What do they all have in common? A show whose second season premiers in the U.S. tonight! That might be why Being Human is hijacking Immortal Monday! I tuned in for the series premiere last year out of mild curiosity, not expecting much, and to my surprise was quickly sucked in (Pun intended).
The series is a take-off on the already British hit by the same name. The British version has been going strong for three full years now and has just started its fourth season, we hope to see the same longevity in the American adaptation. For those unfamiliar with the show, you might wonder what would bring three supernatural beings together in a platform to create such a successful show. One answer – a home. A rental home to be exact!
But throw a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire together into a dwelling and that in and of itself is not necessarily interesting. So what makes these three especially compelling and watch-able? Aside from Hollywood spinning its usual magic and casting young, hot, beautiful actors, each individual comes with a tortured soul. They can’t help but bring that baggage into the relationship (a roommate situation) which inevitably affects each of the others because of the bond they have created.
Our number one immortal in this odd grouping is the vampire, Aidan, played by Sam Witwer. Vampires are usually carnal creatures, rich with heavy blood lust and a propensity to kill their meal. Aidan has chosen to turn his back on that kind of life and is trying to do right. The vegetarian diet. Where have we heard that one before? The numerous kills of his past haunt him and he struggles daily to keep his thirst under control.
Is it just me or is everyone else seeing a running theme with vampires lately? So many of them seem to be fighting their true nature. In any case, Aidan and his co-worker Josh, a werewolf played by Sam Huntington, decide to become roommates believing they can help each other stay clean (i.e. not kill anyone). After all, they are both struggling against their true nature to do what they consider is right and not hurt anyone.
Now I ask you, are werewolves immortal? I guess it depends on which interpretation you subscribe to. Whether they are or not, they are certainly welcome here on Immortal Mondays as members of the supernatural realm and characters other immortals often deal with in some form or another, may it be in battle or alliance.
What do you think it would be like dealing with monthly moon cycles as a werewolf? Watching this video I’ve decided it’s definitely worse than a monthly visit from Aunt Flow. Wouldn’t you agree?
Moving back to our two would-be roommates – surprise, surprise! The house they rent comes complete with a ghost. A young female ghost unable to move beyond the walls of the dwelling. Sally, played by Meaghan Rath, met an untimely death at the bottom of the stairs and now has some unfinished business before she can move on. The problem during most of season one was that she had no memory of what the unfinished business was. Of the three you would think she would be the least interesting, but the writers did a good job with her storyline, creating interesting twists and growth for her character. For starters, she is no longer confined to the house.
Is a ghost immortal? The better question is, are they eternal? Can they cease to exist through the form of exorcism and other purification ceremonies? That can be a rather dismal outlook for some trapped in the in-between. What happens to them when they are unfairly targeted, unable to escape? Curious questions we may never know the answers to. Of course we still want to quickly vanquish the Big Bads, and I’m not talking about Spike in this case.
The initial glue that held the three together in a more than roommate relationship was their desire to be human again. Thus the show’s name – Being Human. Their struggles, experiences and desires bring them closer together so that this strange triangle of roomies become friends on a higher level that actually care for one another.
Will you be tuning in for Being Human tonight? Do you think a roommate situation can work between a werewolf and a vampire, natural enemies?
What about a ghost, can they continue to write storylines that will make her part in the group interesting?
For a closer look at the show itself, pop over to Tiffany White’s Oo Factor and her running series Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Striving Toward Normalcy.
If that isn’t enough and you want a little more to wet your whistle, you can find a glimpse of the BBC version on Lena Corazon’s December 6th Row80 post: The End-of-the-Quarter Vortex.
You can catch this unique cast of supernatural beings on the syfy channel Monday nights at 9/8c beginning January 16th. Check your local listings for the BBC series.
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