Would you like fangs with that? – A Recap of the Pilot Episode of MTV’S Teen Wolf

Is this a TV show, or a REALLY long commercial for Axe body spray?

A few months back, I previewed the trailer for MTV’s Teen Wolf, a sort-of new take on a VERY old comedy film of the same name that starred Michael J. Fox.  Last night, after MTV’s Shamless Promotion of All Things Twilight Movie Awards, I managed to catch the show’s premiere episode.  But just in case YOU didn’t, here’s what happened . .  .

It was a dark and stormy night . . . (Stop me if you’ve heard this one, before.)

“When they told me I was going to get a cameo role in a new teen drama, I didn’t think this was what they meant.”

Meet “typical high school student, from a small sleepy town,” Scott McCall, and his half-naked torso . . .

I vaguely recall glibly remarking, when I first watched the trailer for this show, that the main character was shirtless for about three-quarters of the scenes featured in the promo; and that this was most likely a nasty case of false advertising.  Well, ladies and gentleman, I stand corrected.  Suffice it to say that our new pal Scott never met a shirt he liked very much.  Fortunately, he has the body to pull it off.  (Pun intended.)

Anywhoo, we interrupt our regularly scheduled program of Naked Pull-Ups by Scott, to bring you this Very Important News Flash:  There’s a STRANGE NOISE Coming from Outside!

So concerned is Scott about this Strange Noise that he must put on clothing to investigate.  And we all know how much Scott hates wearing clothes.  With his trusty bat in hand, Scott slowly creeps outside, so as not to alert the Thing That Goes Bump in the Night that he’s coming.  It is not until he reaches the edge of his front porch, that he learns the source of the Strange Noise.  Brace yourselves, kiddies!  Because the Strange Noise is coming from . . .

AHHHHHH! It’s the Upside-Down QuirkyBest Friend / Insertion of Comic Relief!  Wow, they really had me going for a minute there.  And by “really had me going,” I mean “didn’t have me going at all.”

Upside-Down Quirky Best Friend has a name.  It’s “Stiles.”  Why is it that the quirky best friends always have the cool names, like “Boner,” “Cockroach,” and “Stiles,” while the “heroes” always have run-of-the-mill names, like “Mike,” “Adam,” and “Scott?” These are things I think about WAY too often.

Stiles’ dad is the Chief of Police in the Sleepy Town of Beacon Hills, where Scott and Stiles live.  After doing some snooping, Stiles learns that the police found HALF a dead body in the woods.  So, he thinks it would be a SWELL idea for him and Scott to go Corpse Hunting.  Though clearly reluctant to interrupt his fun-filled evening of Naked Chin-Ups and Admiring His Own Hot Body, Scott ultimately agrees to accompany his friend into the Dark and Evil Forest in search of Trouble with a Capital “T.”

“Bet you can’t do THIS, Naked Chin-up Boy!  Weeeeeeeeee!”

I should perhaps mention now that our hero uses an inhaler.  This, of course, is meant to show that, at least prior to The Change, Scott has “Human Limitations.”  Either that, or the producers just like watching him blow and suck . . .

Scott’s and Stiles’ Corpse Hunting Excursion doesn’t last long.   Stiles dad promptly finds his son in the woods, and drags him home by his ear.   Nice going, DAD!  Way to poop on your son’s CSI fantasies!  Fortunately (or, unfortunately, depending on how you look at these things), Scott has managed to evade capture.  His cunning is awarded, when he is ALMOST STAMPEDED TO DEATH BY A CAVALRY OF BAD CGI GRAPHICS FRIGHTENED WOODLAND CREATURES!!

As this was a surprisingly DARK show, in the sense that there was hardly any LIGHT on the screen at all, I couldn’t manage to secure a solid screencap of the Stampede Scene.  Suffice it to say, it looked a little something like THIS . . .

Though Scott’s head miraculously manages to escape the melee, unsquashed by hooves, the stampede does happen to nab his inhaler, during their escape.  Using his cell phone as a flashlight, Scott combs the woods for his inhaler, but instead finds the chewed-up female pictured above.  Though she kind of looks like an inhaler . . . and, in her previous incarnation, Scott may have liked to suck on her, she is woefully too large to fit in our hero’s mouth. 

(Yes, I recognize this joke was in VERY bad taste.  My apologies.)

And just when you think this night can’t get any worse for our hero . . . HEEEEEEEEEEERRREEEE’S WEREWOLF!

Wolfy tackles Scott, taking a sizeable chunk out of his insanely well-defined abs.  However, it ultimately chooses not to cut our hero IN HALF, like his last victim, because . . . well . . . that would make doing Naked Chin-ups WAYYYY too easy for him, now wouldn’t it?

“Dude!  Take it from someone who knows!  Get that sh*t checked out by a doctor, STAT!”

“I concur!”

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the minute Scott escapes the werewolf, he is ALMOST HIT BY A CAR! 

“You have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!”

Now, under normal circumstances, I would have made some cracks about how UTTERLY MORONIC it was of Scott to go home, put some gauze on his tummy, and go to bed, rather than heading STRAIGHT TO THE HOSPITAL, for some heavy-duty rabies shots.  However, given the CRAP night Scott, had, I can understand why he just wanted to call it an evening. 

After all, had he gone to the hospital, with his luck, the doctor on-call would probably have confused him with the patient next door, who was suffering from gangrene of the weiner. . .

“Hi, nice to meet you!  My name is Love Interest . . . er . . . I mean Allison.”

It’s the first day of school.  We learn immediately, that, despite his penchant for Naked Chin-Ups, and the fact that he sort-of, kind-of, resembles Taylor Lautner, Scott is NOT popular.  We know this instantly, because he (gulp) RIDES HIS BIKE TO SCHOOL!  Later on, in the episode, we see Stiles pick up Scott in his car, and we can’t help but wonder why the former doesn’t drive his pal to school in the morning to spare him this cruel indignity. 

Quirky Best Friend FAIL!

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Stiles than adds insult to injury, by telling Scott that it is HIS fault that Stiles isn’t popular either.  “I’ve been Scarlet Nerded by you,” says Stiles.  (That’s funny.  I thought Stiles was unpopular, because he keeps interrupting Naked Chin-Up Time.)

In class, we get our first sign that Scott is going through “The Changes,” when he hears a cell phone ringing from OUTSIDE the school, as well as the ENTIRE conversation that takes place thereon.  I’ll admit that the whole “superhuman hearing” thing confused me a bit.  Why do certain sounds seem EXTREMELY loud to Scott (like this phone call, and his coach’s whistle, later in the episode), while others don’t?  For example, if Scott could hear telephone conversations made 100 or so meters away outside, wouldn’t closer sounds, like the breathing of his own fellow classmates, drive him insane?  Science geeks out there, feel free to help me out with this one . . .

Regardless of how or why Scott was able to hone in on New Girl Allison’s cell phone conversation, it ended up helping him out BIG time, when he overheard that she brilliantly arrived at school without a pen.  (She’s a real world-beater, this one!)  Let that be a lesson to you boys, ALWAYS carry an extra pen between your legs in your pocket. 

“Drink the Kool-Aid, Allison!”

After class, Scott is once again able to ignore the conversation his friends are having RIGHT NEXT TO HIM, and, instead, focus on the conversation Allison is having with the Popular Kids, who are trying to make her join their Cool Clique, because she is hot.  Allison doesn’t seem interested in being Popular, however. 

I assume this is supposed to make us like her/ relate to her more.  But I just didn’t buy it.  After all, when you are the new kid at school, ALL you want to do is make friends . . . any friends.  And if you can manage to befriend the kind of kids that are going to make your life easier in high school, you DO IT, no matter how big of jackasses those kids ultimately end up being.  Just sayin’.  Anyway, Allison looks longingly at Scott from across the hallway.  Eye f*&king ensues . . .

“I would very much like to devour the bottom half of your body, and leave the top half in the woods for dumb high school kids to find.”

“I didn’t know werewolves played lacrosse?”

School’s over.  And it’s time for the First Lacrosse Practice.  Every student who’s not on the team seems to be in the stands, which makes me wonder whether Beacon Hills High has any other sports / extracurriculars, or if it’s just a One Team Town.  The Lacrosse Coach is WAY TOO energetic and has an obnoxiously nasal voice!   He reminds me of what I imagine a used car salesman on crack would sound like.  It works for him, though . . .

“CRACK IS WHACK . . . BUT TASTY!”

“My whole life has been spent sitting on the sidelines,” Scott whines to his bestie Stiles.  Get it?  SIDELINES?  It’s a SPORTS METAPHOR!

But Scott’s not going to sit on the sidelines today!  No sir!  He’s going to sit in the GOAL . . .

He does this, based on his Oh-So-Supportive Coach’s theory that he’ll suck so bad at defending the space, that it will give the other players the confidence they need to start the season off right . . .

Things get off to kind of a bad start, when Scott, deafened by the ear-splitting sound of Coach’s whistle, becomes distracted, and takes a shot right in the head.    After that, however, his werewolf abilities kick in, and he catches EVERYTHING thrown at him, like he was BORN to play goalie.  This does not please Alpha Male Douchebag Jackson, AT ALL!  In fact, it makes him SO MAD that he homoerotically slams Scott into the lockers, and asks him where he’s getting his “juice?”

“I REALLY want to kiss you, right now.”

“My mom does all the grocery shopping,” responds the completely innocent to the World of Roid Rage, Scott.  When Scott then comically starts monologue-ing to his rival about all the weird stuff that’s been happening to him since his werewolf bite, Jackson thinks the Unpopular Kid is making fun of him.  And so, like any cliched villain, Jackson utters THIS classic line, “There’s something going on with you, and I’M GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT IT IS.”  (Are you trembling with fear?   Because I’m trembling with fear . . .)

Who’s afraid of the Hot Bad Wolf?

After school, Stiles and Scott go back to the woods to retrieve Scott’s inhaler, and to get another glimpse of the corpse version of Venus Di Milo . . .

But, lo and behold, the body is GONE!

In it’s place is Wolf Man, Derek Hale.  He glowers and smoulders a bit, making some remarks about this being “private property,” before tossing Scott his inhaler, and walking off into the sunset. 

“Hey Derek, what’s with ALL the clothes?  I thought our kind liked to be naked all the time . . . Maybe that’s just me.”

Stiles explains that Derek is a few years older than they are, and that his whole family died in a fire, ten years ago.  How convenient!

Speaking of convenient . . .

Scott McCall – Dog Whisperer / Lady Killer

Did I mention that new-ANIMAL Scott works at an animal clinic?  Did I also mention that all the non-canine animals sheltered there now seem deathly afraid of him?  Gee, I wonder why?

It’s yet another “dark and stormy night.”  There’s a knock on the animal clinic door.  It’s Allison.  She’s wet . . . and sad.  Apparently, she hit some cuddly little puppy with her car.  Does it have an owner, one who’s worried sick about its absense?  Nobody seems to know or care . . . not when it gets in the way of Flirtation and Foreplay. 

Though Allison was somehow able to get the dog that she ran over into the backseat of her car, now, conveniently, she can’t touch it, because it is too angry and snarly.  Enter Magical Scott, and his Mesmeric Dog Whispering Eyes of Lust . . .

All of the sudden, Puppy could care less about having his leg flattened by the car of some random pretty girl.  He (or she) is in LOVE!  (And Scott didn’t even have to take off his shirt to obtain this result.  Go figure!)

“Take me to your Naked Chin-Up Bar, and show me your biscuit.”

As it turns out, unpopular as he may be at school, Scott is quite the little charmer with the ladies and the dogs.  Ever the smooth operator, Scott wraps Puppy’s wound, while telling Allison that he TOO would have CRIED, if he ran over a dog with his car.  (Wimp!)   He then helps Allison gather up the courage to pet Puppy’s fur.

“See?  He likes you,” whispers Scott.  (And by “he” I mean, “My Weiner.’)

Scott then pulls the “you have something on your face” trick, so that he can gently caress Allison’s cheek.  And if I wasn’t so impressed by how ridiculously good Scott is at this, I’d be truly nauseated by this entire conversation. 

Given how many points Scott has already scored in the “Get Into New Girl’s Pants” Game, it should be absolutely NO surprise to anybody that, when he asks her out to a party (to which (1) he was never actually invited; and (2) when SHE was initially invited, she lied and said she had Family Night) she agrees, before he can even finish his sentence.  Well played, Teen Wolf!

We end the evening with an at LEAST Half-Naked, if not MORE, Scott jerking off blissfully staring at the Full Moon rising outside his bedroom window.  (Uh OH!)

More Naked Scott (YAY!) More Obligatory Lacrosse Scenes (BOO!)

The next morning, Scott wakes up in the woods, with no idea how he got there.  And so, he frolics around half-naked for a while (which is WAY more fun than Naked Chin-ups!), and takes a quick dip in the neighbor’s pool . . .

The whole scene was about two minutes long, and had no plot significance, whatsoever.  And yet, it was my favorite part of the entire Pilot Episode.  Hmmm . . . interesting. 😉

At Lacrosse tryouts, Scott, not surprisingly, kicks ass again, this time, on offense.  When the Coach tells Scott he’s made the team’s starting lineup, everyone in the stands gets up and cheers, making me wonder if they too have wolf-sensitive hearing.  But Quirky Best Friend Stiles is concerned that his friend’s sudden sports prowess is “unnatural.” And so he takes a page out of the Bella Swan Book of Plot Explanation, and Googles “Werewolves” . . .

Stiles forces a very annoyed Scott, who is just hours away from his Date with Destiny Allison, to come over to his house so that he can explain this particular television show’s werewolf mythology warn his friend that he is now a werewolf.   In other words, from now on, but especially during a Full Moon, Scott is at high risk of becoming a bloodthirsty monster, any time he gets angry or sexually aroused. 

“First you interrupt my Naked Chin-Ups, and now THIS!  You are the BIGGEST . . . COCKBLOCK . . . EVER!”

Scott does not exactly take this news well.  And Stiles’ attempt to call Allison, on his friend’s behalf, to cancel their date, gets him even MADDER.  I smell another SEXY WALL SLAM!

“I am so turned on by you, right now.”

Scott quickly apologizes for his animal-like behavior, but it doesn’t stop him from going on his date with Allison.  After Scott leaves, Stiles notices to his horror, that at some point during the Sexy Wall Slam, Scott managed to CLAW THE CRAP out of Stiles’ desk chair.  Oops!

Scott McCall – Party ANIMAL!

We are treated to a few more Obligatory Shirtless Scott Shots, as our hero’s mom engages in conversation with him, while he prepares for his date.  She made some comment about him not getting his new girlfriend knocked up.  However, I can’t really tell you the specifics of what she said.  I was too busy staring at THE ABS.

At the party, things are going quite well between Allison and Scott.   They are grinding up one another, all close and sexy.  And EVERYBODY is taking notice.  (Remember, Scott is a SPORTS STAR, NOW!  No more being Scarlet Nerded for him!)

Clearly, Alpha Male Douchebag is not that good of a kisser.

But then Scott starts getting SEXUALLY AROUSED, and the TRANSFORMATION begins.  He rudely rushes out of the party, leaving poor Allison stranded, as he speeds back home, in his mom’s car.  (First Date FAIL!)  Fortunately, Hot Derek Hale is there to drive Allison home.  So, what if he’s SO OBVIOUSLY the werewolf who bit Scott?  Who cares that he literally CHEWED OFF A WOMAN’S ASS, prior to the start of the episode?  Mommy LIKES Derek Hale, A LOT!

Hey Derek, just so you know, you can eat my ass, ANYTIME!

Back in Were-Puberty Land, Scott is in his bathroom, and, SURPRISE, he’s taken off his shirt again, and gone to sit in the shower.  That’s when the cliched ugly wolf fingernails start to sprout . . .

Either Quirky Best Friend Stiles is a TOTAL stalker, or he was expecting this to happen all along. (Thanks Google!)  Because, the minute Scott is out of the shower, Stiles is at his door, telling him he still loves his pal, even though he’s a Beast in Desperate Need of a Manicure.  Scott inquires about Allison.  And Stiles informs him that his girlfriend went home with Derek Hale.  (So, I guess we are supposed to assume that Stiles was invited to the party too?)

Knowing exactly WHAT Derek is now, and the terrible things of which he is capable, a Wolfy-Headed Scott rushes into the forest to find Derek, while Stiles runs to Allison’s house (How did he know where she lived?) to make sure she still has legs.  Fortunately, Allison is OK.  The same can’t really be said for Scott, who looks like THIS now . . .

Scott runs into Derek.  And he’s all “WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME?  WAH!!!!!”

And Derek’s all, “You have a wonderful GIFT now.   I am your were- ‘brother.’  I will teach you how to survive and control your sexual urges.  We are going to bone so many hot chicks, together. Blah, Blah, Blah.”

Then, the Evil Hunters arrive and start shooting darts at poor Scott.  (Phallic imagery, anyone?)  Those bastards would have killed him too, if Derek didn’t go all BIG BAD WOLF on their lowly human asses.  (Like I said, I WANT ME some Derek, BIG TIME!)

The next day, Stiles picks up Scott for in his car.  (Sure, NOW he does it!)

I’ll admit that Stiles makes me fall in love with him a bit, when he tells Scott that he will help him cope with his Little Werewolf Problem. Mr. Sidekick is even willing to go as far as to chain Scott up in his basement during Full Moons (sounds kinky) and feed him mice (sounds gross), if he has to do so.  Now, THAT is true friendship!

Speaking of people who are unrealistically forgiving of Scott, Allison seems not nearly as peeved as she should be about Teen Wolf bailing on their First Date, and leaving her to get a ride home with the Hot Serial Killer.  In fact, all it takes is one puppy dog look from Scott, and Allison is already agreeing to Date 2.  Then, Allison’s dad comes to pick her up from school.  And I bet you will never guess what HIS occupation is . . .

.  . . Oh, that’s right.  He’s an EVIL WEREWOLF HUNTER!

And THAT was the Pilot Episode of Teen Wolf, in a nutshell.  Be sure to tune in next week, for more Obligatory Shirtless Shots of Scott, Wacky Stiles’ Antics, and Smouldering Derek Hale Hotness.

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  1. Well, you know my heart belongs to another werewolf, so I’m going to riff quickly on a little throwaway remark you made about the importance of always having a pen on you.

    I remember back in journalism class where we had this really involved story from a lecturer who said how always having a pen on you as a journo is of utmost importance, because you lost that upperhand in the power dynamic if you have to ask someone else to borrow one of their pens. Cos I’m a total geek, I actually thought it was a good point.

    So, Scott doing that little maneuver was a good way to get close to my cold heart!

    • The funny thing is that, nowadays, people carrying pens has become increasingly rare, since everyone is always toting around their laptops, iPads, blackberrys and palm pilots. In high school, I was always the girl with at least 4 or five extra pens and Number Two pencils positioned on the corner of her desk. (You never knew when one would break, or a friend would need to borrow one. And it was better to be prepared.)

      But now, I’m so used to being behind a computer or cell phone, that there are often moments when I need a pen and am shocked to find myself without one. It’s interesting how times change, isn’t it? 🙂

  2. Danielle

    There was another episode on Monday night, and a reference the Vampire Diaries. In lacrosse, they are playing Mystic Fall. Whose mascot happens to be the timberwolves. Convenient

    • Hey Danielle! That is SO COOL that they managed to squeeze a TVD reference into the show! It’s also pretty clever advertising, since they know that us TVD’ers are SERIOUSLY looking for a show to help us pass the time, during the hiatus between TVD and True Blood. And Teen Wolf, based on its subject matter, seems to fit the bill.

      Believe it or not, I had NO CLUE that they aired another new episode, last night. Thanks for the scoop! Geez! Talk about agressive marketing!

      I guess I just sort of assumed that, since the pilot aired on an unusual night, and in a weird time slot, that they would RE-AIR the pilot on Monday night. After all, THAT is the night on which the show will air, in the future. I suspect I am not the only one who made the mistake. MAN! Does this mean I have to write two recaps of this show in a row? *Sigh* I’m not quite sure I’m ready for that yet. 🙂

  3. André

    Ok, I will not fully comment yet because I am not through with the episode yet (only found a stream this evening), so I will write a full comment tomorrow. Albeit one thing I can say already:
    When I saw the Twilight vamps I thought their eyes looked creepy but the first picture in your recap of Scott’s yellow eyes combined with his tan skin looks damn hot. *grrrr*
    Does that make me a perf? 😦

    • It doesn’t make you pervy at all, Andre! I thought it was a damn sexy pic, too! In fact, THAT picture, in particular, was about 10 times hotter than any of the grainy screencaps I collected from the actual show.

      That’s pretty much why I chose it as my “title image.” I suspect that picture was created more for promotional purposes, than for anything else. I also imagine that whoever created it, Photoshopped the heck out of it, to make it look as good as it does. It doesn’t make it any less hot, though. 😉

      I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this show. I suspect that you will have a lot of strong opinions about it. 🙂

      • André

        Well currently my opinions aren’t that strong, yet. But we will see and I do have some comments. 🙂
        First, I noticed that this recap doesn’t have quite the same amount of snarky comments then your usual recaps. Do I see somebody falling in love or did I just get tougher? 😉

        By the way, found this on Youtube:

        And I think a picture like that would have been even hotter for your recap:

        ” Suffice it to say that our new pal Scott never met a shirt he liked very much.”
        And we can be sure that this won’t change much in the next episodes. At least I doubt it.

        ” Why is it that the quirky best friends always have the cool names, like “Boner,” “Cockroach,” and “Stiles,” while the “heroes” always have run-of-the-mill names, like “Mike,” “Adam,” and “Scott?” ”
        Because people must be able to identify themselves with the heroes and the more common the name, the better.

        “Either that, or the producers just like watching him blow and suck . . .”
        Are you one of the producers? Because I bet you would want to see that.

        “I am so turned on by you, right now.”
        I bet you would want…
        No, I won’t say it now. I will wait for your recap of episode 2; I bet I will have much better material to work with there. 🙂
        But I think this might be a sentence you would like to use in that recap:
        “Ok, Scotty, this is not the Brac Pack series, just because you are the werewolf doesn’t mean you get to be the one on top.”

        “ALMOST STAMPEDED TO DEATH BY A CAVALRY OF BAD CGI GRAPHICS FRIGHTENED WOODLAND CREATURES!!”
        That’s what I thought immediately when I saw that in the preview on MTV.com. Sure I don’t know how Californian deer look (I guess they have their own stylists :D) but the ones over here have different proportions. But hey their budget is limited, so I also guess that we won’t get to see the Man-wolf form any time soon either.

        “Hi, nice to meet you! My name is Love Interest . . . er . . . I mean Allison.”
        To be honest, even if I hadn’t seen the Trailer I would have guessed that something is up. Simply her last name “Argent” (the tincture of silver in heraldic and deriving from the Latin word argentum [meaning silver]) is hint enough.

        “It’s the first day of school. We learn immediately, that, despite his penchant for Naked Chin-Ups, and the fact that he sort-of, kind-of, resembles Taylor Lautner, Scott is NOT popular.”
        Well you know how it is, albeit it’s not completely out of question. We had some good-looking guys at my school who were unpopular, and we were only about 500 students. And perhaps it was because he needed his inhaler and because he was only on the sideline. You know how it is in sports, rarely do people notice those that don’t play.
        But in what way does he resemble Lautner?

        ““I’ve been Scarlet Nerded by you,” says Stiles.”
        Ah, the old “We are both unpopular and I am trying to deal with it my way”, classic. 😀

        “Science geeks out there, feel free to help me out with this one”
        Not one bit, unless since he is still in transition and it goes on and off, simply not noticing it is no explanation in this case. It will be a bit different in episode 2 I think, watch for the locker room.

        “that she brilliantly arrived at school with a pen.”
        You mean “without a pen”, right? 😉

        “I assume this is supposed to make us like her/ relate to her more. But I just didn’t buy it.”
        Maybe she doesn’t wanna make friends she might be losing soon anyway, or there is more going on at their (quite big [seriously that’s close to a mansion], they must be rich) house than in other ones and she doesn’t want anybody to know.

        “Every student who’s not on the team seems to be in the stands, which makes me wonder whether Beacon Hills High has any other sports / extracurriculars, or if it’s just a One Team Town.”
        Possible, we had none at all at my school.

        “This does not please Alpha Male Douchebag Jackson”
        I wouldn’t be so sure about that him being Alpha Male or the Big boss. Wait for episode 2. 😉

        “The whole scene was about two minutes long, and had no plot significance, whatsoever. And yet, it was my favorite part of the entire Pilot Episode. Hmmm . . . interesting. ”
        The answer to this mystery is simple you little horn dog: Scott running around through the woods more than half-naked, muscles flexing, running, showing pecs and abs. If Spidey would be here rightg now, she would point out that Scott is showing the first stages of an Adonis belt. 😀

        “And so he takes a page out of the Bella Swan Book of Plot Explanation, and Googles “Werewolves” . . .”
        Don’t remind me, that was totally fiction but somehow people often take it as real. No matter what he still seems to have found a lot. These werewolves don’t seem to have been very careful.

        “However, I can’t really tell you the specifics of what she said. I was too busy staring at THE ABS.”
        I can, to make it short; she said that sex inside the car was out of bounds.

        “At the party, things are going quite well between Allison and Scott.”
        I noticed that as well, but what I also noticed was that the barking Rottweiler actually had a tail; maybe Teen Wolf tries to get better with animal protection laws. Would be fitting.

        “So, I guess we are supposed to assume that Stiles was invited to the party too?”
        Well we don’t know what sort of party it is, everybody could have been invited. And maybe this town is actually small so if you wanna throw a party you can’t be too picky.

        “Then, the Evil Hunters arrive and start shooting darts at poor Scott. (Phallic imagery, anyone?) Those bastards would have killed him too, if Derek didn’t go all BIG BAD WOLF on their lowly human asses. (Like I said, I WANT ME some Derek, BIG TIME!)”
        You know scenes like this strike me as odd when combined with statements like Derek’s that they had wiped out his family, shouldn’t they have been prepared for something like that?

        “Mr. Sidekick is even willing to go as far as to chain Scott up in his basement during Full Moons (sounds kinky) and feed him mice (sounds gross), if he has to do so. Now, THAT is true friendship!”
        At least currently he has the potential to be more than just a sidekick, but we will see how it goes. And the other stuff… hey what are friends for?

        “Speaking of people who are unrealistically forgiving of Scott, Allison seems not nearly as peeved as she should be about Teen Wolf bailing on their First Date, and leaving her to get a ride home with the Hot Serial Killer.”
        Don’t worry, MTV had already released a preview of a scene that definitely wasn’t in episode 2 so it might still get interesting in that direction.

      • Hey Andre!

        “Do I see somebody falling in love or did I just get tougher?”

        LOL. Well, it’s DEFINITELY not the first option, but the second is a definite possibility. 🙂 Yeah, this particular recap had a lot more sex and gross out humor, than it did pointed jabs at the characters, themselves. I think that’s actually more a symptom of my not knowing, or feeling particularly strongly, about any of the characters, just yet. (Though, I do enjoy me some Derek Hale. 😉 )

        For example, you may have noticed that, in my TVD recaps, I almost NEVER snark at Damon. Because I LOVE Damon fiercely, I tend to describe him and his scenes with a certain degree of reverence, reserving most of my jokes and meanness for characters I DISLIKE, like, for example, Lizard Forbes, and Matt. Since, I don’t love or hate anyone on this show yet, enough for it to color my opinion of what’s happening, my reviews probably seem a bit more even-handed to you. 🙂

        That being said, I see that you agree with me, regarding the snark I directed at the so-called deer stampede. MAN, was that cheesy! 🙂 And how often do you see THAT many deer running around an already-populated suburban area? Pretty much NEVER.

        We also seem to agree about the oddity of Scott’s “superhuman hearing” in the pilot. I can see how, eventually, he would be able to ignore other sounds, in favor of only the ones in which he is interested (kind of like Sookie in True Blood.) However, early on in the transformation, I would have expected to see him in sensory overload, with all the frequencies he was picking up . . .

        Ooh, I know absolutely no Latin. So, I totally didn’t pick up on the meaning behind Allison’s last name. Good thinking! At least they didn’t call her Allison Wolfsbane. 🙂

        Also, thanks for noting my typo. It has since been corrected. 🙂 No matter how many times I reread my recaps before publishing them, I will always inevitably miss something. 😉

        And, just for the record, I absolutely think Tyler Posey resembles Taylor Lautner, in terms of his coloring, and his facial features. Lautner is just a bit buffer, and has shorter hair.

        I still actually haven’t caught episode 2. But plan to do so later tonight. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

  4. Tricus

    HMMMMM Your comment section look different…………….
    I actually tuned in to see this show after the MTV Movie awards. I never heard about it before but it looked interesting. While watching it, I liked it.
    I love that Scott dude haircut. I love a shaggy cut on a guy. Probabaly why I loved Damon haircut more in Season 1.
    Amyway Scott looked cute in his haircut but when his hair is wet he looks HOT. Yummy.
    Okay I digress. hahhahhaha
    The storyline is good so far. I love the banter between Scott and his best friend, For some reason I am not warming up to the girl who is Scott love interest YET.
    I love Derek. He is also sexy and HOT.
    The special effects of Scott face after he turned werewolf looked cheesy. I only like when his eyes turn yellow and his nails came out. Everything else look cheesy.
    All in all, it looks like a promising show. Since MTV showed the premiere on Sunday and the second episode the next day, I totally forgot to watch the second episode. Was it the second episode or was it a rerun of the Sunday epi?
    Anyway whichever it was, I am not used to a TV show that is on 2 days in a row.
    Oh well.

    • Hey Tricus!

      Wow! My comment section DOES look different! Sorry about that. I imagine the folks at WordPress tweaked my particular blog theme, and just forgot to tell its users.

      Interestingly enough, had you not mentioned it to me, I probably never would have noticed the change. After all, I tend do do all my blog post writing, and comment responding, through my Dashboard, and almost never visit my actual blog. Weird, right? You would think that, of all people, I would know what my own blog looked like. But I often don’t.

      Apparently, there WAS a second episode of Teen Wolf on last night. But, as I mentioned in my reply to Danielle’s comment, you were not alone in missing it. I do think this was just a one-time thing, however. After this week, I suspect that the show will revert back to just airing ONE episode every Monday night.

      As for your assessments of the pilot, I agree completely. Wet Scott = Hot Scott. And Scott and Stiles make for a pretty stellar bromance (though, admittedly, they are NO Damon and Alaric.) As much as I like these two, however, I think Bad Boy Derek is going to be MY MAIN MAN on this show. I just tend to like my men dark, edgy and morally ambiguous. It’s how I roll. 🙂

      Like you, I was also ambivalent about Scott’s female love interest, Allison. So far, she hasn’t shown too much of a unique personality, aside from being “nice.” Interestingly enough, of the two female leads, I actually prefer the so-called Mean Girl, because she seems to be more complex. Perhaps, this will change, as the series progresses. 🙂

  5. I didn’t watch this (the short promo I saw looked awful, but it wasn’t the long one, which I assume had mostly shirtlessness), but my friend did. I sent her your recap and she posted it on facebook. [Also, what I read of this recap (almost all of it) was STILL hilarious.] And did you see this? http://www.hollywoodlife.com/2011/06/07/teen-wolf-vampire-diaries-fans-lacrosse-tyler-posey/

    Who won??

    • Hey Noelle! Thanks so much for the link, and for spreading the word on my recap. (Also, definitely thank your friend for me. I THOUGHT I was getting some more Facebook blog hits than usual. ;)).

      Though I had read about the TVD reference, believe it or not, I still have yet to watch the second episode of Teen Wolf. (The whole “two new episodes in one week” thing, threw me off big time.) I do plan to watch (and hopefully recap) episode 2 sometime later in the week though.

      As for who won the lacrosse game, I’m going to take a shot in the dark, and guess it was Beacon Hills . . . but only because Mystic Falls’ resident Teen Wolf plays football in the fall. 😉

  6. Ya know with the whole TVD withdrawal thing going on, I was really hoping to get into the show. But the entire time that I was watching this episode I kept comparing it to my beloved TVD. And let’s just say that- it didn’t compare AT ALL. I found the lead actor’s acting HORRIBLE and everything else just wasn’t engaging enough to keep my interest. Not even the really hot rival werewolf (Derek?) kept me entertained (Now, WHEN this show gets cancelled I wouldn’t mind seeing him bromance it up with Tyler on TVD– HOT- RIGHT????). I didn’t really feel the vibes going on between Allison and Scott because well…the lead actor made me feel…awkward (though he is incredibly hot).

    I did like the best friend Stilles (?) but again I feel like his potential would be wasted on this show.

    God, I feel so wrong for not liking this show….but…oh well. LOL

    • LOL. Don’t feel bad, Sandy! 🙂 I feel like most of us have been so thoroughly spoiled by TVD, that no other supernatural teen shows are ever going to quite measure up to the Sheer Mastery of Damon Salvatore and Co.. 😉

      When it comes to summer television, I always tend to be a bit more “flexible” (i.e. less choosy) regarding what I watch. With the exception of cable programming, like True Blood and Mad Men, most of the shows I watch in the summer aren’t necessarily shows that would make “the cut” in the fall. (Though, interestingly enough, I did find Pretty Little Liars, when it began as a summer show. And that one has become sort of a guilty pleasure for me, even when it appears in the fall, opposite more popular shows.)

      That being said, there is still a chance that THIS show might improve, as time goes on, both in terms of the acting, the storylines, and the production values. Remember the TVD pilot? That one was pretty “rough” too . . . granted, not THIS rough, but still. TVD was definitely a show that took about 3 or 4 episodes to get off the ground running. And then, once it did, I was hooked for LIFE.

      Oh, and, of course, I ADORE your idea about Derek Hale and Tyler Lockwood running around Mystic Falls in their half-naked wolfish glory. Now, THAT is a show I’d PAY to see, ANY DAY OF THE YEAR. 🙂

  7. André

    Well Julie I guess you will find at least a few things in the second episode to make fun about and to comment on, at least I did. 😉

    “LOL. Well, it’s DEFINITELY not the first option…”
    Hmph, I heard that before.

    “Though, I do enjoy me some Derek Hale.”
    Let me guess, because of his looks? Wait until you see some of his postures in episode 2. 😀

    “Since, I don’t love or hate anyone on this show yet, enough for it to color my opinion of what’s happening, my reviews probably seem a bit more even-handed to you.”
    If that is so, I wish that it will stay for a while because I am curious what sort of recaps that would be.

    “For example, you may have noticed that, in my TVD recaps, I almost NEVER snark at Damon.”
    How could anybody not notice that? 😉

    “That being said, I see that you agree with me, regarding the snark I directed at the so-called deer stampede. MAN, was that cheesy! 😀 And how often do you see THAT many deer running around an already-populated suburban area? Pretty much NEVER.”
    The CGI wasn’t the best, but like I said, budget. The eyes of the werewolves in True Blood S03E01 were worse.
    Well I don’t know about deer or stampedes, but considered what is running around in my hometown (in the urban area), well, see for yourself:

    Or here:

    Not to mention this:

    Or this:

    And actually I did come across Roe Deer from time to time during jogging; the last time was last weekend when one of them was near the parking lot.
    So you see; I am probably a little bit more inclined towards believing in the possibility of a deer stampede so near a suburban area.

    “However, early on in the transformation, I would have expected to see him in sensory overload, with all the frequencies he was picking up.”
    Well episode 2 continues pretty much were episode 1 ended, so he has only been a werewolf for a few days at most. And don’t worry, like I said, look for the locker room.

    “Ooh, I know absolutely no Latin. So, I totally didn’t pick up on the meaning behind Allison’s last name. Good thinking! At least they didn’t call her Allison Wolfsbane.”
    I guess that would have been too obvious. And I think I am deep enough into the werewolf topic to notice stuff like that, it was the same with the film Red Riding Hood, I not only found the reference to all those fairy tales but also to some actual werewolf stories from folklore, although I don’t know whether the makers knew them or if it was just a coincidence. And no, I will not tell you who the werewolf in that movie is.:D
    And by the way I think I will have something interesting to say considered Damon, when I comment your recap of next episode. 😉

    Ps. Since I mention the film Red Riding Hood, believe it or not but without knowing so (at least it’s most likely), Stephanie Meyer actually was closer considered werewolf folklore then vampire ones. I do know a legend depicting the werewolf as a horse-sized wolf and as far as I know still having human eyes in animal form was a common feature among the shapeshifting humans of the old Norse (the werewolf in Brothers Grimm is a good example of this).

    “And, just for the record, I absolutely think Tyler Posey resembles Taylor Lautner, in terms of his coloring, and his facial features. Lautner is just a bit buffer, and has shorter hair.”
    I don’t know, Lautner has a touch more of read in his tan I think. And Posey has a less broad face and a slightly crooked nose, but don’t worry since he is not Ashley Simpson or Jennifer Grey he won’t ruin his face (or career) with nose surgery.;-)

    So that was my comment for today, I am counting on you doing the recap. We shall see. 🙂

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