Episode #1.1- There Goes The Neighborhood: Part I
The Syfy channel has done a reboot of the hit UK show Being Human. Being that it is chock full of vampires, werewolves and ghosts, we here at NB just had to give it a try and review it for you, our nerdy fans. The show centers around three characters; Aidan, Josh and Sally who are a vampire, werewolf and ghost, respectively. They all live in a house in Boston and the premise is that the vampire and the werewolf just want to try and lead as normal a life as possible. In other words, they’re trying out Being Humans. Ha, get it? Let’s delve right in, shall we?
First off, there were many problems following the lore of these creatures. This lore is seeped in tradition and history and yet writers keep FUCKING with it. Firstly, Aidan the vampire is out during the day time. He is very pale, (and always seems to be sweaty…) yet doesn’t seem to shrink away from the light of the sun at all. Then we have the ghost, Sally. Somehow this ghost manages to cast a shadow, so that calls attention to shitty editing, or shitty attention to detail. Josh the werewolf seems spot on for now, but we’ll wait and see just how many nights a month he turns into his hairy alter-ego before coming to a final decision on if they’ve screwed with that creature of the night too much or not.
That being said, the first episode delivered well from an acting standpoint. Aidan is being played by Sam Witwer who has some nerd cred in his resume. He has appeared on both Angel and Dexter, as well as being the voice/face of Starkiller from the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. (I and II) Nice acting history! Witwer had to have taken some pointers from David Boreanaz because he captured the broody, soul-heavy vampire bit perfectly. He doesn’t want to kill, he wants to be good, etc. He’s a nurse in a hospital and appears to be living off of blood bank reserves.
Aidan is friends with Josh, who also works in a hospital. Josh is played by Sam Huntington who also has a nerdy past, having played Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns. Josh was a pre-med student until he dropped out due to extreme hairiness. He turned into a werewolf. No word yet on how he got that way, but a run-in with his sister shows the viewers that he abandoned his human life abruptly, leaving his family behind with only a note that said ‘Don’t worry about me.’
Aidan and Josh decide they are tired of living like creatures of the night, so they want to try and be more human, capture back the lives they’ve lost and just settle down a bit. They decide to do this by getting a house. Upon moving in they discover the house is haunted by the ghost of Sally, played by Meaghan Rath (From 10.5: Apocalypse and 18 To Life). Sally is the fiancee of the landlord who owns the house, and she wants to try and move on so she can leave the house she is currently stuck in.
The drama, besides the obvious supernatural drama, comes in undercurrents. Aidan is being all but stalked by his sire, Bishop (Mark Pellegrino also from Dexter, and also the TV series Supernatural), who seems to want nothing more than to have Aidan join his ranks again. Aidan apparently wants no part of this, so no doubt we will learn about the seedy underbelly of Bishop’s little coven later in the season. Josh’s side drama is that his sister has found him and is both hurt and angry that her brother just disappeared on the family and wants an explanation. Sally misses her fiancee and wants to see him again before she moves on, which seems to be unlikely as the landlord Danny doesn’t seem to want to go into the house where she died.
The series opener shows enough about the characters to explain why everything is the way it is, but leaves enough out so that it makes you curious to see what is on the horizon for the three main night-dwellers. We are left with a cliffhanger of Josh locked in a room with his sister about to transform into a werewolf, and Aidan at Bishop’s sexy coven house drinking from a pretty blood doll. Was the blood drugged? Will Josh harm his sister in his wolfy form? We’ll have to wait a week to find out.
Will we continue watching? The damned vampire didn’t sparkle, so I’m in for another week at least to see where this heads. Let’s hope it goes somewhere good. 3 out of 5…so far.