‘Rabbit Hole’ delvers a metric ton of back story on both witches and werewolves as the conflict seemingly reaches an apex.
Let’s bitch it out…
Each week cinephilactic (C) and his sister, StonehavenGroupie (SG) dissect the latest episode of Bitten. Here’s their discussion of episode five.
C: So…that was a lot of back story for both the witches and the werewolves
SG: Yes! Very interesting. Wivestales coming to life!
C: Umm….yes. Is any of this a surprise to you?
SG: All of it! There is nothing about this in the series. So this is all fun, new and (I think) exciting stuff!
C: I was surprised that apparently the witches’ curse (ie: the creation of the original werewolves) is the reason the male heir/Tribulation stuff is happening
SG: I’m not sure how I feel about that crazy little fact there…. But then again, I’m more Team Pack than Team Witches (What do you they call themselves: Coven? Chick click? Do they actually refer to themselves as something other than “family”?)
C: I think they’ve used Coven before. I was confused though: is Aleister (Sean Rogerson) the son of Ruth (Tammy Isbell) or Clara Sullivan (Debra McCabe)? Because I thought Clara dropped him off with foster parent,s but then Jeremy (Greg Byrk) said Ruth should tell Paige (Tommie Amber Pirie).
SG: I’m thinking he is Ruth son – because of the comment foster mom in the old people but house made about Paige having the same eyes. Also, comment for us book lovers: seriously??? No Eve or Kristoff, but they have some witch named Clara? I feel ripped off… End mini rant
C: This seems like a strategy to reduce the number of new characters. Speaking of which: how disappointed are you that Sondra (Carly Street) was apparently a two episode wonder? I think that this is a major gaffe on the writers’ end. The first human female who can survive the change and comes out ten shades of crazy on the other side is a character that you keep around as a future foil.
SG: Ah, crazy Sondra…. She didn’t fair well in Stolen either! I knew you’d be upset at her insane ranting and subsequent death. She’s gone, though. Time to move on.
We do need to mention Rachel (Genelle Williams) this week. Way to go finally earning your place in the credits!!!! You figured out how to turn off the Aleister-hypnotiser thing!!! ….. And then you got caught…again.
C: That was one of two big frustrations that I’m finding in this much improved second season. Everything about Aleister’s magic is starting to seem like a bit of a narrative crutch. Rachel can turn off the explodey/controlly top and all he has to do is make it spin again to regain control because MAGIC .
Same with his control of Savannah (Kiara Glasco). This part is a little more acceptable, but it’s still frustrating to watch because all he has to do is repeat his little cue to get her to do his bidding
SG: It is annoying! Every character is screaming at stupid Savannah not to trust Aleister and it’s all good until “I am the lock” and then she’s back to being a dumbass. In some ways the magic is almost an illusion: here today, gone if he leaves the room. The dropped hint of the requirement of a talisman is interesting – it was said three times by three different characters
C: Is that the idea that a witch who has yet to come into their powers can use one as a power boost? Because that doesn’t seem to be a problem if that final scene is to be believed
SG: I more meant the suggestion that every witch needs a token of sorts. And don’t forget that Aleister was faking half of Savannah’s power. Does she really have it? Or is this just another one of his ploys?
C: I thought she needed him earlier in the episode, but not at the end. To me, there was an ominous implication because Ruth mentioned that Savnnah needs to be rescued before her powers come in. Plus the Pack used Witch Skype with Elena to discover the compound’s location. Frankly I’m amazed we’re at this point and it’s not even half way through the season!
SG: Ok, I’ll go with that. As for how much has happened in such a short time, I’m surprised, too! That’s pretty much the whole book
C: So either this rescue is not going to go as planned (the likely scenario) or there’s a much larger plan afoot that will veer dramatically away from the books. What are you hoping for as a book fan? Familiar or new?
SG: I’ll go for new. I like the changes so far so I’m geared up for some more. You still impressed with the lack of focus solely on Elena (Laura Vandervoort)?
C: Honestly, yes. I think that the witches have introduced a better balance and the protection of Savannah is giving Elena (and Vandervoort) something a little different to play. I’d be lying if I said that I still think she’s at her best when she’s at the center of the action. They hunt for Sondra and the sacrifice of the guard was fun
SG: I think so too! I was looking forward to a dramatic, flashy chase and death – and that was good fun
C: Better than Rachel, who couldn’t even find Logan (an unseen Michael Xavier)!
SG: Oh Logan wasn’t there? Just like everyone else: I didn’t notice!
C: Final comment: what about the tree sex?
SG: Oh god, the tree sex…. While interesting – and I really want to like Nick (Steve Lund) and Paige together…. I’m still kinda throwing up about this new development. They just seem more like siblings!
C: It feels like forced chemistry to me, but whatever. All I could think of was how uncomfortable that hook-up would be! Bark in the back!
SG: Yes! My thoughts exactly! Thanks dickhead, for ripping off my shirt! Couldn’t just pull up the skirt????
C: But she had the sexy underwear like she hoped something would happen! These sexy supernaturals: everything is always life and death and everyone is DTF
Your turn: were you surprised that the history of the wolves and the witches are connected? Anticipating a rescue scenario next week? Frustrated by the depiction of magic? Sad that crazy Sondra is gone? Happy Paige and Nick got together? Sound off below!
Bitten airs Saturdays at 9pm EST on SPACE