Thursday, January 27, 2011

Round Two: Being Human

Being Human: Season 1, Episode 2 “There Goes the Neighborhood, Part 2” (D-)

I can tell that this show isn’t going to be for me, so, especially considering how crowded Monday nights are seeming, this will likely be my last review. I’m trying to give each show a fair second chance – and I’ve been watching almost all second installments, even if I haven’t reviewed every one of them – and therefore it’s worthwhile to run through what about this second episode, both similar to and separate from the first, didn’t cut it. I feel like the most compelling element of this show is just how awkward it must be to film. That’s where all the effort and emphasis seems to be going in the ghost-related scenes, and it shows. There isn’t much value to them otherwise. This show is going to need to have a constant slate of new cast members to fill in the gaps if it keeps killing off its nurses every episode. If not, they might just have to create a hospital staffed entirely by vampire nurses. The war flashbacks are reminiscent of “True Blood” in a rather inferior way. The characters here are meant to be extraordinarily layered, but the truth of it is that they’re extraordinarily one-dimensional and their conversations are entirely devoid of energy or meaning. This is most relevant for the werewolf, who decides to stare intently at his sister with longing and sadness rather than actually trying to talk to her. With so many vampires, werewolves, and ghosts in the world, why would he feel he needs to keep his identity such a secret? And don’t even get me started on the heinous dialogue that came out of the vampire nurse’s mouth.

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