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Watched the second episode of Being Human, and I've got to say I'm feeling increaslingly meh about this show. If you've read and/or watched any two books/movies/tv shows with vampires trying to be the good guys (or more precisely: authors wanting them to be the at least sort-of good guys) and trying to avoid the whole killing people thing, this isn't very new, except for the question of how does Vampire Guy actually survive. Maybe it's that not so very long ago I watched all all seven seasons of Buffy, and after having followed Spike's arc this just pales a bit in comparison.

The show does have potential, but I find the execution kind of boring and a bit clicheed, and while the pilot really gripped me, nothing else has so far.

And don't even get me started about their treatment of their female characters, one of whom is a ghost who mostly makes endless cups of tea and coffee and is invisible to her alive-and-kicking-(ex)-boyfriend, and the other is on the evil mission of tempting Reformed!Vampire Guy back to the Dark Side. Which I began to mentally compose a vague comment/complaint about halfway through the episode (after Ghost!Girl just told Evil!Werewolf Guy a story about how she used to make her boyfriend breakfast and watch him eating it), when the nurse Werwolf Guy tries to (ineffectually) pick up calls her period 'dirty lady time', and What.The Hell. Who writes this, and what century are they from? Or probably more precisely, is he?

And then Ghost!Girl gets sexually assaulted by Evil!Werewolf Guy. Figures.

I thought Merlin occasionally had its issues regarding its female characters, but (so far) Being Human makes it look positively feminist, and Merlin had to work around the historic setting, too...

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solitary_summer
Feb. 7th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
You're right, she's being sarcastic - I admit I didn't pay very close attention mostly because I was too busy cringing on George's behalf, but even so I don't like it very much. (Maybe because I hadn't heard it before - initially I googled it, mostly because I thought I'd misheard, and there was only one other hit, and that was another reviewer mentioning she found it jarring.)

The thing that really got me was George saying 'and I bet she loved it' in reply to Mitchell saying that Tully assaulted Annie. OK, it's going to take me a very long time to forgive him for that. Which is a shame because he was the character I initially liked best.

Yup. That was beyond wrong, and, I also thought, very much out of character; almost the last thing I expected to come out of George's mouth. I can see how the writers were trying to make a point, but I still wish they'd made it differently. (And writing this it suddenly occurs to me that this might be how PoC felt about Martha as a maid... Hm. [ETclarify: Not that I didn't find it problematic, but the visceral reaction is probably still very different. Does this come out right? I'm kind of paranoid after the recent racism debate.])

At the moment I think that the show is deliberately setting out to address and think about these things.

I really hope that's true. When I finished ranting, I also thought it was a bit too obvious, but I'm not a hundred percent reassured yet....

Edited at 2009-02-07 08:21 pm (UTC)
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