“Teen Wolf” is MTV’s “Buffy-esque” foray into the teen vampire genre. And it’s actually fun to watch if you don’t take your lycans too seriously. The goal here is to wrap just enough teen angst, Friday Night Lacrosse, and body count macabre into something that’ll keep teens from switching channels, texting each other, or playing “Tour of Duty” on their desktops or iPads.
The first season introduced us to slightly insecure high school student, Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), who was bitten by an Alpha werewolf (your top of the line lycan). This empowered Scott with all sorts of neat lupine abilities, the most problematic being morphing into a furry faced, glowing-eyed creature while trying to get cuddly with his first big crush, newbie student Allison (Crystal Reed).
Adding over-the-top comic relief is Scott’s best friend, Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) who gets Scott into trouble more times than not. Sensing that Scott needed a somber “Angel” like BFF, the producers brought in mentor and long-time werewolf Derek (Tyler Hoechlin), who showed Scott how to “control” his urges and explained some of Beacon Hills’ darker history.
Supporting characters include Lacrosse super jock, Jackson (Colton Haynes) who lusts more for Scott’s wolfen athletic prowess than “ornament” girlfriend and spoiled brat Lydia (Holland Roden). Scott’s mom Melissa (Melissa Ponzio) is characteristically clueless, as is Stiles’ father, Sheriff Stilinsky (Linden Ashby).
The first season ended with some nail-biting moments: There was Kate Argent (Jill Wagner)–Allison’s gun-toting, over zealous aunty–having her throat ripped out by the now identified Alpha, Peter Hale (Ian Bohen). She paid the ultimate penalty for violating the warewolf hunter’s code. There was also some bizarre goings on with Lydia (hair falling out in a shower filling with black water). And, as one might have expected, Derek killed Peter to become the new Alpha and began recruiting fresh wolves for his pack.
In season two, we have Jackson, flexing in front of a mirror, salivating at the thought of becoming a leaping lupine powerhouse of strength and immortality. Lydia starts to morph into something—not quite sure what. Lacrosse coach (Orny Adams) goes over the top in a funny weird sort of way. New kid Isaac (Daniel Sharman) has even more delicious secrets that Derek. And papa Argent begins Allison’s training as a hunter.
Adding sex appeal to Derek’s pack of werewolves is Erica (Gage Golightly), a withdrawn epileptic who, once bitten, turned into an agile and self-confident teen.
As you can see, there’s lots to take in in Season 2. All worth watching if the writers stay focused and keep “delivering” as they have.