Being Human: Season Two [Blu-ray]

Actors: Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan, Donald Sumpter
Directors: Charles Martin, Colin Teague, Kenneth Glenaan
Writers: Jamie Mathieson, Lisa McGee, Lucy Catherine, Toby Whithouse, Tony Basgallop
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Widescreen
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 3
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: BBC Warner
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
Run Time: 460 minutes


If you think that ‘Eighties sitcoms threw together the most unlikely roommates for “comedic” effect, then wait till you get a load of the roomies in this supernatural TV series currently running (late at night) on BBC: a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost . . .

It may sound like the unlikely setup for a joke (no shedding on the carpet please . . .), but Being Human is deathly serious. Each episode deals with the characters trying to overcome their natures as supernatural beings.

The three unlikely flatmates are Mitchell, George and Annie.

The dreamy Mitchell (Aiden Turner) is trying not to make a hors deouvres out of his numerous dates. The nervous George (Russell Tovey) is in denial about his werewolf curse, trying to limit the collateral damage he causes with each full moon transformation. Annie (Lenora Crichlow) is a ghost who cannot accept the loss of her fiancée and thus hangs around in our mortal plane. In addition to coping with their true natures, they have to deal with everyday issues of the sort that plagues “normal” young people – dealing with relationships, shedding on the carpet . . .

In this second season things are even more complicated by CenSSA, a religious organization committed to the destruction or conversion of supernatural freaks.

THE DISC: About 480 minutes’ worth of episodes are collected on three discs plus about 86 minutes of special features. Image is high definition 1080i with an aspect ratio of 16.9. Audio is stereo (natch).

WORTH IT? Being Human is at times much gorier than Twilight and Buffy, but vampire fans with a stronger stomach should, er, eat it up.

Largely character-driven the show can become maudlin at times with all the sulking. Also it takes liberties with supernatural “rules” that will freak those purists who whined about the glittering vamps in Twilight. Vampires for instance can walk around during the day. What’s so bad about one then if you can still catch the occasional Majorca summer hols?

RECOMMENDATION: If YOU hadn’t OD’ed yet on vampire shows such as True Blood and The Vampire Diaries then this British take on the supernatural is worth checking out.



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