Halloween Scene: Syfy’s Being Human

With Lost gone, there’s not only a big old hole in my weekly schedule when it comes to thrilling, mystery-filled television, but also a lack of shows that really draw my attention. I have different levels attention when it comes to TV movies. Most shows I just casually watch while reading comics or websites (I can’t do this with a regular book because I need more focus for that). There’s a few comedies that I generally sit and watch with the computer open, not minding if I have to get up and grab a snack or go to the bathroom. The shows that I watch and blog about are more involved because I take notes while watching. But Lost? We had rules when it came to watching Lost. Lights off, computers shut, phone calls banned. I can’t remember if there’s been a show like that before and there definitely hasn’t been one since, especially not Being Human, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad show.

Right away, I have to say that much like other American shows based on British ones like The Office or Life On Mars which I enjoyed the American versions of before seeing the originals, I do enjoy Being Human, but want to check out the original too. If you’re unfamiliar, the show is about a werewolf, vampire and ghost who all share an apartment. While the vampire has been a monster for a while, the werewolf–played by Sam Huntington who I liked a lot in Detroit Rock City and Not Another Teen Movie, two underrated flicks–seems to be fairly new to it as is the ghost who accidentally died in her old apartment (the one the vampire and werewolf moved into to feel more human) and has not been able to move on. Most of the drama from the show revolves around them trying to, ahem, be human in a world that’s clearly not made or ready for creatures of the night.

As far as monster rules go, the show seems to follow them for the most part. The vampire can go out in the sun, but he still needs blood. The werewolf changes every month with the full moon and has to deal with the effects of his change. The ghost is trying to communicate with her ex and seems to discover a new ability every episode from talking to other monsters, to teleporting out of the apartment to physically effecting things and even communicating with the living. So far, the show doesn’t feel super interesting because I’ve see all of this in other movies and TV shows–there’s a lot of Buffy echos–which is why I’ve wound up reading comics through the second half of the first four episodes. Of course the vampires have it in for our vampire hero because he doesn’t want to be part of their weird death club. Of course the ghost who teaches our ghost how to teleport winds up crossing over after he’s taught her what he knows. Of course the older werewolf that our werewolf meets isn’t quite as nice of a guy as he seemed to be. But, for now, I’m digging the show enough to keep coming back. Plus, there’s nothing else on. On the plus side, the effects are pretty good and I’m surprised with the amount of blood they’ve thrown around so far.

While still on the subject of Lost, I must note that Mark Pellegrino–who played the mysterious and mystical Jacob on that fantastic show–plays head bad guy vampire Bishop. He does a great job, bringing that simmering insanity that we got a hint of on Lost and lets it boil a little bit more, basically stealing every scene he’s in.

Fanboys (2008)

Before I start getting my post-Wizard World Philly post together (here’s a preview, Skeletor karaoke) together I just wanted to say a few words on Fanboys, which Em and I just finished watching. Maybe it’s because I just experienced fanboy-ness to the extreme this weekend and my inner fanboy was all over the place, but I REALLY liked this movie.

The story’s about four (eventually five) lifelong Star Wars fans in 1999 who are anxiously waiting for Episode I to hit theaters, but the problem is that one of the guys has cancer and they don’t think he’ll last the six months until the premiere. So, they go on a road trip to break into Skywalker Ranch to watch a rough cut of the movie before it opens. Of course there are plenty of hijinks along the way and TONS of guest appearances and geek injokes. There was a lot of trouble getting this movie into theaters because the powers that be weren’t sure whether they wanted to keep the cancer plot in the movie. Well, I was excited about this flick since I first heard about it and can’t imagine how bad it would be without that element behind the plot. It really is the heart of the movie and I’ll be honest, the end got to me. Even more so than Darth killing the Emperor. Now, you know that’s serious.

I was worried that I wouldn’t like the movie because the guys on the Totally Rad Show didn’t like it very much. Our tastes don’t match up perfectly, but I do respect their opinions and ours match up a good deal of the time. I think the wait hurt the movie and it really is kind of a big injoke, so I can see why your big audiences wouldn’t have wanted to check it out. Em’s seen all the Star Wars movies, but she’s nowhere near the geek I am, so she didn’t necessarily pick up on all the things I did, but she still dug it. If you haven’t seen Star Wars, it’s probably not the best flick for you. It’s kind of like how you might be able to enjoy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, unless you’ve seen all of Kevin Smith’s movies a bunch of time. By the way, Kevin Smith makes a cameo I didn’t know about that had my laughing like crazy. But, in the end, I really liked it and recommend it to all my Star Wars brethren. Plus, it makes fun of Trekkies, so that’s cool.