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Being Human (UK) *****
« on: December 30, 2011, 01:38:07 PM »
Being Human is about three twenty-somethings who room together in the city of Bristol, England. What makes this comedy-drama interesting is that one of them, John Mitchell, known simply as Mitchell, is a 108 year old vampire. His other two flat-mates are George who has been a werewolf for two years, and Annie, a beautiful young girl who was murdered by her fiance and is a ghost haunting the house the two men are renting.
When I first started watching the show I was a bit put off by the comic aspects. After all, there is nothing comical about a vampire unless you are one and lack a conscience. Vampires are monsters that live on human blood, and, generally, kill their food source. Mitchell has been doing this for a very long time. Now he wants to abstain and live as much like a human as he can.
The vampire myth is somewhat redefined in this show. Sunlight in not damaging to vampires. They eat normal food, drink normal beverages, but still have a habitual craving for blood. It is that constant thirst which drives them more like the appetite of a sexual predator or crack addict than a creature that cannot exist without blood.
George Sands, the werewolf, is pretty close to most werewolves of the past. His change only occurs on the night of the full moon, once a month. The transitions are well done, and we see enough of their effect to not feel cheated.
Annie is the lightest of the characters, although she does have her dark moments. Through most of the episodes she is only visible to supernaturals. Ordinary humans cannot see her, although, she does move objects around, makes tea and cooks for the boys.
There is a terrific chemistry between the three main actors. Whether the obvious attraction for each other is merely acting or real is very difficult to discern. Combined with this there is the element of horror, particularly surrounding Mitchell who is the only character who is really at war with his condition. We are always left wondering how much of his attempt to be sensitive and "human" is real and how much is self-delusion, much as an addict deludes himself that he can get the monkey off his back anytime he really wants to. Keep in mind the Mitchell's particular monkey has been on his back for nearly one hundred years.
The first season's episodes are fairly light and comedic in tone. During the second season things get dark. In the third and last season things become about as dark as they can get.  The available episodes on Netflix end with the third season. The finale to that season is very satisfying, and you are not left feeling like you need the series to go on.
There have been some succeeding seasons, but there is little or no information available about them, and, frankly, the last episode seemed to me the perfect ending to the three year, 22 episode, run, comparable to the superb finale to HBO's Six Feet Under.
This is a very good series if you are, like me, into supernaturals. There is some profanity and gore, but no nudity or sexual content of the type that HBO and SHO have on their series. It isn't good fare for children, but adults should have no problem with the content.
Gitano
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