Dylan O'Brien in TEEN WOLF - Season 1 - "Lunatic" | ©2011 MTV

Dylan O'Brien in TEEN WOLF - Season 1 - "Lunatic" | ©2011 MTV





Stars: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Linden Ashby, JR Bourne
Director: Tim Andrew
Network: MTV, airs Monday nights
Original Telecast: July 18, 2011

Anyone looking to create a successful genre show on network or cable television, needs only to look as far as the exceptional TEEN WOLF. What it accomplishes on a weekly basis is phenomenal. From how it creates likable characters and dialogue that isn’t too meta and not too jokey to how the look of the show, courtesy of Director of Photography  Jonathan Hall, provides some of the best cinematography on ANY TV show currently out there.

This does not look like a TV show period- it looks and feels like a feature film and as “Lunatic” proves, the series can bring home a creepy, suspenseful cinematic flavor – something director Tim Andrew handles with ease.

There is something even more interesting going on with “Lunatic” that few TV shows would dare to tread – our hero Scott (Tyler Posey) is slowly showing signs of being less and less a hero. As his wolf affliction intensifies, he becomes arrogant, angry, and blood-hungry. He alienates his girlfriend Allison (Crystal Reed) so much in the last episode that she dumped him and this episode he betrays his best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) by macking on Lydia (Holland Roden) – the girl Stiles has had a crush on forever. Essentially, Scott is becoming a huge douche.

“Lunatic” focuses on the aftermath of the night school attack in the last episode, and deals with Scott trying to get things under control as the full moon is in, well, full bloom again.

The Alpha werewolf (as we saw last episode) has major sway over Scott, and starts to play major tricks with him. He wants him to kill his current “pack” of friends, and he’s doing that – it’s just with his words and actions rather than with claws and dismemberment.

Meanwhile, Jackson (Colton Haynes), surprisingly, is becoming an unlikely anti-hero of the piece. This character has evolved so much in such a short period of time, but from his suspicions about Scott, to the claw marks on his back from werewolf Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) to his slowly evolving affection to Allison – Haynes is getting a ton of dramatic stuff to play with. Where this is heading is still a mystery, but it’s great to see what started off as a rather predictable, useless role evolve into something with multi-layers and dimensions.

Back at the Argent house, Allison’s dad (JR Bourne) is ready for some wolf action and knows that it’s time to stop the Alpha. However, there’s now some suspicion that perhaps one of the high schoolers might be a werewolf too, and the prime suspect (in their eyes at least) happens to be Stiles.

Allison is also going through issues too. She is finding herself attracted to Jackson, while she also knows her daddy is lying to her about why he has guns lying around all the time.

When Derek shows up at the end of the episode for some more werewolf on werewolf action with Scott, he tells our title Teen Wolf that there might be a way to stop his curse – by killing the Alpha and he will help him do it (but he needs help finding him).

TEEN WOLF has so many twists and turns in a given episode (and actual action and horror), it’s amazing that this little MTV show is actually more entertaining (and epic looking) than other shows that clearly have the same intent.

Take a look at FALLING SKIES to see how that show struggles to keep a balance between character and alien action (while looking, for the most part, really small and cheap) while THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING has no idea how to strike a balance between its teen angst and genre elements with a cinematic look that’s strictly ABC Family.

TEEN WOLF gets it right, and it getting so good (and staying good) as it comes into the home stretch of Season 1. Thie definitely doesn’t bode well for what riches and coolness Season 2 will have to offer. Of course, first, please reveal who the Alpha werewolf this season – otherwise, fear the wrath of another THE KILLING backlash. And please, PLEASE don’t make the Alpha one of the teachers at the school. That would be a little lame an obvious (even if it did end up being the crazy Coach).


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  1. I agree for the most part.. I love that we saw a different side of Scott. A character can get boring and too bland if he is continuously portrayed the same each episode. I hate that he hurt Stiles.

    I LOVE Scott and Allison together but Scott’s kiss with Lydia was awesome it showed he isn’t pathetic.. Which is what he was starting to become when dealing with his break up with Allison.

    I think Scott and Allison will get back together eventually only to for her to have to face the decision of who to choose her family or Scott. I think before it is said and done Scott will be the hero will all think he’ll be. As well as Derek.

    I don’t think Jackson is an anti – hero. I’d love to go back to tolerating him. I will if/when Scott and Allison get back together. He is a little creepy. He seriously kept Scott’s lacrosse glove. He has a hate campaign toward Scott.

    I think Jackson is using Allison to get to Scott. Which is working. He stepped it up more with Allison when he found out that Scott and Lydia kissed. Jackson showed jealousy when Scott was chosen as co – captain. I continue to say Jackson has an agenda when it comes to Allison and that agenda’s name is Scott.

    Lydia is two faced. What she did to Allison and Scott was very manipulative. I just want to know what her agenda is going after the guy her best friend is in love with? Maybe to upset Jackson because Jackson has made more than obvious with his flirting with Allison. Although I think Lydia knows more than she is saying about the “mountain lion” she saw.

    Stiles was his usual awesome self. First when he was drunk, then when he told Scott’s mom he had a key made for their house, chaining Scott up and treating him like a dog which is what he deserved for what he did to Stiles, the heartfelt moment with his dad at the end. Besides his dad Scott is the only person Stiles has left and beside his mom Stiles is the only person Scott can truly trust and maybe Derek.

    Derek rescued Scott at the end. What I don;t get is that Scott can be cured if he kills the alpha wolf that bit him? Wouldn’t that make him stronger? He’d go from a beta to an alpha, right? Why did Derek not tell him that sooner?

    I think Derek wants to help Scott control his gift so he doesn’t kill anyone but to also get Scott to help him kill the alpha. What if Scott killed the alpha that bit him and it made him stronger? I don’t think he’d kill anyone. Derek has continuously said they don’t have to be predators.

    We’re so close to finding out who the alpha is.. I hope it isn’t a teacher either. This show keeps getting better each episode.

    Side Note: Mama Argent is a nutter! I don’t have to explain why.. Everyone should already know. The whole Argent family is just a little strange.. Allison seems slightly normal until she figures out the family business.

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  3. I think that tyler posey is pretty hot and he has the most hotest abs, i think that tyler posey is hot as a werewolfU5DF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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