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SyFy premiered a new show, Being Human, last night. Not that it’s really all that new. Made in Canada, and also airing up there, the series is based on the British series of the same name, that is about to start a third series. As such, this isn’t exactly an original, fresh show. However, for most of us residing here in the states, this will be our first taste of the show, and it left a happy flavor in my mouth.
It was hard to miss the promos, so you’ve likely heard the basic premise: a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost share an apartment. But from the wonderful monologue that opened the episode, it was clear that this series was about so much more that kitschy comedy with popular monsters. Vampire fans, especially, are not hard up for material at present. From Twilight to True Blood to The Vampire Diaries, all of which I do enjoy to varying degrees, we seem inundated with the stuff. Luckily, this show appears (judging only by one episode) to be different.
We first meet Josh (Sam Huntington, Superman Returns, Fanboys), a werewolf who ran away from his family after the change. We’re told that because of his condition, he hasn’t had sex in two years. I don’t know why, since I thought werewolves only turned on the full moon. That still leaves plenty of free nights. But Josh is the soul of the piece, the one who voices the alienated feelings. He also seems to be a truly good person. He’s a dear friend to the vamp, finding in him a kindred outcast, earnestly suggesting they get an apartment together. Within moments of the pilot starting, I was hooked on Josh’s arc and character, completely identifying with his emotions, if not his monster-ness. A line about how most people get to wake up from their nightmares sealed the deal. Josh is the best.
Then there’s Aidan (Sam Witwer Smallville, Battlestar Galactica), the vampire. The audience is led to believe that Aidan is also good, having been off of human blood and away from his kind for some time, not unlike most of the vampire heroes modern audiences root for. Yet, his behavior in the first episode tells a different story. First he kills a girl named Rebecca (Sarah Allen) while sleeping with her. Then he allows his sire, a vampire named Bishop (Mark Pellegrino, Lost, Dexter), who would like to bring Aidan back to his roots, to lead him to some sort of feeding club, where he drinks more human blood for the source. In case you didn’t catch it, Bishop is a bad influence. I assume Aidan will turn out to be good, since he’s billed as one of the main characters, and never portrayed in a dark, sinister light in advertisements, but I didn’t see much to like about him this week.
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Article first published as TV Review: Being Human Moves Into the Neighborhood on Blogcritics.