Episode three introduces the new Big Bad, Aleister (Sean Rogerson), prompting a werewolf/witch team-up. The cynic and the super fan break things down.
Let’s bitch it out…
Each week cinephilactic (C) and his sister StonehavenGroupie (SG) discuss the latest episode of Bitten. Here are their thoughts on ‘Hell’s Teeth’:
C: Let’s start with the introduction of the strangely spelled Aleister. What are your first impressions?
SG: Interesting. I like the idea of him. It differs from the books (SPOILER where he’s a crazy millionaire collecting Otherworld creatures)
C: Is he what you imagined him based on his description?
SG: No, I think I was more expecting the book character (Ty Winslow). However I do feel the urge to scream: what???? We have to deal with whiny Savannah (Kiara Glasco), but there is no Eve, Christoff (or Nast family) or Xaviere??????
C: I don’t know who those characters are! Lol. Speaking of Savannah, this was our first real glimpse of the teen witch. She seems surprisingly dumb in that opening scene
SG: I’m not loving how she seems very ‘Dawn’ a la Buffy’s little sister
C: Blurg – that’s not promising at all, is it? What is your impression of that opening scene when Aleister appears in the kitchen? I liked the special effects with the cracked ceiling and how Paige (Tommie-Amber Pirie) can’t actually see him. What are your thoughts of how it treats Savnnah’s “abduction” and Aleister’s verbal prompt, which is treated almost like hypnosis?
SG: Interesting. I liked it. Savannah is very young, and if the show follows the books, she’s going to be very powerful. I appreciated how, just like the books, she is overprotected to the point of feeling left out.
C: Uncomfortable question time: did you get a slight sexual predator vibe with the candy?
SG: Oh yeah… Ew!!!! Shall we discuss useless Logan (Michael Xavier)?
C: The less said about Logan, the better. When he interrupted the spell, it seemed like a tailor-made moron move. On the plus side, jumping into the truck was a clever move.
How inevitable are Nick (Steve Lund) and Paige?
SG: Lol. But I actually don’t mind. If (when) they get together, it is completely NOT in the books (Spoiler: Nick falls for a bounty hunter way way far from now. Sorry Vanessa fans!). Switching directions: it was quite an action packed episode! The fight scenes rocked
C: I agree about the fights. Do you think Elena (Laura Vandervoort) planned to lose to get close to Malcolm (James McGowan)? Or did she just get lucky?
SG: I think she wanted/ needed to. This outcome makes her character stronger
C: Did you see that coming? Obviously it’s a big change from the books. I thought it was out of character considering Malcolm just talked about how important she was last week
SG: Yes and no. Malcolm doesn’t play a part until much later in the books. And Elena had to show that she was the strongest – that’s why she’s get kidnapped (like I predicted! Aha!)
C: That was an effective way to get her into the ‘Stolen’ plot line
C: How are you finding the witches? The opening scenes before Jeremy (Greg Byrk) struck a bargain were frustrating. It felt like fake conflict
SG: I thought it was lame, but then I’m not a huge witch fan. I found it’s a bit strange the way Ruth (Tammy Isbell) tells Paige to calm down…but doesn’t really stop her. And then they keep saying they only use their magic for good. Like whaaa? You tie people up, hoist them in the air, spy on them, walk right into their house and basically blackmail them into helping get your lost witch kid back…That didn’t work for me.
C: Yeah. I was glad they moved past that wolf vs witch tension quickly. What about Rodrigo’s nephew, Eduardo, showing up? Is that a non-starter considering Malcolm is dead?
SG: Yes. I actually don’t mind the two Otherworld groups working together. As for Eduardo, I thought it was an interesting turn, but I don’t really know where they want to go with that.
C: I think your original assumption about giving Jeremy more to do still holds true. It seems revenge might continue to be the B-plot
SG: Aha. I like that, hadn’t thought about that!
C: Nick got all of the good lines
SG: He’s growing on me. The wit with hint of playboy is better than the slightly creepy std magnet from last season 🙂
C: True. We’ll see what happens with Paige. She’s kinda turning into this season’s Rachel!
- Elena: “Did you say witch or bitch?”
- Nick (watching Ruth communicate with Savannah through Paige): “It’s like a witchy Skype call. Witch FaceTime.”
- Nick (after Paige subdues a persistent human follower): “You couldn’t have done that two minutes ago?”
Your turn: are you surprised that Malcolm died? Are you happy that the wolves and the witches are working together? Did you anticipate how easily Aleister would roll over everyone? Is Savannah a little too Dawn-from-Buffy? Sound off below.
Bitten airs Saturdays at 9pm EST on SPACE in Canada