It is the rarest of days, and I have picked this magical day to finish my blog series on Being Human. I want to warn you, these blogs DO contain spoilers for season one of the British Version (in case you were thinking about checking it out…which you should) and spoilers of the American Version (but only if you have not seen the episodes yet. I promise, I have no insider knowledge).
That being said, if you missed the other blogs:
How is it possible that a television show can consistently get better with ever single new episode?
It’s hard to imagine that any show, no matter how good, can maintain that kind of forward momentum. But season one of the U.S. Being Human managed to top itself every single week.
A confessed British television junkie, I was completely hooked. I’d abandoned the show’s British sister, and committed to the American show with open arms.
This is the best it can get, right?
Wrong. If I had been expecting the same greatness from season two, as I got in season one…I was sorely mistaken. Season two isn’t great.
I’m not sure why I am so surprised. I mean, season one always managed to out due itself…but in television, season two is notoriously difficult. Call it the “sophomore slump” if you will. It’s always hard to maintain the success of a stellar opening season. And the expectations are always unrealistically high.
But Being Human seems to completely blow by the sophomore slump. Hell, it’s not even junior level. This is like a master’s level season and a lesson in what TV remakes should be.
I wanted the similarities in season one of the American version, versus the British version. I needed to know that the show I loved was still there somewhere, on some level. And when I found those similarities in episode two, I reveled in them. But the show’s brilliant creators also saw what I didn’t at the time.
People don’t want to watch the exact same TV show twice.
Sure, it might be fine for movies, with their two hour running times. People like to relive that magic film memory. But a TV show is weeks, months, and (hopefully) years.
So the US Being Human gave us the similarities, and blatantly, the differences.
I have already gone on for two posts about this, so I won’t again. Let me just say that I loved the similarities in the first season. It is what drove me through the series in under a month.
But I love season two for all the other reasons.
This is a new television show.
As a matter of fact, very little remains of the British plot lines. And I’m thrilled.
Nora is the exact opposite of Nina. Though she is tortured, and you don’t really know why…yet. But she and Josh are so in love, which is sweet.
And Aidan is trying to save himself and rebuild…but he’s falling and I’m still not sure how he’s going to find his way out of this.
And Sally….she is trying to move on, and trying to enjoy the new world she’s forced to stay in…and she’s haunted.
And Josh is trying to find a cure…and he’s dealing with some pretty carnal pure-breds. Which is a great twist.
I can’t even say more.To try and describe every reason why I love season 2 up to this point, would be a serious injustice for the show. So I won’t. It’s way too much to try to catch up on.
This is my final blog on all the reasons I fell for Being Human. From now on, and hopefully starting tomorrow, I will be reviewing each episode…week by week.
How can I not? How can I resist the chance to write a weekly commentary on one of the most successful story and character driver plot lines I have ever seen.
And there are adorable spooky racoons. Which is a serious plus!
So, good bye for now…all of my Being Human Junkies. Until the first review on the most recent episode, “Ties that Blind,” I will bid you adieu…
Happy Leap Day!!!!!!