Stars: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Linden Ashby, JR Bourne
Writer: Jonathon Roessler
Director: Tim Andrew
Network: MTV, airs Monday nights
Original Telecast: July 26, 2011
When a genre show is good, and we mean really good, it opens up the doors for all kinds of possibilities with characters, plot developments and amazing surprises.
With TEEN WOLF, it’s three-quarters of the way through its first season on MTV, and all the characters and mythology that has been paved during the first half has finally come together in so many rewarding ways, particularly in the latest episode “Wolf’s Bane.”
Instead of doing standalone episodes, like some genre shows, TEEN WOLF is an ongoing mythology and with its feature film look every week, I dare say it’s a 12-hour feature film.
The nuances, the character interactions and the hint that so many things are going to hit the fan in the next couple of weeks, just solidifies TEEN WOLF as one of the best new genre shows on television.
This week, we finally learn who the Alpha is (I won’t spoil it in this review, but will discuss it in more detail next week). And surprisingly, it isn’t a letdown. It’s someone we least expected, but it’s someone who makes sense instead of a random character who that would have pissed off most of the devoted audience.
Meanwhile Scott (Tyler Posey) is still trying to deal with the heartbreak of losing Allison (Crystal Reed). With Scott, Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) and Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) are teaming up to go after the Alpha and it’s proving to be one heck of a dysfunctional trio. They now have information they have to get – one, being the necklace that Crystal has.
Scott is also facing his secret being revealed by Jackson (Colton Haynes) who knows Scott is a teen wolf – and wants to be one too. Of course, he’s opening himself up for a whole world of hurt, especially since Allison’s family notices the werewolf scratch on the back of his neck. Great stuff for Haynes – he’s really becoming a dynamic player on the show. I can’t wait to see how this subplot plays out.
Throw in a great, tense moment of Allison’s dad (JR Bourne) grilling Scott about his relationship with Derek, Stiles and Derek proving to be a great comic foils for each other (especially since they’re polar opposites) and the sense that more people are involved in this wolf-stuff that you would expect – and “Wolf’s Bane” delivers an awesome hour of entertainment
There are very few shows I look forward to week after week and now TEEN WOLF is one of them. It continues to surprise and if only the network’s understood the sheer pleasures of ongoing mythologies on TV shows, instead of fighting against them. Like BUFFY, FRINGE, SUPERNATURAL and countless others, when it’s done right, your fans will grow and prosper.
TEEN WOLF has got it right – let’s hope after Season 1 is over, MTV continues to leave the show alone and let it develop naturally like it already has. It’s a winner – and for devoted fans, let’s hope it stays that way.
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