February 15th, 2011, 03:55 PM
Werewolf, vampire, ghost
Syfy, my favorite cable television station, may be home to some of the worst made-for-TV movies on television, but their original programming is pretty hot stuff. With the exception of Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, and really any show about ghost hunting (why is it such a thing? How did it become such a thing?!), Syfy lives up to its moniker. Eureka, Warehouse 13, Haven, the always beloved and late lamented Battlestar Galactica are just a sampling of the excellent series Syfy has brought to life.
Now we get to the controversial part of this post: the American remake of a British series. As we’ve seen, sometimes it works (The Office), but mostly, it doesn’t (Skins). Syfy is currently four episodes into their remade, American version of Being Human. I’ve never seen the British version of Being Human, but I’ve always wanted to. Therefore, I was pumped when I read that Syfy was doing a remake. Since I know really nothing about the original–other than that a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost live together–I’m quite enjoying it! And, based on what I’ve read, most viewers are, too. Oh, there are the odd haterade drinkers who bitch and moan that it’s not exactly like the original, but if you want it to be exactly like the original, GO WATCH THE ORIGINAL I MEAN REALLY YOU GUYS.
The three supernaturals, Aidan the vampire, Josh the werewolf, and Sally the ghost, live together in somewhat harmony in what is supposed to be Boston. Aidan has been a vampire for a long, long time (Revolutionary War), Josh a werewolf for about two years, and Sally a ghost for a matter of months. The mythology sustaining each of the supernaturals is interesting, in some ways different from conventional mythology governing each species. There are a smattering of human characters (primarily relating to Sally or Josh), and though some of the twists and turns can so far be a bit predictable, it’s an overall enjoyable ride. Take a gander at the series premiere, below, and tell me what you think!