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So, what did we think about the US version of Being Human? I quite enjoyed it - a bit odd seeing a familiar storyline. It lacked the charm of 'our' version and it seemed quite American (which I suppose is the point?) Prepared to stick with it, though.

I did like the interaction over on Twitter with Sam Witwer (Aidan), particularly with Sir Su...



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I still havent watched it! I feel like i kinda have to after that cast member was tweeting me last night!

I'm prepared to give it a shot, i just feel like im cheating on our show :( xx

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It was odd to begin with but it's interesting.

It doesn't have the charm or quirk that ours does and i wonder whether that has something to do with the budget constraints as well as the acting talent on board. Ours was done much cheaply so the quality of the writing had to shine and did. This one...like i said, interesting but not the disaster i'd been half expecting. Traditionally US interpretations of UK shows have not been particularly successful or well received. This could be the one to change that but it's early days yet.

I found Josh not to be as hysterically uptight as George, he had his moments (the floor cleaning scene made me smile), Sally was funnier in a different way to Annie, she isn't as maternal as Annie is. Aidan doesn't have the easy smile and charm that Mitchell had, he seems much more internalised and i found Bishop just plain creepy. Herrick was chilling and menacing but so far, Bishop is just creepy. There is something about the actor/character that makes my flesh crawl and not in a 'good' way.

Yes, last night was funny regarding Sam W and Su but he comes across as a nice bloke. I got a tweet from Sam H (Josh) who had been asking for opinions from UK fans so i responded and he tweeted back. Sam W liked my idea of Hal being in series 4. Wish it could happen somehow.

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Have to say I haven't watched it yet. I'm not a great fan of American series. But having said that, I watched a couple of episodes of Elementary recently, with Jonny Lee Miller as a modern day New York Sherlock Holmes (though still British), and to my surprise I was completely drawn in. So maybe I'll give it a try sometime in the future. And if they had a guest appearance of Hal in it...well, that would be a completely different matter of course...

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I watched it and to be honest I didn't like it. I don't know if it was because it was a remake thingy or because it didn't have the British charm. I sat though half of it then I had to turn it off, I couldn't watch anymore. I have to say I don't like the vampires, they are like True Blood's. I am going to stop know because I could rant on about this for ages. lol

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I watched it over the internet when it aired in the US and about the first episode I felt much like what's already been said:
It was ok, but veeeeery American. It was just plainly not "Being Human"-y. I was not impressed with the plastic-perfect runway model actors nor with them giving the vampires a whole new mythology. But I guess if a show gets more episodes you need more stuff to fill them with.
It is light entertainment but I fear it will never spark the need for in depth discussions in me our BH did.



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Oh lord, another show I forgot to watch! I'm really not doing very well with this TV lark, am I? What channel was it on again? I'll have to catch it online on the channel's catchup service.

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Tell us more about what you think of True Blood? Sounds like it bugs you somehow.

Because I really like American vampires on their own terms... but now you've got me thinking of where and how we could do an Englished version of that show in return - it would have to be somewhere remoteish and deep southerly, wouldn't it? A sort of Cornish Doc Martin crossover, maybe? Cider would have to be a feature, also plagues of caravans and ... mysterious-ingredient pasties

 



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I did watch it about a year ago online and I kept moaning that it was the same sort of plot as ours, but I decided to watch it on Watch with an open mind. It was alright, I agree that it lacked the 'charm' and humour that ours does, but I am going to keep watching to see where the story goes and how different it will be to ours in the end.

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One Word: "hmmmm"

If I had watched this before coming across our show; I think I would really enjoy it - but I can't help comparing the two...especially when Ep2 seemed to have exact camera shots.

I felt the first episode was missing the humour, which seems to be rectified by ep2 - but it's not same balance of comedy & drama we were getting on the BBC

Other thing that's annoyed me is Mitchell & George took low ranking jobs at the hospital, as not to draw attention to themselves, where as Aiden & Josh seem to be Doctors?

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when and where is it on? Not sure I will like it but may give it a go

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Watch channel on Sky on Thursdays at 9pm and repeated on +1 and on Friday's.

I watched the second episode and i have to admit this time around i was more aware of the similarities. I know it mirrors the UK one but i was really aware of it this time and it jarred. And i finally realised why.

It's down to the writing and the writing is something that i love about our Being Human, that use of language, the eloquence, the simplicity which is also powerful at the same time. It just isn't there with the US version. That's why it jarred this time.

I didn't like Rebecca very much. I found her arrogant. Lauren could be annoying but she had a vulnerability that we all responded to i think, Rebecca at the moment is just cold and arrogant and uncaring. That may change in due course but so far i am not a fan. Still not really liking Bishop much either, he still doesn't have the menace that Herrick had.

I want to like this on its own merits so i hope it diverts from the UK S1 storyline soon. I'm warming to the three principle characters, i do like Josh, i'm warming to Aidan and Sally is okay too. I think once it does diverge, i'll relax and enjoy it more.

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I can't dig it. The acting is poor, the script is poor, the incidental music is too imposing and it feels soooo soulless. I know we're not supposed to be comparing but when the main storylines are the same and some of the camera shots are exactly the same it's impossible not to.



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Anyone still watching?

I am. There's just something about it that keeps me coming back to it. It's not the writing because quite simply, nothing beats the simplicity or the power of the UK writing, no disrespect to the US team but there is no contest in that area. I think it's the actors, especially Sam Huntingdon. I do really like him. I like Sally (Meagan Rath?) and Aidan i like then i don't. I do not like Bishop. Don't like him at all, there is no substance to him whatsoever. With Herrick, he may have looked like an avuncular clerk but behind those blue eyes of his there was cunning, malice, allusion to greater things and a good dose of psychopathy. Plus Jason Watkins was just phenomenal in it. Mark Pellegrino while a decent actor, just doesn't have that, his Bishop is too smooth (as someone said to me via Twitter today and which i agree with), there are no shadows inside of him, he's just...boring. Now that may change with the last three episodes but if it follows the path of ours, probably not.

But i will say, when the show steps off the UK path, it is at its strongest. It stumbles when it mirrors the UK one though saying that i preferred the US Bernie storyline to the UK one.

So while not invested in it like i was with the UK version, i'll keep watching it. It has its merits and it isn't a complete disaster. It has its moments.

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