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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a great series but quite a change from the earlier two seasons, 18 Aug 2011
This review is from: Being Human: Series Three [DVD] (DVD)
I love the UK version of Being Human and I must admit to being mystified as to why the Americans decided to make their own version of the show (but that's another story). Like Season 2, there are only eight episodes in Season 3 of Being Human, but as with all three seasons, the creators manage to pack a whole lot into those episodes. We watched Season 1 as a "marathon", with loads of episodes back-to-back, but for Seasons 2 and 3 as things picked up in the story lines and got a whole lot more intense, we found we could only watch one or two episodes at a time because they were so intense and fraught that we needed breathers in between. By Season 3 things have taken some slightly mystifying twists. For example, they're now living in a former B&B in Wales, and not just anywhere in Wales, but at Barry Island, which I just can't think of without thinking about the BBC series Gavin and Stacey. To be honest this relocation was a little distracting and made me wonder if they'd somehow been filming Gavin and Stacey at the same time or had an old crew set up there that made it easier to be in Barry. Plus, the actor who plays Stacey's mum, Gwen, turns up as a very "special" (you'll see for yourself) vampire character, who just happens to live in Barry. I think one of the downsides of the series for me was the appearance of Robson Green as a new character. Much as I like Robson Green as an actor, part of the charm of the show is that the characters are (to me, anyway) relative unknowns, so they can really take on their characters well, but Robson Green is such a big name that I find his presence distracting. Not that he's bad in the role, but hopefully you see what I mean. If there is any real negative to this series, I'm disappointed by the final episode (again, I won't spoil it, watch for yourself) and, I guess, by the fact that the relationship between the original three characters really starts to fall apart in this season, where it was always their being a "family" of sorts that got them through things. Of course doubt, uncertainty and falling out with people you care about is all part of "being human", but given that they have each know what the other is from the start, I found the reactions of some of them a little disappointing (the theory being that Mitchell as a vampire will always be fighting violent tendencies and sometimes losing, yet the possibility that both George and Nina could themselves be violent and hurt others is not really addressed, making it, for me, an unbalanced argument). Anyway, all in all a good season that's well worth watching. I've heard they are doing a fourth season, so I'll be interested to see how that pans out.
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