In a brand of petty that seems unique to Jeff Davis, Teen Wolf The Movie is yet another attack on the fandom, especially the Sterek and Stydia fans.
When the news about a Teen Wolf movie being an actual thing was confirmed, I had some concerns. I get that Tyler Posey’s been howling about doing a movie for a bunch of years now. But considering the Teen Wolf show ended in 2017, it seemed too soon to have a “reunion” movie. My concerns were turned into “Just scrap it now!” when news broke that Dylan O’Brien and Arden Cho said no to being part of a movie that, take note, would feature a narrative around the Nogitsune. You know, the season 3 big bad that was deeply connected to O’Brien’s Stiles Stilinski and Cho’s Kira Yukimura?
One would assume that Davis would rework the script after O’Brien and Cho’s refusal. But nopes. If there’s one thing Davis will do, it’s show the world that no one has the power to steer him away from manifesting his creativity.
So, with Stiles and Kira off the board, Teen Wolf The Movie decided to give the fandom two new characters named Eli *Stilinski* Hale and *Not-Kira* Hikari, played by Vince Mattis and Amy Lin Workman, respectively. And I have to say that I really felt sorry for the young actors. They did what they could with what was given to them, even though what they got was not well-written.
All I know about Hikari is that she’s a Kitsune who is also in love with Liam. And for some reason, she and Liam were off living in Japan. Hikari had no layers to her and the characterization she does get will likely be due to the audience unintentionally imprinting Kira’s backstory onto her. I mean, I had to catch myself from doing that whenever she was onscreen, especially during the final fight where she used her Fox cloak to protect Alpha Scott McCall (Tyler Posey). And unless I’m mistaken, Kira’s not mentioned at all in the film.
And how did the Fox cloak transfer thing even work? How did she and Scott come up with the same plan after sharing just one look? And how did the Fox cloak have the power to remove the blood stains from Scott’s shirt? I don’t know about you, but I would have been running a very successful laundromat if I had her powers.
As for Eli, he’s just introduced as Derek Hale’s (Tyler Hoechlin) teen son without any explanation about who his mother was or when the heck did Derek even have the time to father a son during what he’s been through in the Teen Wolf timeline. Not only that, but Eli’s clearly a copy of Stiles. He resembled Stiles, dressed up like him, had a weird interest in Stiles’ old jeep, and even acted like him. Heck, even the name Eli sounded like something his *not grandfather* Noah Stilinski (Linden Ashby) would have suggested.
As expected, Eli’s yet another way for Jeff Davis to continue baiting Sterek fans. Eli’s clearly a hybrid of Derek and Stiles, but the movie never confirmed it. Not only that but there’s an entire scene during Derek’s funeral where Noah gave Eli the keys to Stiles’ old jeep and shared how Derek had “complicated” feelings toward the jeep. It’s such blatant Sterek queerbait that I couldn’t help but laugh at how pathetic it was.
Derek’s funeral also had Noah talk about how Derek’s the type of character who always let himself be punished to protect those he loved. And that his resilience was similar to how resilient the jeep was.
Like, what the heck?
And now that I have mentioned it, let’s talk about Derek’s death during the finale. In order for the heroes to defeat the Nogitsune, it needed to be burned away by Jordan Parrish (Ryan Kelley), the resident Hellbound. However, due to the Nogitsune being too strong for Jordan, Derek decided to hold the dark being down after pushing Scott away. So, yeah, Derek had himself burn alive in front of his teen son to save everyone.
Also, no matter how you looked at it, having Derek Hale, who basically had his entire family burned alive also die by fire is just twisted storytelling. I can imagine Jeff Davis cackling to himself when he came up with that.
With Stiles gone, Stydia shippers didn’t fare any better either. Apparently, Lydia (Holland Roden) decided to break up with Stiles because of a premonition she had about Stiles dying in a car accident. Which… okay?
Also, having the premonition be about Stiles dying in a vehicle accident, especially after what Dylan O’Brien went through in real life… Again, I can imagine Davis cackling.
Debuting back in 2011 and running for six seasons, Sterek and Stydia were the two biggest ships to come out of Teen Wolf. And seeing a “reunion” movie deliberately try to hurt said ships that did a lot to make the show popular in the first place made no creative sense to me. But it made all the sense when I looked at it from how Davis is the type of person who would make such decisions.
Teen Wolf The Movie was about bringing back Scott’s relationship with Allison Argent (Crystal Reed) even though a whole lot of Teen Wolf’s already messed up lore and timelines had to be put through the wringer to make it happen. And the way it was handled left me confused. Did Allison age in purgatory or was she still a teen upon being revived while Scott’s in his 30s and they are together? Hmmm.
And yes, I’m going to say it. Who the heck cares about Scott stans? There were never enough of them to have any impact (positive or negative) on the show to begin with anyway. You might not like reading that, but it’s the truth as far as online engagement and viewership numbers are concerned. Characters other than Scott were able to garner much bigger fandoms.
And seeing the Teen Wolf movie bending over backward to give Scott and Allison a happy ending while Derek got killed off, even though some of the most loyal Teen Wolf fans were Derek stans, was just wow!
Again, no one gets to tell Jeff Davis anything when it comes to realizing the type of story (that no one really asked for) that he wants to tell.
Clocking in at 140 minutes to be considered an “actual” film (even though the directing, editing, and the budget say otherwise), Teen Wolf The Movie became available to stream on Paramount+ on January 26, 2023.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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