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posted by [personal profile] ladyslvr at 12:06pm on 13/06/2009 under , ,
That makes two.

Being Human knocked my socks off. As far as shows about angsty, supernatural creatures go, this has become the paragon in my mind. So I eagerly await the second series.

Two months later, another show has come along that nearly took my feet along with the socks. NBC has been burning off a Canadian series called The Listener. Naturally, I missed the first two episodes, which were aired together, because NBC is not one of those stations I watch. Ever. So I downloaded them. Watched them. Researched the show. Learned that we're the last country to get it.

I've now spent the last week watching and surfing the thirteen episodes in the series. It is everything--absolutely everything--I want in a superpowers show.

The main character, Toby Logan, is a twenty-something paramedic in Toronto. He's also a telepath. His telepathy involves only the ability to pick up a person's surface level thoughts, though he apparently receives multi-sensory input. While performing his rescue duties, he starts to receive "hits" from his patients, and realizes that they're withholding vital information from the police and doctors. Unable to shake the images he's received, he begins to get involved in their stories. Of course, the main problem here is how to get this information to the police and doctors without revealing where he got it.

We've got telepathy, identity issues, ethical quandries, crime solving, interesting characters, and a mysterious past. There's also an overall optimism to the show that's unusual in American productions. At the end of the first episode, Toby admits that his power is a blessing, not a curse. As somebody in another blog said, had this show been a Hollywood production, the conclusion would have been the opposite.

From a fan perspective, this creators of the series are the same guys who created Forever Knight. Other big names on the show are people who were involved with Highlander: The Raven and Due South. These are people who know how to do SF, and it shows. It takes the series a few episodes to get itself figured out, but by midseason, the writers clearly know what they're doing and what they want to do. Each episode stands alone. But there's an overall theme and direction to the series that makes it entirely enjoyable to watch all 13 episodes in order, back to back. (Yes, I've done it. Several times. The key word here might be "sad". Possibly "obsessed.")

In conclusion: this show needs a second season. Go watch it!

Episodes are available on Hulu, the NBC website, and other places. The regular US run is Thursday nights at 10:01 EDT on NBC. Episodes 1-3 have already aired.

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