So, a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost wind up living in the same house. No, that is not the opening of a joke from a vintage stand up routine, but the focal point for two running dramas on television.
One is the original show, which airs in the United States on BBC America. The other is an American remake, which premiered on Syfy Monday night.
Now, fans of the original show have been very vocal and mixed on their reactions to this remake, ranging the entire spectrum of emotions, from absolute total support to the most rabid of opposition against it. It has also occurred to many viewers that this is probably the first time that a British show and its American version have both run in this country at the same time.
That is so strange, you would think it came out of the plot of the shows themselves.
Being one who gets BBC America, I have had the opportunity to see the original show and consider myself a fan of it. BBC America and the BBC are rapidly becoming more friendly to science-fiction as time goes by, and the original show is a prime example of just that.
I watched the premiere of the American version of the show after its Monday premiere. At first, it did not impress me at all as it seemed prefabricated, as remakes sometimes are. However, as the episode progressed, I caught myself starting to care about the characters. The cast assembled for this version of the show have their own merits and takes on the characters, and frankly, did a good job in this first outing.
Sam Witwer was wonderful as Aidan, a vampire who is struggling with the drive and desire of his nature, yet trying to be different from the norm (for vampires that is). It reminds me of the struggles of Angel on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but in a much more darker form. Sam Huntington turns in a great performance as Josh, the young werewolf who is literally struggling with the beast that lives within him, and the secret he carries as a part of that curse.
However, while these two gentlemen's performances were very good, my hat's off to Meaghan Rath who committed grand theft show with her performance as Sally, the young lady who died in the house shared by Aidan and Josh and lives there as a ghost. She gave an absolutely believable performance with all the things and behaviors you expect from a ghostly character, but brought a heartfelt human touch to her supernatural role that I'm sure brought tears to some eyes that watched the show.
According to Syfy, approximately 3.8 million viewers watched the premiere of the show Monday night total over the multiple airings, which are impressive numbers. However, I would caution Syfy with the words that have been said about many other shows. The ratings contest is a marathon and not a sprint. We have all seen many a show start off with great numbers only to see them fall to oblivion along with the show itself.
At this point, my overall reaction to Syfy's take on “Being Human” is, so far so good. In two or three weeks, I'll revisit this subject and we'll see how things are going for our trio of supernatural beings, and for the show itself.
In the meantime, you can see all of our coverage on "Being Human" by visiting our sister site, Rabid Doll.
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