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“Teen Wolf” – Not Just Teen TV

Teen Wolf

A Review of MTV’s “Teen Wolf” by Tiffany A. White

MTV’s Teen Wolf is not just television for teens…

We all remember the 1985 comedy starring Michael J. Fox, right? MTV promised to use the generalized idea behind the ’80s Teen Wolf, but compared their story to a transformed version with a darker side, similar to the CW’s The Vampire Diaries. So did they?

First, a few similarities:

In 1985, Michael J. Fox played Scott Howard; today, Tyler Posey plays Scott McCall.

In 1985, Scott Howard’s best friend was an oddball named Stiles; today, Scott McCall’s best friend is an awkward oddball named Stiles (played by Dillon O’Brien).

In 1985, Scott Howard wasn’t the best basketball player on the team, not until he transformed into his wolf-self; today, Scott McCall isn’t anywhere close to the best lacrosse player on the squad, until he endures the cursed bite, that is.

Now, to a few differences:

In 1985, Scott Howard suffered from a family curse, a long line of male werewolves that sometimes skipped a generation; today, Scott McCall is bitten by a werewolf while out in the woods, searching for the remains of a dead girl with his best friend.

In 1985, Scott Howard show-boats around as his wolf-self; today, Scott McCall works desperately to keep his curse secret.

In 1985, audiences laughed along with Scott Howard in Teen Wolf; today, viewers and Scott McCall cringe as another person in the community is brutally attacked by a supposed animal (although there are laughs, especially where Stiles is concerned…).

MTV’s Teen Wolf pleasantly surprised me. First of all, like most other things MTV, the show is geared toward the younger audience (or YA as we’ve become accustomed to in the literary world). I may be in my thirties, but I like most Young Adult television series; and more importantly, I really enjoy Teen Wolf. And it’s not just me—my guy doesn’t miss an episode either.

Moreover, the show’s claim to focus on the mythology of the werewolf and the darkness of the curse has played a major role in the television series. If The Vampire Diaries has taught the TV rating’s world anything, it’s that teens (as well as whoever is watching) prefer the dark twists and storylines—if we want comedy, there are sitcoms for that.

During the first season, Teen Wolf introduced the idea of the alpha and beta wolf. An alpha is the strongest, most powerful, and the most deadly kind of werewolf. Over the course of the first few years, both Scott McCall and Derek Hale (played by Tyler Hoechlin from 7th Heaven) have transitioned from betas to alphas, due to circumstances surrounding them. And just because one is once an alpha, doesn’t mean they always will remain an alpha… just sayin’.

In the second season, Teen Wolf picked up the action, the suspense, and storylines. If season one piqued our interests, season two hooked us. The story introduced the mysterious kanima, a mutation of the werewolf. Better yet, viewers didn’t know for quite some time who the kanima was. Was it “top-jock” Jackson Whittemore (played by Colton Haynes from The Gates)? Or Lydia (played by Holland Roden), the annoying girl admired by Stiles? Or heck, someone else all together? Believe me… there were options.

Season three keeps with the mythology of the werewolf, as fictitious as it may be, and introduces viewers to the biggest, baddest alpha of them all—Deucalion. But that’s not all; viewers also watch as some mysterious person or creature continues to sacrifice virgins, warriors, healers, philosophers, and guardians… and a banshee is also introduced to the group.

The series has gotten better and better with each passing year, in my opinion anyway. The show has great fight scenes (with not-so-bad special effects for TV, especially for MTV), forbidden love (Scott and Alison Argent, played by Crystal Reed, who hails from generations of werewolf hunters), and typical teen insecurities and humiliations. And considering neither my guy nor I can wait long to watch once the new episodes are on our DVR, I highly recommend giving it a try. The suspense always leaves us wondering what’s going to happen next.

*****

Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery “Football Sweetheart” series. She blogs at The Ooo Factor and is available for contact via Twitter at @Tiffany_A_White, Facebook at Tiffany A. White, or by email at tiffany@tiffanyawhite.com.

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