Directed By: Oscar Costo
Written By: James Krieg
Starring: Michael Landes, Richard Gant, Alexondra Lee, Danny Woodburn, Sean Whalen ...
Running Time: 60 min
Air Date: 18/04/2001
After discovering a partially-eaten corpse, Special Unit 2 set out on the hunt for a pack of werewolves, or "thropes". After a tip-off and a risky hunting operation they are able to capture one, and the find that the thropes are all members of a successful stockbrokers firm ("Wolves of Wall Street", anyone? Oh wait, this came first.) But infiltrating and bringing down this pack won't be as easy as they might have been hoping, and it involves one member of the unit becoming just like them ...
Now this is how you make a supernatural drama. Equal parts Buffy and CSI, Special Unit 2 is just bags of fun. It's a damn shame that only about nineteen episodes were ever aired. The characters are memorable and likeable, the show is funny and goofy in a good way, and it can also be serious when it needs to be. This is the second episode of the show and teaches us some more about these people and the world they inhabit. The process of watching the main character becoming a ravenous werewolf is very interesting and eventually makes him more sympathetic rather than just a cocky misanthrope. Instead, he's a misanthrope lycanthrope. Heh. It makes him better at doing his job other than the whole, y'know, bloodlust thing.
Special Unit 2 is a great show that everyone should check out if they get the chance. It's no Buffy, but it certainly deserved a longer run.
The resident expert on this show states that "werewolf" is the mythological term for lycanthropic links, or "thropes". Thropes transform with the lunar cycle and share physical characteristics with canines. It is a contagious condition that can be spread through saliva. The main features of the werewolves on this show is that they can move incredibly fast. I mean, like superman fast. You've never seen werewolves this fast. They are also very strong. Special Unit 2's standard weapons are effective against them, not just silver, so long as they don't move too fast and make gunning them down difficult. To make matters worse, thropes always hunt in packs of ten. Why ten? Why not.
The werewolf makeup isn't too great. They use physical wolf-man makeup, and they don't look nearly wolfish enough to work. They look a bit silly, like the other monsters on the show, but that's okay because its a campy-type show anyway, like Buffy. The whole wolves-as-brokers thing is interesting, and they don't need to stretch the concept to feature length like a certain suspiciously-similar movie. The final hunt of special unit vs werewolves is very cool.