Bitten Season 2 Premiere

Last weekend the 2nd Season of Bitten started and that means I need to talk about it. Spoilers ahead! (For the first episode as well as what’s to come!)

So, as the promos for the new season already suggested, Bitten has gotten a lot darker and bloodier, but not actually a lot has happened in the first episode so far. Let me recap the main points:

  • (pregnant) Rachel is still missing after being kidnapped last season finale, which has Logan in fits.
  • Elena, while being with Clay (finally!), is of course worked up over the beheading of her ex-lover.
  • Jeremy gets threatened by the other alphas that they’ll take over his territory if he doesn’t kill his father within a week. Unfortunately, as long as they don’t have Rachel, they can’t do that.
  • A lot of people with strange signs “tattooed” on them want to kill Malcolm Danvers as well.
  • And last but not least, it’s always a feast to watch Nick Sorrentino at “work”.

That’s really it! I wish there was more to say about the first episode, but I just don’t know what, because that’s pretty much all that happened. So, instead, let’s talk about what’s to come this season. First of all, we have witches in the universe of Bitten now. That’s not really a strange thing to have, considering that we are talking about a fantasy/horror/supernatural TV show, but it’s still a nice addition. It was already teased that, just like Elena is the only female werewolf, the witches have only one male member and that he is likely to connect with Elena because of that. Yet, it seems the coven isn’t the only new enemy the pack will have to face. According to some sources, the television show creators want to stick to the storyline of the second book “Stolen” (which I haven’t read yet, but click here to read my comparison of the first book to the show), which would mean that there is a sort of military facility that captures and studies supernatural creatures. Those rumours aren’t confirmed, as far as I know, but from what we saw, there was a person dissecting a werewolf and the episode’s start hinted at that as well.

That all sounds very intriguing and I am happy to have the show back! What are your thoughts?

Bitten Book vs. TV Show

Bitten is a TV show produced by the Canadian channel Space (shown on Syfy in the US), but it’s originally based on the “Women of the Otherworld“-series by Kelley Armstrong. The show started airing earlier this year and I just finished reading the first book of the 13-part-series by Armstrong two days ago, so I thought it would be fitting to compare the two by the end of this year. There will be a spoiler-free and a spoiler-y section, so beware as you read on!

First, let me start by saying that I love both, the show and the book. I like supernatural stuff and this series just really hit the right tone with me. I always thought that I wasn’t a big fan of werewolves, but since I watch Teen Wolf, True Blood (rooting for Alcide all along) and Bitten, there is really no use in denying that they are sort of cool. I think the problem I have with the visualisation of werewolves is that the CGI and visual effects are mostly terrible and unfortunately I can’t say that they are very good in Bitten either. But that is totally besides the point, because I still very much enjoyed the show. Let me try to sum it up for you:

Elena Michaels is the only female werewolf on the planet, but she never wanted to be turned. All Elena wants is to be normal, so she tries to live as normal a life as possible given the circumstances with her unknowing boyfriend in Toronto. She thought she’s finally gotten rid of her past, when her Pack Alpha, Jeremy Danvers, summons her back for a Meet. Not being able to ignore his call, she has to go back to her former home, Stonehaven. There she has to deal with her ex, her true nature and murderers of a different kind.

The story is mainly focused on Elena and how she has to deal with her two lives. Especially while reading the book, I thought that Armstrong was great at conveying Elena’s thoughts and feelings in a way that we could entirely understand her even though this is such a surrealistic topic. Bitten is fast-paced, thrilling, exciting, dark, violent, funny and lovely at the same time –  I can only recommend it!

I guess this is all I can say for the non-spoiler section, because from now on everything I say gives something away. In short: Spoilers ahead!

When I actually read the book, I was surprised at how faithful they stayed with the storyline throughout the show. Of course there are differences in appearances of the characters and the likes, but they totally managed to capture the gist of it. The various actors and actresses portray their characters so well, I can’t say anything other than that I’m really happy (especially because Steve Lund plays my favourite Nick Sorrentino just perfect!). The changes they did make, don’t actually bother me that much. Remember though, that I’ve only come as far as to read the first book. I don’t know what happens in the rest of the series (not yet!). Having said that, here are the most obvious things I noticed that differ between the book to the TV show:

  • In both, the book and the show, two major Pack members die. While it’s Logan and Peter in the book, Peter and Antonio are the ones to die in the TV show. I don’t know which combination I prefer, because I was truly sad in both cases. Since Nick is somewhat of my favourite, I was sad to see him having to deal with his father’s death, but it couldn’t have been easy for Elena to loose her best friend either. And Peter was just a really nice guy.
  • Speaking of Logan surviving, that of course opened up a whole new storyline (him getting his girlfriend pregnant and not wanting to give her up, etc.) in the show that will be important during the second Season as well. Also, Logan did keep in contact with Elena in both cases, but they didn’t actually both live in Toronto in the book. I guess while reading the book, I connected a lot more with Logan because I saw the show first though. Just wanted to add that.
  • Elena’s life in Toronto is a lot more detailed in the TV show than it is in the book. Because of that, Philip and his family play a far more important role as well. They are slightly different than they are in the book, even though the general constellation of Philip having two sisters stayed the same. Additionally, Elena has a different job. She’s a photographer in the show and a journalist in the book.
  • While Elena’s backstory wasn’t changed that much. The child molester turned mutt wasn’t her abuser in the book though, only in the TV show. But I think we got that she had a rough childhood nonetheless.

I love it when TV shows just add to the story instead of changing it entirely. I can’t wait for the next season, coming February 2015, and reading the rest of the books from the “Women of the Otherworld“-series. Let’s discuss in the comments! Did I miss something crucial?

True Blood – Beginning of the End

There are so many vampire stories, and therefore TV shows and movies and books, out there; I doubt that one could know them all. Yet, True Blood has managed quite well throughout the past years and has now reached it’s 7th and final season on TV. I thought it would be fun to read the the 13th and final book Dead Ever After of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris while simultaniously watching the final season on TV. I didn’t really take into account that I’d be finished with the book way earlier than I’d be finished with the show, but then again, the books and show aren’t that similar anyway.

I don’t know if there are still people out there who haven’t the faintest idea what True Blood is, but here are the most important pointers for you: True Blood takes place in a world where the existence of vampires is common knowledge and said vampires now have to deal with the repercussions of going public. The main characters though is Sookie Stackhouse, who’s not a vampire. She always had a special gift, being able to read other people’s minds, but she can’t do that with vampires. So, of course she falls in love with one of them and that gets the story starting. Then it turns out there are also all kinds of shapeshifters and werewolves etc. to make it more interesting.

As I’ve mentioned above, the books and the TV show are only mildly similar. They do have the same main characters and some of the occuring events are alike, but like most adaptations for TV, the show started to get it’s own life and spin on things. I can’t really say which series I prefer, because although I’ve read all the books (except for the 13th, which I am reading right now) I sort of got bored with them after … I don’t know … the fifth book. The storyline is just really reptetive, but the writing is fun, so that’s the reason I kept on reading. Unfortunately, Sookie just really started to get on my nerves, but then again she does the same in the TV show. But I’d definitely have to say that HBO did a great job adapting the show. Some people may have been a little shocked about some of the explicit scenes in season one, but my friends and I always say “It’s not porn. It’s HBO”. Another reason why I like the show is the amazing cast of True Blood including: Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgård, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Joe Manganiello, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Rutina Wesley, …

But I am not writing this post to just keep babbling on about the show. I actually wanted to talk a little about the first episode of the final season “Jesus Gonna Be Here” and the upcoming season in general. So, consider yourself warned! Spoilers ahead!

  • I know that a lot of people are probably sad that this season only has six episodes, but I am glad they’re keeping it short. Ever since Alan Ball left, I had a feeling of the show going downhill and I am glad they are concluding the story with this season and that they don’t uncessarily drag it out.
  • I was confused about Eric’s death last season. I love Alexander Skarsgård and I thought that his death scene really wasn’t what his character would have deserved. But then, I read that he was confirmed as a regular in season 7 (Yay!), and I can’t wait to find out what they have in store for him! I hope he’s not really dead and that he’s going to appear soon. I can’t stand to see Pam this sad and desperate to find him!
  • Well, Tara wasn’t in the season for long. We didn’t even see her death … I am disappointed …
  • I like Sookie and Alcide together. They always had such terrible timing, but they are so good together. I know that Bill or someone else will try to seperate them, but I hope that they’ll last.
  • I don’t know why HBO thinks that I won’t notice that they just exchange actors from one season to the next. I mean come on! I know that James wasn’t that important a character, but I still noticed! They already did it (a lot less subtle!) with Daario Naharis from Game of Thrones and I have to admit that it was for the better, but I liked the other James (Luke Grimes). I’ll probably adjust in no time to Nathan Parsons, because at least they look alike, but still … why do they keep doing that?
  • I can’t wait to see more of the relationship between Jess and Adilyn Bellefleur! She let her into the house and Adi drank Jess’ blood! So interesting!

There’s probably so much more to look forward to (What will happen to the hostages? Will Sam be a dad? …), but we’ll have to wait and see to find. If you want a little Teaser for the upcoming weeks though, watch the Trailer below!

What do you think? Have you read the books? Only watched the show? Both? What do you like more?