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Being Human (2009- )

Toby Whithouse wrote a recent episode of Doctor Who, and it was through clicking on his name on wiki that i discovered that he created Being Human. A bunch of people recommended it as a series, so i thought i'd give it a go.

I was pretty impressed with the first series; all of the characters both major and minor evolved a great deal over six episodes and the character development of the three main protagonists was pretty fantastic, managing to be both very strong and very believable, and managing to develop the characters as individuals in their own vampire/werewolf/ghost world as well as develop as a close knit friendship with all of its ups and downs.

The second series took the show down a darker path, and that in itself wasn't an issue, but some of the choices that were made in the character development felt less convincing than the first series, particularly the middle development of George, which, without going into spoiler detail, felt like they needed to give him something to do while the big picture arc was developing until it was time for him to be a part of it. That said, the second series did a wonderful job of blurring the lines of the good guys vs. the bad guys, especially regarding religion.

Overall the show is pretty successful, exploring some interesting places outside of the typical vamp/wolf/ghost mythos, as well as some interesting concepts about death and the afterlife. The end of series two left on a decent cliffhanger, making me look forward to series three. Apparently SyFy is going to do a US remake of the series, which is in pre-production. It'll be interesting to see how it's retooled for american audiences; these days i don't really see SyFy get as dark as Being Human gets even in the first series, or american telly in general, though to be fair, i haven't really watched a lot of dark american telly these days, so maybe i don't know what i'm talking about.

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May. 20th, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
And, it's filmed in Bristol (where I live) and it's fun to watch and spot places around town.
May. 20th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
*Is* there any dark American TV? There's a streak of obsession with perverse sexual crime and (as per usual) women victims, but nothing I can think of that's dark in an emotional sense. The only show that comes close is Dexter, which is weirdly sunny and cheerful--lot's of humor and bright primary colors (well, mainly red). It's fun to a point.

L started out liking Hot!Vampire Show Being Human, but it sort of lost steam partway through the first season. I watched the second season but don't think I'll be back. The three main characters seemed to be floating past each other without much real interaction. Well, I guess roommates are like that sometimes but it eventually stops having much interest & starts feeling like a sitcom without the com.
May. 20th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
the first season had a lull to it, one episode in particular that felt pretty useless only because it seemed that at the end of it, the next episode was very 'reset'. standalone episodes are fine for certain things, but this series in particular doesn't set itself up as being that way, so that episode really bothered me.

i agree that in the second series, the main characters were so absorbed in their own stories that the dynamic between them got lost, and, as i said, i felt like aspects of the side plots were problematic and only served as filler to come back to the climax to put the players in place. the george family subplot felt pretty useless, the mitchell taking over the vamps felt pretty useless; the whole thing was mainly about the wolf facility and the religious crusade, and it might have served better to focus the series more as it related to that and as it related to what made the first series stronger when it came to character interaction.

that said, i still like it well enough, and am particularly interested in herrick's return in series three who i thought was a pretty great antagonist. as much as i appreciated the grey line between good vs. bad that was presented in the second series with the religious theme, it had the side effect of bringing back some of the old anger that i can feel about organized religion in general, and that's not the sort of attitude i want to have.

dark american TV is more a thing of the past; not something that ever rose to prominence because it didn't get the ratings. Brimstone comes to mind. can't think of anything else at the moment.
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