I admit that when I first saw Teen Wolf on MTV I dismissed it fairly quickly. However, once the show premiered it’s second season, I was persuaded to take a second look, and I’m so glad I did. Teen Wolf has quickly become of my favorite guilty pleasure shows.
The writing has really amped up the action and the acting has improved significantly season by season. Plus, it’s rare when any show isn’t afraid to let go of lead characters. It really adds a level of uncertainty to the show, that causalities can happen, you just never know.
With the second part of its super sized third season just hitting DVD, a lot is happening in the Teen Wolf world. After re-igniting the power within Beacon Hills, Scott (Tyler Posey), Alison (Crystal Reed) and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) are starting to feel the powers side effects. Each character is trying to figure out what’s happening to them and since they ventured into uncharted territory at the end of the first half of season 3, no one really is sure.
At the same time a new student comes to Beacon Hills, Kira (Arden Cho) a shy Asian student who soon develops a crush on Scott. That soon fades as she starts to uncover her families past and her own warrior power.
The interesting this about this season is that there really isn’t a big bad, I mean there is, but there’s not. Stiles is forced to realize that another spirit has attached itself to him and he’s doing things without knowing it when the spirit takes over his body. When the full spirit is revealed and it’s origins everyone has to band together to not only help Stiles get rid of this spirit but do so without killing him.
In the meantime Lydia, (Holland Roden) is coming to terms with her power. What does she have, how can she use it and how can she control it. Allison is learning more about her family and dealing with a budding romantic relationship with Isaac (Daniel Sharman). While Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) is dealing with his issues no longer being an Alpha, the twins decide to stay in town while trying to figure out their place after losing their status as well.
Whew… That’s a lot to take in. The thing I love about Teen Wolf and especially this second half of the season, is that, once everything is locked and loaded, you just have to hold on for the ride and the reveals. Everyone has stepped up this time and I don’t think there’s been a stronger season than this one.
In particular, Dylan O’Brien is amazing this season. Seriously, when you talk about stepping up, this is some of the finest acting I have seen in genre TV. He plays the dual roles perfectly and he’s very menacing, which is the opposite of Stiles normally. There are a couple scenes at the end of the series run in particular I was blown away by.
Someone else that did an amazing job this season was Holland Roden. She didn’t have as much to do as Dylan O’Brien, but it’s what she brought to the character. Lydia was never my favorite character but this season, I fell in love. Her journey was laid out so well, it wasn’t overdone and Holland let every reveal be a slow peeling of the layers of the character.
My only critique would be that Tyler Hoechlin and Crystal Reed sort of took a back seat for this second part of the season. Really, Teen Wolf needs more Derek. Overall though, this season was Teen Wolf’s strongest yet. The entire series is really coming into it’s own and I’m thrilled.
Special Features on this DVD set include Following The Pack: The Fans of Teen Wolf with spotlights the diehard fans of the show. There is also a really cool limited edition fan art book that shows the talent us fanboys and fangirls have. Still, why no commentary tracks? Making of? Nadda? Come on now guys!!
Still, I have to say overall, if you haven’t yet checked out Teen Wolf, grab season 2 and dive in. I really don’t think you’ll be sorry. It’s a great series that keeps getting better and better. Kudos for MTV for letting the series spread it’s wings!
Teen Wolf Season 3 part 2 is out now on DVD!
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