The Gates is better than I expected it would be, but nowhere near as good as BH, IMO. Any attempt to make BH more like The Gates would be a step down: clever, streetwise, articulate, interesting supernaturals move to the suburbs and try to blend in by numbing their feelings and lowering their IQs twenty points.
"George, are you freaking out because physically turning from man into wolf is the most excruciatingly painful torture a human body could ever have to endure, and in a wolf state you might murder people and not even realize it?"
"Well, there's that, but mostly I'm bummed because coach just kicked me off the football team. I'll just sneak out for a run in the woods and I'll feel much better."
My hope is that the US BH will be inspired by the British BH without duplicating its storylines. The initial season of the British BH was witty, carefully scripted and very well acted. There are only six episodes in the entire first season, but it has huge amounts of character development. So by the end of the season, even some things about the characters you might not have liked mid-season are things that the characters themselves are aware of and try to change about themselves. It's definitely character-driven, and is a breath of fresh air--a real gem of a show that respects the characters it's created.
If that makes it "too emo" and the US version tries to "correct" that "flaw" (which I suppose it likely will do) then it will be a parody of the original rather than must-see SF/F, and fans of the British show like me will be tuning it out pretty quickly. But I will give it a chance, and hope it will surprise me.
Edited by Lesbonaut, Aug 3, 2010 @ 4:26 PM.