Sunday’s TV: Review- Being Human is a Must Watch
Being Human, BBC 3, Sunday 9pm Alert Me
BBC Sci-fi’s normally run along a certain path involving terrible costumes, hokey effects and slightly camp baddies. Great for family Sunday arvo’s but in no way living up to the US Sci-fi scions like Buffy, Dead Like Me or Battlestar Galactica.
Finally though, we have a contender.
BBC returns to its successful Pilot that was aired last year with a slightly new cast and a brilliant first episode of Being Human.
The premise: a vampire, werewolf and ghost live together in a london flat, trying to get along with the pitfalls of real life, complicated further by the supernatural. It sounds like the start of a joke but actually Being Human has a surprisingly dark edge to it.
Annie is the sweetest girl, loves making tea for everyone and a good chat. Problem is that she’s a ghost, and most people don’t see her.
George and Mitchell both work has hospital interns, only once a month George transforms into a were wolf that likes to kill people. Mitchell has a tougher time, being a vampire his bloodlust is constant. Although like all vampire protagonists, he’s trying to give up the old drinking-blood-thing.
It’s a tight episode, and with its dark twists and self referential humour it takes far more from Buffy than it does from Dr Who but still retains a British sensibility. Like the best sci-fi Being Human is more about it’s human conflicts than supernatural effects, managing to endear these supernatural twenty somethings to your hearts.
Hurrah for the BBC for commissioning a grown up sci fi at last. This one should go on your Must Watch list.