TV Review - Teen Wolf: Season 3B

Charlie Carver (left) and Max Carver as
twin brothers and werewolves in "Teen Wolf"
Teen Wolf aired its third season during the summer 2013. It was a normal 12 episodes, but, instead of waiting until next summer to air Season 4, MTV decided to start airing additional episodes of Season 3 in the winter of 2014. It started back on January 6. It's not Season 4. It's a continuation of Season 3. It's Season 3-B. Other cable series have done this, including Breaking Bad and The Fosters.

Season 2 was the best season of the series. Season 3 was a mess. Season 3-B continues the mess. The show is just sloppy. It's all over the place. The characters are all over the place. I'm not sure why anyone is doing anything or even what is happening at all.

After watching 8 episodes in Season 3-B, I have a better clue of what's happening, and I still think it's a mess. For a series about teenage werewolves, this series is less about teenage werewolves than it has ever been. Creator and head writer Jeff Davis has concocted this absolutely insane and ridiculous mythology about Japanese demons, and it feels like a bad The X-Files episode stretched out over 12 episodes. It's probably a long and convoluted way to introduce the new Asian character of Kira, played by Arden Cho, who is lovely and great.

On the surface, it might seem different, but essentially this recent line of episodes is doing to Stiles, played by Dylan O'Brien, what Season 2 did to Jackson, played by Colton Haynes who is no longer on the show. With Stiles, the show poses an interesting question, one that was broached in Season 2 but never debated. Stiles is sick and has potentially no cure, except being turned into a werewolf. The question is raised, but again not really debated. What the show doesn't realize is that it's a great question that should be debated more.

Yet again, Derek Hale, played by Tyler Hoechlin, is sidelined. He's treated as a veritable non-entity. He might as well not be in this series at all. The series introduces someone important to Scott McCall, played by Tyler Posey. Scott is the main character, so you think this introduction would lead to some great drama but not really. Scott's father Rafael Kyle McCall, played by Matthew Del Negro (The West Wing and The Sopranos), might as well not be in the series either in the way that his presence is rather insignificant.

The first half of Season 3 was all about making Scott, the alpha werewolf, meaning he's the leader of all the other werewolves and he's the most powerful. Sadly, this fact is not much of a factor in this second half of Season 3. For a brief sequence in Episode 16, titled "Illuminated," the twin werewolves, Aiden and Ethan try to ingratiate themselves into Scott's wolf pack, which I thought was great because it was about werewolves interacting.

We've had so many relationships between all the heterosexual werewolves. The one gay werewolf, Ethan, played by Charlie Carver (Desperate Housewives), one of the twins, isn't really allowed to have his relationship with Danny, played by Keahu Kahuanui, explored. This is indicative of the whole season. Instead of exploring the characters and relationships the show has, digging deeper into people we know, Teen Wolf would rather revel in mythological madness.

One Star out of Five.
Rated TV-14.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Mondays at 10PM on MTV.


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