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Being Human: Season 4 (BD) [Blu-ray]
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Being Human: Season 4 (Blu-ray)
The original UK Being Human, is back for an all-new season. In an old hotel, in a sleepy seaside town, a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost try their best to live normal human lives. Yet despite their efforts to be left in peace, there are members of their own kind determined to rid the world of humanity. With the vampires still wanting to strike and The Old Ones on their way, Annie and her two new housemates - Tom and Hal - find themselves in the middle of the struggle. But now, not only are there vampires to keep at bay, there's also a wicked ghost on the loose, and someone's trying to expose the existence of werewolves. Being human has never been tougher.]]>
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Without giving anything away I'd say if you had been shunning Season 4, because you can't reach for the remote without sobbing then it's time to dry those tears and keep watching. Because the one thing this show isn't ever going to be is dull and boring.
This season is all about resolving her storyline in a grand way--one that provides her with a door in the most meaningful way possible. But, I'm not going to lie, it was a wonderfully heart wrenching premise... I just think it was done in a very poor fashion. The writers attempt a bait-and-switch with what appears to be the enemy-cum-hero. Quite frankly, I did get emotionally invested in the storyline, but reflecting back on it, it has its obvious flaws like any show would.
All in all, the new characters are promising for their ability to fill the roles left vacant for them. I especially enjoy the bromance between Hal and Tom, their antics are fun to watch. It's a different relationship than the one between Mitchell and George, whose friendship always seemed so tragic to me.
Following in Annie's footsteps after the natural conclusion of her storyline, Alex is a wonderfully snarky character filling in the role of resident ghost. Having already explored the dynamics of being a ghost with Annie over the past three seasons, Alex stepped into her fate rather quickly and without having to walk down already well-trod ground.
By the end, they introduce a new group of characters known as the Men in Grey, who prove to be very good at hiding supernatural messes. They are seen several times in this season, but are not officially introduced until the very end.
So, I gave this 4 out of 5 stars mainly because there are so many things working for them: good characters, good relationships, good episodes, etc. But the whole season arc thing was just a little too shaky for my taste, which brought it down.
One of my all-time favorite TV shows was called Northern Exposure. Rob Morrow's character, Dr. Joel Fleishman, transitioned out at the end of the 4th season. Apparently, Rob Morrow wanted to move on to a movie career. Northern Exposure was an example of a show that could not survive the loss of its central character. In the case of Being Human, the characters central to the show were written in a way where we understood there were no other options. They had to go. As a viewer, we realized this and accepted it as a reality of that world. Transitions can be very tough when you become so invested in certain characters. The writers of Being Human were smart about this. They introduced new central characters early on, which allowed the viewer to create new attachments.
On my three previous Being Human reviews, I compared Season 1 through 3 of the US and British versions. The third and the fourth season had very few similarities. I liked that because both versions stood alone. It's very difficult to say which one is the better of the two. I'm going to go out on a limb and commit myself. The British version is extremely intense. It its environment and dialogue feels more real world. I really like the US version but the blue ribbon goes to the British Being Human. At least, that's what I think.
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