Who is better at Being Human? UK vs. US

Life isn’t easy – but to be honest, after life is probably a little bit harder.

Recently, SyFy premiered it’s own version of Being Human, a spin on a UK-based show titled the same that just started it’s third season. Two shows, same premise, and similar plots – but very different creatures. And not as it seems just yet, for the better.

This post might be a little preemptive. I debated for quite some time whether or not to write this considering that so far only one episode has been aired of the SyFy Being Human . Before airing, I had been optimistic – bordering on ecstatic. FINALLY people would bite into this show that us BBC America horror hounds have been babbling about forever. And then maybe they’d watch the original.

And now? I think maybe they won’t. The most common statement I heard about the first episode of the American Being Human was, “It was slow”.

Really? See, I thought it was rushed. Where was the character development? Where were the subtle building blocks of story that made the construction of plot stable, logical, and sound?

Maybe it’s an American quality to want everything now. Or maybe it’s just my inability to understand how violence can supplement viable storytelling. Yes – this coming from the girl who brings you the Goriest Movie Moments Series.  Irony.

So without further adieu, let’s see how these supernatural shows compare to one another shall we?

The Vampire:

Both Mitchell (BBC) and Aidan (SyFy) are “lady killers“. Handsome, alluring, thirsty. Both were war heroes before turning and are now fighting their own battle with both nature and maker. Same basic character structure – same basic history – but that is where the similarities end.

Mitchell has had not only a full pilot but two seasons to develop. He seems less damned and more man – most of the time. His story and character were meticulously groomed over an extended period of time, shaped, and molded to make his every action meaningful – even something as simple as asking for tea. Aidan has had less time. One episode to be exact. But several of his character traits are obvious already. He’s the strong, silent type. Fearless. And his ability to regret? Well, let’s just hope that his sub-par display of remorse can be chalked up to pilot-filming jitters.

Physical Attributes:

Mitchell is the Don Juan of the Damned. Aidan? Aidan is the Quarterback of the Damned. Too Twilight and clean cut for this girl.

Working Status:

Mitchell is a porter at a Hospital. A job that’s not important – purposely. Something that can be dumped, changed, if necessary. Under the radar.

Aidan? Aidan is a surgical nurse. Which takes a lot of training – or pulled strings. Visible. Important. Missed if absent.

Other Differences:

Aidan doesn’t eat or drink. Mitchell can.

The Werewolf:


Both George (BBC) and Josh (SyFy) are slightly awkward, goofy man-beasts. Both of them had very bright futures ahead before being turned. Both hold very low level under-the-radar jobs at the Hospital. Both are Jewish. So far? George and Josh aren’t too far apart. Oh… well… except for a few things.

Again, development seems to play a big role here. For someone who hasn’t watched BBC’s Being Human, Josh kind of comes off as a neurotic prick. At first George did too. But you kind of knew why. However, intentional character progression is replaced with a blanket reason as to why he’s so snappy (i.e: He’s a werewolf). No shit. That’s like spending an entire day being uber-bitchy and pulling the “Oh I’m a Woman” card. Doesn’t work, and just makes our gender look bad (as a heads up, girls).

I’m actually holding out hope for Josh’s character. He’s got the quick comedic quips and basic (even if shaky) ground laid beneath him to really grow in the show. And not just fur and teeth.

Transformation:

George’s transformation was amazing. Painful. Long. Not CGI-focused. The show also had Mitchell picking up George by the woods every morning after transformation with fresh clothing.

Josh’s transformation? Mostly CGI. Rushed. Shame too – I was really looking forward to this part. Aidan picked up Josh too – but in the city. Forcing Josh to wear a sundress. A shame to werewolves everywhere.

The Ghost:


Both Annie (BBC) and Sally (SyFy) are well… dead. Ghosts. Although not revealed yet – both were killed. And both still remain in the house where they died, now being rented out by their once lovers. So what’s different?

First impressions mean a lot. When the boys moved into Annie’s house – she wanted them out. She messed with them as had she done with previous tenants, and once discovered? Sure, she was joyful. But do I like Sally? Hardly. Sally didn’t even try. Sally is less adorable, more crabby, and more like a metaphorical younger and annoying sister.

I’m curious to see where they go with Sally. Let’s hope it’s somewhere good.

Death:

Annie knew she fell down the stairs. The crack in the tile is a total give.

Sally doesn’t know much. Other than she fell asleep. I’m assuming poisoning.

Ghost-ism:

Annie can be touched – whereas Sally can not.

Other Differences:

One of Annie’s adorable quirks was her ability to host. So she always made tea. Always. Cups and cups at a time. Which led to some cute stories. Sally? Not so much.

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I plan on giving this American version five more episodes before I either keep tuning in – or tune out. I am well aware my opinion of it is extremely biased and skewed by two incredible seasons already produced over the pond.

So what are your thoughts? Have you seen both the original and remake?

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