Bitten: Season 1
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Bitten: Season 1

In a fashion quite common in our culture, but a specific idea, concept or story plot line catches on, it spreads like wildfire throughout most forms of entertainment. One of the more recent examples of this is a resurgence of some of the classic monsters. We enjoyed in the creature features we watch this kids. The problem I have with the execution is that these terrible monsters have been turned into overly emotional, romantic teen idols. Vampires and werewolves used to be scary. Tension would mount the young heroine walk towards the door behind which was one of these creatures of the night. We knew that certain that awaited her there. Now in very many cases, on the other side of that door is a bedroom and the young lady in question is about to get very intimately involved with the monster. As my daughter put it so succinctly; horror films are now been reduced to a teenage girl decision between necrophilia and bestiality. Vampires is supposed to look more like Max Schreck in ‘Nosferatu’ that the young man with an expert in face overly mousse hair through sparkles in the sunlight. Werewolves are supposed to be the epitome about animalistic nature that Rick and shred their way through the night. They their somewhat better in the recently imagination, frequently being like into people that respect the sanctity of nature emulating many tenants of the Native American. Apparently I am not alone in my dissatisfaction to the direction horror has been going. As often happens with such trends a backlash occurs that returns the archetypes to closer to the original incarnations. Several movies and television series, have been working towards achieving this laudable goal. Canadian horror drama, ‘Bitten’, has joined the march forward into the past. The series is about a group of lycanthropes that managed to bridge the gap between the dangerous killers of the past and the sexy beasts embraced by the current generation. The United States, the series was picked up SyFy

This series is based on ‘Women of the Otherworld’ series of books by author Kelley Armstrong. More particularly, the one book, ‘Bitten’ contained within a series of novels that encompasses the entire supernatural world of witches, warlocks, vampires and necromancers. The show has been picked up for second season, and it will be quite interesting to see which direction it is taken. The point of view character is Elena Michaels (Laura Vandervoort), a female werewolf who is trying her best to live life as a normal human being. This may superficially sound as if to show runner is indeed pandering to the overly romanticized trend, but once again, it is how the subject matter is treated and implemented that makes all the difference. Elena moved away from upstate New York in the pack to take up residence in Toronto. This she is living with her boyfriend Philip McAdams (Paul Green). The past she had wanted to forget reaches out and, as the saying goes, pulls back in which she receives a phone call from Jeremy Danvers (Greg Bryk), a trusted friend and former Alpha for the North America pack. He entreats her to come back home to Bear Valley, to his home, Stonehaven. Set deeply in a wooded area. This 500 acre estate is ideal to allow them to take the werewolf shape and run freely undetected. Alain initially has a great deal trepidation but due to loyalty to Jeremy, she agrees to come. In order to get away from Philip, Elena tells him that she has to return for a family funeral. This is immediately a point of contention, especially since Philip‘s sister is about to be married and she was expected to be there. The urgency stems from a recent number of killings, apparently by an animal. Jeremy has concluded that this was the work of a mutt; a derogatory term for a rogue werewolf was not associated with a formerly established pack. They are exceptionally dangerous since they kill indiscriminately and open the way for investigations by human authorities that could potentially reveal the existence of their kind. Jeremy needs. Elena back because she is by far their best tracker. A major portion of a reluctance to return to Stonehaven is Clayton Danvers (Greyston Holt), the adopted son of Jeremy. He was born a werewolf and was living feral in Louisiana until Jeremy rescued him and subsequently made in his son. He was the one who became involved with Elena while she was still human and had been a lover. Elena was turned everyone thought that she would die during the first transformation. No female human has ever survived the bite of available. Much to their surprise, Elena not only survived she flourished. As the only female werewolf she quickly became sought after by every male or kind precipitating her decision, believing.

As previously noted, this series has a lot of things going for particularly; they have retained a sense of monstrous menace when they turn to their creature form. Members of a formal pack are sufficient disciplined to not attack human beings. The whole purpose of large secluded areas such as reported by Stonehaven is to allow them to take this form safely, satisfying animal need to run and even attack game. The problem that was depicted with the mutts is that they have no such code of conduct. Many who are inadvertently turned react to the shock and pain of the first transformation by becoming psychologically disoriented many cases violent. Within the context created by the main story arc of this first season, this effect is exacerbated greatly by somebody creating mutts at of humans were already psychopathic serial killers. That does allow sufficient rationale to permit both generally controlled werewolves with the more traditional form of unrestrained killers. The concession made to fans of what passes for power these days is made by weaving a fairly standard romance albeit one with paranormal parameters. In such situations, one of the favorite ways to implement this is the perennial favorite, the romantic triangle. Elena is caught between her human boyfriend, lycanthrope ex-lover. Although it will most likely never occur, there is always the potential for the hirsute corner of the triangle to the opposing corner to shreds in a fit of jealousy. I’m sure there are some who, darkly enough would like to see such an outcome.

Ms Vandervoort is certain to continue her popularity and upcoming science-fiction and fantasy conventions. As the actors responsible for to popular roles as aliens, Supergirl on Smallville in the beautiful daughter of the high command of on the reimagined, ‘V’, the role is the only known woman to survive being bitten by a werewolf and becoming one successfully, will certainly keep many male fans lining up at her autograph table and attending her panels. The fact is Ms. Vandervoort is extremely good actress was able to play these types of roles in such a fashion that you accept them as real. There is also sufficient chemistry between her and her leading man, Mr. Holt, to prevent this seems together them from coming across as a nighttime soap opera. In a similar vein, the main storyline in various subplots managed to keep the show for becoming overly melodramatic. The pacing was especially well done. The exposition was done gradually with teasing amounts placed in each episode. Naturally there were some examples, such as Elena’s origin story that is centralized in a single episode. The necessary mythology is clearly defined inconsistently applied. The situations and characters are all consistent within its context. Since this is the freshman season, there wasn’t understandably sense of some discontinuity between threads. For the most part they are tied together rather nicely by the season finale.

Posted 08/08/2014

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