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SyFy’s Being Human Episode 2

Josh and Aiden Being Human

At least they're easy on the eyes.

This is my status report for SyFy’s “Being Human” as of episode two. The final report? Still pretty decent.

I won’t go into the nitty gritty specifics of the second episode so as not to spoil it. I will say that I found it to be a little anti-climactic after the last one. The episode is a lot of set up, and the pacing seems a little rushed. The dialogue is decent, but there were a couple of bumps. It appears to be one of those bridge episodes where you need to see it to understand certain things, but not a lot really happens either.

To me, the one thing the show suffers from is the fact that it’s an American remake. For some reason, we just can’t seem to get it quite as right as the people across the pond. Now, that’s not to say the show is bad. (I already said it was decent.) It’s just that it seems to pale in comparison. Maybe that will change when they deviate from the source material, but we won’t know until the series gets further in. Last night’s episode had some nearly shot-for-shot scenes and some mildly altered dialogue, so the differences between the two versions of the show were a little jarring.

I can’t quite pinpoint exactly what it is that makes the BBC’s “Being Human” work better, but I think that a part of it is how genuine it feels. In the original, you really sympathize with the characters. It’s almost heartbreaking at times. The American version feels a little more scripted and packs a little less punch. For example, in the original, the character George is often very awkward. In the remake Josh (their version of George) feels like he’s TRYING to be awkward. The intent is still there, but it doesn’t deliver.

The character that I’m finding the most different from their British/American counterpart is Herrick/Bishop. Herrick is just so much more creepy. I’m not sure how to describe it, but he makes my skin crawl. Bishop, while pretty good, doesn’t give me the same sense of dread.

I’m also not particularly keen on Sally, who is the series’ ghost. I’d read one review that said this character really stole the show, but I firmly disagree. Annie, from the original, is far more sympathetic, and I’m much more emotionally drawn to her.

Overall, the show has piqued my interest enough that I’ll be tuning in next Monday night for episode three. If you’re interested in catching up, SyFy is putting episodes online for your viewing pleasure. They also give you three chances to watch new episodes each Monday night. (Check local listings, blah, blah, blah.)

So give it a looksee, and as always, SyFy is still a stupid name.

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One Response to “SyFy’s Being Human Episode 2”

  1. Dhx says:

    I hated British version but love the syfy version

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