TERRIFYING TV: “BEING HUMAN” SEASON 2 PREMIERES TONIGHT ON SPACE

It sounded like the set-up to a joke: a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost move in together. But Being Human has proven itself to be an addictive BBC TV drama. It’s currently in production on its third season, and the SyFy network is, for better or worse, working on an American remake.

For those unfamiliar, Being Human is about vampire Mitchell (Aidan Turner), werewolf George (Russell Tovey) and ghost Annie (Lenora Crichlow) living together and trying to lead normal lives in a Bristol suburb. Season One saw the trio struggle with what it mean to be human (nudge nudge) and what it means to be a monster. There was blood and there was guts, but there was also heart which made it an unexpected and pleasurable discovery.

Lenora Crichlow as Annie

Season Two, which premieres tonight (Oct. 28) at 10 pm EST on SPACE, heightens the drama as the three friends are targeted by Kemp, a mysterious figure who offers to cure George of his lycanthropy but whose real designs are much more sinister. Meanwhile Annie continues to struggle with her ability to accept death, and Mitchell fills the leadership amongst the vampire ranks after (spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen Season One) the death of Herrick.

 

Aidan Turner as vampire Mitchell

For the impatient, the complete 3-disc Season Two set was recently released through BBC America/Warner, and includes featurettes on the new George werewolf transformation, the train massacre (a series highlight) and the production’s recreation of the ’60s period setting.

Overall, Season 2 is just as emotionally satisfying as Season 1, and we get to learn more about Mitchell’s vampiric background, Annie redeems her more annoying qualities, and George struggles with his desire to just be normal. Be warned that the season ending is a bit rushed and seems truncated, as though the producers ran out of time and money to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion, but Season Two of Being Human is good, bloody entertainment.

Go to http://www.spacecast.com/shows/beinghuman.aspx for more information.

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