'Being Human: Season 4'
(Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan, Michael Socha, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2013 / BBC Video)
Overview: The original UK Being Human is back for an all-new season. In an old hotel in a sleepy seaside town a vampire a werewolf and a ghost try their best to live normal human lives. Yet despite their efforts to be left in peace there are members of their own kind determined to rid the world of humanity.
DVD Verdict: Like most all fans of this fantastic and highly-inventive TV show, I was certain that when Mitchell was killed at the end of season 3 that the show would never be the same. And then knowing George (who was my favorite character) would be gone come the opening episode of this new season, well, surely it was a doomed season from the off?
But no, it brought in new characters, brought background ones to the fore and created its own new brand of 'Being Human.' Not as bloody as past ones, not as deep in history as the others, it stands alone (to a point), which is ok with me. Indeed, all the new characters are promising for their ability to fill the roles left vacant for them. I especially enjoy the bromance between Hal and Tom, their antics are fun to watch. It's a different relationship than the one between Mitchell and George, whose friendship always seemed doomed.
Following in Annie's footsteps after the natural conclusion of her storyline, Alex is a wonderfully snarky character filling in the role of resident ghost. Having already explored the dynamics of being a ghost with Annie over the past three seasons, Alex stepped into her fate rather quickly and without having to walk down already well-trod ground.
By the end, they introduce a new group of characters known as the Men in Grey, who prove to be very good at hiding supernatural messes. They are seen several times in this season, but are not officially introduced until the very end. I liked this idea and it went a long way in explaining how "messes" were dealt with back through time without alerting the natives ie: us humans!
Come its conclusion we lose yet another cast member for good, but that's ok, for it was their time to go - literally! And yes, Season 5 has just aired its very first episode in the UK, but I won't give anything about that away here. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.