Being Human (US): Season 1

by Peter

Much like its TOP GEAR brethren, Being Human on SyFy is a reimagining of an already popular BBC Drama/Comedy about a Vampire, a Werewolf and a Ghost who live together and try to lead normal human lives. Though more or less, that’s where the similarities stop and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Let’s face it, if Being Human US was a carbon copy of the original, what would be the point of watching? Just like the first couple episodes of the US version of The Office are almost word for word the same as the original British version. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen the others. So in this case, I was happy to see that it really is its own show.

Season 1 of the SyFy series recently ended, and I’ve been hooked since day one. Being Human follows the vampire Aidan, played by Sam Witwer (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Battlestar Galactica), who works as a nurse at a hospital and survives off animal blood and donated blood stolen from blood banks. Sam Huntington (Fanboys, Superman Returns) plays Josh, a werewolf who’s run away from his family to try and find a cure for what he becomes when the moon is full. Meaghan Rath (15/Love, The Assistants) plays Sally, a Ghost whose murder leaves her haunting her fiance and helping the new inhabitants, Aidan and Josh, of her former home. Also rounding out the main cast is Mark Pellegrino (Dexter, LOST) who plays James Bishop, the leader of the Boston vampire clan whom Aidan has abandoned.

While season one of Being Human¬†has individual story arcs for each of the three housemates, there is still an overall arc of the search for humanity and a place for each character. Aidan wants to never feed on live human blood again, Josh wants to be rid of his monthly transformations into a werewolf and to find his place in the world again, and Sally tries to find meaning in being a ghost and how to find her door to the other side. At the same time, Aidan must deal with Bishop’s constant attempts to bring him back into the clan. Bishop is the vampire who made Aidan, and therefore they feel some loyalty to one another which makes it even harder for Aidan to say no. Josh must deal with his family finding him and thinking he’s crazy when they discover his notes on being a werewolf. Further into the season, he also receives a love interest in Nora (Kristen Hager) which has interesting repercussions. Sally must find her own way in trying to interact with the living world, to make herself known to her murderous fiance as he comes closer to repeating his ways with one of Sally’s former friends.

While Being Human is definitely a Drama most of all, it can often be surprising at the amount of comedy mixed it to lighten the tensions on the show. One of the moments that stands out most from the first season is of Josh and Aidan sitting down for dinner with Josh’s family, only to discover that the meal was prepared using garlic. I won’t spoil it, but the following few minutes are comedic gold thanks to the acting of Witwer and Huntington. You can still find most of season 1 available On Demand, the earlier episodes are available online at Syfy.com, and if you find you like it the whole season is available to purchase on ITunes. SyFy has also announced that Being Human has been picked up for a second season.

 

PETER was indifferent about the original series, but loves the US version. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t have to struggle to understand them through accents. Also because he loves the Sam’s (Witwer & Huntington). He has never watched a single episode as it aired, but always watched On Demand. He still can’t see Witwer without thinking of Starkiller.

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