It’s three years now since Being Human was last on our screens. If it hadn’t been axed we’d probably have had two or three new series since then, so were the BBC right to scrap the show after five series or did it just need a fresh, new direction?
There were thirty six episodes of Being Human and only a small handful were weak. To achieve such a consistently high standard of episode and storyline proves that the show has a formula that works. For the first three series George, Mitchell and Annie proved likeable and intriguing characters. Each had their own story, their own agenda but were united to fight a common enemy. In the first three series the three fought vampires who were determined to announce themselves as what they were to the world. George, Mitchell and Annie weren’t so keen on this, despite Mitchell’s affiliations to vampires, him being one himself, and it made fascinating viewing. Mitchell’s death at the end of series three at the hands of George was a perfect way for him to bow out. Also with Nina surviving a stabbing from Herrick and then a new villain emerging at the conclusion, series four promised so much. The first episode of series four felt like a bit of a mess though. I don’t know if the show had failed to sort out contractual issues or something like that but it felt like a rewritten script that wasn’t part of the plan. Between the end of series three and beginning of series four Nina had been killed. I don’t get why she couldn’t have just succumbed to Herrick at the end of series three so we were given an appropriate on-screen death. As it was, her death seemed forced into the plot. Admittedly, George’s death later in the same episode was shocking and whether that was planned or not, still made for dramatic television. Despite how shocking it was, I felt as though George’s character still had a lot to do and it would have been great to see how he’d cope with the death of Nina while raising a child. If anyone was to go in that episode, it should have been Annie, as her character had reached her peak and there was not much else for her to do.
Despite Mitchell and George’s deaths, the show continued with the same formula. Tom, the werewolf who we’d seen previously moved in with Annie to help look after George and Nina’s baby, and they were soon joined by Hal, a vampire who’d been living with a ghost and werewolf himself. In series four, the pace of the show slowed a little but it allowed us to delve deeper into the supernatural world. We learned a lot more about the vampires which was great and I enjoyed Tom and Hal’s chemistry. Despite quite a slow paced series, the finale was superb and probably the most clever storyline to date. It led to Annie’s passing and we were introduced to a new ghost. Alex was a breath of fresh air and gave such a boost to the show. Personally I would’ve also replaced Tom at the end of series four, his character’s childish behaviour grew tiresome in series five. The last series was definitely the most ambitious that writer Toby Whithouse attempted. The wonderful Phil Davis played the Devil in a dark and quite twisted storyline. The finale was the best episode in the entire show’s run in my opinion. It was thrilling to watch and written and acted perfectly by all. The conclusion was very satisfying as the Devil had appeared to trick the three into surrendering their world to him in exchange for a sort of parallel world of their own. As the show would not return, I’m glad that we got a proper ending with closure. However, if the ending was different, could the show have continued?
Like Doctor Who, the show proved it can continue strongly with actors changing. Admittedly they weren’t playing the same part, but the roles were very similar. There was so much left untouched and I think the show could’ve gone on for a couple more series at least. I’m not saying bring the show back now because I’m delighted with how it did end, but that final series could have been held back for a few years and still been as effective. We only got to see the supernatural in Bristol and then Barry. The vampires who came over from South America in series four were a bit disappointing and I would have loved to see more from other countries. Were they closer to revealing themselves to the world in other places? Did other places know about them and keep quiet? There’s so much that could have been told. The character of Alex also didn’t really get the chance to develop. She was wonderful in the brief period she was in the show but I think her character could have been tested and expanded more. I think with hindsight, the BBC were wrong to axe the show. Toby Whithouse did a super job of rounding it off when he did, but there was so much more he could’ve told us. I would be strongly against the show coming back though because it would take something from away how good series five’s finale was and another ending wouldn’t be so powerful.