Being Human (UK) jumping the shark?

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you probably noticed I talked about having watched the first 10 minutes of the new season of the UK version of Being Human. Unfortunately, though, I could not plod through the entire episode after all of these major plot points were just thrown at the screen without any sort of second thought given to them. Suddenly, we’ve got characters gone and there’s a vampire apocalypse waiting to happen and oh, wait, here’s the new guy and isn’t he a rebel?

I just couldn’t take it. Maybe it was too much, too soon. Maybe I just miss Aidan Turner too much. Maybe I know about how Russell Tovey’s George exits the scene (the internet is full of spoilers). And no, the fact that he was leaving isn’t a spoiler because Tovey himself announced his departure from the show on Twitter.

Last season felt a little wrong, as it was, but it ended on a beautifully emotional note with the death of our favorite vampire John Mitchell. But this ominous vampire shows up and threatens Annie (Lenora Chrichlow) and George (Tovey) at the end of it and sets the stage for season 4.

And then a lot of time apparently passes between seasons because a lot happens off-screen. I personally feel cheated of those moments.

Previously minor character Tom (Michael Socha) is back and although I liked him as a guest character on the show, I don’t think he has the appeal that the original three main characters had in previous seasons.

But most of all, I feel like the show has completely lost sight of what it’s supposed to be about. It was about supernatural entities strugging to be human. Now it seems to be a monster sort of soap opera and any emotional connection I once had with the show and its characters left with those characters.

So I turned it off and I’m not entirely sure if I’ll attempt to watch it all the way through. I’m so disappointed in what little I saw.

Not a lot of shows can carry on without their lead actors, especially when you have fans who have followed their story arcs over the course of several years. Those characters are as much a part of the show as anything else. Although it’s incredibly ballsy to try to continue on without them, I don’t feel that it works here.

So what do you think? Should I try to give it a second watch or give the show up entirely?

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