Q:If Teen Wolf was written by qualified writers there wouldn't be a divide between "surface" and "symbolic" watchers. The surface watchers would be pleased and the symbolic watchers would be happy to see what also lies beneath. The fact that the show is beyond confusing to surface watchers is a mark of ineptitude, not brilliant deeper symbolic writing.
"Qualified writers"? There are plenty of people who write for TV who write utter dreck. That is not generally the case with Teen Wolf, particularly not when most of the episodes have been written by Jeff Davis rather than some giant team of writers. So, I’m not sure what exactly you mean by "qualified", but Jeff Davis gets paid for what he does. That’s all of the qualification he needs.
The fact that the show is confusing to surface watchers means nothing more than the fact that the show has always intended for people to pay more attention. I’ve seen again and again out of people that once they started watching and looking deeper than the surface level, it became a much different show, and one that was infinitely more enjoyable for it.
Teen Wolf is not, and has never been, the kind of show you can just pop into at any old episode. There is a plot, and it doesn’t work like other shows where there’s just a story for each season with some vague threads to hold it all together. Everything works together. When there are plot holes? There’s usually something that pops up later to fill those in. Here in season 4, we’re getting information to fill in “plot holes” from season 1. The way the story is being told, we won’t actually be able to identify plot holes and mistakes until the very end because everything is important.
And, yes, the surface reading is failing, but I actually think that’s intentional. Part of how Teen Wolf functions is to not give signposts, those things in most media that tell you exactly what’s going on and how you’re supposed to react, because you don’t generally get them in real life. There are no signposts to tell you to look more deeply into the text, just like there are none in real life to make you examine the relationship between the quarterback and the cheer captain even though there may be so much more going on there than you think. But, when you see that the cheer captain doesn’t really touch her boyfriend much, but she’s awful handsy with a girl from the art club, maybe you start to look at things differently. The things that don’t make sense seem to be trying to make you change the angle that you’re looking at things, and trying to make you think. But, there’s a whole hell of a lot of people who assumed they wouldn’t need to think about a show called Teen Wolf because it’s all about half-naked men, right?
A vast majority of the “failings” that I’ve seen called out when it comes to Teen Wolf are things that are shown later to be very different things than what they first seemed, or were just completely misinterpreted. Even just this season, I’ve seen so many posts about how people don’t understand why Lydia is barely there and especially barely with the rest of the pack. Yet, she’s actually been there more than any other female character, almost all of her scenes have been extremely important, she is driving the story this season, and anyone who has read up on any banshee mythology will tell you that they tend to be solitary creatures. Add in the fact that she is grieving (which for some people is a very solitary process), she is growing up and away from the attitude she had in earlier seasons (as seen by her eye-rolling about the lakehouse party and her desire to no longer date teenage boys), and she’s having to learn about these powers she has no one to really mentor her for. Even if she’s not on screen all of the time, this season is all about Lydia as much as last season was all about Stiles.
You may think this is ineptitude at play, but there are still plenty of people who don’t. Your opinion is that the show has somehow failed. My opinion is that a lot of the viewers have.
Death and Consequences
I’m not sure if this has anything to do with the above post, but when I read it two things that have been bothering me lately popped into my head. First is the deaths on Teen Wolf. Not so much that they happen but how they happen. It’s inconsistent. WIth mostly everyone.
I was going to make a gif set with the parallels, but I am way too lazy to search for the episodes and giffing it.
Scott vs Victoria
She stabbed herself (in the stomach? Heart?) with the help of Chris with a knife. No wolfsbane or anything and we know silver doesn’t affect werewolves. Stab, bam your dead.
Gerard stabs Scott and twists the knife and nothing really happens.
Kate vs Breaden
Alpha Peter slashes Kate’s throat, we think she’s dead. 4 seasons later we find out she’s alive, healed and a werecreature.
Demon wolf alpha Duecalion slashes Breaden’s throat, we think she’s dead. A season later we see her alive with scars and still fully human.
Aiden vs Scott
Both were stabbed by an Oni sword. While Stiles stabbed Scott and also twisted the sword, he still alive and had no lingering effects (unlike Derek).
Aiden gets stabbed as he kills the Oni and pulls out the sword, then dies a few minutes later.
Derek vs Boyd
Alpha Peter impales Derek in season one with the intent to kill. Blood flows out of his mouth and he drops to the ground unmoving and with vacant eyes. We think he’s dead but he’s not.
Kali and the twins impale Boyd on Alpha Derek’s claws. Ten pricks that do nothing but stay there. No blood from his mouth or anywhere else. Boyd dies like a minute after that.
Kate vs Random Assassin with Scott vs Boyd
I’m only mentioning Kate here because we see how lethal ONE slash from an alphas claws can be. One slash, she gasps, she’s dead.
Random assassin that Scott was going to town on (S04E10). Blood is flying, he’s slashing that guys stomach like there’s no tomorrow. Blood is coming out of that guys mouth and yet he’s still alive at the end.
Which brings me back to Boyd, who is a werewolf and heals way quicker than a human can (as we’ve seen with Isaac’s cut on his face in season 2), is still dead from a not so violent impaling. And we have random assassin alive from a very violent slash fest.
I’m sure there’s more, but these are the main ones that have been bugging me.
Second is consequences of the seasons and the effects it has on the characters, probably only Season 3 on.
We see Derek with Jennifer and all that happened in season 3a, and nothing ever comes of it in season 3b. He hooks up with Breaden in season 4 and it’s like it never happened or affected him.
Aiden and Ethan killed a bunch of people and terrorized Scott and friends in 3a. In 3b they’re not shunned. They’re part of the group, not the pack, but they work together. There were no consequences for the things they did (other than losing their alpha spark and then Aiden dying).
Stiles as the nogitsune killed a bunch of people and caused so much chaos and hurt his friends in 3b, but in season 4 we get one line about it. It’s like it never happened. He’s not affected, no one is.
Same with Allison’s death. We get a few lines about it, but it doesn’t seem like anyone cares or remembers. Just a few lines throughout 10 episodes.
Malia and her (step/adoptive) father. She thinks she killed her mother and sister and abandoned her father. She later reunited with her above father in a teary reunion. We never see him again. It’s like he never existed
Peter, Peter, Peter. Other than his death he hasn’t had to deal with anything other than mistrust. No other consequences. He’s included in everything that he wants to be included in. No one turns him away. I’m pretty sure he’ll die again, but it’s been 3 seasons already.
I’m not a meta writer and am basically talking out of my ass to get my thoughts out. This isn’t meant to offend anyone. There are a lot of things that bug me about Teen Wolf, but these two are the ones that have been bugging me the most lately. I’ve read a lot of meta where the writers say that the show isn’t character driven, but plot driven. This confuses me a little, because doesn’t one support the other? Can someone explain this to me please?
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Stiles stops suddenly.
“Don’t move,” He says, panting. “You’re heavy and I have to look where we’re going.” Derek sways a little. “Oh god… I know you’re a mess right now, but try not moving!”
“Isn’t everything?” He hears himself ask.
“What?” And Stiles sounds like he genuinely has no idea what Derek is talking about, but he must be aware of it already. Derek is sure he knows.
But in small moments like this, Stiles Stilinski scares the shit out of me. Like you can totally tell that he’s willing to commit murder right about now. His lips are freaking curling into a snarl because he’s so pissed and his fucking eyes are DEAD. He’s just so done with people pushing him and his friends around. They’ve already lost so much and he’ll be damned if he lets them lose more.