A Wolf in Scott’s Clothing – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s Second Episode, “Second Chance at First Line”

STILES:  “It’s called a UNIFORM, Scott.  You have to wear one, or your teammates will realize there is something ‘different’ about you.”

SCOTT:  “But Stiles, don’t you get it?  Your acting skills, the size of my pects, and Derek’s eyes are the only things keeping this show on the air.  The more I walk around like this, the better chance we have of not getting canceled.”

STILES:  “Oh . . . carry on then.”

Initially, I was completely baffled by MTV’s decision to air two new episodes of Teen Wolf in a row, on consecutive nights.  However, having finally watched this second installment, I can see why the producers of this show might have made that choice.  After all, “Second Chance at First Line” definitely seemed like more of a continuation of the pilot, than its own episode, didn’t it?  Aside from learning a bit more about the show’s distinct brand of werewolf mythology, not all that much really happened in this hour.  We did, however, get another heaping helping of  the whole “Werewolves are SUPER at lacrosse” message  .  . .

Here’s a hint MTV:  Do you want to increase viewership?  Try replacing the word “lacrosse” with “sex” in the above sentence.  Just a suggestion  .  . .

So, strap on your helmets, kiddies, because it’s time for another recap . . .

“Don’t Cry, WOLF!”

 

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“I really shouldn’t have eaten all those beans last night.”

I’m going to have to assume that Episode 2 of Teen Wolf begins right where Episode 1 left off.  Scott has just found out that Allison’s dad is an Evil Werewolf Hunter.  And so, he heads to the locker room, takes off his shirt (naturally), bangs his head against the locker, and starts squinching up his face, like an infant in need of a diaper change.  Had the aforementioned Close Encounter with Bad Dad Kind not just happened, Scott’s excessive emotionality in this scene, probably wouldn’t make too much sense .  . .

Fortunately,  Stiles is there, ready and waiting to wipe the tears from Scott’s eyes, and the snot from his nose.

 Super cute, Seth Cohen-esque Sidekick, at your service!

Scott provides Stiles with a quick recap of the last few moments of the first episode.  And I can’t help but wonder why these two guys seem so willing to BLATANTLY TALK ABOUT SCOTT BEING A WEREWOLF in a locker room where ANY OF THEIR TEAMMATES CAN HAPPEN TO WALK IN AND HEAR THEM.  Being a werewolf, might increase your strength, speed, hearing and stamina, but it sure doesn’t do sh*t for your intelligence level . . . or lack thereof.

Here’s a hint, Scott.   You’re pretty.  Marry some smart girl, who can be the breadwinner in your family, and keep you living in the Perpetually Half-Naked House Husband manner to which you are accustomed.

Anywhoo . . . it’s time for practice . . . AGAIN.

Distracted by his “personal problems,” Scott makes a bad play on the field, and is told by the overly hyper Coach Crackhead that he runs like the latter’s dead grandma.  This makes Scott, ANGRY.  And you won’t like Scott when he’s ANGRY . . .

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Scott’s second play is decidedly un-dead grandma-like.  So much so, in fact, that he ends up ramming into Alpha Male Douchebag Jackson, and dislocating his shoulder.  OOPS!  This sends Scott into a werewolf transformation tailspin.  So, he rushes back to the locker room, before any of his classmates can see him sprout a face that only a Dead Grandma could love . . .

“Is that a lacrosse stick in my back, or are you just happy to see me?”

When Trusty Sidekick, Stiles, follows Scott back to the lockers to make sure he is OK, a Wolfed Out Scott, starts LITERALLY seeing red.  And that’s when all hell breaks loose. (Note to MTV:  ELIMINATE the cheesy CGI graphics from this show, ASAP!  We kind of figured out Scott was “enraged” and “not himself,” by the fact that he was GROWLING, CLIMBING THE LOCKERS, and TRYING TO EAT HIS BEST FRIEND.  The “Shaky Wolf Cam” stuff was just overkill.)

Finally, a surprisingly clever Stiles (well . . . clever, when he’s NOT talking about his best friend being a werewolf, in public), manages to de-wolfanize Scott, by shooting him with a fire extinguisher . . .

I’m thinking, right about now, Stiles would rather be on Gossip Girl or 90210, where the most dangerous thing he might get “eaten” by would be a bad case of crabs . . .

Scott, conveniently, has no memory of the last two minutes.  Fortunately, Stiles is more than happy to provide a recap.  “You tried to kill me,” he offers, helpfully.

Stiles suggests to Scott that maybe playing in the first lacrosse game of the season, isn’t the best idea . . . at least not until the latter gets a better hand on his wolfish instincts.  Scott reluctantly agrees. However, when he finds out that everyone AND HIS MOTHER will be stopping by, specifically to see him play, the not-so-lone wolf begins to reconsider his options. 

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Often in my recaps, I tend to make fun of shameless insertions of technology, like Skype and Google, into teen shows.  These Often Useless to the Plot Scenes tend be included in teen drama scripts, for no other reason, than to rake in advertising dollars, and to make teen viewers  forget that the writers of the “cool” show they are watching are actually middle aged men, who have NO CLUE what real teens today actually sound like.  That being said, as of this week, Teen Wolf bears the proud distinction of having the Best Use of Skype in a Television Drama EVER!

Watch and learn . . .

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That’s right, boys and girls!  Teen Wolf cleverly used Skype to put a new twist on the old “Someone Appears Seemingly Out of Nowhere, in Your Bathroom Mirror” horrror movie trope.  The scene worked, because it genuinely caught me (and I suspect many other viewers as well) off guard.  Here’s how it worked:

We saw the Skype-Thing happening, immediately assumed the scene was going to be useless (ask Skype scenes tend to be), and pretty much stopped paying attention.  So, when Stiles starts acting weird (well . . . weirder than usual), and the computer screen freezes, we are right there in Scott’s shoes, trying to figure out what the heck is going on.  And when the computer screen reveals that Derek has been standing behind Scott the whole time, I must admit, I literally jumped out of my chair.

“Ahh . . . the male escort I ordered has finally arrived.”

So, of course, the writers had to follow that up with a Classic TVD-inspired Homoerotic Wall Slam . . .

“In the words of Nine Inch Nails, I want to f*&k you, like an animal.”

Derek seemed different in this episode, didn’t he?  In the Pilot he was all, “We are family,” and “Go Team Wolf,” and “Enjoy my Gift.”  And now he’s all, “Intense Stares,” and, “Empty Threats,” and “Creepy Proclamations.”  Did he forget that HE was the guy, who made Scott a wolf, in the first place?  Given that, it’s a bit hypocritical of him to be all judgy of Scott’s “Anger Management Issues,” don’t you think?  Talk about the Pot calling the Kettle, a wolf . . .

“Who you calling a kettle?”

Anyway, Derek scolds Scott for not being more careful about hiding his “gift.”  (It’s a good thing he didn’t watch that first scene in the locker room!  That would have REALLY pissed him off.)  He then pretty much tells his so-called brother that he’ll kill him, if the latter decides to play in the first lacrosse game. 

OH NO!  No more LACROSSE SCENES?  Say it ain’t so?  (She said, sarcastically.)

Peer Pressure from the Wolf Pack

“Are your eyes YELLOWER than they were yesterday, or did I snort so much cheap coke this morning, that I’ve started to hallucinate?”

When Scott approaches his coach the next day at school, to tell him that he can’t play in the upcoming lacrosse game, due to “personal problems,” (It is his “Time of Month,” after all) Coach Crackhead immediately assumes that Scott doesn’t want to play because he is either (1) gay, or (2) a meth addict. 

Riiiiiight, because the “symptoms” of homosexuality and severe drug addiction are EXACTLY the same.  The whole conversation seemed so random, and completely out of place, that I can only assume that its purpose was to foreshadow the introduction of a gay character on the show.  Well . . . that . . . and Scott sort of DOES act like a meth addict, sometimes . . .

“How familiar are you with the ‘furry’ community?”

Also, subtly encouraging Scott to play lacrosse, is his new “gal  pal,” Allison, who not only informs him that she will be watching the game from the stands, she also plans to have hot animal sex with take him out to celebrate, after the game is over.  Directly, after this scene, we are treated to a seemingly random shot of Allison alone at her locker, finding a jacket she left at the party from the pilot episode.  Based on the eerie music that’s playing, a WOLF seems to be watching her hungrily.  The questions is, is that wolf SCOTT (who, after all, more or less, was just propositioned for sex, and is probably all hot and bothered now), or Derek (who we know had access to the jacket, when he drove Allison home, and was probably the one who returned it to her locker)? 

Hmmm . . . interesting . . .

Speaking of interesting . . .

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I BET you do! 😉

 . . . I haven’t quite figured out this Lydia character yet.  Last week, she went from not knowing who Scott was at all, to seeming to want to jump his bones, all because he had suddenly become a solid athlete.  This week, she waffled between wanting Scott to play lacrosse (even though he mowed down her boyfriend), because she wanted her team to win the game, and hoping that Scott would play POORLY, so that her boyfriend would look better on the field.

Whatever her true motivations, Lydia did seem to succeed in thoroughly baffling Scott.  Then again, given that the Wolfman never exactly struck me as the sharpest tool in the woodshed (biggest maybe, but not sharpest), that probably wasn’t all that difficult to do.  Later, when Lydia purposefully introduced Allison to other boys right in front of Scott, his Crazy Creepy Jealous Side emerged, which was NOT ATTRACTIVE AT ALL. 

Scott started immediately peppering his not-yet-girlfriend, with needy questions relating to various interactions with members of the opposite sex in general, and Derek Hale, in particular.    And I have to say, if I was Allison, and some guy left ME stranded at a party, and then started treating me, all Abusive Boyfriend-y like Scott was treating her, so soon after I first met him, I would run FAR AND FAST in the opposite direction. 

Yet, Allison barely bats an eyelash.  Perhaps, it has something to do with her deep-seated Daddy Issues . . .

Nevertheless,  Scott’s firm belief that, if he decides not to play in the lacrosse game, Lydia will whore out Allison to the entire sophomore class, is what, ultimately, convinces him to play.  (Gee Lydia!  Thanks for the guarantee of more lacrosse scenes.  How will I ever repay you?)

However, in order to make it to the game without being MURDERED by his “new brother,” Scott must eliminate Derek Hale from the picture, first.  And in order to eliminate Derek Hale, the newbie wolf has to somehow prove that Derek was the one responsible for the half-eaten corpse in the woods. 

Morgue Shopping and Grave-Digging, a.k.a. Just Another Weeknight for Scott and Stiles

“Hey look!  I think I just found the Hatch from Lost down here.”

The last time Scott was at Derek’s house, he smelled a corpse buried beneath the property, using his Superhuman Sniffing Power.  Now, Scott hopes to “sniff out” the other half of the body in the morque to see if the “smells” match. 

Yeah, I just vomited in my mouth typing that sentence . . .

I mean, never mind that, in order to preserve a body in a morque, it’s sprayed with all sorts of chemicals specifically to HIDE its smell.  But, whatever, it’s just television, right?  Or should I say . . . Smell-evision.

Lydia and Alpha Male Douchebag are also at the hospital, getting shots for Alpha’s wounded shoulder, at the time.  So, Scott tries to distract them . . . well . . . at least shamelessly flirt with distract, Lydia, so that Scott can sneak past unnoticed.  (I love how THESE are the people who Scott is worried about being discovered by, as opposed to  . . . say HOSPITAL SECURITY OR A MEDICAL EXAMINER.)  As it turns out, Lydia and Alpha Male Douchebag don’t need distracting.  They do a fine job of that all on their own . . .

“My shoulder may be injured, but my weiner works just fine!”

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“I would very much like to Google you . . . and I don’t mean on the computer either.”

So, Stiles settles down in a waiting room chair, and starts reading an intriguing pamphet about menstrual cycles.  Because, you just never know when that type of information will come in handy . . . 

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(And, yes, I caught, the wolf rage / PMS metaphor here.  Clearly, this episode was written by a MAN!  Women don’t joke about these sorts of things . . . even though I kind of just did.)

Alone in the morgue, Scott locates the Partial Jane Doe’s better half, i.e. her BOTTOM half,  gives it a big snifferoo, and determines that the scent DOES, in fact, match the scent he picked up near Derek’s house.  Now, all Scott and Stiles have to do is exhume the other half of the body from Derek’s front yard, without being caught.  Easy, right? 

Though the ENTIRE time I was watching this scene, I kept expecting Derek to come home, he DIDN’T, despite the fact that Scott and Stiles never even thought to check up on his whereabouts, before going on their little archealogy dig.   They just assumed they could go digging up his front yard in the middle of the night, and he would NEVER notice.  In their defense, I vaguely recall seeing Derek leave in his car, right before they started digging.  But, for all they know, he could have been heading out for a quick errand.   Wolf Detective Team, FAIL!

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“I’ll be watching you!”

Scott and Stiles find the body relatively quickly, but are pretty shocked to find that its not human at all!  Rather, it’s the body of a WOLF!

I had to laugh when Scott and Stiles screamed like little girls, upon finding the dead animal, as if it was SO MUCH SCARIER than what they ACTUALLY expected to find . . .

Ahem!

Nevertheless, Stiles conveniently notes that a solitary wolfsbane plant is buried in the soil, where it wasn’t before.  Remembering from his Google searches, and countless hours spent jerking off to wolf porn watching old werewolf movies, that wolfsbane has a negative effect on werewolf powers, he pulls the plant out of the ground, only to find that it is attached to a rope encircling the grave.   When the rope is unraveled, the wolf’s dead body miraculously transforms back into human remains.  Weird, huh?

Now, Stiles and Scott have the evidence they need to get Derek arrested for murder.

Derek accepts his arrest, with the same mildly annoyed facial expession he has worn the entire episode.  And Stiles, who clearly has a death wish, takes this opportunity to hop in his dad’s police car with the confirmed killer, so the two can have a little “chat.”

“So, Wolfman, how about that Anthony Weiner guy?  What a TOOL, right?”

Stiles wants to know why Derek’s werewolf victim had the ability to transform into a FULL FLEDGED wolf, whereas Scott, transformation is, more or less, limited to his face and hands, and makes him look, less like a wolf, and more like a cross between E.T. and how my cat looks in the dark. 

 Note:  This is NOT MY CAT.

The answer to this question seems pretty obvious to ME, and I haven’t done nearly as much research as Stiles has.  I presume the answer to Stiles’ question is as follows:  While Derek and the victim were werewolves by birth, Scott is only a werewolf by BITE, thereby preventing him from undergoing a complete transformation.

But hey, like I said, Stiles is only SOMETIMES clever.  Like, for example, in the following scene, when his father accuses him of lying about Scott’s  whereabouts, the night Stiles was caught in the woods, and Stiles explained that he wasn’t lying, because “lying” meant “reclining in a horizontal position.”

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Stiles is also smart enough to take the wolfsbane with him, when he leaves Derek’s property.  After all, the plant will undoubtedly function as a great way to protect this mere mortal, should his bestie decide to go apesh*t on him again, like he did earlier in the locker room.  The problem, of course, is that, when confined to close spaces, like, say, for example, Stiles car, wolfsbane makes Scott feel ill.  And feeling ill makes Scott ANGRY.  And getting ANGRY makes Scott look like THIS . . .

So, of course, when Stiles pulls over his car, to let a wolfish Scott escape to “do his thing” in the woods, the latter somehow winds up on Allison’s roof.  And so he begin stalking her bedroom, like the UGLIEST, and Most Ambitious, Peeping Tom ever!   Eventually, Scott takes a tumble from the roof, only to be ALMOST hit by Allison’s Evil Dad’s car.

  Now back to his normal self, Scott seems dazed and confused as to how he wound up here.  Dimwitted Allison doesn’t seem to think there is anything wrong with this situation, and is just happy to see that her boyfriend is alive. 

“Aww! I”ve never had my own stalker, before!  I am SO flattered!”

Evil Hunter Dad, however, is obviously suspicious . . .

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

It’s Game Day!  And Scott McCall is ready to kick some Mystic Falls’ Timberwolf ASS!

Fortunately, for Scott, none of the Cool Kids from Mystic Falls (shown above) actually PLAY lacrosse.  Otherwise, he’d be dead meat.  Of course,  Scott would have WAY better luck kicking some Timberwolf Ass, if SOMEONE actually passed him the ball.  Unfortunately, Alpha Male Douchebag has cautioned his teammates against doing just that. 

Up in the stands, Lydia, who may actually be the SMARTEST person on this show (Not that this is saying much.  Sorry Stiles!)  seems to know, instinctively, that Scott plays his best when he’s “all riled up.”  So, she commandeers Allison to hold up a “We Love Alpha Male Douchebag” sign in the stands, for Scott to see.

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“On the inside I’m crying, but on the outside, I want to rip your face in half, and wear it as a hat.”

The ploy works, and, before you know it, Scott is growling at the TVD extras, leaping over bodies, and scoring like the Selfish Ball Hog we always knew he could be.   But, alas, by the time he has won his game for his ungrateful teammates, Scott is too wolfed out to care.  When the game is over, he dashes from the field toward . . . wait for it . . . THE TRUSTY LOCKER ROOM, AGAIN.  (Dude!  Try the woods.  There are WAY less humans there!) 

In the locker room, Scott pounds a bathroom mirror in fury, as he heads off to complete his transformation into that Weird Thing that’s Supposed to Look Like a Wolf, But Doesn’t Really. 

Dumb as Dogsh*t Allison, ever the glutton for punishment, follows Scott into the boys’ locker room (kinky!).  It’s all dark and creepy in there.  (Did the school forget to pay it’s electric bill, or something?) 

She quickly notes the broken mirror, and hears the heavy breathing of a wolfed-out Scott, who is  perched awkwardly on a locker above her head, waiting patiently to rip out her skull.  But, hey, isn’t getting your body ripped in half by a Psycho Beat worth the risk of True Love. 

No?  Yeah . . . I didn’t think so, either.

“Could you just do me a favor . . . when you eat me . . . try not to mess up my makeup?  I wouldn’t mind, except that I spent an HOUR on it, before the game, and I’d hate to have all this Pretty go to waste.”

Somehow, Scott turns back to normal, and Allison finds him in the showers, looking all teary and vulnerable.  She ignores the 800 million warning signs she’s received that this guy might very well be a Date Rapist in the Making, and starts making out with him, hardcore.

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Ever the “supportive buddy,” Stiles watches his bestie engage in this Precursor to Shower Sex, looking more than a bit jealous . . . of ALLISON.

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“I smell SHOWER SEX . . . and Sweaty Boys’ Gym Socks!”

After Allison leaves, Scott rushes to tell Stiles how proud he is of himself for being able to tongue Allison in the dark, without prematurely ejaculating chewing her perky boobies off, with his wolf teeth.  Unfortunately, Stiles has to poo on his bestie’s happiness with some BAD NEWS.  Apparently, the Medical Examiner Report ruled the dead body in Derek’s yard to have been killed by “animal attack.”  And, since nobody knows Derek is an “animal” yet, he was released from jail.

“You can’t tell from my blank facial expression, but I am very happy about this new development.  I am now free to stare intensely at you and your friends, every Monday night, for the foreseeable future.”

Oh, and did I mention that the Coroner identified the dead body as belonging to DEREK’S SISTER?

Back on the field, Alpha Male Douchebag finds Scott’s lacrosse glove on the floor, in a moment very reminiscent of the Glass Slipper Scene from Cinderella.   He notices, to his confusion, that it has holes where the fingers are supposed to go.  It looks almost like the wearer of the glove broke through its fabric with his LONG SCARY FINGERNAILS!

Uh Oh, Scott!  It looks like somebody needs a manicure!

And that’s all she wrote folks.  Did you like this episode better than the pilot?   Or were you disappointed in its comparative dearth of shirtless scenes?  Feel free to sound off in the comment section, below!

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11 responses to “A Wolf in Scott’s Clothing – A Recap of Teen Wolf’s Second Episode, “Second Chance at First Line”

  1. André

    And she is back. 😀
    I just had to comment as soon as I got home from work, this recap was awesome and I was right in that you gave me much more material this time.
    I guess from the way this recap is written the show definitely affected you and I am not sure in what way, but – to be honest – I was surprised that you didn’t catch a few things. But don’t worry; your gay bitch is here to help you out with that. 🙂
    First my thoughts on your recap and then the things I noticed myself.

    The episode was about the same for me as the pilot but it did held its interest for me. And no worry Scott will occasionally wear tight sweat-shirts even if you won’t see is naked pecs.
    Albeit if you watch at 0:42 maybe you will get to see more:

    And the second episode definitely started where the pilot ended.

    “But Stiles, don’t you get it? Your acting skills, the size of my pects, and Derek’s eyes are the only things keeping this show on the air.”
    Not completely without merit I guess, but we will see.

    ” Had the aforementioned Close Encounter with Bad Dad Kind not just happened, Scott’s excessive emotionality in this scene, probably wouldn’t make too much sense . .”
    I found that great, I hate it when characters (especially teenage ones and below) are always so stoical during and after life of death situations. So therefore:

    “And I can’t help but wonder why these two guys seem so willing to BLATANTLY TALK ABOUT SCOTT BEING A WEREWOLF in a locker room where ANY OF THEIR TEAMMATES CAN HAPPEN TO WALK IN AND HEAR THEM.”
    Because they are teenagers and Scott is an emotional mess coming out of shock.
    And I totally like Stiles reactions, albeit I guess you didn’t like it that he covered Scott’s pecs so fast right?:)

    “…and is told by the overly hyper Coach Crackhead that he runs like the latter’s dead grandma. ”
    I love the attitude and manners of that coach. His “McCall’s gonna do it again” was funny.

    ” by the fact that he was GROWLING, CLIMBING THE LOCKERS, and TRYING TO EAT HIS BEST FRIEND. The “Shaky Wolf Cam” stuff was just overkill.)”
    Your kinda right, the red screen was unnecessary, letting Posey act would have been sufficent.

    “Finally, a surprisingly clever Stiles”
    Necessity is the mother of invention.

    “The whole conversation seemed so random, and completely out of place, that I can only assume that its purpose was to foreshadow the introduction of a gay character on the show. ”
    Maybe, but it’s only the second episode anyway. Then again, they already used the word porn.

    “Last week, she went from not knowing who Scott was at all, to seeming to want to jump his bones, all because he had suddenly become a solid athlete. ”
    I thought the same, but know I think that she rather sees a threat in him for her own boy toy.

    “is Crazy Creepy Jealous Side emerged, which was NOT ATTRACTIVE AT ALL. ”
    And neither very surprising. Boys will be boys.

    “So, Stiles settles down in a waiting room chair, and starts reading an intriguing pamphet about menstrual cycles. Because, you just never know when that type of information will come in handy”
    I didn’t see it like that but I think you have a point. 😉

    “(And, yes, I caught, the wolf rage / PMS metaphor here. Clearly, this episode was written by a MAN! Women don’t joke about these sorts of things . . . even though I kind of just did.)”
    I wouldn’t be so sure about that, I remember an article that compared these two “times of the month” and that was written by a woman. So maybe a woman had that idea after all.

    “Alone in the morgue, Scott locates the Partial Jane Doe’s better half, i.e. her BOTTOM half, gives it a big snifferoo, and determines that the scent DOES, in fact, match the scent he picked up near Derek’s house.”
    You did forgot his reaction towards the body. Our Teen Wolf shows clear signs of stress.

    “In their defense, I vaguely recall seeing Derek leave in his car, right before they started digging…… But, for all they know, he could have been heading out for a quick errand. Wolf Detective Team, FAIL!”
    He did leave in his car, and since his car is not an electric car both of the boys would have heard it returning and well, who of us would have acted smarter at that age, with such little knowledge? Anyone? 😉

    ” I had to laugh when Scott and Stiles screamed like little girls, upon finding the dead animal, as if it was SO MUCH SCARIER than what they ACTUALLY expected to find . . .”
    That really was kinda funny, and I think we should give them some slack because a) it wasn’t what they expected to see and b) the image of the big bad wolf is still fresh in our minds and wolves are regularly associated with danger in western culture.
    However this revelation in the scene did remind me of something I head read some time ago about the plan for the werewolves of the show. And which would be the answer to Stiles question to Derek.

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!

    Apparently they are going split them into Alphas, Betas and Omegas. Omegas turn into actual wolves (Derek’s sister), the Betas turn into fanged humanoids (Scott) and the Alphas into big dog-men with huge muscles (Derek, at least we can assume that it was him).
    In addition according to a video on MTV.com the fact that Scott is bitten supposedly means that he is more violent and blood-thirsty then a born wolf like Derek. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kAh61CaQFo

    Of course as to yet that didn’t explain his sister’s death.

    “The problem, of course, is that, when confined to close spaces, like, say, for example, Stiles car, wolfsbane makes Scott feel ill. And feeling ill makes Scott ANGRY. And getting ANGRY makes Scott look like THIS”
    Actually I think wolfsbane brings the wolf out in this show, because when Scott found the upper body it was human but when they dug it out it was in wolf-shape and reverted back to human when the wolfsbane on a rope was no longer around it (this could have been made by Derek on purpose, because who would think anything of seeing a dead canine buried next to the house). So I guess wolfsbane doesn’t make werewolves ill but exposes them.

    “Dimwitted Allison doesn’t seem to think there is anything wrong with this situation, and is just happy to see that her boyfriend is alive.”
    Well she could think that he just wanted ´to see him and didn’t look where he went. Of course considered that Allison might have moved several times during her life her social intelligence might be lacking.

    “Aww! I”ve never had my own stalker, before! I am SO flattered!”
    Well you know what Kevin Bacon said on Will & Grace; once you have no stalkers anymore you are no longer wanted.

    “Up in the stands, Lydia, who may actually be the SMARTEST person on this show (Not that this is saying much. Sorry Stiles!) seems to know, instinctively, that Scott plays his best when he’s “all riled up.” So, she commandeers Allison to hold up a “We Love Alpha Male Douchebag” sign in the stands, for Scott to see.”
    I don’t think that this was the reason. But see below for my thoughts on her.

    “Dumb as Dogsh*t Allison, ever the glutton for punishment, follows Scott into the boys’ locker room (kinky!).
    And I have to say, if I was Allison, and some guy left ME stranded at a party, and then started treating me, all Abusive Boyfriend-y like Scott was treating her, so soon after I first met him, I would run FAR AND FAST in the opposite direction. ”
    Either she really is dumb or the writers have something more for her in store. However a future scene I had watched suggests the first option. And don’t forget that this is a werewolf show and the werewolf theme in TV, film and literature is usually male dominated. Albeit Scott is light years away from being a big, “dominating” example of strength and “masculinity”, which many seem to attribute to werewolves, best example in literature would be the Brac Pack series I mentioned in my comments to your last recap. The werewolves are all big and “dominating” (controlling would fit better) and of course totally muscular without any workout (like the ones in the first episode of True Blood season albeit even bigger). *rolleyes* Their mates are all guys (it’s gay smut) and of course always smaller and less muscular (often rather going towards twinky) then the wolves and I have read (more or less) 14 of 15 books of the series (they are not long) and except for 2 books the werewolves are always exclusive tops and don’t even consider bottoming, even in case of the two exceptions they were rather forced by circumstances and found out that they liked it. Boring, if you ask me, I like it when a big guy can take it and lets the smaller guy take him. Albeit not gay it’s the same with the Underworld series or Twilight, the werewolves are big and scream “masculine” (a hyena would say different) and as presented in Twilight (or TVD) the female werewolf is rather a weird quirk and the exception then part of the norm.

    “Ever the “supportive buddy,” Stiles watches his bestie engage in thisPrecursor to Shower Sex, looking more than a bit jealous . . . of ALLISON.”
    You naughty girl. 😉 Would you want Stiles to be taken by Scott or Scott be taken by Stiles? Just curious. *whistle*
    “Is that a lacrosse stick in my back, or are you just happy to see me?”
    I guess that answers my question. 😉

    “In the words of Nine Inch Nails, I want to f*&k you, like an animal.”
    I knew it. 😉

    Ok, now here the things I thought you would say or comment on, respectively the things I noticed totally by myself:

    I am a bit surprised that you didn’t compare Lydia with Katherine. Because Lydia did with Scott the same Katherine did with Damon in the crypt, she knew exactly how to manipulate him. And let’s be honest, telling a teenage boy from the western civilization that the team he wanted to be in more than anything will win anyway and he will end up at home watching porn (I was a bit surprised that they used that word) always works.
    I also think that it’s Lydia who is the boss in her relationship with Jackson and that her boyfriend is merely a tool, albeit I haven’t figured out to what end except popularity. But considered her boyfriends car he might come from a rich family and that is always something you can show around. No matter what I wouldn’t be surprised at all, if she has some “master plan” or ends up among the hunters. It’s only the second episode and she seems very driven. Should she ever become a werewolf she would be a danger to everything that moves.
    She seems very manipulative and I guess Allison will fall right for her, unlike Scott who already knows Allison much longer. I am also sure that she registered Stiles already before taking the phones off and she just acted this way to signal that he is beyond notice to her. Maybe that will bite her later in the show because such an attitude can easily lead to ignoring the obvious and Stiles is probably a lot smarter than she thinks he is. Did you see the look on his face when she kissed Jackson after er little “pro-amateur”-speech?

    Yeah Scott really isn’t the brightest in the show (like Stiles said he is not prepared), but I can tell you from own personal experience that most of us guys were idiots at that age, and many still are.

    Damon referred to Mason as Lon Chaney and to Tyler as Lon Chaney jr. with which he made an obvious mistake that Stiles didn’t make. Lon Chaney never played any sort of werewolf (unless you count his performance in “The Lamb, the Woman, the Wolf”) that was his son Creighton Tull Chaney who later changed his name to Lon Chaney jr. So Stiles was smarter than Damon. ^^

    You referred to Hale’s eyes but not to his ridiculous stand at the first lacrosse game. The last time I had seen such a ridiculous stand was in Imaginary Heroes.

    At 24:40 in the episode you see a picture of a wolf-men with an unconscious woman in his arms, that is a signal on where Scott will go next, I am also pretty sure that it is a picture from this artist.
    http://goldenwolf.deviantart.com/

    She announced that two of her pictures will be in the show.

    • Hey Andre! I am so honored you enjoyed the recap. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how this one was going to come out. Sometimes, when I recap an episode of a particular show, I’ll find myself “on a roll,” in that various jokes and comments just present themselves to me for the taking. This one, however, was a bit more difficult for me to write, in that the snark came easy, but the jokes did not.

      Regarding the two episodes, I actually preferred the pilot to this one, in terms of displaying the cast’s acting ability (with the exception of Stiles, who was awesome in episode 2) and sheer content. However, episode 2 had more notable individual moments for me, both in terms of the well-done (like the Skype Scare), and the patently ridiculous (like the “Scott Sees Red” Scenes).

      And yeah, as much as I still “Love ME some Derek Hale” I did think he over did it a bit with the “Intense Stares” and “Power Squats of Intimidation” in episode 2. I tend to prefer understated and subtle acting, to the alternative. Therefore, I thought Derek was more believably menacing in the pilot, whereas some of his episode 2 acting choices seemed unintentionally laughable. Since I do like the actor, however, for now, I will just chalk this up to him still finding his “sea legs,” with respect to this role.

      Speaking of acting choices, thanks so much for posting the first video. It was actually really helpful for me to see Tyler Posey’s take on Scott. It helps me to appreciate the character’s erratic behavior, as part of his “hormonal teen” personality, as opposed to an “example of bizarre overacting.” Given Tyler’s understanding of who Scott McCall is, I do think we will see him gradually hone the rougher edges of the character as the season progresses, to ultimately make him more believably complex.

      I’m also glad to see that the fact that Scott is always half-naked, is not lost on Tyler. His, “they’re just manboobs” comment was pretty hilarious, actually. Now, that’s humility for you!

      You bring up a good point, on this show about emotionality in general. On teen dramas . . . well . . . on any drama really . . . you often don’t see males becoming quite as emotional as Scott has been, during these past two episodes. One exception to this rule, however, is during the portrayal of an EXTREMELY traumatic event, like the death of a loved one or friend. But even that emotionality is portrayed as an anomaly for the character, as opposed to the norm. On the other hand, women on TV are often shown as EXAGGERATEDLY emotional, to almost comedic ends. I think this comes from a societal belief that extreme emotionality is not “masculine.”

      It reminds me of this book series I’m reading now called “Beautiful Creatures / Beautiful Darkness,” which is written by two women, but told from the perspective of a teenage boy. Having read many reviews of this book series, I’d say readers’ biggest complaint (and most of the readers are female) is that the narrator is too emotional and “girly.” I tended to agree with the complaints. However, perhaps if Tyler Posey was reading the book, he would argue that this was just an “emotional” male teen, as opposed to an effeminate or “not masculine” one.

      On an unrelated note, I’m glad you agree with me on the Red Shaky Cam. It was very Bad B Science Fiction Movie-esque. I’m hoping that the Red Cam on Teen Wolf goes the way of the “Diary Readings” and “Damon as Crow Sightings” on TVD.

      Interestingly enough, before I read up on the upcoming gay character on the show, I really did think the writers were leaning toward making Stiles gay. The character definitely seemed to be affected by Scott’s shirtlessness in a way that was a bit more than friendly. And his reaction to Scott kissing Allison, could genuinely have been interpreted as quietly heartbroken. Then again, maybe I was just reading into things . . .

      I do like the idea of the three different types of wolves. And I am curious how they are going to explain all that complex mythology in the context of the plot, without making the viewer feel like they are reading a textbook. As far as the sister is concerned, I suspect we will find out that Derek is not as “bad” as he seems to be, and that either (1) his “murdering” his sister, was done out of self defense; or (2) someone ELSE murdered his sister, and he was just covering for that person. I also find it interesting that the writers of this story seem, as you mentioned, to be taking an opposite interpretation of the use of wolfsbane than the commonly held “weapon against werewolves” / “werewolf equivalent of vervain.”

      For a throw-away summer show, the producers of Teen Wolf, sure seem to have taken a lot of time to parse out their mythology, under the assumption that the show would last for many seasons. Interestingly enough, I feel like on shows that actually DO last a long time, like Lost, and, eventually, TVD, the writers often tend to make up their mythology as they go along, in order to suit their various plot needs.

      As Allison comes off SO much like the dumb damsel in distress on this show, I think it would be kind of cool, if she ended up being a darker, more complex character . . . like, say, someone working with her father to LURE out werewolves with her sexual wiles, so that her dad could ultimately pounce on them. The writers could, for example, reveal her to be this type of “smart playing stupid” character, in the middle of the season. Then, they can have us find out later that she is conflicted in her role as werewolf temptress, because, somewhere along the way, her feelings for Scott became real.

      Regarding some of my comments in the latter half of the recap, you have to admit, the homoerotic allusions in this show are pretty blatant. And I agree with you that this seems sort of inherent to the supernatural genre, as similar scenes are featured in both True Blood and TVD. For me, homoeroticism is nearly always fun to watch, particularly when the men in question are relatively young and attractive. 🙂

      I can definitely see the many parallels between this show and TVD. I just usually try to reign myself in (sometimes with limited success) in terms of making cross-show allusions in my recaps, so as not to annoy readers of ONE recap, who just so happen not to watch the other show in question. That being said, when it comes to using TVD SCREENCAPS to illustrate other shows, ALL BETS ARE OFF! I love me some Damon Salvatore Animated GIFS. So, wherever I go, THEY WILL BE SURE TO FOLLOW!

      Thanks, as always, for your insightful and intelligent commentary. This was a lot of fun.

      • André

        We should really do a liveblog sometimes, well if I ever manage to find a stream that shows me these American shows at the time of airing.

        And I think I might even be able to top the last comment. Since you didn’t knew the Scott video, I guess you don’t know several others either. So be prepared. 😉

        BEWARE SPOILER ALERT!!!!

        I believe you will warm up more towards Derek due to a few things that are awaiting us. By the way did you know that the actor playing him got to do most of his stunts himself over time?

        We will see how it goes with Derek; maybe he plans revenge, maybe not. Currently Scott has to deal with him because Derek is the only one with reliable information on the topic who won’t kill Scott on side.

        I think you have a point with what you are saying about the emotional portrayal of males and females on TV shows. The best example I know is that of Tara and Sookie at the end of True Blood season 1, I just asked myself, why did they scream? Especially Sookie had seen much worse and didn’t make a sound.
        But maybe we will see something different on this show, at least partly:

        Lydia seems to be real trouble.

        Maybe we will see some hurting of Scott, I mean if his father would be around he would have been introduced by now. Stile’s mother might be around but so far no mentioning, unless I missed something.

        Maybe I should give that series you mentioned a try (been a while since I actually read fiction). Because, as far as I recall male teens are also very emotional, we are just raised not to show it or to play it down, with negative consequences. I tell you the phrase “cram it down” or “be above it” brought me more problems then they solved.

        And the red screen, maybe it will disappear once Scoot learns more control; at least it would be a believable explanation.

        Maybe you did just read things into Stiles. But we will see, here you have something to think about:

        I just hope he won’t become a sort of Merten (or however the guy on Loup Garou on Campus was called).

        Currently of course we don’t know much, neither about the three types of werewolves but I guess it shouldn’t take too long to find out, considered that the season is only 12 episodes (or not?).

        ” Interestingly enough, I feel like on shows that actually DO last a long time, like Lost, and, eventually, TVD, the writers often tend to make up their mythology as they go along, in order to suit their various plot needs.”
        I never really paid attention to that, then again I lost interest in LOST pretty fast and later on it seemed too weird to me. However what you mentioned leads into the trap of retcon respectively discarding things that were never thought through (the mist and the Damon Crow for example) and that tends to make a show ridiculous. Sure lots of people will watch it but mostly when they don’t notice the flaws or choose to overlook them, but to be honest the latter one definitely only works so far and not further and I think TVD has pretty much either crossed the line or is very close, True Blood did a better job so far I think. But you know my thoughts on TVD so no reason to bring it up here.

        Currently Allison does come along like some sort of Damsel in distress, but according to Crystal Reed that is not the case, so I do wonder what will happen/what is going on, especially considered what is presented in the video:

        If her family has secrets might be an explanation for her behavior, you know sort of like “finding a fellow soul”.

        Ps. Spidey will get some new torture porn, look at 0:56.

        ” For me, homoeroticism is nearly always fun to watch, particularly when the men in question are relatively young and attractive.”
        Well maybe we will get to see more over time, I mean the show already used the word Porn and gay in his second episode, which is quite a lot for a Teen show.

        ” I can definitely see the many parallels between this show and TVD.”
        Really? I don’t see that many. Anything specific?

        And at the end of this video there are a few more scenes, I hope I haven’t ruined anything for you now:

      • Thanks so much for all the videos! I think MTV did a nice job with the promotions for this show. The additional content on the show’s websit, does a good job of adding insight into the series, that you wouldn’t necessarily obtain just from watching the individual episodes.

        I would definitely liveblog this show with you sometime! Perhaps, for the season finale? Now that I know that Teen Wolf will be airing Mondays, I no longer have to worry about it interfering with my Sunday night (True Blood) and Tuesday night (Pretty Little Liars) summer recaps. So, I THINK (unless I get completely fed up with the show, for some reason) that I should be able to continue to recap it faithfully all summer, though I may be a bit “late” sometimes in publishing.

        In terms of livestreaming sites, have you tried TVPC.com? Generally, I don’t trust a lot of livestream sites, because I’m always afraid they will give my computer viruses. But that particular site is one I find pretty reliable. It’s also refreshingly unencumbered by spam and popups. 🙂

  2. Ciara

    I don’t actually watch this show and I have no plans to. But I love. love, love your TVD recaps. And your Gossip Girl ones so I decided to read these ones. I have a feeling your recaps are more entertaining than the show itself.

    And also, I LOVE the way that no matter what show you’re recapping, you find a way to use gifs of that sexy beast otherwise known as Damon Salvatore. Kudos for that!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Ciara. That is so sweet of you to say! I really appreciate that you took the time to read and comment on this recap, even though you don’t watch the show. *blushes*

      For what it’s worth, a fellow blogger pal and I absolutely have plans to post some TVD-related summer content in the near future. So, even if you aren’t a True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, or Teen Wolf fan, hopefully, you will find some things worth reading on this site, to help tide you over, during the summer months. 🙂

      And yep, rest assured, no matter WHAT show I recap, there will ALWAYS be at least one Damon Salvatore animated GIF included therein. What can I say? He’s the fictional love of my life. I just can’t quit him. 🙂

  3. Ha! I can understand Allison wanting to mack wolf!boy. She’s obviously hoping that if she kisses him enough he’ll morph into Tyler Lockwood, and I for one wouldn’t begrudge her this hope.

    It was nice to finally see an inventive use of product placement. PP doesn’t bother me all too much. A lot of my fave teen dramas wouldn’t survive without a cash injenction from sponsors, but I hate when shows don’t even attempt to integrate the product being advertised into the plot somewhat cleverly (Bonnie and Jeremy’s vomit inducing, “and the day after that” exchange comes to mind, though thankfully the show had Alaric call Jeremy on the grossness of it all – yes, I am sentimental at heart ;))

    I love the idea of a fire extinguisher being used as a de-wolfer tool, especially as werewolves in most mythologies I’ve come across tend to run much hotter than the average human being.

    Lacrosse is such an emasculating sport for our hero to be playing though. It kinda reminds me of how there was a running joke in The OC about water polo players and their penchant for waxing their chests – lacrosse is on this level for me in terms of masculinity. Sorry any male lacrosse players out there! I’m sure you’re manly as all hell, but I like my fictional athletes to play football or run track. It’s a ridiculous fannish double standard to have, but there you go.

    Awesome recap! I especially loved the series of wolfing/vamping out faces from our Vampire Diaries heroes. Sometimes I wonder if it would be tough to keep a straight face on shows like this!

    • Talk about a cool, supernatural power! How would you like to possess the ability to morph into hot celebrities at will! Let’s just say, I would make myself look like Nina Dobrev, ALL THE TIME. (And maybe even head out to Atlanta, to try my hand at impersonating her, for reasons I suspect you can guess. 😉 How VERY Katherine Petrova of me? )

      One of the OTHER things I loved about the “Skype” scene was that it was more of a “technology placement” than a product one, in that Skype itself was never mentioned. I feel like the problem with product placement on TVD is that it seems so unnatural for the characters to “pimp” the product in whatever conversation they are having at the moment, that the dialogue itself comes off as jarring, and “pulls me out” of the scene.

      In particular, I remember one early episode in which Elena said something like, “So, I looked it up on BING and . . .” Seriously? Would Elena EVER say something like that? Would ANYBODY?

      Unfortunately, for “Bing,” “Google,” like “Xerox,” is a company whose name has become synonymous with “looking stuff up on the internet.” No one is ever going to say, “I Binged “it. They just aren’t. Likewise, Skype has become synonymous with cyber-chatting. So, the Teen Wolf kids (and the TVD kids) never actually needed to mention it at all. The action spoke for itself. The writers of Teen Wolf instinctively understood this. (And yet, in every other way than this, the writers of TVD are much more talented, at least in my opinion. Go figure! :))

      Good point about the fire extinguisher! I actually never thought about what Stiles was doing as physically COOLING OFF Scott. That would be an interesting element of the mythology to incorporate into the series. And, geez, if that’s the case, Stiles should probably carry around a pocket fire extinguisher EVERYWHERE HE GOES.

      You do have to wonder what possessed the writers to choose lacrosse, of all sports, to be the focal point of this series. Sometimes it feels like the show’s writer has some hidden agenda to increase awareness of the sport, for all the obligatory lacrosse scenes included on this show. I mean, I get that supernatural powers linked with other sports, like basketball, football, track, and wrestling, have been overdone. But what about FIELD HOCKEY or, better yet, ICE HOCKEY? Something that’s a bit more interesting to watch than lacrosse.

      But, hey, who knows? Maybe Teen Wolf has a HUGE lacrosse-playing fan contingent, whose just THRILLED to see THEIR sport portrayed on TV in such a positive light. 🙂 It’s possible!

      And yeah, I definitely think the cast of Teen Wolf has to go through many takes for all the cracking up they must do, while shooting some of their more unintentionally hilarious scenes. I suspect this happens a bit less often on TVD, since THAT show, in general, is much more ANGSTY than this one. But still, I know I would have a tough time “vamping out” without breaking into hysterics. 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your kickass commentary. It is always much appreciated!

  4. jmae

    Just started reading your reviews because of this show and I love em.
    You should totally be nicer to lacrosse though because it’s one of the toughest sports around. Also, I think the writers chose it because it’s not the typical popular sport in teen dramas. I’ll add that lacrosse is one of my fav sports to watch.
    I agree with you that Derek is hot, but Damon’s okay.

    • Hey jmae! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words. I’m honored that you found my blog, and am so psyched to talk Teen Wolf with you this summer.

      As for lacrosse, I have nothing against the sport personally, I just thought the amount of lacrosse in the first two episodes was a bit of overkill, especially considering that, I suspect, many viewers out there, like me, are not all that familiar with the sport. The second episode, in particular, felt a bit like an hour-long commercial for LacrosseisCool.com 🙂

      That being said, now that I know you are a fan, I may lean on you as my resident expert on all things lacrosse. You can tell me how realistically the game is being portrayed on the show. After all, I know so little about the sport, that the whole team could start dancing naked in the middle of the field, and I would just assume that was part of the game. (Coincidentally, if that WAS part of the game, I would ALL ABOUT THE LACROSSE! ;))

      P.S. Damon Salvatore is JUST OK????!!!! BLASPHEMY!!!! 🙂

      • jmae

        Well, the main thing that’s bugging me is that Lacrosse is a spring sport. There are fall, winter, and summer “leagues”, but I’m pretty sure that in most high schools it’s a spring sport. Also, they don’t mention the positions except for goalie, they hint towards it when the coach tells Jackson to take a long stick, but that’s it.

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