Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Being Human: Old vs. New

Some thoughts on the new version of the TV show, Being Human:

-Attention, some spoilers follow- 

I watched the North American remake of the show Being Human on Monday, and I actually enjoyed it.  I wasn't expecting to, as the Canadian preview trailers were less than stellar.  For those of you that don't know, the original Being Human is about three friends, a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost, who share a home and try to fit in with the human world.  The new show stayed close to the original BBC version, with only some name and location changes and a few minor tweeks.

Mitchell, George and Annie are now, Aidan, Josh and Sally.  They live in Boston, the guys still work in a hospital and the plot parallells the original series, with most of the same conflicts and interactions.  Changes include the age of the character of Aidan, who is older than Mitchell, and the addition of Josh's sister.

The actors (Sam Witwer as Aidan, Sam Huntington as Josh and Meaghan Rath as Sally) do a nice job with -for the most part- well crafted dialogue.   Sam Witwer was the standout of the cast, giving a subtle edge to Aidan the vampire, showing a thoughtful personality battling a violent addiction.    And I think Sam Huntington took the right approach in toning down the nerdy, neurotic aspects of the original character; he doesn't need the comparasion with the remarkable performance of Russell Tovey as George.  He will have to watch the selfish, whining tone of the character, lest Josh become annoying.  However, the character of Sally was a bit uneven; she came off better when Meaghan Rath wasn't playing her needy or giddy.

I think the new version of Being Human may turn out to be a good show, but whether it will live up to the original remains to be proven.


Being Human on Space: http://www.spacecast.com/BeingHuman.aspx
Being Human on SyFy: http://www.syfy.com/beinghuman


The Original Series on Amazon:

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