The 18 Best Things About Teen Wolf Season 2

As a television viewer I like to think I'm easy to please. All I need from m'programs are: (1) characters I continue to care about after the credits roll; (2) stories I think about long after they end; and (3) images I've never seen before and may never see again. Oh, and beautiful people. BECAUSE YOLO. (Except, honestly, that's optional. #breakingbad) I don't think these things are too much to ask from a television show. They are just the basics! So why do most shows seem to fall short? As easy to please as I think I am, it turns out I'm rarely pleased? If we're being real, a lot of television can be a chore to watch, and that's why I've become so loud/obnoxious in praising a little show called Teen Wolf. This thing is an absolute pleasure to behold. And in this just-concluded Season 2 it went from a solid show to an amazing one.

Guys, imagining the next nine months WITHOUT Teen Wolf is almost too much to bear. So let's instead celebrate all the things that made Season 2 so terrific.

Here are the 18 things I liked best:



1. The Villains


Villains tend to bring out the best in heroes, so for this season we were going to need some really good villains to make our already-great heroes step up their games. That's why we got THREE threats! First up, Gerard Argent (Michael Hogan), angry father to deceased zealot Kate Argent:

It was no big surprise when we found out he was up to no good. What was surprising was how sad and understandable his intentions were. He simply wanted to be turned into a werewolf to help reverse his inoperable cancer. In my opinion, he probably could've made that happen in a much easier fashion than manipulating most of the citizens of Beacon Hill and also taking control of a mythological murder machine, but that's just me. You know? He could've just been like, "Hey, werewolf who's trying to build a pack of powerful allies, please bite me?" I guess he had too much pride or something. Anyway, I like when villain's plans are as ludicrous or flawed as Gerard's were; aren't they always?

Also, Gerard's "death" was pretty great:

The primary villain for the first ten episodes, however, was Sufjan Stevens lookalike Matt the photographer (Stephen Lunsford):

Usually on a TV show whenever a new character starts horning on beloved characters' dramas (think Nikki and Paolo on Lost) they feel like such an intruder. In the case of Matt, that was basically the point! He was onto Scott pretty quickly and spent much of the season infiltrating the gang via Jackson. That's like psychological stalking!

His backstory and motives were about as laughable and-over-the-top as Gerard's were: After a near drowning as a child, Matt had hate in his heart for the older swim team that failed to help him. Obviously these people had to die.

Luckily for Matt, the town's newly bitten supernatural creature was basically a revenge artist for hire. Again, I never necessarily agreed with Matt that the severity of the incident was worth a multiple-murder, but sometimes it's the insanity that makes villains scary.

Which brings us to the Kanima:

As a villain, the Kanima was genius for a couple of reasons: Its reptilian persona was a wonderful (and surprising!) contrast to the hirsute lycanthropes of the show's title. No really: Just when it was likely that a supernatural teen drama might only have ONE creature, Season 2 immediately shirked that notion with one slimy murderer. Even though the Kanima was part of the werewolf ecosystem (in addition to, I don't know, Greek folklore?), just the idea that non-werewolf creatures exist in this world was a pretty big thrill to me. At one point it even seemed like Jackson might've had superpowers of his own—he didn't, but still. Just the possibility made my brain tingle. And, of course, I loved the Kanima's ability to paralyze everyone. You can't fight paralysis! What a terrifying (and budget-friendly) tactic! So good.



2. Excellence in Wardrobe


If I were in charge the Emmy nominees for Best Costumes would be Teen Wolf five times. Because come on:

Often the most dazzling (and cheapest!) visual effect one can put in a television show or film is some good ol' fashioned skin. Every seedy Hollywood producer since the beginning of the industry has known this fact, but it's generally only really been applied to female actors. Teen Wolf is nothing short of trailblazing for putting men in the same position, and for those of us who actually appreciate such things, we can attest to how rare it is. Oh, Teen Wolf. It's like you KNOW us.



3. Opening Titles


Over the years opening titles have become shorter and less prominent, eventually giving over to just having the show's title onscreen for a couple seconds. Indeed that's the route Teen Wolf went during Season 1, but clearly Jeff Davis, the mad genius behind this show, knew that Season 2 deserved better. Something more epic. And that's why we got this truly dazzling opening sequence:

All season long, I never NOT got chills after each episode's cold open. That music! The succinct and powerful imagery for each character. Heck, even this:

I am still not even sure what that was supposed to represent. But it still works! So yeah, it's hard to overstate just how important these opening credits were. I loved them so much.



4. Isaac


Season 2 saw the world of Beacon Hill expand a great deal. The number of werewolves alone doubled and we needed new and compelling characters to make those transitions as compelling as Scott's was. Isaac Lahey was Derek's first recruit, a troubled grave digger and lacrosse player who'd had just about enough of his abusive father's shenanigans.

As a supporting character he didn't necessarily get the MOST screen time, but it shows just how compelling Daniel Sharman's performance was that Isaac still felt fleshed out and sympathetic, even during his initial jerk phase.

But few things this season were quite as satisfying and tingle-inducing as Isaac and Scott's burgeoning bromance.

This quick moment at the rave where Scott alerted Isaac to the fact that people (and specifically Scott) actually care about Isaac a great deal... It was pretty great.

And while I'm still not sure what the significance of the pain-sucking skill will be, Isaac's sheer elation that he was capable of helping other creatures was another standout moment.

See, these were not larger-than-life spectacles but tiny, intimate exchanges, yet they somehow felt just as important. Isaac was a character I always cared about and I was legit scared for most of the season that he'd get killed off. It was a source of tension for me! Fortunately he wasn't, and even better, it looked like he was on track to becoming another hero in Season 3. Can't wait.



5. The New Characters


Isaac was the best of all the new characters, but I don't mean to sell short the other new cast. In fact, this is probably more a compliment to the casting director than anyone, but I felt there wasn't a weak link in the crew. A TV producer once told me how insanely difficult it can be to hire young actors who both look attractive AND can act. Teen Wolf managed to not only find a talented crew, but also differentiated each character so much that the crew just seemed more and more rounded out. And because everyone was well-drawn, I also never became exasperated that I was spending too much time with a new character when the old ones deserved the attention (e.g., The endless Salome scenes on True Blood Season 5).

Anyway, these people killed it:



6. Stiles' Emotional Side


We already knew Stiles (and specifically Dylan O'Brien) was one of the funniest people on TV. And while I didn't love some of his broader moments (like the huge present, or snoring in the waiting room), Teen Wolf Season 2 brought out a side of Stiles' personality that more than made up for those moments: His emotional side! No for real, few things were as alternately joyful or devastating as the scenes between Stiles and his father. To use a gross cliché, their relationship has become the heart of the show, a fact made even more notable by the fact that this thing was essentially conceived as a romance between Scott and Allison. Team Stilinski!

It's always been enjoyable to watch Sheriff Stilinski dote on his son while Stiles tries to wriggle out of getting in trouble. But this season we saw the Sheriff actually come to accept Stiles' help in the serial murder case, which by itself was a touching moment.

But the thing about this show is, sometimes there are actual repercussions for questionable decisionmaking, so Sheriff Stilinski ended up losing his job over it. The scene where he tried to keep this fact from Stiles was one of the more devastating moments of any show this year.

Later it seemed like the season's events were actually starting to rattle Stiles, and that led to this lovely opening scene where he laid himself bare for the school guidance counselor.

It was super well-written and inspiring, concluding with the counselor quoting Winston Churchill, "If you're going through hell, keep going." It honestly felt like a scene from Friday Night Lights in the best way.

And how could we forget the momentous incident when Stiles actually took to the field? And then WON the game for everyone? (Granted, 75% of the players had been sidelined by injury, but still.) But the glory was short-lived as only moments later Stiles had been abducted by Gerard!

It was downright troubling to see Sheriff Stilinski so distraught over having lost his son (he was a widower, after all), but that made their eventual reunion that much sweeter. This season Teen Wolf expanded beyond its initial premise in so many ways, but it was Stiles' journey that helped take this show out of your typical teen drama and into something much more heartfelt and and nuanced. And considering Stiles is the comic relief, it just shows how refreshingly different Teen Wolf does things.



7. Gay Club, NBD


Back to the subject of how you don't realize how rare something is unless it's important to you personally, I've never seen a mass appeal TV show be so no-big-deal about the very existence of gay people. I mean, it's 2012 and shows should be that way anyway, but I'm telling you, it's RARE. Usually gay characters are tokens, their plotlines relegated to coming out or having abusive parents, and then written off when producers realize that romantic options are limited. Teen Wolf has earned a lifetime of devotion from me for its insistence that gay people are just normal and entirely no-big-deal. I mean, can you even think of a show or movie where the jerky jock A-hole is best friends with an openly gay character, and oh yeah, that gay character is the most popular student in school? I haven't! So cool.

Anyway, this midseason jaunt to a local small town gay club totally summed up the show's attitude here: Not only did the characters not think this bar was any different than any other dimly lit dive, they—get this—didn't have gay panic!

I loved how we even revisited the best recurring joke from Season 1: Stiles' obsession with gay men not finding him attractive.

And I know this was just a throwaway joke, but the idea that Stiles kept in touch with the drag queens from the gay bar and invited them to Lydia's birthday party? Hilarious. But also, you know, awesome. Wake me when something like this happens in Mystic Falls.



8. Mr. Argent


Season 1 concluded with Mr. Argent turning on his own sister when he found out she'd violated the Hunter Honor Code. The consistency of his morals has been one of the best things about Teen Wolf; even when Mr. Argent has actively worked against our heroes, we know he's a principled foe and therefore it's hard not to like him. Season 2 hit the reset switch a bit and Mr. Argent spent spent most of the season hating Scott and being a dick to everybody.

But he took an interesting turn when he began actively training Allison to be a Hunter.

The thing was, he already had earned some credibility with us during Season 1, so when he explained to Allison all the reasons their family had this duty to protect humanity, it was believable!

Also it turned out he was surprisingly ripped?

In a nice parallel to Season 1, Season 2 also featured a crucial third act reversal from Mr. Argent. But this time he turned against his father! I am a major sucker for character reversals, and Mr. Argent teaming up with Scott was just lovely.

And remember when he SHOT a bow and arrow out of Allison's hands? Holy moly, this guy is the best. Anyway, now that we know that werewolves are safe from Mr. Argent so long as they don't murder anybody, it's hard to imagine how he'll keep butting heads with Scott. Especially now that Scott and Allison are officially broken up, I wonder if we might see Scott and Mr. Argent becoming something akin to friends? Or like a surrogate dad situation? I don't know. Anything's possible, and that means this is just good writing.



NEXT: Blood! Gore! Ghouls! Sterek!

<< Go back to Page 1



9. The Nightmare Imagery


One of the things that really binds the disparate elements of Teen Wolf together is its touching devotion to HORROR. From cold opens that evoke classic horror films to jump scares and slow-burn suspense, Teen Wolf gets a lot of mileage from scaring us. Here were but a few of the bigger scares and/or grossout moments of Season 2:

The less said about that snake incident the better. BECAUSE HOLY GOD!!!



10. Derek the Big Brother


Of all the unexpected places Season 2 went, for me one of the most surprising was how Alpha Derek was nowhere near the CGI monstrosity I feared he'd become. Instead he turned into a camp counselor, or maybe an overburdened but still cool older brother to a pack of baby werewolves. And the thing was, he seemed to really love his new family members. It was very charming!

I loved how we originally were supposed to fear his need to procreate, but in the end he just wanted some chill teens to hang out with him in his abandoned subway station. I mean, let's be real. As far as cool older brothers go, Derek's kind of perfect. For one thing, he's definitely not cool. If you are in your 20s but hang out with teenagers exclusively then you are not cool. But he's cool to teenagers, you know?

The scene where he offered the bite to an epileptic Erica was our first hint that Derek's just a big-hearted hero deep down. It was truly touching and did a lot to make me like Erica's character even after she got her mean-tramp makeover.

I also enjoyed his proactive spirit in trying to kill the Kanima! I mean, yeah, it was Jackson and we can't have HIM die. But still. Derek's heart was in the right place.

And I loved that Derek knew when to give people their propers. Like when Isaac overcame his werewolf instincts to restrain his out of control siblings. Also when Derek seemed downright proud of Scott for having his own posse. Aw, Derek.

[Fun fact about Tyler Hoechlin: When I spoke to him at Comic-Con, he lamented that he'd stayed super in-shape all year in anticipation of doing shirtless scenes, but then they never happened. (In case you were wondering about that insanely gratuitous near-death experience moment, that was probably just the producers trying to work it in somehow.) But yeah, keep your actors happier, producers!]



11. The Return of Peter Hale


Lydia's plotline ranged from frightening to baffling to confusing, but in the end it all made sense: Her non-lethal bite had connected her spiritually to Peter Hale and in death he was able to enlist her to resurrect him.

The best part about Peter's return is that we never really knew him very well up until that point. Remember, we only learned he was the alpha at the end of Season 1, and after that it was all just glowering and stalking and general villainy. But now that he was back and much less threatening, we got to see much more of his personality. And it turns out he's kind of amazing? He's really funny! And clever! And makes good plans. I'm sure Season 3 will find him trying to regain his villainy, but personally I'm hoping he'll take his time. Smart-ass Peter is the best. He could easily become this show's Spike.



12. Mrs. McCall, Cool Mom


It can be a real problem when important characters are simply uninformed about the basic principles of the show they're on. While she was always likable, it seemed like Mrs. McCall would forever be the last to know what her son was up to and we'd therefore be treated to dozens of scenes of him stammering out bad excuses to cover up his supernatural whereabouts. But that's where Season 2 tricked us again: Mrs. McCall found out about her son, and there's no amount of glamoring or compelling that will make her forget her son is now a monster.

She obviously didn't take it well at first, as illustrated by this heartbreaking near-rejection in the jailhouse. But like all things her acceptance came at the end of a journey, and that journey involved getting pinned to the ceiling by a reptilian abomination.

But because Mrs. McCall is a bit of a scrapper (single mom stuff), it wasn't long before she was totally Team Werewolf and even helping the kids deal with the Kanima situation.

See how much more likable she is now? Rather than the sweet-natured collateral damage on two legs, she was now informed and able to take care of herself. Better!



13. Allison's Arc


Few characters experienced the fall from grace that Allison did this year, but it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Rather than continuing to hint that Allison was capable of being a bloodthirsty archer extraordinaire, Season 2 actually forced her to become that!

It all started so innocently with Allison and Scott being very much in love and having tons of secret shirtless hugs like normal happy teens do.

But it wasn't long before she became suspicious of her own grandfather and what her family intended to do about the town's werewolves (one of whom gave great shirtless hugs).

But then Mr. Argent forced Allison into training mode, reasoning that she was the future leader of the family. Like any good daughter, she took her dad seriously. Unfortunately it wasn't long before her relationship with Scott hit the rocks in a big way.

Add to the fact that a werewolf kinda-sorta was involved in the death of her mother, and Allison snapped! Pretty soon she was firing arrows at all the werewolves she could find!

Seriously, her whole attitude changed. Who WAS this lady? Even Mr. Argent was like, "Relax, girl." The transformation was all the more remarkable in that this girl was the show's romantic lead.

Obviously Scott and Allison had to break up, if only so that their relationship had somewhere to go for Season 3. But still, I did not expect it to implode so thoroughly as it did. I also can't believe how unlikable she became by the season's end and I definitely respect that! I love surprises. I'm sure she'll be redeemed somehow, but this new dynamic is definitely one worth exploring.



14. This




15. This




16. This




17. Jackson


Jackson was the big surprise of Season 1. Not just because of those legendary towel scenes, but because Colton Haynes' occasionally crazed line deliveries perfectly suited a character who was as effed up inside as he was perfect on the outside. But this season essentially revolved around Jackson and it just flat-out wouldn't have worked without him being such a good character.

I remain slightly baffled about just what he knew about what was happening to him throughout the season. Like, he definitely knew he'd been bitten by a werewolf and then started oozing black fluid from his orifices. Yet it still seemed like he had no idea that he'd been transforming into a lizard and murdering Matt's enemies.

But just because the logistics were hazy didn't mean it wasn't SCARY! Plus the Jekyll & Hyde aspect meant that the Kanima could do all sorts of horrific things and we wouldn't necessarily hold it against Jackson.

Also, I'm not 100% sold that Lydia's love for him (1) existed, or (2) would've made any difference, but that's okay too. Teenagers are dramatic! Ultimately Jackson had to be killed a couple of times in order to return to normal. And by normal I mean werewolf.

Haha remember when Scott first turned into a werewolf but he was just lying in a pile of mud and leaves? That seemed appropriate. THIS DID TOO.


 

Note: Before reading on, please press play...



18. Mrs. Argent


By far my favorite thing about this season was the unexpected prominence of Mrs. Argent. Her part in Season 1 was so small, but it always grabbed my attention. Who WAS this lady with the hunky husband, Tilda Swinton hair, and white hot stare? I can't help but think a lot of Mrs. Argent's Season 2 amazingness had to do with Jeff Davis realizing what he had in Eaddy Mays and just giving her crazier and crazier things to do. A truly singular presence in television, Mays stepped up to the challenge every time. Dangerous, hilarious, mysterious, and eventually tragic, Mrs. Argent kept my synapses firing just constantly wondering what her DEAL was. And like I said, that's what I want from a show. I don't want everything spelled out. I don't want it all to be easy and understandable. I want mystery. I want questions. I want to wonder. For me Mrs. Argent was like the walking thesis statement that the rest of Teen Wolf sets out to prove: Fun comes from the strangest places.

Now, let's enjoy some of her best moments.

As my favorite character, Mrs. Argent's death was the LAST one I wanted to see. But at the same time, her death made tons of sense from a story perspective and personally I'm glad she died at the height of her powers. As far as I'm concerned her spirit will continue to live on just as it always did, staring intensely through windows.


Goodbye, sweet angel of mayhem!


Well, I dug Season 2 a whole lot. It did so many of the things I wanted from this show, but still found ways to surprise me. The only thing better than getting to write about it week after week has been to share the experience with you guys. Thanks for being here and let's do it again next June!

 


What was YOUR favorite Season 2 moment?

Comments (120)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
I guess I'm in the minority here, but I liked all of the simple and fun "teenager in high school scenes" that were interspersed in between the huge dramatic supernatural events. I think it really helped give the whole TW universe a sense that this craziness could actually be really happening.

I loved Allison becoming a real bad@$$!!!

I loved Scott being a doofus, but also trying to save Jackson and Lydia from Derek and his baby wolf pack.

And I absolutely adored Peter being resurrected, he's my favorite character!!
Reply
Flag
Your Wardrobe, your THIS (EACH and EVERY ONE of them!), Issac and Stiles Emotional Side - I'm way on board with all of these. Allison arc - not so much. Gramps, UGH. Mrs. Argent was the right kind of crazy and would have made a fun Omega werewolf but she still creeped me out - about ten degrees less than Gramps and even a few degrees worse than Harris, but still.
Reply
Flag
Sometimes the easiest costume choice is the best ™. PS Can u even trademark quotes? LOLZ.
Reply
Flag
THE BIGGER THEY ARE,

THE BIGGER

THEY

ARE.
11
Reply
Flag
Really good summary. Of course the 19th thing would be the recaps which were always entertaining and often insightful.





I thought Season 1 was more impressive, but Season 2 was also very good. In some ways it duplicated S1 (essentially a mystery about who is / is controlling the season's big bad) but it also did a good job at expanding the world and giving the characters more depth.



S1's big bad was a bit more compelling, but both Gerrard and Matt were good too. Gerard was a bit over the top at the end but his plan made sense (mostly). No Alpha is likely to intentionally give a hunter the bite and just hoping to get bit (but not killed in the process) would be a stretch. He had a good excuse to go after Derek and Derek was the weakest Alpha anyone could hope for with no pack. He wouldn't have know about Jackson to begin with but took advantage of the situation, which make sense.



Matt's motives were harder to believe, except for two things. First, almost drowning obviously had a big impact on him. Second, they tell us a few different times that the Kanima and the "master" are linked. So Matt was controlling it but was also being influenced himself by it. They don't make it explicit but if you assume the Master is soaking up some of the Kanima's vengeful spirit that would help explain the willingness to go on a killing spree.



I agree that the intro is great. That is not as easy as it sounds either. Grimm added a new intro this season too and it is absoultely terrible. If I hadn't seen the first season the second season intro would have been enough to put me off watching altogether. To me the intro music sounds a lot like the intro music to the X-Men animated series. I'll have to listen to both again on Netflix and see.



For series that do short runs (although this one is going to a full set of episodes for S3) they should do a couple 90 minute mini movies throughout the year to keep everyone engage. Oh well, it is only another... 9 months...
More+
Reply
Flag
18 things? That's too many. I can only think of one: the ENTIRE season. Yes.
Reply
Flag
@Nickylucas you are right....I should prioritize =)
Reply
Flag
I put a lot of effort into making sure my same comment doesn't end up getting posted three times.
Reply
Flag
I don't remember seeing Teen Wolf in TV.com's "Most Popular Shows", so I searched a few Top Watched and Most Popular series, and Teen Wolf didn't appear in them either. But TW articles on TV.com seem to have super high comments, sometimes more than Breaking Bad. I don't understand why TW isn't on more Top/Popular lists.
Reply
Flag
Well Price is a great writer and his photo recaps are hilarious. It's a fun way to spend the week while we wait for the new episode to come out etc. Same goes for his The Vampire Diaries recaps.. That show doesn't get much attention elsewhere but here is another story.



The sad case for Teen Wolf is just as Price said and exactly the same thing I felt when I first started watching.. The first impression I got was that it was just another rip-off or a terrible remake. Everything about it just seemed awful. You have to suffer through the first episode for it to get good and the second season was beyond remarkable. And, besides, let's face it...most people out there won't watch anything unless it involves police, lawyers or some pathetic laugh track (e.g. sitcoms). Why do you think CBS, being the network with the worst shows on the air imo, is also the MOST popular network?
Reply
Flag
Anyway, since when have the masses ever been right about ANYTHING? lol (with few exceptions like the show Lost for example)
Reply
Flag
I put a lot of effort in convincing my friends to watch TW. It's a show about werewolves.But after they watched a couple of episode as a dare they were hooked ( and after seeing some picture of the shirtless cast they were ready to give it a shot....). I understand why it's not so popular. We are lucky it's on MTV. Another network would have required an higher share to continue....
Reply
Flag
It could also be that those of us that comment on the recaps comment A LOT, and our discussions get very in-depth and sometimes heated.



Not that TW having a large following is a BAD thing. The show deserves to be a super mega box office hit, after all.
Flag
That's absolutely true and a good point. I had to do the same thing with my gf..I begged and pleaded and of course I was RIGHT lol she loves it now too!
Flag
So, I am having a problem, I have a friend who just got into this and is only on episode four of season one! How can I bite my tongue (like episode four is where Derek gets shot and claws Jackson which I always wondered if that had something to do with why Jackson might have been the one to become a kanima rather than say Issac).
Reply
Flag
Just keep teasing hints to your friend and hope that it gets them excited enough to speed through both seasons.
Reply
Flag
Every episode I paused to re-watch the opening credits and they were just as awesome at the end of the season as they were at the beginning.



In an unrelated note - If they were (hypothetically) going to resurrect anyone for S3, Crazy Aunt Kate gets my vote.
Reply
Flag
Oof that would be hard to pull off.. I mean, she was as dead as dead can be. Mrs. Argent, on the other hand, TECHNICALLY became a werewolf just before taking the plunge. I don't even like her but hers was a good role in all fairness. Plus, it would be much more believable than Kate, don't you think?
Reply
Flag
Favorite season 2 moments:

1. Mrs. Argent's crazy, awesome, psychotic tendencies. The window scene in particular, as well as her incredibly tragic and moving death. With a big effing knife.

2. The kanima storyline. At first, I was like, "A lizard, really?" But, no. The kanima was awesome.

3. Allison's descent into badassery.

4. Stiles and Sheriff Stilinski, because, duh.

5. Peter's return. I didn't like him in season 1, but now I really can't get enough.
Reply
Flag
Price -

You're 1000% totally awesome essay made me *almost* as tingly in my nether regions as the show itself. During the entirety of Season 2, I looked forward to your weekly recaps with bated breath. Keep up the GREAT work, and see you next season.



WayneInNYC.
Reply
Flag
You're awesome, Price. More people should be watching this. It's such a great show. I'm missing Teen Wolf soo much right now and I wonder if Price will do one for Veronica Mars. That'd be great.
Reply
Flag
Wow, this article really says it all! I agree with every thing you mentioned and this show is so underrated compared to the other shows of similarity. Each has it's strengths and weaknesses but Teen Wolf continually delivers with out drawing anything out too much and keeping me wanting more!
Reply
Flag
Great analysis! I'm so happy at the degree of critical success Teen Wolf is having. It will be great to have a season with two, twelve episode sequences. It would be great if the commercial acclaim became so great that MTV would take the unprecedented investment as to have two episodes per week ala the classic TV version of Batman had at one time! I hate that Michael Fjordback's role was eliminated with the resurrection of Peter Hale. Perhaps we can get a back story and have Fjordback return.
Reply
Flag
I love this show so much, can they make mrs. argent's ghost come back next season?
Reply
Flag
The single best moment was when that girl shoved Stiles head in the pool to sober him up. Who was she? Why was she not immediately inducted into the Teen Wolf Scooby Gang? I mean, aside from being funny, she's a quick thinker and resourceful and didn't even need to have anything explained to her, but recognized that there was something happening and that Scott wasn't kidding around. She doesn't even know these people, probably.

The girl needs to come back. Seriously.
4
Reply
Flag
Overall this was a great season that was even better than season 1 but

it had a crappy ending

A few things bother me

1) I think the part where some one with an Arch (Alison or who ever)

can beat a werewolf is stupied

2) I think if they made Issac the Kanima master

It whould have made allot more sense

3) I think if they made Peter Hale coming back to life

as a Cliffhanger for season 3 It whould be much more

exciting than a bounch of Alpah pack



Reply
Flag
What about the pool scene, though? That was the best, also, anything with Stiles and Derek in it. Scratch that, every moment. It's the best show.
1
Reply
Flag
Man I feel EXACTLY the same: "that's what I want from a show. I don't want everything spelled out. I don't want it all to be easy and understandable. I want mystery. I want questions. I want to wonder. "

Thank you for summarising it for me!

I love this show! The characters are so well rounded, it's really rare for a Teen show!

Can't wait for next season!

Your article is fantastic! Thank you!
Reply
Flag
(cont) The werewolves were concerned about what the Argents would do and so were we.Because we love our wolf characters and we also know that the hunters can capture them and kill them.I don't want Scott, Derek or Isaac to get killed but I respect Teen Wolf so much for making me worry about them.The hunters may be just humans but they are scary.And competent.And they're not just idiots who go killing other people just for the fun of it-they have a code of Honor.I wish the Council on TVD was half as threatening or knowledgeable about the supernatural creatures in MF as the Argents are in B.Hills.I wish I had been worried about Stefan or Caroline when Mrs Lockwood said the Council was going to take action against them.But I was not.I was just laughing hysterically!!Take notes,TVD!!
Reply
Flag
I can't be certain, but I'm going to take credit for inspiring Price to use the phrase "hate in his hear" when talking about Matt's motives (because I used the phrasing "murder in one's hearts" when there was that discussion, in the episode recap, regarding the legitimacy of Matt's motivation for killing). Hah! =]



Loved the article, and with all the info it could actually be used as a quick season recap for those who missed out...
Reply
Flag
I agree with the moments you picked but I want to add one more:the werewolf hunters are a threat.You don't wanna mess with them.When Mrs Argent got bitten and then killed herself,we knew that that meant war!
Reply
Flag
Every moment with Stiles!!!!! The best character on TV and Dylan O'Brien is amazing!!!!!
Reply
Flag
"Hi I'm awful!" that cracks me up every time!!!!!
Reply
Flag
You're a genius Price.Jeff Davis tweeted this link.he must've loved it :D

Other things I loved about season 2 :

- the pool scene !

- Erica having a crush on Stiles

- Every time Lydia cried

- the background music!

- every scene with the couch in it

- the mysterious vet and the counselor

- Stiles trying to convince Jackson he's a monster : You're killing people ... TO DEATH !

basically everything about it ? BUT! the most important part was the scene that was never filmed :



Stiles using his tongue to get off Derek and his tongue ending up in Derek 's ear with Derek shouting " STOP IT , JUST STOP !!! "

oh and Dylan liked this scenario !

God it's gonna be a rough 9 months...
1
Reply
Flag
That scene with Stiles and Jackson in the police van was soooooooo funny!!!!! :D I actually find it odd that it didn't make it on this list! Also, it was a great contrast to later in the episode when we saw Jackson crying! Ugh! My heart broke then and there! :'(
1
Reply
Flag
Yeah that definitely was a powerful scene. I had actually forgotten about that, perhaps Price did too.
Reply
Flag
I was with ya until the last bit!!! It would make me very sad if either derek or my beloved Stiles was gay, then all hope would be lost!!!! But yeah i agree with u on the dot points!!!!
Reply
Flag
I wasn't a fan of Sterek till like 2 weeks ago.I even wrote an essay on why it shouldn't happen but so many of the fans ship it, it convinced me that this can happen without ruining the show.
Reply
Flag
I agree. And no, not phobic. I love Danny and agree with what Price said about the show's take on the subject, but despite the wishers, neither Derek nor Stiles has been portrayed as gay, so it would be an unbelievable twist at this point, and worse, an artificial "LET'S MAKE A POINT" forced into the storyline.
Reply
Flag
Show's that are gay for the sake of gayness seem to use it as an excuse to not bother much with quality. I'm looking at you Dante's Cove and The Lair.
Reply
Flag
Thanks for saying what I got sick of saying and didn't want to! I already wore myself out last time trying to argue sense into nonsensical ideas but it's frivolous haha.
Reply
Flag
Homophobic much? Jeez
Reply
Flag
Heterophobic much? Let's make Danny go straight! How would that make you feel?
Reply
Flag
....omg you can not actually believe heterophobia is a thing right? And the simple fact that you use that as an attack without ANY provocation on that original comments part just shows how fucking stupid you are.

And lets also completely ignore the fact that Jeff Davis has pretty much said he doesn't believe in strict sexuality for any of his characters and that there have been many hints towards Stiles being Bisexual.
Flag
Idiot much?
Reply
Flag
Wow. So sad. I don't have any word now. Maybe I have to wait for the song (and the tears) to stop. I miss Teen Wolf so much!

Reply
Flag
This comment has been removed.
Reply
Flag
Yes , it's been renewed for a season 3 with 24 episodes ! Yohahaha!
Reply
Flag
Yeah!!!!
Reply
Flag
Perfect perfect article but where the hell are Coach Finstock and Victoria Argent !

And Sterek, let talking about perfect non canon but almost according to the polls, internet, twitter, tumblr, livejournal, afterelton STEREK !
1
Reply
Flag
Yeah, finally, smbd mentioned Sterek!



VOTE AT AFTERELTON FOR THE BEST SLASH PAIRING EVER!!!
Reply
Flag
The coach isn't there, but the other things are on page 2
Reply
Flag
It's only one Sterek scene, unfortunately((



Taking into account that TW became so popular thanks 95% to this couple, it's a little underestimated!
Reply
Flag
Really? I find it funny that "Sterek" has all this success as a couple. I love both the actors and the characters, and I find it funny that in the interview they joke about it....but I've never seen them as a couple as one of the strong points of the show.....I watch for other reasons,...
Reply
Flag
When considering the effects of propaganda, one must first use an appropriate definition of the term. The word originates from the Latin word propagare, or "propagate." When considering the effects of propaganda a definition from Richard Nelson's "A Chronology and Glossary of Propaganda in the United States" is appropriate: "Propaganda is neutrally defined as a systematic form of purposeful persuasion that attempts to influence the emotions, attitudes, opinions, and actions of specified target audiences for ideological, political or commercial purposes [through one-way, mass and direct communication]."



Read more: The Effects of Propaganda | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/info_8498784_effects-propaganda.html#ixzz2536z6KCQ

Flag
Uh, me too didn't feel all these feels after 1st season, but this summer Tumblr turned absolutely crazy about this OTP. I mean, more than usual))



Meta, fics, polls, petitions, tweets, video - and one day you just realise: "Oh, NOW I see EVERYTHING! And this everything is totally STEREK!!!"
Flag
Yeah me too. I watch because it's a great story with awesome actors and breakthrough writing, not because of some subversive sociopolitical undertone trying to make some irrelevant point.
Flag
I'm aware it's a common notion now, but all the Sterek moments are the best for me!



TEAM STEREK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply
Flag
The Elton John accompaniment was pretty hilarious/ perfect. Even though I didn't feel the same way about Mrs. Argent as you, it softened my heart to revisit her death with a little "Candle In the Wind."

Good read!
Reply
Flag
I'd add Coach to this list. Every scene he played, especially dialogue with Stiles, was gold. Bat-s**t crazy, but gold.
Reply
Flag
I like the Coach too, but since he was all over season 1 and was just as awesome then, he doesn't really fit into this article.
Reply
Flag
Disagree. Price didn't define this article as the awesome things that differentiated this season from the first one. Yes, Coach was in Season 1, but that doesn't mean he's irrelevant to this season. Just his Independence Day speech alone...
1
Reply
Flag
YES! I love the coach! He's just so bizarre and hilarious. He plays that character so well.
Reply
Flag
This article is pretty much perfect.
Reply
Flag
i totally agree!!
Reply
Flag
#19. Your Picture Recaps.
3
Reply
Flag
My favorite moment was that time Lydia was naked. Oh, wait..
Reply
Flag
no you're right, it was a great moment lol
Reply
Flag
I think it would be awesome if, instead of Allison and Scott, we say Mr. Argent and Mrs. McCall! Well, I haven't thought that idea through but at first glance it seems like a good one.
Reply
Flag
Mr. Argent and Ms. Morrell!
Reply
Flag
Hmm interesting. It's hard to say how that might pan out considering we don't know exactly what her role is in this whole thing.. I mean, so far it appears she and the vet are on the opposite side.. But then again, so are Allison and Scott technically. So yeah I wouldn't be opposed to this at all!
Reply
Flag
No way! Mrs. McCall and Papa Stilinski all the way!
Reply
Flag
I think it would be too weird. It's not that he and Mrs. McCall wouldn't have any chemistry at all, but it's just that the whole single dad with Stiles combo is just too great to risk ruining in my opinion!
Reply
Flag
Ooh. Good point. They are kind of the best relationship on the show, and I wouldn't want to see that damaged. Hmm. Maybe, okay: just more of Mrs. McCall and Papa Stilinski interacting, but not necessarily gettin' all lovin'.
Reply
Flag
That's true...I do love that relationship more than the main romance. I'd be happy if McCall and Stilinski never dated, but if they do...finger crossed. I do hope the Stilinski's stay pretty much how they are now.
Flag
@Clara: I agree that they'd be hilarious, and that Scott and Stiles would remain their priorities. BUT, the more I've thought about it, the more I think Stiles and his father's dynamic works SO much better because they're all the other has as far as family goes. Stiles essentially had to bear the burden of his father's firing on his own, and let's face it, the other big, emotional conversations they've had have been SO GREAT, mostly because it's just been the two of them. Something about their dynamic would certainly change if he and Mrs. McCall were involved, and I just would never want them to threaten the pairing that works so well.
Flag
I can definitely see that.



@ClaraGlynn ok well I'm willing to give it a shot then. but don't say I didn't warn you if it goes bad. lol
Flag
I think they'd pull it off. I don't think a relationship between Mrs. McCall and Papa Stilinski would in any way mean Scott and Stiles would stop being their top priorities. I dunno, I just imagine they'd be HILARIOUS as a couple.
Flag
This!!!
Reply
Flag
I can't really disagree with any of your 18 reasons. Maybe one of the 14-16, but I'm not sure which -- none of those scenes were overly significant, but they were all quite fun to watch as they happened.



I'm still surprised at how much I enjoy this show. I got started on it pretty late, but I caught up on season 1 just as season 2 was about to start. The show isn't perfect by any means, and honestly, I still probably wouldn't put it in my top 10 favorite shows, but it somehow manages to entertain me as much as any of my top 5.
Reply
Flag
Yes to pretty much all of this. Because it really was an awesome season of awesomeness. Oh how we will miss you Mrs. Argent.



My big hits this season, though, are as follows:

-The opening credits. Because they completely took me like WOW, and even repeated never failed.

-Stiles and his Dad. Just huge stuff, every time.

-And along those lines, the actual real life repercussions that this supernatural stuff had on each character's lives. Things didn't just go away, they really freaked some people out because... they should freak you out.

-The Kanima, because..... The Kanima.

-Mrs. Argent, for all the reasons Price named x 1000. And last, but very not least...

-The emotional connection and really consistent characters in each teen. Stiles being the perfect best friend/sidekick. Allison's truly inspired arc due to the death of her mom. Scott's impassioned speech about stepping up for Jackson to Jackson's direct opposition to that friendship. It all struck as true, honest, and not overdone. Kudos all around.
Reply
Flag
Yes to pretty much all of THIS*
Reply
Flag
Yes to everything. While I do believe that the season finale was messy and fairly lackluster relative to the rest of the season, Teen Wolf demonstrated that it is an exceptionally well-done series, certainly in the top tier of summer programming (and it would certainly fit into the fall as a top notch series as well). I certainly can't think of any other teenage drama (supernatural or otherwise) that has this kind of smart appeal that's come along in the last ten years. In fact, the only teenage drama (again, supernatural or otherwise) that I honestly would rank as better than this one EVER at this point is Buffy the Vampire Slayer (but it would take a whole hell of a lot to knock BtVS off that pedestal). I'm really excited for season three, and I, too, cannot wait nine months. But it's going to be so great when it comes back.



Long live Jeff Davis. (And, while we're at it, Dylan O'Brien, who: superstar in the making.)
Reply
Flag
BTW, As Pizza is to you Price, Allison x Bow and Arrow + Crossbow is to me. If you couldn't tell, I'm still working on a name for that!



Also, about Matt, considering he photoshopped pictures of himself with Allison to make it look like they had some sort of fake relationship on his computer, I can actually believe how he blew the drowning totally out of proportion and became psycho murderer about it. It fit his character well at the end now that I think back on it.
Reply
Flag
*Pizzana
1
Reply
Flag
*Cries*
Reply
Flag
Great article Price. My only disagreement with you is on Gerard's motives. To me it made perfect sense since his family is comprised of werewolf hunters he would have to use misdirection/cunning. In an ironic case of life imitating art, it was no different than people that don't like (or claim to) a certain, lifestyle, ethnic group, etc, yet they fraternize or participate in/with them



Back to this season though. It was incredible and improved on last season in every way. Although I wasn't an avid watcher, I would have to say Teen Wolf is this generations Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It has now become that good.
Reply
Flag
So, what you're saying is, if Gerard had throat cancer, and guzzling spunk was the cure, he'd do it through a glory hole.
1
Reply
Flag
Yes.
Reply
Flag
LOL wth...
Reply
Flag
I CANT WAIT 9 MONTHS......
Reply
Flag
Great article Price! Season 2 was just streets ahead of season 1 in every way, great creepy stuff all around. Oh and that screenshot of Allison's hair in its insane glory is still one of my favorite things ever LOL
Reply
Flag
So basically everything about it?
1
Reply
Flag
Right on the spot with everything. I liked season 1 but I Loved season 2 and just other day I was telling to myself it will be hard to get to next season. I absolutely love the title and it is one of the best start this season's shows.

Reply
Flag
Goodbye, sweet angel of mayhem!
Reply
Flag
While reading this (by the way, I loved it!), I was building up a list of things to comment on, but now that I've finished, I've forgotten all of what I was going to say. EXCEPT, I do remember my thoughts on the opening.



GENIUS! I am marveled at the fact at how the opening basically told the viewers what direction our characters were going to moving towards throughout the season. If you recall what happened to our Main 6 and reflect on the elements of the opening, you'll see just how symbolic and connected it was to the storyline of the season. I loved it! And I wish more shows today had cool opening rather than just a few seconds of the title appear on the screen.



I may have forgotten all what I was going to say, but nevertheless, I LOVE TEEN WOLF!!! Love it more than The Vampire Diaries, not even going to lie. The show is just oozes epic-ness, and I am highly anticipating Season 3. OOOOH THE TORTURE OF WAITING SO LONG ):
Reply
Flag
Where do you get "18 Reasons"? Is that a mistype?



Season 2 was far better than season 1. Tyler Posey couldn't act in S1, but he's gotten much better.



One other good thing was Scott's mother discovering what he is. However, her quick turnaround at accepting that was inexplicable and disappointing. I also wished Stiles' father could have discovered that at the same time in the jail incident.



I also had a problem with Scott's mother disappearing out of the story after the finale's morgue scene.



One other problem was the original Alpha returning to life and not having Argent and his daughter react to that in any "WTF?" sort of way.



Long ago, I had watched 7th Heaven and stopped around season 9. As I watched the first season of Teen Wolf, I couldn't remember where I'd seen Tyler Hoechlin before. Recently, I decided to complete watching 7th Heaven through Netflix, and was amused to see that it was here that I saw him last and what a kid he was in comparison to now.
Reply
Flag
I may have missed it, but I don't think Allison was ever told by Scott, or even Derek, that her mother tried to kill Scott and that Derek saved him. If not, should there not have been a scene of that? The finale probably should have been a 90 minute one to address these things more clearly unless it's done next season.
Reply
Flag
I don't think she yet actually knows but her character hadn't even really take a full step on her redemption journey by the end of the show and while she knows she was trusting the wrong person but probably hasn't begun uncovering all of the lies he told her. I think it will be a breakthrough for her character to actually go and ask forgiveness of, well, I guess Derek, Erica and Boyd (I think Issac
Reply
Flag
There's a second page to the article
Reply
Flag
Funny - I didn't catch that link. I mostly skimmed through the paragraphs and right over that bold bit at the end. Thanks.
Reply
Flag
This is PURE PERFECTION

Season 2 was thrilling. I never thought I'd end up having as much fun with this show as I did. Fabulous awesome entertainment!



R. I. P. Mrs Argent. That crazy look through the window will always be like a candle in the wind
Reply
Flag
Load More Comments

Like TV.com on Facebook

  • 9:00 pm
    What Would You Do?
    NEW
    ABC
  • 10:00 pm
    Dateline NBC
    NEW
    NBC
  •  
    20/20
    NEW
    ABC