4.21.2012

Gothic Sisters: Sally Malik


Meaghan Rath, boo...I tried.  I really tried.

The problem with watching a show that's based off another show currently still airing in its country of origin, with similar-looking actors speaking the same language...well, you get the gist.

Sorry, America...the Brits did it soooooo much better.  And Sam Huntington is no Russell Tovey.

But I digress.  This is all about Annie Sally Malik, portrayed by beautiful Canadian actress Meaghan Rath.  I would've screencapped the show, but I keep getting this strange feeling that I've already done so before.

Make no mistake; I'm all about some Meaghan Rath. She's got a cool name, she's beautiful, and she is a decent actress (not that the show actually gives her a lot to work with).


So we have pretty much the same sitch as before; the character Sally is a ghost, murdered by an abusive fiance - uh, seen it.  In fact, I couldn't go far in the first season because I found myself yawning and fast-forwarding at the way too similar plotlines, names, and casting choices.

Seriously, y'all...if you're going to do an English-language remake of an English show that's still on the air, you gotta step it up.  Give us something new, something drastically different with folks who don't resemble the originals.  Granted, Sally is much more serious and less insecure than Lenora Crichlow's "Annie"; the writers gave her a more grave and wizened texture to her characterization.  Which is good...but not good enough to be more interesting.

Have any of you watched the show at all?  What are your thoughts?  I could barely get through the first several eps, so if it gets better then by all means, let me know.

9 comments:

  1. I watch (though I still have several from the current season on my DVR to watch) and the second season divurges from the British version. They've given Sally more of a storyline in the second season, but some of it I had a problem with (ie. she learned how to jump into living bodies to possess them for a time, and guess who she was choosing to jump into? *Jeopardy music* Ding! Ding! Ding! If you guessed white women, you're a winner!).

    And to be honest, I don't think I'm going to revisit the Bristish version now that Mitchell's left. I like all of the characters, but I can't imagine the show with one of them gone. I don't know...we'll see.

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    1. she learned how to jump into living bodies to possess them for a time, and guess who she was choosing to jump into? *Jeopardy music* Ding! Ding! Ding! If you guessed white women, you're a winner!

      Typical.

      What is the point of casting WoC if you're just going to turn them into frogs or dump them into white bodies, or straight-up kill them off ASAP?

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  2. Actually I think I may be the voice of dissent here but I like the American series better than the British version.

    The creators stated that they were following the British version for season one, but after that they go into a completely different direction.

    Season 2 has a completely separate and different storyline. Whereas I got bored and actually quit watching season 2 of BBC's Being Human, I got hooked with the American counterpart (and that never happens because genuinely speaking, the Brits do it better). You may wanna check out season 2 before writing this series off entirely.

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  3. Goes to show you what I don't know...though I will not watch a TV show unless Ankh (or my friend Noob) HIGHLY RECOMMENDS IT and it's on Netflix. I knew about the BBC version, but had no idea there was an American version.

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  4. I'm up to date on the Brit version, and I gotta say they go the extra mile to include Annie and make her central to the overall story. It is different now that Mitchell and George are gone but the show hasn't bored me just yet. I'm not sure if it will be back for another series.

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    1. Mitchell and George are off the show now? NOOOO! That's the whole premise of the show. A ghost, a werewolf and a vampire. WTF?

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    2. They maintained the premise in a funny way. I warn you, this is a spoiler, so continue if you want.

      Anyway, in the new series there is another set of werewolf/ghost/vampire other than the main trio. The vampire from that group and the young werewolf we're introduced to in the third series fill in the gap. But we get to keep Annie~

      It's weird but they make it work over time.

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  5. Hi,everyone. I just discovered this blog today. I love Being human and have yet to see the US version. I miss Mitchell and George they were such sweet hearts.

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