BEING HUMAN: 1.01 “There Goes the Neighborhood, Part 1” (series premiere)
Now that Merlin‘s back on the air, I’ve been watching a lot more Syfy. This means I’m seeing a lot more commercials for the new show Being Human (mainly because Syfy airs the same commercials over and over and over again — kinda like the CW). Anyway, it looked interesting, and while I’m sick of the whole vampire/werewolf storylines, they tossed in a ghost and their roommates, so it was somewhat different. Different enough, anyway, to tell me to watch it.
Plus, the trailers had humor! Who wouldn’t want to watch if there was some dry humor involved?
Well, perhaps it was that humor that made me a bit blindsided to what the show would really turn out to be because it sure started in a very dark place. Poor werewolf Josh woke up next to a deer that he tore into more ravenously than Twilight‘s Edward could even imagine, and a fun date turned into one bloody mess for vampire Aidan. Blood, blood, blood. Gore, gore, gore.
Which makes it that much more interesting to see that these two work in a hospital. If anything, I would think that the blood there would cause them to go all monster-like, but they seem to have a handle on it in the workplace. And it explains why they’re friends. What we don’t know yet is how Aidan and Josh discovered each other’s identities (and I’m looking forward to finding that out). Anyway, in order to help each other remain guiltless and murderless, they agree to move in together. It’s like Friends, with cravings.
And a ghost, actually, who I feel didn’t get utilized much in this first episode. I actually worry what we’ll really do with her. Is she really going to be trapped in that house? (My guess is that with Josh’s panicked message, she’s going to find herself finally a useful part of the show.) But ultimately, she’s not really trying to “be human” as the other two are, so I’m a little disappointed that such a fun character — and she does seem fun — might not have much use in the series.
Back to Aidan and Josh, I appreciate that they both have their own backgrounds and secrets. Aidan’s certainly is horrifying, and I just wonder what Bishop is really up to. (By the way, why, after playing a peaceful man in Lost is Mark Pellegrino constantly cast as an evil guy now? He’s got that look, I guess.) And I called the minute that his sister followed him into the room that Josh’s sister would get locked in there. Personally, I hope he eats her. She kinda annoys me, despite the fact that she’s not acting out of the norm at all and her complaints to her disappearing brother are completely justified.
Anyway, it was a good start to the series, and I certainly have my questions, but I did wish for something a little lighter. I wonder if the heaviness of life and death will always be a focal point of the show — and if it is, if it can really be sustainable. I guess we’ll have to see, though. You know, if we make it through Part 2 alive.
Muah-ah-ah-ah! [That’s, you know, evil laughter.]