Monday, August 31, 2009

The best show that you aren't watching right now: "Being Human"

So, a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost live in a loft...

BBC America has just recently aired the first season finale of the sweet show called, "Being Human". Though it was almost a year after the BBC 3 airing, hey, we'll take what we can get. The show starts off with a vampire from World War 1, a werewolf that scratched while on a trip at Scotland, and a ghost that lost her life by falling down some stairs and busting her head on the floor.

OK, so we have a cheeky premise. Check. My concern with the show was that it was going to be very "monster of the week". Wrong-o. From the beginning, we get the feeling that there is some sort of upcoming doom. Mitchell (the vamp) was a part of a group of vampires that may be up to no-good; sort of like a secret society. Annie (the ghost. The HOT ghost) is starting to find out that she is still stuck in this life because she has some kind of unfinished business. The flat the trio live in is where she died. George (this rules out "werewolf") is, uh, well there is nothing too crazy about him.

So, that might not sound too exciting. But, what makes the show great is that their acting is highly remarkable. Aiden Turner (Mitchell) exudes coolness and sexiness, yet is very tormented with his inability to control his urges. He had converted his friend into vampirism and struggles to deal with his actions, yet tries to have nothing to do with her. Leona Crichlow (Anne) is the feminine aspect of the trio and though she is a ghost, she has much trouble grasping the notion of the supernatural. Her fiancee rents out the flat that they live in, so she is always troubled by the fact that she is so close to him, yet he doesn't know. Russell Tovey (George) is the star of the show, though. His acting is a complete antithesis of the feral werewolf that he turns into once a month. Though he seems very meek, he is a man of honor and tries to help out his friends, relectant as he may be. Think of Kevin from The Office.

This show is pure BBC gold. There is violence, sex, and British humor. BBC America trims down some stuff for the overseas transfer, but big fucking deal. Some days, I'm surprised that we get away with words like "gosh" and "darn" on NBC. Supposedly, the filming of the second season started this month. Thank fucking goodness, because most shows on TV blow, especially American ones. "Supernatural" is the most kick-ass uh, supernatural show that America has to offer. So, hopefully once "Supernatural" comes and goes this 5th season, "Being Human" season 2 will be ready to rock.

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