After eight weeks, eight reviews, multiple new housemates and, yes, a surprising amount of positivity, it’s time for the Being Human finale review. What will happen? Will it be exactly what I’ve been predicting for the past three weeks, or merely a bit like it?
And, more to the point, are there any jokes in this grim reckoning? Well, I can promise you this, there will be spoilers throughout the review.
The Real Enemy Lies Within
Much as I’d like to lead off with the “I told you so” segment, tradition dictates I address the actual plot first. So, yes, we have the expected fracas over the baby, the Old Ones, Cutler’s continued desperation to “make history”, all coming to a head.
And although some elements were predictable, I didn’t expect them to kill the baby. I was waiting for them to send her to the future, or dispose of her in some other way that left her “technically” alive, but still out of the picture. (TV shows hate infants and often either write them out or just forget about them.)
Mark Gatiss was creepy in a straightforward Vampire Lord part, with a few nice scuzzy touches. I’d have liked to see him get more scenes, but to be honest, the story here was more about the characters and their choices than a charismatic adversary or real threat of apocalypse. I particularly liked the climax, as all three main housemates took turns bursting in to announce the decision they’d made, whilst the villain just nodded and smiled. So yes, not much apocalypse drama, or indeed humour, but the dilemmas they did focus on worked for me.
The “I Told You So” Segment
Now, the Smug Portion: my vague predictions in last week’s review were correct. Annie is gone, Alex has replaced her in the Ghost Housemate gig. Well, assuming they don’t have another administrative misfire and lose the actress between series, then explain it away with a cursory line.
Alex seems a likeable enough character so far, and, as I may have mentioned once or twice, I found Annie annoying, so have no problem with this. Some fans might be angry about this 100% jettisoning of the old guard, but Tom and Hal have grown on me so much that I’m fine with it. Tom’s Bomb Kitchen was particularly fun this week.
All of which leaves us at the end of my favourite series of Being Human since at least the first, maybe even ever, which is a nice surprise. Certainly a considerable improvement on last year’s mess of over-flogged grim subplots and comedy that wasn’t particularly funny.
So yes. Sad though it was to lose Russell Tovey and friends, I think I’ve re-adjusted. Long live New Being Human! I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as me, do post below and let me know. As ever, the episode is available on iPlayer.