Being Human Review

Being Human was a British cult series created by Doctor Who writer Toby Whitehouse. It ran for 5 series from 2009 to 2013 and was part of a wave of British cult series that followed in the wake of the revival Doctor Who..

Being Human I think was always the most overlooked from this generation of fantasy series. Obviously it did not have the worldwide acclaim of Doctor Who, but even compared with other series like Sherlock and Merlin I still think it was not given nearly enough mainstream attention.

After all it was shown on BBC3 rather than a big mainstream channel like Merlin and Sherlock were. Both Sherlock and Merlin were shown on BBC 1 and even in America Merlin was shown on NBC. Still despite this Being Human has developed a very strong and devoted worldwide following and it even inspired an American remake.

I have not yet had a chance to watch the American remake so this review will only be covering the British version. I will be giving an overview of the series its characters, its lore, its influences and comparisons to other series and ultimately why I feel this supernatural drama was actually the best British fantasy series of the past 20 years.

Overview

Being Human was created by Toby Whitehouse. Originally it was to have been an ordinary sitcom about three twenty somethings who shared a flat. A sex addict, someone with anger management issues and an agoraphobic. Whitehouse later decided to add the supernatural elements to the series and the sex addict became a Vampire, the man with anger problems became a Werewolf and the agoraphobic became the Ghost.

This can be seen in multiple episodes where their supernatural afflictions are still used as a metaphor for these conditions. Mitchell’s addiction to blood becomes worse when he is having sex. In the first episode he gives in when he is sleeping with Lauren. Annie meanwhile is constantly encouraged to leave the house and refuses too. George meanwhile later in the series when trying to find new ways to control the Wolf suffers chronic rage problems and even attacks his boss at work physically.

Being Human initially revolved around the characters of John Mitchell a Vampire, George Sands a Werewolf and Annie Sawyer a Ghost.

Mitchell was turned into a Vampire during the first world war by Herrick. Herrick was an old and powerful Vampire and he agreed to turn Mitchell whom he saw promise in, in exchange for sparing the rest of his platoon.

After becoming a Vampire Mitchell joined Herrick’s ever growing Vampire army and his reputation for brutality and cruelty became legendary among even Vampires. Ultimately all of that changed in the 1960’s however when Mitchell and Herrick, after slaughtering a flat full of people stumbled upon a young woman named Josie whilst hiding from the police. Though Herrick wanted to kill her, Mitchell ultimately spared her life and Josie would agree to help Mitchell control his blood lust from then on, with the two also entering into a romantic relationship. Though he would have occasional relapses and his relationship with Josie ultimately came to an end by the late 00’s Mitchell was still trying to control his bloodlust and had shunned all other Vampires including even Herrick.

George meanwhile was turned into a werewolf on a camping trip in Scotland with his friend in 2007. The two were attacked by a Werewolf in the middle of the night. George’s friend was torn apart but George was merely infected.

Mitchell would later meet George when George was viciously attacked by several Vampires. Vampires in the Being Human universe hate Werewolves. They consider them pathetic, repulsive, inferior creatures and whenever a Vampire sees a Werewolf in human form it will attack it, some even kill them and other Vampires are known to capture Werewolves, torture them and force them to take part in vicious “dog fights”. Dog fights are where Vampires lock a Werewolf in a cage on the night of the full moon when they change alongside another human being armed with a knife and force them to fight one another, with the werewolf of course almost always winning. Herrick who despises Werewolves is shown to enjoy demeaning them this way.

Mitchell saves George from being beaten to death by Herricks Vampires and the two soon become friends and agree to help each other manage their conditions. They soon move into a flat that is haunted by a young ghost named Annie Sawyer. Annie was killed when she fell down a flight of stairs by accident. She died a few weeks before she was to be married to a man named Owen whom George and Mitchell rent Annie’s old flat from.

Initially only Mitchell and George can see Annie as only other supernatural creatures can see ghosts.

Though some of Annie’s habits get on George’s nerves such as her constantly making tea even though she never drinks it the three soon bond and become very close friends.

Annie needs to complete her unfinished business. Only then will her spirit be able to cross over into the afterlife.

Mitchell meanwhile ends up giving into his thirst when he sleeps with Lauren a co worker. He proceeds to bite her and in order to save her life makes her into a Vampire.

Feeling guilt over what he has done Mitchell attempts to try and help Lauren control her thirst, but she gives in to it and joins Herrick’s Vampire army.

Herrick meanwhile tries to convince Mitchell to join him. Assuring him that things are about to change and that he would be better on his side, Mitchell refuses to listen to him.

George meanwhile is soon confronted with another Werewolf named Tully who tries to teach him how to manage his condition. George later however discovers that Tully is the Werewolf who bit him and warns Tully never to come near him again.

George later begins a relationship with a young nurse named Nina.

Annie meanwhile discovers the awful truth that Owen murdered her when he thought she was having an affair (ironically Owen himself had been cheating on Annie throughout their entire relationship) Annie had blocked this out of her memory.

Things become even more complicated when Mitchell befriends the neighbours. Mitchell does so against George’s wishes, with George being terrified that they will discover the truth about them.

These fears come true when Mitchell accidentely gives a young boy he has befriended a DVD of Lauren killing a man. Lauren had sent it to Mitchell to try and lure him back to Herrick’s army. The tape sees Lauren biting a man’s neck whilst making love to him. As a Vampire’s reflection can not be captured on film the footage is of a man naked on a bed.

Mitchell hides the DVD in an old Laurel and Hardy case and later unknowingly gives it to the young boy. When he watches it his mother sees it and thinks Mitchell is a pedophile.

Mitchell is shunned by the neighbourhood as is George and eventually after a confrontation the boy in question is hit by a car.

Mitchell later revealed the truth to his mother and says that if he makes the boy a Vampire he can save him and the boy can control his thirst like he does with her help.

His mother agrees and Mitchell makes him a Vampire.

After this Mitchell comes to believe that Vampirism can be a force for good in the world as it can be used to save people in ways medical science can not. Mitchell soon joins Herricks army and begins recruiting terminally ill people giving them a choice if they want to become a Vampire or not.

Annie meanwhile later discovers that her unfinished business it to avenge herself on Owen which she later manages to do with George and Mitchell’s help. She is ultimately able to drive Owen insane by revealing to him a secret that only the dead know.

Mitchell is soon visited by an elderly Josie. Josie reveals to him that she is dying of lung cancer. Despite this she refuses to take Mitchell’s offer of becoming a Vampire and warns him that Herrick can’t be trusted. Mitchell soon discovers that Herrick is building a Vampire army to overrun the entire world.

He intends to destroy all of human society and recruit millions of people against their will. Those who aren’t turned into Vampires will be kept as nothing more than cattle for the Vampires to feed on. Herrick also intends to exterminate all other supernatural races including Werewolves too.

Mitchell refuses to take part in Herricks scheme, but Herrick warns him that he wont be allowed to leave this time. As it is getting too near the end of his plan he refuses to allow any Vampires with sympathies for humanity to exist. Mitchell refuses to obey him however and leaves with Lauren who later begs Mitchell to kill her before she kills again which he sadly obliges.

Later just as Annie having got her revenge on Owen is about to cross over to the after life via a door Herrick arrives at their house and stakes Mitchell. Annie gives up her chance to cross over in order to help Mitchell. Mitchell is brought to a hospital, with George managing to pull the stake out before he dies.

Josie later visits Mitchell and allows him to feed off of her in order to save him. She says that she is going to die anyway and that he is the only person who can stop Herrick. Mitchell reluctantly feeds off of her.

Mitchell later confronts Herrick. Realizing that he is not a match for the Vampire king Mitchell makes a deal with Herrick. Herrick can kill him the traitor in front of his Vampire minions in exchange for Annie and George being allowed to leave.

Herrick agrees but we later discover that he intends to go back on his word and capture George and use him for his Dog fights. He also intends to kill Annie too by burning her house down severing her link to our world and causing her to fade into nothingness.

George however goes to confront Herrick first on the night of the full moon. He locks himself in the same room as the Vampire as he is changing. He also wears a star of David which prevents Herrick from attacking him before he changes. Mitchell, Annie and Nina soon go down to try and stop George with Mitchell not wanting blood to be on George’s hands. George however pushes them aside (though in doing so he ends up scratching Nina whilst he is partially transformed causing her to become infected.) George changes into a werewolf before Herrick. Herrick faces his impending death bravely stating that sooner or later the Vampires will triumph and rule humanity with or without his leadership.

George tears Herrick’s head off in Werewolf form. Following Herrick’s death the Vampire community falls into disarray.

Two new elder Vampires Ivan and Daisy show up, but they do not care about leading the Vampires. They are both bored and merely care about finding ways to amuse themselves. Daisy takes a particular interest in George and even seduces him at one point.

Mitchell soon takes over the Vampire community and tries to convince them to abstain from drinking blood. Though he runs into many problems and even at some points gives into his own blood lust he is ultimately successful and manages to convince Herrick’s Vampire minions to turn over a new leaf.

Unfortunately Mitchell soon becomes involved with a woman named Lucy Jaggat who unknown to him is part of an organisation devoted to tracking down, experimenting on and even destroying supernatural creatures. Another member of her organisation is Kemp a Vampire hunter who first became aware of the supernatural when a group of Vampires slaughtered his family. Kemp managed to fend off the Vampires with a bible that he has kept ever since.

Kemp and Jaggat capture and experiment on many Werewolves in order to try and find a way to cure them including Tully. Unfortunately all of their attempts at doing so result in the Werewolves bloody and violent deaths.

Amongst the threesome meanwhile things become more complicated. George and Nina take a break after things become strained between them, mostly due to George’s guilt over both his affair with Daisy and infecting Nina. George later gets a job as a teacher and tries to find other ways to control his Wolf side. He takes tranquilizers as he changes which nulls the pain and locks himself in a cage. Unfortunately however this causes him to develop chronic rage problems later as a man, as the wolf is not being allowed to roam free during the full moon.

Annie meanwhile is able to be seen by more than just supernatural creatures and even gets a job in a pub. However this ultimately stops when Demons from another dimension called The Men with Sticks and Ropes try to drag her soul into the afterlife for refusing her door. Fortunately with another ghosts help she is able to defeat the Demons and avoid crossing over until she is ready.

Later however Annie decides she wants to cross over and she, George and Nina later seek out Kemp believing he can help all three of them.

Jaggat meanwhile having been convinced of how evil all Vampires are by Kemp betrays Mitchell and plants a bomb in the Vampires headquarters even though the Vampires have reformed at this point. The bomb kills all of them except for Mitchell and Daisy. The two fearing that humans are launching a war on the Vampires give into their thirst. Mitchell is further driven over the edge when he discovers that it was Jaggat who betrayed him. Both Mitchell and Daisy soon slaughter an entire carriage full of people. An event which becomes known as the Box Tunnel Massacre.

Afterwards Mitchell soon begins to make plans for a Vampire takeover of humanity. Picking up where Herrick left off.

Kemp meanwhile attempts to kill both George and Nina. Having become convinced that all supernaturals are evil, he also exorcises Annie (murdering another human along the way to do it) and sends her to the other side.

With Annie gone Mitchell attacks Kemps headquarters. There he kills everyone in sight except for Kemp. Just as he is about to rip Kemp’s throat out with his teeth George manages to talk him out of it.

Mitchell who later comes to regret his actions in the box tunnel massacre, George and Nina later move to Wales. They are followed by a remorseful Jaggat. Though Jaggat wishes to make amends, Mitchell refuses to listen to her. Telling her that as he will have to live with what he has done then so will she.

Kemp later follows them down and kills Jaggat along the way. Capturing Nina he holds Mitchell at bay with a bible and promises that he will kill all three of them. Before he can murder Nina however he is attacked by Annie who manages to drag him into the world of the dead where he dies instantly.

Annie’s spirit however is still trapped on the other side though Mitchell vows he will find a way to rescue her.

Daisy meanwhile along with another one of Herrick’s old Vampire followers (who refused to follow Mitchell) are able to bring Herrick back from the dead by spilling their blood on his remains.

Mitchell is later able to cross over into the spirit world by following a ghost through his door. Mitchell is unaffected being in the spirit world as he is already dead being a Vampire. Unfortunately for him however he is confronted with his victims from the Box Tunnel massacre. One of them Lia tells him that he can have Annie back, but that he will be killed by a Werewolf some time soon. Mitchell and Annie depart the spirit world together and Annie moves into George, Nina and Mitchell’s new house in Wales.

Things go smoothly for the foursome at first but ultimately the past begins to catch up with them. George soon discovers Herrick alive again. Herrick however has no memory of who he was. The only thing that will restore him to his former self is the taste of human blood, but he fled from Daisy before she could feed it to him. Mitchell still wants to kill him before he can remember who he is. Nina and George however are against this as they believe that he deserves a second chance as he has no memory of who he once was and isn’t even aware that he is a Vampire.

Things also become tense between Nina and Mitchell which later leads to Nina betraying Mitchell and giving a detective named Nancy Reid clues that Mitchell was involved in the box tunnel massacre. At this point none of the others are aware that Mitchell was behind it but Nina becomes suspicious as does Nancy Reid as soon as she begins to investigate.

Mitchell and Annie meanwhile after dealing with a Zombie named Sasha realize that they are in love with one another and begin a relationship.

Nina soon become pregnant and though she and George are happy they are unsure on how their child can survive as it will be a werewolf too.

They soon run into a Werewolf father and son, The McNairs. McNair claims his son Tom was born a Werewolf and that his mother was killed by Vampires when he was a child. This is why the two hunt Vampires.

Nina (with whom Tom is smitten with) discovers the truth however that in fact Tom was not born with the condition and that McNair is not his real father. McNair was in fact an ordinary man who was captured by Herrick many years ago in the early 90’s. He was forced to take part in the sadistic Dog Fights and in his first match actually managed to kill a Werewolf.

Unfortunately however he became infected and afterwards was forced to fight and kill several other people for many years by Herrick as well as endure torture and humiliation at the hands of Herrick and his other Vampire captors.

Eventually McNair managed to escape and vowed to destroy every Vampire he saw. At some point however during one of the full moons he changed he tore a young couple apart and wounded their infant child. Feeling guilt over this he took the young boy in, named him Tom and raised him as his own, eventually making him his ally in his war against the Vampires.

He lied to Tom however and told him that he was his son and that he had been born with the condition. Upon finding this out Tom is angry with McNair.

At the same time McNair plans to kill Mitchell. Refusing to believe that a Vampire could change, Mitchell and McNair end up working together however when a twisted Vampire couple capture, Nina, George and Tom and try to use all three in their dog fights. The two are able to slay the Vampires and rescue their friends. During the battle McNair even demonstrates a certain trust in Mitchell when he is changing by going after another dangerous vampire instead of Mitchell.

Tom forgives McNair and the two continue to hunt Vampires together. Though McNair promises Mitchell he wont go after him after he helped him, the two are still not friends and McNair warns Mitchell that sooner or later someone is gonna get him for all the horrible things he has done.

Mitchell soon runs into another reformed Vampire Adam who is a teenage Vampire that is trying to control his thirst. Adam later in the spin off series Becoming Human forms his own supernatural trinity with a teenage Werewolf and a teenage Ghost.

As Nancy continues to investigate Mitchell contemplates feeding her to Herrick. Mitchell wants to Herrick to regain his memory so that he can learn how he came back from the dead in order to avoid the prophecized Wolf shaped bullet.

The McNairs return and McNair soon learns that Herrick is living with them. He then confronts Herrick on the night of the full moon. Before he changes he tells Herrick that he has killed many other prominent Vampires (Daisy among them) as he changes.

McNair in wolf form lunges at Herrick, but Herrick manages to kill him. Earlier Herrick pickpocketed a knife and kept it with him. When McNair lunges at him he cuts his throat open and kills him instantly.

Nancy meanwhile soon discovers concrete evidence that links Mitchell to the Box Tunnel massacre and Annie who is following her discovers the truth too. Annie attempts to convince Mitchell to hand himself over, but Mitchell says he can’t. He says he wants to be punished, but that he can’t allow himself to be arrested or else Vampires will be exposed to the world which will bring chaos and disorder.

For Annie Mitchell allows himself to be arrested however. Unfortunately for Nancy she ventures upstairs. Discovering McNair’s corpse she is soon jumped by Herrick who is overwhelmed with hunger. Herrick tears her throat out after which he regains all of his former memories. Refreshed after killing both Nancy and a Werewolf Herrick soon proceeds to slaughter the dozens of police men downstairs.

Later when Nina returns Herrick corners her and taunts her. He makes her think that he is going to spare her due to her being kind to him whilst he had no memory of his former self, but then stabs her in the kidney joking stating to himself “well I wouldn’t want people to think I had gone soft”.

Herrick soon slaughters the entire police station Mitchell is kept in by himself,  and destroys the evidence of Mitchell’s role in the Box Tunnel massacre to cover up the existence of Vampires before capturing Mitchell too. He then sends several of his Vampire minions to capture George whom he tortures and locks in a cage with Mitchell.

Herrick tries to get the two to fight one another and tells George that how he killed Nina jut on a whim. This causes George to attack Mitchell as George blames Mitchell for Herricks return (even though it had been Mitchell who wanted to kill Herrick before he could regain his former memories). Tom meanwhile discovers his fathers body and buries him. Vowing revenge on Herrick he manages to slay a few of his Vampire cronies before confronting him. Before he can face the Vampire himself however Mitchell threatens to kill George unless he lets Herrick go. Faced with no choice Tom is forced to allow Herrick to leave. Mitchell assures George that he is not really joining Herrick again that he just wants to know how he managed to find a way to return, though George doesn’t care.

Nina meanwhile is rushed to hospital where Annie is soon lured through another door to the spirit world by Lia. Lia reveals that the wolf shaped bullet was a lie that she made up to punish Mitchell. Ultimately Annie is able to convince her to forget her feud (with Lia planning to keep Annie there to further punish Mitchell) Nina manages to recover from her wound too.

Herrick now thinking Mitchell has rejoined him begins his plans for another Vampire takeover of the world. He also tells Mitchell that a Vampire can be brought back to life from any form of death except for a wooden stake through the heart. With this in mind Mitchell stakes Herrick when he is not looking killing him once and for all.

Mitchell then goes to his former friends, Nina, Annie and George. He begs George to stake him. Mitchell has finally come to the conclusion that he will never be able to control his bloodlust. No matter what happens he will always return to his former Vampiric self and each time it will be worse. Telling George that he is haunted not only by the people he has killed, but by all the people he is going to kill he pleads with George to end his life once and for all.

George reluctantly agrees, and Mitchell assures him that he only lasted as long as he did because of George. He also tells Annie that she was the love of his life and she says that he was hers.

Before George can stake Mitchell however another Vampire soon enters the flat. This Vampire is named Edgar Wyndham. He is a member of the old ones. The Old Ones are an ancient group of Vampires and the undisputed masters of the Vampire race above and beyond even Herrick.

Edgar states that the time of the Vampire has come. The Old Ones are now preparing to lead the Vampires to victory over humanity and the other supernatural races. Though George is unscared having foiled two of Herrick’s attempts at leading the Vampires to conquer the world, Edger is offended at being compared to Herrick.

Edgar also states that in the new world order Mitchell will become his guard dog and be made to kill on his command. George then proceeds to stake Mitchell to prevent his friend from being used this way. His final words to Mitchell are “I’m doing this because I love you” to which Mitchell responds “I know” before crumbling to dust. George then assures Edgar that he has a fight on his hands.

George later manages to kill Edgar, but another old one is sent to replace him Griffin. Griffin’s job is to get the Vampires ready for the Old ones arrival. As soon as the rest of the Old Ones including their leader Mr Snow arrive in England the Vampire’s war against humanity can begin. Griffinn’s job is also to prepare a tribute for them too.

Griffin sends a group of Vampires after Nina and they brutally torture her to death in the streets. Nina however manages to give birth to her and George’s baby first. Griffin however soon wants the baby as a tribute for the Old Ones.

George is left broken by Nina’s death. He spends all of his time guarding his unnamed child with a stake barely even responding to Annie. Tom meanwhile desperate to avenge Nina’s death soon draws George into his battle with the Vampires. Ultimately however they prove to be no match for them and the Vampires soon capture George’s daughter. George is forced in order to save his child’s life to hand himself over to the Vampires. The Vampires lock him in a cage and torture him.

The Vampire recorder meanwhile soon discovers a prophecy that states that the child of two Werewolves will bring about the end of the Vampire race. As Griffin prepares to kill the baby George manages to escape from his cage. He tricks his body into thinking that it is the full moon and partially changes into a wolf. In this form he is is able to fight his way past the Vampires, Tom and Annie also arrive and begin battling them too and all three are able to rescue the baby with the help of the Vampire Recorder of all people, who is only helping them out of resentment to the other Vampires for how they treat him.

George faces Griffin himself who taunts him about how Nina dies alone and afraid. George proves to be no match for Griffin even in wolf form as he is an Old One and thus far more powerful than your average Vampire. George still manages to kill him however by feeding him his blood which is toxic to Vampires.

Afterwards George dies. Having only achieved a partial transformation George is unable to repair the pieces of his body that the curse normally repairs when it changes a person into a Werewolf.

George’s spirit crosses over but not before he says goodbye to Tom and Annie and names his daughter Eve. George crosses over thinking that his daughter will bring about the end of the Vampire race and thus save the world.

In the future meanwhile we see that the Vampires led by the Old Ones managed to overrun the earth. No one and nothing was able to stop them. They slaughtered all of the major cities and rounded up both human beings and Werewolves into concentration camps where they tortured and killed them for their own pleasure. New York becomes the last tiny pocket of resistance, but eventually even it falls to the Vampire armies. One of the last soldiers discovers the final piece of the prophecy that was lost for years to everyone including even the Vampires surrounding Eve’s role in bringing out the end of the Vampire race. Apparently she will only bring about their end when she dies. Thus ironically for years the resistance, whom she came to represent kept her alive and in doing so helped the Vampires win. Knowing that its too late to kill Eve as the Vampires rule the earth and nothing could stop them the last soldier kills herself and using a special ritual sends her spirit backwards in time to kill Eve just before the Vampires war began in order to change history, promising “I’m gonna kill that baby!”

Back in the present meanwhile an old Werewolf named Leo is soon contacted by a mysterious voice on the radio. It tells him to visit Annie’s house. Tom has since George’s death moved in with Annie, though Annie doesn’t approve of Tom’s Vampire hunting activities believing it is drawing too much attention to them from the Old Ones.

Leo soon heads to Annie’s house with his two friends a Vampire named Hal and a Ghost named Pearl. Hal is a Vampire over 500 years old. He was once one of the Old Ones and one of the most feared and evil Vampires of all time.

He first met Leo when he captured him to use in the Dog Fights. Leo was forced to kill five people before he was able to convince Hal to help him promising that he would help him control his bloodlust too. The two soon moved into a flat with a ghost named Pearl and the three lived for the next 50 plus years together. When the three arrive at Annie’s house Tom instantly attacks Hal, but Annie breaks up their fight.

Annie believes the three of them were called here so that Eve whom Annie has come to see as a messiah type figure can heal Leo who is dying. Unfortunately Leo does not get any better and passes on. Before Leo dies however he reveals to Pearl that he is in love with her and she is in love with him too. Both of their spirits cross over together leaving Hal behind, though not before Annie and Tom who agree to take care of Hal are left with a set of instructions on how to help Hal manage his bloodlust which Leo and Pearl have been doing for the past 50 years.

It is later revealed that it was the soldier from the future that brought them here. She hoped that Hal who in her timeline is a cruel and sadistic Vampire leader would kill Eve as a child, but ultimately Hal does not harm her and even hops that she will wipe the Vampires out. Tom however does not trust Hal and the two soon have another big fight which ends with Tom aiming a stake at Hal and Hal aiming a shotgun at Tom! Once again however Annie is able to talk them both out of it, saying this is the easy way out and if they give into temptation then they will not be the man that either their father or friend wanted them to be.

Hal moves in with them and gets a job in the same cafe as Tom. Things are difficult to say the least between the new supernatural trinity and Tom even keeps a supply of stakes in case Hal goes bad again. Later however Hal proves his loyalty when he saves Annie and Tom from a group of Vampires who are after Eve and even kills a powerful Vampire leader.

After this the new trinity begin to bond and become friends, but things are still a little tense.

The Ghost of a serial killer named Kirby is sent from the land of the dead by the soldier from the future to kill Eve. Kirby infiltrates their house and is able to split the Trinity up. He even manages to provoke a fight between Tom and Hal and convince Annie to kick Hal out.

Later when he is alone with Annie he seemingly kills her, but before he can finish off the baby Hal and Tom having realized they were duped arrive back. Though they are unable to stop Kirby Annie returns and blasts Kirby’s spirit into atoms.

After this realizing how things were not right between them the three make up and become much closer with Hal eventually coming to see Tom as a replacement for Leo.

Nick Cutler an old associate of Hal’s meanwhile soon begins to try and expose Werewolves to the world. He believes that the Old Ones plan for world domination just simply conquering humanity will never work and so he instead plans to expose Werewolves to humanity and make them appear worse than Vampires, believing that that will then cause human beings to look to Vampires for help and thus become dependent on them.

Cutler is able to manipulate Tom and plans to set him lose in his Wolf form on a large group of human beings to achieve his plans.

The threesome also have to deal with the Vampire Adam who is no in a relationship with a Succubus. Succubus’s are Demon hybrids. The children of a Demon and a human being. They are immensely powerful and able to influence Vampires and Werewolves. Ultimately the three are able to convince the Succubus Yvonne to overcome her demonic nature and she and Adam elope promising to help one another.

Tom soon begins a relationship with another young Werewolf named Allison and though he does love her it ultimately doesn’t last long.

Hal meanwhile begins a relationship with a young Scottish woman named Alex. Unfortunately Alex is soon captured and killed by Cutler who later tricks Hal into drinking his blood. Years ago when Hal turned Cutler into a Vampire he did this same trick with Cutlers wife to eliminate the last shred of humanity in him. Cutler does not do this to get revenge on Hal, but rather in his own mind to try and help him. Hal doesn’t see it this way and Cutler imprisons him but Hal is soon able to escape with help from Alex’s ghost.

Cutler meanwhile manages to trap Tom in a room full of people on the full moon. Before he can kill anyone however Hal manages to stop him.

Annie is visited by the ghost of the soldier who has been trying to kill Eve. She reveals that she is in fact Eve herself. Eve from the future shows Annie the future that is about to take place.

Very soon when the Old Ones arrive their leader Mr Snow will kill the Prime Minister on national television alerting the world to the presence of Vampires. The Vampires however will slaughter hundreds of people on the streets with humanity not being able to stand against them.

In the midst of the chaos Tom and Annie try to get Eve out of the country. Their attempts at doing so fail as no one the airports are off limits and when they try and get her out via ferry the Vampires slaughter everyone who tries to escape this way.

The Vampires go on to overwhelm all of the major cities despite major Werewolf and human resistance movements around the globe, none prove effective. Hal gives into his bloodlust and becomes even worse than ever before. He becomes one of the Vampire leaders and literally their poster boy.

The Vampires eventually overrun the entire world and establish themselves as the dominant race. Most of mankind and any other supernatural creatures like Werewolves and Demons are slaughtered, but the unlucky survivors are soon rounded up into concentration camps around the world which are created by Hal himself.

In these camps the human, Demon and Werewolf captives are subjected to extreme cruelty at the hands of their Vampire masters. The humans are bled like animals, the Werewolves and humans are tortured, the Vampires burn L for Lycan onto the Werewolves skins and H for human onto the humans skins. The Dog Fights are also brought back on Hal’s request to a greater extent than ever before.

Annie and Tom continue to protect Eve but eventually after seeing so many of her friends die at the hands of the Vampires Annie fades away into nothingness. Tom and Eve are then captured by the Vampires and end up in the Vampire concentration camps. Eve is tortured and has H burned onto her arm. Despite being the child of two Werewolves Eve is not one herself as the wolf genes cancel each other out. Tom meanwhile is forced to take part in Dog fights once again and kills dozens of innocent people before finally killing himself to prevent being forced to murder anyone else.

Eve eventually escapes the concentration camps and joins the final resistance group in New York. A group of Vampires led by Hal however eventually manage to slaughter this resistance group. They kill virtually everyone in sight and claim Manhatten for themselves.

Eve pleads Annie to kill her as a child stating that she realizes after both her attempts with Kirby and Hal failed that she could send a hundred threats and Annie would dispose of them all. She says that its Annie who has to kill her as a child to prevent this horrifying future from coming true.

Returning to the present Annie tells Hal, Tom and Alex this. Hal and Tom do not consider it an option to kill Eve and try and find a way to dispose of the Old Ones instead.

The Old Ones meanwhile arrive. With Eve’s vision of the future now coming to pass Mr Snow soon prepares the Vampire forces for conquest. He also humiliates Cutler finding his attempts at world domination laughable. Cutler later attempts revenge on Snow by killing Eve after he learns from Snow that Eve’s death will bring about the end of Vampires. It turns out that Snow knew the truth about the prophecy all along. Cutler however is prevented from killing Eve by Annie who stakes him. With Annie realizing that the Vampires are always going to win ironically because of her.

Mr Snow meanwhile soon approaches both Tom and Hal, telling them that he can protect Eve from any Werewolves or human beings better than they can. Tom desperate to protect Eve later hands the child over to Snow. Hal soon shows up with a bomb strapped to him. He demands Snow give up the baby or else he will detonate it. Snow unscared takes control of Hal. Making him take the bombs off, just then Annie and Alex attack the Vampires. In the middle of the fight Snow realizes that Annie is the best person to look after the child and willingly hands her over to Annie. Snow taunts Annie with how she will help the Vampires rule the world as she will always put her child above the rest of humanity.

Annie realizing the world she will create tells Alex to teleport Hal to safety which she is able to do (ghosts are only able to teleport non living things) with Tom having been knocked out of the room earlier by the Old Ones body guard (who is ironically a Werewolf) Annie then picks up the detonation device to Hal’s bomb. She says “I love you” to Eve one last time before detonating the bombs much to Snow’s shock and horror. Eve, Snow and all of the Old Ones are killed in the explosion and the future where the Vampires rule the earth is averted.

Annie then crosses over with Eve’s ghost. With this being her unfinished business to save mankind from the Vampires. In the spirit world Annie is again confronted by the ghost of the older Eve. She tells Annie that she was successful in changing the future as she begins to fade away into nothingness now having never existed. Anne and the baby Eve meanwhile are reunited with George, Nina and presumably Mitchell on the other side.

Hal meanwhile having been tricked into drinking blood earlier by Cutler is restrained by Tom and Alex in order to help him go cold turkey. Alex moves in with Tom and Hal in the hopes that they can help her finish her unfinished business and cross over to the other side. Together these three form a new supernatural trinity in Annie’s old house.

A few weeks pass and Hal gets clean from blood. Things go smoothly for the new trinity for a while until a much greater threat emerges.

Tom and Hal get a new job in a Hotel where unknown to them one of the guests Captain Hatch is in fact the Devil in disguise.

The Devil feeds on the conflict between Vampires and Werewolves as he created the both of them. At the start of the 20th Century he instigated a full scale conflict between the two races which in turn led to the outbreak of the first world war.

The leader of the Vampires at that point which was Hal and the leader of the Werewolves soon realized what was going on and called a truce. The Devil was hoping to feed on their conflict to become strong enough to bring about the end of the world. Working together the two were able to imprison the Devil who was not at full strength in the body of a local lunatic. They then teamed up with the ghost of a powerful Warlock and planned to perform a ritual that would destroy him once and for all. This ritual needed the blood of a Vampire, the blood of a Werewolf to be drunk by a ghost.

This unites the Devil’s three curses (with the Devil having also created ghosts) against him and destroys him. However it also destroys the Vampire, the Werewolf and the Ghost who perform it too. Knowing this Hal switched his blood for another Vampires and therefore as it was not a full trinity that killed him the Devil did not die but was merely weakened. Now unable to leave his broken body the Devil fled and went into hiding. He also could not draw on the conflict between Vampires and Werewolves unless they were right under his nose. He spent many years confined to a wheelchair in an old hotel waiting for his chance to become strong again.

As soon as Hal and Tom arrive The Devil tries to provoke a conflict between them.

Things become even more complicated when Hal is forced to turn another young man named Crumb whom he inadvertantly forces to flee in front of a car into a Vampire. Though Hal attempts to help Crumb control his bloodlust he is later taken hostage by a man named Rook.

Rook works for an organisation known as the Men in Grey. The Men in Grey’s job is to cover up the activities of the supernatural and protect people for them. They are similar to Kemp’s organisation, only much superior and they actually work for the government too.

Rook was responsible for covering up many of Cutlers attempts to expose Werewolves to the world.

Ultimately however following the death of the Old Ones the government no longer feels there is a need for The Men in Grey and decides to shut down the organisation.

Desperate to save his job Rook goes to great lengths to try and convince the government that the supernatural are still dangerous.

He soon ends up working with Captain Hatch to try and stage a Werewolf attack on people in a hotel using the simpleton Werewolf Bobby whom Rook has been looking after for a long while.

This ultimately fails thanks to the efforts of Tom and Hal which causes Hatch to later hypnotize Bobby into taking his own life.

Crumb meanwhile is also manipulated by Rook who forces him to kill his family in an effort to prove to the government how dangerous Vampires still are.

Crumb later ends up back in Hal’s care but ends up killing himself to avoid being a monster. Hal however soon begins to give in to temptation not only through his dealings with Crumb but also later when facing the Werewolf charlatan Larry whom Hal eventually kills after losing his temper.

Alex also has to deal with Demons that Hatch sends after her who very nearly manage to drag her soul to hell.

Rook and Hatch are later able to bring in a young girl named Natasha whom Tom develops feelings for. Rook saved Natasha from Vampires years ago when she was a young girl. Natasha approaches Hal and says he can feed on her provided he doesn’t kill her. Hal having begun to lose his control over his thirst for blood begins to feed on her.

Unfortunately Alex soon discovers and though she is furious she agrees to restrain him one more time to try and help him overcome his bloodlust.

Unfortunately Hatch soon takes control of Natasha and sends her to Hal where she kills herself. Though Hal tries to save her, Tom and Alex soon come in and see her bloody corpse next to Hal. Assuming that Hal killed her Tom and Hal fight and the Devil is able to draw on their conflict and restore himself to his former strength.

Alex and Tom throw Hal out and Hal gives into his thirst. He soon slaughters a bar full of people and turns them into Vampires hoping to make them the first of his new army of bloodsuckers.

Alex meanwhile is soon told by Natasha’s ghost before she crosses over who really killed her but before she can tell anyone Hatch traps her in her grave.

As Hal is giving a speech to his new Vampires about the superiority of the Vampire race Tom breaks in. Tom slaughters Hal’s new Vampire soldiers and battles with Hal himself. Before the two can finish each other off Alex breaks them up and reveals the truth about what is going on.

Hal agrees to help them as the Devil’s appocalypse is bad news for everyone, humans, Vampires, Werewolves and Ghosts alike.

Hal tells them they need to prepare a ritual using their blood, but once again in order to save his own skin he takes another Vampire, the only one of his new minions Tom didn’t kill but merely wounded instead.

Hatch meanwhile now strong enough to begin his plans to end the world slaughters his way across Wales leaving absolute chaos in his wake before making his way to a local tv station where he intends to broadcast a signal that will make millions of innocent people kill themselves. This is only the beginning of his plans however he intends to divide the earth into four kingdoms, the kingdom of the dead, the kingdom of disease, the kingdom of famine and the kingdom of war. He also intends to transform men into beasts and drag the entire planet into the abyss.

Before he can broadcast his message Hal, Tom and Alex confront him ready to perform the ritual. There they are confronted by Hatch’s Demon minions however and before Alex can drink the blood Hatch traps each one of them in a dream.

Hal’s dream sees him back before he became a Vampire. Here the Devil offers him a chance to stay human. A ghost of Leo appears to him and begs him to take the offer. Telling him that if he does this he will never be a Vampire and not only will all of his victims survive but he will never be made to kill 5 people in the dog fights something which haunted him for the rest of his life.

Tom’s dream sees him married to Alison who is pregnant with their child.

Alex’s dream sees her before she was killed by Cutler. Here she has a choice of going on her date with Hal or staying at home with her dad and having a normal and nice life.

The three of them ultimately turn the Devil’s offer down.

Hal taunts the Devil that his mistake was in not putting them all together and he yells at the Vampire who who turned him and gets him to turn him all over again.

Tom stakes the Devil through the heart.

Alex tells the Devil that she is not like him and goes to meet Hal.

The three of them then wake up, but again before Alex can drink the blood the Demons overpower her and she drops it. Fortunately Rook arrives just in time his organisation having been restored after the Devils rampage and manages to kill the Devil’s host causing his spirit to flee.

With the Devils plans averted for now Hal bids Tom and Alex farewell. Having given completely into his Vampiric nature as Tom and Alex prepare to stop him Rook enters. Rook tries to explain to them that the sacrifices he made had to be done. Alex walks out in disgust, but Hal soon realizes when he replies to Alex that it is not Rook.

The Devil has taken control of Rook’s body after he fled Hatch’s. Now more powerful than ever he overpowers all three of them, but they manage to use their blood (with Hal finally being forced to use his own) and this time they manage to weaken him, Hal per his request then kills Rook whilst the Devil is still trapped in him which kills the Devil for good.

With the Devil dead every single Vampire, Werewolf and Ghost around the world is turned into a human being as their curses all came from him.

Hal, Alex and Tom therefore are all rendered human. The three of them begin to enjoy their lives, with Hal and Alex even becoming a couple.

The ending sees the three of them sitting on the couch together having saved the world once again and having achieved everything they have ever wanted. Hal muses that the Devil’s fatal mistake was not putting them together in their dream world’s. Unfortunately the ending reveals that they are in fact still in the dream world. After they defied the Devil the first time he merely followed Hal’s suggestion and created another dream for them where they were together and where they defeated him and became human. Unfortunately they remain unaware of this whilst the Devil goes onto ravage the real world.

An extended scene on the DVD however shows Hal realize that they have been placed in another dream as everything is too perfect for them. As soon as they realize this they are confronted by Demons in their dream world. The three however remain defiant and leave their dream world to confront Hatch once again. Whether or not they do manage to defeat Hatch and save the world or even escape their new dream however is never revealed.

Being Human proved to be very popular series. Running for five years it spawned an American remake shown on the Syfy network which was also successful. It also helped to launch the careers of many of its stars including Aidan Turner who later went on to star in The Hobbit and Poldark.

It continues to have a very strong and devoted following.

Best Seasons

Being Human can really be divided into two distinct era’s. The George and Mitchell years and the Hal and Tom years. If you wanted too I suppose you could divide it into three different era’s. The Mitchell, Annie and George years, the Hal, Annie and Tom years and the Hal, Tom and Alex years.

Most people I talk to tend to prefer the original series starring the original supernatural trinity of Mitchell, Annie and George. Personally however if I had to pick my favourite series I’d say it was 4.

I like series 4 the best for a number of reasons. First of all I prefer Hal as a character to Mitchell.

I loved Mitchell, Aidan Turner is a truly charismatic and engaging performer however Mitchell is a bit more of a straight forward good guy Vampire character. The dark, brooding, sexy bad boy character that we have seen a dozen times. Though I felt the end to Mitchell’s story was quite a good twist on the reformed Vampire story as Mitchell ultimately fails to be a control his bloodlust. Sadly as he himself says he always was the bad guy and has to be put down by his best friend.

Still Hal to me offered up a new take on the good guy Vampire. He was almost a comical deconstruction of that type of character being presented as more neurotic than dark and brooding, more of an uncool and awkward character than a dangerous loner.

I think the potential for comedy overall was better with Hal than Mitchell, though at the same time I felt Hal when he was evil was far more menacing than Mitchell.

Mitchell was more like an animal giving into temptation where as Hal had a certain calmness about him. The scene where he murders Larry in cold blood is far more disturbing than the Box Tunnel massacre.

Hal slowly choking him to death whilst saying calmly “this is the real me Larry” is as frightening a moment as any involving any of the main villains in the series. What’s even more scary is the way that Hal does it just for fun. At the very least whenever Mitchell killed it was to satisfy his thirst for blood.

I think it was good that they were able to make Hal and Mitchell such drastically different characters. On the surface they seemed very similar. Both once the most powerful and dangerous Vampires who become good guys, both were turned in the middle of a battle and both have to deal with Vampires from their past who try to lure them back to their old habits, but really underneath they are polar opposites to one another.

Mitchell is the fun, easy going guy that everybody loves. He can befriend anyone and is the cool guy of the first trinity.

Hal on the other hand is the neurotic, uptight, awkward one who doesn’t know how to interact properly in any type of social situation. When someone is bothering him at work he goes off into some big ridiculous monologue about the old days when he had a horse and peasants would be tortured for defying him!

Mitchell’s the guy you’d want to get to know, Hal’s the guy you’d probably be embarrassed to be seen with in public.

Also their evil persona’s as I already mentioned where very different too. Mitchell when he is evil resorts to physical violence. This is not only seen in the Box Tunnel massacre but in all the old stories he and Herrick recant of his exploits. They are all about how he tore someone apart or killed someone in a pub.

Hal on the other hand when he is evil he is more manipulative and cruel for the sake of it. He doesn’t just tear people’s flesh off he enjoys getting under their skin and twisting their minds more and takes pleasure in torturing his victims and hurting them in ways that are nothing to do with just simply feeding like Mitchell. This can be seen in the way he tricks Cutler into drinking his wife’s blood or the girl Kirby describes who Hal made love him before eating her heart or the way he managed to trick Leo and capture him to use in the dog fights or even in the alternate future when he becomes the Vampires poster boy and sets up the horrific Vampire concentration camps and brings the Dog fights back.

Thus as both villainous and sympathetic characters Hal and Mitchell offered a very different dynamic from one another and whilst both were great characters ultimately I much prefer Hal and Damian Molony who is one of my favourite actors it must be said’s performance.

Another reason I liked series 4 the best is I liked the way it portrayed the Vampires. Now I love Vampire fiction its one of my biggest interests however I do prefer my Vampires to be evil. I don’t mind one off good guy Vampires, but I feel that most of them should be monsters. I don’t like stories that portray Vampires overall as misunderstood creatures.

My ideal Vampires are arrogant, bloodthirsty monsters. In the first 3 series whilst we were introduced to plenty of evil Vampires like Herrick we also see more sympathetic Vampires like Lauren, Adam even Ivan and Daisy to some extent whilst in series 2 Mitchell also manages to convince an entire group of Vampires to stop drinking blood.

In series 4 however Vampires with the exception of Hal who even then has his moments are all irredeemable monsters. We see them take pleasure in not just killing but torturing their victims too. Even the Vampires who do turn on their kind like Cutler and The Vampire Recorder only do so for their own selfish reasons. I also think they felt like more of a force to be reckoned with this series too, and it was cool the way we actually saw what an earth under the Vampires would be like too.

The Vampires are literally like the Nazi’s persecuting other supernatural races Werewolves in particular and herding people in their millions into death camps. I love the opening scene in series 4 where we see the ravaged ruins of a Vampire ruled earth. Its kind of like the Dalek Invasion of Earth  but with Vampires!

It also shows you how they really are the worst of the worst in the Being Human universe. They aren’t like the Ghosts, Werewolves, Zombies or even the Demons like Yvonne we see all of whom can still hold onto their humanity. Vampires not only can’t but they don’t want to. They fucking love being what they are and consider their condition a step up, which is why they unlike the other supernatural who view their condition as a curse try and take the world for themselves and treat other races as inferiors not just human beings.

Finally I also found the story arc in series 4 to be the strongest too. I know a lot of people aren’t keen on the War Child story, but I loved it. I felt it was quite an unusual idea for a Vampire series. I mean its not often that you see time travel in a Vampire story is it? Though having said that I think it was pretty obvious from the start that time traveller was Eve herself.

I also liked Annie sacrificing Eve. Now I know that is a controversial opinion and I can understand why. Its a bit much to have your main character actually kill their best friends baby! Still I felt it was quite an interesting and dark twist on the usual story that we often see where there is a relative of one of the main characters who is destined to do something bad and the hero has to decide on whether or not to kill them or save the world. Another example of this type of story off the top of my head was in Supernatural where we see Sam Winchester is prophecized to be the vessel for Lucifer and Dean has to deal with hunters like Gordon Walker wanting to kill him to prevent this.

In Sam and Dean’s case however it all works out. Okay granted Sam goes to hell, but still ultimately he gets brought back and loses all of his memories of hell and that’s that Dean didn’t have to kill him. In Being Human however its not like that. Annie in order to stop the end of the world actually has to kill Eve.

There’s not some big magic deux  machina where she avoids the horrible future and saves Eve. You think its going to be that when Hal and Tom talk about eliminating the Old Ones and its really shocking when Annie blows them all up. It was heartbreaking, but a very bold ending to the story.

I think series 4 also tends to focus on the fantasy elements more. It expands the mythos more featuring other supernatural creatures like Demons and even explaining where the Vampires came from. The first three series tend to focus more on the soap opera elements.

They tend to more revolve around the main characters attempts to fit in with humanity and their romantic misadventures. Even in series 1 which sees the Vampires try and take over the world our the main characters more just react to it at the end of the series.

In series 4 however we have characters like Tom who actively goes and hunts Vampires and episodes like Eve of War are pure action and fantasy from start to finish.

I think series 4 is more comparable to series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural in that like them its a series about people hunting supernatural creatures and saving the world from them. Series 1-3 however is more comparable to series like True Blood in that its a series that shows us how supernatural creatures exist in our society albeit obviously in a different way to True Blood.

I think a large part of this is due to the character of Tom. Michael Socha really brought a physical edge to the series through his performance that I think allowed them to do these types of stories with big massive Vampire fights such as in the finale. Its hard to imagine George bursting into a room and killing hundreds of Vampires like Tom.

The only time we ever see George take on lots of Vampires at once is when he has changed partially into a Werewolf in series 4. Tom however can do scenes like that all of the time. Compare Mitchell and George’s fight in the last episode of series 3 slapping each other to Hal and Tom’s big brawl in the last episode of series 5 and you will see how Socha really brought more of a physical edge to the show.

Having said that whilst series 4 is my favourite and I do prefer Hal to Mitchell I think series 1 and 3 are better than series 5.

Series 5 is not a bad series. I loved Phil Davis as Captain Hatch. I think Being Human benefited from having consistently strong villains. Not only where all the villains great characters, very well written, with great motivations, but they were all played by brilliant actors like Jason Watkins, Mark Gatiss, Donald Sumpter and Phil Davis. Also series 5 has the single best episode of all time too the finale. Still a lot of series 5 does feel like its reusing old ideas.

Crumb is a similar character to Lauren. Both Vampires who were turned by the main character and both end up killing lots of people before trying to control their blood lust and ultimately killing themselves.

Larry is also pretty much the same character as Tully from series 1. Both Werewolves who are losers and perverts who manage to somehow serve as role models to the main werewolf character and end up leading them astray, before clashing with the Vampire. There is even a scene in both episodes where Hal and Mitchell threaten Tully and Larry to leave instantly and they refuse.

Hal and Alex’s romance is also comparable to Mitchell and Annie’s too in that its another Vampire/Ghost love story.

Again this is not to say series 5 is bad, but it doesn’t feel quite as fresh as the earlier series and with this in mind perhaps its best that it was the last series.

Series 3 I’d say is probably the best of the Mitchell, George and Annie years. Again its story arc is very strong. Its not a big grand storyline like series 4 or 1. The only threat is to the main characters, but that works in its favor as its such an unbelievably tight story and it pushes our characters to the very limit.

I think series 3 is really Aidan’s series. They all have their moments but he really gets to show us so many different sides to Mitchell. He shows us how romantic and sweet he is with Annie one minute, but then gets to show us a really devious side of the character such as when he tries to feed Nancy to Herrick. Mitchell’s death is also brilliantly handled too. I will say whilst I preferred Hal I think Mitchell’s relationship with George was much better written.

Series 1 is a good strong opening series. Jason Watkinns is a good villain and the series does quite a good job of slowly introducing us to this fantastic world, the Vampire’s secret society, their feud with the werewolves, the men with the sticks and ropes. Only problem with this series however is its weak finale.

I think the Vampire takeover is halted far too easily. I mean compare what they have to do to stop Herrick to what they have to do stop the Old Ones. Granted the Old Ones are a bigger deal than Herrick, but still you’d think it would require more than that to stop all the hundreds of Vampires he had gathered as an army.

Series 2 I think is the weakest series. I don’t like its story arc. Again I’m not keen on the Vampires all trying to kick their blood habit and I also don’t like the idea of an organisation designed to track down the supernatural that goes evil. Its one of these ideas that sounds quite neat on paper, but for some reason it just never seems to work out. An example of this would be The Initiative in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Kemp is quite a good villain however, but I just didn’t like this series and I feel this was when the series was at its most soap operaish.

If I were to rank the series then it would be like this.

1/ Series 4

2/ Series 3

3/ Series 1

4/ Series 5

5/ Series 2

Top 10 Episodes

10/ Eve of War

A great opening episode for series 4. This story to me really shakes things up brilliantly with the deaths of to main cast members. Its sad that Nina dies off screen. She is consigned to the same fate as Tully and Daisy this way. Still George’s death is very moving and its good watching him die to save his daughter even if it is pointless. I also love Griffin the main villain in this episode he is such a vicious bastard at one point he even says casually that he is going to skin George alive. Of course this just makes his horrible death at George’s hands all the more satisfying.

9/ The Pack

This episode introduces McNair and Tom properly. A large part of why I like it is because I absolutely love McNair. He is a badass through and through and Robson Green who plays him is brilliant, he really captures the characters fanaticism and rage brilliantly. McNair’s scenes with Mitchell are the best and I like the way that Mitchell and McNair do have a certain level of trust in each other by the end of the story, even though it obviously doesn’t last as McNair is back trying to kill him again in his next appearance.

8/ All God’s Children

Though I don’t like series 2 that much it does have an amazing finale. Its great seeing what a true monster Kemp is the way he is prepared to brutally kill innocent people in his crusade against the supernatural. Also seeing Annie get sent through the door was really quite shocking the first time, though I don’t think anyone was upset when Jaggat died. Mitchell’s rampage is also great too as is his big confrontation with Kemp. I love George’s line of don’t you tear the world apart in her name when Mitchell tries to kill Kemp for what he did to Annie. Its ironic though as Annie later kills Kemp in that very episode.

7/ Floatsam and Jetsam

The first episode of the entire series this episode is a brilliant start to the show. It sets up the characters relationships with each other nicely. Even here you can see that Annie and Mitchell have a special kind of chemistry with one another. It is also gives you some quite nice insights into the Vampires world with Herrick. I love the moment at the end where he quietly threatens Mitchell and assures that something big is happening.

6/ Where the Wild Things Are

The penultimate episode of series 1. Where the Wild Things Are is one of my favorites because we finally see Annie get Owen. Owen I found to be one the most hateful villain in the entire series. Ironic in a way as he only killed one person, but I think its because he just seemed like a nasty bully compared to say Herrick or Hatch who at least seemed like dark charismatic villains.  Gregg Chillin was great as Owen and I never tire watching him get his just deserts.

5/ Being Human 1955

This episode does a brilliant job of bringing Hal into Annie and Tom’s life. From the very beginning Hal and Tom’s chemistry with each other is dynamite. Their final fight in the shop is so thrilling and I love the way Annie talks them out of it, pointing out how above all else they will simply be letting both McNair and Leo who were both so proud of them at the end of their lives down. Leo and Pearl’s relationship was also very sweet too and of course Louis Mahoney who plays Leo is always excellent value for money.

4/ Though the Heavens Fall

This episode makes the list because so much happens in it. We have the death of McNair, Nancy, Herrick regaining his memories, Mitchell being arrested and Annie and Mitchell’s relationship breaking down. I must admit I loved watching Herrick killing Nancy. Its funny even though we should be on Nancy’s side as Mitchell was behind the Box Tunnel massacre I still fucking hate her guts. Its sad to see McNair die though, but still you gotta give Herrick major credit for killing so many characters. McNair (in Wolf form which is pretty badass), Nancy and dozens of police men all by himself and then he stabs Nina in the kidney with a butchers knife! Its definitely Herricks crowning moment of evil when he seemingly kills Nina by stabbing her a pregnant, defencless woman in the back in the kidney. Its even worse when you consider the fact that she saved his life when he had no memories from Mitchell and looked after him for months, but he just does it to show how he isn’t going soft.

3/ The Wolf Shaped Bullet

The third season finale this episode makes the top ten purely for Mitchells moving death scene. Though all of the main cast would eventually depart the series in tragic ways this marked the first time we saw main character die and it was a very powerful moment, but it did the character justice. It was a great twist on the whole good guy Vampire story that for once actually there is no redemption for our hero Vampire. Unlike Angel or Spike Mitchell wont achieve redemption. Sadly he will die a monster and that’s that he lost the battle with the monster inside him. Though perhaps the fact that he willingly gave his life rather than risk anyone else just by his sheer existence can be seen as a form of redemption. I also love the fact that the thing that is really able to give George the courage to stake his dearest friend is the idea of him being used as a servant of the Old Ones to kill more people. Both Tovey and Turner are fabulous in their final scenes together.

2/ The War Child

A controversial episode but still one of my faves. The thing that really propels this to one of my favorites is Mark Gatiss’s performance as he Vampire Mr Snow. Gatiss is one of the shows best villains. He is just mesmerizing on the screen and utterly hideous at the same time. One of my favorite moments is when in the future he says to a rebellious human “I don’t intend to kill you all. You’re far too delicious!” and then smiles to reveal his hideous rotten, green teeth. It makes me shiver every time. I also loves the way he humiliates Nick Cutler. Poor Cutler Nick Cutler as Mr Snow loves to call him, he’s felt he was a history maker for the entire series and then just gets completely crushed by Mr Snow who compares his idea to a child holding its own excrement.

1/ The Last Broadcast

The final episode is also the best one in my opinion. Really this episode is just a joy from start to finish. Hal and Tom’s fight in the pub, Leo’s moments with Hal, the final show down with the Devil and best of all Hatch’s speech which has got to be the best supervillain monologue of all time. Phil Davis as Hatch is as good as Mark Gatiss was as Mr Snow. He plays the Devil with absolute evil relish and really captures the characters dark humour wonderfully. Most importantly the episode finishes the series perfectly. Some fans may not have liked the unhappy ending but it made sense to me.

Each series had had a unhappy ending. In series 1 George infects Nina in series 2 Annie is lost and Mitchell has given into his Vampiric cravings like never before, in series 3 Mitchell dies, in series 4 Annie is lost again and Eve dies. Thus to me a darker ending was the only way the show could have ended. Perhaps it would have been better had they kept the extra scene in and left it open ended whether or not they did stop Hatch. Still I like it as it is. Its so creepy, yet I love how understated it is. They don’t come right out and say “they’re still trapped in the dream” its just one little clue, though it is a pretty definite clue that lets you know they ultimately didn’t succeed and the Devil won. Its a horrifying idea that they are just left there lying on the floor dreaming whilst the Devil is inflicting god knows what horrors upon humanity, and that’s why I love it.

Characters

John Mitchell

John Mitchell was the shows main Vampire from series 1-3. He was definitely the shows most charismatic leading character. In many ways he could be seen as the central character in series 1-3. After all the main villains from all of those seasons are linked to him in some way. Herrick, Jaggat and Lia and thus its really his attempts to control his bloodlust that drives the main story arcs of those seasons forward more than anything else.

It doesn’t surprise me that Mitchell is one of the shows most popular characters. He is a Vampire, everybody loves Vampires, he is played by Aidan Turner, everybody loves Aidan Turner and he is just that type of character people love anyway the dark, brooding, sexy loner character.

I think Mitchell offered up a more tragic take on the whole good guy vampire character. Ultimately Mitchell is forced to kill himself in order to stop feeding again. We have seen dozens of characters like Mitchell, but usually there is a happy ending of some sort like they become human r a champion for justice.

Even if there isn’t a happy ending at the very least they die as heroes. With Mitchell however he is ultimately a lost cause and knows that even if he manages to control his desire to kill for now then in a few years time or even a few decades after George dies then he will revert back to being a monster.

Often I think its presented as being too easy to stop drinking blood if you’re a Vampire in certain works of fiction. It makes it look like being a Vampire is a cool, fun thing. You just stop drinking blood for a while and that’s that no problems and you get all of these cool super powers.

With Mitchell however they show you what a horrible curse being a Vampire is as not only is Mitchell forced to kill himself for the greater good, but he also doesn’t actually manage to stay completely clean throughout the entire time that we know him anyway.

George Sands

The first Werewolf of the series played by Russell Tovey. George I think is really where most of the comedy comes from in the original three series.

Tovey I think was more of a natural comedic performer than the other two main cast members. There are so many funny moments with George from his disasterous attempts to flirt with Nina on Tully’s advice to his getting frustrated with Annie making tea to his correcting the grammar on graffiti even when it is directed at him “that should be Mr Sand sucks cocks not suck cocks”.

Much like the later Hal George is presented as being incredibly neurotic and uptight yet still very likable and sweet.

Tovey and Turner in particular had a wonderful chemistry with one another. Their’s was more of a straight forward Bromance than the later Odd couple vibe they went for with Hal and Tom

Of course just because he was great at comedy do not think that this means that Tovey could not cope with the more emotional scenes either. His final moment with Mitchell where he is forced to kill his best friend is definitely one of the most moving in the entire series.

Annie Sawyer

Possibly my fave character. Its a toss up between her and Hal. Annie is arguably the most well developed across the series, though this isn’t surprising considering she is there the longest.

When we first meet Annie its hard to imagine a more helpless, vulnerable character. Even with her supernatural powers at first she is unable to get back at Owen.

As time goes on however we see her take on a much stronger role and get back at Owen as well as fight off Demons who try and drag her spirit to hell and by series 4 she has become someone who can fight her way through dozens of Vampires whilst screaming “GIVE ME BACK MY FUCKING BABY!”

Annie also unlike a lot of other female heroes such as Xena or Wonder Woman not sexualized either. She always appears in her pyjama’s as those were the clothes she died in.

I’d say that Annie is really the main character in series 4. It feels like her show at that point and as a result of that I’d say that is probably her best series.

Hal Yorke

I love Hal. You may have guessed that already. Hal was both much funnier and scarier than Mitchell. As I already mentioned in contrast to Mitchell Hal was a more awkward character who could barely interact with anyone. One of my fave moments is when he and Tom have to pretend to be boyfriends in order to look after Eve and whilst Tom is okay with it Hal is clearly embarrassed by the whole thing terribly.

However at the same time evil Hal was much more terrifying than Mitchell. The difference between Hal’s evil side and good side was much greater than that between Mitchell’s evil and good side.

With Mitchell he was just portrayed as losing control whilst with Hal it was shown to perhaps be a split personality. His good side referred to his evil side in third person and his evil side would even refer to his good side as a different man and later dead.

Damian Molony really excelled at playing the two different sides of the character.

Tom McNair

The second Werewolf played Michael Socha he was a very different character to George. George was definitely funnier, but Tom was more of an action hero. Socha with his performance really brought a physical edge to the show which suited the direction the series was going in at that point.

Tom’s relationship with Hal had more conflict in it than George and Mitchell’s. They were presented as two people you’d never think of as becoming friends. Not only was one a Vampire who had had a long history of persecuting Werewolves. Hal had helped kick off a global conflict with Werewolves and had used many of them in Dog fights. Whilst the other was a Werewolf who hated Vampires with a passion and collected the teeth from every Vampire he killed. Even without those rather huge differences however the two still could not be more different. Tom is a more simple minded person whilst Hal is more of a pompous intellectual with a taste for the finer things.

Thus as a result of this the two tend to clash more. There are like about 6 huge fights between the two of them in the series. In their first episode together they end up pointing a shotgun and a stake at each other.

Yet despite this the two do still manage to become good friends and there are a number of rather touching moments between them where we see the depth of their friendship such as at the end of series 4 where Tom says that Hal is his best friend.

Alex Millar

Sadly as she only got one full series Alex is the least well developed of all the main characters. She appeared in a few episodes of series 4 and all of series 5 and is the second Ghost character replacing Annie. She is played by Kate Bracken.

Alex was more of a Tomboy in contrast to Annie who was more of a stereotypical damsel in distress when we first saw her. Alex’s more laddette persona made her a brilliant foil for the sensitive, prissy and uptight Hal.

I think its a shame that the second trinity wasn’t given as much time to develop as the first. Even though series 5 does reuse a lot of the same ideas as the earlier series it does still manage to reinvent the show superbly with 3 brilliant new characters and its a shame that we didn’t get to see more of their relationship with one another.

Kate Bracken did an excellent job with Alex.

Nina Pickering

George’s girlfriend and from series 2 onwards also a Werewolf Nina is played by Sinead Keenan. She is definitely my least favorite of the main characters in the series. Its not that I dislike her I just felt that she detracted from the main three at times and didn’t really have as well developed a persona as the other 6 main characters.

Having said that though I did enjoy her relationship with George. If nothing else Keenan and Tovey had marvellous chemistry with one another.

I will say as well that it was a shame that Nina’s death happened off screen. Whilst I wasn’t the biggest fan of the character she deserved better than that.

William Herrick

The main villain of the first series Herrick played by Jason Watkins is probably the shows most famous villain. He is a Vampire leader who plans a massive Vampire takeover of the world. He not only enjoys killing innocent people, but torturing and demeaning other supernatural creatures, Werewolves in particular though in series 3 he mentions his desire to exterminate all Werewolves and Ghosts too in his new world order.

Herrick is one of my fave villains and Watkins does a great job at showing us what a manipulative and vicious monster he is.

I actually think I preferred Herrick in series 3. Even though he spends most of the series unsure of who he is in the last two episodes he manages to kill McNair, Nancy, an entire platoon of police men and a police station and very nearly Nina too. I also love the scenes where he torments Mitchell and George in the cage. Its great watching him actually manage to turn the two friends against each other.

I liked Herrick in series 1, but I felt he wasn’t given quite as much to do ironically in almost the full series he appeared in as himself. Though he did get to almost kill Mitchell I still found him more impressive in series 3.

Kemp

Kemp played by Donald Sumpter is main antagonist of the second series. He was in many the ways the opposite of Herrick yet actually quite a similar character. Herrick believed in the supremacy of the Vampire race and sought to exterminate and subjugate other races like humanity and Werewolves. Kemp meanwhile believes that human beings have more right to exist than supernatural creatures and so he seeks to exterminate all of them regardless of whether or not they are benevolent. Thus his mentality is the same as Herrick’s even if they are on opposing sides. Its a shame we never got to see him face off against Herrick they would have been a good match for each other.

The character of Kemp is primarily motivated by the death of his family who were killed by Vampires. He even keeps the same blood soaked bible he used to fight off the monsters with him to this day. It becomes obvious that Kemp was driven completely insane by this as he is later shown to be willing to murder innocent human beings in his crusade against the Vampires.

Definitely his most effective moment as a villain is when he banishes Annie’s spirit to the other side. Of course this ultimately proves to be his undoing.

Lucy Jaggat

My least favorite villain in the series. Jaggat I think was intended to be a more sympathetic villain. Unlike Herrick or Kemp she is constantly unsure if what she is doing is right and later feels extreme remorse for the crimes she commits. However I just never really bought her as a love interest for Mitchell I think that was the problem. Their love story just happened too fast and its quite funny the way Mitchell doesn’t even mention her after she is killed by Kemp.

Whilst not a bad villain she just lacked the impact that the other rogues had.

Nick Cutler

A Vampire and villain of series 4 played by Andrew Gower. Cutler served a similar role to Herrick in that he was a Vampire leader who tried to temp the main Vampire character back to his old ways, however whilst Herrick had turned Mitchell, Cutler had actually been turned by Hal. Despite being a brutal and sadistic monster Cutler is actually one of the shows more sympathetic villains. He was someone who just simply wanted to make his mark on history.

That’s practically his catchphrase “be a history maker”.  At the end of the series however when he confronts Mr Snow a man who not only is a genuine history maker but has also met other people who have left their mark on history too including even Jesus the awful truth of what a wanna be Cutler really is becomes apparent to him. When Snow sees Cutler he is unimpressed and sneers “I have already forgotten your name” which is rubbish as he loved saying “Cutler Nick Cutler” too much he was clearly just saying that to rub it in.

Cutler will do anything to be remembered as seen at the end when he is literally crawling along the floor in agony in an attempt to wipe out his own species by killing Eve just to be remembered. Ultimately however he is destined to be forgotten. Even as a Vampire he is just a complete nobody.

You can’t help but feel bad for the guy particularly as it is all Hal’s fault he ends up like this. Not only did Hal make him a Vampire, but it was also Hal who filled his head full of ideas that he was special and destined for great things when he never was.

Cutler Nick Cutler is definitely one of my fave villains in the series and Gower really played well off of both Socha and Molony.

Mr Snow

The main villain of series 4. Mr Snow is the leader of the Old Ones and thus the entire Vampire race. He is played by Mark Gatiss in what I feel is the performance of Gatiss’s long and varied career.

Snow is one of my favorite ever Vampires. He is repulsive to look at with his hideous green rotted death and veiny skin and dirty hair. Yet at the same time there is something alluring about the character. He has a certain dark charisma and appeal.

I think Gatiss is able to embody so many different Vampire traits in his performance to really make Snow seem like the ultimate Vampire. On the one hand he does embody the repulsive, demonic aspect from many Vampire stories. On the other he has a certain otherworldly eerie charm to him that’s like Lugosi as Dracula. Finally he also has a tremendous physical presence like Christopher Lee as Dracula as seen when he casually disembowels a man with his hand.

Snow is only featured briefly at the end of the fourth series but it doesn’t matter. He is only used fleetingly but effectively.

Dominic Rook

Dominic Rook played by Steven Robertson is the first villain to become a main cast member. He works for the mysterious Men in Grey an organisation designed to contain supernatural threats. Rook is not like Kemp in that he is not a fanatic. He is even willing to make deals with Vampires and Werewolves and other supernaturals. He is not entirely evil and is more portrayed as misguided. He believes his organisation is working for the greater good and that any sacrifice is necessariy to keep it going. He is shown to feel guilt for his actions and in the end he ultimately sacrifices himself to stop the devil, though this is later revealed to merely be part of the Devil’s fantasy.

Rook was a great villain. A misguided character that you hoped would see the error of his ways, but ultimately crossed the point of no return and like so many others in his quest for the greater good ended causing far more pain .

Captain Hatch/The Devil

The main antagonist for season 5. Hatch played by Phil Davis was a brilliant villain for the show to finish on. You can’t get a much bigger baddie than the Devil can you? Davis is superb in the role. He is nasty, loathsome, yet charming and strangely likable all at the same time.

The thing I like the most about the Devil is how easily he beats the main heroes. He literally just points his finger at them and that’s that. Its over. Of course it appears that they best him a little too easily at first, but then we see at the end how they have just been trapped in another dream.

Ultimately our main characters had no chance against Hatch. He was the shows ultimate villain and finally managed to bring about the end of the world.

If they were going have our main heroes ultimately fail then they needed to have a villain you would believe would be able to defeat them and Hatch certainly seemed dangerous enough to fulfill that role.

Lore

Vampires

The Vampires in Being Human represent among my favourite take on the undead. They are vicious sadistic monsters by and large and though a few of them are shown to try and ultimately all of the Vampires who try and control it end up giving in sooner or later. Mitchell ends up killing an entire train full of people and has to stake himself to avoid more death, Mitchell’s friend in series 2 kills the man he loved, Crumb and Lauren like Mitchell both kill themselves and even Hal who at the end of the series reverts to his bad Hal persona.

Being a Vampire in Being Human is portrayed as a miserable, violent existence as it should be. Its not a teenage fantasy.

I also felt this series handled the Vampires take on their hatred of Werewolves too. Vampires versus Werewolves is an old trope, but I like the way the Vampires hatred of Werewolves stemmed from fear and we saw how they demeaned Werewolves by locking them in cages and forcing them to kill innocent people.

On the one hand it felt like they were trying to drag them down to their level forcing them to have innocent blood on their hands and on the other it felt like a lot of them enjoyed caging these powerful creatures and treating them like they were inferiors.

The show also gave us a wide range of interesting and very different Vampire characters too from Hal to Herrick.

Werewolves

Werewolves I felt were the least developed of the three principal supernatural creatures in the series. We never really find out much about them and the Werewolf rules are fairly generic and bog standard. The most interesting aspect of the Werewolves in the Being Human universe was really their relationship with Vampires. Other than that however I felt that Werewolves were the least developed supernatural creatures in the series which is a shame.

Ghosts

The Ghosts in Being Human have a slightly more well developed background than the Werewolves. Whitehouse really took us deep into the lore and came up with quite a few interesting ideas. In the Being Human universe Ghosts remain behind because of unfinished business which isn’t always something nice. The other side isn’t always presented as being something nice either. Indeed throughout the series there are a number of moments that suggest something horrible is waiting for even nice people on the other side such as in series 2. Whitehouse keeps his options open. He doesn’t tie the afterlife down to one particular religion or idea even with the presence of the Devil in series 5 which allows a lot of flexibility when writing his Ghost characters.

Demons

Demons only make a few appearances throughout the Being Human series. Not much is revealed about them, but whenever they do appear they prove to very effective antagonists. The Men with Sticks and Ropes are Demons from the other side whose ob is to track down spirits who refuse the door to the other world. Once a Ghost completes its unfinished business a Door will appear that leads to the afterlife. If it refuses the Men with the Sticks and Ropes will have to try and force them through another one.

The Men with the Sticks and Ropes however are not benevolent creatures. They manage to drive one man named Saul insane and force him to kill himself later so that they can use him to drag Annie’s spirit to the other side. It appears that they wished to take Annie to hell as the corridor they try and drag her to is red and they mention not rewarding her and showing no mercy to her. Later when the men with Sticks and Ropes appear in our dimension they mention taking Alex to hell.

It is possible that when a ghost turns down its door then it becomes vulnerable to being taken to hell by the men with the sticks and the ropes. Prior to this a Ghost will go to whichever afterlife it deserves but when it turns down its door then its fair game for Demons to capture it. I quite like this idea though Alex hadn’t turned down her door yet on that occasion they were working for the Devil so the normal rules didn’t apply.

They are not the only Demon species that exist in the Being Human universe. There are many different types of Demons. In series 4 we see a Succubus a hybrid of Demon and human. Succubuses are the children of Demons and people. Yvonne’s father was a Demon who is described as beautiful but cruel whilst her mother was a woman. The type of Demon that gave rise to Yvonne must be powerful as even its child is shown to be capable to taking over Vampires and Werewolves. Despite this however the Vampires ultimately overran the Demons in the alternate future as they overran the entire world!

In series 5 we see many Demons serve Satan. Sadly however again we aren’t taken deep into Demons in the Being Human universe. I think had the series gone on we probably would have found out more about them which would have been a great way to expand the mythos of the show, but sadly we never saw much of them.

Zombies

Zombies appear in only one episode Type 4. Still Being Human I think gave us quite a nice take on Zombies. In the Being Human universe Zombies are not the usual Walking Dead flesh eating brainless monsters. They retain exactly the same intelligence and personalities they had in life, but their bodies are rotting.

Zombies are rare they are only created when there is an imbalance in the cycle between life and death. They are spirits trapped in a body that has died.

Being Human’s take on Zombies allowed us for once to have a sympathetic Zombie that wasn’t just a salivating monster.

Influences and Comparisons to other Series

Being Human creator Toby Whitehouse

Many have drawn comparisons between Being Human and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However despite this Toby Whitehouse the creator of the series claimed that he has never seen a single episode of either Buffy or Angel. Thus any comparisons between both series is purely coincidental.

There are many common tropes and characters that pop up across many different pieces of Vampire fiction. Obviously the good guy Vampire trope we see with Mitchell, Angel, Spike and Benny from Supernatural and the evil Vampire Hunter that we see with Gordon Walker in Supernatural, Daniel Holtz in Angel and Kemp in Being Human. However again this does not mean that Being Human owes anything in particular to these series

Whitehouse has instead cited the old Hammer movies as a big inspiration. You can see quite a few nods to these classic films in Being Human. In the first episode series 3 George is trapped in a prison cell whilst he is changing which is an homage to the Hammer movie “The Curse of the Werewolf” where Leon played by Oliver Reed is trapped in prison whilst he changes.

Herrick’s method of resurrection by having blood spilled on his remains is also an homage to the Hammer movies where Dracula played by Christopher Lee is brought back from the grave by having blood spilled on his remains.

Whitehouse has also cited Let the Right One In as another big influence on Being Human.

Being Human’s largest influence however was the series Ultraviolet. Toby Whitehouse said of Ultraviolet a Vampire tv series from the 90’s “Ultraviolet was a brilliant piece of television and a massive influence on Being Human” “I would have loved to have written for that show. it was terrific and one of the most underrated shows of the last 20 years”. He also said that whilst he felt it could have ran for years if it did it probably would have “put paid to Being Human”.

Being Human could also be compared with the Blade film series. Both involve Vampires living in a secret society alongside ours which they are able to manipulate for their own means. In both cases there are Vampires who wish to come out and overrun humanity too. However I have never read that Being Human was inspired by Blade so again it may just be a case of similar tropes being used by both works.

Why I Prefer Being Human to Other Recent British Cult Series

To me Being Human is the best British fantasy or cult series of the past 20 years. I think its much better than Sherlock or Merlin or yes the revived Doctor Who.

To me Being Human was the best as it remained the most consistent. Unlike Merlin which I feel lost its way to the end or Doctor Who which I feel took until its third series to really find its groove and lost its way a bit in series 8 though regained it in series 9. Being Human’s writing apart from series 2 remained meanwhile strong for me throughout.

Its best episode for me was the last episode so yes I obviously think it was great right up until the end.

I also feel that Being Human was able to mesh the ordinary and the fantastical better than a lot of other series for me too.

Again looking at Doctor Who at times I think it could be quiet clumsy at this. The Caretaker for instance is just a soap story with a badly thought out robot tossed in. Being Human however I think was actually able to bring the Vampires and Werewolves into everyday environment and show us how they can function in normal situations.

I also think the villains in Being Human were all very strong too. Merlin and the New Doctor Who obviously had great villains, but a lot of them were villains created years ago like the Daleks or Morgana. Even then I don’t think they have always handled them right. Like the Cybermen in New Who who have been badly treated or Morgana in Merlin who though played by an excellent actress was turned into a Wile Coyote, Stop that Pigeon type of a character. For ages every plan of hers was “Kill Arthur” a plan which was obviously going to fail or there would have been no show.

The villains of Being Human however had more wide ranging schemes and they also perhaps most importantly didn’t suffer from overuse. Herrick was the only villain who came back and even then he was only a villain after he returned for two episodes. Unlike Moriarty in Sherlock, the Daleks and the Cybermen in New Who and Morgana in Merlin the villains in Being Human like Mr Snow, Kemp all get a series sometimes only a few episodes to appear in and then that’s that, and hey Captain Hatch ultimately wins too!

Also finally I think Being Human had the best finale of any recent cult series. The ending of Merlin was terrible. It actually threatened to ruin the whole show for me where as Being Human’s ending was fitting and dark, but very understated too.

Whilst I realize that this is obviously just my opinion ultimately I have found Being Human to be the most well realized cult series of the past 20 years in the United Kingdom and I only hope is fandom continues to remain strong in the years to come.

4 thoughts on “Being Human Review

  1. Very impressed by how comprehensive this review is. I liked Being Human a lot, and I agree with you about its consistency, apart from Season 2 which wasn’t as compelling.

    It always struck me what a high body count this show has. Even if a character leaves the show alive, we find out they died later. People who say everyone dies in Game of Thrones should check out Being Human.

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  2. Having watched Supernatural, True Blood, Being human and recently Merlin, I have to agree with you that it was one show that maintained a high right to the very end. It didn’t fizzle out IMO the way True blood or SPN seems to. It didn’t leave me reeling with unsatisfied NEEDS like Merlin has and it was such a refreshing, unassuming lovely show. It was probably one of the best of british drama and is definitely underrated. I personally think Merlin was a brilliant show. (The end killed me and I can never get over that) but it was extremely popular and I’m glad I watched it now rather than when it was really big because I would have surely been disappointed. BTW I read you review for Merlin too and I so badly want your alternate ending to be the real one!!! Revealing he is a sorcerer in the last 36 minutes of the entire series?? Not cool!

    Have you any other reviews for similar shows? V. Interested 😀

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    • Thank you for your comments. I do like Merlin too, but yes the ending was very poor. Glad you liked my alternate ending. I have written about many other series and I will soon be reviewing many great British comedy series.

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