Thankfully, the US didn’t have to wait as long for the third series of Being Human as we did the second. If I had to wait for Comic-Con in July, I would have either flown to the UK or resorted to downloading it illegally. Not on my computer, of course. I would have gone to a friend’s house. I spend enough money on legal fees and bail as it is, thank you very much. Stalking George Lucas is not an inexpensive hobby.
There are many reasons I love this show. First, a cute boy introduced me to it, so I still use it as an excuse to talk to him. Second, as I’ve mentioned time and time again, I love a good story about a disparate band of misfits who form a makeshift family and develop strong bonds that eventually compel them to lay down their lives to protect one another. It’s the sort of thing you find more often in sci-fi and fantasy than your usual run-of-the-mill situation comedy or drama or dramedy. You’re not going to see Joey jumping into purgatory to save Phoebe, even after years of proclaiming, “I’ll be there for you.” And that’s okay. That’s why we have Being Human.
Series three airs on Saturdays at 9/8c on BBC America. My first thought was that they should have scheduled it opposite the SyFy version on Mondays, you know, just to see what happens. Either that, or put it on Friday nights at 10/9c, because there should be more sci-fi/fantasy shows on at the same time as Supernatural and Fringe.
(WARNING: Mild Spoilers Ahead!)
When last we left our trio of heroic monsters (Nina doesn’t count), things were looking rather bleak, so I was somewhat surprised to find them in such good spirits in the premiere of the new series. Annie is still missing, though she seems to have her own show on the purgatory network. Mitchell is still recovering from his killing spree and seems somewhat more committed to finding Annie than George is. I blame Nina. Considering that everything bad that happened last season was Nina’s fault, I wasn’t particularly happy to see her return. While I do share her appreciation for Russell Tovey’s ass, I would have been fine if she’d just left another note saying she’d gone on holiday…forever. But there she is, ordering George around, distrusting Mitchell and maintaining a very nonchalant attitude about Annie’s disappearance. She does help Mitchell find a way to cross over, but it feels more like Nina’s trying to get rid of Mitchell than trying to save Annie.
I’m a little annoyed that Annie’s predicament was merely a ploy to lure Mitchell into purgatory. I thought Annie’s relationship with whatever happens beyond the door was an integral, unfolding personal mystery. While I agree that running from the door would get old, what happened to the threat and the dread of the afterlife she revealed to Owen? This episode conjures a lot of familiar images and tropes, including an extended Dickens sequence for Mitchell. Something darker and more threatening is much more interesting to me than a brightly-lit waiting room at a train station. They could have at least thrown in Dumbledore for good measure.
The Being Human on this side of the pond has been something of a surprise, really. The strength of the British version is in the camaraderie of the cast and how artfully they make you care about each of them, individually and as a group. I was skeptical that a new production could do the same. Since the debut a few weeks ago, I have to admit that I’m really enjoying the US/SyFy version. Aidan, Josh and Sally have all captured my heart in one way or another. The diversions the show has taken from its UK counterpart have been clever and intriguing.
So, for the time being, I’m going to be watching two versions of the show each week. Now all I need is for a Spanish version to show up on Telemundo to create the perfect trifecta of international monster angst.
Being Human (UK) is on BBC America, Saturdays at 9/8c. Being Human (US) is on SyFy, Mondays at 9/8c. Ser Humano is coming soon.