Being Human: Season 1
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Being Human is a witty and extraordinary look into the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives - as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost – as they struggle to live normally despite their strange and dark secrets. George (Russell Tovey) and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) work in anonymous drudgery as hospital porters in Bristol, England. They lead lives of quiet desperation under the burden of a terrible secret - Mitchell's a vampire and George a werewolf. Deciding to start life afresh and leave behind the dark side, they move into a house, only to find that Annie (Lenora Crichlow), the ghost of a woman killed in mysterious circumstances, haunts it. As the threesome deal with the challenges of their new lives together, they're united in their desire to blend in with their human neighbors. But with unwelcome intruders into their world, a threatened revolution from the vampire underworld, constant threats of exposure, and the day-to-day issues faced by young people - the only thing they may be able to rely on is each other.
A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost share an apartment in Bristol, England--it's not a joke, it's a supernatural TV series from the BBC! The smoldering vampire, Mitchell (Aiden Turner), struggles to change his bloodsucking ways; the werewolf, George (Russell Tovey), is a jittery guy who won't truly acknowledge and accept his curse; and the ghost, Annie (Lenora Crichlow), pines for her lost fiancé and has no idea what's keeping her tied to the living world. Over the course of the first season's six hour-long episodes, they face hidden secrets, a manipulative older werewolf, a vampire protégé out for revenge, mob prejudice, a doorway to the beyond, and an impending vampire takeover of the world. But the show's theme is right in the title, Being Human: the plot developments are really opportunities for the characters to grapple with fundamental human experiences, from dating anxiety to profound loss. It's unfortunate that expressing human nature all too often involves a lot of whining and mawkish emoting here, and the series has no coherent rules about supernatural powers (vampires can walk around in broad daylight, sometimes ghosts can be touched and sometimes they can't--basically, whatever's convenient to the current plot). None of this stops the passionate fan base of Being Human, who connect with the charismatic cast, the dramatic story arcs, and the nifty special effects (George's transformation into wolfdom is always a winner). The season 1 collection features plenty of extras, from deleted scenes to cast interviews and more. --Bret Fetzer
Interview with creator Toby Whithouse
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This British version is excellent however, and SO far superior to the US version that it almost seems like a different show, even with all it's similarities. The acting is excellent, and the characters are likeable and believable. I'm only into the 3rd season though, so we'll see how it goes.
UPDATE: Continued watching to the end of the series. The last few shows of season 3 and the whole of season 4 was just AWFUL. Season 4 had nothing to do with the first 3 seasons, and season 5, which actually wasn't too bad (until the end), was a completely different show with a different (but also likeable) cast, and literally nothing in common with the first 3 seasons either except that a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost were roomates. The series finale was just plain stupid. Seems like the makers of this series just gave up near the end. Too bad, started out great.
In the U.S. version, I just couldn't get past Meaghan Rath. She abrasive, selfish and self-centered and I just couldn't find any saving grace in her character. It could be that I needed to give it a while and I intend to watch it again because I just love Sam Huntington. I'm not a big fan of Sam Witwer, although I think he's got some talent. Anyway, if you love the U.S. Being Human, you may or may not like the original, but give it a shot. It's worth every second!
The result is a series as highly addicting as Mitchell ' s bloodlust.
Saw the pilot and I am glad they made the replacements they did, with Aidan and Lenora masterfully cast as Mitchell and Annie.
George is delicious as an awkward, jittery, young man desparately trying to ignore the fact he turns into a wolf once a month, struggling to keep the raging beast within him that amnestically possesses his body from destroying the facade he is trying to build of a quiet normal life.
Mitchell is a mutable, sensitive, sunlight tolerant 150 year old vampire with soft spot for humanity, fighting internally with an insatiable thirst for blood who has sworn off his nightime maulings, but occasionally falls prey to its lure with disastrous consequences. He is constantly harassed by a group of vampire leaders consistently trying to drag him back to the dark side and a vicious young woman he brought into the world of the half dead in who threatens his resolve, his sanity, and his existence.
Annie is the tortured spirit of a kind, loving young woman who died mysteriously in a tragic accident. She is stuck in the world of the living as a shadow of what she once was, for reasons that, at first, escape her.
When the boys move into her house, and she discovers they can see, hear and touch her, what develops is a deep bond of friendship between the three supernatural beings that is constantly being attacked by the sometimes cruel world they dwell in and circumstances that surround them.
Brilliant, believe able acting, and characters you lose your heart for. A real treasure of a series.