BEING HUMAN “There Goes The Neighborhood (Part 1)” Episode 1 – We’re all hiding something; humans all have a dark side, or so we are told in the opening scenes of SyFy’s delightful new series BEING HUMAN. The thing about humanity, is we can, supposedly, escape our dark side. Sadly, others can’t. Aidan (Sam Witwer) and Josh (Sam Huntington), realize just how bad things are getting in their nonhuman lives when they wake up on the wrong side of things one morning. Aidan, a vampire, kills a woman and Josh, a werewolf, wakes up beside a dead deer. In an effort to support each other like “normal people” they decide to get an apartment together. And “There Goes The Neighborhood.” Of course, this apartment is not without strings.
You knew that was coming, didn’t you? They couldn’t just settle down to a happily paranormal normal life, could they? No, of course not.
Their place is haunted by Sally (Meaghan Rath) the former fiancée of their landlord. Sally has no idea how to move on. And that’s not the worst of it. The girl Aidan killed is becoming a problem and has allowed Bishop (Mark Pellegrino) another vampire, to come back into Aidan’s life and try and convince him to come back into the fold. Life just can’t be normal for these poor guys.
“There Goes The Neighborhood” was written by Jeremy Carver and Anna Frike and they seemed to have clicked from the first scene. The writing was spot on and caught my attention with the opening narrations. I wanted to know more about these two characters before I even knew their names. Oddly, though the death of Rebecca is more traumatic, I think Josh felt worse about the death of the deer. At least that’s how it seemed in those opening scenes.
The relationship between Josh and Aidan is enjoyable and more to the point believable. In fact, believable enough that I let the question of how did these two, a werewolf and a vampire, end up working together at a hospital pass on buy without a second thought. Aidan working to convince Josh to try and live a normal life and move into an apartment feels, well, normal. Like two guys trying to move on in their lives, no matter what is holding them back.
For me, Josh was the character I found myself more drawn to, I liked him from the start and found myself more in tune with his problems than Aidan’s. Or maybe he was more down-to-earth as opposed to the far older Aidan who has been struggling with his non-humanity for centuries. As time goes by we’ll see, I like them both, just favor Josh.
And I have to say the moving-in montage was awesome. I know some people might not have found it “appropriate” for this genre. (In fact I heard a groan from the other end of the couch.) But I thought it was fabulous and really set the tone for the show. Yes it’s serious, yes there are darker moments, but it has a comedy to it as well, and harkens to Carver’s writing on Supernatural.
The only really jarring thing I found, and it really had nothing to do with this show, but a memory of another, was the character of Bishop. He was well written and played perfectly by Pellegrino, but he reminded me a little too much of Lacroix from Forever Knight. Unintentional though it may be, it was a little bothersome and I hope as the show moves on that similarity can be overcome.
“There Goes The Neighborhood” was the first of two parts and they certainly ended on a killer cliffhanger. They didn’t need it. I will be back next week to see what happens even without that hanging over my head all week. Being Human is a delight. I can’t wait for more.
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