Posted by: Peter Hall
Created by Toby Whithouse
I have, unfortunately, sat on BEING HUMAN for far too long. When I first heard of the British series back in 2008 I basically knew it as the show about a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire living together. It sounded promising, but I was unfamiliar with anyone involved with the series so I didn’t allow myself to get too excited. And then I watched the pilot and was… thoroughly disappointed. Whithouse and company were trying to desperately to tap into the pseduo-gothic world of supernatural romance novels and hipster-looking vampires and timid, why-am-I-still-here ghosts just aren’t my thing. It did have a pretty good werewolf transformation, though, so it wasn’t a total loss. After the pilot, though, I kind of forgot about the show.
This was a mistake.
I knew that the core trio had been recast for the actual series and that the first episode had been entirely rewritten, but I just never got around to watching the proper first season. However, with the recent release of Season 2 on Blu-ray here in the States, I decided I might as well give in to the buzz the show had been earning for over two years now and catch up. I’m glad I did.
If you’re entirely unfamiliar with BEING HUMAN, here’s the gist of it: a ghost (Lenora Crichlow), a werewolf (Russell Tovey) and a vampire (Aidan Turner) live together; all three just want to be…wait for it…human. Pretty simple, really. However, what makes the show great is that it shed a lot of the angst from the original pilot and became a solid drama about the lives of three people who happened to all be creatures of the night. The heavy lifting in that regards was done in the first season, but for my money it’s season 2 where things really get interesting. No longer are they simply dealing with how to live together or adjust to their abnormal way of life (Annie the ghost and George the werewolf are much newer to this world than Mitchell the vampire), but how they fit into the bigger picture of the supernatural world. And what’s great about that is they have no idea that they do fit into the big picture.