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'Being Human' thoughts 
1st-Aug-2009 12:45 pm
TV--green
A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost share a flat. So says the premise of the BBC's Being Human. Part of me was, "Geez, another show with a vampire," and the other was, "Yay, another show with a vampire."

The first episode aired on BBC America last weekend and I think I can safely say that I'm really, really going to enjoy this. There's cuteness aplenty. I can't decide which character fills me with more happiness. I alternate between all the characters but right now I'm settling with Annie.

She's such a joy to watch and a wonderful combination of apprehension and enthusiasm. I loved her early scene where discussion of George's "time of the month" caused her to ramble on and on about her own "time of the month" and how she sometimes felt like biting someone's head. She quickly comes to realize that's a very likely scenario for George.

George, running like a madman through the woods as he tries to find a secluded place for him to "change" was a hoot. Mitchell deciding to save the TV when George decides to transform at their flat was great. I need an icon of that, lol. And of course Annie wanted to watch the whole ordeal.

Mitchell is interesting and I found I wasn't annoyed at the angle the show has on vampires. They can walk around in the sunlight and eat food apparently. This didn't rub me the wrong way as it did with Moonlight, for which I'm grateful. The number of regular shows I watch is small so it's always fun to get a new member.

There was so much to enjoy in Being Human and the emphasize on the buddy aspect of the three friends is wonderfully refreshing. And I do love the Forever Knight similarities. I can't wait to see how Being Human grows on its own and where it aligns itself with my favorite vampire show.
Comments 
1st-Aug-2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
What are the Forever Knight similarities? The camaraderie between the three that is kinda like Nick, Schanke, and Natalie?

I heard someone mention this show sometime back and meant to check it out. I don't know how I feel about so many people changing the abilities of vampires. I like the old Barnabus Collins days with Dark Shadows where vampires only drank blood, had to sleep in coffins, and had to totally avoid sunlight. Also, the beast within was so powerful it was nearly impossible to control it. Forever Knight kept to that for the most part, besides the vampires not sleeping in coffins, but at least they still slept in dark rooms. *sighs* LOL
3rd-Aug-2009 01:22 am (UTC)
What are the Forever Knight similarities? The camaraderie between the three that is kinda like Nick, Schanke, and Natalie?

::nods:: That's definitely one of them.Think Nick, Nat and Schanke in the coda of 'Last Act' when they go see Erica's play or the coda from 'Feeding the Beast'. There's a wonderful sense of friendship and understanding between George, Annie and Mitchell. A beautiful scene from the first episode had George reflecting to Annie about how difficult it must be for Mitchell, the vampire, to restrain himself every second of the day around humans. A recent tragic incident shed light on what a fine line Mitchell walks. It makes me long for the few FK fics I've read in which Schanke is aware of Nick's vampirism.

There's a quasi Janette type character that tries to lure Mitchell back into the vampire fold. Mitchell brought her over during a lapse in judgment, although she's rather co-dependent. She does have a fun, manic sense about her though. She's definitely a wild card in the series.

Then there's Herrick, the vampire that brought Mitchell across. He works as a police officer. He doesn't have the presence of LaCroix but he's hellbent on changing the status quo. RIght now I don't think he and Mitchell have the chemistry that Nick and LaCroix have but Lauren has commented on their obsessive relationship.


I don't know how I feel about so many people changing the abilities of vampires.

I'm sort of the same way. I like my vampires rather traditional and I was surprised that I didn't bat an eye with Being Human. I think it's because the rest of the series is so strong that I'm willing to overlook aspects of it that don't align with my expectations. I also think that because the show doesn't have to explain the vampire "rules" to someone they don't draw as much attention to the vampire differences.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram had a review recently that sums up the series nicely.
16th-Aug-2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks to a UK acquaintance, I've seen all six episodes of Being Human so far -- twice. The most obvious thing that BH has in common with FK is that vampire Mitchell and werewolf George would both rather be human again, if that option existed, like Nick. But I think the most important thing that BH has in common with FK is that it is a high-stakes universe. Yes, it does play with customary vampire canon in allowing some sunlight and food, but unlike so many vampire stories today, it maintains a very high price on supernatural abilities in isolation, alienation, the hunger, and all the rest.

The first person to tell me about BH made a big point of the Lacroix-and-Nick aspects of Mitchell's relationship with the vampire who made him. The comparison is not as close as it at first seems. One reason is time -- Mitchell is 80 to Nick's 800, and comes from early-twentieth-century Ireland, not medieval Brabant.

I think that the note on which the first season ends with George is very interesting for comparison/contrast with FK, but it's a hugh spoiler, so I'm not mentioning it.
16th-Aug-2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
I haven't started watching the show, yet, but I have them recorded on my DVR. I will watch it very soon. I'm waiting to see if I can get that first show I missed out on first, before plunging into it. It sounds like a good show, and hopefully, like abby82 and you, I'll be able to overlook the sunlight and food since it still gives reasons why they would want to be human and how hard the life of a vampire really is.

I'm really big on the Lacroix and Nick father/son or master/fledgling relationship, so it will be cool to see Mitchell's relationship with his sire.

Thanks for the info, and now, I'm really looking forward to how this season ends, as well!
2nd-Aug-2009 02:22 am (UTC)
I always watch Being Human here in the UK - you will love it! It is completely amazing!
3rd-Aug-2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for the rec! I haven't seen the second episode yet but you've definitely eased any concerns I had of it dropping in level of squee. :-)
16th-Aug-2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
Courtesy of a UK acquaintance, I've seen all six episodes of Being Human -- twice. This is the first new series I've rewatched in years. I think that the most important thing it has in common with FK -- the reason it doesn't grate like some elements of Moonlight -- is that it is a high-stakes universe. These "powers" come at incredibly high prices.
17th-Aug-2009 01:51 am (UTC)
Six episodes only? Oh that makes me sad. I'm enjoy the series so much. I sure hope it's been picked for a second season.

I think that the most important thing it has in common with FK -- the reason it doesn't grate like some elements of Moonlight -- is that it is a high-stakes universe. These "powers" come at incredibly high prices.

Excellent observation. I'm really enjoying the depiction of George's journey. I don't think I've ever seen a werewolf's portrayal on TV before so it's new but there are still familiar elements.

On a side note, I loved Lauren's line to Mitchell about the vampire community. "It's like Hotel California. You can check in but you can never leave!"
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