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01 February 2011 @ 12:57 am
Being Human US: Something to Watch Over Me  
So despite my better judgment, I decided to give this show another chance. My feelings about this episode are mixed but an improvement over the pilot.

Part of this episode was a copy of the Gilbert episode of the UK version. Again, the show copied identical concepts such as Tony (the US Gilbert) also having died in the 80s. Hello, hair band! We also see Bishop starting to cozy up to the hospital's canteen lady. This was the half of the episode that I didn't really care for. Oh, and there was something else about Josh joining the neighborhood watch which was also pretty dull.

The other part of the episode was a completely original story dealing with Aidan's past. The UK series never dealt with the idea that having lived for so long, a vampire might run into someone from the old days. We got a glimpse of it when Mitchell was reunited with Josie. But in Aidan's case, he's reunited with Michael, the son of one of his victims, now an adult.

When I first heard that Aidan would be given the power to alter people's memories, I let out a groan because it felt like a plot device to give the writers an easy out in case they wrote themselves into a corner. But having seen it in action this episode, I liked how they handled it. I honestly wasn't sure if the show would conclude on a dark note. I was completely ready for the episode to just end ambiguously with the idea that maybe one day Michael would remember Aidan again. So I was rather pleased that they not only concluded this story but also made it clear that some memories can't be messed with without significant consequences.

I wasn't sure if Michael killed himself because he remembered all that he'd learned about vampires and couldn't handle it or because he didn't remember anything and yet inside felt something was deeply wrong and couldn't reconcile it. I'd like to think it was the latter because it puts just that much more responsibility on Aidan who not only started this entire thing for Michael by murdering his father but who also scarred him again so deeply that he became beyond help.

I continue to wish that the acting was better in this show because the Aidan plot was pretty engrossing. Sam Witwer did a better job in this one as the conflicted Aidan than in the previous episodes but I still felt like some moments lost their tension because the acting just wasn't holding up. The same went for Michael whose story really was tragic and yet I had a difficult time feeling much for him because of the actor. It's almost the complete opposite reaction I got when watching a characters like Tully in the UK series who were difficult to sympathize with and yet the sheer power of the actors made it happen.

Every week I continue to not be sure if I'll keep watching this series. I feel like now that I know that Merlin won't be back until another year leaves me with a gaping whole in my viewing schedule. This doesn't exactly fill it but I suppose we'll see.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: TemptingFateguardian_chaos on February 3rd, 2011 07:34 am (UTC)
I still haven't seen it yet! I am so deeply, horribly afraid of it! Hehe. And I haven't seen the second UK episode yet, either. That'll be something I go after post-classes tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it. *G*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 4th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can't even encourage anyone wasting precious time watching the US remake. I really, REALLY wish the acting was better. That would improve the overall show DRAMATICALLY.
The Writer They Call Tay: DW: Rose cutieawanderingbard on February 14th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
A visit from the Valentine's Fairy! You have been valentined!