Out this month in the U.S. is the second season of Being Human, the BBC supernatural drama about a vampire (Aidan Turner), werewolf (Russell Tovey), and ghost (Lenora Crichlow) who live together. I know this is supposed to appeal to fans of The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, and Twilight, but I got over my vampire fixation a long time ago, and to me, the premise sounds like a particularly odd take on Three’s Company.
The three just want to have normal lives, but some reviews have said the desire comes off as too emo. As the season opens, the vampire has taken over leadership of his kind; the werewolf has a nurse girlfriend he’s infected; and the ghost has a pub job. They’re also being pursued by “a religious organization committed to the destruction or conversion of supernatural freaks operated by the mysterious Professor Jaggat and the sinister, cold-hearted Kemp.” Sounds like Angel.
The three-disc set contains eight episodes, along with these behind-the-scenes featurettes:
- Blood Bursting
- The Caves
- Unleashing the Beast
- The Swinging Sixties
- Behind the Makeup
- Making the New Werewolf
- Train Carnage
This season is also available on DVD. If you’re not familiar with the show, as I wasn’t, you may prefer to start with the previous season, which came out in July (yay for quick releases!), or just wait for the coming American revamp on Syfy. (The studio provided a review copy.)
Update: To clarify, this is not a review post, but a product announcement. I was intrigued by the BBC appearing to jump on the vamp bandwagon, and I was hoping that viewers of the show would tell me more about what they like and don’t like about it. I apologize that this wasn’t clearer. I should have included a more explicit statement to that extent.