A Geek in Mourning
I tend to be the serious policy and politics guy around here meaning I don’t blog much about other things.
Exceptions can be made and this is one of those exceptions.
I love Science Fiction. I remember sitting in my living room in Michigan as a tween watching reruns of Star Trek. I remember listening to the radio version of Star Wars that NPR did in the early 80s. No, I don’t have a pair of Vulcan ears, but I love a good science fiction story.
So like most scifi geeks I tend to follow different series rather religiously. I was there watching all the episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Star Trek: Voyager not so much). Actually after Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air in 2005, I took a break from watching scifi.
Then in 2011, I happened to stumble into watching “Being Human” on SyFy. When I heard the promos I was wary that this show would be successful. Watching the travails of a vampire, werewolf and ghost could make for a really cheesy television series, but the writers and actors created a series that you took the time each week to watch. The series was the American version of a British series and this was one of the rare instances where the US version was superior to the UK show. Aiden the vampire tries to not eat people; Josh the werewolf has a hard time accepting how he has changed and Sally the ghost longs to be flesh and blood again. In many ways the show really lived up to its name: how three monsters struggle to keep their humanity and in the end are probably the most human of all.
So for the last four years, I’ve waited for January to come around to see the new season. Monday nights were “sacred time” for this geek, something my dear husband didn’t understand.
But it looks like this will be last time I will be waiting for a new season. SyFy cancelled the series. It’s final episode is April 7.
Finding out the news midway into the fourth season made for a lot of angry geeks. A look at Being Human’s Facebook page has one person after another expressing anger at what many consider the premature end of the series. For many fans, this is in keeping with unspoken policy at SyFy; pulling the plug on a quality show. Over the last few years, several hit shows on the channel either had a rushed ending or no ending at all. Science fiction fans are left flumoxxed as good scripted shows are axed, making room for yet another reality series and cheesy movies (Sharknado, anyone?).
As is the case when a scifi show is cancelled, there are various petitions and Facebook pages going around to ask for a fifth season of Being Human. I’ve done my duty and signed a few, but I don’t know if it will make a difference. Since the cast and crew were made aware of the cancellation, the last six episodes were written with a series ending. I guess we should be thankful for that.
So on April 7, I will sit and watch the series finale. It will feel like a funeral. But that probably means the cast and crew of Being Human did their jobs; getting people to invested in the show, it’s stories and the characters.
Thanks for the show, signed, a geek in mourning.