Saturday, February 7, 2009

Being Human- Damned Flatmates

Filmed in Bristol, Being Human shows views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and Clifton Village. The characters' shared house is located in Totterdown, Bristol, and the Shakespeare pub shown in the closing minutes of the pilot is located on the same street in Totterdown as the rented house. The hospital that the characters work in is mostly filmed in and around the Bristol General Infirmary.-Wikipedia

Yeah, Bristol looks a lovely place to visit, except for all the damned vampires, werewolves, and ghosts. Being Human is a BBC Three show about a group of flatmates who have more than their share of problems. Besides being a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost, there is this whole The World is About To Change thing going on. But our heroes are still trying to get on in the neighborhood and have all the locals around for tea and a nice chat about the great and powerful Vin Diesel.

The pilot of Being Human was really good, but they lost all of the cast except for the werewolf, George, who spends rather a lot of time naked and screaming-and not in a good way. Cast changes have been made for Mitchell, originally portrayed by Guy Flanagan, is now played by Aidan Turner, and Annie is now portrayed by Lenora Crichlow rather than Andrea Riseborough. Jason Watkins replaced Adrian Lester as a "more down-to-earth" version of Herrick. The character of Lauren also returned in the full series, with Annabel Scholey taking on the role from Dominique McElligott.

The cast changes alter the whole feel of the show, and in fact, I didn't even realize that the cop vampire was supposed to be Herrick. I still like the show, but I'm not sure I like Lauren changing from a woman fully in charge of herself to a loony loose cannon. There is also the odd idea that a vampire working in a hospital can't find a spare pint of blood somewhere to help with his blood lust. I like the idea of the ghost becoming a physical presence, though I am not sure where that story line might end up.

The first episode gave us a quick back story of Mitchell, George, and Annie, and then we are off and running. Time seems to travel pretty quickly in the land of Being Human, as George changed into a werewolf twice in episode two. There are a lot of threats from Herrick and Lauren and the poor ghost Annie has a relapse and doesn't want to go down to the Pub anymore. Meanwhile George is having trouble of his own with his new best mate, Tully, who is not exactly a good guy.

I like Being Human, but I could do with a few less shots of George standing around with his hands over his privates.

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