Based on the film of the same name, Teen Wolf brings a refreshing and humorous science-fiction show to our screens. Although rated at a 15 and the warnings claiming gore and horror, anything that might have audiences squirming is completely overshadowed by the sheer enjoyment of the show.
When awkward teen, Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) gets bitten and subsequently turned into a werewolf, he battles between it being a curse and a blessing. High school dreams of playing for the team become a reality and he is able to pick up new girl Allison Argent (Crystal Reed) for the dream girlfriend that he never thought that he would get. But as Scott realises that he is falling in love, things aren’t that simple. With his best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) there for support and answers, Scott must come to terms with the price of being turned – the enemies that come with it.
Not only the jealousy and the attempted blackmail from school mates, but the more serious matter of werewolf hunters causes problems for his new found happiness. While most sixteen year olds struggle with homework, Scott finds himself struggling to keep both himself and his friends alive, partly helped by the local werewolf, the mysterious Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin), whose past is coming back to haunt him in a somewhat deadly manner.
While struggling to control and hide his gift, Scott stumbles into the bigger picture and realises that there is a lot more going on in his otherwise peaceful town that people seem to be realising. The action is tense and leaves you on the edge of your seat, many episodes ending in such a way that I was glad to have the DVD’s so I didn’t have to wait for the next week to find out what happens. The suspense is masterfully handled without ever going too over the top but leaving viewers hanging on.
However, the thing that truly steals the show is the humour. It doesn’t matter how serious the situation gets, the banter between the characters (often involving Stiles!) means laughter is frequent and genuine. This was a second watch of the series, and while the memories of the tension were there, it came as a refreshing surprise when you realised that you were laughing out loud over things that you had forgotten about. The situations remain fresh in your mind, and even the outcome, but what they say in order to arrive at the conclusion takes you by surprise. It means it is an enjoyable one to watch time and time again because it never fails to bring a smile to your face.
Apart from resisting the urge to simply go from the beginning again, the only thing I want now is for the next series to arrive in my lap so that I can carry on watching. The characters journeys are somewhat realistic despite the supernatural element to the show and the audience finds themselves relating to certain characters. Everyone certainly has an unseen depth to them that is gradually revealed in a gripping way.