Fox / 516 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: May 21, 2013
I guess it was bound to happen – two of Hollywood’s favorite activities right now are revamping old franchises and taking every opportunity it can to populate its stories with werewolves and vampires (preferably slutty ones!), and these two tendrils find synergy in Teen Wolf: Season Two. There’s very little Michael J. Fox here (I guess there isn’t much Jason Bateman, either), so there’s little more than just title similarities between that film and this series, but it’s enough to lend at least a vestige of retro throwback to the show.
But mostly we get supernatural adventures of good-looking young folks with serious mood issues. Tyler Posey plays Scott McCall, a high-schooler who used to be just another lacrosse player but, thanks to a werewolf bite, he finds himself with a new set of priorities. He and ladyfriend Allison (Crystal Reed) have to hide their blossoming romance from her parents, there are troubles with new recruits to the werewolf clan, and there is a revolving door of baddies that threaten both humans and were-humans throughout the region.
The show has taken on a certain fan adoration – it’s surprisingly popular – but sifting through this Season Two DVD box set is a slog. This is Gossip Girl-lite programming at its most prosaic, a show that has little more in mind than presenting fit and pretty young boys and girls in various states of undress interacting with a netherworld that is surprisingly devoid of any major peril or taboo intrigue. In short, werewolves are supposed to be more interesting than this, right?