Brits do it best
BEING Human might be missing a couple of major and much- loved characters this season but the British original is still far superior to its appalling American cousin.
Returning for its fourth season, this British drama series about supernatural entities trying to live normal lives is still masterfully written and acted.
Mitchell the vampire met a sad demise at the end of last season, his emotional final scenes a fitting tribute to the character and a heartfelt demonstration of how much he meant to his housemates, Annie the ghost ( Lenora Crichlow) and George the werewolf ( Russell Tovey).
We also saw the tragic departure of George’s wolfy girlfriend Nina ( Sinead Keenan), leaving heartbroken George with a little cub, Eve, to care for on his own.
In the aftermath of all this tragedy, Annie and George retreat to their home, an old B& B in a quiet seaside town, to recover and find a way to move on. But, of course, all will not be so simple. Following the death of Mcnair, werewolf Tom moves in with Annie and George to help raise Eve.
Meanwhile, the vampires are mobilising for some kind of apocalyptic takeover of the world and they seem to think Eve will play a role.
And we are introduced to another supernatural trio of housemates with distinct similarities to those we know.
There are big changes ahead in this fourth season, which may alienate some fans in the same way as Mitchell’s death annoyed many long- time followers of the show. The show’s greatest strength remains its dedication to creating believable and sympathetic characters, despite their obvious differences.
The title says it all: they might be dead, undead or prone to howling at full moons, but these characters want nothing more than to just be human, or at least as close to it as they can be.
Their daily struggles, while outwardly mundane, are amplified versions of what most of us encounter and probably cope with more easily.
When also faced with bigger challenges like, say, an imminent vampire war on humanity, they realise how small and vulnerable they still are.
The outpouring of grief and outrage from fans following Mitchell’s death is proof of just how good a job the writers and cast have done of giving us characters
Human. A new season of this US re- invention premiered recently on Eleven. This series was produced essentially because American audiences were reluctant to suffer through the mixture of English accents in the BBC series. So the premise and characters were slavishly re- created with American accents.
Despite the much glossier finish of the American series and its obvious subservience to the basic story established by the original, its thin characterisation, disappointing lack of originality and over- reliance on special effects at the expense of good writing leave it sadly lacking.
We miss you, Mitchell.