Teen Wolf Recap 6/29/15 – Season 5 Premiere ‘Creatures of the Night’
Season five of the cult phenomenon Teen Wolf has just started and it’s already dubious. After the dramatic and violent departure of female lead Crystal Reed, another cast member is on the chopping block. Tyler Hoechlin, a fan favorite since season one has also missing from the new season. While Derek Hale has not been killed like his predecessors, he is not even mentioned in the first episode. One of the more interesting characters is gone and this is disappointing, to say the least.
Season five premiere of Teen Wolf. After six months of peace, Scott and his pack face a new adversary – senior year.
Now the show really centers around the kids. Badass hunter JR Bourne, Daniel Sharman, and Colten Haynes have all been dispensed with in some way or another. Scott, Stiles, Lydia, Kira, and Malia are the remainders. At least there is a plethora of female characters.
It’s been four years and finally we are utilizing the triumph that is Holland Roden. The entire first sequence is carried completely on her shoulders not to mention her complete grace in the physical scenes. There is no excuse for her lack of agency for so long when Lydia’s genius was revealed in season one – which was completely Roden’s idea to begin with. But since it is clear Lydia is the shining light of this show, is there a reason why she’s mostly absent from the episode? Only a fool would believe that the beginning sequence of Lydia confined to a mental institution was in present time. As television tricks go, this is a cheap ploy.
Instead of Lydia using her gifts, the show pushes more casting of unnecessary people. There is an overload of too many pretty boys. If this is them trying to make up for the absence of Tyler Hoechlin, no one is falling for it. There is no real difference between newcomer Theo, who is a convenient werewolf and Liam who is also a new werewolf part of the pack. There really is no replacing Derek Hale.
Most of the episode is a constant state of the character’s anxieties about the future and not much else as they try to make it to the senior scribe party, a tradition for the senior class to leave their mark – literally – on the school. A new antagonist arrives and attacks people, but this is not news. But there is something new Teen Wolf has to offer.
Mythology has always been the show’s strong point. The truly frightening aspect of this season, however, is Scott McCall, sweet precious cinnamon roll, too good for this world. His goodness seems to be shaping up to be the most convincing adversary in a long time. After four years of him being the moral center, it is good writing to have have it backfire on him. Self-doubt is one of the most crippling enemy high schoolers have, a theme that is prevalent in this season. Stiles’ grapples with his fear of losing his high school friends, something viewers can truly identify with.
And in a final statement about moving on from high school, the presence of Alison Argent is finally as strong as it was when she was actually alive. Scott inscribes her initials into the bookcase as part of the senior scribe. Somehow through the corny additions and sentimentality, this is an acceptable part of the show’s make-up. Stiles’ worries are blown out of proportion – more than any person actually in high school would feel. Dylan O’Brien is going places. Not a new revelation by any means, but he makes even the most meager moments simply shine. Tyler Posey brings genuineness and Holland Roden, while underutilized, is finally being somewhat recognized for her talents. While they show is overpopulating the show and axing some things that are actually working, they are working with what they have.