Hungry Like the (Were)Wolf

I think it’s time to write my “Teen Wolf” post. I wasn’t sure how to do this one – this show is definitely a guilty pleasure. Literally, this is one of those shows that has every cliche ever, but still manages to keep you interested. Kind of.

Let me start by saying that I’m not an MTV watcher, not really. I can remember when MTV was about music – hence, Music Television – and not pregnant teenagers, so when I was told about this show, I was like, “Uhm, thanks but no thanks.” I mean, this was coming off of the whole “Twilight” bandwagon, so it was kind of rough. Werewolves? Who needs that? Spoiler alert, no one.

But, yeah.

I’m one of those girls who uses tumblr, I can admit that. When my boyfriend asked me about it, the only way I could really describe it was as “spoiler central”. And I’m not joking because that’s how I got started on “Hawaii Five-O” and “Teen Wolf”. (Don’t worry about the “Hawaii Five-O” stuff, we’ll talk about that another time.) My expectations for the show were pretty much nothing. I expected it to be one of those shows that I would throw on when I was bored, not caring because it was just completely stereotypical of a chick show.

It was so much more than that. Now, I’m emotionally invested in MTV’s “Teen Wolf” – which is on on Mondays at 10 pm. It’s kind of sad, really. There may not be a lot of continuity on the show, but there are compelling characters and character development. The main cast consists of Scott McCall (our main-main character, played by Tyler Posey), his best friend and son of the sheriff… Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O’Brien), the head-honcho werewolf alpha… Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin), Scott’s girlfriend and werewolf hunter… Allison Argent (Crystal Reed), along with various other characters that are also regulars, but not particularly important to this post, so sorry, Isaac, Lydia, and Peter fans.

I’m not setting out to give any spoilers, here, something that’s all too easy to do with this show. There’s so much going on, which can be a good thing as well as a bad thing.

We have to watch Stiles deal with his deteriorating relationship with his father (because his dad is the sheriff and doesn’t know about the supernatural stuff going on), then there’s Scott’s relationship with Allison even as her father is trying to track down Derek. Then there’s Derek’s angst about his family issues. There’s just a lot going on. Every story line keeps you interested – whether your invested in Stiles’ problems or Derek’s, it doesn’t matter, because something draws you in – whether you want it to or not.

But here comes the unpopular opinions…

1. Acting…

The acting isn’t great, I’m going to be straight-up with everyone. Linden Ashby (Sheriff Stilinski) and Dylan O’Brien (Stiles Stilinski) are the best actors on the show. Hands down, they’re both awesome and the reason I keep turning the channel to MTV on Mondays. Most of the older, more seasoned actors are pretty good, but overall, it’s kind of… sub-par? Don’t get me wrong, the show is enjoyable and you can tell that the actors enjoy what they do, but still. .

2. Action…

Oh, man, the fight scenes. It’s like watching “Star Trek: The Original Series” when you watch a “Teen Wolf” fight scene, Everything is clearly choreographed, but not enough to make it believable. Then there’s the whole, extra flip here, gratuitous sprint over there… It’s a bit ridiculous, but not terrible. Definitely not great, that’s for sure, but you can get past it.

3. Continuity…

Like I said, there is a bit of a problem with continuity on “Teen Wolf”… For example, Derek is a broody, angst-ridden character. Viewers are given two explanations for his attitude – first in season one and then in season three. It can be a bit distracting because you watch and it’s like, hey, this was different two episodes ago.

Despite this stuff, the show is still good. It’s fun and interesting and everyone’s easy on the eyes, if you know what I mean (and I know you all do). But does “Teen Wolf” sink or swim? I’m going with swim. This show took me completely by surprise and I didn’t expect myself to like it as much as I do.

I’m having some issues posting a video like I normally do, so this time we’ll skip it. Not a big deal, I’m sure you guys don’t mind.

Here’s a picture from IMDB’s “Teen Wolf” page instead.

Teen Wolf (2011) Poster

But before I end here, let me take a second to apologize for not posting for the last two months. That’s a ridiculous amount of time and it won’t happen again.


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