And maybe when people find out he’s a vampire, they don’t even give a shit. They would just be like, “Oh that’s cool. My neighbors in Philly were vampires too.”
One of the things that made Being Human (UK version), interesting to me was that, in season 1 at least - which was all I watched, there was no “injected mythology”. And by that I mean, there wasn’t some guide or mystic texts or Handbook for the Recently Deceased to tell the characters what they were supposed to do. Instead, they had to rely upon whatever they’d gleaned from popular culture about their situations. Sometimes their information was misleading! It was refreshing! Much of my interest in the show came from seeing how they would work through their situations, because the show only fed you small bits of the mythology it was using, so you couldn’t work out ahead of time too much about what was going on.
I mean, the vampires know things and have their own culture, but even they aren’t completely infallable. They exist more as long-lived anarchists than as well-informed observers of history. And their information was always suspect and full of bias.
By contrast, Buffy was completely reliant upon an injected mythology. This took the form of the Watchers’ Council and various magical and mythological texts that were assumed to exist and be truthful in the show’s universe. Of course, with a show that relied on new and challenging monsters showing up every episode, rather than classic standbys, this injected mythology was necessary to be able to solve each new dilemma quickly. Difficult challenges were reserved for each season’s “Big Bad”, where the texts generally failed the gang and provided an over-reaching story arc for the entire season.
I quit watching Being Human because I liked the characters a lot less by the end of the first season than I did at the beginning, and also because it was depressing as fuck, so I don’t know if they changed how the characters gained information about their situations. Since season 2 deals with academians chasing after Mitchell and George, so I would assume they would also act as a source of injected mythology. It seems like it’d be hard to keep the show rolling without some outside source of new information, anyway.
I am purging so these shows will stop poisoning me.
Finished watching season 1 of True Blood. Done with that now. I hated everybody but Tara, and then she went full retard so now I hate her too. No reason to keep watching!
One of the reasons is because I loathe Bible Belt culture.
The other reason, and it’s one I have found present on some level in nearly every show I’ve been watching, is the presence of those bizarre jealousy-based love triangle dynamics. It’s not a behavior that I associate with adults, so to see it keep popping up in otherwise OK shows is both jarring and disgusting. This happened more in Moonlight, really, and was what shook the whole show apart because every single male-female interaction was based on jealousy and accusation. In Buffy, really moreso when she showed up in Angel because those writers suck, it was unwelcome and ridiculous. Why are you storming in and being mad at Angel for CHASTELY HUGGING FAITH WHOSE HANDS ARE COVERED IN BLOOD WHILE SHE CRIES IN HIS ARMS, Buffy? PS THERE IS A DEAD DEMON ON THE FLOOR THAT MAY EXPLAIN THE SITUATION PLEASE LOOK TWO DEGREES TO YOUR RIGHT. PLEASE. BUFFY. LOOK. RIGHT OVER THERE. DEMON. That is stupid.
And in True Blood, practically everybody was seriously and cripplingly stunted emotionally. I realize such people exist, but it’s painful when they make up the entire cast of a show. What’s that? Bill’s been gone for 2 days? WELL HE MUST CARE MORE ABOUT VAMPIRE POLITICS THAN ME (she actually said that part!!), NEVER MIND THAT HE IS BEING TRIED FOR MURDER OR WHATEVER C’MERE SAM LET’S MAKE OUT ON THE COUCH. IF HE CARED ABOUT ME HE WOULD HAVE COME BACK WHEN HE FELT MY PAIN NEVER MIND THAT HE’S BASICALLY IN THE VAMPIRE EQUIVALENT OF POLICE CUSTODY AND COULD REASONABLY HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO RETURN. That might be kind of a low blow, since Sookie was clearly meant to be some kind of stereotype of the perfect Southern Girl (sexualized while retaining the naivite of a five year old), transitioning into a fully-realized (and by American standards that means sexually experienced), young woman, but everybody in the fucking show had similar sorts of disconnect with reality. Things looking up for you, Tara? AWESOME. TIME FOR A PERSONALITY TRANSPLANT WITH YOUR MOTHER AND A DRUNKEN BINGE.
And really, Sookie could barely wait until her grandmother was in the ground before running across the field to get some vampire dick. That was just fucking gross. I literally gagged. And that was after sitting through that scene with her eating that globby, nasty-looking pecan pie which was revolting in itself. That is not what a pecan pie looks like unless it is in some late stage of decay.
Here are some more bizarre personality transplants:
Jason: GETS OFF ON WATCHING A GIRL GET FUCKED BY A VAMPIRE, BORED WITH THIS ANTI-VAMPIRE PROPAGANDA… MAYBE ATTENDING THEIR CHURCH WILL BE MORE INTERESTING! NEVER MIND THAT ONE SUCH LIKE-MINDED PERSON JUST TRIED TO KILL MY SISTER BECAUSE OF HIS BELIEFS!!
Bill: THAT SAM BASTARD IS KISSING SOOKIE ON THE COUCH I’D BETTER RUSH IN THE HOUSE AND KILL HIM IN FRONT OF HER BECAUSE YOU KNOW, VAMPIRE CULTURE. OR SOMETHING. LOGIC WHAT THE SHIT IS THAT? I ONLY DISPLAY THAT THE REST OF THE TIME BUT
TRUE LOVE SOOKIE’S INNOCENT SEX APPEAL DRIVES ME TO MADNESS.
I also find Sam’s romantic affection for Sookie kind of creepy, because he comes off as more of a father figure and then suddenly he’s shoving her against a car and sticking his tongue down her throat… that’s revolting, Sam. Stop that.
On a positive note, I did enjoy the vampire make-up jobs. Nice touch with the red-rimmed eyes and fingernails. I always thought the fangs being closer to the front made more sense logistically too, due to the angle at which the human jaw can open. And I commend them for not giving in to the temptation to make the vampire transition too outwardly obvious, and giving them just retractable fangs instead of making their eyes go all crazy too like most shows do. I mean, it’s a stretch to have the second incisors suddenly flick down into pointy fangteef, but eyes that go blue-white (Moonlight), yellow (Buffy), or all black (Being Human -UK)? Can’t explain that even with in-universe pseudo-science. There is no reason for a vampire to change eyes, especially in a lighted room. Fangs though, you gotta have fangs. I like that the True Blood vampires are vampires all the time, even Bill doesn’t act completely human or try very much to be human. That’s something other shows mostly fail at, instead going for the “human with a secret identity” angle, which I always found kind of bullshit.
The way the vampires die, in a huge torrent of blood-puke before they dissolve into sticky goo and guts, was also fucking awesome. It was way over the top, but made for excellent comedy.
So another case of finding the universe interesting, but the characters don’t make any godfucking sense.
Think I’m done with vampire shows now. Finally. Fuck.
OK, I get that vampires don’t reflect. But that doesn’t explain the lack of mirrors. A lot of wealthy vampires have seriously nice digs. You’d think they’d put mirrors around purely for feng shui reasons or just to visually enhance the space. They can’t all be touchy bitches about being “monsters” and whatever.
All this vampire crap I’ve been watching makes me really miss the days when vampires were evil.
You know, having just one person who kills vampires seems like a really inefficient way to rid the world of unholy evil. Wouldn’t it be more effective if they simply lobbied the government to mandate replacing all tungston bulbs with full spectru——OH MY GOD VAMPIRES ARE REAL. D: