Review: Teen Wolf Season 3B Trailer

Towards the end of the 2 minute trailer for Teen Wolf Season 3B, Scott asks Stiles a pertinent question: “Are you going to be okay?” If he asked the Teen Wolf fandom the same question right now the answer would be a resounding no. Or perhaps we would turn the question around like Stiles does, because everyone is very concerned for the citizens of Beacon Hills. The message is clear, no one is okay. As we hurtle towards new episodes, the release of the trailer has sent everyone spiraling into a pit of masochistic anticipation.

This is your spoiler warning, be warned.

The first half of Season 3 presented a darker edgier Teen Wolf, but if the trailer is anything to go by the first twelve episode are nothing compared to what’s coming next. Scott (Tyler Posey), Allison (Crystal Reed) and Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) are dealing with the consequences of the sacrifice they made at the end of 3A, and, by the looks of it, they are not doing well. Paraphrasing Stiles; Scott can’t transform, Allison is being haunted by her dead aunt and Stiles is straight up losing his mind. To top it all off, someone’s controlling a serial killer and there appear to be demons (with origins in Japanese mythology) terrorising the town.

To say I’m excited would be an understatement – despite the rampant inconsistencies in 3A I am still immensely attached to these characters and determined to stay with them to the end. Luckily the release of the trailer has increased my excitement rather than hampering it. One of the major issues with 3A was the disconnect between the villains and the main cast of characters – considering that 3B’s villains appear to be directly connect to Scott, Allison, and Stiles’ sacrifice they probably won’t have that problem this season.

In order to amp up the excitement they released the trailer in four parts – in order to view each part fans had to put the gif’d footage into the right order. The four parts were released over four hours and while I resisted the pull initially I ultimately caved joining the fun. And fun it was.  It was also a great way to make the fandom feel involved, I certainly appreciated the trailer a lot more having earned it (even if it wasn’t particularly hard). Fortunately the game was not just a distraction because the trailer is actually pretty good and I am definitely more amped for Season 3B having seen it.

zzThe best part is that the footage we were given was genuinely frightening, especially the masked figure that leaves Lydia and Isaac in a puddle of tears, and serial killer William Barrow (Doug Jones). I think I’m going to have to watch this season with the lights on because the last 30 seconds of the trailer had me reaching for some kind of weapon. They are definitely upping the intensity levels this season and from what we have seen they seem to do be doing it well. Unfortunately it’s not the intense dramatic moments that worry me, it’s the little things that seem to be missing.

Episodes 1-12 suffered from a lack of emotional depth. There were a lot of big dramatic events but there was no follow through, we didn’t get to see how these events affected the characters involved. Of course that might be because they were saving all the consequences for the second half of the season. But I’m a little disappointed that the trailer was all shade and no light. They need to give these characters something, so that it hurts more when they take it away.

The only parts that could be considered lighter were the hints of romance – and there was quite a bit of zzzromance hinted at. Allison and Isaac (Daniel Sharman) seem to be taking their flirtation further but it’s okay because Scott seems to be moving on with new introduction Kira (Arden Cho). Lydia (Holland Roden) is seen cosying up to both Aiden and Stiles. Speaking of Stiles, he’s locking lips with a mystery girl that fandom is desperately trying to discover the identity of. Popular theories include; Lydia, Shelley Hennig’s top secret mystery girl or Zelda Williams’ Caitlin (who was last seen in episode 303 “Fireflies”). Although considering Stiles confidence, the consensus seems to be that it has to be some kind of hallucination. Happiness does not seem to be on the cards for our faves.

Everything we have seen of new girl Kira is incredibly enticing, and I can’t help hoping that she doesn’t suffer the same fate as many of the female characters that have come before her. Considering that Jennifer Blake (Haley Webb) turned out to be the Darach, it’s unlikely Kira will end up being this season’s big bad, but never say never. I’m intrigued by the idea of her and Scott together, especially because I’m finding it difficult to imagine Scott noticing anyone that is not Allison, although I can’t say I’m disappointed to see him broadening his horizons. It’s the kind of character development this show sorely needs.

I have no doubt that 3B will be extremely entertaining, Teen Wolf always is, but I am still hoping for something a little more emotionally satisfying this time. Maybe I’m expecting too much, but I don’t think so. Teen Wolf has proven that it has the ability to follow through with emotional beats and make us feel way more about an MTV show about werewolves than we thought possible. So I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect the same connection from future episodes.

That said, the premise for the season is intriguing, the trailer is exciting (although the lighting could be a problem, someone tell them that it doesn’t have to be dark to be intense) and cast’s performances just keep getting better. So ultimately I am eagerly anticipating Teen Wolf’s return on January 6. I’m ready to lose my mind, are you?

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Author: Undie Girl

Undie Girl (aka Von) has a BA (Hons) Major in Cultural Studies. The title of her honours thesis was “It’s just gay and porn”: Power, Identity and the Fangirl’s Gaze. She’s currently pursuing a Masters of Media Practice at University of Sydney. Von’s a former contributor The Backlot’s column The Shipping News and a current co-host of The Geekiary’s monthly webcast FEELINGS… with The Geekiary.


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Undie Girl (aka Von) has a BA (Hons) Major in Cultural Studies. The title of her honours thesis was “It’s just gay and porn”: Power, Identity and the Fangirl’s Gaze. She’s currently pursuing a Masters of Media Practice at University of Sydney. Von’s a former contributor The Backlot’s column The Shipping News and a current co-host of The Geekiary’s monthly webcast FEELINGS… with The Geekiary.

Comments

  1. I actually got chills watching the trailers because I’m a huge fan of horror and psychological thrillers – and regardless of what can be said about TW’s story-telling (which was horrendous at times in 3A), they’ve always been able to set mood and scene very very well.

    I’ll confess it now – I’m a Stiles/Derek shipper (I refuse to use their portmanteau because it’s absurd – I’m always disappointed in myself when I do), but I’m totally on board with Stiles hooking up with Lydia (temporarily) or a new girl because he needs to have some experience to be able to handle all the EMO that comprises Derek’s character. I won’t go into the missteps and disservices the writers have served our fandom as this isn’t the right place or time, but I hope season 3 won’t be when they become a couple (if it does happen). Stiles needs to come into his own before he can move onto an adult relationship and hopefully this half of the season will build an even more solid foundation for him and Derek; friendship as a basis for romance tends to create stronger and healthier relationships in the long run. And I really hope they explore his “spark” as well as the “darkness around his heart” in these eps.

    I have never liked Scott and Allison as a couple despite the Disney birds and mice singing in the background every time they got together – mostly because the actors were cutesy looking together but had zero chemistry. I felt like I was watching kissing cousins at a family reunion, so Crystal Reed’s explosive chemistry with Daniel Sherman made me happy (plus, he’s closer to her in age in real life and it doesn’t feel as icky). Of course, he’s still a bag of issues, she’s a hunter with a very fine moral line, and together they’re one ingredient shy of a Molotav cocktail, so I can expect and hope for drama, tension, and hot sex. I have a feeling Isaac understands Allison way more than Scott ever could – let’s face it, before his transformation, the only bad thing that happened to Scott was his dad’s desertion. Don’t get me wrong, it’s bad, but doesn’t quite hold up to family history of murder, psycho relatives, dead mothers, and facing your inner darkness. Oh, and that’s not even taking Allison’s issues into account.

    I haven’t seen enough to know if Scott and Kira will be good for each other, but I’m hope they’re not going to try for a triangle (or rectangle). Scott does deserve nice things (though Derek more so) and hopefully he won’t follow the same pattern of every other romance on the show (you know, ending in blood, guts, and tears – Stiles with Heather, Derek with Paige, Kate, and Jennifer, Sheriff with his wife, and Chris with Victoria).

    I’ve said it since they were introduced and I will continue saying – I hope the twins die. I think they were a bad idea from the start – at least when they threw them into the romance pool with Lydia and Danny – and this is a great way to cut the wheat from the chaff. Lydia not knowing she was banging an Alpha was understandable, but to allow her to continue to do so after its been proven a) he went after her with an agenda on his mind, b) doesn’t care about her, and c) lied to her time after time, is reprehensible. I know they tried to make it seem like Aiden was in reaction to Jackson leaving her, but they really didn’t do a great job of selling it when the writers then tried to take back Aiden’s actions by making him out to be the “good guy.” That’s NEVER gonna happen because he’s never apologized or even shown any remorse for the things he and his twin have done – if this were a show about Aiden, maybe you could convince me, but he’s third string so get rid of him. Ethan is so non-essential he feels like a sop to fans disappointed by the lack of Stiles and Derek smexy times. Thanks but no thanks.

    Lastly, I want more Stiles and Sheriff times since his dad now knows; he’s pretty badass in his own right, but now that he finally gets what’s beleaguering his town? He’s gonna rock the house!

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