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Old January 13 2014, 04:28 PM   #1
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Bitten - Season One Discussion (spoilers)

Bitten, the new werewolf drama starring Laura Vandervoort, premiered Saturday in Canada on Space. It premieres tonight (January 13) on SyFy at 10/9c.

Vandervoort plays Elena Michaels, the world's only female werewolf. The series is based on the novel "Bitten" by Kelley Armstrong.
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Old January 13 2014, 08:18 PM   #2
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The books are awesome and I love laura vandervroot she was awesome on smallville and v
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Old January 14 2014, 03:59 AM   #3
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Looking forward to it. Although I'm kicking myself for not getting a chance to read the books before it started.
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Old January 14 2014, 05:10 AM   #4
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I found it entirely meh, aside from the naked bits. They did show a surprising amount of skin; even Lost Girl rarely shows that much anymore, if it ever did. And the transformation/wolf effects were pretty good. Otherwise, though, it totally failed to engage me. I've always found Laura Vandervoort bland, and listening to her one-note delivery was getting grating toward the end. Nobody else appealed to me much either, except maybe the boyfriend's sister, who was kind of fun. I like Genelle Williams, but she was hardly in it.

What is it with modern werewolves, though? It used to be, even as recently as Buffy, that they only changed during a full moon. But these days they're usually portrayed as being able to change at will, or sometimes when they get angry a la the Hulk. Is that just a symptom of our instant-gratification culture?

Although, wait a minute, I think Being Human still obeys the full-moon rule. At least the UK version did, with George only changing once every few episodes, so it was a big deal when it did happen.
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Old January 14 2014, 05:29 AM   #5
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I'm not sure where the change came from, but it's been the case for a while. I'm not sure how long ago it started, but it was the case in the early Dresden Files and Sookie Stackhouse novels back in the early '00s.
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Old January 14 2014, 06:01 AM   #6
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One moment where the show would've lost me if it had ever had me at all: The scene with the college discussion about Jung's anima and animus. First, the wolf/professor said animus was male and anima was female; actually, Jung said anima is the feminine side within the male unconscious and animus is the masculine side within the female unconscious. But the really stupid bit was when the student asked if it meant we had creatures inside us and the professor replied "We're all animals." Research your Latin, you lazy writers! Animus/a is the Latin word for breath, spirit, or life force. It's the same root that "animal" is derived from (i.e. something with breath/life), but it doesn't mean our animal side. Really sloppy work there.
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Old January 14 2014, 08:01 AM   #7
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I found it entirely meh, aside from the naked bits. They did show a surprising amount of skin; even Lost Girl rarely shows that much anymore, if it ever did.
hmmm, let me guess, Canadian production? It seems to have the whiff of that from the first minutes at least. (EDIT:nvm, says so in the original post...)

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Old January 14 2014, 08:28 AM   #8
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That was dull.
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Old January 14 2014, 03:15 PM   #9
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I found it entirely meh, aside from the naked bits.
On this, we are in total agreement.
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Old January 14 2014, 03:40 PM   #10
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hmmm, let me guess, Canadian production?
Yep, and it even blatantly acknowledges that it's set in Toronto, with the city mentioned by name and the skyline clearly shown and everything. Although then the action moved to a small town in upstate New York, and I'm not sure whether the bulk of the series will be set there or in Toronto.
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Old January 14 2014, 05:52 PM   #11
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Kind of a slow opening, I agree. They spent a lot of time introducing a small army of supporting characters, which may be exciting to fans of the books ("ooh, it's so-and-so!") but fell flat if you weren't already invested in the characters. And the episode ended just as the plot seemed to be finally kicking into gear. (Maybe they should've considered a two-hour premiere or, better yet, edited the first two eps into one tighter episode?)

Still, I'm a sucker for werewolves so I'll check it out again next week.
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Old January 15 2014, 03:52 AM   #12
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It was OK, mostly. It definitely wasn't anywhere near as good as The Originals, Sleepy Hollow, or Dracula but it interested me enough that I'm going to stick with it for now.
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Old January 22 2014, 06:38 AM   #13
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Episode 2 still wasn't great, but I thought it was at least an improvement over the first one.
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Old February 17 2014, 07:17 AM   #14
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Anyone still watching this? I found the pilot underwhelming and let a few episodes back up on the DVR, but after seeing the second episode, I deleted the rest of them. So boring. And the random voiceover exposition in the second episode made me laugh.
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Old February 18 2014, 01:28 AM   #15
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I've stuck with it. IMO it's actually gotten better as it's gone on. It's still not up to Being Human, Lost Girl, or Teen Wolf's level, but I've been enjoying it.
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