An argument with my housemate last night:
Me: I can’t believe you watch “Snooki and J-wow.” My brain is crying.
Her: Well, you could just go watch your stupid Supernatural in your room.
Me: Get. Out.
Her: I know you watch Teen Wolf. You can’t make fun of me for my bad TV obsession when you watch that sh*t.
Me: Oh, I’m going to bring you an illustrated argument and you will EAT YOUR WORDS.
Her: Bring it.
Little does my housemate know that after teaching basic writing composition and rhetoric for three years, I am more than capable of winning this debate, and I’ll do it Aristotle-style.
Logos (A Logical Argument)
Teen Wolf surprised me. Let’s be honest: I didn’t expect much from the plot. I expected sensationalism and cheesy love triangles, and, okay, that occasionally happens, but honestly? This show is much more than that. It’s not Supernatural or Doctor Who, but it does fill a gap in my tv watching that’s been empty since the days of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: the teenage drama.
PluggedIn had this to say about the show:
Teen Wolf takes some thematic cues from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, turning puberty and high school into a flat-out horror story with the occasional metaphorical undertone. But it’s more graphic than Buffy ever was. Since this is the age of supernatural heart-flutterers like Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, MTV’s Teen Wolf has to keep up with the Jacobs when it comes to CGI blood spattering and those steamy golden-eyed gazes—including some same-sex dalliances.
While no show will ever replace BtVS (because Buffy was, is, and always will be the quintessential teenage angsty horror drama), Teen Wolf takes a cue from its predecessor and uses supernatural themes to compose a compelling metaphorical pseudo-high school life. Our high schools may not have werewolves, but haven’t you ever felt left out and wanted something to happen that made you unique? Teen Wolf has that in spades.
Pathos (An Argument of Emotions)
And the award for “Best Use of Sex Appeal to Gain Viewers” goes to Teen Wolf.
Ethos (An Argument of Ethics and Character)
In this interview with BuddyTV at New York ComicCon, showrunner Jeff Davis addresses the LGBT representation on the show, saying:
As a gay man myself, I wanted to see it on TV, and I wanted to see it in a way where it wasn’t dealt with as some sort of after school special, you know? I just wanted it to be part of the world.
Davis calls it a “different perspective of the world,” and I personally love that he has a werewolf-laden culture in which homophobia doesn’t exist. This show has an ever-growing following, and I think Davis is showing the entertainment industry how to have a kick-ass cast of characters that are not defined by or limited to sexual orientation. If a Teen Wolf character is gay, then that is not the defining characteristic of the character–it is only one quality that makes up the sum. I appreciate that and I can only hope that in the future, other shows will be inspired to create such diverse, well-rounded, and well-written characters.
The Moment that Sold Me
I began watching Teen Wolf at the behest of a close friend (who really shouldn’t have time to watch TV considering she’s in her third year of med school). I figured, if she makes the time to watch it, I can skim an episode or two. And then there was this scene:
Werewolf fight + MCR soundtrack = everything I ever wanted when I was in high school. And then I was like,
That’s my argument. I think my housemate will concede after point #2. 😉
Disclaimer: Characters, images, and vids are the property of MTV. I merely borrowed to prove a point.