Thursday, July 22, 2010

Being human

Being Human is an excellent comedy/drama series from Britain that sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. "A werewolf, a vampire and a ghost all become roommates. There are moments of comedy but mostly its a drama of three people trying to find themselves and hoping that they are ultimately human.

The Character I like most from the start is George. He's uptight, a bit nerdy, and now a werewolf. These things do not go easily together. He's constantly on edge, and is the one who most wants to be "Normal." The vampire is the main plot spring for the first season at least as the other vampires seem to be plotting something and are not. nice. at. all. Our ghost is at first the most passive of the three and gets on their nerves a bit for constantly making tea (even though she doesn't of course drink tea), but gets more interesting as her past is revealed.

This show is a joy to watch and reminds me somewhat of the Buffyverse but a bit more realistically grounded, if you can use realism while discussing a werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost. By the way they handle such diverent characters I sort of wish that the creators of "Being Human," would try their hand with "The Baby, the Immigrant, and the Guy on Mushrooms."

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