Posted: 27 Jul 2011 05:03 AM PDT
Rejoice, Team Jacob. Here comes the werewolf version of Twilight.
THANKS to Twilight, anything that comes in the form of vampires or werewolves these days is likely to reek of opportunism.
First came the bloodsucking high school drama series, The Vampire Diaries, the raunchy True Blood and now we have Teen Wolf, which is really the werewolf version of Twilight. You read right, Team Jacob – werewolves could just be the new black.
Based loosely on Michael J. Fox's 1985 comedy of the same name, Teen Wolf begins when Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), a shy high school student, gets bitten by a mysterious creature while wandering in the woods after dark.
Overnight, the asthmatic lacrosse-playing outsider becomes incredibly adept at sports, develops super-hearing and for some reason, becomes irresistibly attractive to girls.
All of a sudden, life seems perfect for McCall, who has no clue what is going on and looks curiously complacent most of the time, until he discovers the price for his extraordinary gifts: one night he morphs into a deadly wolf-like creature, sprouting fangs and fur, and develops a lust to kill.
New girl in town
Yes, this is yet another story about a social outcast whose life takes a supernatural turn. Predictably, much of the show focuses on McCall as he grapples with his newfound abilities and as he struggles with his relationship with Allison Argent (Crystal Reed), the pretty new girl in town.
Luckily for McCall, he just happens to have a best friend-cum-sidekick in Stiles Stilinski (Dylan O'Brien) who has an inclination for wolf stories.
As he tries to lead a normal life, Stilinski (who, by the way, is just too adorable) helps him through his transformations, even at the risk of getting killed.
There aren't any vampires in the series (yet) but there is the mysterious Derek Hale (Tyler Hoechlin), the other werewolf in town who looks suspiciously like a sexier, hunkier, ripped version of Edward Cullen.
While I'm at it, even McCall's home looks a little like Bella Swan's in the Twilight films. Like her, he also lives with a single parent (his mum).
Really, with the exception of having supernatural powers and killer abs, emotional and lovesick McCall may well be the male version of Swan.
But know this, ladies. Posey's well-defined muscles on the show are all real.
"It takes a lot of hard work to look like that. I work out like a madman," said Posey in an earlier interview.
The 19-year-old, who has gained almost 40,000 followers on Twitter since the show's debut in the United States last month, works out with a personal trainer for about an hour everyday.
Speaking of which, the werewolves in the series don't transform fully into the furry, fearsome creatures we've all come to know.
They still retain a human form, making them look a lot more like Wolverine than actual werewolves.
There is also a cute little feud between McCall and his popular, better-looking lacrosse captain Jackson Whitmore (Colton Haynes).
Whitmore is deadly suspicious about McCall's recent displays of physical prowess and is hell-bent on finding out what his secret is no matter what it takes. Whitmore also looks like a blonde Ken.
As all high school dramas go, there is always the bitchy mean-girl type who everybody loves to hate.
Here, she is Lydia Martin (Holland Roden), Whitmore's seemingly shallow but extremely intelligent and sexy girlfriend who appears to have taken a fancy to McCall.
Ultimately, Teen Wolf comes across as yet another teenage fare but at least it doesn't pretend to be something more.
Complete with corny dialogue and high school stereotypes, there is little doubt that the show will appeal to Twilight's legion of screaming fan-girls.
Already the show has been renewed for a second season, as testament to its rising popularity.
Plus, if anything, Posey and company certainly make some very delectable eye-candy and that's enough to keep a lot of us tuning in for more.
Teen Wolf airs on AXN Beyond HD (Channel 720) on Sundays at 9pm.Full Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by Used Car Search.
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