2 years ago, I got the opportunity to talk with the cast of the North American version of Being Human in a little night club/lounge in Toronto’s club district. It was the day of their debut episode. At the time, I was taking the interview because it seemed like the right thing to do. I didn’t know much about Being Human. I had seen the first season of the British series. That’s it. I also didn’t know much about the cast either. I knew Sam Huntington was Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns and I had seen him in Fanboys. As for Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer, they were pretty much foreign to me. I hadn’t seen either of their work. It’s funny because that interview ended up being one of the best experiences I’ve had since the beginning of Geek Hard. Since then, I’ve gotten to interview these cats many times over and hope to again in the near future. I’m also a huge fan of the show.
Last year’s season of Being Human had an Empire Strikes Back like ending. The good guys didn’t win the day….and in some cases, the good guys kind of became the bad guys for a bit. Aiden, who just lost the love of his life, was placed in a coffin and buried six feet under. Sally, after sending a large number of souls wrongly to the horrors of limbo, shreaded herself so that she could enter the realm herself and makes things right. And Josh and Nora were in a werewolf mexican standoff with Ray, the wolf that sired Josh. Like I said, not the greatest place to be for any of these characters. It might be a bit premature to say this but after all that these characters have been through, there’s really no place for any of them to go but up. This season might see these folks finally getting a bit back to normal (for them at least) and enjoying eachother’s company in their cozy little home.
There’s lots to be excited about as we begin the 3rd Season. First of all, this is the first year where Kristen Hager is now an official member of the main cast as Nora. While I wasn’t the hugest fan of what they did with her character in Season 2, I think it’s great that she’s risen above series regular and I look forward to her assimilating more in with the group. Another thing that I’m personally happy about is that there has been a promise from the cast that the undercutting humour that was a big part of Season 1 will be returning to the show. Everybody agrees that while the 2nd season was amazing, the chances for these great characters to just have fun with eachother was the special ingredient that was missing from many of the episodes. This was because Aiden, Josh and Sally had such complex individual plotlines going on, there was practically no room for any of them to really overlap into eachother’s with the exception of a few key episodes (which also happened to be the best episodes of last year). It will be nice to see them teaming up again on their adventures. Finally, I think it’s pretty safe to say that this show has now completely broken away from the British source material as they are exploring completely different storylines and themes. Where Season 1 played pretty close to the guideline set up by the UK series, Season 2 found a very unique voice which I believe will be fully explored in this season.
It all comes down to tonight. As with most artistic things, the audience usually remembers most how things end and how they begin. We usually gage our enjoyment of a product based on our like or dislike of these points. So although I have high hopes for It’s A Shame About Ray, I also have a bit of trepidation. Last year’s season finale was epic and is going to be pretty hard to top. I hope they can deliver the same level of gut-busting entertainment they have previously. Tune in and judge for yourself. You can catch it at 9pm tonight on Syfy in the States and SPACE here in Canada.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!