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"Being Human" Season 1

I just watched the first season of "Being Human". It's a BBC series about a Vampire, a Werewolf, and Ghost who share an apartment.

There is a problem with this promotional picture. Vampires in this story can't drink bagged blood, it has to be directly out of a body, so Mitchell doesn't carry around bags of blood. George has scars on his shoulder but doesn't walk around in ripped clothes. And Annie does not glow or look transparent. Blood, scars, and glowing transparency are simple visual ways of signaling who is what, so I understand why they did it. The whole point of the show is that these people can pass for normal, but that does not make a very informative poster.

The vampire, John Mitchell, is played by Irish actor Aidan Turner. He is tall dark and handsome. He reminded me of Sendhil Ramamurthy who played Mohinder Suresh in "Heroes". Mitchell is trying to give up killing people so he treats his vampireism like a drug habit.

The werewolf, George Sands*, is played by Russell Tovey. George is the most neurotic werewolf I have ever seen. He is insecure and obsessive and very bad at flirting with women. But he is sweet and kind. He is deeply ashamed of his monthly "problem".

The ghost, Anna "Annie" Clare Sawyer, is played by Lenora Crichlow. She is cute and a bit ditsy. She has the most compelling story arc. She needs to find out why she hasn't passed on and resolve it.

It's a funny show, for something that isn't a comedy. It's about three friends who are trying to make sense of their lives. Even though two or them are not technically alive.

Favorite Quotes:
Annie: Ok. Maybe we can go out. But just for a bit.
Mitchell: Excellent. George. Get your lead.
Gilbert: Fun is such a bourgeois concept.
George: Hold on! Hold On! We have to set some ground rules here about guests.
Mitchell: Like what?
George: Like... Don't kill them.
Mitchell: *Gah*... such a bourgeois concept.
Owen: I killed my girlfriend. And now she lives with what I think is a werewolf and a vampire and they are going to torture me. So I need to find somewhere safe.
Police officer: I see. Well, in that case, we're going to need a different form.
George: That was pathetic. We were like the world's gayist ninjas.
George: You are very sarcastic for a Vicar.
Vicar: Yeah. So people tell me. And I feel really bad about it but then you know I forgive myself.

*George Sand was the pseudonym of Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, later Baroness Dudevant (1 July 1804 – 8 June 1876). A French feminist writer.


I'm watching on DVD from Netflix. So I will get season 2 next week. I was disappointed that the DVD did not include the Pilot. Probably because the pilot used different actors. But because of the pilot the first episode begins after George and Mitchell have moved into the apartment and found Annie. We don't get to see how they met. There were also some promotional shorts made that are not available on the DVD.

US remakes frequently suck (in a bad way). But it's being made by Syfy. Which might be good. They have "Warehouse 13" and "Eureka" so they understand humor.

If I had to cast Mark Pellegrino in a remake of "Being Human" I would cast him as Herrick, the first season Big Bad Vampire.

Season two has a really awkward first episode, but just hang on because the rest of the episodes are some of the best TV I've seen in years.

And I am definitely a member of the "I LOVE YOU GEORGE" fan club.

George is really sweet and in real life I would totally love to date him.

But I have to admit that I'm a Team Mitchell girl. I'm just a sucker for the tall dark and handsome bad boys (in my imagination). In Mitchell's defense we know he had at least one girlfriend he didn't kill or turn.