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I just got around to watching the first episode of Being Human, and it's AMAZING!

Spoiler-free rambling:

I mean, it's actually really really good, and not cheesy at all. I knew I'd enjoy it, but I sort of expected it to be guilty pleasure viewing. Like Torchwood. But Being Human is everything that Torchwood *should* have been. Which is interesting, because it's got a Who-heavy cast and crew. Two of the three main cast have been in Who (Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow, in Voyage of the Damned and Gridlock, respectively), as well as guest star Dean Lennox Kelly; the writer Paul Whithouse wrote School Reunion; the producer also produced SJA. It's even got Paul Kasey in costume as a creature, FFS. Maybe it's the lack of RTD that makes it top quality, which would bode well for next year's Who...

The writing is snappy, funny and emotional in turn, without feeling like it's trying too hard. The acting is mostly top notch. The bad guys are genuinely creepy - in fact, I might go as far as to call one of them Really Fecking Scary, and he hasn't really done anything yet. There are hints of intriguing backstories, and plenty of set-up for future plots. The cast are pretty, which never hurts, and occasionally naked, which, ditto.

So I'm bewailing the fact it's only six episodes. But the news just came out today that it's been recommissioned, this time for an eight-part series. Yay!

(Also, one of my friends worked on it. Going out for his birthday on Saturday night, and will no doubt do fangirly squeeing at him.)



( 17 comments — Comment )
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh, glad to hear about the recommissioning! It definitely deserves that. It's not genre-breaking, but is quietly solid, reliable TV, and I've really got into the habit of looking forward to it on a Sunday night. Especially this week, as it's episode 6, and episode 5 left us with a MASSIVE and incredibly tense cliff-hanger! Hope you enjoy the rest of the series. :-)
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
I have them all downloaded, I'm going to watch another one tonight and then probably the other three over the weekend, in time to watch the finale live! And then I'll go back and watch the pilot, which apparently is sort of AU now.
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Alternate Universe - doesn't really fit into canon any more, because they changed some stuff for the series, apparently.
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
You're seeing the series before the pilot?

Excellent! I look forward to reading your take on the changes.

And I've really been loving this show. Really pleased we're getting another 8 episodes.
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I never quite got round to watching the pilot! Had it on my digibox for ages, but then I got a new digibox...
Feb. 27th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
Yes - good in its own way, though. I think the guy who played Mitchell in the pilot would have worked out really well in the actual series, but I'm not so sure now about the girl playing Annie. Anyway, as has been said below, I'll be really interested to hear what you think of the pilot after having seen the main series first.
Feb. 27th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
I'll try and remember to post about it!
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's the lack of RTD that makes it top quality, which would bode well for next year's Who...

Sing it, sister!! :D
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
I was reading an interview with Matt Smith today and getting all excited, but it's still about 13 months away :S
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
Now that is something I'd be interested to hear, Caz singing :D
Feb. 27th, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
Ha, some day we will SingStar, maybe. (But I'm REALLY BAD.)
Feb. 27th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
Ooh yay, glad to hear it's been recommissioned! I've thoroughly enjoyed the series and was getting all *WAH* cos there's only one episode left.
Feb. 27th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
I know! It'll probably be next January before it comes out, though :( Sometimes I wish Brits could do American-style 22-part series...
Feb. 27th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
For some reason I didn't get that excited by the prospect of Being Human and didn't watch it. I think I'd got it into my head (based on nothing but my prejudices about the people who run British TV) that it was going to be the sort of thing the Guardian would call "sharp", "cool" and "knowing" and therefore a lot of smug, fashionable wank. It's only in the last month or so that it's dawned on me, based on what people have written, that it's probably no such thing. I suppose the Beeb will repeat it soon, once it wins some awards and that and I can catch-up then.
Feb. 27th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I was thinking along those lines, too, which is why it took me so long to get around to it. Maybe just because it's on BBC3! I thought it would be all knowing and slightly snooty about its own fantasy-ness, too, trying to either deny it or be all post-modern, but it plays it pretty straight.
Feb. 27th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
I was surprised to be loving Being Human as much as I am. I'm glad it's getting another series!
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