Being Human is another kind of shape-shifter
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO July 21, 2010
As the media run amok with supernatural heroes (and anti-heroes), it's becoming increasingly difficult to tell one fanged leading man from another. HBO's True Blood set a high bar, with its seedy yet sexy portrayal of a backwater Louisiana town overrun by a menagerie of otherworldly creatures. But the vampire-based movies and TV shows that have followed are a mixed lot. Most (CW's Vampire Diaries, ABC's The Gates, the latest Twilight) have become increasingly formulaic — even, uh . . . bloodless. The exception is the BBC drama Being Human, whose second season begins Saturday at 10 pm on BBC America. (Season one is out this week on DVD.)
Three roommates have been brought together by unusual circumstances and maybe fate. Mitchell (Aidan Turner) is a brooding, bedroom-eyed vampire cursed by his lust for blood and his lust for women — the two tend to go hand in hand. His best mate, and arguably the show's most engaging character, bespectacled George (Russell Tovey), is a hapless werewolf whose full-moon transitions (which he refers to as "his time of the month") are the least of his problems — he's also self-conscious and has bad luck with the opposite sex. ("See, I can actually talk to women without weeping or setting myself on fire," Mitchell says when George bemoans yet another fumbled attempt at a pick-up.) The third in their unlikely trio is a ghost — Annie (Lenora Crichlow) died in the flat they all now inhabit, right before her wedding, and just can't seem to leave. Turns out there are some serious unresolved issues surrounding her death . . . and life.