The American remake of Being Human aired last Monday night on the Syfy Channel, and there’s been a lot of talk about how needless it is, how worthless and inevitably shitty it will end up becoming. I’ve found countless blog posts about the original show, how superior it is, how this remake is a travesty. Occasionally, these rants lead to bigger rants about America and what a shallow, soulless money-grubbing slut she is.
Well, I can’t speak to all of that . . . I haven’t seen the original yet, and my homeland’s got something of a lousy track record for remakes, this I must admit to . . . but I watched the first episode of Being Human on Monday, and I must confess, I’m pretty into it so far.
Look, a lot of remakes are useless. Honestly, I agree with that, but . . . here’s the thing: I like the chemistry between Sam Witwer and Sam Huntington. I found Meaghan Rath’s energy kind of refreshing. And they cast Mark Pelligrino as their bad guy. I mean, the only way they could have one-upped that was maybe to cast Callum Keith Rennie instead. I liked the note that they started the show on, and I liked the note that they ended it on, so . . . yeah, hell, I’m into it. I still wanna try out the British series sometime, but right now I’m liking this one.
And the thing is, as far American remakes go . . . yes, they’re often bad, and yes, yes, we’re unoriginal whores, but . . . I’m not sure England can claim any superiority, you know, what with their stellar choice to remake programs like Law and freaking Order of all things.
But, hey, if you want to attack that Syfy reality show featuring Marcel from Top Chef? Hey, I will be standing with you, shoulder to shoulder, in an international collaboration of derision and mockery.