Being Human (U.K.) 2008
Season 1, Episode 2
With the second episode of Being Human we get to meet a new werewolf character in Tully. The dynamic between Tully and George is really quite entertaining. Tully acts a mentor to George but as things progress, becomes something a bit different.
We also get more of vampire Mitchell’s struggles with his thirst for blood, which is a bit like an addict trying to stay on the wagon. Mitchell’s relationship with Lauren – a vampire whom Mitchell brought into the fold – also gets more interesting. And there’s a nice sense of foreboding that something big is in the works for the vampires.
It’s become clear to me with this second episode that the weak link on this show is ghost Annie. Essentially the entire idea of having a ghost paired with a vampire and werewolf doesn’t work; it’s like a square peg in a round hole. Vampires and werewolves have great tension and drama between them, throwing a ghost in the mix simply diverts us from the cool stuff. Moreover, the character of Annie is essentially a bore.
One crummy character can’t diminish Being Human’s great strengths. The balance between horror and humor is wonderfully done, and the juxtaposition of normal human problems with bizarre and horrific ones is charming. It’s a good show, but I’m not quite hooked on it.