Bitten Series Premiere Review: An American Werewolf in Canada

Bitten S01E01: "Summons"


It's hard out there for a werewolf. Or so I imagine; I've never met one in real life, so my idea of the werewolf experience is based solely on television series, B-movies, and young adult novels. But from what I can tell, life as a lycanthrope is both physically painful and a pain in the ass. You've got the whole full moon thing to deal with, and then you've got this entire family—who may or may not be your real family—that's always up in your business. And that's kind of what Bitten is in a nutshell. Syfy's newest supernatural drama follows Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence, as she attempts to leave her pack behind and start a new life in a new city. She wants nothing to do with being a werewolf, but since life isn't always fair, what Elena wants is rarely what she gets.

The Canadian import, which actually premiered on the Space network this past Saturday, is based on the first book of Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series of novels. On one hand, it's another mostly-generic-but-generally-fine supernatural drama starring an impossibly beautiful woman (Laura Vandervoort), but on the other hand, it does have something that most of its competition does not: the wisdom of age. Bitten isn't set in a high school and there are exactly zero teenagers in sight, which automatically gives the series a leg up, at least in theory. The show's focus on men and women who aren't in the midst of hormonal meltdowns means there's much less angst here than there is on The CW or MTVIt also means Bitten isn't burdened by the typical coming-of-age story that's part and parcel of many of today's supernatural dramas. The fact that Elena's been a werewolf for a significant period of time before the series even begins cuts out the need for her origin story, which is refreshing to see in a TV landscape that's obsessed with origin stories.


But despite being a darker, more adult series (you can tell because of all the SEX), Bitten suffers from a weak plot. Elena's reluctance to return to the ancestral home of her pack in the wake of a dead body turning up in the pack's backyard is mostly a cliche. How many times have we seen this type of story play out? By the end of the episode, she had returned to Bear Valley and Stonehaven, just like we knew she would from the minute that pack Alpha Jeremy Danvers "Summons"-ed her. The series also hinted at something that happened between Elena and her ex-boyfriend Clay that acted as a catalyst for her initial departure from Stonehaven, but as of the pilot, the mystery of what transpired between the two isn't all that fascinating. Unfortunately, it's pretty obvious that their past will be a huge plot point for the series, and right now I'm worried that it will do more harm than good.

Of course, that's not to say Bitten won't be a successful series for Syfy (and Space, where it airs in Canada); it's just that after watching this first episode, I don't think viewers who aren't naturally drawn to supernatural shows will find the show compelling enough to keep watching. The story and characters are in need of some work; even though it's very rare for a series to premiere with fully-formed characters, Elena's relationship with her new boyfriend in Toronto is flatter than cardboard, and it's difficult to keep most of the pack members straight because there's nothing distinguishing about them. And I hate to be That Girl, but since Elena's the only female werewolf in existence, the show is severely lacking in the estrogen department. Now that Elena has returned to Stonehaven and left her one female friend—who also happens to be the sister of her current boyfriend—it'll probably be awhile before we see any other female characters. 


But like I said, there's nothing inherently bad about Bitten. Fans of genre shows will probably enjoy the series and its mysteries just fine, especially if the story picks up as the show progresses, but overall, Bitten isn't adding anything new to a television slate that's slowly becoming overrun with supernatural and fantasy shows. If the series wants to make a name for itself (especially in the U.S.), it's going to need to step up its game by developing its characters, adding more action, and giving the pack members some distinguishing characteristics and personalities. 



NOTES

– Why is there no common sense in this series? I'm all for the suspension of reality, but am I really supposed to believe that no one stole Elena's purse from that alley? And that no one saw the wolf RUNNING DOWN THE CITY STREET? Am I the only one who's concerned about these things?

– CGI wolves? Groan.

– Are we entirely sure that Laura Vandervoort isn't some sort of actual supernatural being? She's almost too pretty to believe she's real.

– What did you think of "Summons"?


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Apr 18, 2015
For any of you who have read the books, I was wondering if anybody could tell me how long the werewolves lifespan is in this world. thanks for your time and your answer, Joe
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Sep 24, 2014
Come on people, since when has any show lived up to any book?? Theres a reason that tv shows are not like books for the most part..... And thats because well... Its a tv show! and it will be geared to people who like tv and not books. Sad but true as most of us already know, so do us a favor and pretend its not about your favorite book when you watch it so that you can share in the majority of the people's excitement here instead of complaining :D
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Sep 23, 2014
I live the show. I've been waiting for the next epersode Please tell me it will be on soon
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May 31, 2014
I am a huge fan of the books but I honestly could only watch the first few minutes of this show. Poor acting and just simply boring. Will give it a few months & will try to watch again.
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Apr 22, 2014
Show very disappointing.... I was really looking forwards to it (I'm a huge fan of the books) and this was just a let down from start to finish. Clay is meant to be super good looking, but the actor playing him is only okay. he does not have he's strong accent. (Nick looks hotter than Clay.) wtf with the plot I'll just say that it does not match up to book one... instead seems to jump a little through all books. (I wont go into plot though as I do not wish to spoil things for others even if I Hate it) Jeremy also a let down. the good side... good female lead she got it right... and the fighting was cool. But really would have liked to see this made closer to the book... expand the world I love. don't mess it up!!!
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Apr 01, 2014
Hi there,
I have just found out this tv show and as a big fan of fantastic shows with supernatural creatures, I was quite suprised to see these werewolves fighting with knives instead of claws?!! What kind of werewolves are they? it's weird...My favourite characters is Clay...he is dark, powerful, tortured, dangerous but controlled and protective. He is deeply in love with Elena who pretends to love someone else but in fact, she is desperately trying to have a "normal" life. I hope a season 2 with more consistency (individual skill of the pack must be underlined) and amazing special effects..
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Apr 22, 2014
the ones with knives were (in the book at least) only the ones who had been bitten after coming of of prison. Elena's narrative in the books even comments on this and how she feels it is wrong. But because the murderers rely on their human side they don't feel that the new werewolf stuff is a weapon
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Mar 24, 2014
This show is even worse then the book series. If you can get through four episodes without seriously hating that pack you are made of sterner stuff. In the books I only really hated Clay, mostly for being a sadistic, mean hearted son of a bitch who pretended his meanness came from his werewolf side, but also for being Jeremys pet poodle, and a but monkey for Elena. At least he is cast perfectly. He looks like the sort of good ol boy that some people might find attractive, mostly the same sort of people that find Fabio attractive. He kind of looks liken he escaped from a 1970's Playgirl. I think he is just gross.
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Feb 23, 2014
It's now a few episodes in and I am no longer a fan of the show. They have failed to meet the intrigue of the books series, have yet to explain the backgrounds of Elaina and Clay properly, have changed the characters enough that any follower of the books series should be horrified and now...with this last episode, they killed off a character that, as I recall, doesn't die in the series. According to the Kelley Armstrong site, she was not gong to let them change the storyline established in the book series. Well, she failed.

Poor adaptation from the books poor graphics, poor acting. They could have done so much better by this series.
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Mar 14, 2014
Your rite. Antonio doesn't die in the books, Logan does which acts as almost a catalyst to Elena finally excepting her place in the pack and her "killer instincts" as a wolf. I started to watch but was appalled at how they changed it up. Like the saying goes " If it ain't broke, don't fix it". The book series was great so why do they think changing it will make it better?
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Mar 24, 2014
It was broke. But they didn't fix it. No one cares about snooty Elena's "killer instincts". Not that it makes any sense for them to have any killer instincts, as wolves kill each other far more rarely then humans do. if any creature has a killer instinct its homo sapiens.
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Mar 24, 2014
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Feb 18, 2014
first episode was quite weak, but from the second until now, 6th, it's been GREAT. I haven't read the books, but I have every intention to. I'm hooked, so far so good. I just hope they keep it up.
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Feb 07, 2014
Well unfortunately, I am a fan of the books and while no tv or movie ever seems to do the books justice (mostly), I was really hopeful with this one. Hate the casting for Clay - in the books, he's a blond adonis "enforcer" of the pack and has a new orleans accent. And while he's brilliant, he hates teaching but does it b/c it gives him the license to do his sociological and anthropological research. His students are constantly coming on to him and he's oblivious and very anti-social. Didn't get ANY of that from this pilot. And I agree with a couple of other people - it should have been a 2 hour pilot to really inform the back story b/c it does take a while to get to know the other members of the pack. I'm wondering if Kelley Armstrong actually approved of the script and casting (she's the author). Her books really tell an engaging werewolf story (or stories) so it's really sad that it was done so superficially. I think the casting for Jeremy and Elena are decent and Logan's not bad but we'll see. I'll give it a couple more viewings...
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Jan 31, 2014
After nearly a decade of watching the Winchester brothers get involved with increasingly convoluted plotlines, and shows that I really liked (the Dresden Files, The Gates) cancelled after 1 season, I find BITTEN to be refreshing.


The book series that I am hoping to see turned into a tv miniseries is Anne Bishop's THE BLACK JEWELS trilogy.... They better start it soon because I'm already 61 years old...
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Jan 28, 2014
When it comes to the details... Well, the book had a way better explanation for all the smaller details. An excellent example: Elena didn't wear a dress or heals - much less carry a purse with her when she planned her changes, she wore jeans and a shirt - duh! (Why bring extra baggage when it will only be left in a pile soon?) And she didn't make an excuse to leave the apartment since she slipped out when he was asleep, NOT right after a bout of randy sex, Her reason for leaving when she got back, she was going for a walk - to think. She didn't practically run into his arms in the morning when she got back. She was suppose to feel out of place to show she didn't fit her girlfriend role as a human.

She tried to fit in by making or trying to make normal relationships - at first to prove to herself that she was still human. Then to try to keep Philip from finding out she is someone he really doesn't want. But she isn't good at it in the book. it says, '... I'm screwing this up... and all I seem capable of doing is standing back and waiting for the final crash.'

I believe the story line was changed so drastically that it has became just like the other 'supper natural' tv shows airing now. Which is very disappointing when readers like myself truly enjoy strong characters like Elena, Clayton and Jeremy. All the more so in this book series. It is suppose to be about a woman fighting her inner demons and finding out who she truly is all the while trying to remove herself from and demonstrating desire to be equally accepted by the male dominated culture of werewolves and the pack.

In my opinion, Elena was a stronger woman then the writers have portrayed. She shouldn't be acting so timid. Another good example: Instead of Clay scolding Elena because she 'Could have been bitten by the dog...' (oh no... poor Elena - she could get hurt...) She originally encourages the dog to leap onto her and attack her arm while Clay ripped the dog off and squats to hide the fact that she was really composed for a woman who was just attacked. And what was Clayton doing? Laughing so hard at her acting that he was shacking!... Where was that in the episode...?

And Elena and Clayton's love - they haven't even come close to accurately portraying how much of a connection there is between them. She loves both her lovers - old and new - for VERY different reasons. And is suppose to be practically addicted to each other.

Lastly - the other characters are empty and uninteresting because some aren't even suppose to be in the story line AS main characters. And some are portrayed poorly or inaccurately... Why couldn't Elena be there to witness the first pack murder? Is she not strong enough to handle seeing death? How would we know! They took it out of the story line!

I am sure those of you who read this almost rant of a review are wondering why I still watch the show if I am so unhappy. It is simple. My baby stays up till about the time the show ends and it offers something to watch. And so I can get down time before I hit the hay - I watch an extra show or two. Plus, I sort of hope it will get better soon - because it is my favorite book series...
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Jan 27, 2014
As I was watching, I thought for sure the direction Elena and Clayton's backstory was going to take was Elena being turned into a werewolf by Clayton (intentionally or otherwise). Since protecting the secret is tops on the list and any human that finds out must die, Elena obviously had no idea when she came to meet the parents and I while I'm sure that's more or less her origin story, I'm more compelled in that dynamic than whatever "I killed somebody/you're a monster" angst that they're pushing.

As for the sausage fest that is Stonehaven...it could be a problem. If you're going to have a show with 4-5 A-type male personalities, you've got to have at least 2-3 equally strong women to keep their characters honest. Putting aside the sexist base of the story to begin with, that women aren't strong enough to survive the change...you know, like strung out heroine addicts (spoiler alert), that Elena is the ONLY female werewolf is an interesting twist. It's just going to need more before I get tired of the uninterrupted bravado. The idea that they've removed the need for a full moon and have full consciousness while in wolf form is, while perhaps blasphemous to die hard werewolf fans, something I can also get behind.

There's enough here for me to give it a full trial run. I just hope like 'Teen Wolf', I suspension of disbelief doesn't wear out too quickly and I pull it from the viewing rotation.
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Jan 20, 2014
i'm a sucker for hot romance and I LOVE the tention between Elena and Clay (spoiler: especially in episode 2) so i'm going to keep watching :D
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Jan 20, 2014
Very little happened in this pilot. That would be okay if the writing / acting/ directing were very strong --- strong enough to make mundane events interesting. Unfortunately that's not the case.

We need more of Elena's back story soon. Without it, she comes off as any other drama queen 20-something who can't get her life together.

Also, I'm not opposed to sex scenes -- if there's a plot reason. These just felt gratuitous.
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Jan 28, 2014
Hi : ) I read your comment about Elena being a drama queen and I thought that was fairly funny to me : ) I agree that the show makes her out to be a serious drama queen in her 20's. Have you read the book yet? I can't remember - but I think she is suppose to be in her 30's. Plus, she - in my opinion - avoids drama and goes for action in the book.
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Jan 20, 2014
Claytons character completely disappointed me. I love the books, and they didn't even come close (his first scene with the class lacked the distain for humans that I would expect, so right away I started getting a bad feeing about it). I will continue to watch in hopes that it gets better... In the meantime I'm rereading the series to get my fill!
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Jan 19, 2014
When Elena left her clothes in the alley I was expecting that she would get there and found all of her things stolen but that didn't happen and it was kinda disappointing.
Ok, I know that it is nice to see good looking men on TV but it would be even nicer to have more strong females *apparently I'm one of those girls*
I did like Elena as a confident woman and not just some angsty teen. So I would continue to watch the series hoping that it would improve.
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Jan 18, 2014
Good start. Now make it extraordinary.
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Jan 17, 2014
see...i'm hoping by now if u took the time to read the books you'll realize a part of your review is a bit off....the angst between Elena & Clay is a big thing...and their relationship is a big plot line of the novels...he's the reason she is dealing with the werewolf thing because he was turned into a werewolf a a kid, grew up in the wilds, and has limited social interaction skills......
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Jan 16, 2014
I am not into this genre but I am giving it a chance because of Laura Vandervoort !! I hope it would get better !
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Jan 16, 2014
Good evening,
mrs Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. I consider her to be a very talented writer producing quality reading which is so rare in market flooded with supernatural trashy reads.
i was very sad and disappointed with the first episode of her series. I was shocked by the poor quality of acting ,and no pretty face can not make up for that- and the funny looking creatures that were supposed to be wolves but more closely resembled overgrown stuffed foxes out of some taxidermy shop. In my opinion, if there is a chance for this series , sometime has to change very quickly or it will end up on a shelve labeled " when bad things happen to good writers."

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Jan 17, 2014
I've learned to not judge shows too harshly on pilot episodes...especially science fiction shows, because their budget usually hasn't been set and usually it's filmed before a network even gives a commitment...it's why effects get better, offices, houses, etc get changed...yadda yadda.
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Jan 16, 2014
I loved the show a lot. It's fantasy so its not going to always be realistic. I remember how Scifi shows were back in the day so I'm happy with good actors and a great budget.
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Jan 15, 2014
This episode was awesome! :) I love this show already! I hope it gets renewed for a new season!
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Jan 15, 2014
I agree with those who said it was a bad episode. I liked the books. I don't think they're the best UF books out there, the Knights of the Darkness Chronicles is way better, but I enjoyed them nonetheless. Mainly for the Elena/Clay relationship and Clay's relationship with Jeremy, his dad. I was pretty bored watching this pilot where absolutely nothing happened. There was no humor. Elena's relationship with the "boyfriend" was bland, absent all passion and chemistry. I also have to question the strength of a Pack that has to get together from all around the globe just to hunt one wolf down. I know that's how it was in the books, but since first reading Bitten, I've read other books that make more sense and cause me to question things more. So, talk about those Teen Drama shows if you want to, those bad boys deliver! Teen Wolf was awesome Monday night and I wasn't even thinking about Bitten at that time slot. So they may want to consider moving it to 7pm Friday or something.

Also,, Clay was boring. Clay is NEVER supposed to be boring, but he was. When his pack brother insulted him for answering the phone, the Clay I knew would have cussed him out, not stand there like a slack-jawed yokel. Not too mention, he lacks sex appeal and personality all together.
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Jan 17, 2014
I don't recall the first book being all that funny either...and like I said, you can't always judge a show (ESPECIALLY a sci fi/fantasy show) by the pilot...
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Jan 17, 2014
I'm not judging the entire show. I did say in my review that it was the pilot, but I was still bored and disappointed. The first book wasn't a comedy, but it had wit. I didn't see any of that in the pilot. Still, I won't be missing Teen Wolf, which was pretty damn awesome this week, for Bitten. They need to move it to another time zone like I said. There's just too much compeition on a monday night.
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Jan 15, 2014
I'm a HUGE fan of the Women of The Otherworld book series by Kelley Armstrong, and I was worried when I got news that Bitten was going to air as a tv show, because so much can go wrong when adapting Urban Fantasy stories for the screen. The pilot was very disappointing. It wasn't dark it was just depressing while the books are very ironic. Also, Armstrong was intelligent enough to expand her mithology to other creatures, so that the stories were always fresh and interesting, with female characters belonging to different supernatural affiliations (Elena being the only female werewolf is kind of big deal). Also for non-readers the whole "mutt" thing was not explained well and the Stonehaven pack seemed more the mob than the actual protectors they should be. Meh. I'll watch it but if it does not get better soon it will get cancelled after a few episodes. Also, please ditch lame human boyfriend Philip immediately!
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Jan 16, 2014
Thank you, my sentiment exactly!
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Jan 15, 2014
It was pretty bad, wooden acting, terrible cgi wolves, boring side characters, weak production value and most of all, no clear tone. It has no style, no oomph. It's not funny, or sexy, or dark, or mysterious, it's just kinda blah. They should have had a (semi) big name director come in for the pilot and set the tone. Even Lost Girl has a particular tone/style and I'm sure it has a smaller budget.

I will say that, even though the Clay character annoyed me immediately when giving his speech in class. I did feel a very tiny flutter of something something when he confronted her at the end of the ep. He may be enough to keep me watching for a couple more episodes.

Going forward, I hope they ditch the woe is me, I don't want to be what I am, dump or kill ad exec boyfriend and lame ass "I only have one son" mother.



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Jan 15, 2014
Totally agree about the lack of tone/style! That's a huge issue I have with many TV series these days. They definitely need a quality director to step in.
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Jan 14, 2014
re: "You've got the whole full moon thing to deal with"

A minor nitpick, the show seemed to imply a different mythology for werewolves the didn't involve the full moon. It seemed as though they could change voluntarily, but that if they went too long without changing that as at the start of the show the change would happen involuntarily.
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Jan 14, 2014
well, maybe if you start reading the first book of the series, BITTEN, you then will have all of those questions answered.
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Jan 15, 2014
Viewers shouldn't have to read the source material in order to understand the TV series.
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Jan 15, 2014
I agree, but its a pilot and you should not have all the details in the first episode.
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Jan 15, 2014
Well, no, but it should at least make you interested enough to want to stick around to discover what those are. Bitten did not do that.
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Jan 14, 2014
It was pretty bad in every way. Bad story, bad CGI, even more sex and nudity than any angsty CW show. And what was with them taking off their clothes before they turned? LOL! They had time for that, so they could put them on again afterwards... It seemed more like an excuse to show "hot young people" get undressed in every episode ahead, lol. Her reasons so far to stay away from her "family" also seemed incredibly stupid, like - why is she so stupid? This is the weakest werewolf show so far, but I do hope it gets better. I don't know if I can be bothered to follow it though, there's too much to watch already.

Laura Vandervoort - pretty? Not in my opinion, not at all. Horrible actress? Yes.
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Jan 15, 2014
Totally agree. I thought Laura was a horrible actress when she was on Smallville. But yeah, I agree with everything else you said, too.
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Jan 14, 2014
this was so bad, i tried to get into it but ugh those wolves were awfull and the story line wasnt interesting at all.
if they are trying to make a book series a good tv show they should try the regina kinkaid books, richelle mead kills it!
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Jan 14, 2014
I wanted to like it at least a little bit at worst & I was a total trooper and watched the whole thing in spite of the fact it made me roll my eyes every 5 minutes or less. No thank you. It's simply not good enough for me...& I tend to like bad.
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Jan 14, 2014
So if you like bad tv and you didn't like this, then does that mean that you think it was good tv?
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Jan 15, 2014
Well, I like bad tv if it's good enough to be bad, and I'm really good at liking good tv that's bad enough to be really good and only run on the pretense of being bad. It's just that I tend to glaze over when watching shows that are bad, but only good at thinking they're bad enough to be the good type of bad when they're really just bad. That's just no good, but it could've been worse.
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Jan 14, 2014
would it be too much for tv to have what orginal older horror stories did... you know, werewolves, vampires and any other supernatural creatures being strictly killers and bad guys. I am so tired of these reatures just being misunderstood humans with supernatural powers. Give me some howling or lost boys types of creatures. I want to see true good (semi-good or even evil) humans going against strictly evil creatures.
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Jan 14, 2014
If you haven't, watch Supernatural. It's an excellent show about pair of monster hunter brothers. Seasons 1-5 is legitimately great TV. It is not standard CW fare. There be monsters.
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Jan 15, 2014
I love Supernatural. I haven't been disappointed in an season yet. There have been hit and miss episodes here and there, but it's a consistent show that tries to deliver on plot, character development, action, wit and horror every season. I can appreciate that.
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Jan 15, 2014
Correction: Seasons 1 to 3 are great tv.

Everything after S3 finale is just outright awful sexist mess of nonsensical barely tied together plotlines.
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Jan 15, 2014
I'd argue seasons 4 and 5 are actually the best the series has ever been.
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Jan 14, 2014
Loved the book series. Was pleasantly surprised with small writing choices in adapting it to tv format.
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Jan 14, 2014
I noticed several comments about realism...the genre is urban fantasy and its on the syfy channel for a reason.
I love Elena Michael, Clayton Danvers, and their Canadian creator Kelley Armstrong. Here's hoping Bitten has a chance to change the haters minds.

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Jan 14, 2014
I've read the series (Women of the Otherworld - 13 books and novellas) at least six times and I can't get enough of Clay and Elena. I love Clay and Elena's story and if you give the show a chance than you won't be disappointed. Elena doesn't trust often and definitely doesn't trust men. Her back story is sad, traumatic, and somewhat disturbing. Elena is a fighter. She doesn't trust easily and when Clay finally wears her down, she gives him her heart and trust only to be betrayed and bitten. She wasn't a born werewolf, she has no loyalty to a pack that betrayed her and she resents being 'summoned' to Jeremy's. Also, Its Jeremy's ancestral home, not Elena's. Her relationship with Clay is difficult at best, but totally worth the wait. Give it a chance. Bitten is an original story, you just have to let it unfold.
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Jan 14, 2014
I think I got up to book 9 or 10. Those who have read the books will probably be more patient with this series because they know where it is headed. It's unfortunate that the pilot wasn't written/directed in such a way to grab the attention of viewers unfamiliar with the books. That's the audience they really need to target.
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Mar 14, 2014
Reading the books I think will just make the TV series worse. The books are great but the show is already deviating from the books and personally I think ruining it by doing so. The books reel you in and keep you interested, I had to force myself to sit through the first six episodes in order to give it a fair shot and it was excruciating to the point where i wanted to dig my eyeballs out with a spoon and burn them in an effort to un-see the horribleness that they claim to be a TV show.
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Jan 14, 2014
It sucked
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Jan 14, 2014
i would argue that there are a few things that ARE inherently bad about bitten, but i enjoyed your review. for me, it was all just too boring for a pilot and the sex seemed more like a sad attempt to be provocative rather than actually being so. could have been worse and much cheesier, but that's about the highest praise i have for bitten.

my full review is here: http://www.untemperedtv.com/?p=190
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Jan 14, 2014
I want to like it but I can't.

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Jan 14, 2014
Yeah, that gender ratio ain't working for me.
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Jan 14, 2014
That's intentional. Female werewolves are VERY rare and half the point of the Bitten franchise books is that its about a badass supernatural female living and surviving in a world predominantly dominated by supernatural males.

If we ever get to latter books, they will introduce more female characters, although none of them werewolves.
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Jan 14, 2014
Finally, one girl whose mouth you do NOT want anywhere near you! She ate her byfrined in V, remember? And not in a good way!
I reserve judgement to see how the family reunion plays out. Might be a cool concept. I think the writers should watch Grimm and Sleepy Hollow to get some kind of black humor going, though. You?
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Jan 14, 2014
I've enjoyed the book series, I feel like you can't base an opinion so quickly on a pilot because they do change things around after the first episode airs. I think they did the book sort of justice from the first episode..I just wish they hadn't introduced clay so soon.
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Jan 14, 2014
I thought the pilot was a bit bland...but a lot of pilots do suffer from clunky dialogue and pacing issues. Even though the pilot stuck close to the source material, I felt like they did a poor job in establishing atmosphere and didn't have that "hook" to get viewers reeled in. I remember when I first watched Orphan Black, that train scene that opened the pilot had me hooked right away.
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Jan 14, 2014
I enjoyed the first show, though all the gratuitous sex that added absolutely nothing to the plot just seemed too much like Laurell K Hamilton (who can no longer stand) than Kelley Armstrong. I thought the CG wolves were irritating, seeing as so many wolf actors are available. Other than that, I have to agree that Laura looks a little to girly pretty for me to believe she is Elena from the books. Clay seems sullen enough. He may be alright. I imagined Jeremy to be a little older and hotter, but whatever. I'll give it a couple more episodes. Having read the books, I'm really rooting for this show to make it, but not the best start.
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Jan 14, 2014
this show blows,the werewolves dont even look like werewolves they look like dogs i hate that,i wont watch again it was boring to me
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Jan 14, 2014
The show was ok, the casting was a bit off for me e.g. Jeremy Danvers comes across as older in the book, I don't think that the Clay actor is a good fit for now and Laura V would'nt be my choice for Elena. Having read Bitten and some of the other novels in the series I'll certainly stick with it as I enjoyed them very much. As a fan of this genre I would like to see the show stick around merely to see the other supernatural characters and their escapades.
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Jan 14, 2014
I thought the pilot was good, I LOVE the books so for that reason alone I'll keep watching, but I can see how someone who has no prior knowledge of the story might think "Nah, I'll pass". The pilot was a little slow and I think it might have benefited from some flashback type exposition, if only to show the Elena vs rest of pack conflict. I just don't think new-to-the-story viewers will care enough about the vagueness we were served up in the pilot to actually bother sticking around to find out more. I hope they do though :)
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Jan 14, 2014
I agree, maybe a few 'cage' flashbacks would hold some viewer attention.
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Jan 14, 2014
Didn't like it, so ill skip this one since my cup of tv-series is already overflowing, might keep reading the reviews to see if it steps up its game...
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Jan 14, 2014

Weak start for this show. I loved in the beginning how that one gal got shot down at the bar and then literally walked home through the middle of the forest. She deserved to be eaten for being such a terrible actress
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Jan 15, 2014
In my notes, I believe I have, "ARE YOU SERIOUSLY WALKING HOME ALONE IN THE WOODS AFTER THAT?"
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Jan 14, 2014
I'm feeling lazy so I'll just copy and paste what I said on the 'Should I Watch?' article a few days ago:

"Just gave it a try. Not as bad as I thought it might be, but probably not good enough for me to keep watching. I used to have a crush on Vandervoort but something about her face in this lowered those feelings a bit. It might be a show I watch when and if I find time with nothing else to watch.
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Jan 14, 2014
1. I liked the book
2. I liked the pilot
3. I will continue watching
4. Well done urban fantasy is a good thing
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Jan 14, 2014
See what I'm saying?


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Jan 14, 2014
PR guys from Mattel should see this.
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Jan 15, 2014
I know right? I remember watching V (where she played an alien if I'm not mistaken) and thinking the same thing, then when she popped up in Haven (again, playing a character who wasn't exactly "human") I thought, man this woman looks like a real life version of Barbie. I don't understand why certain people here are taking that as me insulting her. Because I am not. I'm paying her a compliment. I love Barbie!
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Mar 14, 2014
I actually think her cheek bones are slightly better then Barbie's..
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Mar 14, 2014
You are correct!
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Jan 14, 2014
LOL - yeah they could have looked for someone (or used makeup) for "a little more "animal" vibe.
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Jan 15, 2014
I get what you're saying but I think she's an ok fit (for the character) since she doesn't look entirely human. I just wish that (since she's blonde) when we see her in CGI wolf-form that her fur was beige or white. With a little pink bow around her neck - that would be perfect. Barbie Wolf! Lol Ok, I'll stop now seeing as I'm pissing some people (below) off. ;)
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Jan 14, 2014
what that she resemble's Barbie.... maybe in the face.... They are actuallay did a good choice for the casting based off the descriptions in the book... you know that is where it came from so this comparison to barbie is actually silly... because you are acting like this was some random choice by something that was written for tv.
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Jan 14, 2014
Whoa...easy there. I wasn't saying ANYTHING about the character in the books. I'm saying that Laura Vandervoort - the actress - looks like Barbie. She is out-of-this-world gorgeous. Plus it was actually "some random choice that was written for TV" because Laura is an actual actress - and a real life person - starring on a TV show. I wasn't being arrogant or attempting to be offensive, so maybe don't be so aggressive with your comments based on something that YOU perceive as negative.
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Jan 14, 2014
what is the point with compairing her with a barbie doll is my point
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Jan 14, 2014
Because her (Laura Vandervoorts) face looks like Barbies face. That's the point! She's a perfect looking human being or extra terrestrial!
Is it clearer now or do we still have a misunderstanding here? O.o
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Jan 14, 2014
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