Josh-ing Around With Being Human

Let's get the quick micro-review/recap of last night's episode out of the way first: Sally got tutored by a hair-band ghost and might soon be able to touch Danny. Josh, for some reason, got involved with the Neighborhood Watch group (and met some funny new characters along the way). And Aidan was stalked by a pervy ex-gay lover man who believed Aidan killed his dad many years ago (he did).

Things seemed a bit busier in this episode than they did in the two-part opener, and the result was a diluted emotional punch, as each storyline wasn't given the proper screen time. However, I'm still enjoying the heck out of this series. It's playful and bloody, just how I like it. I've also come to the conclusion that both the U.S. Canadian and U.K. versions of Being Human can coexist. You may prefer one over the other, and that's fine, but in this dude's mind, they're both great.

Okay, now let's talk about Sam Huntington. Sam, of course, plays Josh, the sheepish werewolf who hasn't gotten laid in years. The man has some of the busiest face muscles in the business.

Those screengrabs are from an episode that wasn't even Josh-heavy (the last one, of course, was of Huntington on ABC's Cavemen). The man can stretch his face in every direction, like a Jim Carrey facsimile.

Josh is based on the original series character of George, who's played just as spectacularly awkward by Russell Tovey. But while Huntington is a flesh-and-blood Chuck Jones character, Tovey uses more stuttering and squeaking to convey George's clownishness. It's two different takes on what amounts to the same role, and is as close to a Michael Scott/David Brent from The Office situation as we've seen in recent years.

And while I'm a big fan of both George and Tovey, I can't help but be mesmerized by Huntington. I'm not even really sure I like him in the role; I just know that the many permutations of his face capture my attention even if they do hint at overacting.

Still, Huntington, throughout his career, has always come off as a likable guy to me. Yes, even on Cavemen. And definitely in Not Another Teen Movie. He and his face are welcome on my TV screen anytime. I know lots of people have been slamming Sam Witwer as Aidan, but I've been wondering what everyone thinks of Huntington as Josh.

And just to be fair, here's Sam Witwer's busy costume day as Aidan. I really love the mustachioed proper gentleman Aidan if for no other reason than it's completely absurd.

Independently of Russell Tovey's performance as George, what's your feeling on Sam Huntington as Josh?

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