Thursday, April 25, 2019

Review: Teen Wolf (2011-2017)

Teen Wolf is a teen horror drama. It is an adaptation of the 1985 comedy film starring Michael J. Fox. The MTV-produced television series contained six seasons.

Always an outsider and often unnoticed, Scott McCall yearns to be recognized in some small way that takes him out of his typical state of high school anonymity. When his best friend Stiles convinces him to go into the woods one night to join a police search for a dead body, Scott encounters a creature in the darkness. Narrowly escaping an attack with a vicious bite in his side, the next day brings strange surprises for Scott at school and his life will never be the same.

Unlike the 1985 original film, this adaptation focuses more on contemporary, angst-driven teen life grounded in real-world issues. Bitten Scott Mcall is young student learning to adapt to his newfound lycanthropy, which, like all maturation processes, requires some getting used to: he possesses incredible speed and strength but also a hair-trigger tendency to transform at the worst possible times. There's also a new girl who catches his eye and another, more dangerous werewolf on the loose with a posse of hunters on its trail. Overall, I highly recommend this series since it does an excellent job tying in supernatural legends in a realistic American high school context. At six seasons, it had a pretty good run. There are so few werewolf television series that deliver both charm and suspense. I am happy that I watched the series while it premiered on MTV, which has shifted from being solely video games into producing quality television shows for teens and young adults.

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