Wake up, Stiles! It’s time for a new season . . .
Last summer, MTV, home to “masterpieces” like Teen Mom and Real World: Season 265, surprised everyone, by taking a cheeseball 80’s movie starring Michael J. Fox, as the hairiest high school basketball star ever . . .
. . . and turning it into a genuinely entertaining, smart, well-acted, and, at times, even downright scary, television drama series . . .
I mean, sure, at the beginning, most of us were just watching Teen Wolf for the pretty naked men. Because, let’s face it, there was A LOT of that . . .
“Doctor, why am I wearing pants? Don’t you know I appeal more to the 18-34 demographic without them?”
. . . but somewhere along the way we actually started giving two craps about these characters . . . wondering what was going to happen to them, and guessing who the mysterious Alpha Wolf would end up being . . .
Hint: It wasn’t This Guy . . .
Now, that the series is entering its sophomore season, the stakes are even higher for both its writers and actors. No longer will Teen Wolf be blanketed under the protection of diminished expectations.
No longer will the mere promise of gratuitous images of Tyler Hoechlin’s abs, be enough to keep us coming back for more . . .
OK, that’s a lie . . . I’d totally watch a show, just to see this . . .
Coming into Season 2, fans are going to expect even more blood, guts, and gore . . .
. . . massive plot twists . . .
. . . sex scenes that give the TV Ratings system the middle finger . . .
. . . romance . . .
. . . adventures in homoeroticism . . .
. . . and, yes, even some character development . . .
So, the REAL question is, can the series continue to deliver?
Without further adieu I proudly present to you, both the first official Teen Wolf Season 2 trailer, and the first ten minutes of the show’s sophomore season premiere . . .
(Special thanks to my blogging pal Andre for the awesome screencaps you see below.)
My first impression of the new season is that the writers and producers have cleverly taken the aspects of the series that worked in Season 1, and amplified them in Season 2. For example, Season 1’s pilot featured a whole lotta half-naked Scott . . .
The first ten minutes of Season 2 features a whole lotta half-naked EVERYBODY . . .
Season 1 revolved largely around Scott adjusting to his new werewolf persona . . .
Season 2 will feature Jackson, Lydia, and at least two new characters adjusting to their new lives as supernatural creatures . . .
Season 1 explored the various differences between Beta werewolves and the supposedly all-powerful Alpha . . .
Season 2 will introduce new species into the mix. Among these species will be the much-discussed Omega wolf (The first episode of the season will be entitled “Omega.”), the shapeshifting “abomination” that’s brutally eviscerating townspeople throughout the season, and whatever the f*&k Lydia is now (a wolf? a banshee?). Of course, there’s always the possibility that all three of these entities are actually one in the same . . .
*snickers* Season 2’s Big Bad kinda looks like Batman.
“Beef jerky . . . yum.”
Which brings me to my next comparison . . . the Main Murder Mystery. In Season 1, fans knew that it was the Alpha who had been committing brutal murders throughout the town. However, they weren’t quite sure of the Alpha’s identity. Many fans initially expected Jackson, due to his increasingly bizarre behavior, and the wackadoo hallucinations he suffered, throughout the series . . .
This season, I suspect one of the main suspects for the brutal murders around town will be Lydia, who was brutalized by the Alpha last season, but never actually turned into a werewolf. Like with Jackson, the first ten minutes of Season 2 show Lydia experiencing bizarre hallucinations. She also seems, based on the trailer, to regularly blackout, and awaken nude (SURPRISE!) in close proximity to where the murders are taking place.
My current theory? Lydia is NOT the Season’s Big Bad at all . . . but actually a banshee, inevitably drawn to death, and forced to harken its arrival, through ear-piercing cries of agony. (It would certainly explain all her screaming . . . though I’m not sure why being bitten by an Alpha wolf would cause someone to morph into this.)
Season 1 introduced us to the Argents, a crazy werewolf-slaying family, who, despite their supposed adherence to some sort of Code of Conduct, possessed a strong tendency to kill first, and ask questions later . . .
In Season 2, they are still the Argents. And they are still crazy. Now, there just seem to be more of them . . . and they have KNIVES . . . lots and lots of knives . . .
SCOTT: “Uhh . . . Derek, is that a knife in my ass, or are you just really excited for Season 2?”
For me, two of the weakest aspects of the first Season of Teen Wolf were the snooze-worthy supposed-Romeo and Juliet relationship between Scott and Allison . . .
And some of the more laughable CGI graphics on the show . . .
With respect to the former, I suspect that the Romeo and Juliet-ness of Scott and Allison’s story will only increase, now that Allison knows she’s a huntress, and her family knows that Scott is a werewolf . . .
“You were supposed to be MY boyfriend, dammit!”
However, whether these heightened circumstances actually serve to make this relationship more interesting to watch remains to be seen. I, for one, am still skeptical . . .
As for the CGI graphics on the show . . . well . . . that little Leap Frog Number Scott was doing on the way to Allison’s house definitely made me giggle . . . though, I suspect that wasn’t its intention.
Is he supposed to be running or taking a sh*t?
On a much more positive note, I absolutely predict that Season 2 will feature much more STILES! And that, my friends, is a very good thing . . .
But hey, writers. . . let’s get the guy a little romance this summer, OK? He’s earned it . . .
So, my fellow wolfbangers, it’s your turn to sound off on the first sneak peeks of Season 2. What are your thoughts on the new characters? The new creatures? Scott’s new haircut? Jackson’s new abs? Who do you think is this season’s Big Bad? Why wasn’t Derek naked in ANY of these shots?
And, perhaps most importantly, who was Stiles dreaming about in the first five minutes of the episode? Lydia . . . the night nurse . . . Derek . . . or Danny?
That’s all I’ve got. See you on June 3rd, my fellow werebangers!