TV Show Reviews
"Bitten" review by Suzanne
Airs Mondays 10/9c on Syfy
This is a good, solid show about werewolves. What makes
it unique is that it's from a female perspective, to a
certain extent. The heroine is a female werewolf, Elena,
played very well by Laura Vandervoort (she is probably best
known as playing Supergirl on "Smallville", and she was also
in "V" on ABC). She is living in the city (Toronto)
with her boyfriend, away from her pack. Her pack seems to be
all men except for her, and they live in a country estate
far from her city. We learn in the first episode that she
was in foster homes and was adopted by them (at least,
that's what she tells her boyfriend, who doesn't know that
she's a werewolf).
It will be interesting to see how long she can keep the
secret and whether she will be able to stay away from her
pack. In the first episode, she is called home, along with
the other pack members, because a rogue werewolf is killing
people nearby. She travels with her friend and therapist,
Logan, who is also part of the pack but living in the city
and hasn't told his live-in girlfriend that he's a werewolf.
Unlike the other members of her pack, Elena doesn't want
to be a werewolf and resists changing as much as she can,
which apparently is not a good idea. I can't really blame
her for not wanting to change because it always looks so
painful, but if you don't change then I guess you could
change in front of other people, which wouldn't be good.
The rest of the cast is very fine, and I enjoyed the
first episode. It went very quickly. I couldn't believe it
was over already. I'm sure it will be a good show for Syfy.
They really only have one other werewolf show (MTV's Teen
Wolf), which is fabulous, but it's about teenagers and very
different from this one. There are werewolves on Syfy's
Being Human, and on Vampire Diaries and The Originals, of
course. One might say there's a glut of vampires and
werewolves. As long as the shows are good, I don't mind!
The TV show is based on a successful series of books by
Canadian writer Kelley Armstrong. I just started reading the
first one. Don't expect the TV show to be like the book
because it's very different. Check it out because it's a
show worth watching.
Read my interview
with Vandervoort and Armstrong.
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