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Saying Goodbye to “Being Human”: An Introspective on Series 5

A short look at the greatness of the fifth and final series

I finally got around to watching the fifth series finale of Being Human. If you follow the show, you probably know that the show was cancelled earlier this year, so this finale was extra bittersweet; it’s a true end.

In typical “me” fashion, I was overwhelmed by this fact and needed a couple days to contemplate the greatness of the series before I could watch the final episode. But, last night I finally made myself watch it – and boy was I rewarded.

I don’t want to give too much away in case someone hasn’t seen it, but it definitely was a great sendoff.

In my review of series 4, I mentioned a couple important issues that the show would be contending with going forward. So, you should probably check that out before reading.

Also, if you’ve never seen the show and are inexplicably reading an article about a show you haven’t watched before, it’s also got a handy little summary of what exactly the series is about (but, you know, spoilers).

Mainly: 1) I was excited about Alex (Kate Bracken) becoming the new “resident ghost” in Honolulu Heights, and 2) I was curious to see how the show would handle mythology moving forward, after the very epic (but kind of thematically lacking) apocalyptic arcs in the last series.

First off, let’s talk Alex. Who the hell couldn’t love Alex? She’s very different from Annie (Lenora Crichlow), the previous ghost, and is a much better for fit for the beastly boys – Hal and Tom. She complements them in a way Annie never could, because she’s just as new as they are.

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Sure, we’ve got Hal (Damien Molony), who’s an ancient vampire, and Tom (Michael Socha), who was a werewolf practically from birth. But these guys were new in the sense that they weren’t regulars on the show before then.

The chemistry between those two and Annie never really seemed to work. She was the old watch and they were the new watch. So, a new ghost was able to create new chemistry – to the betterment of the show.

While last year marked a new generation of characters, it was still bogged down by the events that had come before it. These new characters had to clean up the messes left behind by the departing ones.

However, those messes were all mopped up and this new dynamic gave the writers something of a clean slate to work off of, and its a shame that we only got one season of it. Everything seemed so new and fresh.

And boy did those new and fresh stories work better with the overarching plot than they did last year, which brings me to point two: The series arc was not a train wreck.

I claimed last time around that the epic plot got bogged down by the personal stories, but in this instance it didn’t – even though it was an even more dire situation than the last time around.

I was wary at first about the introduction of the devil, but it worked beautifully. Not only was the devil incredibly creepy, but his attempt at bringing on the apocalypse was handled on such a personal level and it was a much better way of handling such a larger than life plot.

Instead of grand battles with the devil (like the battle against the Old Ones of series 4), his plot simmered in the background – but in a good way. The devil’s power lay with the emotional unrest between vampires and werewolves, so the way he slowly started to win the war was to manufacture tension and conflict between Tom and Hal.

By approaching the subject in this way, the only way for the characters to truly win was to solve their emotional issues with each other.

What better way is there to do a series about monsters trying to be human than to show the monster bickering like…humans?

The only really shameful thing about this series is how short it is. The final year is only six episodes, compared to the eight the other series got.

But, I can’t complain too much since the show went out on such a high note. What more can a lover of the show ask for?

So, I bid adieu to one of my newest but most beloved television addictions.

Peace out, Hal, Tom, and Alex (mostly Hal – he was smokin’). You guys could be funny in one moment and crushingly depressing in the next, yet your antics and fights were equally awesome.

Aloha, residents of Honolulu Heights: a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost – the holy trinity of supernatural creatures that was always destined to come together.

Enjoy being human.