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04/30 Well, Teen Wolf?

What has gone wrong, Show? More analytical minds than mine can probably parse it out (I'm lookin' at you, [personal profile] ravurian).

I would love to get comments pointing out what people liked about the ep. Me, I'm just gonna riff and rant.

Because I'm interested in the existing canon, I'm going to give it another chance next week. I always need to see TW episodes at least twice before the crazed interchopping of three or four disparate storylines starts to cohere in my mind--so maybe on a second watching this ep will improve on B-, C+ grade that was my first impression.

But I doubt it.

I'll give them a pass on crappy CGI. The show is already famous for endearingly crappy CGI, and okay, the budget won't stretch. Filming in LA is expensive. I've been immersed in fanon, and I'm trying not to downgrade the ep for failing to meet the expectations that a super-long hiatus built up in the fanfic. It's okay to be Jossed. That's not it.

It's that the toe-claws were bad (in a hospital? Please). The Misfit-slash-Hulk twinsy boys were ridiculous (though I'll admit to not having seen that coming at all--BECAUSE IT'S TOO RIDICULOUS).

The blow-torch tattoo was horrific. (The idea that Stiles could hold down a wolfed-out Scott under torture was absurd. The idea that Derek is a tattoo artist, while very common in fanfic, is equally dumb--did you see the way he waved that torch around? No accuracy.)

The introduction of a fascinating Ms-Morrell-like character only to slaughter her in Act I absolutely sucked. (That's not storytelling--I don't care how much backstory is planned for her--what is this? Supernatural??)

I didn't mind The Birds as a scary effect, and the suicidal deer actually sort of worked for me. The returning cast, on the whole, looks great. Scott's new revised personality is promising (and I can live with the "four months have passed and our hero has turned over a new leaf" plot device). (Please, Jeff, spare us any more word-of-the-day jokes/symbolism inserts, though, okay?)

I like that Stiles has grown up a bit too--but then, in several of his scenes Dylan looked to me like he was thinking, "I'd rather be on the set of a major motion picture right now..." Maybe I'm projecting. The Adele DeWitt-like teacher wasn't bad (and I did like your mass text message, Sherlock.)

Hoechlin is still bringing the eyerolling one-liners and, oddly enough, is looking like the best comic relief in the cast. My Sterek fixation aside, they really should just let him and Dylan do scenes together.

And what about the story? The actual canon? That's just it--I DON'T CARE. This episode didn't make me care. The minute they killed motorcycle heroine, my only remaining interest was in Dylan's hair and whether Melissa and the Sheriff were maybe sparking a little, and doesn't Posey look good in gray, and did Stiles just wink at Derek?

None of that was meaty enough to re-engage my fannish love of the show. It was a bit too...ephemeral. I AM DISAPPOINT.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


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Jun. 4th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad you said it. I liked Dylan's hair, and TBH, I am only watching this show because he's amazing. ...and to catch some random Sterek. Feet woman? Ew. Whose idea was it to have an alpha who used her feet as a weapon? Feet are gross. They smell and they're dirty and the nails seriously grossed me out. I live in Brooklyn, believe me, I experience enough smelly dirty crap.

Because the fandom were so anti-twins, I was planning to give them a chance (plus, being a twin, I kind of have to). I kind of thought the hulk-smash mega wolf thing was kind of cheesy cool in a "I like that this show reminds me of my love for Land of the Lost when I was 12" sort of way. But I find them kind of annoying not because they're not hot or that they are, but the show is trying to frame them as so obviously hot that OMG everyone thinks so. Seriously? They kind of strike me as a big bag of dicks - and I've found plenty of dicks very hot (hello Benedict Cumberbatch), but because of the storyline and character, NOT because the narrative keeps insisting on how hot he or she is. Gotta earn it - hotness is not a given. But then again, I'm not 17, so maybe I'm expecting too much of an MTV show.

I predict I'm going to be mostly annoyed by the alpha pack. It's an interesting idea? But everyone except the leader so far is taking him or herself way too seriously - or being taken too seriously by the show.

And how can I care that the woman who saved Isaac was murdered? I don't even know who she is!

BTW, I actually was watching Ring Two a couple nights ago on an HBO rerun, and all I could think in the deer scene is, Well, wonder if I'm going to be as confused by that deer as I was by the Ring deer?

Derek looked good. I'm no crazy Sterek fan (though I've been kind of devoured by the ship). But him and Dylan, yum. Lookin' good guys. Hey, I slogged through SPN S6&7 just to see Jared's ab muscles and Jensen's jawline, it's not like I watch these shows for the plot.

Having said that, I'm hoping the alpha pack doesn't annoy me as much as I suspect it might.
Jun. 4th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
I want to know what happened to the Alpha twins' trousers! They had to take their jackets off so the could merge, but what was special about the pants and shoes? Logic, reason, accountability; where? Sometimes I think I spend far too much time trying to make the world of my stories make sense, but clearly it's not all that important from a commercial standpoint.
Jun. 5th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
I always feel like there should be some baseline, not-to-be-violated level of internal consistency in fantasy worlds. Jeff Davis has very different ideas about where that line lies than you or I do.

Trouble is, I always feel like I'm being lumped in with some mythical "stupid American TV watcher" who will never notice the little things. Or worse, that the producers really don't understand their fannish/nerdy audience, and take the line "There are werewolves (aliens/time-travelers/talking animals...)" as if that negates ALL THE LAWS OF REALITY that would otherwise obtain.

Discouraging, Jeff. Do better.

Edited at 2013-06-05 12:57 am (UTC)
Jun. 5th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
They had to take their jackets off so the could merge, but what was special about the pants and shoes? Logic, reason, accountability; where?

That is so true! Your comment here reminds me of some of what I've been reading in all the hilarious After Earth reviews. Apparently writers are getting very, very lazy. Dear SciFi writers: You're doing it wrong!!!

it's not all that important from a commercial standpoint.

It's important to the people who matter.
Jun. 5th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
Dylan is decidedly the big draw for me, and has been since the opening scenes of Season 1. I mass-consumed S1 and S2 in the two weeks before the very end of S2, so I got a concentrated does of Stiles, and I'm still awestruck by that kid's talent.

The thing I did like about the two-become-one-monster was how much it surprised me. Sadly, that surprise is now used up. As I said over on DW: [the twins] were presented as a cynosure of the female (and, presumably, the gay male) gaze, and all the cues of admiration were so out of keeping with what my eyes were actually seeing that it was jarring.

The episode actually did manage to pique my interest in and concern for the motorcycle-riding woman, but only enough to make me hope to see her again. So when the episode quickly fulfilled that Supernatural feeling of "she's doomed," it was just depressingly familiar.

And I certainly don't watch for the plot either--not particularly. The characters, particularly Derek and Stiles--are simply more interesting. I think that's why there's been so much trepidation in the fandom about the loss of key characters and the piling-on of so many more. The only way they can do justice to all of them is...well, I'm not sure they can.

We shall see, huh?
Jun. 5th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
Dylan is decidedly the big draw for me

Oh, totally, me too. I inhaled TW about two weeks before the end of S2, too! I'm pretty much watching for Dylan, and whatever chemistry b/w Stiles and Derek. Well, and those pretty pretty underwear models don't hurt do they?

Supernatural feeling of "she's doomed," it was just depressingly familiar.

Oh, god, you don't think this show is getting its cues from SPN, do you? Although, yeah, killing that character before even establishing her, it was sad.

That's a really good point about all the new characters. I would have preferred some more familiar character exploration - there was something really nice about Scott and Allison freaking out about seeing each other and Stiles just jumping in - good continuity and character exposition that was comfortable after such a long break. Too much crap thrown in the rest of the time. (also, since I teach, I too loved that texting scene).

We will see!
Jun. 5th, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
You're right--that scene where Stiles just rolls down the window and decides to talk to the girls showed great character continuity and bridged the four months nicely. Kids change a lot at those ages, and the scene covered it.

I'd like to see the writers taking more time with the established characters, but on the other hand, their specific failure to do so is what makes a Teen Wolf such a great fandom for fanfic. When you drop in a single line of dialog revealing that Stiles's mother is dead and Stiles has had panic attacks as a result, and then never revisit it in any way, well, Fandom To The Rescue! Ditto with Derek's back story.

And there, in a nutshell, is the attraction of the Sterek pairing. Well, that and the extreme chemistry of the actors.
Jun. 5th, 2013 10:04 am (UTC)
The birds effect was my fav thing. I'm not invested enough (atm) to worry about all the other stuff. Though it's SO completely ridiculous! Stile holding down Scott was crazy! And the nails made me laugh out loud. And I'd love to know how a blow torch can make a perfect tattoo..*hand wave* (though the ridiculous nature might be the thing that's holding its appeal for me)

And even though I did watch the last 2 seasons I have very little canon recall.../o\

I'm clearly not fannish enough yet. Maybe it's a good thing if I don't become so.
Jun. 5th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
I'm just not sure at all whether it's my fannishness that's lacking, or the storytelling. Because my canon recall is crap for this show, lousy for SPN and Doctor Who, and really pretty good for a whole bunch of other shows that I've kept track of lately--White Collar, Suits, Once Upon a Time, Merlin...

I agree, though: it's easy to be hand-wavey and kind of forgiving of the ridiculousness of the whole show, because it has loads of endearing qualities.
Jun. 10th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, it wasn't exactly brilliant TV, was it? I've noticed that some episodes are just overall weak, and I'm hoping that this was one of them. It does seem to foreshadow interesting events in the future, but it seemed to concentrate mainly on introducing the alpha pack as the season baddies. I guess we'll see what the season has in store for us ... very pretty people, at least! :-)
Jun. 10th, 2013 04:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, never any shortage of the pretty. And you're right, it's been uneven all along, so perhaps tomorrow's episode will be one of the good eps. *Hopes*
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