“…The only thing I hate about Teen Wolf is how much I liked it.” I pulled this quote from my review of the MTV series’ first season, which I wrote upon its release on home video in May 2012. At the time, the fact that I liked the series at all came as an incredible shock to me, especially since I’m a lifelong fan of the original, 1985 film and that, from everything I’d seen about the series to that point, it was so, so not me. “Too much Stephanie Meyers,” I said. “Not enough Teen Wolf!” I even complained at length about the series before having ever seen it in my review of the original film’s Blu-ray release. But in that, at least, I’m certainly not alone.
In my experience, you tell someone who hasn’t seen the series you’re a fan of MTV’s Teen Wolf and more often than not, they respond with disgust. Either that or they assume outright that your enjoyment of it is purely ironic. In my case, I assure you nothing could be further from the truth. Boasting an incredibly strong cast of talented young actors and having been developed by Jeff Smith, the creator of Criminal Minds, Teen Wolf offers a combination of teen romance and supernatural action not wholly unlike Buffy the Vampire Slayer before it. Although not nearly as well scripted as Buffy, Teen Wolf is certainly not wanting for terrific performances and it focuses more on its continuing narrative than Buffy ever did with its tendency toward monsters-of-the-week. In that respect, I surmise that Teen Wolf would lose the stigma attached to it if people would simply give it a chance.
And there’s never been a better time than now to get started, as Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment recently released the first half of Season 3 on DVD, giving you 36 episodes’ worth of Teen Wolf to marathon if you so choose! What’s more, Season 3 stands heads and shoulders above previous seasons with its multiple antagonists and its complex web of relationships between characters both good and evil. It opens strong with an eerie series of animal suicides, which coincide with the arrival of the Alpha pack hinted at in the conclusion of Season 2, as well as the first in a series of grisly, ritualistic murders. Following Scott, Stiles and the gang as they face off against the Alphas and attempt to uncover the culprit behind the murders will likely find you rocketing through this set in a matter of days, as tensions and the stakes are higher than ever before. And like the second season before it, Season 3 gives us further insight into the varied supernatural forces at work in the world of Teen Wolf when the group goes head-to-head with a dark magic user!
This is not to say that all is great in Season 3, however, lest I sound like a fanboy desperately asserting the perfection of a series over which I dote. Episode 12 concludes with the same rushed foreshadowing that characterized the conclusions of Seasons 1 and 2. And teenage promiscuity sans consequences is a larger-than-ever part of the proceedings. Given that many of the series’ viewers are no doubt teenagers, a simple word of caution in that regard would seem to be in order. Still, few (if any) television series are perfect.
Teen Wolf: Season 3 Part 1 comes to DVD in a 3-disc set which includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, another montage of the shirtless stars, and a behind-the-scenes featurette by way of special features.