Sci Fi Sunday
Being Human, Syfy channel, Mondays at 9 pm. Quick! What happens when a vampire and a werewolf buy a house that’s haunted by a fledgling ghost? No, this isn’t the set-up for a joke. That’s the premise of Syfy’s Being Human, which starts off sounding like a gimmick but is redeemed by engaging and believable characters, as well as a plot line that veers promptly into semiserious territory and stays there. Aidan and Josh (vampire and werewolf) work together at the local hospital. The house buy happens because they’re trying to set down roots that will differentiate them from their more wild peers — essentially, they’re trying “being human.” This is complicated by Josh’s intense romance with a fellow medical student and Aidan’s run-ins with local vampire politics. Rounding out the trio is Sally, a ghost with serious ex issues and a desperate case of loneliness. Their attempts to define humanity, and carve out a life that feels normal to their human sides, are part of what makes this series such an interesting watch. The first season is available on Netflix, while the second season is currently showing on Syfy. Be aware that this is the American, rather than British version of Being Human — apparently the two shows are quite different. Mature content and violence mean this show is better for the over 13 age group. Fans of Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica will recognize the vampire Aidan as Sam Witwer, who played Crashdown.
Lost Girl, Syfy Channel, Mondays at 10 pm. Lost Girl is an import from Canada that has had the sci fi community buzzing for a while. It makes a worthy follow-up to Being Human, as it has the same quality of treating fantastical subjects very seriously. In fact, the urban fantasy feel of this show reminds me of a cross between Grimm and Blood Ties. In the pilot, a young woman named Bo discovers she is part of the fae — not fairies, but a generic name for all magical creatures. Who the fae are and what they want with Bo is an ongoing mystery. It’s difficult to describe Lost Girl without giving away too much, but if you like urban or hard-edged fantasy, you’ll probably like this. Content is once again very much for 13+.