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What happens when a werewolf, a ghost, and a vampire all live under the same roof, in a well-worn flat in Boston? No, this is not the initial makings of a humorous quip with a worn out punch-line. You should know me better than that. This is the actually the premise for the SyFy network’s reimagined take on the supernatural drama, Being Human. I’m sure most of you have already heard of or seen the original BBC version of this noteworthy series, as it is still very much alive, moving on to its fifth season. But have any of you taken the time to survey its American counterpart? Yep, that’s what I thought. Though the similarities between the two shows were initially substantial, creator Jeremy Carver (of Supernatural fame) has reshaped the newer series into something worth watching, creating contrasting story arcs for a corresponding series.
Premiering in early January 2011, Being Human introduced us to a trio of supernatural characters all striving for the same goal. Much like their contemporary peers, the search for humanity is their primary motivation. The Vampire, Aidan (Saw Witwer). Initially struggling to tame his natural instincts – swiftly slugging down mass quantities of hospital blood bags – like some other vampires we know, Aidan is the archetypal monster trying to do good. Josh (Sam Huntington), the werewolf, battles most with what he is. Having to abandon his old life for a punishing new existence, Josh finds his only solace in having Aidan as a friend. The two rely on each other, dedicating their strength and time to finding their humanity, longing for it. When Sally (Meaghan Rath) enters the picture, their search for normal complicates their day-to-day lives even further. You see, Sally is a ghost; looking for answers, hoping to find peace after death. Of course, it isn’t that easy. Attempting to be human, is much more difficult than it seems.