is a 2014 television series based on the Women Of The Otherworld
series of books by author Kelley Armstrong. The first book in the series is titled Bitten
. The majority of the filming for the series is done in Toronto, Canada. It stars Laura Vandervoort, from Smallville
(2009), as Elena Michaels, the world's only female werewolf.
Elena Michaels is living in Toronto, trying to enjoy a "normal" life, only to find herself called back to Bear Valley by her pack. The packs are the ruling power of the werewolves and are being challenged by a rogue member of their species killing people on their doorstep. Elena must decide whether to stay with her family or try to continue living her normal life, all the while dealing with an increasingly difficult situation.
- Action Girl: Elena can kick any member of the Pack's ass but Clay. She just won't kill if she can help it.
- Actual Pacifist: Elena is trying to live like this. She changes her tune after Peter dies.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: This is how werewolf society is supposed to work. It is played with because Jeremy isn't the strongest werewolf in the Pack. Clay is generally considered the stronger of the two but Jeremy has a lifetime of fighting experience so a fight between them might go either way. However, Clay sees no reason to challenge Jeremy because Jeremy's true strength is being a Reasonable Authority Figure which inspires fierce loyalty in Clay and other members of the Pack. Since the Pack is able to work as a team, they can deliver way more asskicking than any of the individualistic Mutts and thus Jeremy and the Pack essentially rule werewolf society.
- Ax-Crazy: The first Mutt believes his powers give him the right to do whatever he wants to "normal" people. This includes a murder, rape, and killing spree across Bear Valley.
- Bechdel Test: Deconstructed according to some reviewers. Elena talks to women in the show quite often, but never about anything important. Instead, the conversations relating to the life and death struggles of the Pack are uniformly with men.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Elena and Clay.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Logan and Elena.
- But Not Too Black: Logan and his girlfriend Rachel.
- The Chosen One: Sort of. In the entirety of human history, Elena is the only female werewolf ever created.
- Cursed with Awesome: Lycanthropy comes with super-strength, speed, and a lengthened lifespan. The only downside is the need to change once every week or so, which Elena does not enjoy.
- The Dragon: Clay serves as this to Jeremy, handling most of the Pack's enforcement.
- Fanservice: Pretty much the entire point of the show. The men and Elena are constantly getting undressed on-camera. Justified as they're werewolves.
- Heroic BSOD: Elena has two: the first after her first kill, the second after Peter's death.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Elena hates being a werewolf. Given that Clay forced her into their world by biting her against her will, it's not hard to see why.
- Killed Off for Real: Peter at the end of Episode Three, Antonio in Episode Seven. And now, Phillip in the finale.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: A common response of the Pack to humans who find out their secret.
- Ms. Fanservice: Elena is a gorgeous blonde female werewolf who is constantly forced to be undressed, perpetually horny, and an Action Girl. Clay is a Mr. Fanservice, since he has all of the werewolf points (nudity, sexual drive) and is a broody anthropology professor.
- No Nudity Taboo: The Pack have this due to their constant shifting.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: They aren't affected by the phases of the moon, can become wolves at any time so long as they don't hold off on it, and can be killed by normal methods.
- Rape as Backstory: Elena was sexually abused as a child by Victor Olsen. The trope is less exploitative than usual as the scene where she reveals it to her boyfriend is handled quite tastefully with a discussion about how men sometimes react.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Victor Olsen is a pedophile and now a werewolf.
- The Smurfette Principle: In-universe as Elena is the only woman to ever survive being turned into a werewolf. However it is averted in the sense that Rachel Sutton is a member of the main cast.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Elena and Rachel are a textbook example.
- Tsundere: Clay is a rare male example.
- Werewolf Works: Elena is the star of the series, which is about werewolves.
- Working with the Ex: How Elena views her relationship with Clay.
- Would Hurt a Child: The first Mutt kills an eleven-year-old without qualms.
- Victor Olsen is a pedophile so, obviously, this trope applies.
- Artistic License - Geography: Stonehaven is 100 miles west of Syracuse, in the middle of nowhere, and the closest town, 50 miles away, is "Bear Valley." Apparently Buffalo and Rochester no longer exist. Also for some reason a train goes from Toronto to Bear Valley. Especially egregious considering that this was filmed in Toronto, and they should know better.