TV Review - Teen Wolf: Season 2
But, before the horror and the humor, let's talk about the homoeroticism. This show has a cast of young, gorgeous-looking guys and takes ample opportunity to show off their well-muscled bodies. Season 2, in fact, opens with Colton Haynes who plays Jackson, the co-captain of the Beacon Hills High School lacrosse team, emerging half-naked from moon-lit water in slow-motion. Throughout the season, Haynes appears shirtless or nearly nude about a half-dozen more times. Often, he's wet and in slow-motion as to highlight his chiseled physique.
Aside from Hoechlin's pectoral muscles, the one thing that's really outstanding is the new opening title sequence. It's essentially a rip-off of what David Fincher did for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), but it's so awesome in its own right that I loved it. It had great special effects, which continue into the show. All the supernatural shots are very much believable from the blood to the bombs to the makeup of the new monster, the Kanima. The opening title sequence also perfectly sets the tone because there is a lot of murder and mayhem, which does make the series exciting and thrilling and fun.
|Tyler Hoechlin as Derek in "Teen Wolf"|
There was a lot going on this year, but the makers of this show made it all work. This season flowed naturally from the previous but is a vast improvement. I think it's such because unlike the first season, which has maybe one or two that come to mind, the second season has ton of memorable moments in episodes that I watched repeatedly.
One such memorable moment is when Derek seduces Erica. Another is when Scott confronts Boyd about becoming a werewolf. There's any scene with Coach Finstock, played hilariously by Orny Adams. The reveal of where the bestiary is or what's on Jackson's videotape, as well as the hostage scene in the police station, are all memorable moments too. They all possess the right amount of tension and terror to keep me on the edge of my seat, even on repeat viewings.
Five Stars out of Five.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Available on MTV on Demand.