I didn’t watch much of the big game last night, and I haven’t YouTubed all of the commercials. But I’ve seen this one pop up on Facebook and several blogs, and I’m not afraid to say that it is hands-down the greatest Super Bowl commercial of all-time.
So much 80s awesomeness here…Hulk Hogan, Ponch, Cliff, Alf, Chucky, Jason, Teen Wolf, Sgt. Slaughter, Dee Snider…I could go on, but you get the point.
Thank you, Radio Shack, for bringing a little joy to my life.
“Teen Wolf” (MTV series)
Created by Jeff Davis, Jeph Loeb, Matthew Weisman
Starring Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, JR Bourne, Linden Ashby
I was very excited to learn that someone wanted to do a series based on the 1980s comedy Teen Wolf (starring Michael J. Fox). I was disturbed when I discovered it would air on MTV. I have to admit, however, that I am absolutely in love with what the creators have done with it, and cannot wait for season two.
Similarities to the movie are sparse. The main character’s first name is Scott (played by Tyler Posey), and his best friend is Stiles (Dylan O’Brien). Scott becomes an incredible athlete thanks to his wolfiness, though the sport is lacrosse (really?) instead of basketball. There are a few scenes that hearken back to the movie, but not so overt as to distract from the series.
The differences are stark, beginning with the atmosphere. Whereas the movie was a pretty straightforward comedy, the series is much darker in tone and more of a traditional horror story with dark humor. Scott’s induction into the werewolf community came via a bite in the series, as opposed to birth in the movie. Another werewolf, Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin), attempts to become Scott’s mentor early on, but Scott has a difficult time trusting him.
The love interest in “Teen Wolf” is Allison Argent (Crystal Reed), whose father (JR Bourne) is actually a werewolf hunter. Obviously, this creates problems for Scott as he attempts to hide his affliction from them. Bourne’s performance in the series is one of the strongest, balancing his job with his love for his daughter.
There is one part of the series that reminds me of the 1987 TV show “Werewolf” starring John J. York: Scott has to kill the alpha wolf to be released from the curse. “Werewolf” sadly only lasted one season, but it played as big a role as any in the foundation of my interest in the horror genre.
Were there problems with “Teen Wolf”? Sure. Every television show and movie has aspects that could have been improved or more developed. One character in particular that could be further expanded and explained in season two is Dr. Deaton (Seth Gilliam). He is the veterinarian at the animal clinic where Scott works, but has some knowledge about werewolves and was able to protect Scott from the alpha wolf. How did he know about Scott? Where did he learn about mountain ash? Those questions are never answered in the first season.
The second season of “Teen Wolf” is scheduled to air in the summer 2012. There is an article on E! Online that claims to have some spoilers. I have not read the article, but if you want to, here is the link.
(BTW, that’s not Bourne in the trailer, but he is the father/hunter in the show.)
If you want to go old-school, you can also watch Teen Wolf starring Michael J. Fox.