Teen Wolf Season 5 Trailer Review: Senior Year, Big Bads and Mental Health!

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Whether you enjoy Teen Wolf or not you have to admit that they do a damn good job when it comes to creating promotional trailers and getting the fandom to talk. A new trailer for Season 5 of Teen Wolf was released and, though I had my fair share of problems with the previous season, I’m looking forward to their next offering. Let’s go over some of the things that caught my eye in the trailer.

I need you all to know that being excited about the trailer doesn’t mean that I failed to notice some problematic things in it, but I’ll talk about them later on. First, let’s bite into the good stuff!

It’s Senior Year!

tumblr_inline_nopvjkuP0M1sla3su_500The teenagers have finally reached senior year and they are definitely experiencing the uncertainty that comes with graduating high school and starting a new chapter in life. I don’t know if Jeff Davis will keep the group in Beacon Hills as protectors or some of the cast will leave. I think Scott (Tyler Posey) will probably stay back with his new pack. I do hope Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) and Lydia (Holland Roland) go to college and stay away from all the supernatural stuff for a while. Of all the characters in the show these two have had to deal with a lot of things both mentally as well as physically.

New Characters

In true Teen Wolf fashion more new characters are being introduced in Season 5. Will we get enough time to actually care for them? Uh! It’s Teen Wolf, of course we won’t. Having said that, the new male arrival is shrouded in mystery and I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of a werewolf or werebeing he is.

Is that a Kanima?

There seem to be two big bads this season (again in true Teen Wolf fashion). There are the creepy looking doctors (that look as if they belong in Hellboy) that are after Scott and his friends, and there’s that creature (that looks similar to the Kanima) which grabs Deputy Parrish by the neck.

Anybody have any ideas what it could be and who it could be? I mean it’s not as if Jackson’s coming back to Beacon Hills, or has Jeff cast another actor in the same role?

The tagline for this season is “Watch Your Pack” and I think every character will have to do their best to protect each other from the baddies after them this year.

tumblr_inline_nopwqvOQif1sla3su_500With the good things out of the way I’m going to talk about what I didn’t enjoy seeing in the trailer. No, I don’t mean to talk about shipping wars because to each their own. I’m going to talk about Lydia and the ‘mental health’ issue Teen Wolf seems to have picked up again through her.

I have no idea what’s up with Jeff and showing characters in a mental health facility that looks like a place from Hell. Season 3B showed Stiles admitted into Eichen House and the whole thing was just awful. Season 4 even revealed the Benefactor to be a woman suffering from mental stress due to her banshee powers.

Teen Wolf doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to mental health patients and issues they face. To me it’s clear that the show uses mental health for shock value and nothing else. There’s already a social stigma attached to mental health and the show isn’t helping erase it for young fans. For all we know some young fans might think that mental asylums are institutions that torture patients.

If Teen Wolf goes on after Season 5, I hope they stop using mental health as a plot device or for shock value. There are other creative ways to make fans gasp at their TV screens.

Before I wrap things up, I know there are people who still think Derek will show up. Well, he won’t be a part of this season — at least not of Season 5A. We are running a Teen Wolf giveaway which you definitely need to check out if you have a theory regarding why Derek left Beacon Hills.

What did you think of the new Teen Wolf Season 5 trailer? Any theories about what’s going to happen this year on the show? Let us know!

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Masters in Psychology and is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies. He reviews shows such as Gotham and Teen Wolf.

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