When I first heard of an American version of the BBC's Being Human, my heart sank. My initial thought was "Did we learn nothing from the epic fail that was MTV's Skins?" Mitchell, George, and Annie were some of the most interesting and original characters I have had the pleasure of meeting in a long time - why would want to change them?
My fear was that the conservativeness of American television would destroy any chance the series had of being interesting. Then I sucked it up and sat down to watched it.
At first, mainly because of my distain for the idea of another remake, I was very unfair to the series. Aiden had the sexiness that is befitting a vampire but Josh seemed more like a tool than an actual character and Sally was just downright annoying. Now, to be fair, I had a similar reaction to the CW's Vampire Diaries, which has since become one of my favorite guilty pleasures (along with MTv's Teen Wolf). So, one Saturday afternoon, I watched the entire series from start to finish.
The paralleled story lines though very similar were not an exact carbon copy of the original. The American series also chose to step back a bit in time and show how Aiden and Josh first met Sally, which I found to be very interesting. Though I did get a bit bored in some of the episodes, for the most part, the series held my interest enough that I did go out and buy the first season on DVD.
Tonight, the series returns with the season premiere "Turn This Mother Out" and actually comes back better than it left off. The episode picks up on the full moon after the season one finale. Nora, tries to speak to Josh about his werewolf condition, but Josh in large, ignores her request for information. Nora does not tell him that she's been scratched.
Since killing Bishop, Aiden has assumed the responsibility as the lead vampire in Boston. However, the arrival of the Mother threatens everything. The mother does not want Aiden to have any distractions - this includes the werewolf and orders him to be shot by Heggeman.
Sally attends her high school reunion and reconnects with a classmate who committed suicide their sophomore year. The two of them bond over being outcast and still find themselves shunned by one of the most popular girls in school who, like them, is also a ghost. Though she finds her door, Sally and her new friend remain stuck in our world and belonging to none.
This season, Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse) joins the main cast as Izumi, the daughter of the Vampire Mother and is put is given control of Boston. Aiden will be her ears, eyes, and pretty much anything else she needs. The addition is promising and the series as a whole seems to be offering a lot more than it did last season. It will be interesting to see if it can stand on it's own to feet.