Teen Wolf: Season 3 pt1
I might have been a touch rash in my sweeping dismay over the move of the stars of the creature features that occupied much of our youthful favorite movies into the object of young girl’s romantic fantasies. While films that focus on a teenage girl in a romantic triangle with a vampire and werewolf remain diametrically opposed to everything a monster should be; unrelentingly deadly. Some filmmakers and television show runners have jumped on the proverbial band wagon but rather that being content with the myriad of lamentable aspects of the trend have taken over the driver’s seat and steered in in a brand new and most entertaining direction. One the television hits in the vanguard of this trail blazing propensity; ‘Teen Wolf’. If you were to peruse the notes on the elements defining this series you might be prone to readily dismiss it. I know this from personal experience and openly admit I was wrong to apply such sweeping generalizations failed to summarize the potential success of the show. First of all the network producing it is MTV, a channel devoted largely to music videos. Recently this has given way to some of the most puerile, insipid material ever produced. After the entire channel responsible for under age pregnancies and sweet sixteen parties with obscene seven digit budgets could hardly be expected to produce an intriguing drama woven together with teen angsts and supernatural horror. For a few years now they have proven disbelievers, including myself, very wrong.
Teen Wolf may share a title with the 1985 comedy starring Michael J. Fox but very little else. This series probes the emotional and psychological effects of a regular teenage boy a full blown werewolf. Adding to that complicated set of circumstances his girlfriend is a member of a family that has been hunting down and killing his kind. The young man in question is Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) and the object of his attention the beautiful Allison Argent (Crystal Reed). It should be noted that the student body for this Northwestern high school was culled from the beautiful teen department of central casting. No matter what occurs the boys will have their shirts ripped off revealing their perfectly defined six pack abs and the girls will not smudge their lip gloss or mascara. The combination of such an exceptional level of innate attractiveness and the normally exaggerated hormonal drives that teenagers experience is naturally conducive to a contestant flow of relationships in a perpetual state of flux. The quality consistently achieved by this show lies predominantly in its ability to properly relegate such ploy contrivances to spice and not employing is as material for the main course.
The high school these teens attend is plagued with supernatural creatures with a perchance for feeding on the teens in attendance, you really can’t blame them, these demonic monsters apparently are health conscious and prefer students with body fat ranging in the single digits; boys and girls. Werewolves are not the only supernatural among the student and townsfolk. Druids, mages and a plethora shapes shifters including the Kanima, a lizard like creature with long prehensile tail serving a master and stuck trying to resolve any number of psychosexual issues. In fact most of the creates both those decidedly evil and the ones perched on the moral motivational fence carry a fright car tightly packed with baggage while it might seem that this abundance of emotional entanglements and the corresponding psychological peccadillos would hamper the viability of the overall story considering the fashion in which it is executed significantly adds to the compelling nature of the series.
The most mesmerizing element of the series is its ability to consistently
Expand upon the mythos underlying the main premise. We all know the basis aspects of werewolf lore; transmission of lycanthropy through a non-lethal bite, the deadly effect of silver on the werewolf and the influence of the lunar cycle. This is only the baseline for the mythology that is entwined in ‘Teen Wolf’. Chief among the extensions are the categories of werewolves. Scott, infected through a bit is a Beta, depicted by his yellow eyes. He was turned by the bit of an Alpha, a pack leader typically with red eyes. The Alpha closest to Scott is his rebel with a lupine cause, Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) who served mostly the antagonist in the first season by this first segment of the third counted as firmly as possible as one of the good guys. This season is also one were the second tier of players, i.e. the sidekicks; move up to positions crucial to moving the storylines forward. With Scott the position is held by Stiles (Dylan O'Brien), the epitome of loyalty and faithfulness. His counterpart for Allison is the beautiful Lydia Martin (Holland Roden). This would traditionally be defined by a young woman with a bust size greater than her IQ; in this story Lydia is often the smartest person in the room. She is also, unbeknownst to her, a banshee drawn to imminent death
The main plot thread in this first part of the third season is the appearance of an Alpha pack of werewolves is all Alphas, faster, stronger and more powerful than the Betas. The most common way is to kill another alpha. Scott has found an alternative path; he is a natural leader morphing naturally to Alpha status. This need to enhance you position in the pack becomes critical when a pack consisting entirety of Alphas arrives, led by the super alpha, Deucalion (Gideon Emery) his pack is exceptionally more dangerous and powerful. A set of twin brothers, born as werewolves, Ethan and Aiden (Charlie and Max Carver) are able to meld into a single, huge and potent werewolf. Along with the lycanthropic wonder twins each member of this pack is inherently faster and stronger than Scott or Derek. Just to infuse a little touchstone to actual ethnic mythology the local vet is a mentor and advisor to Scott
In this third season they dispensed with the parent being clueless as to the supernatural events their kids are involved in. Scotts mother, Melissa (Melissa Ponzio), a nurse and Stiles father (Linden Ashby), the town Sherriff, not only know the truth their kidnapping id vital to the major plot line in this first part of season three. In any case the stories at not just complicated they are masterfully woven into a tapestry on intrigue, danger and mystery that holds together above and beyond the supernatural aspects. The level of acting, writing and direction makes it worthwhile without the trendy supernatural touch.