REVIEW: BITTEN – SEASON 1 & 2

 

CAST

Lauara Vandervoort (Smallville)
Greyston Holt (Sanctuary)
Greg Bryk (A History of Violence)
Paul Greene (A Perfect Wedding)
Steve Lund (Haven)
Michael Xavier (In Return)
Paulino Nunes (Brooklyn)
Genelle Williams (It’s A Boy/Girl Thing)
Tammy Isbell (The L.A. Complex)
Tommie-Amber Pirie  (H20)
Kiara Glasco (The Devil’s Candy)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Joel Keller (The Man)
Fiona Highet (Blue Murder)
James McGowan (Rogue)
Natalie Brown (Channel Zero)
Sherry Miller (The Virgin Suicides)
Chris Violette (Power Rangers SPD)
Marc Bendavid (Dark Matter)
Pascal Langdale (Steel Trap)
Noah Danby (Painkiller Jane)
Michael Luckett (The Intruders)
Eve Harlow (Heroes Reborn)
Benjamin Ayres (Saving Hope)
Mackenzie Gray (Man of Steel)
Daniel KAsh (Goosebumps)
Sean Rogerson (Underworld 2)
Debra McCabe (Saw III)

 

Click to view full size imageThe story centres on Elena Michaels (portrayed by Laura Vandervoort), a female werewolf who is torn between a normal life with her human boyfriend Philip in Toronto and her “family” obligations as a werewolf in upstate New York. Among her pack is her ex-fiancé Clayton, who is responsible for her becoming a werewolf

I think this show was brilliant from episode 1 and just got better and better.  I was pleased with Laura V’andervoort performance as Elena. She exhibits strength and a certain desperate vulnerability as she’s trying to maintain a “normal” life. Once I got beyond the lack of accent and curls, Greyston’s portrayal of Clay has me intrigued – he’s got the seriousness down pat – and eager to see how he interacts with Elena. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Logan’s character.

As with any adaptation, the thing you have to remember is that what works for a book doesn’t always work for television/film. It’s a different medium so the story must be adapted accordingly. Give the actors a chance. Give the writers a chance. Let’s see what they can do. And at the end of the day, if it helps, remember that these are Kelley’s characters and what’s shown on tv doesn’t change what you read in the books. Her books are cannon. The tv show is just a fun adaptation and a new way to look at some of the characters we love. If you don’t like it, don’t watch. As for me, I love these characters so much.

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the story arc for the season goes at an even pace and the season one cliffhanger is so shocking it keeps wanting more.

 

Season 2 of BITTEN starts about three days after the ending of season 1 as Elena (Laura Vandervoort) and her werewolf pack are searching for Malcolm Danvers (who has kidnapped the pregnant mate of one of their pack). They soon realize that witches also want Malcolm Danvers Season 2 introduces some new characters like witch coven leader Ruth Winterbourne and her daughter Paige as witches and werewolves may have to team up together to stop a common foe who wants to control the world of the supernatural.   Elena wants revenge (for the murder of her Toronto boyfriend which I think was better for her than hotheaded Clay) so bad and she struggles with it. Jeremy deals with wolf pack politics as other pack heads want to take control away from him if he doesn’t bring them Malcolm Danvers.

Kiara Glasco as Savannah

The second episode highlights how Clay Danvers (Greystone Holt) was bitten by a werewolf. It is interesting to see more of the power struggles involved within the worlds of the werewolf packs in addition to introducing new characters.   BITTEN is still a series for fans who loved the first season and it does good follow up on the events of season one while setting the stage for new conflicts. Clay still seems like a jerk while the other werewolves are various degrees of being cold with Elena being the warm one who is in danger of losing the humanity she was fighting to keep when she left her pack before season 1.   I hope fans of the Otherworld novels (by Kelly Armstrong) will continue to check out the show and maybe even fans of the TV series will read Kelly Armstrong’s novels. I can’t wait to see how this season develops as the world of BITTEN opens up a little bit more.

Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels and Daniel Kash as Roman Navikev

This season The Pack gets some female visitors, when some witches come to them for their support. Tammy Isbell, Tommie Amber Pirie and Kiara Glasco are taking on the roles of Ruth Winterbourne, Paige Winterbourne, and Savannah Levine. each episodes brings a  brilliant slice of the season 2’s story arc. The Witches are a welcome addition to the show, the moment they team up with the wolves it brings new dimensions to the original cast members and enriches the series,  bring on season 3.

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