BITTEN – Season 2 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
Space Channel has officially renewed BITTEN for a third season.
Laura Vandervoort‘s most intense scene of Season 2 involves her fighting her way out of confinement while at the same time hallucinating her strongest emotions.Aleister (Sean Rogerson) casts a psychotropic spell on Elena that gives form to her fears and insecurities. Seems the blue-eyed wolf is still plagued with guilt over the death of Phillip (her Season One fiancé). She wonders if she is a monster. The walls sprout hairy arms that grab at her and restrain her. Do they represent limitations placed on her by the wolf curse? Phillip’s sister (Natalie Brown) appears as a literally bloody madwoman who moves like Kayako‘s ghost in THE GRUDGE. Elena manages to take out three guards, and, in an interaction with an imaginary version of Clay, finally concludes that she and the rest of her pack are not monsters, because they can love.
Released from the spell, Elena finds herself holding two wooden softball bats (which she previously used to dispatch two of the guards). Wielding one of those in each hand (An impressive feat. Try it sometime.) she heads outside to stop Aleister from using Savannah to kill all the witches.
Before that, at the very beginning of the episode, we have a flashback to Aleister’s origin. Young and pregnant Ruth (Joelle Farrow) stops by to see Claire (Clara Pasieka), because she is ready to give birth. (Witches, it seems, must qualify as midwives.) Ruth opts for a water birth. She bleeds a lot into the water before little Timothy comes out, and this may have some as yet unknown significance, or it might just be a device to render the water opaque. Afterward, Ruth, relaxing on the sofa in a red kimono, looks surprised to learn that the baby is male, and tells Claire to report it as a stillbirth, and adds: “You know what you have to do.” She does not tell Claire to kill the baby.
At episode’s end, Paige (Tommie-Amber Pirie), having finally located Elena and Savannah, is so freaked out when told that Aleister is her older brother that she involuntarily screams a teleportation spell and sends the villain to another part of the complex. Paige can be scary when angry.
Elena is wearing an engagement ring, which, one assumes, does not completely encircle her finger. Since change begins at the extremities (see previous post) the ring must be able to expand, or failure to remove it quickly enough when shifting would be extremely painful.
Ruth’s red kimono and a couple of other things in this episode reminded me of LOST GIRL’s Bo. Elena is not entirely unlike the succubus. She wasn’t wearing the kimono, but she was using ball bats as weapons (Bo in “Delinquents“) and having an internal debate as to whether she is a monster (Bo in “There’s Bo Place Like Home“).
The two characters are about the same age and are both orphans, but the identity of Elena’s parents is no mystery (they were killed in a car crash when she was 5.) Bo Is the only unalighed succubus. Elena is the only known female werewolf. The main difference between Bo the succubus and Elena the werewolf is that on BITTEN, werewolves have no passion for exercising their powers, and seem to avoid that whenever possible. They are not compelled to change at the full moon, or at any other time, and seem happy to remain in human form. Bo, on the other hand, must feed on sexual energy to survive. Also, Elena has no sidekick, though Savannah (Kiara Glasco) may develop into one.
Clara Pasieka (young Claire) is one of the young folks who awake in the year 2154 in a dark maze which turns out to be the black labyrinth of ANDRON, an Italian film written and directed by Francesco Cinquemani. They must solve puzzles in order to survive, while the outside world watches and places wagers on their fate. ANDRON is due to be released later this year. Pasieka will also be Vena in the second episode of KILLJOYS, which will air on SyFy (US) and Space Channel in Canada on 26 June.
The location where Clay (Greyston Holt) and Paige get out of the truck during their search for Aleister’s compound, and Paige tells the story about the boy who bought ribbons for her hair, is identifiable by a roadsign indicating they are 20 km from Saint-Barnabé, QC. That is about 130 km northeast of Montreal, just north of Trois-Rivières.
Shanda Bezic (Aleister’s groggy disciple) will be Sue Berg in the film HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL, which stars Bruce Campbell (Autolycus in XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS) as a washed-up country singer who’s kidnapped by a young autistic man with the belief that his dying caregiver can be cured by a performance by the former star. And Bezic will be Julie Wilkinson, a waitress who gets involved with an aspiring fighter in a film called ONLY I… Both films are due out later this year.