Why You Shouldn’t Give Up on Teen Wolf Just Yet
The Teen Wolf fandom is having a bit of rough hiatus (thank goodness it’s almost over) and while Season 3A had some awesome moments it was overall fairly inconsistent. It’s hard to break the bond between fan and the object of desire but that doesn’t mean that sometimes it’s difficult to remember what made something worthy of our attention in the first place. That’s when we need to take a step back and remind ourselves of the things that made us fall in love.
Please note: I am not dismissing or ignoring the problems that Teen Wolf has – nor I am suggesting that we stop criticizing this show (criticism is a healthy part of fandom). I’m just hoping to remind people of the reasons this show is worthy of our criticism… most of the time anyway.
There are a lot of reasons to love Teen Wolf (there are quite a few reasons to dislike as well but let’s not go into that right now,) so I’m not going to attempt to list them all. This is just a few reasons I think we should be getting excited for Season 3B.
They’re Probably Over the Slow-Mo
I say ‘probably’ because we won’t have a definitive answer on this one until we’ve seen a number of new episodes. But considering the excessive use of slow-mo became a widely recognised joke by the end of 3A there’s a pretty good chance they will tone it down for the second half of the season. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit a slow mo (especially when it involves incredibly attractive people), but there’s a limit that 3A exceeded in Ep. 3. As fun as a it was to joke about, I’m looking forward to seeing some real-time character development in the upcoming episodes.
Scott and Melissa’s Relationship
How often do we see a healthy, respect-driven relationship between a single mother and her son? Not very often. Scott and Melissa McCall’s (Tyler Posey and Melissa Ponzio) relationship has been one of my favourite aspects of this show since Season 1, and it just keeps getting better. No matter what you thought about 3A, every time Scott and Melissa interacted was amazing. So as long as they keep giving us these two amazing people and their amazing familial relationship, there will be something worth tuning into Teen Wolf for.
Gratuitous Shirtless Men
Anyway that has seen even a passing reference to Teen Wolf is probably aware that this show likes it’s men hot and shirtless. Let’s face it, whether or not you agree with the blatant objectification of the male body (reversing the male gaze like a boss), the focus on astonishingly attractive men is one of the main reasons many people tuned into this MTV show in the first place. Whatever Teen Wolf becomes, it will always have semi-dressed sexy men for anyone that is so inclined to ogle, and that’s enough to keep the gifs coming at the very least.
Allison and Lydia’s Friendship
There are not enough genuine female friendships on television – just look at the number of shows that don’t pass the Bechdel Test – so the relationship between Allison Argent (Crystal Reed) and Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) is refreshing. In fact, this friendship is one of the things that 3A actually did well. Allison and Lydia talk to each other, they hang out with each other and they are openly affectionate. This might not seem like much, but in a supernatural show with a predominantly male cast, it is a big deal.
Jeff Davis is Not a Gift… and That’s Okay
There comes a time in every fans like when they must accept the fact that the creator is not god. Writers are not infallible and everything your fave showrunner touches does not turn to gold. This is not a bad thing, in fact, personally, I think it makes for a much more enjoyable fan experience. It means we can enjoy the good without having to ignore or accept the bad. Once we let go of the notion that the creator-god that can do no wrong it becomes much easier to criticise problematic aspects without hampering the appreciation of the parts we love.
The Cast is Completely Loveable
To be perfectly honest, at this stage I am so attached to this cast I would probably watch them read the dictionary without inflection for hours on end. Luckily I don’t have to because this cast is nothing if not entertaining. Not only are they incredibly beautiful and talented, they’re also fun, social media savvy, and they genuinely seem to love Teen Wolf and it’s fandom (which is not as common as you might think). Seriously even within a divisive fandom like Teen Wolf pretty much everyone agrees that this cast is impossible not to love.
It’s Still a Silly MTV Show About Teenage Werewolves
We spent so much time convincing everyone that Teen Wolf is so much better than it sounds that we forgot that the silliness is one of it’s most endearing features. Although it continually presents itself as darker and edgier with every new season, Teen Wolf will always remember where it came from. It’s still full of gratuitous shirtless men, ridiculous prosthetics, over-choreographed fight sequences, sappy dialogue, blatant homoeroticism, and an abundance of angry white men yelling dramatically at no one. I could wax lyrical forever about what makes Teen Wolf more than you expect but I will never forget that on top of it all it’s still a silly MTV show about teenage werewolves.
As I said above, I am not advocating for ignoring or dismissing problematic aspects – where’s the fun in that? – but I am hoping to see most of you ready and raring to both enjoy and criticise the upcoming episodes with me. Because while Teen Wolf definitely has it’s problems I think it’s still worthy of our time and effort.
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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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