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Being Human: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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The series starts when two orderlies at a hospital at Bristol decide to room together. What makes this desirable for them is that they are supernatural creatures. Mitchell is a vampire. Not a terribly old one by vampire narrative standards (less than a century old). George is a werewolf and on three nights a week has a rather violent transformation into a truly nasty beastie (and thanks to CGI his transformations are truly horrendous). Both of them are trying to pass as normal humans, and for economic reasons and simply because they don't want to live alone, they decide to find an apartment together.Read more ›
The cast, then. Mitchell is the classic brooding vampire cut from the Angel mold. That is to say he's a former hell-raiser who has turned over a new leaf and is attempting to live a "normal" murder-free life. But old habits die hard. Whereas many vamp stories of this nature equate the vampire's hunger with drug addiction, in Mitchell's case his seems to be something even more applicable in the males of our species: sexual desire. His victims are typically one-night stands, and his denial of responsibility is about to bite him in the rear even as his former comrades put designs in motion to bring him back into the fold. Annie is the best character in my opinion. She's an outwardly cheerful spirit who is trying to figure out why she has been unable to pass on and she desperately wants to make contact with her fiance, who has moved on in life.Read more ›
No, there isn't a punchline, because it's not actually a joke (unless you really, really hate urban fantasy). It's the description of "Being Human," a bittersweet little dramedy about a little supernatural gang trying to live their lives in an mundane world -- pretty good acting, a cool concept, and a slow-building plot about some rather ambitious vampires.
A youngish vampire named John Mitchell (Aidan Turner) and his werewolf buddy George (Russell Tovey) move into a nice rented house, and find themselves with a third roommate -- a ghost named Annie (Lenora Crichlow) who becomes almost solid as she hangs around the guys. George and Mitchell work a pair of low-level hospital jobs, and attempt to do normal things like date, go out to pubs, and keep house.
However, the trio still have supernatural problems to deal with: Mitchell is struggling to stay "on the wagon," George is in denial about his beastly transformations, and Annie longs to see her ex-fiance (as well as trying to find out what her earthly tie is). And they have to deal with enraged mobs, more ghosts, homeless werewolves, and the local vampire community (why are they in communities and the wolves are "alone"?), who are planning something major.
"Being Human Season 1" is one of those shows that isn't brilliant, but it IS clever and fun -- especially the whole idea of watching a werewolf, vampire and ghost trying to live "normal" lives ("What is it about us that says 'we need jam'?"). And the writers have some fun mocking the cliches of the urban fantasy genre (where else will you see a "little old lady" vampire?) while also delving into the painful issues of temptation, loss, and what it means to be human.Read more ›
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Somewhere online I read that this TV show was extraordinarily popular in the UK. Perhaps there is a difference in cultural taste because as a U.S. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MelaineB
the UK version of Being Human is one of the top supernatural series of all time. Aidan Turner as Mitchell is a stand out!Published 4 months ago by music woman
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Yes there is a pilot ep but it is not included in either the U.S. DVD or Blu-Ray collections(I don't think it's available in the other region versions either, but I didn't do much research, as it doesn't apply to me). Being Human (BBC) has quickly become one of my favorite things ever, so I had... Read More
Feb 4, 2013 by Psycat | See all 2 posts
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That's why I didn't buy it...they cut out a good deal of the show's personality by editing the music.
Jul 31, 2010 by Bundt Lust | See all 5 posts
Does region 1 mean they will only play on british dvd players? I've heard people in US say they've bought the Being Human seasons only to find the format incompatible with US dvd players.
May 6, 2011 by Philip W Robinson | See all 3 posts
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