Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Muse -- Steve Lund as Nick Sorrentino on Bitten

Making Monday easier by starting off the week with a Monday Muse...
I'm a bit up in the air about this new TV show, based on a book of the same name by Kelly Armstrong. I've watched it up to date, and I have to admit, the last few episodes have kind of sucked me in. However, in the beginning I wasn't too sure about it, though I couldn't put my finger on why... sometimes the acting came across as a bit melodramatic or something. It would have been easy to do this Monday Muse post on Clay or Phillip as the two contenders for Elena's heart, but I'm actually more intrigued by the character of Nick Sorrentino.
Nick was first portrayed as the handsome, carefree playboy of the pack. And that might have been fine considering he's a secondary character and really just there in a supporting role, but the season's developments brought some interesting changes for Nick. As things become more critical, Nick becomes a little more serious, though the others kind of seem to brush this off, as though it wouldn't last.
However, Nick's father, who also acts as the pack "fixer" -- taking care of problems and making dead wolves disappear from the human world -- is killed, leaving Nick devastated.
It is assumed Nick will take over the role is father played, though Nick doubts he can ever live up to his father's example. However, he steps into the role, and a more intense Nick is born of necessity. At the moment, he's all about the pack, following the rules, and doing everything to preserve their way of life as it has been for hundreds of years, which put him in direct conflict with one of his brothers, Logan, who wanted to break some of the rules for the sake of his pregnant girlfriend. Elena sided with Logan (though Nick doesn't know that yet) and made the grand sweeping statement that if they wanted the pack to survive, then maybe it was time they changed the rules.

If I had to guess, I'd say change is coming, forced by Elena making the pack reconsidering everything they've ever believed. As the only female werewolf in existence, I don't think its far fetched to say she would have that kind of power. This will also mean that conflict and tension within the pack will be rising, and it will be interesting to see how Nick handles this, and where he ends up.
At the moment he's one of those background characters who has the potential to be great and really impact the storyline, but of course most of the story is currently being taken up by the Clay/Elena/Phillip love triangle... which is kind of the half the point of the show, I suppose. As a new series, its hard to say how well this one is going, and whether it will get renewed for next year. I think overall its really starting to hit its stride now, so I'll be watching with interest to see what becomes of the series, and where the storyline takes Nick.

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