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Bitten: The Final Season
Score: 80%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: eOne
Region: 1
Media: DVD/3
Running Time: 441 Mins.
Genre: Thriller/Horror/TV Series
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extended Scenes
  • A Look at The Final Season Featurette

Bitten: The Final Season wraps up the otherwordly series filled with werewolves, witches, and unfortunate humans that get in the way. It picks up some four months after the close of last season, where Elena (Laura Vandervoort) had a terrifying vision of herself covered in blood and the pack's fortress of Stonehaven burning down around her. She doesn't know what it means and seeks answers from their friend, coven leader Paige Winterbourne (Tommie-Amber Pirie), who sadly has moved on and ended the brief but sweet relationship she and Nick (Steve Lund) began last season. Paige says the nightmares won't end until they come to pass. Foreboding much?

The pack is once again in turmoil, but that's pretty much been regular life for these guys. The Spanish pack Alpha, Escobado, is still making their lives hell, and while the Russian pack Alpha, Roman Navikev, claims to aid them as an ally, can he be trusted? Local Alpha Jeremy Danvers' (Greg Bryk) is just trying to rebuild his ranks at this point, seeking out Mutts to bring them into the pack, by force and threat, if necessary. In addition to all of the unrest between the packs, Elena is sought out by a mysterious stranger named Sasha Antonov (John Ralston), and his two children, Katia and Alexei, and he reveals some of Elena's past that she knew nothing about. He also asks for her help in hiding. Unfortunately, Roman has a blood feud with Antonov and his family, and he enlists Jeremy's assistance in tracking down this Russian Mutt as a fellow pack leader. This puts Elena and Jeremy's desires at odds and creates tension in the pack, which shadows the plans for the future that Clay (Greyston Holt) and Elena have been making.

As the truth begins to unfold, some terrible events occur that forever change things for Jeremy, specifically, and cause him to question his ability to lead the North American pack, but can the pack survive without him leading them? Despite his shortcomings, he will do anything to restore order and peace to his pack, no matter the cost. His choice as successor shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, and with a change in leadership comes a change in the way things are done. Although the series comes to a close, it's clear things will never be the same in the small town of Bear Valley and in the world beyond.

While I enjoyed Bitten: The Final Season, I didn't find it as strong as Bitten: Season Two. I really enjoyed the interplay between the werewolves and witches last season, and saw so much that they could pursue in the way of storylines, but alas, it just didn't happen. As for this season, there's always chaos among the packs, but these guys just never seem to catch a break. Having lost Logan last season, the future of Rachel (Genelle Williams) and her baby boy is up in the air, although she makes some startling discoveries about herself this season and has her share of troubles. I enjoyed the introduction of the Antonov family and finally, the explanation of why Elena survived "the Change," but the show just didn't seem to go out with as much of a bang as I had hoped. We do lose some characters this season, but they didn't hurt as badly as last season's losses. The show does wrap up nicely and has a satisfying end, so it is apparent that they knew it was ending, which is much more fulfilling than being left on a cliffhanger, but I would really have preferred it if there had been some additional special features aside from the scant deleted and extended scenes and a 4 minute featurette on The Final Season. It just didn't do it justice, in my book.

That said, it's still a good season and a nice end to the series, and if you didn't catch it on TV when it aired, or just want to own it, it's worth picking up. However, if you did see it on TV, the special features alone don't warrant a purchase, so bear that in mind.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins
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