January 11th, 2012
I watch too many goddamn shows. Seriously. Some good, meaning, I finish them, and their seasons, or I drop them, never to return. I recently heard about Being Human, whilst strolling through the mulit-genre’d lanes of Netflix streaming, and decided to give it a whirl…err, download…stream? Anyway, Being Human sets before us a pretty cool premise. Now, if it hadn’t been for one thing, this would have been a Twilight ripoff, and therefore sucked. Both because it would have been like Twilight and because it wouldn’t have been original.
Josh and Aiden are two guys who work together as nurses in a busy hospital. Josh is the socially awkward and timid, although witty and down to earth one; while Aiden is the suave, 200 something year old, good looking, ladies man. One thing though. Josh is a Werewolf, and Aiden is a Vampire. Now, before you go all Taylor Lautner on my ass, as I said, there is a difference. Though worlds apart in their social lives, Josh and Aiden both share a common hatred, their own horrible curses, both wanting to rid themselves of their individual afflictions. These two seeming enemies find common ground in the fact that their lives suck because of their monstrous sides. Together they rent a dark and gloomy house from a landlord who seems only a little too anxious to get it off of his hands, as he explains to Josh and Aiden that the house has a past, involving the death of a women…his fiance. Upon moving in, they soon learn that they are not alone.
Sally, the ghost who resides in the home, lives in a constant state of purgatory, not knowing how she died, and longing to leave the home to see her fiance once again, although she cannot step past the front doorway. The three form sort of a bond as they all know they bear a burden of loneliness, death, and despair. I have to say, when I read the premise, I was like, ehhh…? But it all comes together quite well actually, and the three opposites work! You do sort of feel for Sally the most, at least so far, as she’s basically trapped in the house forever and cannot leave, although turning into a Werewolf once a month doesn’t look pleasant either.
The characters are presented very well, in my opinion. Josh is awkward, but intelligent, longing to be normal again and to rejoin his family whom he left at the onset of his change. He takes no pleasure in killing and resorts to isolating himself away from people during his transformations, so as not to kill any human. Aiden also takes no pleasure in killing, although vampires, as usual, are presented in this show as being very sexual, suave, and wealthy groups; so his temptations are much greater and sinister. The vampire network runs deep in this show apparently, even into the police force, as we learn of a “leader” named Bishop, who desperately wants Aiden to embrace his dark ways and join the rest of the vampires.
Episode 1 was a total setup aimed at getting people like me hooked. It set up a bunch of situations and ended with a major “oh SHIT” moment. Like you wouldn’t HAVE to watch the second one now. Anywho, that’s my rev, check it out if you have netflix, it’s pretty damned interesting. Only thing, the music was a tad 80’s lorenzo lamas “Renegade” for me, but I got over it like a high school girlfriend.
4 out of 5