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And then we have a point

But it seems SyFy's Being Human really doesn't. Have a point, that is. I mean, it's not horrible, but compared to the original, it's just sort of... there. The acting is competent, the story is the same, so what's the point? The main thing I'm taking away from this is that they really, really, REALLY thought that Mitchell/Aidan should be David Boreanaz but he's too expensive and too old now so they cast this guy who sort of looks like him only with darker hair. Should have stuck with the much more original look Mitchell has in the British show--Mitchell, like all great television vampires, doesn't resemble any previous vampire. (Strange they named him Aidan, considering Aidan Turner played him in the British series; of course, none of these fellow are quite as awesome as Guy Flanagan, from the first unaired pilot, who was my favorite.)

Annie/Sally is pretty good, but not as immediately adorable as Lenora Crichlow's take on the character, and while Josh/George is likewise nice, he has NONE of Russell Tovey's goofy charm (but then, he was Jimmy Olsen... not to mention Luke on Veronica Mars. Still, not as charming as Tovey).

Vaguely amusing that Bishop/Herrick is being played by the guy who was Jacob on LOST...

On the whole, it's really NOT horrible. The thing is, if you've seen the original at all, this one is a pale, wavery reflection on a plate-glass window. It's not even sharp enough to call it "new" -- it's a retelling of a great story done in a lackluster way for a new audience. It's just not as good as the original, and I think I'd rather just re-watch the British series than watch the rest of this one. (Although goodness knows I've been known to watch worse. At least it really doesn't suck. Of course, Toby Whithouse is involved with it.)

In whole, though? Meh.

And now for something completely different...

Here's the new arrival:

And here he is playing with the mouse cursor:

And resting thereafter:

And then. There should be bed, but instead I'm watching Futurama.


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Jan. 20th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
And of course the original starts Season 3 this weekend, so I know where my mind will be!

His name is Churro!

Jan. 19th, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
As I just told Barb, what a gorgeous boy he is. And I quite enjoyed Being Human, but I haven't seen the original, and I'm sure that helps.
Jan. 20th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
It definitely helps. Had I NOT seen the original, I probably would have liked it quite a bit.
Jan. 19th, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
Interesting. I could just copy:paste your thoughts on Being Human. They are mine almost to the T. Pretty much Meh.
And I also commented that the vampire had an "Angel" vibe to him! Ha!
I kinda want to smack Josh, and tell him to "get over it!" And I didn't feel that way about George.

But, like you said, it wasn't horrible. So, I'll probably give it another try.

Also. "Jacob" from LOST is starting to look a little rough around the edges.....But he does seem to have "creepy vampire" down pat.

Beautiful Kitty!! Just love his soft tabby points. Awwwwwwww
Jan. 20th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
Yep. Seriously, I probably would have liked it had I not seen the original -- it really isn't BAD. It's just... not as good.

I don't get it. SyFy obviously has no trouble showing the originals for Dr. Who and Torchwood.

Well, the first thing I saw the actor (Jacob) in was as Rita's creepy former-husband, Paul, in Dexter...
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Jan. 20th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
There am kitties all around who need loving homes!

I know, I felt the same way, but I thought I'd give it a chance. It's not to blame for the stupidity of Americans, and for what it's worth, it's NOT dumbed down as far as I expected it to be. (Although I'm certain there will be a LOT less sex, and of course they do have to run a "warning: this show may offend you offensensitive Americans" before and during.)

Okay, the guy in your icon... Mark Sheppard or Garret Dillahunt? i was watching an old episode of the X-Files today and a young Sheppard looked so much like Dillahunt I would have bet money it was him...
Jan. 19th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
Hugs for you, and welcome for Churro!
Jan. 20th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Hugs hugs!
Jan. 19th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Awww... what a cutie! New kitties are always a joy, unless they don't get along with the others, and then it's a challenge and a half. ;)

I completely agree with the American version of Being Human. I was so SO underwhelmed, and sat there the entire time wanting Josh to shut the hell up with the "my life is over because I'm a werewolf" thing. I also spent most of the time thinking, "OMG WHY? Did they REALLY need to re-make this show JUST to have actors with American accents? Are Americans REALLY that stupid that they need stuff translated from English to English??" The answer I came up with to that last one was, "Yes, unfortunately, we are to that point." Which I think is utter nonsense since we sci-fi nerds are perfectly fine with all the English English in Doctor Who, so why would we need a redo of this? Finally, I decided that this version is like the time that they redid Psycho shot for shot a decade ago. What is the point?
Jan. 20th, 2011 03:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know -- SyFy obviously didn't have to come up wtih American versions of Torchwood and Dr. Who -- they didn't need to Americanize Being Human, either. I don't get it. Especially since it's just exactly the same: it's rather like seeing the same play with a different cast. Not always a bad thing, but sometimes one cast is simply BETTER than the other.

Jan. 19th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE kittycat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan. 20th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
He wants to meet you! *grin*
Jan. 20th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
The thing is, if you've seen the original at all, this one is a pale, wavery reflection on a plate-glass window this exactly

and the new kitty is just lovely. how's he fitting in?
Jan. 20th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
He's doing well so far. Today I've only seen one instance of hissing between cats and while he's still a little iffy on the dog, they did at least touch noses once.
Jan. 20th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
well that's good.
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