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Being Human Season 5 Blu-ray Review

Being Human Season 5 Blu-ray

“Being Human” doesn’t go out with a bang.

In the fifth and final season of the UK version of “Being Human,” the main characters are now Alex (a ghost), Tom (the resident werewolf) and Hal (the vampire). Throughout the 6 episodes, the storylines involve Dominic Rook (Government agent/one of the Men in Grey), Hal and Tom becoming employees of a hotel, a devilish guest of the hotel named Captain Hatch, a ghost named Oliver, Hal’s friend Lady Mary, Bobby (a werewolf), a nasty vampire named Crumb, a mystery woman named Natasha, and Hal fighting with his good/bad vampire nature. There’s a tad more going on than that, but I don’t want to spoil the major events that happen at the end of the season.

While the first 2 seasons of the BBC cult hit “Being Human” were passable entertainment, it’s clear that the show cannot survive without the original cast. “Being Human” isn’t like “Doctor Who” in that it can survive cast changes. The series was built on the dynamics of the 3 main characters and having their individual roles being replaced by characters who just happen to be a ghost, a vampire, and a werewolf feels cheap and lazy. Now, that’s not to say that the new characters are a waste of time. I quite like Tom’s character and Alex and Hal have their moments. My main issue is that everything feels forced or lazy. From the indecisive ending to the blatant rip-offs of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Blade Runner” to the hammy Captain Hatch and the groan worthy “Puttin’ On The Ritz” musical number, it’s clear that showrunner Toby Whithouse’s creativity was running low.

Video/Audio:

The widescreen 1080p hi-def transfers are top notch here. The sets, costumes, and exteriors look especially strong on Blu-ray.

Everything from the dopey music to the dialogue sounds crisp and clean via the 5.1 DTS-HD audio track.

Extras:
* Trailers for “Orphan Black,” “Doctor Who” Series 7, Part 2, and “Copper.”
* Interviews with Damien Molony, Michael Socha, Kate Bracken, Toby Whithouse, and Polly Buckle.
* “Alex’s Unfinished Business”- 5 extra scenes featuring the Alex chatacter titled “The List,” “Revenge On Rook,” “Wooed In Paris,” “Learn To Dance,” and “The Final Challenge.”
* 1 extra scene and deleted scenes from all 6 episodes.
* Last, but not least is the controversial exclusive scene which is a tagged on ending to the series finale. I won’t explain what happens, but some fans may not like it for sure.

Summary: After season 5, it’s quite clear why the show was canceled. The fifth series just goes through the motions and offers little more than a bunch of “been there, done that” genre moments. I would only recommend this final season to the hardcore fans who are aching to see how it all ends.

September 1, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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