So, for me, who likes monsters of all kinds, Being Human is a good series for me to watch. Vampires, ghosts and werewolves. And a zombie, in season 2. But the series seems to be losing its way. Once there was the stable trio of Annie, George and Mitchell, who despite being supernatural, had normal worries about dating and watching The Real Hustle. But Toby Whithouse seems to have gotten a bit overexcited with this series and the plot lines are sprawling, over-elaborate and just, well, tedious at times.
The new line up looks like this:
We still have Annie, the ghost, but there is a new vampire and a new werewolf. The way it was set up feels clumsy and a little bit too contrived (I understand all plot lines are contrived, but this one seems to be stretching itself a bit too far). There’s now Hal, a vampire who is so irritatingly uptight that you could see why some of us hate them. There’s also Tom, the werewolf, who appeared in an earlier season. Instead of focusing on what made the previous series great – the combination of the trivialities of modern living with the search for a basic concept of humanity, this series has prophecies, and so much more backstory that you quickly lose track of who’s who. There are some great performances so far, mainly from Mark Williams (you’ll know him as Arthur Weasley) who plays Regus, the ‘vampire recorder’. He knows about all the stereotypes and lives up to them, showing us a refreshing take on the vampire (at one point, he’s seen wearing a ‘Team Edward’ t-shirt…).
The elaborate plot lines feel like they’re trying to develop the series into something more. George and Nina’s baby, Eve, is known as the ‘war-child’ who will bring about the destruction of the vampires and save the humans. It all feels a bit too Battlestar Galactica for me.
Whether it’s because the writers have run out of ways to explore the contradictions of ‘humanity’ and ‘normality’, or because they’re trying to steer the show in a more supernatural direction, the writing seems to have gone from just strange to something of a stranger. It doesn’t have the same feel as previous series, and the concept of ‘humanity’ has seemingly been completely abandoned. So if it’s not about being human, what is it trying to say? And do we care?