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Bitten‘s “Settling” Proves the Show Could Be Good, but Won’t Be

I can’t believe I’ve stuck with the show this long, and the more I watch it the more confused I become at this mysterious will power I found to watch this terrible, terrible show. We’re coming up on the end, with only two episode’s left after tonight’s “Settling”, and it couldn’t come soon enough. Never before has a thirteen-episode run seemed  so long.

Thank God it’s almost over.

Since Daniel Santos turned up, I’ve wondered how he can be so terrible a villain, and Bitten‘s explained this with the introduction of James Williams (James Mcgowan) who has a grudge against the Pack and has enlisted Santos in killing them all, with the exception of Elena. Maybe this explains why Santos is so cartoonish, torn between wreaking havoc and wrangling the killers he’s rounded up. His position as just another middle man helps, but Williams is just another name and face that the audience doesn’t care about. Bitten at least had something going for it with the Mutts and their war against the Pack, and the history it kept trying to integrate, but including Williams only turns it into another struggle that essentially strips the show of the nuance it wasn’t interested in exploring anyway. 

The Mutts decided it was time to finally engage the Pack in Toronto as Elena struggled with Phillip leaving her. Though Phillip and Elena’s relationship has been poorly developed, and remained so, this is the best Bitten has ever done with them. Elena definitely prefers Toronto and Phillip, and it’s not just her saying it over and over that makes it true. What we’ve seen of her time with the Pack has been miserable so far, and even if Phillip and his family make for boring viewing, it’s not like the show does any better with the Pack. And unlike Elena’s exchanges with Phillip and his family, Elena neither shows nor states that she enjoys being at Stonehaven, and her continued attachment to the Pack is less about what she wants and more about what she is, as her being a werewolf has essentially eliminated her ability to make choices about her life. In her many arguments with Clay we keep hearing that she won’t have to hide who she is with him, and while that’s true (but only true due to the Pack’s stupid rules) it doesn’t mean that Elena should be with Clay. If that’s the logic then Elena could hook up with any other werewolf, and with the episode’s final moments, Elena could still end up being with Phillip assuming he finds a way to accept her secret.

Phillip and Clay being attacked in the apartment and Elena changing into a wolf to save him and revealing what she is was the most interesting turn the show could have taken. It finally brings Phillip into the middle of things (and makes that stupid vodka campaign and the video irrelevant). This show sucks in a lot of ways, but Elena turning back into a human and putting on clothes before tending to Phillip’s wound, all the while without acknowledging his horrified stare or the transformation he just witnessed, was good stuff. Phillip just sitting silently and listening to Elena tell him about calling an ambulance and wishing she could have married him in another world was the closest Bitten will ever come to being decent. And this entire sequence of events gives the show a chance to at least try for some kind of larger theme and message.

“Settling” marked the first time someone (Elena) voiced the inevitable truth that the Pack was going to be destroyed if they kept obeying their archaic rules. Before Williams got brought in that was the main source of this conflict, and it’s still there – though it’s been undermined some with the inclusion of a third-party. It’s already costing the Pack Logan, who wanted to escape not only the Mutts but also Jeremy to keep Rachel and their family safe. And Elena broke a big rule in revealing herself to Phillip in the process of saving his life. Meanwhile Nick wondered if Jeremy had relaxed the rules too muchIf the Pack chose to stick to their antiquated rules, it would mean exile for Logan and death for Phillip which would put them in opposition to two members of their already dwindling family. 

Though this wasn’t a good episode, because none of them are, it was one that showed how much potential Bitten has, that is continuously squandered.

Stray Observations

  • The award for worst actor in a single episode goes to Michael Xavier (Logan) whose distracting hand movements had me thinking he was doing sign language for a moment. Runner up was Paul Greene (Phillip), but he skated by on not having as much to do/say. Laura Vandervoort was also a contender, but since she’s always bad this episode was right around her baseline.
  • The CGI on this show is truly laughable.
  • I don’t know what to think of the fight scene in the apartment. I think there was a time early in the season when the fight scenes were actually pretty good, and I don’t know what happened, but this one was close to a mess.
  • Clay was not as annoying as usual. Congratulations, Clay.

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