Being Human Review: Cult Viewing

February 28, 2010 by  
Filed under - Home, Reviews

BEING HUMAN: Sunday 28th February, BBC3, 9pm ALERT ME

Being Human’s second season comes to a close tonight, and this final episode – which mixes soap-style drama with a splattering of horror – won’t disappoint fans of the series. If you’re new to the show, it’s probably best you go and catch up before watching this one, as climactic confrontations will leave the uninitiated scratching their heads.

However, die-hard viewers be warned: the end of this review contains a (minor) spoiler.

Werewolves George and Nina are still in the quasi-scientific/religious facility with ghost Annie, still vainly believing that they can be cured of their afflictions and lead normal lives (presumably where they don’t feel the need to kill people once a month).

Broody Irish Vampire Mitchell is still missing after his rampage during last week’s episode but when George decides to leave the facility to go and look for him, a tearful Nina convinces him to stay. She quite rightly believes that a 119 year old vampire can probably look after himself.

Meanwhile, facility leader and all round religious nut job Kemp is stepping up the programme to exorcise Annie. It’s something she wants, she tearfully confesses to George, because if they become human, no one will be able to see her, leaving her alone. Can ghosts commit suicide? Interesting poser that one…

Elsewhere, scientist Lucy Jaggat is being haunted by visions of those that have died during the experiments she concocted to cure them of their “disease?. Kemp seems not to care, reasoning that if they’re cured or if they die doesn’t matter – it’s a win/win situation.

Unaware of the fates of those that preceded them will George and Nina decide to go through with the treatment and become fully human and will Annie finally get to step through the door to the other side?

Being Human retains its reputation for being one of the best supernatural dramas on TV.

Instead of focusing on the special effects, something which no British studio seems to have the budget for, and which invariably leads to the likes of Demons and Primeval (the CGI in them makes Shark Attack 3 look like the pinnacle of technology), Being Human relies on strong characters and frights from things you can’t see.

That’s a golden rule of horror – what you can’t see is always more terrifying than what you can.

The series finale wraps up most of the loose ends of the series but before the characters can skip off merrily into the sunset we’re given a taste of the things to come: the resurrection of Herrick. Series three awaits…