BITTEN – Season 3 Episode 1 – SPOILERS
The opening scene is quite a grabber, and is by far the best part of the episode. Elena sits in a darkened room explaining her fears and premonitions. It seems she has a recurring vision of herself covered in blood amid the fiery destruction of Stonehaven. Only at the end of the scene do we find out she is confiding in Paige Winterbourne (Tommie-Amber Pirie), who tells her that the visions will never go away until what they predict actually happens. The rest of the episode is a series of flashbacks describing events of the previous seven months.
Jeremy (Greg Bryk) seems to have gone mad as a result of last season’s casualties. He decides to force all the mutts in North America to join the pack. Clay, Elena, and Nick try to dissuade him, but Jeremy is a determined megalomaniac. At this point, a sniper tries to take him out, but Joey Stillwell (Elias Toufexis) jumps into the path of the bullet. Stillwell is killed, making the Alpha angry as well as mad. Elena and Clay change into wolf form, and chase the attacker through the woods.
If you are ever being chased by wolves through the woods, and especially if you have a rifle, climb a tree. Wolves can’t do that, and if they are werewolves, you can shoot them while they are changing back into human form. Our would-be assassin chooses not to climb. Then he remains in human form, and loses his rifle as he attempts his escape on a motorbike. He is, of course, captured and tortured. Elena doesn’t like the torture part but her Alpha has gone off the deep end, so she asks: “What can I do to help?” The shooter is revealed to be from the Spanish pack and is forced to reveal the location of his associates, but manages to kill himself to avoid further agony.
While in town obtaining lye and bleach for purposes of body disposal, Elena is confronted by Katia Antonov (Sofia Banzhaf) who introduces her to Alexi (Alex Ozerov) and Sasha (John Ralston), also of the Antonov clan. (We have met Sasha in an earlier scene that vividly illustrated his sadistic nature, but Elena does not know about that.) Sasha explains to Elena that he is her father, and he says something else of interest: “We’ve been living up north, in the Yukon. Nobody knows about us. When it’s time to change, I hunt caribou. Nobody ever gets hurt. That’s why you haven’t heard of us. We’ve kept an extremely low profile.” That statement represents the first mention in the series that werewolves might sometimes be forced to change form (as conventional werewolves are during the full moon). This is not discussed further, and no lunar connection is specified.
Are Elena’s apocalyptic visions somehow caused by her newly acquired biological family? Have they been
induced by one of Paige’s spells? Or do they reflect a subconscious desire to kill Jeremy and take over the
pack? Reading the novels will provide no clues. Showrunner Daegan Fryklind tweeted on 15 February that
“we are ‘off book’ this year, so all viewers are on an equal footing.”
John Ralston (Sasha Antonov) will play the father of Lucy (Tatiana Maslany), who is one of the lovers in TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR, a film directed by Kim Nguyen, and set in a small town in the far north. (It was filmed mostly in Iqaluit, Nunavut.) Protagonists Roman and Lucy get together to make a “leap for life and inner peace”. Producer Roger Frappier told Peter Varga of Nunatsiaq Online that the film is a “big love story”, and went on to say: “It’s a movie about redemption at the same time. It’s an adventure film. I think this movie is so full of life that I hope people will have a real experience watching it — and that it will give them something they’ve never had in a theatre.” A spring 2016 release is planned.
Sofia Banzhaf (Katia Antonov) has made her literary debut with the novelette PONY CASTLE, which is available in a Kindle Edition from Amazon. Jessica D’Angelo reviewed the book for Normale Magazine, quoting Banzhaf as saying: “It is definitely fiction, but with anything you write, there is always an aspect of [the writer]. In Pony Castle, that character embodies certain things about myself…They aren’t necessarily part of my persona day-to-day, but they are parts of myself I explored via the book.”
Also, Benzhaf is Gemma in the award winning film CLOSET MONSTER. Gemma is the best friend of Oscar Madly, a creative and driven teenager haunted by horrific images of a gay bashing he witnessed as a child. The film will have a US release sometime this summer.
Dimitri Pavlakos (Javier) appeared in three episodes of LOST GIRL. He was a “dark figure” in Groundhog Fae, and a “Blackwater type” in the final two episodes of LG season three. He was also Kris Holden-Ried‘s stunt double in Barometz, Trick, Pressure. Pavlakos will be “Dark Angel #2” in the supernatural cop drama ADAM’S TESTAMENT, which stars Luke Bilyk and is due to be released later this year. (Courtney Deelen, who also appeared on LOST GIRL, will be Dark Angel #3.)