For most any television show, the first season is the best. Not so with BITTEN. Its first season had problems, the biggest of which is that werewolves were not necessary to the story. Elena (Laura Vandervoort) might have just as well been from an orgainzed crime family at war with another mob. SyFy has posted a Season One Recap video on YouTube that gives BITTEN’s first thirteen episodes a campy treatment, as though they really weren’t sure what to do with them.
The good news is: In Season Two, BITTEN is an entirely different (and much better) show. No one is taking credit for the transformation, but someone identified the show’s problems and successfully addressed all of them. The new BITTEN is intense, fast-paced, smart science-fantasy. Here are some of the things that have changed.
There are witches. Since the witches are almost all female, it balances the cast. (Season One was a bit heavy on the testosterone.) The wolves can relate to the witches as equals, since both groups hide their supernatural powers from humans.
The mood of the show is darker now, and the camera work reflects that. The mutts (wolves who are not a part of the pack) are mentioned less, and that is good, because the term has some unfortunate connotations.
The big change is in Elena. All those BITTEN posters don’t do justice to Elena’s new look. Laura Vandervoort worked out a lot in the off-season and looks much more ferocious. She is well-muscled now, with shorter hair. Last year, Vandervoort’s character spent most of the time reacting to what other characters were doing. This year she takes charge of things, and Season Two Elena impressively displays wolf-like behaviour when it is called for. As of this writing, seven episodes of Season Two have aired in Canada, and so far there has not been a major scene with just Elena and Paige (Tommie-Amber Pirie). That is something to look forward to.
BITTEN Season Two has a two-hour premiere on SyFy (US) – 17 April at 8pm eastern.
(Normal airtime will be 9pm Fridays)