Two episodes in and I’m having a much better time than last season. Admittedly this could be because I found more fault with the BBC’s second season than I did with the first. Syfy has a lot of opportunities to improve upon it.
I mentioned last week that George was kind of useless for Nina. Like when he finally faces the fact that he changed her, it’s Nina who comforts him while he cries. Every time I see that scene I want to reach into the screen and shake him.
Anyone who watched Syfy tonight saw Josh contain his own guilt as he attempts to convince Nora to survive this. Two things in George’s defense: First, Josh’s circumstances allow his mind to be more stable; he never killed, is not being constantly attacked by vampires, and has not given more ground in his head to the wolf. Second, Nina is far stronger than Nora…heck, Nina is a lot stronger than George. That’s why they complement each other so well.
I’ve decided the best thing to do is to stop expecting Nora to behave like Nina and accept her as a completely different character. That’s why now I kind of like her. I suppose she doesn’t need to turn any of that blame Aidan’s way as Nina did with Mitchell. Mitchell is the one who encouraged George to date Nina, going so far as to invite her over for their first date.
Nina: You loaded a gun and you fired it into a crowd.
My feelings for Sally are, per usual, slightly more mixed. It’s good to see that she had some bonding moments with both roommates that didn’t involve whining and I was thrilled to see that she called for Aidan for help after her nightmare. In the BBC version, Mitchell and Annie had already had some “moments” in season one that never happened for Sally and Aidan, so I was wondering if they were going to scrap the connection between them. Maybe not! 🙂
Another Syfy plus is Sally’s ability to enter the bodies of humans. I thought Meaghan Rath did a great job portraying something anyone could imagine: the ultimate high, for a ghost to really be human again. In the BBC second season, Annie is also testing her powers but the best she can do is touch the human and feel what that person experiences. One finds out in Season 3 why that’s just not as good…
At this point, I can’t tell if Aidan’s storyline will resemble Mitchell’s second season at all. True, the young woman that Aidan met at the hospital could be the human who was Mitchell’s love interest for a time, but she didn’t get the job and this episode ends with them leaving the bar together. If he is hunting her, then she’s not the love interest. That woman sticks around.
BBC has no Mother, nor Mother’s Daughter, Suren, but perhaps Suren is supposed to replace gorgeous, psychotic vampiress Daisy? If so, Suren should step up her game because in comparison she’s completely dull. I’m just not thrilled with all the cliche vampire posturing from her character. Daisy was all about having fun:
“A lot of vampires, it’s all about the blood and the world domination. Me and Ivan… we’re just about the tourism.”
Daisy’s story was completely different from Suren’s, but she was the most important female vampire of Season 2. She influenced Mitchell and even George, to some extent. But this wouldn’t be the first time I thought they were replacing a main character from the BBC’s version, only to see that character show up later in the season. Syfy has more episodes, so they’ve got plenty of time.