Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Syfy's New Supernatural Series Bitten?
Television shows are a dime a dozen these days, which makes it hard to figure out which ones are worthy of your time and which ones deserve a shallow grave. And while there was once a time when just having a 'supernatural' element was enough to make a show unique, now it seems like every time you change the channel, a new vampire or werewolf is brandishing its teeth on your TV screen. Syfy's latest entry into the supernatural monster genre is Bitten, but is it worth watching or should you call the vet to have it put down? Read on and I'll tell ya!
Bitten? This sounds dangerous/possibly infectious. Is it infectious?
Bitten isn't dangerous, but it might be infectious—just not in a Helix sort of way. The series isn't about zombies, as you may've guessed from the title, but werewolves. "Not another one," you groan. Yes, sorry, another one. Bitten is a Canadian import that stars Smallville's Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence as she fights to live a normal life away from her pack while hiding her lycanthropic status from her new boyfriend. But when a dead body—the victim of a mutt (a rogue werewolf)—is discovered near Stonehaven, the ancestral home of the pack she left behind, Elena reluctantly returns to aid them in the search for who's responsible.
Who's in the pack, and who's the Alpha behind all of this?
Bitten is based on the first of Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld novels, and it's executive-produced by Grant Rosenberg (Lost Girl), Patrick Banister (Whistler), and John Barbisan (Whistler). In addition to Vandervoort, the series stars Greg Bryk (XIII: The Series, Nikita) as werewolf pack Alpha Jeremy Danvers, Greyston Holt (Alcatraz) as Elena's werewolf ex-boyfriend Clay Danvers, and Paul Greene (The Newsroom, Harry's Law) as her current human (as far as I know) boyfriend Philip McAdams. Steve Lund, Michael Xavier, Natalie Brown, and Paulino Nunes fill out the rest of the primary cast.
Who might enjoy being Bitten?
Fans of supernatural genre shows are probably the most obvious answer here, but unlike many of the other supernatural series out there, Bitten isn't set in a high school, and there aren't any vampires in sight. That means the series forgoes the customary hormonal angst that often accompanies these kinds of dramas, in favor of a more adult feel. I can't promise there won't be a love triangle down the road, but this is definitely a series that's less concerned with raging teenage hormones than much of its competition. If you like the monsters but can't stand the googly-eyes, you might take a bite out of this one.
What's tates good about Bitten?
Believe it or not, there's a lot to like about Bitten, despite its silly name. When the series begins, Vandervoort's Elena is a fully functioning adult who's been a werewolf for several years, so the show doesn't have to bother with letting her figure out how to live with the "affliction." There's no real need to discuss the dramas and perils of what it all means, except for in sessions with her therapist, Logan, who also happens to be a member of Elena's pack. Instead, Bitten can jump right in and let Elena transform within the first few minutes of the pilot, then let viewers follow along from there.
And the lack of teenage angst is definitely a relief, to say the least. The story isn't driven by a love triangle or a forbidden romance, it's driven by an actual plot. And I know this might sound crazy, but it's kind of nice to see a genre show that doesn't also look like its actors were plucked from the pages of an Abercrombie and Fitch catalog. The more adult feel, which is especially obvious in Bitten's sex scenes (which aren't as numerous or as graphic as True Blood's, but also not as shy as the ones you'll see on broadcast), definitely makes the series stand out among its plentiful competition.