What did you think of the ‘Teen Wolf’ premiere? I think I’ve found my new summer addiction!
MTV’s Teen Wolf is the classic story of boy meets wolf, wolf bites boy, boy overcomes asthma — but it’s really so much more than that. If the June 5 series premiere was any indication, Teen Wolf is going to deliver a mini horror movie every week, as we watch teen outcast Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) come to terms with his newfound strength, uncontrollable passion, and general hairy-ness. I think I might just have a new summer obsession.
Within the first 10 minutes of the premiere, Scott had already been bitten and was starting to show some serious wolf-like symptoms: super-hearing, super-strength, and a super-intense attraction to new girl Allison (Crystal Reed.) Scott managed to score a date to a house party with Allison, but of course the big party just happened to fall on the night of a full moon.
Determined to protect Allison, as well as his big secret, Tyler left and party and took off into the woods to begin his transformation — but he had a few friends waiting for him. Wait, did I say “friends?” I meant hunters… werewolf hunters. And they had Scott loaded with arrows and pinned against a tree faster than you could say “Taylor Lautner was robbed!” (Sorry, I’m still in Movie Awards mode.)
Good thing Scott’s not the only werewolf in town! The mysterious, bushy-browed Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) swooped in to save Scott from the hunters, officially solidifying his mentor position in the life our sweet little werewolf cub. But Scott barely had time to breathe a sigh of relief before making an unsettling discovery the next day at school: Allison’s family are the werewolf hunters!
It was an intense hour, for sure, but not without its lighter moments. Case in point: I love Scott’s best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), who serves as the show’s comic relief and the only human Scott can share his secret with. While the show may not share too many similarities with the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie, Stiles definitely fills the “goofy sidekick best friend” role perfectly.
The series premiere also introduced us to some less-favorable characters like Jackson (Colton Haynes), Scott’s rival on the lacrosse team. Jackson is as handsome as he his douchey, and he’s none too pleased to discover Scott’s newfound abilities, particularly the hand-eye coordination he exhibits on the lacrosse field. After a heated locker room encounter, I think it’s safe to say Jackson will be stirring quite a bit of trouble for Scott throughout the season.
To recap, Teen Wolf‘s series premiere served up a healthy mix of all the things I look for in a summer show: fun characters, a suspenseful story, and let’s face it… lots of eye candy.