REVIEW: BITTEN – SEASON 3

Laura Vandervoort in Bitten (2014)

Starring

Laura Vandervoort (Jigsaw)
Greyston Holt (See No Evil 2)
Greg Bryk (Immortals)
Steve Lund (Reign)
Tommie-Amber Pirie (What If)
Genelle Williams (Orphan)

Laura Vandervoort And John Ralston Bitten Season 3 Eone

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Sofia Banzhaf (Splinters)
Alex Ozerov (Orphan Black)
John Ralston (Flash Gordon)
Daniel Kash (Mama)
Fiona Highet (The Hardy Boys)
Rafael Petardi (Siberia)
Noah Danby (Riddick)
Pascal Langdale (Killjoys)
Benjamin Ayres (Saving Hope)

 

Based on the “Otherworld” novels by New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, BITTEN stars Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”, “V”, “Haven”, Ted) as Elena Michaels, the world’s only female werewolf. For three seasons, the show’s rabid followers have tuned in as Elena evolved from a photographer who hides her dark secret after being bitten, to a ferocious leader of the Stonehaven pack.Bitten (2014)BITTEN: THE FINAL SEASON picks up several months after the harrowing battle in the season two finale. Bolstering their ranks in the wake of the carnage, the Stonehaven Pack is on the hunt for the Russian Alpha and his brethren, seeking to end a decades-old vendetta. Meanwhile, Elena struggles with Pack Alpha Jeremy Danvers’ new draconian leadership style, and makes a shocking and surprising discovery about herself.This last season of Bitten sees a new leadership style with the growing pack. Elena discovers new things about herself. There’s a new foe and an attempt at stopping a long feud. And ultimately Elena must come up with a plan to save what’s remaining of the pack in Stonehaven.Bitten (2014)I watch the show mostly for Laura Vandervoort. She really captures the role and the character has grown over the past 3 seasons. I see Vandervoort staying a genre queen over the next decade. She looks good in these types of roles and in roles on Supergirl, V, and Smallville. Honestly, she’s really the only reason I kept watching it. The show had a core group of diehard fans and I think if it was on a network like The CW, it might have gotten the ratings their shows like The Originals and Vampire Diaries got. Even with a smaller budget the show looked great and had good effects. The look and production always impressed me. I think it’s more impressive than Teen Wolf and Shadowhunters.

Bitten (2014)Bitten is a great show but a short-lived one, lasting only three seasons. The show is a must for fans of Horror especially those that like werewolf shows

 

 

REVIEW: EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT – SEASON 2

Starring

Robert Leeshock (Dead End Road)
Lisa Howard (Highlander: The Series)
Von Flores (Never Cry Werewolf)
Richard Chevolleau (Hannibal)
Leni Parker (Screamers)
David Hemblen (La Femme Nikita)
Anita La Selva (Running with Violet)

Earth: Final Conflict (1997)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Kari Matchett (Cube 2)
William deVry (Stargate SG.1)
Brooke Johnson (The Sweet Hereafter)
Janet-Laine Green (This Life)
Sonia Dhillon Tully (Jigsaw)
Ona Fletcher (Searching for Bobby Fischer)
James Downing (Wrong Turn)
Barry Flatman (Odyssey 5)
Montse Viader (Whipped)
Shawn Doyle (Whiteout)
Polly Shannon (Lie With Me)
Andrew Jackson (Sea Wolf)
Anne Marie DeLuise (Strange Empire)
Christina Cox (The Chronicles of Riddick)
David Calderisi (Tommy Boy)
Monika Schnarre (BEastmaster)
Janet Kidder (Arrow)
Deborah Odell (Lost Girl)
Fiona Highet (Bitten)
Françoise Yip (The Predator)
Matthew Bennett (Battlestar Galactica)
Dean McDermott (Slasher)
Michael Filipowich (24)
Carlo Rota (Brick Mansions)
Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Star Trek)

 

Earth: Final Conflict (1997)A lot of E:FC fans were turned off when the series changed direction, when they killed off Kevin Kilner (Boone’s) character, and brought Robert Leeshock (Liam) to replace him. I for one fell in love with it, then watched it to the end during its normal run on television, including the Season 5. I can see how a lot of people would be pissed off that they axed Kevin Kilner (Boone) from the series. However, I must say that Liam Kincaid’s story arc, of him being a “man who’s more than human,” having Shaqarava in his palms (for Season 2 at least), having supposedly 75% Jaridian DNA, having precognitive powers, and his relationship with Augur, Lili, Doors, (as well as others introduced in Seasons 3 and 4) made for a good show.61e9bec633b987021515c8c2da512249I must say that E:FC would be nothing without the Liam Kincaid story arc. He carried the series from Season 2 to Season 4. Liam Kincaid, Ronald Sandoval, Da’an, and Zo’or. These are the players to watch out for, the major movers and shakers whose interplays determine the future of Earth.Emancipation_liamLiam’s relationship with Da’an was the strongest in Season 2, and it was very entertaining to see him use powers such as the Shaqarava, which can, among other things, fire lethal blasts, revive recently slain allies, deflect Jaridian Replicant energy beams, expel Dark Matter. Season 2 is different from the first, but still fun.

REVIEW: GOOSEBUMPS – SEASON 4

 

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Daniel Clark (Juno)
Barbara Radecki (Man of The Year)
Nicole Dicker (Search Owls)
Corey Sevier (Immortals)
Fiona Highet (Bitten)
Laura Vandervoort (Jigsaw)
Yani Gellman (47 Meters Down)

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HOW I GOT MY SHRUNKEN HEAD

Mark is a kid who wishes to one day explore the jungle, finally gets his chance when he’s invited to go an expedition with his Aunt Benna after receiving a package with a shrunken head inside it that carries supernatural powers. Upon arriving to the Pacific Jungle Island of Baladora, Benna has mysteriously disappeared, and Mark suspects something strange with the other doctors that partake in the expedition.MV5BMjI5NTUyMjc4MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODc3MzA0NzM@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,677,1000_AL_When the episode began, I was invested and find myself constantly interested in what was going to happen next as it moved on. But when knowing the show’s formula at this point, you can pretty much tell who’s going to be the bad guy, and if the Aunt is still alive and well, which is kind of disappointing that the episode doesn’t offer that many unique twists and turns. Not to say that the story itself isn’t engaging because it is thanks to its jungle setting, the mysteries surrounding the supernatural powers of the shrunken head, and the characters. Though the episode does have its problems with its predictable story-line, the hokey acting from our lead, some of the supporting characters being pointless, and the effects looking awful at the climax, there’s still plenty of good in it. The story’s setting, and the myths revolving around the shrunken head is intriguing. The characters are likable and interesting. The acting for the most part is good. And the effects and the episode’s overall look are fun and at times cool to look at. It’s not one of the greatest episodes from the show, but it’s not a bad or mediocre one either.Cbeaa960-6a40-0134-185e-060e3e89e053

THE GHOST NEXT DOOR

Hannah discovers that she has a new neighbor named Cody who lives next door. But the house next to hers is an old abandon house that no one has lived in for quite some time. Curious to why he’s living there, and not ever seeing him or his family move-in, she suspects something strange about him. And upon almost every time that she encounters Cody, she seems to be haunted by a mysterious shadowy specter when he’s not present.2112-4-4-906962400-4632294402-xlarge-608x342Not too long ago, I was watching a video of the “Top 5 Best Goosebumps Episodes” from Channel Awesome’s very own Walter Banasiak, and when I found out that one of the episodes from this Season was on the list, I was quite curious to see this episode for the first time, wondering if its as good as he made it out to be. When the episode began though I was interested, I knew or had some kind of idea of what the first part was building-up too. And while watching the first 19 minutes of it, I kept thinking to myself “when is this episode going to wow me”, it’s so predictable! But when we got to the end of the first part my jaw dropped as I reacted with awe. And when the second part started I was hooked and eager to learn about what everything going on in the first part was all about. Granted I’m not going to act like that this is the first horror anthology kid’s show to pull off this kind of twist, and there are a few things that I’m not quite clear about in terms of logic, but overall it’s still all executed brilliantly!5ddbbd2844b689aacecd343b6f464609

CRY OF THE CAT

 

Movie star Allison Rogers is staring in a horror movie about an evil cat, but little does she know that the film’s subject matter is going to become reality for her after she accidentally hits a cat with her bike. The cat turns out to still be alive, but is now coming after Allison for taking away one of his nine lives.MV5BMTI2NjM3NDYtM2UyMS00ZTJhLTg3YzktOGU2YjM3YjRiY2FmXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_When the episode started out, I had no idea where it was going. There’s a demonic cat that’s attacking two kids in a dark house, and they hire some kind of Exorcist to get rid of it, but gets killed by the cat off-screen as the kids are then left to fend for themselves. I wasn’t sure if this was supposed to be a previous encounter with the cat before meeting our real main characters, or if the episode was starting out in the middle of the events to then giving us a flashback leading up to everything that we just witnessed. But once I found out that this was a film that the characters are in, I was kind of disappointed that everything I saw was fake, but quite intrigued to see the series take a different route. Usually with a premise like this, the story would be set in some kind of suburban neighborhood with a bland kid that just gets in the middle of it. But instead it mostly takes place on a studio lot with our lead being an actor, which I was not at all expecting in an episode like this. It’s true that when I see the characters shoot scenes for the movie, I was curious to know the full plot, and frankly would love to see it as a whole entire episode for how foreboding, intense, and a tad bit silly it is (I mean really a pet Exorcist). But the actual story that we’re given for this one is still good enough, where I became just as engaged in the premise as I did with the previous two episodes. Much like “How I Got My Shrunken Head”, this is a good if not great or memorable episode. It has a nice change of setting, some good performances, mostly cool effects, and a scary monster. It does have its flaws in terms of clunky writing, a few forgettable or dull performances, and some odd designs and effects, but it’s far from being a bad one. And if you’re curious to see “Goosebumps” take on cats, chances are that you’ll be satisfied at their attempt.maxresdefault

DEEP TROUBLE

 

Billy and Sheena are visiting their Uncle Harold in the Caribbean, but find their stay to be quite boring as their Uncle spends more time working on experiments in his basement than he does with his niece and nephew (why does that sound sooo familiar?). The kids discover a few weird things on the Island and in their Uncle’s lab, and eventually find themselves marooned on an uninhibited Island with their Uncle to fend themselves against giant creatures, and a mysterious monstrous cult. I’ve heard many fans complain about how this episode strays from the book, but as I’ve stated in my review on “Teacher’s Pet” in the show’s third season, I am only judging these episodes on their own merits. However, from my research it turns out that this episode is an adaptation to “Deep Trouble 2”, and though I feel like the first story should get an adaptation, at least the episode is not trying to confuse audiences who haven’t read the books like they did with “Night of the Living Dummy 2” or “Return of the Mummy”. But then again, it definitely hasn’t pleased the people who read the books.MV5BZTBjYTU1ZjctZmNkNy00Yjc4LWJmMzYtOWIwZjU5NmU2NjNlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzM4MjM0Nzg@._V1_The setting for the story isn’t bad, I do like the idea of having clues in the first part, and having the second part of them trying to escape from monsters, but the execution while not awful, is not as good as it sounds. The characters are nothing new at all. You have one kid who’s adventurous and obnoxious, as the other one is reluctant; the scientist family/relative who’s responsible (or at least partly responsible) for the weird things that happen; and your predictable twist villain, who doesn’t seem normal when he tries to act it. And none of these performances bring anything special or charming to their characters to make to overlook how cliched they are. The only real interesting about any of them is some of the people they casted that appeared in previous installments to the series. This episode is easily the weakest one in this season for it’s recycled characters and monsters; dull performances; and some really bad effects. But it’s still watchable when compared to the many others in the series. The story does keep your attention, and there are some really neat and inventive effects and designs. It’s just a shame that this is the very last episode to close the show with for how mediocre it is when any one of the other episodes from this season (especially “The Ghost Next Door”) would’ve been a better choice to cap the series.hqdefault

Going into this season, I expected this to be terrible since none of the episodes are hardly ever talked about as the ones in the past 3 seasons, but I was gradually surprised that there wasn’t any episode that I found to be unwatchable or horrible. The last episode was mediocre but it’s not as boring or horrific as episodes like “You Can’t Scare Me”, “Go Eat Worms”, and “Don’t Go to Sleep”. Every episode in this season did offer at least something good and impressive. But though the series worst episodes come from all the other season’s, I still do consider this season to be the series’ weakest. And why you may wonder since I had something good to say about all of them, well aside from “The Ghost Next Door”, all the other episodes are forgettable for how average they are. There’s hardly anything about them that makes them stand-out as anything special, since they share nearly the same amount of pros and cons. At least with the other seasons they for the majority had plenty of episodes that were more memorable when compared to this one. You remember the great ones for how scary and inventive they were, but you also remembered the awful ones for how ridiculous and beyond cheesy they were too. So while this season isn’t bad, I’m still at the end of the day going to remember most of the episodes from the other seasons than I will with the ones from this one.

REVIEW: ODYSSEY 5

MAIN CAST

Peter Weller (Robocop)
Sebastian Roche (The Originals)
Christopher Gorham (Ugly Betty)
Tamara Marie Watson (Cold Squad)
Leslie Silva (Fools Rush In)
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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Gina Clayton (Degrassi: TNG)
John Neville (The Fifth Element)
Kenneth Mitchell (Star Trek: Discovery)
Lindy Booth (Kick-Ass 2)
Sonja Smits (American Gods)
Damon D’Oliveira (Earth: Final Conflict)
Barry Flatman (Just Friends)
Philip Akin (Highlander: The Series)
George Buza (Mutant X)
Andrew Gillies (Orphan Black)
Vladimir Jon Cubrt (Hannibal TV)
Rick Worthy (The Vampire Diaries)
Clé Bennett (The Tick)
Jonathan Potts (Jason X)
Ted Raimi (Ash vs Evil Dead)
Fiona Highet (Bitten)
Michèle Duquet (The Virgin Sucides)
Fulvio Cecere (Valentine)
Sherry Miller (Open Heart)
Geoffrey Lewis (The Devil’s Rejects)

Kyle Schmid (Arrow)

Michael Flipowich (Earth: Final Conflict)

Dominic Zamprogna (Stargate Universe)
Bronson Picket (Wild Card)

Image result for odyssey 5Before Manny Coto took over as head writer of Enterprise in the fourth season, he had his own SF show on the air. Odyssey 5 was Coto’s brain child, and it was an intriguing program that lasted for only one season on Showtime. (Less actually… it took Showtime a couple of years to broadcast the last four episodes which are included in this set.) It certainly deserved to go on longer. This show about a group of five astronauts who have only five years to save the Earth from destruction was creative and engrossing and had some wonderful actors in the lead roles. The US space shuttle Odyssey was performing a routine mission, snagging a satellite for repairs before docking with the international space station when something very unexpected happened. The Earth imploded. In a matter of moments the Earth went from a blue/green planet to a swirling cloud of dust. The only people who were left alive were the five members of the Odyssey: Commander Chuck Taggert (Peter Weller) and his son Neil (Christopher Gorham), Nobel Prize winning geneticist Kurt Mendel (Sebastian Roche), newscaster Sarah Forbes (Leslie Silva) and shuttle pilot, Angela Perry (Tamara Crag Thomas.) With no place that they can go to they resign themselves to their fate and wait to run out of oxygen.

Moments before the end comes however, the Odyssey is taken aboard an alien spaceship. There they meet The Seeker, an ancient being (machine?) that has been searching for intelligent life. He’s found evidence of many advanced cultures, but whenever he gets to the planets he’s detected, all that’s left is a swirling cloud of dust. The Seeker offers to send the five astronauts back in time five years, so that they will have a chance of averting whatever it was that caused the Earth to die. Naturally they accept but five years isn’t a long time, and they have very little to go on.

They soon discover that there are incredibly intelligent entities living in the internet called Sentients. They have no bodies, since they are just computer code, but they have designed artificial people to carry out their bidding. These ‘Synthetics’ are stronger and faster than real people and can be programmed just like a computer. The only external difference from humans is that they are cold blooded. Trying to discover what the Sentients and Synthetics are up to is hard and dangerous, but it’s even worse than that; there’s no evidence that they are responsible for the Earth’s destruction. It could very well be related to a military project that was on the satellite the shuttle was adjusting, related to the covert group inside NASA known as the Cadre, or something else all together.Image result for odyssey 5This is one of those shows that starts off a little slow, but really draws you in. One of the things I really liked about the show was that they didn’t forget that the Odyssey 5 have home lives. When Taggart skips out on a party his wife had been wanting to go to (in order to stop a Synthetic plot), he not only ends up in the dog house but she also thinks that he has a mistress. Sarah spends a good amount of time taking her son to doctors so they can cure the stomach cancer that killed him in the original time-line. The only thing is that it hasn’t shown up yet and her husband and doctors think she’s crazy. It’s touches like these that add a lot to the feel of the show.

Image result for odyssey 5The ensemble cast is responsible for that to a large extent. All five of the main characters do a very good job portraying their idiosyncratic characters and make them seem like real people. Peter Weller (Buckaroo Banzai, Robocop) has the temperament and attitudes of a military pilot down pat, probably because his father was a pilot (as he discusses in the commentary), but in any case he really nails the part and gives the show it’s focal point. Sebastian Roche also does well as the goofy but brilliant scientist, walking that fine line between making him a caricature and a believably irreverent character. The one person in the cast who impressed me the most though was Leslie Silva. She was magnificent as a mother who had seen her child waste away and die, only to get him back again. You could tell what she was thinking by just a look, and the scenes where she would break down were heart wrenching. This is an enjoyable show. The acting is very good and the plots are engrossing. Though there isn’t a lot of continuity in the first few episodes they refer to past events more and more as the show goes on, which makes the program even more interesting. A fun show that deserved a longer run.