When MTV announced they were doing a version of the eighties movie Teen Wolf, it's likely that a great many eyes rolled, imagining a cheesy Twilight knock-off.
It turns out that they were perhaps half right, as with its central romance and good-looking cast this series probably will appeal to the Twilight crowd. However, the show also has enough bite and gore to satisfy old-fashioned horror fans.
We join sixteen-year-old Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) as he suffers all the triumphs and pit-falls of being both a teenager and a lycanthrope, aided by his trusty best friend Stiles (Dylan O'Brien). Scott's love interest, Allison (Crystal Reeds), happens to come from a family of werewolf-hunters - but that needn't stand in the way of their relationship, right?
Ultimately, the show is an appealing mixture of humour and horror aimed at a young audience in the tradition of Buffy, Supernatural and the like. It is well worth checking out, even if it does take a few episodes to really get going.
|Episode Title||Air Date||Rating|
|Second Chance at First Line||06/06/2011|
In this show lycanthropy is transfered, as usual, by the bite of a werewolf. It can also be inherited by birth. Lycanthropy gives the afflicted certain boosts to their physical attributes even when in human form - namely improved hearing, smell, speed and agility, as well as random glowy eyes when their wolf side begins to take hold. Animals will also begin to respond a bit differently to them.
Initially our teen wolf has no control over himself when in his werewolf form, and no memory of what happened. Later, though, he begins to learn how to control this new gift. The change can be caused by anger, or anything that causes him to raise his pulse (uh oh), and is more likely to occur during the full moon. This is also when his blood lust - his urge to kill - is at its peak.
Silver does not harm these werewolves. In the second episode we learn that the presence of the wolfsbane plant can trigger the transformation, and later we find out that wolfsbane can be harmful to werewolves. Mountain ash (rowan) can also be used to ward off werewolves.
As for werewolf designs, we see the whole range ... standard beta wolves are basically fully human apart from pointy ears, teeth and bit of extra hair. Alpha wolves, the pack leaders, are "stronger, faster, nastier" and have the ability to transform into a full blown quadruped wolf.
While the physical effects are pretty cool, the major downside of this show is that the CG is fairly awful. The show is at it's best when it sticks to the physical effects.