If you’re not familiar with the BBC‘s Original program BEING HUMAN then you are one of the few not holding a slight grudge. It seems that a few beloved BBC shows have been revamped stateside and some fans refuse to jump ship. That having been said, SYFY‘s revamp did not suffer in ratings due to this slight fan friction. In fact, the premiere brought SYFY it’s highest ratings for a Winter premiere (1.9 million viewers, to be exact).
Those numbers have eluded the cable channel since 2005. Although Warehouse 13 was none-too-shabby in attracting the same numbers, it’s the demographic that has SYFY celebrating. The channel saw a rise in female viewership by a record 58%. It’s not hard to see where the attention is coming from. Two of the leading actors are attractive males who just so happen to be a Vampire and Werewolf (respectively).
The premise of the revamp stays true to the BBC original but what the SYFY show lacks in loyalty it more than makes up for in story. Being Human follows the day to day struggles of three ultra-humans, Aidan (Sam Witwer), Josh (Sam Huntington) and Sally (Meaghan Rath). The character names and locations have been changed but the conflicts are still closer to the original story brought to television by Toby Whithouse.
Aidan and Sam want to try out being normal for a change. No small feat considering they are both monsters. But that is where the story diverges from your standard Vampire/Werewolf lore and heads into Watchmen territory. Aidan and Sam spend their days working in a hospital and their nights trying to mask their innate, monstrous urges.
They move into an apartment inhabited by the Sally, the Ghost. Up until then she milled around talking to herself; never expecting anyone to ever notice her. But Aidan and Josh are different. Together these three people, brought together by supernatural means, try to cope with the world they try to build within the safety of their apartment and the world they try to blend into once they walk out the door.
The premiere episode showed us Sally’s fear of leaving her haunting ground, lest she never find her way back. She’s in a sort of purgatory that she will never escape until she can remember what happened to her. Aidan gives into his vampiric side, despite the fact that he’s trying the hardest to keep his cover from being blown. Josh reunites with his sister only to find the two of them locked in a basement together, during one of his transformations.
Just how far this show will go remains to be seen. SYFY is notorious for killing off smart programming. But where the BBC show is cerebral, the SYFY show is less uptight and dare I say it, more american, in the sense that it leaves more to the imagination. The actors are solid and the premise is interesting but will the fans stick by it long enough to let it soar on its own terms— without clinging to the glory of its predecessor?
BEING HUMAN airs Mondays 9/8c on SYFY.