Dropped: Being Human

Posted on April 11, 2012

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A vampire and a werewolf move into a haunted house. No, that’s not the set-up for a joke. It’s the context for a TV show from Touchpaper Television. It originally aired in the UK in 2008, and came to the US on BBCA.

Yes, I know that SyFy has a show with the same title and context. It’s an import of the BBC show. We’ve only watched the BBC one.

We Watched It

Annie (Lenora Crichlow) lives in a two-story house in Bristol…sort of. You see, that house is where Annie died when her fiancée shoved her down the stairs. Now, when anyone tries to buy or rent the place, she scares them off.

She’s lonely and miserable until George (Russell Tovey) and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) show up.

To Annie’s shock, they can see her.

Turns out that George is a werewolf who’s trying to control his curse, and Mitchell is a vampire who’s trying to give up his thirst for blood.

For three seasons, Annie, George, and Mitchell lived together. George had a daughter with his girlfriend, Nina (Sinead Keenan), after biting Nina and making her a werewolf, too. They discovered that Annie could make herself visible to humans, and could leave the house where she died. Mitchell went into the afterlife to rescue Annie, and fell off the wagon once or twice.

Then George accidentally staked Mitchell, and while trying to rescue his daughter from vampires, George died. That left Annie alone with the daughter, Eve.

Across the country, another trio – Hal (Damien Molony), Pearl (Tamla Kari), and Leo (Louis Mahoney), have been together since 1955. Leo is the werewolf, Pearl is the ghost, and Hal is the vampire. Leo has a vision about a savior baby, and demands that Pearl and Hal help him meet the child. Leo is elderly, and unlikely to survive another monthly change into a wolf.

In Annie’s house, Leo and Pearl declare their love for each other and pass over the other side, leaving Hal with Annie and Eve until Tom (Michael Socha) shows up.

We met Tom in an earlier season. We know he’s a werewolf. He and his father hunted vampires, until the vampires killed the father.

So, now, in the fourth season, Annie and two new men try to protect the savior who will wipe out the vampires (Eve) from vampires, social services, serial killer ghosts, and anyone else who cross their path.

Dropped

We don’t like the new cast and the new stories.

That’s not a comment on the actors at all. They’re all quite good, and their working out the chemistry between their characters. That’s all fine.

For several seasons, I noticed that I enjoyed Being Human when I watched it, but I never felt compelled to watch it. Now, with the fourth season, watching it requires an actual effort on my part. There are plenty of shows that we want to watch, so dropping this one just made sense.

WTF

One thing they’ve done well in re-tooling the show is that they haven’t tried to replace the characters with exact duplicates. Tom and Hal are very different from George and Mitchell. I appreciate that.

I also respect the risk the show creators took with that decision. Because new chemistry is a gamble. You gamble that you’ll keep enough viewers, and attract enough more, to compensate for those you lose.

Thoughts?

Has a show ever changed cast and put you off?

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