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26 January 2009 @ 05:12 pm
Being Human  
I watched this when I got home from con last night. And thank god - I thought it was going to be terrible - and it wasn't! The tone is much lighter than the pilot, and that took a bit of getting used to, but it was fun, and endearing, and the replacement actors for Annie and Mitchell did more than ok. Even Mitchell's Irish accent didn't bother me a much as I thought it would (I'd had visions of David Boreanaz in a dodgy wig floating round my head).

On the other hand, there were a couple of quibbles. What is Mitchell supposed to be living off? There wasn't a sniff of a bag of blood, or anything. Are we meant to believe that human food sustains him, but doesn't satisfy? Or are they being coy? Which seems a bit odd given the cut throat at the end. Also, Mitchell can go out in daylight with only a pair of sunglasses to protect him - boo. I don't like vampires who can just wander about in daylight, what's the bloody point of that - other than cheaper programmes with less night shoots?

Also, are the vampires suddenly going insane? If they've survived thousands of years and only now decide to have an all you can eat buffet, what's made them change? This isn't a moan yet, it may be that it will be explained later on.

I suppose I was most surprised by the fact that they don't explain how the three of them are living together - it's as though you do need to have seen the pilot, even though the producers have said that it's a closed continuity and bears no relation to the new show. Which is also odd.

But these are small things really, I'm no longer dreading watching it. This show which I was fannish about before it was even made... :) Thank goodness.
 
 
 
Altarielaltariel on January 26th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Again I am your evil twin, as I much prefer it when the vampires can go out in daytime and there's none of that mucking about at night :-D

I liked it a great deal too, although I did have a fifteen minute nap halfway through. These programmes for youngsters on their youngster channel...
Valderys: Bening Human - master and petvalderys on January 26th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
(I need an updated icon) Yes, we're not meant to be watching it you know, as we're far too old. Which has always made me wonder - there are no official channels for anyone over the ages of youngster, there's 'family viewing' of course - but what about 'curmugeonly verging-on-middle-aged viewing'? I feel discriminated against, dammit!

And vampires are *meant* to be only allowed out at night - it's as essential to the mythos as the blood-drinking, in my opinion. He could have at least winced more! Oh well, at least we disagree and the world is safe for another day :)
prochytes: Tosh Discworldprochytes on January 31st, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
there are no official channels for anyone over the ages of youngster, there's 'family viewing' of course - but what about 'curmugeonly verging-on-middle-aged viewing'?

I suspect that some of the Beeb's associated cable channels might be aimed at our demographic. Something like Watch, which specializes in reruns of series such as the rather good adaptation of the Dorothy L. Sayers mysteries they did in the late Eighties.

Of course, the Beeb tends to assume that our demographic is mostly into sedate costume dramas and "cosiness". Now, I am a great fan of well-executed cosiness, especially when it occasionally bares its teeth (one of the pieces I have in the pipeline is a Torchwood/New Tricks crossover), but I also need my quotient of snazzy camera-work/urban occult/technomages/hot girl ninjas if I am going to stay altogether fulfilled.
Valderys: Bening Human - master and petvalderys on February 2nd, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
Well, quite. Although I too require something more than Mr Darcy in his ever-present transparent shirt (hard to believe, but true). Unfortunately, I suspect we are both outliers on the curve, so no channel is ever going to cater completely. I always thought Sky 1 was my channel because most of the shows I watched were on there - but that's not really true at all any more. They're scattered about Living and all sorts these days...
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Valderys: Bening Human - master and petvalderys on February 2nd, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought of that - you're right, I shall be grateful that they aren't sparkly! :) I too liked the CCTV thing, but don't particularly like the addiction-like blood-drinking. That seems a bit over-used to me, as a metaphor. It reminds me with a wince of Willow and her dark magic addiction, which I never liked. I still wish it was Guy Flanagan, basically, but it's sweet enough that I will certainly keep watching, and will probably commit fic at some point too :)
prochytes: Tosh Discworldprochytes on February 2nd, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
That seems a bit over-used to me, as a metaphor. It reminds me with a wince of Willow and her dark magic addiction, which I never liked.

True enough. Interestingly, the approach to vampirism in Demons (which I am enjoying immensely, despite the sometimes hokey plotting and its supremely bland Chosen One) seems to use something akin to the much more productive take on Willow's dark magic which obtains in the Buffyverse before and after the whole unfortunate drugs metaphor thing. Basically, the mechanic resembles what happens when a virtuous person tries to harness the Dark Side of the Force: it can achieve effects beyond what would normally be possible through more benign channels, but the power *is* inherently corrupting and the adept has to exert iron self-control to stop their morals slipping away while using it. Thus, Willow becomes markedly more short-tempered and aggressive while working big spells and the individual who is trying to harness vampirism to acceptable ends in Demons has to stay vigilant against the Beast taking over.
Hilaryelenopa on January 28th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
I didn't see the pilot, but feel I would like to, as at the beginning of the episode, it felt like you had jumped into the middle of the story somewhat.

Oh but that vampire is dishy! What can I say? Long dark hair is soo my type. He just needs the beard now.
Valderys: Bening Human - master and petvalderys on February 2nd, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
Yes, I thought that - it seems like it was set up for people who had seen the pilot even though they claim they're starting from scratch. The vampire in the pilot was skinnier and more Goth looking, but still with long dark hair. You'd have liked him :)
prochytesprochytes on January 29th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
I have seen it now on iplayer; I missed the pilot. It was rather fun. Mitchell's vampire acquaintances were very effectively creepy, especially his sire (or whatever the word is in this continuity). And kudos for the line about A+ blood being "a bit Jacob's Creek"; I do like it when wine metaphors are used that specifically.

Also, are the vampires suddenly going insane? If they've survived thousands of years and only now decide to have an all you can eat buffet, what's made them change? This isn't a moan yet, it may be that it will be explained later on.

I think that the explanation for this might lie behind Eric's dark hints about some sort of reckoning being at hand. Perhaps the Rules have changed, or are about to do so. Or maybe the vampire population is now getting too big for its food base: since they do not age and are pretty much at the top of the food chain, there are not many factors to thin their ranks. To switch continuities again, it is possible that their Masquerade is tottering and Eric knows this.

I don't like vampires who can just wander about in daylight

In Dracula the Count can move around in daylight, but it is implied that it weakens his supernatural abilities, I think.

Valderys: Bening Human - master and petvalderys on February 2nd, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
Perhaps Mitchell being more impaired in daylight will come out later, which would make me happier. And you're right, since they don't seem to have the special 'needs to drink from the sire to become a vampire' (since Lauren(?) was just fed from and came back) it must mean they breed like crazy compared to Anne Rice vampires, or like V:tM vamps. So there might be an over-population problem. I hope they explore it more. I haven't had the time to watch the latest yet. Hopefully tonight...