Season 2, episode 2
The previously on Bitten montage reminds us that Clay was bitten when he was ten-years old. This hints at what is to come and we don’t have to wait long to see a flashback of young Clay at home with his mum. It’s cute and timely, as I wouldn’t have imagined pack enforcer and grand torturer Clay as a child.
Running off to play in some fields young Clay meets Malcolm Danvers, who tells him he’s hungry. You’d think he was waiting for an invite to dinner but no, Malcolm tells clay how he plans to butcher him starting with his stomach. Ugh. Jeremy definitely didn’t get his manners from his father.
Malcolm tells Clay to run because you know, scared meat tastes sweet or something. The poor kid runs and hides in some thicket. He’s not safe though as a wolf finds him and breaks through the branches enough to bite him on the leg. I assume this wolf is Jeremy as instead of snacking on little Clay some more, the wolf runs off.
Flash forward to Stonehaven where Elena is upset that Malcolm is still breathing and the rest of the pack are trying to reason with her. They can’t torture Rachel’s whereabouts out of Malcolm because apparently he enjoys pain too much for torture to work on him. Totally hardcore.
The search for the symbol
Whilst the rest of the pack mooch around wondering what to do about Malcolm, Clay is following up on the rad tatts that Nate Parker and the humans from the season premier where sporting. He goes to meet a professor who is an expert in pagan symbology.
The professor is all smiles until Clay shows him the symbol. He is visibly shaken by the symbol but claims he doesn’t know what it is. Liar! When Clay presses him he tells clay to find a Miss Yoruba she will know what it is. He warns Clay not to go poking monsters. Sinister.
Bitten doesn’t have time for aeroplane scenes and taxi rides. You are left to imagine Clay trekking across country in his search for Miss Yoruba. I’m not complaining as we get more story that way. Anyway he finds Miss Yoruba but she’s dead. He goes searching amongst her things and finds a book with the message “The destroyer is coming.”
Meanwhile back at Stonehaven, Malcolm is bating Logan about Rachel. He tells Jeremy something is coming for them all. Jeremy says no one knows they even exist. Malcolm disagrees. I’m crowning Jeremy the Jon Snow of Bitten. I get it, your dad’s a douche that can’t be trusted but as a member of the audience with a front row seat to the looming dark force, I’d suggest Jeremy listen to his dad just this one time.
Clay takes a break from searching for answers to go visit his old family home. He asks the owner about the family that lived there and learns that his parents are dead. A wolf killed his mum and his dad shot himself when he came home to find his dead wife. This stirs up some emotions that maybe he’ll take out on Jeremy and Malcolm later, who knows.
Rodrigo Sanchez has been summoned to Stonehaven and he’s sucking up to Jeremy big time as you do when the man you tried to take down has your balls in his hands. He offers to kill Malcolm for Jeremy. Whilst he’s facing off with Malcolm Jeremy tells him that’s not why the pack called him. It seems that as torture won’t work on Malcolm they decide to take away any hope of rescue that he was harbouring.
Jeremy kills Rodrigo in front of Malcolm to show him no one is coming to save him. Oop! RIP Rodrigo.
As if on queue the lights flicker and go out and Malcolm says whoever is searching for them is here. Malcolm is scared which should serve as a warning to the rest of the pack.
The pack go searching for whoever is coming for them when Nick comes across the young witch in the woods. She utters something that makes his eyes bleed and blinds him. When Jeremy and Elena find him there’s no blood. Back at the house Elena calms him down and he realises he isn’t blind.
Apparently this was all an hallucination to distract the pack so that the other witch could enter the house and search for Malcolm. Not that she did anything when she found him. I don’t get these two at all. Another thing I don’t get is the way the scenes changed and it was the next day. Bit weird that.
Anyway, Clay finally comes back from his wayback trip with the book he took form Miss Yoruba’s house. Malcolm says dark forces are at work and he wants the book, it’s the key but he doesn’t say to what. Way to keep it cryptic Malcolm. He also says that Miss Yoruba died protecting the book after Clay accuses him of killing her.
The two witches finally decide to stop being creepy and mysterious and invite themselves into the study for a chat with the pack. They introduce themselves as Ruth Winterbourne and her associate Paige.
Ruth tells them that they are not interested in exposing the supernatural, as they are witches themselves. They admit to keeping tabs on werewolves. She tells them that they are all being hunted and whoever is hunting them wants Malcolm but so does she.
Ruth spouts on about witches only being able to produce female offspring just as the wolves can only produce male children. Okay that might be handy to know later but why do you want Malcolm?
Turns out they want to trade him for a young witch who the force has taken. Naturally Jeremy declines their offer and Ruth warns him that when whatever is hunting them comes he’ll be begging for her help. She said: “You are on our side or in our way. Right now you are in our way”. Talk about bad house guests.
Malcolm spent most of this episode baiting different members of the pack. He clearly has a death wish. When Elena is prevented from opening the cage to kill him he goes on to bait Clay about the time he killed his mother. Clay doesn’t take the bait and as pack enforcer I would have been disappointed if he had. He is just as skilled as Malcolm at getting into people’s heads.
Jeremy eventually catches on that Malcolm doesn’t know where Rachel is as the mysterious force must have messed up his plans. Logan is obviously not happy at the prospect that Rachel and his unborn child may be dead but Jeremy reminds him that he still has the pack. Cold comfort but hey.
The episode ends with the disappearance of Malcolm and obviously I have questions. Did the witches take him? Or did the ‘dark force’ spirit him away? Team Stonehaven have a lot to deal with and it’s time they started looking at the facts on the ground.
They’ve met the witches who were kind enough to threaten them to their faces. But they know nothing about the force and why it’s hunting them. Then of course there’s the Alpha Council who want Malcolm’s head on a stake. Hopefully by the next episode we’ll see them clear their heads and acknowledge that the shit is hitting the fan from several directions.
Now that Philip’s sister has confronted Elena about his death and stuff I hope that closes the book on that story. She told Elena not to contact her again and she’ll return the favour. That’s good to know. Bye Felicia!