It's safe to say that Teen Wolf is a show about werewolves, but also about change. Since it's debut in 2011, Teen Wolf has been one of the most talked about shows in MTV history, and one of the worst.
"Whoa, Whoa...the worst? Isn't that a little harsh?" - You Might Ask
No, really it isn't because over the course of Teen Wolf's history I have been altered to one, very real fact about the show: Jeff Davis has no idea what he's doing.
You might know him as the beloved Jeff Davis who created the very show you adore, and cherish...or used to. Because following the finale of Season 5, Part 2, and with the influx of Season 6 spoilers, Teen Wolf has barely developed as a television series. Most of the characters in the show have flat-lined in terms of character development, especially Lydia Martin (Holland Roden) who is the Resident Banshee on the cast, and used to be a force to be reckoned with, has now been demoted to giving the cast someone to worry about:
There is a lot of untapped potential in Teen Wolf, or at least there used to be prior to Season 4's debut. But really, the heart of Teen Wolf died off somewhere around Season 2 and during Season 3's Double-Packed order of 24 episodes.
Production on Teen Wolf made a startling move from forest, fall-like Atlanta, Georgia, for sunny Los Angeles following Season 2. Naturally this did not go unnoticed considering the drastic change in the mood, the scenery, and the setting of the fictional town of Beacon Hills.
Suddenly there was no question Beacon Hills existed in northern California, with Palm Trees and sunny skies overhead (and the introduction of a football field, which was seemingly a sport not offered at Beacon Hills High School in Seasons 1 or 2). Besides this, sets were altered, with the interior of the school looking drastically different. Alongside this, the Animal Clinic could no longer shoot it's front side, so the back-side of the facility was used from Season 3 onward.
BUT TEEN WOLF DIDN'T EXPLAIN THESE CHANGES
Did Beacon Hills High School get a major renovation over the summer?
But, like Jeff Davis has always done: he leaves that plot-point hanging. Like these, for example:
- Kate Argent and the Calavera's Plot-Lines from Season 4
- Derek Hale's Ability to turn into an Actual Wolf
- Jackson Whittemore's Biological Parents (which was so prominently mentioned throughout Seasons 1 and 2).
- Lydia's Father, Isaac Lahey, Danny Mahealani, Cora Hale, and Jackson Whittemore all completely vanish without a trace without further mentions.
- Scott McCall's Father seems to be a pretty good guy by Season 4, but once again abandons his family and has yet to reappear during Scott's Senior Year
- Malia Hale and Derek Hale being cousins (also why did they immediately abandon her after learning this?)
These are just a few plot-lines left hanging, it continues for pages, and pages, and frankly, the dedicated fans of Teen Wolf are exhausted. They've been whisked left and right and facing the end of Season 6, they could likely be facing a Glee-like scenario (with the focus being shifted to the younger cast, and as we all know, that never, ever works).
The Rocky Road to Season 5 has been one that has a lot of the original fan-base, and most of the original cast, on the side of the road.
The Story-Telling of Teen Wolf has always been pretty intriguing in a singular season basis. With Season 1's Hunt for the Alpha & The Argent's vs. The Werewolves, Season 2's continued battle against The Argent's & The Kanima, Season 3, Part 1's battle against the Alpha Pack, Part 2's war against the Nogitsune and the Oni, Season 4's bloody fight to survive against the Benefactor & Assassins & the Return of Kate Argent as a Were-Jaguar, and finally Season 5's unfortunate mess of plot-lines as the cast worked to survive against The Dread Doctors, Theo Raeken, The Chimera Pack, The Desert Wolf, and The Beast of Beacon Hills. Each season has offered a unique perspective into different mythologies and interesting personal conflicts for each of the characters.
That being said, after Season 2, Teen Wolf sort of felt forced (gradually during the course of Season 3) and eventually falling apart in Season 4.
WHERE DID IT GO WRONG?
Jeff Davis's original mistake in Teen Wolf was assuming people were watching for the mythology of the show, and sure, it's a large plus (because of the additive narrative, which allows for hastened growth in formerly ignorant teenagers), but it wasn't what drew people to the show.
Teen Wolf in its finest moments, is a show about a group of people living in Beacon Hills, trying to overcome the worst moments of their lives, while navigating through life. But Jeff Davis somehow decided it was a plot-based show following Season 2 and put his characters in the most compromising circumstances possible. In fact, so much death has occurred throughout Seasons 3-5 that I had to check to make sure I wasn't actually watching a Die Hard movie.
There also haven't been many "great" scenes since Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) departed from the show after Season 4. Considering one of the largest "ships" (a romantic pairing of two characters) is that of Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin) and Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O'Brien),having Derek Hale formally depart from Teen Wolf only guaranteed many fan's departures as well.
In essence, Teen Wolf should have been a show about people, not action. Season 3 should have explored their ties to one another as they dealt with the Alpha Pack and Jackson's parents' connection to them as well (the original plot of Season 3 according to Jeff Davis).
Instead, Teen Wolf went into spasms as it introduced dozens of new characters as replacements for characters such as Jackson Whittemore to Theo Raekan or with Erica Reyes with Cora Hale, and while I adored Cora, she only stuck around for half-a-second and it was really hard to connect with her, as is most of the new additions to the show.
The Cast of Teen Wolf has had so many characters cut off and had many of them leave without necessity. The World of Teen Wolf could have been a wonderful place where the original cast came together to fix their own problems and Beacon Hills' Supernatural Problems as well.
Maybe Teen Wolf should have ended with Season 3 or 5, but in a very different feel besides the strange addition of new faces and the replacement of old ones, both of which are cookie-cutter copies of one another, and lack personal ideologies that make them human. As soon as Production shifted to California, and half of the cast began to flick away during Season 3, Teen Wolf lost traction.
MTV has left Teen Wolf running on fumes for too long. Glee also lost traction when it introduced a slew of younger characters, Glee 2.0 for some, and it naturally fell apart, as Teen Wolf is fated to do.
Some of the most fan-favorited characters on Teen Wolf have departed the show, which could only mean insane behind-the-scenes drama that creates a rift and lack of desire for these actors to continue their roles as their respected characters. However, we have no idea what happens behind the scenes. We're only told what Jeff Davis tells the fan-base, which mostly turns out to be unfullfilled promises, as he usually never follows through. And it is equally worrisome that he and the production team at Teen Wolf write characters off for not being able to come up with any plot-lines for their characters (Kira Yukimura and Isaac Lahey, anyone?)
But maybe Holland Roden's character Lydia Martin will get some well-deserved screen-time and character development as an understanding Hunter-Banshee, as hinted in Season 5 by The Argent's, but hopefully in a way that doesn't turn her into Allison Argent (Crystal Reed)'s copy with recycled story-lines.
In another life, Teen Wolf was a show about Scott McCall falling in love with Allison Argent as she changes her family's Hunter Code and a Lydia Martin, Stiles Stilinski, Derek Hale, and Jackson Whittemore love-square, as they continue to feel out their feelings for one another. With Erica Reyes and Vernon Boyd slowly falling for one another, while Isaac Lahey and Cora Hale are fleshed out deeper than they were in their respected seasonal debuts. But for now, Teen Wolf is a show with almost an entirely new slew of characters sleuthing through Beacon Hills.
Unless Season 6 uses it's supposed "ghost story" story-line to bring back old, and beloved characters, it is entirely likely that ratings will decline. The Fault in Teen Wolf was ignoring it's fan's wishes for further action-base story-telling.
For now, we can look forward to Season 6 of Teen Wolf, which will explore the relationship between Stiles Stilinski and Lydia Martin as the gang goes up against a Nazi Werewolf and Mind Control, while the metaphorical baton will be passed down to the younger cast of Teen Wolf, who are lovable, but face the same problem Glee did: they aren't the original cast of the show, nor do they envelope everything the fans were enraptured with in the early seasons.
There's always hope for old favorites to make cameos, and if that's not possible, there's always nostalgically binge-watching Seasons 1-3, right?
What do you think should happen in Season 6 to up the ratings? Comment Below!