Directed By: Brad Turner
Written By: Daegan Fryklind
Starring: Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt, Greg Bryk, Paul Greene ...
Running Time: 40 min
Air Date: 11/01/2014
Elena Michaels is a successful young woman working as a journalist in Toronto. Apart from the fact that everyone in her life looks like a soap opera star, she appears to be relatively normal - however, she harbours a dark secret. Sometimes she transforms into a wolf. Neither her boyfriend nor his family know this secret, but her new ordinary life becomes jeopardised when she receives a summons from her former pack to come and investigate a murder ...
"Bitten" is certainly not a surprising show. It has everything you would expect from your average modern TV show with this premise. A sexy young cast, lots of cheesy dialogue, some questionable performances and some half-decent special effects. If this ticks all the boxes for you, then you might very well come to love this show.
When compared to another current show like "Teen Wolf", this show is certainly more adult in terms of its (surprisingly uninteresting) sexual content and (surprisingly less than shocking) violence. However, intellectually speaking the two shows are on about the same level. If you want to enjoy them, the trick is not to expect anything original or particularly interesting from either. The difference is that with "Teen Wolf" at least there is a central metaphor at work which makes it more than just a show about a werewolf. "Bitten" has no such metaphor to hold it together - at least not an obvious one - so it may struggle to maintain its cohesion as it goes on. We'll see.
All in all, I neither hated nor loved this first episode. And of course, there are plenty of shows that have gone on from a below average pilot to do interesting things. Let's hope that is the case here.
In Bitten, our werewolves transform into full-blooded quadrupeds. The transformation sequences take more than a little inspiration from "American Werewolf" in their painful, limb-stretching moments, which is of course a good thing. The wolves themselves are purely CG, and they aren't awful - I've certainly seen more than enough bad CG wolves on the big screen, let alone on television, and these are better than most.
This section will be filled out some more as the first season progresses ...