(this post includes spoilers)
I’m writing another tv show/ book review summary and this time it’s about an actual werewolf show.The tv show entitled Bitten is based on the Otherworld series books by Kelly Armstrong about not only werewolves but witches and vampires as well.
This series was right up my ally because I’m writing about werewolves but I avoided the book series for years because in 2008 I started working on my werewolf novel series and I did not want to be influenced by her characters and world while writing mine.
But after all these years as I have my story world figured out and established being on my 2nd draft I decided to take the chance to delve into Armstrong’s Otherworld Series.
I have not yet read the first book however it is on my book list to purchase and I have started to look at the tv series. From my research on the series like most tv adaptations of books the show is said to be widely different from the book series .
So now on the 3rd season I’m eager to get ready to read the books after its completed.
The tv shows main character as is in the 1st book is Elena Michaels and she as we find out through the first season has been a werewolf for 4 years . She was bitten by her former fiancé/boyfriend Clay who turned her for I think selfish reasons and at the start of the season we see her not with him due to her I guess running away from him and the rest of the pack. The show gives the reason is because she killed someone and so she wants to lead a normal human life. But a mysterious line of murders brings her back to the pack.
And so what do I think about this so far as I am not finished with the tv series? Well now in the 3rd and last season I feel like the show is coming full circle . Everything that surrounded Elena, the main character, at the beginning of the series of how she felt and what she went through is making a lot of sense now in the third season. And I kind of like it.
The 2nd season brought the arrival of witches . I like a good witch tale. However I did not like this one within this tv series . It happened so abruptly and the story of the witches within the series compared to the werewolves were all over the place. I felt like it intruded on the werewolf tale itself . The main witch storyline didn’t make since and then it just ended . Maybe if they introduced the witches within the first season?
My favorites points within the series was :
- I liked how the story itself concentrated on the pack and the structure of the werewolf packs . (it concentrated on two structured werewolf types ; pack members and mutts)
- I like their wolf transformations and how they fully turned into a wolf.
- I like that they were trained in human form for combat and the fights seemed fairly reasonable for a werewolf in its human form.
My most disappointed points in the series:
- I didn’t like how any and all humans were killed if they knew the secret of the werewolves
- I didn’t like how the werewolf fathers had to steal their new born male child away from the mother or either kill them.
My most confused moments :
- Elena’s storyline that included that she was the only female werewolf in the whole world. None of the woman who were bitten before Elena never survived .
Season 3 clears my confusion up about that storyline however I feel like the characters don’t take notice that the reason why she changed into a werewolf when first bitten by Clay is because she was born by a werewolf father but then bitten. That confuses me more . Because now woman can actually be a part of the pack and not have to be killed . Idk maybe they just don’t want to take that risk of biting the woman who are born from the werewolves . It would clear up a lot of sad moments though .
- Killing humans who find out about werewolves.
Okay I kind of understand why some humans might be killed because they might use the secret against the werewolves . However, they didn’t even give humans a chance to decide whether or not they were on their side before killing them. An example of that would be Jeremy the alpha of Elena’s pack wanting to kill Elena when she was human because he thought she saw him change from the werewolf .
Another example is when Jeremy killed Karen Morgan the former shieriff of Bear Valley . He was going to let her go but then she started to talk about what she saw which was Elena ‘s brother turning into a werewolf . However Jeremy never gave her a chance to even say she would keep the secret of the werewolves. Upon viewing that episode I believe she would have kept their secret but at that moment she was just confounded with shock because she just found out that the world actually existed . Maybe if she was just given a couple of days to wrap her head around everything she saw. I mean she did say before she died that she was going to keep his secret of the werewolves. But it’s like he didn’t care and it was that moment I gave up on his character because I tried to like him but it was too hard.
I mean Elena showed herself to Phillip and he kept the secret until Jeremy’s father ordered a kill on him .
And then Antonio changed in front of his wife. She knew what him and her son were and kept their secret for years . But the only reason why she survived the series is because Jeremy never found out .
I just felt the reasoning they gave for killing the humans who found out were kind of weak.
All and all it was a reasonable series and it has led me to delve deeper and actually read the books .
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