Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Alien Like You

I just finished watching the latest episode of Being Erica. I HAD to write about it before going to sleep tonight so I could tell everyone about it! It is my new favourite show in the world (I'm sure when all my other shows come back in the fall my favourite will change again).

About the show:
Erica starts therapy because her life is going nowhere and she has too many regrets. It turns out her therapy involves going back in time, reliving her experiences over again, and hopefully ridding herself of regrets. The first season has her going back to high school to fix boyfriend problems or stop herself from getting someone fired (it's pretty funny to see the different styles she went through in the 90's).

At first I kept watching because it was interesting but I didn't get super into it until the second season. Here's why:

Spoiler alert!

Kai is a rock star from nine years in the future. He's in therapy like Erica and has come back to her time to redo a part of his past. It is impossible to have a relationship because every time he completes the goal of his therapy the Kai that she knows disappears and turns into the 22 year old kid who doesn't know who she is. (what a brilliant concept)

I love this character. He's a vulnerable player with an amazing voice. Mysterious and fun. I so wish I could use him to inspire a character for my own book - maybe for the next story.

Actually all of the characters in the show are sympathetic, complicated, and flawed. Now I remember why I initially wanted to be a screenwriter (I just love a good series).

The actor is one of the Pigott Brothers and wrote the songs that he performed on the show.

Here is the song that I LOVE.

Are there characters out there that you can't get enough of? How are you inspired to create interesting, multidimensional characters?


  1. Ah, I see now. He does have a nice voice and has a hot-but-imperfect look. I can't change my mind on my own guy, but watching this, I totally get it.

  2. This clip is even better because you can really see what he's feeling.

    Melanie- Of course your guy's pretty good inspiration too

  3. What channel? I got to check this show out?

  4. It's on CBC (Canada), already in the third season. I just downloaded the episodes on bittorrent. I hope you love it as much as I do!

  5. He does have a beautiful voice.

    I just wanted to say thank you for linking to my (Query Goblin) query-craft post on the BookEnds LLC blog a few days ago. I appreciate it! :)

  6. Fun! I'll have to check out this show now. I'd never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing!