Television Review: Being Human
· Sam Witwer
· Meaghan Rath
· Sam Huntington
· Mark Pellegrino
(l-r) Sam Huntington as Josh, Meaghan Rath as Sally, Sam Witwer as Aidan
Photo by: Jill Greenberg/Syfy
by Carrie Bradshaw
Published: January 15, 2011
What happens when you have roommates from hell, literally? Being Human is SyFy channel's new original series based off BBC’s series of the same name. The series is about 3 supernatural beings living together while trying to fit into the human world.
This show is not the typical program found on the SyFy channel. However, the show is intriguing enough to hopefully lure new viewers to a channel they might usually ignore.
The cast includes Sam Witwer (Smallville, Battlestar Galactica) who plays Aidan the vampire, Meaghan Rath (The Assistants) as Sally the ghost, Sam Huntington (Cavemen, "Superman Returns") as Josh the werewolf, and Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural) as Bishop the Vampire Legion leader.
Aidan and Josh just want to be normal. They work at the local hospital, hang out at the local pub, and aspire to live their lives in the human world. They also want a safe place where they can be themselves. So Aidan talks Josh into renting a house where they soon discover an unexpected third roommate in Sally.
It doesn’t take long before trouble comes knocking at their door. Aidan is constantly tormented by his bloodlust, trying to remain in control while his vampire nature urges him to find the next victim. Josh continues the battle to contain his savage transformations and the persistent need to not go on killing rampages. And Sally just wants some much needed attention from anyone -- especially her still breathing fiancé who's also the landlord.
The show is written as a drama, but includes a good dose of humor -- especially when the characters are trying to deal with human aspects of their lives and their supernatural instincts get in the way. It’s very amusing to watch the three try to act normal when they clearly are not human.
This series is right up my alley since I’m a sucker for anything in the paranormal genre. It’s a fun remake of the BBC series, with suspense, humor, and action. The actors fit their roles, and the story is well-written. I am totally hooked, and excited to watch how the story evolves throughout the season.
Watch Being Human on Monday nights at 9/8 central on the SyFy channel, starting with the season premiere on Monday, January 17.